Monday, May 28, 2007

Softie / Time Away

Feels good to be just playing, Am creating a new softie! But have decided to take a couple weeks off from the computer , I need to concentrate on new creations, Having a fall show coming up and a couple orders to complete, Plus some commitments to create, I feel the pressure a bit, A good feeling though, So am taking time off from the ole computer and online groups, I will post , but not as much, Really need to create and while the good ole creative juices are flowing I decided to take advantage and shut off the computer, Hope you don't for get me, I will still be visiting you all though, Lots of blessings to you and yours. Love N Hugs Sherrie

Sunday, May 27, 2007

2007 Spring EFA Finished TaDa~~

May, was one of my CIP (Creations In Process) I gathered up all my CIP and took pictures and placed them on my online picture album, and it is such fun finishing them one by one, Do this at least for me it has been really motivating!! And thought also I'd like share I did sell my May EFA Style Doll , She now lives in California!! I sold her on

Friday, May 25, 2007

Dolls and the love of and for

Dolls were born long before they were given the french name of «poupée» (doll), which probably comes from the latin words «puppa» or «pupa» that mean «tétines, sein» (nipples, breast). Although it is difficult to define the doll's origin, a few ancient objects coming of Antiquity tell us that dolls were part of Greeks and Romans lives .

For centuries, rag dolls were made by mothers for their children. Rag dolls refer generically to dolls made of any fabric. Cloth dolls refer to a subset of rag dolls made of linen or cotton. Commercially produced rag dolls were first introduced in the 1850s by English and American manufacturers.

Although not as sophisticated(Primitive) as dolls made from other materials, rag dolls were well-loved, often as a child's first toy. Those that have made it down through the centuries are much cherish today. Antique collectors often tended to neglect the rag type dolls they were not very pretty and did not survive very well.

America dolls are based on rag dolls. If we could just hear the stories these dolls have to tell about crossing the Rockies going out West the secrets of their owners that was shared with them these dolls would be able to tell us a lot of history.

A stick, a clump of straw, a branch shaped with a knife, a stuffed ball of fabric or a roughly hand painted ball of paper... All a little girl needs is a bit of imagination to find the companion she dreams of.
From primitive to more elaborate forms, depending on the society from which they came, dolls have left behind them traces of a quiet happiness typical of childhood play. We invariably find them associated to the everyday life of little girls or collected by rich heirs, princes and other nobility.

The above doll was created by Nancy Gerber of Atticbabys, Please go check out her awsome creations at her blog and picture album, You will be so glad you did, Nancy really creates magnificent heirlooms
For the little girl, the everyday actions of dressing, feeding or do the hair of her doll is the perfect occasion to prepare for her role as a mother. During Renaissance, girls of royal blood learned with their dolls the strict codes of court etiquette.

Germany, France, and Denmark started creating china heads for dolls in the 1840s. China heads were replaced by heads made of bisque in the 1860s. German bisque dolls became quite popular because they were not as expensive.

Kammer & Reinhardt introduced a bisque character doll in the 1900s, starting a trend of creating realistic dolls.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Refreshing Pincushion 2

Refreshing Pincushion 2
Originally uploaded by

Hey guys I just have to tell you about this gal Monica Huete ..aka:feltland
she doesn't know me or I her, Except through flickr and blog land, I admire her talents.She creates such beautiful and unique
pincushions and other creations, But it is her originality that really grabbed me, She just made a Pear Pincushion that looks
good enough to eat..I thought to my self "Who would have ever thought of a Pear as a pincushion!"
I just found her blog:
and her flickr:
stop by and look at her talents!

Alrighty One Elephant Finished!!!

Has any one ever painted on wool?? I want to paint him some eyes,But kinda afraid to try to paint on the wool

Does'nt he have the cutest rump!

Elephant is about 12“ tall and about 10“ long.

Up close

Below is the actual picture of the pattern,

I do plan on making a prim elephant also, This pattern is by:Karen Neieforth @ instant down load )
rk-creations web site:
Karen creates wonderful patterns and my favorite E-Patterns

Needle Felting (NF) Thank You & Links

Thank You ... Kerry, Lori ,Debby, Sabine ,
for sharing your time and help and tutorial links with me!!
Kerry :
indepth needle felting tutorial Visit:

She wants to learn NF also!

Sabine :
Who has just started NF too! using this link she was kind enough to post to me

Debby: Debby said... Visit: for some free needle felting tutorials on the felting fun and more felting pages.

Good Morning Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful week end, Whew it seemed it just blew by!
We had a wonderful week end, Did a bit of this n that!
We went to JoAnn's and I used my good ole' 50% coupon and bout 2 yards of cream color 100% wool, Oh it is just yummie!! I plan on a challenge to myself, Of seeing how many creations I can create with this yummie wool.. New creations journey and my fav things to make
I also got two yards of yummie grey wool

I can't believe I bought on Saturday and created my
elephant ready to embellish and Created my giraffe which is ready to stuff

yippee and all this on a week end, which is usually very
busy with hubby,family, friends and just on the go!!

As you can see When I wasn't looking my softie bear
and Americana doll started playing around!!

OoOo poor elephant what a heavy load! :)

Friday, May 18, 2007

some fab needle felting

some fab needle felting
Originally uploaded by makingmitsi.
alrighty herra here is the PERFECT picture!! This is what I have been trying to show you and This is what I want to learn to do
This gal
has the cutest needle feltings..Oh I hope some one can point me in the right directio on how to start!!!

Making Felt Balls and Pincushions

If any one can tell how to get started learning how to needle felt ....I 'd SO appreciate it !!I love how people are needle felting whimsy animals, and even pincushionsI found this tutorial

But Its not exactly what I am looking for Help Plz :))

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

How To Get Organized—Finally!

When it comes to getting organized, we're our own worst enemies. We keep things because we persuade ourselves we'll need them—even if we haven't used them in five years and don't quite know where we've put them. There seems to be a security factor in just knowing they're around... somewhere.

But that turns out to be misplaced; it's our inner-hoarder talking. What most of us really need is a personal push to get organized, an experienced personal organizer to separate us emotionally from the possessions we no longer need and that clutter our minds as well as our space.

* Open your mail every day. Or make a weekly appointment with yourself—and don't break it!—to open all your mail and pay all your bills.

*Set up a weekly appointment with yourself to do the food shopping—and create a meal plan for the week with all the necessary groceries—so that you won't need to go to the grocery store all the time.

*When you pick up your mail, always throw the junk mail out immediately. That leaves a smaller pile to contend with.

*Shred everything with your name, address, and any personal information, especially credit card offers and anything with your social security number.

*Get over the emotional roadblock to getting organized. You must be willing to throw things out! As a veteran organizer, I can honestly say that there is no one's home where something can't be thrown out—including mine! If there's an item you haven't used in six months, chances are you won't ever use it; it's only taking up space.

*Go through your items quickly and make snap judgments—that first inclination is generally a good one. Then repeat the process. Often, you will find more items that you can live without. If you are holding onto something in case you "might" need it in the far off future, get rid of it! You can always buy whatever it is when you actually need it.

*If you really can't throw things out, I suggest staging those items out of your life. Put the items in a box with a destroy date written onto it—generally about six months from now. If you find yourself needing to go into it to find something—and you end up actually using that item, not just taking it out of the box—put it with the items to keep. Anything left in the box at the end of the time should be thrown out.

*Do not get overwhelmed. Pick one thing that needs to get organized—the smaller the better—papers, computer files, clothes, linen closet, kitchen, mail, children's room, and work on that one thing until you are content that it is sufficiently organized. Then move onto the next item. Never attack the whole house at one time.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Originally uploaded by
Oh these colors and my favorite they are pincushions!! Do they say Spring and Summer or what!! This gal always does such wonderful art and she always makes you smile!!
Hugs Sherrie

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Americana Doll starting to come together

I have been trying to work on this Americana Doll all day,But my tooth is really hurting,

So I couldn't get in to the detail I want to do on her bodice of her dress..

I did get her petticoat and pantaloons and her skirt finished

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Ouch is all I can right now,
Today I had the second half of my root canal,
I do not know if I bit my lip or if the dentist was pressing on my bottom lip, But I have a really nasty gash right now inside my lower lip,
When the Novocain where's off “ohBoy”Now found out I have to go back to the dentist next Monday for ANOTHER root canal Ugh*! Its right next to the one I just had done..grrr*:)
Dentist kept saying what a small mouth I have..The pain that I have and seems to last over a week after wards is in my jaw from the injections, and keeping my mouth open wide for one and a half hours.
So if I don't post for a couple days hehehe you lucky person LOL You will know why!! Well tomorrow is a new day..Hopefully I can get caught up at least in the house, Having every thing neat and picked up always makes ya feel soooo much better!!

Just think of all the stitching I can get done on my sampler I have been stitching yippie!!!
Hugs Sherrie

Monday, May 07, 2007

Can you tell It's Monday :)

Alrighty can you tell it is Monday ?? This simple looking bodice gave me such a fitI knew it had to be Monday!! Really there is a lot more to this bodice than what this picture shows..And it only took me 3 times to get it to go together really nicely!I am on a roll once again Yay!! I have her panta loons and petticoat, all ready for the good ole' aging technique and even have her skirt ready to attach to her bodice..Whew I have been sewing up a storm!!Okay What have you been up to??Hugs Sherrie

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Easy Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

Hey run over to my friend's blog and see

her sweet Softie Easy Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

Missy even gives you the pattern for the tooth !

She has several fantastic tutorials !!

Check them out

Have a Creative Day,Hugs Sherrie

step by step how to make the pillows pictured here.

You can vary them in many ways! Be creative!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Spring EFA Finished TaDa~

This is the first of the month, It is May 1 already !!!!,
Do you realize half the year is nearly over..
Please come and visit and be inspired!! to The Humble Arts
and see all the newest offerings There are so many talented
artists featuring top of the line Handmade Creations, Heirlooms!!!

This is the first time I have hand painted a EFA doll and her face ,
They are always hand embroidered, I haven’t decided yet if I like it or not,
What I mean is a EFA has a very special feel truly like no other,
and part of that charm… I believe is the hand embroidered face

I am pleased and proud how my 2007 Spring EFA has turned out!
I don’t say that very often about my dolls,
My daughter really likes her, HmMmm wonder why when people like ,
REALLY like some thing you created they say “You made that?” :)