>Part 2 Homemade Christmas


christmas doll

These are the handmade Christmas presents that my children gave to each other. The oldest two gave this doll to the youngest; the pattern came from a toaster-cover pattern that had belonged to my husband’s grandmother. The children and I modified it to have legs and such so it could be an actual doll since the original had a piece of card board that you fit into the toaster slots to hold her up right. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a fire waiting to happen.

face detail

>Part 1: Russian nesting dolls


all the mothers of the doll
All the mother dolls above .
All the dolls out of their mothers below.
all the dolls together

This is one of our collections at our house. This post is for my MIL; she wants to know which ones we have because she likes to add to this collection at holidays, and is forgetting what she has given us. My children also collect these dolls, so there will be three more posts; one post for each daughter’s collection of dolls. This collection is mine. I own 7 sets

Newest Set
(7 people in this set) the only wood-burn set I have
mother of newest set
newest set
This set is porcelain ,and I have two identical of this set
(6 people in this set) ( 12 between the two sets)
a duplicate set made of porcelain
a duplicate set made of porcelain
This set is Little Red Ridinghood, but no woodsman; just Red, wolf, grandma, and cottage
(4 people, sort of; one is a house)
little red riding hood
A sort of Nativity
Joseph, Mary, Wise man, Shepherd, and baby Jesus (5 people)
nativity sort of
The largest set I have (12 people)
all in a row large set ( 12 people)
all togetehr large set
close up large set
My oldest set (this set is from before the wall fell) (5 people)
image 2 first set
1st set ( 5 people)

>Kokeshi Doll

>I posted this doll yesterday, but without it’s story. If anyone can tell me more about this Kokeshi doll, I would love that.

I found it at a thrift store for 50 cents. I have seen these on the internet from $30.00 to $130.00. This looks like the lower end price scale to me, of the ones I have found, but I’m not sure. It has a signature on its base; I cannot read it, of course. Maybe someone can tell me the name of the artist who made it. I’m wondering if anyone knows how to date this, too.
Also, I’m wondering if anyone can tell me if it is a girl or boy figure. I am leaning towards male, but I’m not sure because of what looks to be Kanzashi painted in the hair. I really like this doll; I also like the fact that it doesn’t have arms. I’m also wondering what type of flower is represented here.
So far, I now know for sure this is a girl, and she is between 30 and 40 years old. She is made from one piece of wood; that was a question I was asked. The name is still a mystery, but I have been told one of the symbols means stone and that that is a common symbol in names, so not much there yet.

>Hair today gone tomorrow

>On Saturday I talked about how long all three of my daughters’ hair was. Also how I wanted to make Kanzashi for them. I still do, just one will have to be on clips instead of combs or hair pins now.

Because, as of today, one of them no longer has long hair. She had the longest out of all three; it was below her waist, and she was starting to sit on it. It was getting a little annoying for her and hard for her to keep the knots out, with winter static and all. So we removed it (a good 18-24 inches original length, removed over 12 inches in length; look in the mirror in the right photo you can see the haircut is half done), so her hair is just above her shoulders, now. Sorry, I didn’t feel good this weekend and didn’t get that bathroom cleaned — dirty mirror, oops. She is also embarrassed by this photo because this is her pajama shirt, and she never shows her shoulders unless she is in a bathing suit. It is only on her because I am cutting her hair, otherwise no photo would ever be taken with her dressed this way.

The last time I cut her hair I made the doll shown to the left. Yes that is real hair from my daughter on the doll. So now I have this stack of freshly washed and dried clean hair again, trying to figure out if I should make something again.

The reason is, last time I did something with it because that was her first haircut. Well, this is only her second one, and she is ten. Each haircut represents roughly half her life. So I am taking suggestions as to what to do. Currently, the hair is just resting in a metal tin ’till I figure out what to do with it. Photo at left taken in my old home. The room was being rewired; those are not live wires on that wall.

>Cookie Cutters


I know Christmas is over, but I just wanted to show this ginger bread cookie house that is on sale at Williams and Sonoma. I showed one at Halloween that I got from them; I just think these things are so cool. Maybe in time if I get enough of these types of things I can make a whole holiday-themed village because I can use these for other holidays just by changing the frosting color and candies and not using certain parts of the kits. Plus, with the price of pre-baked kits, this is cheaper and you get to spend more time with your kids while making it. My husband let me ordered this right after Christmas when it went on sale as my Christmas gift .

ginger bread house

I don’t have it yet, but I will get to use it next year. It will be cute with the sled my sister bought me last year, pictured below, from this same company.

Other cool 3d cookie cutters I found:

3d sled cookie cutter

>Cool Cookie Cutters

>Just one of those things I will add to my list of wants, as if it wasn’t long enough as is. Have you checked out William Sonoma’s Web site lately? They have these cool stand up cookie cutters. They are on sale at the moment; I am so thinking of getting these but will hold off for awhile. I have a kid who is born right around Halloween time, and she loves all things Halloween. I think this would be so cool to have for birthday party fun and such. The photos in this post are not mine; they are from William Sonoma. I have made the pictures links. So, if you want to check them out or order them for yourself, just click on the photos.

>R is for…

>Rock-n groups on flicker that I am a member of but not admin.

Babette Blanket. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickrHexagon Love. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickrCRAFT. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr
Doll Quilt Challenge. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickrSewing Tools & Accessories. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr
I Made it Myself. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr
Corners of My Home. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr
thrift and craft, formerly recycled yarn. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

>D is for….


doll cupboard

Dolls, and lots of them. I have collected dolls since I was a little girl. My favorites are mimes and pirouette clowns. I have never been very found of hobo clowns, but I have a few of them because people have given them to me, but I much prefer the pantomime look. I also love raggedy dolls and Russian nesting dolls, too. I have other doll likes as well, such as miniature doll houses and paper dolls; I have lots of those. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a few red cupboards in my house; three, to be exact. I love red along with black and white (white more as an accent color than a main color). There are a few more doll cupboards in the house, but those have the dolls in them that my children collect. Those cupboards are different colors than this one, one is blue, and one brown, but I will get them painted in time to either black or red or one of each.

inside doll cupboard
Click on this picture to go to flicker page if you want to know about each individual doll and where it came from or from whom it came.

>Doll / Wall quilts

>Two doll/wall quilts I have made for the store.

doll quilt
doll quilt

>Friday WIP/ store/ mini doll quilts


large and small yo-yo mini quilts

My husband and I have been working on different projects with the same end goal. He is working on setting up our new site; Vintagethreads.com is still a work in process. I have been making head wraps and yoyos for mini wall quilts that will be framed and for sale at the new store. Yes, those vintage yoyos are scattered in with new yoyos to make these mini quilts so some of the fabrics are current, a few are up to 50 years old, and a touch are close to 100. I doubt anyone besides me and the lady who gave the fabric to me will know which is which, but it is fun all the same to share vintage surprises.If you get a chance, check out the new site; it is still a work in progress so not much works there, but there is a poll. I would love to see what everyone’s favorite fiber art form is. This may help decided what type of stuff is carried in the store that will be on this site in the coming weeks.

If it feels like I have not been posting as much I haven’t because I am working like crazy getting things made for the store opening.

Thanks for all your input
Wendy “Sunshine” Harbaugh

Ga-Ga for Yo-yos. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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