Saturday, July 23, 2016

Puppets and their heritage

Very interesting read, about Puppet's, They are indeed very special kinds of doll, Think of all the work that goes in to creating them. It is amazing! I am so happy the history and the  heritage of puppets lives on through dedicated and very talented people like these. You can tell it is their passion.
 Take a look at their page it is fun and amazing,  I for one really enjoyed it.
Puppets are mentioned in writing as early as 422 B.C.E. In ancient Greece, Aristotle and Plato both made reference to puppetry. 

learn more about the history of puppets and their heritage

Friday, July 22, 2016

I can't Believe I for got How To...

WOW I know I am getting older when I for got how to crackle my dolls.
 Or any thing. I LOVE Crackle.
So I have spent over two hours searching by different ways of crackling.
 I Came across this wonderful blog by:

 She shared how she crackles just using Emer's Glue.

You will need Elmer's white glue, a paint brush, and a

container to pour the glue into.Apply a base coat of paint to your project.

I used black acrylic paint. Allow to dry and apply a 2nd coat, and again allow to

dry.  Once dry spread a good coat of  white glue to the

entire project. Experiment on a scrap piece of wood, before applying

to your project.Allow to dry to a tacky state, and apply an acrylic

topcoat of your choice. I used Orange for a Halloween project I was doing.  

You will begin to see the cracks appear as it dries.

I have never tried using her method, But decided to give it try. I also searched Pinterest 

and found just simplicity.. Well I realize though every one is using their crackling technique on wood, When I will be using it on cloth.
I use to crackle every thing, I Love age , vintage look it gives. and trust me I am so frustrated for not writing how I did it..   If any one crackles differently PLEASE let me know!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Tag Class" on the basics of Tag Making

This is how I age my tags, I am writing this tutorial to share with you all.There are many ways to do a aging process. This is how I do it, Thought I would share  with you all.

#1: I start with a large pan of very strong Tea and  Ground Cinnamon,
of  I am usually aging my cloth in this aging mixture.Then on top of the fabric  I throw in a dozen plain Tags.(I buy large jars Ground Cinnamon at the Dollar store

#2: I allow the Tags to absorb the aging mixture
#3: I then using thongs remove the Tags and place them on to a cookie baking sheet 
#4: Place cookie sheet with your Tags into a preheated oven, I always have my oven on at 350 degrees. Watch carefully 
#5: When Tags are dry remove them and immediately stack them together and place rubber bands around them This keeps them from curling and keeps them nice and straight for your art work:Remember these are miniatures pieces of art when you are finished.!

This Tag as you can see I aged dark
This Tag I aged lighter

 What to Buy For Supplies: ags…I used bigger ones, 5" long and 2 -1/2"wide.
instant Tea/cinnamon or tea for dying
foil or old cookie sheets
Jute or string
(Your choice) Rubber Stamps, or Stickers or Letter Stamps
Black ink pad
Rubber Stamps and you will use
 Letter Stamps a lot
Get them at Wal-Mart Lettering Stamps the whole alphabet for $9.99
Copies of old photos and clip art…I printed mine out of my computer, but you could also make digital copies of actual photos. Stickers give you a huge variety of creation also.
Other stamps, black permanent pen, etc. as desired


Place Tag in front of you 
Now pick the picture.. stamp... sticker ...buttons what ever you choose..
Place that beside your tag..
Now be clever and think what you'd like it to say...Use a word or saying that you feel bests describes Item or Doll, Animal, or Quilt, using a picture and or either stamped it on with the letter stamps, or for longer sayings, or descriptions I write them on with the permanent black pen
Be sure to plan the saying out on your tag before actually stamping or writing!
Small stamped or drawn doodles, stars or hearts can fill in any blank spots
This is an Art Tag Vintage Style

I took the dried, aged Tag. and create a back ground of color. I used chalk with these. Then took a picture I printed out and cut the pictures to fit on the tags and glued them on. I glued with good OLE' Elmer's. and then used gel pens to high light the picture and chose a word or saying and also descriptions I felt described the doll I either stamped it on with the letter stamps
 or hand wrote the description on the back side of the Tag. 
Here is a little girl face I did using chalks and a bit of Acrylic paint and then sealed her
Using chalks
More examples of my Tags

Prim Folk Art Tag

Shown here a Prim Folk Art Tag... which is aged...string attached... No background. Used letter stamps for words: Fast n Simple  Tie some jute, yarn, homespun or ribbon or whatever else you'd like to use for a string. 
The uses for Tags is as high as the sky. I always personalize my dolls, animals what ever I am creating even quilts with their very own hand made one of a kind "Tag"
As you can see there is no limit what you can create simply using "Tags"
I hope you enjoyed this Tag Class, Be sure to share your Tags you created with me, I would Love to see them. Hugzs Sherrie

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Primitive Shelf Sitter

I promised to share pictures of my Primitive Shelf Sitter

You will find her listed on my Etsy: Folder : Cloth Dolls
Primitive Shelf Sitter
14 inches of Love for that special shelf , or nook or cranny to just accent a bit of Prim.
I created her using a pattern from "A Stitch In Time"

She is created from aged muslin.My own aging solution. No smell of coffee. In my aging process I do not use coffee. Her dress and pantaloons also are created from aged muslin.

I adorned her dress with antique fringe as with her collar.
Face is hand painted and sealed.

Her Tag is a Christmas Tag rusty pinned to her sleeve.
Tag was created by Fran Banas, of

as always no mailing fee. Ship from my home to yours free!
Ship ONLY in USA 

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Sewing Magazine Free Patterns

 I have been getting the Sew Magazine newsletter for a while. It is from the UK.
It does take patience  loading their site but very worth while the wait.

 I highly recommend joining their newsletter, It is free.

It is  is loaded with some really nice patterns. Thought, I would share  this gold nugget find with you all. It has all kinds of patterns not just dresses etc.. But from A-Z. I finally found the exact owl pattern I have been looking for, There's is a Aly Owl Pincushion, But I am making one for brand new granddaughter as a stuff toy.

I just double checked the link to the Aly Owl, even from my site to their site it is SLOW.
Not from our side but from their site. But again it is worth the wait! There Free patterns are really nice.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Alrighty here is what I am making

The pattern is By :Stitchin Time Patterns I bought this pattern from her Etsy shop
I have her sewn and ready to stuff. I have been creating dolls for over 20 yrs now.Have No idea where the time went ! Can't wait to add my twist, my vision of her in my head !! 

Also I had bought  a pattern from Lisa  years ago called "Love Letters from Andy.

Any time I am dealing with a sickness or stress I always turn to that same old pattern and make The Annie and Baby and matching pillow, 

I have give the set to people as gifts and 
It has always been a great seller at the craft shows for me. Having said all that it amazes and blesses me the therapy, peace, and blessing it brings to me.

I just ordered  on amazon "ICE Resin ® Glass Glitter"  I have never used German Glass Glitter which the above pattern calls for.

My question is this Has any one ever used this brand ? 
Do you think it is the same thing as the pattern calls for ?

Also want you to know  to those sweet people that leave me comments
I do try to send reply's to you, but they always bounce back saying "Undeliverables"
and I do not know why. But I do leave a reply comment to every one's comment here on my blog.
I soooo  appreciate every ones comments, It means so much to me ,just knowing there are actual people looking at my blog, 

I know FB is the in thing , but I still love blogs, Maybe some day I will change , but like I said I love blogs! To me they are so personable ! any comments here about  my questions sure would help me out. Or I will learn by trial and error!!

As Always will post a finished picture of her in a couple days..
Love to all

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

DollProject Printed face tips
 I found this  Printed face tips tutorial. Wanted to share it with you all
It is free. Most interesting , helpful, with our doll creating.
I did join up for their news letter, Go take a peek at their web site, I love it and found it to be
very interesting , One I will diffidently follow and enjoy,
A huge Thank You to "Jessica Hamilton and Her company is Doll Project"

Be sure to visit Jessica's Etsy, I am LOVE it


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