Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
It's a blizzard of dollies 'round here...the last of the ornaments are packing up to go to Minnesota, but I have made extras to offer to you! (Yes, you!) I have 3 snowfolk ornaments to offer you...each is made from antiqued, painted, muslin that has sweet snow eyes drawn and painted on and tiny bead mouths...each snow person has a wee wool felt hat, a ribbon collar or scarf, all trimmed in sparklie silver ribbon with little accents and frosty hangers...each are about 7" high, and the 2 with silver collars can sit...Frosty can sit if his scarf hangs over a ledge...
Sold Out~ Thank you...
*Winter Sky Snowman*
I counted till they danced so
Their slippers leaped the town,
And then I took a pencil
To note the rebels down.
And then they grew so jolly
I did resign the prig,
And ten of my once stately toes
Are marshalled for a jig!
Stay Warm & Cozy,
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
$28.00, includes travel fare
Sold~~available to order! (thank you...)
$28.00, includes travel fare
Sold!~~available to order...
$28.00, includes travel fare
Sold!~~available to order
And I can certainly take specific requests...pale green mint and chocolate, pink cupcake sprinkles, fruit cake...hmmmmmmmmm.....what else do I like to eat?
Monday, November 26, 2007
His hat is hand-dyed wool with a rusty jingle bell and sparklie berries at the tip...His face is hand-drawn on painted muslin~~really a wonderful blend of both mediums. I have needle felted his beard out of Cloth Doll Supply sheep's wool, and his hat is trimmed in real sheepskin.
Truly a grand ol' fella to grace your tree!
Sold Out~~Thank you!
And now for a special sneak preview:
These are adapted from a 2005 design, strange little peppermint folks that whacked reindeer with their scepters....in the interest of peace and goodwill, which should be foremost during the holidays, this design has grown sweeter...sweet as candy, in fact! This gang is off to Krista Artista Gallery in Minnesota:
They are made of painted muslin, with hand-drawn faces...then trimmed out in all manner of dime-store Christmas nonsense! (My favorite...) They have a very vintage appeal, and I will have 3 of them to offer you tomorrow...
Friday, November 16, 2007
ARTIST: But it's a lovely hat...so sweet...
Well, maybe...but that's a good thing in my work, isn't it?
A lack of dignity?!
No, no, no....just a lack of, well. No. Not a lack, per. say...an addition. An addition of fun, of whimsy, of---
And a SUBTRACTION of "hat".
The following monologue is per. Bobby the Bear with mild to vehement objections from the artist (me!) interjected throughout, but not specifically noted due to time limitations and a distinct lack of typing skill:
I mean, last Sunday's Bun' was all very well and good, but she is, was, just a bunny, you know? Bears require a certain...understated elegance, a dignity equivocal to their place in nature. Exacting, appropriate garments. And I do believe that I, Robert, represent the very finest of such...nature's specimens of elegant beast. I mean, really, that sums me up I think. Might I add that I have admirably relented to wearing this BLASTED sweater, not to mention the silly button (I don't care how "old" it is! Since when is age a GOOD thing, anyhow???) But, Mrs. Wommack, I digress. To state my intentions, my wishes, my...well, my responsibility to the rest of the bear world, to bears everywhere....quite simply: No hats, for such bears as I! I am, well, I'm a bear of dignity, if nothing else....
Whatever. There's no way I'm calling you Robert~! (Though I could run with the David Mamet qualities for a bit....).
Made in Magpie fashion, will you please consider Bobbie and His little giraffe, Fritz? These 2 are carefully created in celebration of old toys...precious treasures carefully stored on the window seat in the nursery.... Picture taking is terrible today, so I will have to tell you about Bobbie's wonderful fur that I have dyed...it is lighter on the top of his head, and on this outer limbs and very subtly contrasts with he rest of his figure...like he's been faded by sunshine over the wonderful and many years! And then there's that HUGE red button fastened to his felted wool cardigan...it is quite old and garnished with a vintage cabochon that has a little gentleman bear upon it...Fritz is also made from hand-dyed wool, trimmed like Bobbie, with glass eyes and vintage trimmings...the pair is quite, quite, sweet, hat or no.
Bobbie is OOAK & 17" high, Fritz is 11"
sold! thank you!
*Gilly and Peppermint*
A mother should never have favorites, but I must tell you that Gilly the Elephant is quite easier to get along with than Bobbie!!
Gilly was soooo charming, she ended up having a little dress sewn especially for her! (I loathe dress-making....!!!) It is trimmed in satin ribbon and pink ric-rac~~Gillie and Peppermint have little duckie cabochons...cute! There. I said it. Actually called my own work CUTE!? What's the world coming to???
Peppermint is made of white wool, with glass eyes...and Gilly's eyes are German glass, just a little different than my usual. :) BUT~~still the same dyed and aged mohair and wobbly 5-way jointing, wool paw pads, and excelsior & wool stuffin' (that's the Magpie fashion, you know...)
*Gillie* is a OOAK 14" and
*Peppermint* stands at 5" or so + 8" long...
sold! (thank you...)
And that's all she wrote, uh, stitched!
Until we meet again...
Sunday, November 11, 2007
As you can see (or not), we had a grand little soiree this aft' when I finished up *Sundae Bunny*. Everyone turned out! From the old metal elephant to the baby in pink, yellow bear, brown bear, and Andy....and of course Mecki was there!! We had such grand time, sipping pink flowered tea from the little vintage charm on the Sundae pin keep...ah, so nice to visit and catch up with friends~~both old & new! Our little cottage was rattling with the chatter of an early winter tea, as the winds turn and (hopefully!) the snow blows in...
But. In other areas of our wee domicile it was rather quiet. Too quiet....know what I mean? In other rooms things were going awry...running amuck (sp), if you will.
Did you ever read Little Mouse Biddle Mouse by David Kirk? Of course you have, being the genteel and literary acquaintance that you are! Welll...you know the part where Little Mouse gets a bit piggy and eats all his family's food? And it goes something like:
"Little Mouse Biddle Mouse, what have you done? You've eaten the food now your family has none!" That was Chloe's favorite book when she was four, and we continually heard: "What did you done?!", as she scrambled after her toddling sister's general chaos and destruction...well. We had a "what did you done?!" moment this evening. You know all of those polynesian fellers with the tattoos??? Go ahead. Scroll down. I'll spare you the gory details, but I have a 3 year old who looks something like. Nekkid and all. She's now scrubbed semi-clean (it was a brown archival marker, so she looks a bit tan), but I do have a lasting memento from the incident. My pillow. That I sleep on.:
Ask any mama of little (or big!) ones and she'll tell you that pillow is a precious, precious, thing...I guess I have a Polynesian pillow?
Made in my usual fashion :) and I love her wobbly old joints! She's wearing a hand embroidered little wool vest, trimmed in vintage charms and flower beads...there's a little copper bird! A green wool scarf and vintage hankie skirt...antique shoe button eyes...Her feet are stitched and One thread is coming un-done (but not "for reals")...she is SWEET and I am so excited to make some more...a snow bunny...a bunny in a bonnet...a bunny with a chicken...a bunny with archival brown ink body tattoos....but, I digress.
She has a sweet sundae pin keeper, embroidered wool and all manner of vintage whimsies are pinned to the sundae...candy-looking beads, a tea-cup pin with a doily, and of course a big vintage "cherry" bead...yum!! *Sundae* is a wobbly 12" high (including ears), and about 9" seated...she is sitting on a high shelf, as she is quite enchanting to some little girl! (And some tiny Polynesian kid who lives here...)
Sold! Thank you kindly...
(includes travel fare...)
PS~~put your markers on the high shelf, along with your bunnies....
Friday, November 9, 2007
Now, for the bears...both have mugs or cups of "chocolate"--a rich, beautiful, brown, wool from Skip to my Ewe. I do believe it is my personal goal to make anything BUT a hooked rug with Tammy's wool...(and I'm saving hooked rugs for retirement). And here we go:
I have sewn a sage green colored vest for him, embroidered 'round with blanket stitching and french knots and daisy stitches compose a pine cone on the right front vest panel. It is pinned on with crochet lace, a gingerbread man charm, and new and vintage sparklie beads...the teacup is printed with a pastoral scene is a shade that "just suits" Mr. B.
An extra special "touch" to both mugs of chocolate is a dollop of white wool "whipped cream", carefully filled with sand, to sharpen your pins and needles--such a yummy emery! And then each is topped off with a vintage bead that looks precisely like a peppermint...
Mr. B has a satin neck ribbon, is 10" high, and would be most delighted if you will join him for a cup of Christmas Chocolate!
(thank you kindly...)
*Cocoa for Santa*
Baby bear is trying so very hard to wait up for Santa! And she has been so sweet...not one sip of chocolate, you know! Baby is wearing a nightgown and nightcap made from a very fragile, very old, linen hankie...I have used the crocheted hem to accent the dress and cap appropriately, and added-to are tiny little "yo-yo's" sewn from red and white ruffled ribbon~! Baby's little mug is a Santa mug, and it's a wee 3" high, even with the whipped cream emery! Baby has an itty bitty 3" wool felt bear to keep her company as she waits, and she is 9" high herself (but quite plump!).
(thank you kindly)
Thank you all so much for your interest in my work,
and for your consideration~~
Sunday, November 4, 2007
*The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. *
At last! A dollie! And a Christmas Angel at that....
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I volunteered for the class party, of course, with my BFF...our kiddos were in a Lutheran Pre-School together, and now, first grade...I finally realized why the craft table was so, um, intense. Twice as many of the little darlings and hardly any acted like they love Jesus...let alone their neighbor with the glitter glue. But, I digress...if I would of been on time, this would have been on The Humble Arts...which you must visit this month. Directly. Go now!!
Are you back? Alright, let's go...
Welcome! Thank you for visiting my page within *The Humble Arts*~~ I bet you’ve gathered by now that we have a “Nutcracker Suite” them this month!! And I did manage to carry it over into my Mohair creations…and no, it’s not the Rat King (or whatever he is)…I would love for you to meet
a 14’’, One-of-a-Kind Ele’
and her constant companion
a 6” Bunny
I have used only the finest materials, new and vintage trims…this set is truly splendid with lots of details and plenty of sweetness.
However…I suppose I should mention…a disclaimer, of sorts: these are terrible gossips!
(includes travel fare)
a 13’’, One-of-a-Kind Bear
(includes travel fare)
I hope you enjoy this month's offerings as much as I have their creation…
~~ please take a moment to visit my blog to apprise yourself on happenin’s in the nest (ummmmm....yeah, ignore that part. 'cause yer here!!)…and if you would like to be added to my mailing list please let me know…
Monday, October 15, 2007
*Netty* is a loosely 5-way jointed 12" bear...9" seated. Her violet colored mohair is hand-dyed and very gently aged...stuffed with excelsior, weighted with steel shot, she has hand sewn pearl-cotton features. Netty's eyes are antique boot buttons, mounted on just enough 100% yellow wool felt to give a bit of a vintage feel...her sweet, sweet, jacket is sewn from a vintage handkerchief...hand sewn crochet lace for trim, and fastened with the same lace, a cream antique-replica button, silk flower, and vintage locket full of memories...now, *Bip* (sigh). Well, Bip is rather irreverent...and made from Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful, it's no wonder! (BTW, this little book is fun, fun, fun!!!) *Bip* is 7" high, made from wool yarn and stuffed with wool...her claim to fame is those glass google eyes...! *Netty & Bip* come with the little blue chair (7"high) and it is hand-painted and crackled~~looks quit old...Netty's jacket is fully removable...anything I've missed just email your questions!
*Scarlet 'n' Andy*
Another 12" OOAK bear (and her little friend!)