Friday, December 24, 2010

Last Christmas Offering

My husband had a last minute "oops" and remembered that we didn't have a gift for his aunt.

Technically, we didn't need one, since we didn't draw her name in the gift exchange, but she always puts on a lovely Christmas dinner and it just seems right to honor her in some small way.

Soooo....since she collects bears, he thought I could make her a bear for Christmas.

I had a little mohair, so that is what I used. He is tiny, fully jointed and has glass eyes.

I almost used a glass nose, too, but his face seemed to ask for an embroidered one.

He measures about five inches tall, though he prefers to sit.

Merry Christmas to all!

Until next time, happy last minute creations!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas Wishes to All!

My intentions are always good, but I know myself well enough to predict that the baking, wrapping, planning, etc. over the next few days will probably keep me from spending too much time on the computer.

Just in case I don't get here until the day AFTER Christmas, I wanted to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season!
God bless us, every one.
Until next time, happy family, food and festivities!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Slow Sales But Happy Holidays


I was so excited to make things this season and even hopped on it early, but either my price point was too high or what I liked this season was not for everyone.
Que sera sera.

My commissions keep chugging along, so I guess I'll stay afloat!

Best wishes to everyone as we come into the full embrace of the holidays.

I hope you all have peace, fun and profits!

Thanks for stopping in!

Until next time, happy holidays!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Look Who Arrived in the Mail!

Zan hosted a doll swap this year and I was lucky enough to be partnered with Helen Fern.

This is the sweet little doll that arrived in the mail yesterday.

Isn't her hair great?

She fits right in with our Christmas decor.

My pictures don't do her justice, so be sure to check out Helen's information to see the details!

Until next time, I wish you many holiday surprises!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Elf Homes

Here are some hastily done photos of my two latest pieces of work.

They are cuter at night, since the windows in the homes light up as if someone tiny is living there.
Wintery fun!
Thanks for dropping by for a visit.

Until next time, happy creating!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Winter Skies

This was the view from my front yard last night.
Winter in Southern California can be a bit monotonous, so when we have a sky like this, I definitely take note.

These are the sycamores of Sycamore Moon Studios.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit.

Until next time, beautiful skies and warm family wishes to you!


Friday, December 10, 2010

A Home for January

Here is the finished product.

January was created for a doll swap.

Rather than choosing a specific holiday, I chose to choose a "non-holiday".

The month of January always seems to be overlooked and underappreciated.

This doll is light weight paper clay with psuedo joints.

She is wearing a spun cotton shirt, a white mohair wig and has inset eyes.

I hope you enjoy seeing her!

Thanks for dropping in for a spell.

Until next time, keep on swapping!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Look what came in the MAIL!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE a good swap, and baby, I just participated in the BEST swap ever!
There was not one barker in the bunch! Every single ornament I received was amazing.
It was so worth it!
And because the ornies were so noteworthy, I just HAD to share.
This sweet snowman came from the swap organization queen herself, Vivian Neroni.
Find her at

Isn't he darling?
Check out the precious little chenille stem legs. *tee hee*
So cute!!

This snowman piece was one that my husband liked quite a bit.
I wasn't able to capture all of the fine detail in the photo, but it has quite a bit of pizzazz!

It was created by Kathy Lowry of

This sweet clock faced paper ornament is really well made. The ruffles are WAY better than any I have tried to make. Gorgeous!

Look for more goodies like this at

I love vintage graphics, so this little ornie just delighted me.
It has two little sled girls on the face, lots of glitter and great music graphics, too.
Did you see the little dangling beads at the bottom?
Such great details!
Jeanne Szewczyk is the artist on this one!

Thanks, Jeanne!

Who doesn't love a well made Victorian cone?

This one is fabric and lace and everything beautiful and old time-y and was packaged beautifully. Such a sweet little fairy in the top, too!

Look for Kimberly Laws' work at

I should have found a better backdrop for this one, as I don't think the true preciousness of this piece works with the tinsel tree as a backdrop, but I was a bit short on time.

These are tiny needlefelted acorns dangling from a retro-style bow.

It is a stunner in person and was created by Brenda Radzinski. LOVE it!

This one was a giggle and a half.
I thought it was cute while in the packaging, but you HAVE to look at the best part!

Tiny skate! Thanks to Elizabeth Andrus of Creative Breathing!

Look at the teeny tiny ice skates! How clever is that??

Created by Elizabeth Andrus of Creative Breathing. Perfection!

For all of the elephant fans out there, take a peek at Barb Burkard's creation.

It reminds me of a wind up toy I had as a child.
Ellie was one of my favorites as a child and I'm glad for the reminder this brings.
Thanks, Barb, for this sweet, pink cheeked ornie!

Blue Sky Studio sent this prim style stocking, but I have to tell you that the packaging on this one was as wonderful as the ornament.
It was enclosed in a pocket of sheet music that had been sewn and beribboned.
The presentation was so SPECIAL!
It made me want to step up my own shipping practices.

This was the first piece I pulled from my box when I got it and I have to say, I smile every time I pass it.
What a clever idea, no? And really well executed, too.
It is vintage-y and glitter-y and all of the things that make a great decoration.
Thanks to Natalea of Kandeland!

Last but not least, I have a super-glittered reindeer by Heather Rowley of

Thank goodness, too, as I had a sort of "blah" wreath sitting in my home and this made it POP!
I used her glittered-goodness as the center focal point and it has turned my so-so wreath into a keeper!

Hope you enjoyed the Christmasy goodness!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, happy swapping!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Almost done!

She finally decided to have white hair.

Gold was another possibility, but I feel this was the way to go.

The texture on the gold wasn't as curly.

How do you choose your dolls' hair?
Thanks for stopping in.
Until next time, happy wigging!