Lots happening

Working on a custom doll, two more behind that. And two more behind those two. Busy. Busy. But I love it. Having a great time at this. 

  
I am also in the planning stages for a few Halloween/Fall make-dos. 

And, because I have soooooo much time on my hands (not lol) I am nearly finished with my pumpkin tutorial to share with you.

   And I just finished little Hannah, who is for sale

   

  

  This is Hannah. 

Sometimes she was afraid to sleep in her own bed because she was afraid of the dark. One night, her Papaw took her to her bedroom window and showed her the bright moon and all the brightly shining stars in the sky. He told her “I hung the moon and the stars for you, so that you could have sweet dreams every night.” And now this is how Hannah sleeps at night…with sweet dreams. 

Hannah is 23″ long; stuffed primly with fabric rags. She holds a sweet dreams pillow and a wand that hangs a moon and star. 

Kindly asking $46.00 plus shipping.

Have a wonderful prim day! I will ūüėČ

MDA Charity Event

Our team has been challenged to raise some big dollars for our MDA Bowl-a-thon. 

I am offering up these dolls for a special price plus shipping. See pricing below. Every penny I make on these dolls will be donated to MDA on behalf of friends family and co-workers.  Thanks for looking. 

These dolls will also be offered in my Etsy shop at the discounted price. 

Red Hat Society Eleanor $30

Joey-bug $35

Rosie the Riveter $30

Little Red $30

       

Raggedies

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They sure have come along way.

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There are so many different styles and looks of a Raggedy.  Check out this page, History of Raggedy and see how the raggedy came about and evolved over the years.  Great history and amazing inspiration there.

More inspiration for me is a doll artist, Shelly Koch¬†Mama’s Primitives.¬† She¬†makes amazing raggedy dolls; the kind I love. ¬† Check out her prim raggedy dolls.

Meet Poppy…

Poppy is a special doll that I made for my daughter at her request. The story is…

Growing up my kids and I never passed up an opportunity to buy “poppies for Papaw”.  And as my kids are older with families of their own- they too buy “poppies for Papaw”. 

You will always be able to find a poppy somewhere in our lives; hanging from the rear view mirror or sun visor, laying in the counter peeking out from a stack of papers or pinned to a cork board. The Remembrance flower is always present. 

Poppy is very special to my daughter because it is a reminder of the close loving relationship they shared. She was his “sugar baby”. 

So when you are out and about and see vets with their poppies. Walk up to them, thank them and donate money for “poppies for Papaw”.  

I love this doll so much I will be making another one with a different story about an older lady I met selling poppies. 

       

The Poppy Lady

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Last night my daughter asked me to make a doll centered around Red poppies.  Naturally I will oblige her. Poppies are special for her as they remind her of her Papaw. We always donate money and receive poppies for Papaw every time we see the vets selling them.

I ready had that idea written in my book already. She just bumped it up to the top. I also added a mother goose and a storm trooper. lol. My book is filled with ideas for dolls. One at a time. Pick and choose as the mood strikes. ¬†ūüėä

This Doll Making Journey 

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continues…

I have had the most fun making some happy dolls. I’ve made a doll with teeth and baby shoes. And I swear to you I never ever thought I would do that. lol

And two ladies from the sisterhood of red hats all set for a tea party. 

And my version of Rosie the Riveter. Although my husband said what she really needs is a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer in her hand. But that would change everything about her. lol

 

He’s all boy. And lots of booboos to back that up

  

My version of Rosie the Riveter

  
members of the sisterhood of Red Hats

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 My dolls can be found on Facebook at An Old Crows Journey. 

For now my quilting sits quietly in the background. And that’s good since it has often times been a tug of war between primitive crafting and quilting.  

And I have made some new friends and  I have seen some amazing dolls over at the Facebook page Purely Primitive Dolls. 

I have a couple of dolls I am planning. And then I will be working on a series of dolls which I will share a bit later. 

Primitive Doll Making

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I didn’t really have the cash to spend on the book. ¬†And, I didn’t really need another craft book. ¬†But this book caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. ¬†It had the most amazing primitive doll on the cover. ¬†I picked it up, glanced through it and put it in my basket. ¬†I knew I didn’t really have the money to spend on the book, but I COULD NOT PUT IT BACK. ¬†The book was securely in my clutches. I wanted that book. ¬†And, I bought it.

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What I have learned from this book is that it isn’t just about steps. ¬†Step one. ¬†Step two…It’s about the journey, too. ¬†Once I realized this, making dolls became so much easier for me.

I have always made dolls from someone else’s patterns; never being able to re-create that image. ¬†Why? ¬†Because it wasn’t my journey. ¬†It was the doll artist’s journey.

I have had a great time making primitive dolls.  I will make more.  Here a few that I have made recently.  Two were shared with my sister.  Two have been sold.  And, two are for sale.  I will post again soon.

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The Scrap Yard

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I can tell you all about the day my children were born. I can tell you the Christmas Eve that melted my heart when my granddaughter put on her Cinderella dress for the first time. But I cannot tell you exactly when my sewing room turned into a scrap yard. I can only remember that moment, that feeling of when I looked at my wall of fabrics (puny as it is in comparison to others), and realized I was a scrap quilter. I have never been one to make a quilt from an entire line of fabrics. I have never been one to buy large yardage of fabrics. My wall is filled with fat quarters, strip rolls, charm packs, layer cakes and Goodwill Quilting shirts. Lots of buckets of various size strips and squares. Oh, and lots of neutrals.

My first real experience to “scrapping” was with Bonnie Hunter (www.quiltville.com). Her ideas of scrapping can be a bit extreme for some, but I have learned an awful lot from her about it. I learned I love big quilts! I am not afraid to piece a backing to use up what I got. I am not afraid to sew together pieces of batting to make a whole piece fit a quilt. I am no longer concerned with what to do next. I trust that my taste in fabrics will work well together. As long as I got scraps and neutrals, I got a quilt. And, I have scraps. A wall of scraps. My scrapyard.

The perfect place for a scrapper to have that is www. homesteadhearth.com. I know. I know. I shouldn’t be creating more scraps but as a scrapper I do like variety. There you can buy scrap bags in three different varieties. They are stuffed generously with usable scraps for a small price of $9.00 a remnant bag. I have purchased many. And, never was I disappointed. Always quality fabrics. Always usable scraps and the mailing envelope always stuffed to the max (~ 2 ¬Ĺ-3 yds of fabric remnants). Homestead Hearth also has online blowout sales with great pricing for all scrappers. In addition to that lots of gorgeous fabrics and patterns. It is one of my most favorite online shops to visit as a scrapper.

And, finally I have decided to challenge myself in 2015, and use up those buckets of strips and squares for a large quilt or two. I do love large scrappy quilts!

 

 

 

Loving My New Leader Ender Project…

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…brought to you by Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.

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Its a year long process.  I got a nice little stash complete, but I only need like 3 million to make a quilt at 3.5 inch blocks.  But, they are so cute, so easy and so quick to push through as leader/ender blocks.

And one more thing…a new block for my Primitive quilt. ¬†It is actually now completed with the black outside border. ¬†It was really fun to play with letters.

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I’m About to Go Anal…lol

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My scraps are out of control.  A serious mess.  About the only organization that exists in them is that they are stored in plastic boxes by size.  But, I missed some serious fabric opportunities with this current scrap quilt that I am working on.  And, I am so disappointed in myself for not spotting them when I dug through the box of 2.5 inch strips.  I went through them too quickly.

So, I have devised a plan for that to never happen again. ¬†I am taking one box at a time and sorting them by size AND color. ¬†It’s a lot of shoe boxes (and a lot of time), but they will stack nicely under my cutting table. ¬† I do not want to ever miss that opportunity again!

I am a firm believer that the more varied the scrap fabrics the better the scrap quilt.

Onward…February proved to be a solid month for me. ¬†I finished two quilt tops on the Juki, and a third one is in progress. ¬†All “giving” quilts.

March is moving along nicely.  My Monkey Quilt for my youngest grandson is completed.  A year later, but done!

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I still have 4 quilt tops to quilt, to be quilted before I am caught up to that stack.

And, two baby quilts to make for friends this year.

Why cant I win the lottery?  I need more quilting time.  lol

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