Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Directions for a chair from a wooden box.

I originally posted these directions in 2007 but it seems they went to my old webpage and were deleted when Netscape discontinued their page!  So here is a pic of the chairs.  There is a link on the Tutorials list on the right side of the blog for the directions.  Incase the link doesn't work, here is the link

The larger chair was made for my first pattern, Ragalia.  The beaded chair was made for my newest doll, Frida as a child.

I just finished two dolls using vintage linens.  One is Frida as a child who is bead jointed and who I made the bead chair for.  The second is a stand alone doll, Victorian Lace, made with vintage lace doilies and lace and buttons.  These two are from the "In her Own Style" design (not yet a pattern!) that I created for the alternate 2015 Hoffman Challenge doll.  I am really enjoying this pattern.  I have made quite a few dolls from it, most of them with cloth over clay over cloth faces which I seem to be doing more though I did refine the pattern for the head to be done in cloth only.  Here are pics of the dolls made from this design.  Quite a collection!

This is Frida as a Child reading to her toy Monkey.  She is sitting in the wooden chair above and is bead jointed.  Her face is Cloth over cla over cloth.  Her apron, sleeves and collar are vintage linens.  She is holding a small Photo Album with pics of her as a child.  She also has flowers in her hair which became one of Firda Kahlo's signature looks.




This is Victorian Lace.  She is a stand alone doll.  I was told she is reminiscent of Madonna which didn't thrill me but to each their own.  I think she is a bit Flapper/Steampunk.  Her color and skirt is made from vintage doilies.  The lace on her bodice and sleeves as is the lace on her bloomers is dyed with coffee.  I was going to give her a hat, but decided on a headband with Lace rosettes on the sides.  The buttons on her boots are vintage and purchased at Brimfield.  She has an armature, no beaded joints.

The rest are familiar and have been posted before with their stories, so I am just going to add them here.  Left is Rag Bag Diva (cloth face), Right is My Mommy Made this (Cloth over Clay over Cloth Face).  The picture below is The Bride as a child (COCOC face), Style of Her Own (the original cloth face), and In her own Words (COCOC) who is also bead jointed.  To the Right is Ms America who is also Bead Jointed, Cloth face.  I have one more to make, A Mod/60's girl with white go-go boots!  I already have her cloth face done.  Though she will have a slightly different dress.  I love playing with a pattern and seeing the different dolls that can be created by just changing fabric!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Italian Meat Pies

Made this for a party I attended this weekend and promised I would post the recipe so here it is!  Enjoy!

Italian Meat Pie
Makes 6 Pies
Meat Pie Dough

2 eggs
2 lbs flour
1 pks dry yeast
2 cups milk
¼ c warm water
4 Tbsp Sugar
2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp melted shortening
Disolve yeast in warm water.  Heat milk to just scalding.  Add shorting and sugar and allow to cool.  Add to yeast with salt and eggs.  Mix.  Add flour to form a smooth dough.  Knead 10 minutes.  Place in greased bowl and turn to grease top.  Cover and let rise until double in bulk.  Beat down and let rise again.  Divide into 6 pieces . Note:  I use purchased dough.

Meat Filling

5 lbs pork cut into one inch pieces or partially cooked italian sausage
1 lb of cut up cheese (mozzarella, swiss, provolone) or pastrami, procuitto, hot ham, capacolla

3 lbs of onions partially fried with salt pepper and garlic (optional).

Cheese Mixture
3 lbs ricotta cheese
3 eggs
3 Tbsp water
Salt and pepper

Mix together and set aside.

Hard boil, peel and cut in half 24 eggs.(optional)

Mix meat, onion and cheese mixture together


Roll a piece of the dough out to the size of a large pizza.  Put the filling on half of the dough.  Put about 8 egg halfs on top of filling.  Cover with other half of dough and seal the edges.  Brush the top of the pie with a beaten egg mixed with a few tablespoons of brewed tea.  Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Pierce with a fork to let out air as it bakes.  Bake in a preheated 425d oven for 35 minutes.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Progress on Ghost of Autumn

I am making good progress on Ghost of Autumn.  Thought I found the perfect branch for a stand, but maybe not.  
 I did lots of freemotion leaves some  on tulle, some on shiffon for her clothes, hair and trim.  I created a fabric using die cut chiffon leaves and freemotion stitching for her underskirt, then attached leaves to it and also to her body to create a bodice.  Still can't sew the arms in place until I can finalize her pose.  She needs shoes.
 Her belt is made from twigs and twine.  This is the back side with the twine glued in place.  I wove it through the twigs but wanted to make sure it would stay together.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Ghost of Autumn


I am currently working on a new doll, Ghost of Autumn.  I took a reject head and did a clay/cloth over.  Then I made a body using the one I designed for A Style of her Own.  I made her I natural Southern bell.  I wanted pale leaves all over the body and head so I dyed tissue paper, cut out leaf shapes with my sizzix, stamped them with archival ink then glued them in place with matte medium. I used pencils, pens and pan pastels (a first but liking them for this application!) to color the face.  Now I am off to do some free motion leaves on sheer nylon, tulle, and wash away Solvy.  I should be back on a week!  LOL!



Monday, October 5, 2015

Kit directions for fabric book

Fabric book
Cut 4 pieces off muslin 6" x 12" for the pages

Cut 2 pieces of Muslin 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" for the covers ( so they will be a little larger than the pages

Cut 8 pieces of iron on interfacing 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" and to the pages, two to each page, 1/4" from the outer edges.  There should be 1/2" without interfacing on the center where the spine will be.

Cut 4 pieces of iron on interfacing 6" x 6" and do same as pages.

Cut 2 pieces of chip board 6" x6" to insert into the covers ( optional)

I also added a piece of felt cut the same sixe as the interfacing for backing and sewed through all these layers as I embellished each page.

To assemble book:  sew covers together around the outer edge, inserting the chipboard if you like a stiff cover  I also added a line of stitching form the center spine.  

Sew pages together the same way so you have two "signatures" measuring 6" x12".

To assemble the book: Tack a long - 24" at least- piece of ribbon down the center of on side of the pages.  Tie around the center of the cover at the spine. Tie the ribbons and embellish as you like.

Pics of the book tied together viewed from the top.

Outer cover.  I added one of my Mother's pins.


Inner page.  I added lace over the ribbon.





Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Just had to try this....

I have been purchasing vintage embroidered linens to use when making my Ragalia rag doll pattern.  I finally made one!  I used one of the test heads for my Style pattern - the one with the purple eyes.  I had fabric picked out before for Chrissy's doll until I found out her favorite color was green!  And that fabric and embroidered linen would not work with the purple eyes so back to the stash where I found this sweet little piece with the embroidered basket and the crocheted edge.  I used some fabrics I had dyed with poke berries for her legs and bloomers.  The dress fabric and the laces on it were all in my stash as was the scrap just big enough for her arms.  The hair was a white slubby stuff I have had for years except the slubs were pink and blue so had to dye it with pink.  Hoped the blue would turn lavendar but not really.  I even used DynaFlow which changes everything!  But in the end, I liked the way it turned out.  I crocheted enough for the hair into a strip, dyed it and then dried and ironed it so it would look curly.  Made the wig pieces a little on the short side, but her hair do works.  realized as I took pics, I still have to give her finger nails and I think I'll give her a basket to carry too.  The buttons on her dress were in a tin given to be by a dear friend, Mrs. Youngman who also happens to be my SIL's Mother.



crocheted strip
The yarn I used and the final product after crocheting, dying, drying and unraveling.




What a difference Hair makes!  Her back view.













Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last Pages of my Tribute book

Finally finished the last 4 pages of my cloth book.
The left page is my mother around age 17-18 (1937-8) with her parents.  I believe this was taken in front of their house. The pin is 14k gold with pearls.  No idea how old.  The right side is my parents in 1941 before my Dad went into the service. Probably why they look so glum. The pins were my mothers.

Left is my father taken after he received his Sargeant Stripes in maybe 1942-43.  Have several copies of this pic, none of them have a date.  Also have a newspaper article but no date on that either.  The buttons were in her button box and have an eagle seal on them but they are not original uniform buttons. The other pic is their wedding pic, 10-21-1945.  They would have been married 70 years this October.  The rings aren't her original-those where stolen when their house was burglarized though I think the original wedding ring was left with her.  The pin was from her jewely box and I believe it is very old because I saw it in a few pics from the 40s.