Rose Cottage Handmade

Handmade Dolls, Puppets and lovely things!

Puppets, meet Ben

I’ve been working on a new puppet today, I had sooo much fun, his name’s Ben, not completed yet but soon.

Ben, my third puppet

Ben, my third puppet

Happy, happy!

Happy, happy!

Have to work on his nose, eyebrows, ears, hair and arms

Have to work on his nose, eyebrows, ears, hair and arms

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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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Done and Dusted… well at least one anyway!

I finished my first order for celebration bunting, should be shipped out today. Yay! I feel as though I’ve accomplished a lot this week. I still have a lot of designing to do, and guess what!? Some of the fabric I ordered has come! When I ship to my customer tomorrow I’ll pick it up then. Thanks Sharla! Sharla has a oh so wonderful etsy shop with all sorts of goodies in it.
Here’s a link to Sharla’s sooooper etsy shop.

Here’s some pictures of bright and beautiful bunting!

Piles of pretty bunting!

Piles of pretty bunting!

Bunting bag with pink double ribbon ties

Bunting bag with pink double ribbon ties

Pennants stitch, tapes pinned and ready to sew!

Pennants stitched, tapes pinned and ready to sew!

Bagged and ready to ship!

Bagged and ready to ship!

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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! 🙂

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 THÉRÈSE 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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Yasmin – ready for the beach


Yasmin – ready for the beach

Originally uploaded by Rose Cottage Dolls

Designed and made this new doll today, I’m quite pleased with how she has turn out.

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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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Spring things to do

leaf-stencil-red1I thought a good and positive start to the beautiful month of May would be to list all the things I would like to do now through to late summer.

1. Make a new bag just for me using the new pattern I drafted. The fabric I have chosen is a kind of oatmeal colored linen, and a red gingham with tiny flower all over for the lining. It will have a personalized embroidered decoration on the front pocket. I absolutely LOVE the design, let’s just hope it turns out alright… sigh!

Mon. May 04 – DONE! YAY! I will post a picture in Tuesday’s post.

2. Make some wall art using fabric (applique) with this saying incorporated into it: Let me be often standing now on Faith’s lofty eminences. Looking for the rising Sun that is to set no more in weeping clouds. Life has been hard this past year and a friend sent me that saying to cheer me up. I need to make something beautiful so I can display that thought and be encouraged.

3. Embroider set of linen handkerchiefs. I love to embroider, and this would be a great (small) project.

4. Make a sunny new dress or two to celebrate… being me! The best way to be creatively you is to make it yourself, there’s something so satisfying about making your own treasures from scratch; choosing the fabric, thinking up the style and …. doing it and wearing it. My dad was a tailor and his mother was what they called in those days a seamstress. I grew up watching my dad in the midst of his patterns and huge pairs scissors, and bolts of fabric, and pins and buttons and sewing machines and all kinds of notions.

5. Start making some simple plush toys, just for the fun of it!

I should be able to make something with something here

I should be able to make something with something here surely

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I spotted these at fabric.com, my favorite colors these days are purple, lime green and orange. These are so pretty to me, they make me feel so happy! : )

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