Friday, August 31, 2007


Oh wow, August is gone, so please point your mouse HERE and check The Humble Arts update!
Lots of wonderful offerings for you to feast your peepers on.
Speaking of feasting your peepers, have I got a treat for you. (I think?) It seems the Japanese craft craze has gotten a hold of me too. I didn't think it would, but found myself googling it over and over and reading blogs, etc. about it. I'm not sure what the deal is, but the fact is all of it is just darn cute. Cute, simple and fun! Anyhow, the treat I'm talking about is my newest find which is a book called The Cute Book. It is small and full of fun little animals and folks to create. Best part is that it is in English, which certainly helps me out. Most of the other Japanese craft mags and books are in Japanese, DUH! Since they are usually quite simplistic, the photo and or pattern is often easy to figure out. I don't have any Japanese speaking friends, so I'll rely on my eyes with those.I received a nice goody box in the mail from a sweet friend which will come in handy for making some of these little cuties, so I can't wait. Sometimes I need a break from the seriousness of details and difficult sewing demands. I think this is least for a little while ;)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Name Game

I've been tagged by my friend Cookie of Rolling River Prims for the newest game going: the Name Game.

The object of this one is - using your middle name, make an acrostic using words that describe yourself! If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog post containing your middle name game facts and then choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

HAH, this should be easy, my middle name is Lee! (or is it?)

L - levelheaded (at least I try to be)
E - experimental (at least twice a day, lol)
E - exhausted (especially lately..gotta fix that)

So now I'm to tag some others too.....hmmmmm, let's pick these:
Blondie, Dixie, and Jess
One for each letter of my middle name.
Interesting experiment, thanks Cookie!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Important News of the Day

School started back up again for my kiddos, YAY!!!

here's another update on the upcoming silent
auction for little Ava Grace in September.
Please click on the banne
r to see!

Friday, August 24, 2007

"H" is finally fully clothed!

Yes, she is finished as a complete doll. Now whether or not she is done as an item ready to sell or not is uncertain. I'm either giving her a wardrobe OR I have another idea which I'll keep secret until I do it for her unveiling on The Humble Arts. Here are some smallish photos of her little ensemble. They will enlarge if you click on them.

Notice her coral colored little necklace? In my studying about Hitty, it seemed she wore a tiny coral beaded necklace, so I made her one. It is removable just like all of her clothing. Those buttons on her back bodice have hand crocheted button loops so you can undress her! If you or anyone else likes tiny dolls or Hitty, please let them know she will be available soon!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Overdosing on Hitty?

Seriously folks, there is way more in my life than this Hitty doll I keep posting about, but it seemed appropriate to have a log of how she is coming along since I call myself a doll maker after all! Since my last entry about her, I've sewn her a little dress. The fabric looks great on her and it is 99% finished. I am making it removable, which is an extra difficulty factor. Oh it'd be much easier and quicker if I just tacked the back closed with a few stitches and used glue on the sleeve hemlines like others suggest, but not this one. I've machine and hand sewn everything so far and I'm glad. Just makes it more authentic and what I consider "heirloom quality" for future generations. Honestly, I've spent more time on this extremely small doll than any large doll I've made in a long time. I just hope that someone really believes that good things really do come in small packages! As soon as her dress bodice has button loops created, I'll take photos to update her progress. Hopefully she'll make her debut in September on The Humble Arts website monthly update at the first of that month. Whew....til then!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hitty's Underthings

Hitty now has a set of unders. (click the pic for a larger detailed image) I used a nice gauzy type of fabric that I got from Sage of Goldensage. Her pantaloons are very basic with a drawstring waist. The slip has a tiny pin tuck above some old lace that I sewed on the hemline. It covers her bottom half, but the top half will have to stay bare until I finish her little dress. I found a tiny print that should look nice on her. It is rather darkish with teensy little reddish'll see when it's finished!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Well here's Hitty with traditional black shoes, white socks and red garters. Plus, I think her bug eyed look is slightly diminished. What do you think? I also got around to making her underclothes. She has a basic pair of pantaloons and a gathered slip with hand made lace from my basket of sewing treasures that I thought looked just right. Perhaps I'll post a photo of them tomorrow......right now I have yard work to do and need to do some more on my Ava Grace Angel project!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Vintage Find

A few days ago I came across a wonderfully old sewing basket full of lace, threads, rick rack, buttons and various other sewing goodies. Some of the lace trim was obviously hand tatted and I have some set aside for Hitty's underthings and dress. I just love it when I find things like this! I mean wow, how long ago was baby rick rack only 15 cents a package? OK off I go to make tiny clothes...

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hitty's Progress

She looks a little bit surprised....something in those bug eyes ya think? Gosh do ya know how hard it was to embroider that face???? I am not joking when I mean hard either. My eyes just aint what they used to be, so that didn't help at all. Well besides a tad of shading with pencils for her nose and cheekbones, her hair, eyes and mouth are embroidered totally. Remember, her face is actually flat. I aged her and next I'll be making her some clothing. I am fairly certain that her shoes will be painted or penciled on. She's such a tiny thing! More photos to come...

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Who me, another award?

Are you sure Pam? Hahaha, well isn't this my week for awards that I never knew about! I'm a doll. How bout that? I thought I was the maker of dolls, but hey I'll take that. Thank you Pam of Soft in the Head for gracing me with this prestigious award. Now I am not sure who I'll choose to pass it on to......wait yes I do. It shall be Blondie of Vintage Primitives, Nutmeg of Magpie Feathers, Sage of GoldenSage, and Nena of Nannys Cottage Originals. Now that's a fine list of dolls if I ever saw one. Yes indeed!
Note: You can visit these fine dolls by going to the bottom of my blog and they'll all be there. That will be a treat in itself :)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Nice Matters!

Well imagine my surprise when I looked at my messages on this here blog and found that I'd been given the Nice Matters Award! Mostly because I'd never heard of such and well, I just don't usually have "nice" things like this happen to me. What a pleasant gift from Blondie Spence of Vintage Primitives. Thank you!
Seems that I'm to choose some nice people to pass this award on to myself. Wow, that's a hard, yet easy thing to do. Limiting it to only 5, this would be: (and in no specific order, mind ya)
1. Edyth O'Neill of Red Cape Rugs
Edyth is such a gem, so knowledgeable of antique dolls, repairs and a wealth of information, she's always ready to share - we need to meet in person since we both live in Texas for goodness sake! Thank you for being a friend Edyth!
2. Claralie Hall of Gaunchywhomperd Bears
Claralie is a sweet and talented lady who also lives in Texas. We've met in person several times. I have to say that she is also very willing to share and is actually a real person. So many fakes out there! She inspired me to create several bears and always has the neatest gifts for my daughter when we go to Bear Shows. I own some of her fabulous work and appreciate her keeping in touch and sending me special "finds" via email. Thanks Claralie! (no website yet?)
3. Pam Overmier of Kingfisher Farm
Pam is a witty and fun kind of lady. She has inspired me with her fantastic vintage style bear and mohair animal creations. Always willing to offer help and advice and just a super nice person to be able to call a friend. Thanks for being there Pam!
4. Pam Gracia of Soft in the Head
Pam is a down to earth super friendly, talented pattern and folk art doll creator. Gosh, she's famous for her work and you'd never know it, cuz she's not a snob, LOL. Very supportive of other people's work and caring of other's feelings. What's not to like about someone like that? Thanks Pam for keeping in touch and for making me feel special!
5. Elena Barry of My Primitive Sistas
Elena is a neighbor here in Texas also and while I've never met her in person, I feel like I know her as if I had. Elena is from Russia and designs patterns, dolls and bears. She and I have kept in touch via emails and share information regularly. She is friendly and a wonderful Mom and wife and I'm glad to call her a friend. Nice is an understatement really :)
Thank you Elena for being a really nice friend!

Good luck to you all with your creative endeavors, something that we ALL have in common.
No, we're not all perfect, but that's what makes us so unique and special :)
HUGS to all,

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Ava Grace Angels Update!

Please check out the blog for little Ava Grace HERE.
We are readying for a silent auction to
help with her medical
Please keep this family in your prayers
if you are able.
Thank you!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Taking Shape!

Hitty is stuffed and jointed. She actually stands alone and sits too. I see how this little doll could be lots of fun. Very tedious doing the turning and fray check is a must! Myself, I used Fray Block cuz I'm hooked on that product...just love it. I think she'd make a great companion for a larger doll and for bears she'd be fantastic! I'm thinking of making her dress from a vintage hankie, unless I come across a really small print in my stash that catches my eye. We'll see!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Sizzlin' in Texas

Well sure enough, the weather people say we're in for the hottest temps of the year this week. Lucky us huh? 100+ with the heat index and no relief in sight. Looks like we'll have to spend all day at the pool or close all of the blinds and stay cool inside. I dunno what happened. I used to LOVE these really hot days, but somehow in the past 5 or so years I can't tolerate it like I used to. Don't say it!!! (I know I'm getting older)....sigh....
OK, so today I decided to start another doll project. This one was inspired by a fellow doll maker and friend of mine named Dixie. She makes wonderful Izannah Walker type dolls and is currently working on creating a replica of an original antique "Izzy" doll pattern now. I envy her as she was able to actually hold a real one from a doll shop near where she lives. You can read about it on her blog. Myself, I've only seen one through a glass case in KC at the Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City, but it was the famous Miss Mary doll (photo on the left) complete with her trunk of delights and she was magnificent!!!! Back to what I'm starting - she will be a cloth Hitty doll. Very small in scale of what I normally create, so the challenge will be in the up close, intricate details of her body, face and clothing. I'm up for it, but not sure how she'll end up. This pattern is supposed to be an exact scale of an original wooden Hitty. (barely over 6") It is available here if you are interested: Make Your Own Fabric Hitty.
by Sara Degroat Cole.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sneak Peak!

Good morning on this sunny Sunday from Texas! Well, looks like all that rain that I complained about is gone and we're in for temps upwards of 100 F now for probably all of this coming week. I knew this would happen, hahaha. But that's OK. I can then appreciate Fall even more when it comes. Speaking of Fall...I've made up an unusual little item for sale on my page of The Humble Arts Falloween themed month that should appear tomorrow on Monday. This is a photo of it and I had a lot of fun making it. The construction itself was simple. It was the embellishing and fun of finding old sewing items to attach to it that I loved! We're getting ready to leave so I wanted to let those of you know who might be interested. Have a great day yall :)
UPDATE: Prim Pear Pin Keep is SOLD, YAY!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Thanks to everyone that visited my selling site!
Pumpkin Princess has been adopted and will be leaving
me tomorrow. I did a silly series of photos that I wanted
to share...and here they are.

Catcha later..........