Rose Cottage Handmade

Handmade Dolls, Puppets and lovely things!

Busy, busy…

I’ve been working quite hard this past few weeks. Here’s a list of interesting things I’ve made:

Mannequin Doll – to be a pattern

A Mannequin Doll, it will be sold as a pattern, it’s about as proportionally correct as I could make it. With this pattern you can make many, many dolls.

Jemima - A 'Tilda-style' Doll
Tilda Style Doll, I really enjoyed making this pattern. It is similar to the traditional ‘Tilda’ doll but the head shape is more 3d and the feet too. I’ve made some really nice clothes and accessories for this doll too.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl, it took a lot of work and adjustments to make this owl, I love it! It still has to be edited some more because the body is too lean, but not bad for a first attempt.

Forest Deer Herd

Forest Deer Herd

Forest Deer, simple and lovely, they look great in a herd and are pose-able too.

I’m making patterns for felt trees too.

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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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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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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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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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Meghan – Collector of Seashells




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Here another of my creations, completed, she collects seashells on the beach. The shells in her basket are handpicked by me, from Foul Bay in St. Philip.

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

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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 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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