Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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A buxom young lass named Molly

thought Irish jigs were such folly.

Until Lord of the Dance

gave sweet Molly a chance…

Boy, could she jiggle by golly!

The Secret Lives of Christmas Trees

Peppermint Princess

Peppermint Princess

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…

Vampire Bat “Countess Belle Fré” Faerie Clothespin Doll

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This was another fun project for me for my Faerie Folk collection. 🙂

Faeries love to have fun especially on Halloween.

Allow me to present Countess Belle Fré of Bat-On-Rouge.

Countess Belle Fré, a vampire bat faerie, decked out in antique silk and lace, is ready to attend the Halloween Ball with her husband Count Fangela.

As always, various recycled materials were used from my craft box.

Body: Wood Clothespin

Dress: antique silk covered with antique lace and finished off with a pearl from a broken necklace

Wings: leftover leaf appliqués from another project, sprinkled with glitter glue

Hair: feathers from an old boa

Ears: carved from wine cork stopper

The grassy rock-like base was purchased. It is covered styrofoam. I take a flat bamboo toothpick and stick it into the base for a stand.

Countess Belle Fré’s Measurements:

Approximate Height (w/base): 4 inches

Approximate Height (w/o base): 3 inches

Wingspan: 4.0 inches

Enjoy!

Vampire Bat “Count Fangela” Faerie Clothespin Doll

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This was a fun project for me for my Faerie Folk collection. 🙂

Faeries love to have fun especially on Halloween.

Allow me to present Count Fangela of Batagonia.

Count Fangela, a vampire bat faerie, decked out in a silken cape, is ready for the Halloween Ball.

Body:  Wood clothespin

As always, various recycled materials were used from my craft box

Cape: piece from an old silk shirt

Tie: piece of leftover red felt

Wings: leftover leaf appliqués from another project

Hair: feathers from an old boa

Ears: carved from wine cork stopper

The grassy rock-like base was purchased. It is covered styrofoam. I take a flat bamboo toothpick and stick it into the base for a stand.

Count Fangela’s Measurements
Approximate Height (w/base):  4 inches

Approximate Height (w/o base):  3 inches

Wingspan:  3.25 inches

P.S. Next post you will be meeting Count Fangela’s wife Countess Belle Fré of Bat-On-Rouge. 😉

Enjoy!

The Case of the Missing “Groom” Clothespin Doll

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In May of this year, I posted my “Bride and Groom” clothespin dolls. The actual bride and groom loved these representations so much, they displayed them at their reception on the table next to their wedding cake.

While unpacking wedding gifts at their home, they discovered the bride doll was groomless on her stand. 😦

A big search ensued but after several weeks, the groom doll was no where to be found.

I felt so bad for the bride and groom, I told them I would make them another groom doll.  I also said as I use recycled materials, the doll would not be exactly the same as the original.  While remaking the groom, I decided not to make the dark lines around his eyes.

So here he is!

New Groom

Groom
Hair: Yellow feather from an old boa.

Suit Jacket: Old black ribbon wrapped around pipe cleaner.

White Shirt & Cuffs: Old white ribbon.

Slacks: Colored on with a black marker.

Enjoy!

P.S. After the bride and groom returned from their honeymoon, the original groom doll was found wrapped in tissue paper amongst a box of wedding gifts. They still don’t know how the groom doll got separated from the bride doll on their stand but they are happy he was found.

CASE SOLVED! 🙂

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

Bride & Groom Clothespin Dolls

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I created these very special dolls as a gift for a wonderful co-worker who got married yesterday.

As always, all materials used in making both dolls and base are recycled materials.

The wedding dress closely resembles the bride’s actual dress and the dolls have similar likenesses to the bride and groom.

Bride
Dress: Old ribbons and lace.

Veil: Antique lace.

Hair: Black embroidery yarn (leftover from another project).

Necklace: Broken piece of jewelry.

Rose Bouquet: Applique saved from an old nightgown.

Arms: White pipe cleaner.

Garter: Blue ribbon, with a piece of antique lace and a tiny pearl (from a broken necklace). Sorry no photo…too small and difficult to photograph.

Groom
Hair: Yellow feather from an old boa.

Suit Jacket: Black ribbon wrapped around pipe cleaner.

White Shirt & Cuffs: Old white ribbon.

Slacks: Colored on with a black marker.

Base
Pink foam (from a cd package container) covered with old lace.

As I wanted to incorporate parts of the beautiful wedding invitation into the base, I used the blue ribbon with rhinestone that was wrapped around the invitation.

The top of the base was cut from a piece of the invitation. The bottom of the base, cut out from the invitation as well, includes the name of the bride and groom and wedding date.

Doll Stands
The stands were made from two small foam rings (also from the cd package container). I wrapped each ring with the same blue ribbon from the wedding invitation. I glued the rings onto the base.

Beautiful doily crocheted by fellow WordPress blogger and friend Hiromi (handmadelife1).

Enjoy!

P.S. Congratulations Bri & Vitaliy! 🙂

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