Monday, June 29, 2009

Family!! Andy and Annie and Their Family

Please meet "The Family"!
Yeppers Annir and Andy have all their children gathered here just to show you
how much fun their having this summer!
You will be able to see them July 1 on
I had such fun creating them..I made individual toes for Mom & Dad..So they can feel the cool sand beneath their feet.

Their Children - 10 inches each.. Prim Girl, Folk-Art Girl and a set of Twins!! One Girl and one Boy!!
As with all children they all have their own personalities.
What a fun family..Lots of Love and laughter too! Who knows what all these kids can get into this summer!!

Raggedy Ann and Andy Family. Their 18 inches and just so want to be held and hugged.It is a wonderful Whimsy Folk Art style...Ann and Andy- 18 inches of fun
whimsy folk art
Both have a full head of hair all hand sewn..Hand painted faces- They have toes and come bare foot for these hot summer days.Hand stripped legs.
Mom wears.a Petticoat with lace.also a wonderful cotton summer dress and every gal needs her pantaloons too:)
Dad wears his purple check shirt with his collar...with trousers that criss-cross in the back..
If you would like to see more pictures of The Family go to

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mind off the Heat and On Cool Fall

Taking our minds off Florida's heat index of 110-112 ..Keeping my thoughts on Fall creations..This is a really cute free SunFlower Pattern by:LillieMae
go to her site to get pattern and directions

Edward Gorey /EHAG Tribute Challenge!!!

WhOoo don't you just Love Challenges!!!
EHAG is having their 2009 challenge..To see click

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Halloween Menu Free Pattern By:FeelingStitchy

Halloween Menu Free Pattern

I have saved this awesome tutorial link for 2 yrs!! It is such fun and SO cute when finished!!
You will have to scroll half way down her page to have the Halloween Menu Free Pattern Tutorial...

How you decide to do this menu is up to you, but I like to combine vintage graphics with my designs. I have made many, many of these and they always come out different. There are programs that you can buy with vintage postcards to print out. There is one especially designed for Halloween. The Vintage Workshop can be found on-line and they have various subjects of graphics you can print out. These usually also include projects that you can make with patterns and directions.

I used two fabrics fused together with heat and bond and then I did a herringbone stitch to hide/enhance the fused pieces. Under the tutorial section there is a method of transferring patterns to dark fabric. I usually just freehand my patterns with a gold gel pen. If you are careful you can cover all the ink. When I finish this project, I heat and bond it to fiberboard and then frame it under glass. Options are for a wall hanging or pillow. Instead of printing the postcard on paper, you print it on fabric and fuse it or stitch it in place.

This was one of the first ones I made. I printed the postcard on fusible fabric and fused it to the other fabric instead of stitching it. I used two different colors for the menu for interest and added the spiderwebs with a gold thread. With the lighter fabric, you can trace the words with a water soluable pen before fusing the yellow fabric on the black. I stitch through both layers of fabric for extra support since I rarely use a hoop.

I would love to see how you put this together if you make it, so make sure you post it to the Embroidery flickr and tag it with Halloween Menu. I find that most people who have purchased these from me keep them up all year they like them so much.

Daisy Quilts...: "Hoot" the Owl - tutorial

Daisy Quilts...: "Hoot" the Owl - tutorial

Monday, June 22, 2009


isn't this just so awesome !!Gail Wilson created a Izannah Walker Doll Kits!!!!
Girl Izannah & Cat $52.00
Boy Izannah $52.00
Black Izannah Girl $52.00
ALSO Gail Wilson has a special size Izannah 12" doll pattern that you can make Girl, Boy and a Black version with Bonnet and has cotton knit and iron-on faces needed for the head ,Has any one made a Izannah Walker style doll from her pattern???I am diffently going to order this pattern!!
Gail Wilson writes:
IZANNAH WALKER DOLLS - There are few cloth dolls with quite as much charm and presence as the dolls made by Izannah Walker in the last half of the 1800’s. The dolls themselves are so rare and costly that only a few museums and very fortunate individuals have them, but they are certainly at the top of any list of early cloth dolls that admirers wish to see. Her dolls had heads that were molded in two parts in cloth and then covered with a cotton stockinette, and although I plan to one day create one that is constructed in this way, for which Izannah is the first woman to hold a US patent (obtained in 1873), I felt that this collection would be incomplete without a simple one that could be sewn at home from patterns and easy techniques. This version adopts the very round head which is sewn of stockinette as a separate shoulderplate with applied ears and a raised stitched nose. Her demure countenance is accomplished by special pattern transfers and painting techniques This version adopts the very round head which is sewn of stockinette as a separate shoulderplate with applied ears and a raised stitched nose. Her demure countenance is accomplished by special pattern transfers and painting techniques to make it easy for non-painters to achieve the look. Body construction is like most real Izannah’s with the same hour-glass shape torso, separately attached thumbs and painted on shoes. Of course her clothing is also typical with a lace-trimmed tucked dress, ruffled apron, slip and tucked pantaloons. The cat is a period toy sometimes seen in primitive portraits of children from which it is thought that Izannah took her painting style

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Brenda Ostrowski, the creator of 'Little Dollings'

I would like to introduce to you all a gal that has the most awesome imagination and soooo much talent, She is one of my favorite artists..I have watch Brenda grow by leaps and bounds over the last couple years.Her art work makes you hold your breath and say "wow!" her art work is truly one of a kind and totally original from her heart.It is just amazing what she can capture in all of her faces..She truly brings to life pieces of cloth! Be sure to visit her and plan on spending hours in her world!! Hugs Sherrie
Brenda Ostrowski, the creator of 'Little Dollings'
Brenda also is artist with a group called EHAG
EHAG is a group of professional artists and enthusiasts who share a love for art that celebrates the magic of All Hallow's Eve. Halloween painters, sculptors, doll artists, miniaturists, fiber artists and collectors alike gather here to share, inspire, encourage, support and discuss our latest creations!
Brenda Ostrowski eBay:*dollings

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What I am working on

I want to tell you all I have gone back Home To The Humble Arts. I say back home because that is exactly what THA is to me..Welcoming me with open arms and hearts,
It is all family and the feeling of being home!
Be sure to check out these wonderful Artisans
They have new editions 1st of each month.. The Humble Arts is
is a group of artisans banded together to offer you fine handmade items with a vintage, classic look and feel. We offer various items for your perusal and purchase, including, but not limited to handcrafted dolls, signs, needlework, and some hand me downs. Their goal is to create original one of a kind quality items, heirlooms to be
passed down from one generation to the next, dolls, rugs, etc. Nothing haphazardly thrown together but something with a lot of thought, care and of course, personality

Seems like for ever since I have posted what I am working on..So here Indy is what I have gotten finished so far on two dolls.I have fabric chosen , for the large doll and it is totally awesome!! Now ready to sew and get her hair and dress her..her theme will Patriotic! I have only created one Patriotic Theme doll..I am loving every minute working on Indy and her special friend!!

Creative Times Magazine - May/June Issue

Creative Times Magazine - May/June Issue
is ready for down load!!!

Friday, June 05, 2009

The Art Of Primitive Dolls Challenge from ADQ magazine

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The Art Of Primitive Dolls Challenge from ADQ magazine
I am so excited to here about the The Art Of Primitive Dolls Challenge from ADQ magazine.It has been my goal of 10yrs to help Preserve the Artist's of YesterYear and Today, To gain the recognition of the Prim Artist's they deserve for their works of Art. This is a huge step and I am doing the Happy Dance for sure Hugs Sherrie

New Magazine called "PRIMS" by Stampington and Co. They are looking for
Primitive Artists to submit their dolls for the 2010 issue. They want primitive,
rustic, historic, early Americana Styles and more. It is awesome exposure to for
all of us who wish to give it try!!
So if you have any questions or want more info. on it go
to: and look up "submissions" or contact their
submission dept. about it.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Frowning Francis

Alrighty !!TaDa~ One of my favorite pattern designers
FolkArt Doll Patterns by: Susan Barmore of Frowning Francis
AND Susan now has e-Patterns I am a happy doll maker yippie!