Monthly Archives: June 2006

Hat Pin cushion with half doll


Hat Pin cushion with half doll
Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

Here is a photo taken of my lady out in the sun so her details show up better. It took me an hour last night in front of TV to make the six bead hat pins. The best part was spending time in the bead shop choosing beads to compliment the ones that came with the kit. Tonight I thought I would cover a wooden coathanger with wadding and cream satin, then cream lace, wind cream silk ribbon around the handle and trim it with the large silk rose and 2 leaves. Another heirloom for 2 hours play???

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Half doll hat-pin cushion


Half doll hat-pin cushion
Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

Just to prove that I haven’t been idle while DH has been digging, I received a kit for a “hat pin poof” from Flights of Fancy Boutique which consisted of a 16 circle of crinkled fabric, a large silk rose and two silk leaves, 2 long hat pins and a bag of assorted beads with which to create the hat pins themselves. I started by gathering the circle of fabric during my lunch hour and stuffing it at home that night. I played around with the flower, added some more flowers of my own but still wasn’t happy with it. I draped the cheap cotton crocheted lace collar over what was now an 8 inch cushion and voila! A skirt! I had the repro half doll so put her in the middle of the cushion and gathered it up tight, threaded some silk ribbon through the top of the collar and I have a beautiful authentic looking hat pin doll. The whole thing took about an hour and a half to complete.

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My studio 011


My studio 011
Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

I just had to include this on my blog. I took a photo of DH digging when he stood up and asked “Are you taking a photo of me?” and while he was talking, I took one. The Lemon, Mandarin and Grapefruit trees have been moved to the other end of the yard and so far, none show signs of rejecting their new home. Thankfully we haven’t had any rain yet or the house would be full of that sand, sand and more sand.

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My studio 012


My studio 012
Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

This is the same area of ground looking towards the back fence. Fortunately the studio has got to be 900cm from both the back and side fences so the lovely Orange Trumpet Vine creeper from the garden at the back can stay. My husband is going to brick pave the 900cm areas around the studio so that it can be kept clear of junk…..what’s to bet that junk will appear in the newly created ‘storage area’ very quickly??? The studio will run five metres along the back fence and come forward 4 metres to meet up with the brick paving in the foreground.

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My studio 008


My studio 008
Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

Here’s an update on my studio. All the plants and pots have been removed from the corner of the yard and DH is busy levelling off the soil ready for the concrete slab.

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Christening Gown 001


Christening Gown 001
Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

Photo of my mother-in-law’s christening gown made by her grandmother in 1910. The doll in the cabinet next to it is dressed in a dress and petticoat made entirely by hand using very vintage pieces of cotton broderie anglaise material, some of which is hand-embroidered. It seemed a shame to have it all in bits in a drawer so I dressed her in a circa 1910 outfit so I could display the fabric.

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Christening Gown 002


Christening Gown 002
Originally uploaded by Crazydolldresser.

Close-up photo of the yoke of the christening gown. I must apologise for the little 1960s nudey-rudey to the left of the photo……I will make her a dress, soon!

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