Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas to all!!

May all your Christmas Memories of past, present, and future, be filled with joy.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A tree-t for the birds.

When the birds get used to it, I'll be able to get pictures of them, and the squirrels, who will help themselves, too. So much fun to watch!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Something from nothing

Just fiddling around with  some little to make something from nothing. Those little plastic hangers that sox are packaged on, and three or four buttons, and a dab of glue..... all decked out in tuxedos!! Could be a pin doll, or package tie-on or greeting card, etc...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wrapped wire armature...

I was cleaning the craft room.....came across some wire stems I’d saved from silk flowers used for something else.
 I bent and twisted the wires into a body shape, wrapped it with floral tape, then with strips of polyester batting; then wrapped legs and lower body with a strip of nylon organza fabric. Stood her in a weighted bottle, pinned on a head (from my stash of  ‘parts’), pinned on some wool-roving for hair, draped her with a piece of silky blouse fabric, and Voila! An art piece!!!
  Well, it’s a beginning..... We'll see what happens......

Monday, November 5, 2012

RE: Free nativity set pattern

The drawing for this free pattern was won by Sharon B. on Aug. 1st.
I have the CD available for $15.00 postage paid. Contact me at 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

And the winner of the cd is....

Sharon Buford (SewnSeabee) of Lexington, KY.

Congratulation to Sharon.
Spot drew your name on this one.
 I hope you enjoy using this pattern for a nativity set. Please send me a picture when you have finished it. ;)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Horsing around again!

Well, I have done a bit of doll-making, of sorts, this summer. Here is a little group of lapel pins I just finished. Spot found them just too tempting to resist very carefully reaching out to just touch one.
Some of them are recycled silk ties.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Time out for something else....

This is an captured image of what I wrote in Word Pad with the new font.
If anyone wants this font for your own computer, email me and I will send you the file, free. You will not find it on the internet. Have some fun with it!
Or make your own at

Craving a Brownie?

Here's  a way to make just one, and in minutes! 
Thanks to  GOPROMOS.COM  for this graphic recipe.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Free pattern for nativity set figures

My June givaeaway is so late getting posted, that this one will run for June and July! And for something different, I am giving one copy of my CD pattern for the Nativity Set. Alas, NOT the finished dolls! This will be drawn for on August 1st, so you should have time to use this pattern for all 9 figures to create your own unique set of bottle-cover dolls, or to create a wonderful gift, by Christmas. Leave a comment or email clothdollsbyvada@gmail to enter
You can purchase this cd  at Dollmakers Journey.
Or you can get it directly from me for $15.00, (post paid)
(updated 11/5/2012)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Winner of the May doll giveaway.

Oh, my, I have neglected this blog much too long. Here it is the 11th of June, and I have not announced the winner of the May doll drawing. Spot has made the choice this time...and the winner is.....
Lora,  from Art Wrinkles. Lora lives in Bronx, New York. 
Please email me, Lora. I will need your mailing address to send Tyla and Tyona to you.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Doll-of-the-month for May....Tyla and Tyona

In honor of Mothers' Day this month, The doll I have chosen to give away is actually a pair, a mother and daughter, meant to hang on a wall. These are my original design, and are made from one man's tie.
Click on "Comments" below and leave a note to enter this drawing.

And the winner is....

Winner of the bunny in the April drawing is Bea Johnson, of Nashville, Tennessee. 
Thank you, Bea, for entering. Your sweet little bunny will be sent to you right away.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Freebie--

Well, here it is April already! Such a lovely time of year, with bulbs and trees all blooming, birds singing, squirrels playing in the yard, and little bunnies in the bushes! And Easter only a week away!
  With all that in mind, I've decided to offer this sweet little Easter Bunny as my giveaway for April.
  Eight inches tall, not counting her ears, she was made for the Easter Bunny Challenge at Cloth Doll Artistry last year. We all used the same pattern, but were free to tweak it a bit to create our own versions. This is my favorite of the several different ones I made.
Leave a comment below, or email to enter this drawing. 

March Doll Winner is Lynne

Congratulations to Lynne, whose name was drawn (as in Feb. 1 posting) by Wicket, as the winner of the drawing for Gwinn or Barrett, the 'free' doll for March. As soon as Lynne chooses 'the red one or the blue one', and emails her mailing address to me, one of these whimsical fellows will be on their way to her house! Thanks to all who entered. Be sure to check back monthly, leave a comment, and you could be the next winner. April's featured doll will be announced later today.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Doll-of-the-Month give-away.

Well, March has arrived, and with it the changeable spring weather. One can only grin and bare it, as this pair has discovered.

This pattern by Jill Maas was such fun to make, they remind me a bit of penguins, so I named them Gwinn and Barret.

The winner of March's drawing may choose whichever one they wish.

Winner will be announced on April First, so you might think of them as April Fools.

Just leave a comment below, or email to enter, and Gwinn or Barret could be bringing his smile to your house very soon.

Tell you friends to enter, too.

And Elizabeth goes to...ta-da!...Wendy

It was Spot's turn to choose the winner of Elizabeth, February's free doll.

He drew...Wendy's name from the five entries.

Congrats to Wendy.

Meet Wendy and her Mom, Joyce at

an Art and Collectibles shop right here in Versailles, KY.  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fancy stitches and lovely quilts at this blog

I have just stumbled upon this great tutorial on embroidery stitches at Artfabrik, a lovely art-quilts blog by Laura Wasilowski. Artfabrik

Monday, February 6, 2012

It's De-Lovely!

I just had to have Cindee Moyer's new pattern, 'It's De-Lovely!' and they are a joy to make, even when you goof as many times as I did when making this pair! First, I cut the faces the wrong way (as if I've never made a doll before!) and so they are very long slim faces. Hers is not so bad, but I'm not happy with his, nor his expression. To top it off, I stuck my finger in his eye (poor guy) while the paint was wet, and smudged his cheek, creating, now, an ill-concealed scar. I may yet make a whole new head for him. Then, again, maybe not. I'll be making another pair or two very soon, I'm sure. Like, tomorrow!! At least one of them should turn out to look like Cindee's.   A delightful, delovely design!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Drawing....ELIZABETH


Winner of the January Doll Giveaway is....CASSIE RAFFERTY...
I put all the names in a pile and let my daughter's cat, Wicket, choose the winner.

Cassie, please contact me at, include your mailing address so I may send you your choice of Perque or Pierre.  Congratulations on being the first winner of this monthly giveaway.