Welcome...

Grammy's House is a term affectionately used by our grandchildren, and it has become a haven for them. Our youngest grandchild, Sophia, resides here with us, along with Scout, the 2 lb Yorkie, and Lucy Maud, the kitty cat. We named our 100 year old Victorian home Rose Water Cottage when we moved here, in June of 2011. It is quite a haven for grownups who are weary of being grownups. So, welcome to our storybook world...where magic happens every day.
Blessings,
Christie

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Holly~Anne (with an "e") Reveal

An early morning cup of coffee,  and I'm ready to get this dolly a head for her body…and some hair for her head.

Sophia says, "Awe, Anne of Geen Gables."  She knows this little dolly is heading into something involving scissors and needles and thread. So she gives her sweet hugs...


…and wouldn't mind if I took a picture of her, as well.  Cutie Patootie:)



And so (sew;) it begins… a girl's sock will be the head…


Wool roving…so very soft…will fill the head..I mean…sock…


I think I have stuffed enough….uh..no……  her head has to be just the right size to fit the size of the body.
More stuffing…more roving…


Two fabric-covered buttons found. Can't believe my good fortune..


This marking pen comes in handy for making sure I get the placement right …




Everything ties off in the back…


I used this heavy thread for the basting stitch and the eye placement…


Now it's time for the french knot nostrils and lips (not too crazy over french knots for the nose…hmmm…we'll see)


Then, to match some thread for eyebrows, to the mohair that will be her hair...


So, I'm not happy AT ALL with the pink nostrils and mouth.  No need to panic…it's thread…and a sock….adjustments can be made;)

I search for a better color, and Sophia pops around the corner to show me the colors SHE likes. 
ummmhmmmmmm….


The nostrils are changed out to the brown of the eyebrows, and I'm trusting it will all come together…


The needle and thread think they need to add some of those sweet little eyelashes in the outer corner…


The perfectly perfect shade of pink is found for pretty little dolly lips…


Another hug from Sophia sure helps after all this stitching and restitching…



Pink sidewalk chalk with bring some rosy-ness to her cheeks...




And I have just GOT to get those little button eyes painted…I want to see her… (a very very important part of dolly face creating)

Her eyes should be a hazel/green sorta shade…
I play with paints.


It's at this point that Sophia decides she wants to make a puppin, too.  A puppin?  Yes. For puppin Shows in a Puppin Feeter. You know, the place you go to watch Puppins:)
This door is to be her bedroom door when the sunroom is turned into her very own room, but for now, her clever little self has decided the open space will make a perfect stage/theatre for a Puppet Show!
Grammy is very impressed!


She has found an old sock and cut it with her preschool scissors, all by herself, and colored her Puppin with the crayons at her tea/craft table…
Again…Grammy is quite impressed …

Now,  the Puppin is an alligator crawling away…
(Just telling you in case you weren't sure what was happening here…;) 



It takes a few colors…
..a bit of mixing and swirling…


a few freckles made with a brown colored pencil..


 She's ready for some hair…some mohair…

Commence winding…winding…..and….more winding…


I do a lot of guesstimating, but if you're not a seasoned guesstimator, then stick with the directions. They are quite thorough.

Sew a center part…


Place on top of her head and begin the adjustments, finding where it looks best…not too far back on her head and not too low on her forehead.

Just right.  With a length of the mohair on a needle, make a running stitch to cover the white seam stitch.


Cut through the loops…

and then an all-over trim to even up the lengths…


A bit more blush and a few more freckles...


…a pair of pretty socks and kid leather, buckled shoes….hand-me-downs from one certain French doll who met with an unfortunate series of events…


And our dear dolly, Holly~Anne, is ready for adventures.
Although, I think she might need a sweet bonnet…and maybe some bloomers.  Oh…and a pretty little nightgown …a shawl…I could knit her a cottage shawl, just like Eliza's!


I declare, I do not remember having this much fun back in 1973 - 74, when I created my first Holly Hobbie.  40 years of life and crafts and projects and babies and dreaming has proven to be just the right amount of time to get it just right!
Don't you agree?

(and in case you were wondering…I have seen this vintage pattern on eBay…not pricey at all:)

Tomorrow, I will announce the winner of the drawing for the giveaway, so be sure you have left a comment on the post "How about a giveaway"for your chance to win.
We should also be ready for the launch of the Etsy Shoppe, as well!
Exciting days here, friends:))

Blessings,

Christie

Monday, October 27, 2014

Holly Hobbie…Part 2

My dearest readers…

I am so excited! My insides are all giddy and finding it difficult to make a body sit still….

The Etsy Shoppe is almost ready!
You know, there's all that painting and papering and hammering and shelf-filling and basket fluffing and sorting of ribbons to match mousie shawls…oh my goodness…whew;))

So I'll give you one more little post (gosh…it may be a long little post, by the time I squeeze in the rest of the photos and of course…chat about most of them, as I go…)

So …we left off at the sweet little pocket that reads ..Anne with an "e"… and I found out that Debs and Patti also have the middle name ..Anne with an "e"….
Love our Girlfriends!

It was Karen that determined we had a squirrel hole in the cherry tree.
I coaxed and coaxed and finally convinced little squirrel nutkin to come for a visit ...


He is such a tiny little thing. I just love red squirrels!

Oh my my… I almost forgot Violet Vale… I love violets, so I was glad to be able to include them on the sweet pinafore...


After the stitching was completed, in the coziness of the living room, it was time to move back to my little studio in the sunroom and set up camp on the old treadle sewing machine.
Time to make the dress...


Another tool I discovered I needed, after viewing Natalie Jo's blog, was a Clover iron…similar to a curling iron..but for tiny doll seams and pleats and sleeves .. (and a little bit of lavender linen spray makes it all smell so lovely:)


I love this tiny green gingham…it's shade…it's weight… it is perfect for my Holly/Anne Shirley

I had learned a sweet crochet trim that Natalie Jo uses quite often and just knew it would be the perfect trim on the neckline …


Oh, I just love it…




Well, of course, I had to add it to the sleeves…





One of the things I found most endearing about Anne Shirley, was the way she clung to that old carpet bag of hers…containing all her worldly possessions.
I love carpet bags.
I also love Mary Poppins.
I love that Mary Poppins carried a carpet bag.

Now, where in the world was I going to find a tiny pattern for a tiny little carpet bag for Holly Hobbie, who really wanted to be Anne Shirley?

I could not believe my search resulted in finding a pattern for a Mary Poppins doll…that also included a pattern for her carpet bag!


It would make a weensy little bag..that would meet with Eliza mousie's approval…
...for she would want to ride inside...


She thinks this will work just fine…


 I centered a pretty rose on the front of the bag…


…and think that this might just be the cutest little thing in the world!

I'm so thankful for a Mary Poppins doll pattern from the 60's…found on ebay...


Eliza just can't get enough of it. The felt lining is so very soft...


Now, to add the handles….


..and it would be finished.

This project came to a halt in February, when the Hitty kit arrived…leaving Holly headless…

When the winter ended…I ventured out to the knitting shop I love and came across the perfect "hair" for our Holly…I mean…Anne;)
and a little sock that would be her head…


Today, I picked up sweet headless Holly…Anne…
and realized it was time to get back to work and finish this dear little one…
…while it is still 2014;)


I managed to stitch down the back seams and add little snaps for closure on the dress and pinafore.

Eliza wanted you to see the completed Violet Vale…



and the pretty little carpet bag…


…that is perfectly perfect in every way;)

I will be working to finish sweet Anne's head and head full of auburn hair…and will post as there is progress.

And before I sign off, here, I wanted to show you some of the most adorable grandchildren a Grammy could ask for.

You remember Xavier, the little boy who comes to visit…and falls in love with Eliza….
Well, he is now 7 1/2 years old and is in 2nd grade. It does not seem possible.

Sophia, who loves posing in front of the tree in front of the restaurant we visit on most Sundays..


decided that she would share it with Xavier…who had joined us for church and a visit to the Cafe…


Those eyes…and that sweet little boy face full of freckles…


He's still Grammy's boy…
…and Sophia adores him!
"Big Daddy! Make me as high as Zaver!" she squeals….


They are my little Rays of Sunshine:))

Blessings,

Christie