Monday, November 23, 2015

 Just want to share with you all , a awesome Doll Maker  Jan Conwell of  "JDConwell Art Dolls"
Jan really takes the time to dress her dolls to perfection, She has just amazing talent, and a Wonderful gal to know. It is my dream to one day to be able to create dolls like these, But for some like me, Really find it hard to learn to sculpture with clay, I am looking forward to one day "Maybe' finding that type of talent.If not I will be very happy to Love and enjoy others talent in these dolls!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Had to take a break from re-doing the sewing room.Meet Sleepy-Eyes. Think she looks like how my muscles feel right now, But I think she turned out really cute. She has a hand drawn face, and I embroidered her nose and mouth, Hand sewn hair, and her dress and pantaloons are made from some really cool flannel. Her legs are hand striped and painted shoes, Sleep-Eyes is 18 inches tall, and very((( Hug able  )))  *Smooch* :)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Start Of a New Sewing Room

All I can say "Whew" WOW such work, Thank God for my husband's help. First we stripped naked the enter, room here you will see the over flow through 3 rooms, The guest bath room, First Hall way, and The poor Dinning Room, Then we Scrubbed down the walls, Carpet (yuck) Windows,Curtains,  All fixtures,

Now SLOWLY Slightly starting to put back together.  Have GOBS to sort through, DOWN SIZE!!
(Last time for down sizing this is it )
This will take the  next few days, Just can not do it properly all in one day Whew! But when finished I will post a "Finished Pictures" My Dream Sewing Room. I am so excited !!

Still looks so disfunctional as it is, But through it all I see my Dream Room coming !!!!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Making My Own Babyland Rag Doll

 Ever fall in love with a doll that you your self created ? 
 I have totally, fallen in love with my Babyland Rag Doll. 
I have used the Babyland Rag Doll Body Pattern by:One of my hero's in the cloth doll world  Dixie Redmond
Actually I have had my 30 inch , Babyland Rag Doll and her 14 inch Baby finished and just standing next to me in my sewing room , For a couple months, Just enjoying her, Even though she is not dressed , I did make her some pantaloons and petticoat, Which I need to age right away.... That will be next to do.

One day Hubby and me were in Goodwill I saw this doll Aqua Blue Doll Stand, Sheeze, Tall heavy , sturdy, well for a $1.99 I grabbed that baby right up, It wasn't for several weeks later I realized "hey That isn't a tall doll stand, But it is a toilet paper holder *duh me* works beautifully as a stand!
As you can see I did pencil a face on her baby, Not happy with her nose, so will re-do her nose again, I could not for the longest time decide to place a face on either.
So went to my book shelf pulled out one of my very favorite books  "Cloth Dolls From Ancient To Modern By Linda Edwards, I think I have had this book about 12 years, LOVE it ,I do refer to it often, I do allot research,  I do mean way to much kind of allot research ,Those that do have this book look on page 61, -67, She shows how the  True  Antique Babyland Rag Dolls were dressed and facial features, if any.

What kind of styles for the period, How did they wear their hair, Their Clothing, down to their shoes, socks, What was going on in the world at that time period and much more.

Why you ask, Well I love History! 

Going to really pace myself for these special dolls, using vintage real thing as much as possible, It has always been my dream to do exactly that, Just wasn't sure enough of my self, Now well just jumping in, but going slow.YES I am very excited! 

NOTE: That I still  will be creating my Folk Art, Whimsy, Prim..No way Hosea  will I ever stop creating these, Love them way to much. Oh let's not for get my Quilting too :).

 Back to my Baby land Rag Doll, I have given her hand stitched finger and as you can see I always age my Body fabric before I cut out and sew.

 Her feet will have stockings and shoes .I decided to make her shoes from felt, instead of leather, I was worried about my sewing machine and leather.
YES! Finally decided ,yep I am going to dress her, My friend  and boss, gave me her Mothers Linen table cloth, The patina is just perfect, and the detail on this piece is just gorgeous

 I found this small shrug at Goodwill, Perfect to cut and add with cloth dolls.
 Last but not least, I decided to add a light color pencil face to my Babyland Rag Doll, Hopefully a YesterYear look and touch. As far as a name, that is far from thought at this point, But she will be my first FINISHED YesterYear Doll for 2015!!
Have to place her on hold a bit, Christmas sewing must be first right now!

Saturday, November 07, 2015

A Young Girl and her Nursemaid/ Best Friend

To me this is the MOST precious picture ever. I am a history nut, To have found this picture on line, Just knocked my socks off. I am a doll maker, a Lover of the what I have named and called for over 20 years "YesterYear"This IS a  most magnificent picture. Just sitting and looking at both gorgeous little girls, I do think of what was their history ? I bet they were the best of friends their entire life. I don't just see a the doll the little girl is holding. 
Be sure to click to enlarge
Look into both there faces. See the happiness , that only childhood can bring as precious and pure love. I adore how they are dressed, Look at the hand made detail whoa!, Their shoes are just so awesome, The time period I am sure at the time  of this picture, There were probably no factory made shoes or clothing.Yet these two are dressed to the hilt !

I hope to take my cloth and create in honor of these two adorable precious friends, Just two sweet loving baby doll themselves. Ok going to my Dream Drawing Board, Yep I really do have one!