Thursday, April 15, 2010


Nancy Malay is having a giveaway on her blog - it's a wonderful Springtime cone. It's the prettiest pink colour, with an antique button on the front, vintage lace, tinsel, a feather and a woderful old image of a little girl in a birds nest. Check out her blog and sign up for the draw at

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I have a few toys to liston my blog, tonight. As I have tendonitis in my elbow, sewing has been difficult, so I decided to go in another direction. I have made these toys to accompany my bears for sale.  . I have managed to complete 3 wooden reproduction antique rockers, that go well with miniature dolls or bears, in the 3-3/12 inch range.  

First, there is my favourite, the Swan Rocker. This one is old fashioned and elegant and measures 3 1/4" long x 2 3/4" high x 2 1/2" wide. She is painted with vintage white acrylic paints, with a black beak and has german glass eyes.

Second is the whale - he has a normal head on one side and an open mouth on the opposite side. He measures 3 7/8" long x 2 1/8 " high x 2 1/2" wide. He is painted with black and white acrylic paints, with the markings of an Orca

Last is the circus elephant, with a cute smile. He measures 4 1/2" long x 2 3/4" high x 2 1/2" wide. He also is painted with acrylic paints in grey, red, teal and green.

All of these toys are aged and distressed and then finished with a coat of wax. I love antiques and these were made to emulate the toys of yesteryear. They are all designed and made entirely by me, from basswood. They are signed underneath the seat and will come with a signed hang-tag. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


I've collected children's books for many years. I am a huge fan of illustration, and one of my favourite illustrators is Beatrix Potter.  Her rabbits and other animals seem to have a life of their own.

I recently acquired a beautiful German paper mache egg, with a picture of  Mrs. Rabbit and the the Flopsy bunnies and I knew it was meant to have a bunny to go inside.  It was a long process, as I have been dealing with tendonitis in my elbow, which limits my sewing, but I was finally able to finish her today.  I'm so thrilled with the outcome - she turned out just perfectly.  Flopsy is 5 inches tall and made from German Shulte mohair, which has been meticulously hand painted with dozens of layers of fabric paints, to bring her to life.  She has starburst eyes, excelsior and steel shot stuffing and is fully disc jointed, with nylon whiskers.

She will eventually go up for sale, but for right now, I just want to look at her for a few days.  I hope you enjoy her and wishing everyone a joyous Easter weekend, with family and friends.