Sunday, February 26, 2012

RAGGEDY DOLL RESCUE! The Tale of Nick and Nora

Meet Nick and Nora!  
They didn't always look like this; they had to undergo a doll face transplant,hand lift, and hair plugs! Sounds like a lot for a doll to take, but they pulled through just fine and have been enjoying life together with their new and improved look! This is how it all began...........

Early one morning my husband and I decided to go to the local Flea Market; not looking for anything specific, we wandered about up and down each row when I discovered these sad-looking Raggedy dolls. They were in pretty bad shape; their faces and  hands were filthy, hair tattered, and their clothes smelled musty.

I picked them up, put them down and walked away, and began looking at other things. I then wandered back and  picked them up again and thought to myself; what would be the point in buying these poor dolls, they are beyond my help; or were they? I proceeded to put them down again; my husband was watching me the whole time and went over picked them up and asked the lady vendor how much? She said $10. He looked at me and said "do you want them", the dolls cried out to me, "please say YES!" So I bought them!

I got them home and just decided I was going to wash them! They had to be washed; that musty smell had to go! I sprayed them top to bottom, (feet that is) with laundry stain remover, extra on the dirty face and hands, and threw them in the washer,clothes and all  and turned it to hot wash.

To my horror when they came out, their faces were ripped beyond repair. The hands still looked awful, the hair worse but smell better, the clothes and body were OK.

So I ripped off the face and was glad there was another layer of fabric underneath, from that point I was thinking face transplant.

After tattered face was removed.
Relaxing before reconstruction!

So I then started the face process. I cut a piece of pinkie-peach flesh material bigger than the face, so that I would have room to sew it on the head. I embroidered a new face on by hand with embroidery floss, and then pinned the face to the head. 

Next I sewed the face in place, all the way around, including the neck. I tucked the edge of the neck under and sewed it to the base of the neck.

Face transplant in process!

For the hands I traced the size of the hands up to the elbow with extra for seam allowance, sewed them together and pulled them over the existing hands. I then turned them under on the ends and hand sewed them to the arms.

The existing hair was left as is, because it was clean, but I used a doll needle with a large eye for yarn and looped in new hair all over the head, so you can't really see the old hair!  

So...... Nick and Nora are living happily ever after!
                                           The End 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Meet my sweet baby owls, Lily and Kika. They adorn my tree to greet any body that comes for a visit, or just give my entry way a happy feeling! 

The Owl In The Tree
I saw an owl
He sat in a tree.
He opened one eye
He winked at me.

These owls are easy to to make and measure approximately 4x4-1/2 inches. Supervise children when making these because the process includes an open flame of a candle.



Craft Cord~Cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
Styrofoam balls~2-inch balls(2 for each owl)
Animal eyes~15mm
Leaf pin or modeling clay for beak
Candle for fusing
Glue gun
Small brush or toothbrush(not yours)
Helpful tool~stiletto (this is a sharp pointed tool you can find in a quilt shop or craft store, you can also use a toothpick

1. Use glue gun to glue 2 styrofoam balls together.
2.Cut craft cord into 1-1/2 inch pieces, start with 50.
3.Light a candle and hold end of cord piece in flame until it starts to melt, press into styrofoam ball it should sizzle. Cover all of the styrofoam, spacing about a little less than 1/4 inch.
4. Use the stiletto or toothpick to separate all the fibers of the cord. Once this is done, use small brush or toothbrush to fluff fibers to make it fluffy.
5. Push the post of the animal eyes in place, using the glue gun applying glue on the post helps secure them.
6. Trim owl to shape how you like.
7. Apply feathers with glue gun on sides.
8.Push leaf pin into head for beak. (I purchased these at Joann for $1) You can also make a small beak of modeling clay and paint it to color desired and glue it in place.
9.If you want to add detail you can use fabric paint.

Kika is embellished with fabric paint, and has a modeling clay beak.


Glue 2 Styrofoam balls together

Craft Cord
Cut craft cord into 1-1/2 inch pieces
Hold end of cord in flame until it starts to melt

Press melted cord into styrofoam until it sizzles
Separate fibers and fluff with brush

Thursday, February 2, 2012



                One of my favorite stories when I was little was about an old lady
               who loved to knit; she made mittens for all the neighborhood children.
               They loved her mittens for one very special reason; they could eat them!
             They were knitted with candy yarn the old lady made herself!
 One day this story infiltrated my thoughts, I decided to make a magic mitten quilt; so here you go........

I picked out fun whimsical fabrics from my stash, great project for using scraps. This fun little quilt only measures 21"x26-1/2".
I made a small mitten and cuff template and cut it out of template plastic, cut out mittens and cuffs and machine appliqued on a 5" background piece of fabric. after all the mittens were appliqued I used 1-1/2 " border strips for inner border and 3-1/2 " strips for outer border. Assembled the layers of the quilt, pin-basted and machine quilted using invisible thread.
I put a stripped binding on the quilt using 2" strips. 
Once that was done I made snowflakes! I cut out 2-1/2" circles of white print fabric, folded the once, twice, then 3 times(remember making snowflakes out of paper in elementary school, same thing) then making little cuts keeping the point and most of the unfolded side in tact, open up and press. I used basting spray to apply the snowflakes to quilt and then used free-motion stitching to set them in place. I used silver glimmer thread to make them sparkle.
This step takes patience because of all the cuts, but well worth the time.
Once that is done add your label and hang sleeve and put on your wall to enjoy!

Ball of yarn and needles label

                                         Mitten Template


Hand Embroidery~ Lesser Goldfinch

I am just having fun Hand Embroidering Birds that come to my yard for a visit, this is a Female Lesser Goldfinch! I incorporated real rose...