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From HancockFabric.com


From MaryMaxim.com

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I Won!

You’ll never guess. I entered one of those ‘giveaways’ on one of my fav blogs…. and I won. A pretty purple brooch/pin. Thank you Laura!
Just click on the picture to visit her shop and get your very own eco flower.

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To Do List

Figured I’d better make a list of everything I hope to complete this week.

leaf-stencil-red11. Finish and mail off bunting for customer.

leaf-stencil-red12. Start to design a cartoonish animal puppet with an old and seriously pilled dark green fleece blanket I have lying around.

leaf-stencil-red13. Now that September is here, I really need to get organized for the christmas season. I need to put together my new ideas for garlands, dolls and gingerbread men, and such like.

leaf-stencil-red14. Play patio tennis with my son, Jacob, and actually win!

leaf-stencil-red15. Start making time to relax and read some vintage children’s books that I used to LOVE as a child.

leaf-stencil-red16. And, design the measurements for some patio seating so I can be outside more.

leaf-stencil-red17. Last but not least, smile and laugh more, be thankful for everything I have.

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Busy, busy, busy, and having fun too!

Just thought I’d post a few pictures of projects I’m working on that generally make me smile and feel oh so good.
1. I’ve finally gotten round to trying to mount a few of my favorite Alfred Gockel prints, so colorful and musical, I just love his work.
2. Puppets, what can I say, right now I’m waiting for my puppet fabric to arrive so I can really get going. I had so much fun making these first-ever two though.
3 + 4. I bought 2 embroidery pillowcases for next to nothing from my local craft store, slowly working on the first one, it has a space for an initial to be embroidered on it. I love the colors but it’s quite time consuming.
5. I got an order for some very friendly multi colored bunting last week so I’m working on that, should be finished by the end of the week. This is my very first order I’ve received from my etsy shop, this makes me very happy! πŸ™‚

Alfred Gockel prints

Puppets, my very first attempts

Pillow embroidery

Pillow embroidery

Bunting in the making

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Piece of Treasure I found Online

I completely missed out on my summer reading this year, now my youngest is headed back to school on Wednesday and I haven’t read a thing.
Today I was bookmarking some free books to read online when I have time and I came across “ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEEDLEWORK BY THΓ‰RÈSE DE DILLMONT”
A great vintage book and it’s illustrated and looks like it could be a very interesting read. It has patterns too!

Here are some images from it:
Title Image
E O N

Projects
net pattern

tent stitch

bar with buttonhole pique

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Keyring Dolls, almost finished




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Originally uploaded by Rose Cottage Dolls

These are another cute creation of mine. When completed they display the words “I heart Barbados” … with a picture of a heart not the word, lol. They also have a ring attached to the yellow ribbon you see at the top, so you can add them to a bag or a keyring, etc. Yes, they’re in the shop too.

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Originally uploaded by Rose Cottage Dolls

And here’s Mr. Harmon, my very first completed puppet!

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Etsy Shop Opened this weekend, yay!

Well, I finally did it, I uploaded the pictures and specs and prices for all my craft item onto my Etsy shop, please go visit when you can. Here’s the address: www.rosecottagedolls.etsy.com … now apparently, I have to start thinking about christmas stocks! πŸ™‚

Molly playing her steel pan

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Spring Has Sprung Bracelets




Spring Has Sprung Bracelets

Originally uploaded by Hasenpfeffer Incorporated

Finding some very interesting crafts these days. This is a really lovely piece of jewelry from Hasenpfeffer Incorporated. Gorgeous!

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New Ideas

leaf-stencil-purpleWell, I didn’t want a whole week to go by without blogging so even though I’m too tired right now to take and upload pictures I thought I’d let you know what’s been going on. I designed some cute little (12ins) dolls over at my other blog: www.rosecottagedolls.wordpress.com , I’m hoping to have them in my online store very soon, I know I keep wailing about that but I will be opening soon, I’m waiting on my stamps and they are on their way, yay! So if you want to see what they look like you can head over there. I finally decided to make some bags with palm tree designed fabric lining. I bought some in blue, it has a batik kind of look to it, I’m trying to see how many bags i can line with one yard of the fabric. For now the outer fabric, which is canvas, is free, I found a load of it in an old suitcase I dug out last month. Though I did check the price in town for future reference. So they will be cream canvas on the outside and a blue batik kind of palm tree design on the inside. I’m putting the word ‘Barbados’ on the outside with a palm tree applique. I’m thinking they will make great souvenirs! I did make the bucket bags I’d mentioned before, they came out quite nicely, I will add them to this post in the morning, I’m actually using them for my supplies. Tomorrow I’ll be taking some dolls to the P. O to get them weighed for future shipping internationally, so I can price them properly in my shop. My pieces of embroidery will weigh less than a doll so that should be ok. I’m not sure about the bunting I will be making though. I still have to get the sizes and prices organized, plus the whole concept of custom orders for birthdays and other celebrations, not to mention names. I bought a second hand book called ‘We Live Here’ by a well know artist here called Gina Foster. It’s actually a children’s book with around half a dozen pictures of various barbadian animals, the great thing is it’s not a print, it is the original watercolors acrylics by this artist, in a book! So cool! I bought it for USD$0.50 too, what a steal! πŸ™‚ The pictures would look great framed individually and put up in a nursery or a playroom. The original price was USD$30 so I got a real bargain, it’s in really good condition too. I did try my hand at a tiny waldorf doll head too, I must say I really love the technique, and it’s not as scary as I thought it would be. I really need to buy some stockinette though, I saw some at etsy for a very reasonable price too, That will have to wait though, I’m trying to use what I have now and I know I can make a lot of things with what I have resent bought and what I had before. All I really need now is bubble wrap lined envelopes… and that’s all. I forget to mention… I made some seahorse keyrings out of felt too, ooh and a little brown monkey keyring! Not sure why the monkey, I really don’t care for monkeys much, especially the ones that visit my garden and have eaten all my peas! A whole family of around eight or so, too! Sob! I will post picture tomorrow, cus you have to see the funny little wicket, bails and ball I made yesterday too. Why? I don’t know, just for fun I guess. πŸ™‚ Well, I’d better get some sleep, I have a lot to do tomorrow.

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