Sunday, March 29, 2009

WIP... dolls

A cloth topsy-turvy doll I am working on that was commissioned by a friend. Her hair is made from a felted cashmere sweater...very soft. I needle felted tendrils around the face but need to get a new needle to add more detail. My daughter says this is just plain creepy... a two headed doll.

Cinderella "in cinders" with a more disheveled look. I plan to do a little more work around the face when I get a new felting needle.

This is a finished box that I made for a doll workshop titled "Mrs. Bird" taught by Katie Estvold. More on this later...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's Mud Season

It's officially mud season here in New England and mud season will test your devotion.
It is a good thing they are so darn cute. By the way, these photos were edited using Picnik. I am in love with how easy it is to use. I was tired of struggling with photoshop. I only wish they had a desktop version.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Little Organization

Over the years I have tried many methods of organizing my fabric. Most of my fabric is still stored in tubs in my "fabric warehouse" (part of my attic studio) and organized by type such as linen, cotton, wool, silk etc... However, I really felt my special one of a kind vintage fabric should be showcased and out on display. I used to worry about fading but there is no real direct light here and I've relaxed about that sort of thing. Now I have my special pieces out and in view for inspiration. It makes all the difference. Pinks and more pinks.....


yellows and greens

black and gray

I just realized that I didn't get a shot of my favorite whites, ivory, green, turquoise, multi-color...oh the list goes on.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Little Folk

I am having too much fun making these little folks... don't they look like the perfect couple? I love finding bits of vintage to make their little clothes.

This little cake topper is ready for a party

I have been reorganizing my fabric into bins so that I can see them out in the open instead of digging through tubs in my "fabric warehouse". If I ever get the photos edited, I will share soon.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


My niece is getting married in May and I thought I would make her a cute apron in the same colors she is using for her wedding: pink and brown. Who knows if she will wear it, but I think it is really stylish... gotta love those polka-dots. Als0, I found this wonderful classic Betty Crocker Cookbook with all the basic information needed for the beginning cook. Lots of great recipes and pictures and advice for the bride. I will tuck in some of my favorite recipes (and advice, ha ha) also like the one below.

This recipe has been around for a while but it is so easy to throw together at the last minute when you have to bring something sweet and this stuff is SO addictive especially when you have that sweet/salty craving thing going on.
Saginaw Cracker Candy
One sleeve Saltine crackers
2 sticks (1/2 lb) butter
1 cup sugar
1 12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay saltine crackers along bottom of 15x10x1-inch jelly roll pan. Melt butter in saucepan and add sugar. Boil about 3 minutes until mixture is thick and foamy. Pour over cracker base. Bake for 5 minutes until bubbly and slightly golden.
Remove from oven and wait a minute for it to stop boiling. (Careful...very hot!). Sprinkle bag of chocolate chips over and wait a few minutes for them to melt. Spread chocolate evenly over top. Chill until firm and crack into irregular pieces..
Caution: Sweet and Addictive!