Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tea Cup Dollies

This is my first version of the Tea Cup Dolly pattern that can be found at Happy Heart Patterns.
When I opened the wood container to pose the dolly I discovered this package of 10 Sharps, look at the price! Nineteen cents! No date so I have no idea when they were bought. They were manufactured in Redditch, England.
I had difficulty understanding how to make the arm sleeve, so I have shown the first step. I hope this helps someone else who wants to use this pattern.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Autumn 2009

Autumn 2009 is going out like a lion!

This is a sarubobo doll.  I got the pattern from Mairuru's blog

The instructions are here.
The microbeads are attached with double stick tape.

Lights are going up!

My interpretation of Michelle Munzone's pattern, Luscious Strawberry. It appeared in the January 2010 edition of Soft Dolls & Animals.

This cardholder was made from 12 x 12 inch cardstock.  The instructions are from B
ridget Larsen's site.  

My version of the jewelry tote.  Instructions from Quilting Arts Magazine , Gifts Holiday 2009-2010

My version of the mug cozy.  Instructions from Quilting Arts Magazine , Gifts Holiday 2009-2010

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday in New York, October 25, 2009, a visit to Michaels

Today, October 25, 2009 a Michaels opened in Manhattan.  Here is the story of my visit.  The store is located on Columbus Avenue near 100 St.  I took the 1 train to 103 St.  The 231 St. station is where I began my trip.

This is the 231 St. Station looking south toward Manhattan. The mural you see is above Lot Less, a store with a little of everything including craft supplies and clothes.

I got off the train at the 103rd St. station and walked to 100 St., then I turned east. This was the view, two blocks to walk to Columbus.

Around the corner from Michaels.

The blue balloons mark the entrance to Michaels. It's in the basement. You take an escalator to reach the selling floor. The aisles are too narrow, typical of stores in NYC.

This unfinished building is across the street from Michaels. The overpriced apartment boom is bust.

Walking back to Broadway along 100 St., I spotted this Fall Festival across Broadway. This was a special event, primarily dedicated to children. An entire city block closed to traffic and dedicated to children's crafts.

On the same block as the festival was this ping pong studio. I understand it was founded by someone who was a ping pong champion in China.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Summer 2009

Pattern by Jenny

Fabric from a package
bought from Painted Threads

This is my version of the Itsy Bitsy pattern on the website.

free doll pattern by Jennifer Zacher, the box is a painted cigar box. The saying on it is Memories lurk in every corner of my house and I take great delight every time I stumble across one

Pattern by Martha Boers, from the free newsletter written by Adele Sciortino

The window of the Museum of Biblical Art. I've superimposed one photo on top of another. African dolls made by Vicki Fremont, she makes art from recycled material. Here are some websites where you can see some of the dolls better.
Uptown Flavor

There's a picture of Vicki Fremont about halfway down this page

Box of Crayons and

Business cards with websites collected during the
Black Doll Show at Riverside Church, NYC on July 25, 2009

The Bead Society of New York, World of Beads VIII

June 20 at Fashion Institute of Technology

I wish you could see the beading detail on the cloak.
This site has a better picture

This was this year's third place winner
A close-up of the veggie king

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring 2009

Lenny the Guinea Pig from the May 2009 Soft Dolls and Animals
Adapted from the tooth fairy pattern in the Soft Dolls & Animals July 2009 edition. It says "Sweet Dreams" on the pocket.
Another Ms. Paige with a yo yo headdress.

I used plastic canvas and assorted lengths of yarn I had to make a case for long doll needles

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wired Beaded Brooklyn Woman

This is what we did on March 28, 2009 at the Brooklyn Doll Club. Each person brought their creativity and we shared beads, thread, wire and cloth to create unique little dolls.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Winter 2008-09

March 2, 2009 They closed the schools for this!!!!!
MADOFF Oif zeineh raid ken men Nit bolen kain binyen. On his words no building could be built.
First Day of Spring
My adaptation of the pattern for Tomkin that was in the May 2004 Soft Dolls and Animals

Dust cover for sewing machine. I have now used a lot of the yo yos I made during the summer.

January 2009 had many cold and snowy days.
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