Friday, April 8, 2011

The 200th Post and the Give Away Contest!

The 200th Blog post and Give Away Contest!
I was amazed that I have made 200 posts, so thought it would be nice to have a give away celebrating the fact I have made that many posts. So are you ready!
Okay then...
Be the 27th person to comment on these 2 photos
The 27th person will be the winner of these 2 items pictured!
You can say something silly, funny, sweet, serious, goofy but just be that 27th person within the United States to make a comment
I will check back often to see how the contest is running
Once I have the 27th comment I will post the winner! on my blog and give my email address, the winner will then have to contact me about shipping and handling arrangements, etc.
So come along and have some fun and help me celebrate my 200th blog post!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Aretha is a 18 inch Rag Cloth doll, an Original Design

Aretha is a 18 inch rag cloth doll that is designed entirely by me, I created the pattern and the looks for this sweet doll. I finally finished her Sunday evening. She is made from muslin and filled with fiber fill.
This time I only lightly stained the doll and reduced the staining solution. A new thing that I am doing with the rag dolls that I design is to paint a heart with a arrow through it and sign with PS so that it gives them that special little extra something.
I filled the doll and hand sewed the arms on, the legs are sewn on with the sewing machine for this larger doll. It makes the legs more secure. I then brushed the stain on using a sponge brush and did only one coat and dried her well with a large blow drier. Some features are painted on using acrylic paints, and the eyes are black buttons that I have hand sewn into the doll. The hair is a heavy red wool yarn and I have also hand sewn the hair into the head of the doll using heavy quilting thread. I also sanded the black painted shoes to make them look older on this doll. The dress and bloomers are my own design and are cotton fabrics. I had fun creating her and I will be adding her to my art fire store in a few days.