The Secret Lives of Christmas Trees

Peppermint Princess

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It’s that time of year…Here’s a short film we made in 2010. The Secret Lives of Christmas Trees “star” all of the clothespin dolls I’ve made throughout the years and posted on my blog as well as a collection of Christmas ornaments passed down through the years from our families (some well over 50+ years old) in addition to ornaments we’ve collected over 30+ years!

To all of my blog readers…Thank you for reading, following and liking my blog and making it a great year for me!

Wishing all of you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Enjoy!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, then the clock struck twelve…

Soldier Clothespin Doll

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I thought a Soldier Clothespin doll would be appropriate in honor of Memorial Day.

I purchased this clothespin doll at a Long Island Senior Center craft fair in New York about 16 years ago. This tiny soldier adorns my Christmas tree every year.

Helmet: Black pompom.
Upper Torso: Painted in red with a white ribbon.
Belt: Red, white and blue ribbons.
Legs: Painted in blue with red and white ribbon for vertical striping.
Arms: Separate thin pieces of wood painted red with cuffs trimmed with red, white and blue ribbons.

Wishing you a safe Memorial Day!

I end today’s blog entry with a poem by Sir Walter Scott:

Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o’er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking. -Sir Walter Scott

“Granny” Clothespin Doll

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Here’s a clothespin doll I did not make but would like to share with you.

What a great find!  I purchased this “Granny” clothespin doll at a garage sale for 25 cents about 15 years ago!!!!!

I asked the person I purchased “Granny” from if they made it or knew who did. They shrugged their shoulders and said they found it in an old sewing box they found in the attic when they purchased their home.  I found lots of treasures that day and “Granny” was one of them ! 🙂

Granny’s hair:  cotton ball topped with a piece of lace for her hat.

Granny’s eyeglasses: piece of wire.

Granny’s dress: small piece of white lace at neck with flower patterned cotton material (hand stitched seam in the back).

Granny does not have pipe cleaners for arms.  Granny’s maker cut pink felt for hands and glued the hands to the green felt shawl.

Enjoy!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Red Haired Dragonfly Fairy of the Irish Mist “Corky” Clothespin Doll (Faerie Folk Collection)

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
“Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes… That’s the Irish for you!”

Meet Corky a mischievous Dragonfly Fairy of the Irish Mist.  Corky’s wings and body glisten with blue, gold, purple and rust colored faerie dust.

Corky loves to play pranks…especially on St. Patrick’s Day! It is said, on St. Patrick’s Day, if you place an item down (i.e. eyeglasses, ring, necklace, keys..) and it turns up missing, you have been visited by Corky. Of course, by the next day, the item is back where you originally put it. 🙂

Body:  wooden clothespin (2.5 inch) covered with faerie dust (glitter glue).

Hair:  Red feather from an old boa.

Wings: Satin dragonfly applique (one of the many treasures found in a bag of scrap material purchased at a garage sale). Wings also adorned with a piece of a broken crystal earring found on one of my walks.

Base: (purchased bag of 6 at the Dollar store) has a moss-covered look and feel.

Enjoy!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! “Dobie” Wood Nymph Sprite Clothespin Doll (Faerie Folk Collection)

Top o’ the morning to you!

Meet “Dobie” a sweet wee wood nymph sprite.  Dobie’s wings and body glisten with green and rust colored faerie dust.

Dobie can be found happily flitting about the forest listening for the latest news in the faerie and leprechaun kingdom. He loves taking a shower in the morning dew among the flowers.

Measurements (w/o base):  2.0 inches high (includes height of hair) 3.75 inches high (with base)

Wingspan:  1.0 inch

Body:  wooden clothespin (I cut off 1/2 inch to give Dobie his diminutive size)

Hair:  black feather (recycled from an old boa)

Ears: cork (from wine bottle)

Wings: cardboard

Clothespin and wings covered with glitter glue.

Base: (purchased bag of 6 at the Dollar store) has a moss-covered look and feel with silk-like sunflowers (recycled from an old bouquet).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Enjoy!

“VERDANA” Damselfly Healer Faerie Clothespin Doll (Faerie Folk Collection)

Meet “Verdana” a sweet Damselfly Healer Faerie.  Verdana’s wings and body glisten with gold and rust colored faerie dust.

Legend has it, the crystal sparkle on Verdana’s back is a magic drop of water from an ancient well that bestowed special healing powers upon her. When faeries are not feeling well, they seek out Verdana. Those who drink from any pond, lake, river that she has lightly skimmed with her wings are cured.

Body:  wooden clothespin (2.5 inch) covered with faerie dust (glitter glue).

Hair:  Black feather sprinkled with faerie dust (glitter glue).

Wings: Satin dragonfly applique (one of the many treasures found in a bag of scrap material purchased at a garage sale).

Crystal: removed from an old greeting card.

Base: (purchased bag of 6 at the Dollar store) has a moss-covered look and feel.

Enjoy!

Titanic “Rose” Fairy Clothespin Doll


In honor of tonight’s 84th Academy Awards/The OSCARS, I’m posting my interpretation of a fairy dressed up as the character “Rose” from the motion picture “Titanic.” One of my all time favorite movies.

“Rose,” as a fairy, was a special request by my sister.

Dress and Trim: red silk and black lace (recycled from an old negligee)
Wings: pipe cleaner covered with black lace (as mentioned above)
Hair: recycled from an old doll
Necklace: recycled from a broken silver chain and broken earring
Fairy Ears: wine cork
Shoes: painted on with red glitter glue
Base: Faux moss covered styrofoam (purchased at the Dollar Store)

Enjoy!

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