Saturday, November 27, 2010


It's that time of the year when I find myself hunkered down and working in production line fashion on special orders for the upcoming holiday season. A fair majority of them are based on previous creations which gives a familiar "old hat" feel to the process. The bits and pieces here, for example, went into making dear little. . . . .

. . . . . Lily Beth, a brown-eyed version of Lily Olive. Lily Olive is actually the only Pick-a-Lily doll I have kept for myself. Having been lucky enough to have herself featured in the pages of Art Doll Quarterly last spring, however, has made her the inspiration behind several requests for such kissing cousin versions.

Other times special orders lead me to discover new frontiers. A request for a "Pick-a-Kitty" inspired me to purchase my very first package of paperclay from which I'm now attempting to sculpt the perfect head for the job.

The stuff is actually quite fun and has me pondering a plethora of possible paperclay projects for the future!

Often times the receipt of something special inspires me into action. This sweet mini quilt and coaster set, gifted to me by my dear quilt swap buddy over at Humble Needle, was the motivation behind. . . . .

. . . . .the hosting of an Autumnal Tea Party!

And this purchase of a vintage address book, in such perfect condition only its lack of notation columns for cell phones and e-mail addresses shows its age. . . . .

. . . . . is proving to be a wonderful incentive to get my Christmas cards out on time this year!

One of my favorite spots to visit for inspiration is over Flutterby Patch's way. She has always got something creative up her sleeve and is such a dear to share all the delightful details of her endeavours with us. Most recently she offered up a free pattern for a wee topsy turvey doll. Being that she designed it with the beginning knitter in mind and that I happened to have both the yarn and the needles required. . . . .

. . . . . how could I resist giving it a go? And with a bit more perseverance. . . . .

. . . . . I have no doubt I'll soon have a new dolly to hold up in my hands as well!


  1. Thank you for your kind words Natalie Jo. I just know you are are going to knit a real cutie. I sometimes fear to step into creative blogs like yours as I know I'm going to be inspired to try something new. I made a few tiny things with paper clay last year and loved the way it worked. It's so versaltile so (thanks to you) I'm now thinking I should get it out again. I'm back working on my doll house at the moment and my knitting has been put to one side for a while. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your next installment. Eli x

  2. Your wonderful taste in color and decorating has done my quilted gift set much justice....hope you all had fun! Happy Holidays!

  3. Lily Beth is adorable. Lucky will be the one whose home she makes her own.

  4. Love your blog, your little dollies are so precious! Have a fabulous New Year!
    Take Care,