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!

Vampire Bat “Countess Belle FrĂ©” 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 FrĂ©’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 FrĂ© 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! 🙂

FLYING SNOW GOOSE Weathervane

Flying Snow Goose in painted pine

Another one of my husband’s beautiful folk art weathervane carvings.

Pattern taken from “Carving Early American Weathervanes” by Anthony Hillman (Dover publications).

Flying Snow Goose is carved from recycled pine and then painted (this design can also be painted to represent any of several other species of goose).

Measurements: 11.25 inches x 10.25 inches, 3/4 inch thickness

Enjoy!

BALD EAGLE Weathervane

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In the spirit of the Fourth of July, I thought the Bald Eagle weathervane my husband carved would be appropriate to post for the occasion.

Among many patriotic weathervane motifs, the eagle was popular everywhere.

Pattern taken from “Carving Early American Weathervanes” by Anthony Hillman (Dover publications).

The Bald Eagle is carved from recycled pine and then painted

The Bald Eagle measures: 12 inches x 10.5 inches, 3/4 inch thickness

Have a Safe and Happy 4th!

Enjoy!

DEXTER (Horse) Weathervane

“Dexter” in oak

Another one of my husband’s beautiful folk art weathervane carvings.

This profile of Dexter, a famous trotter featured in a Currier & Ives lithograph, was popular with 19th century weathervane makers.

Pattern taken from “Carving Early American Weathervanes” by Anthony Hillman (Dover publications).

Dexter is carved from recycled oak with a clear stain finish

Dexter measures: 17.5 inches x 8.5 inches, 3/4 inch thickness

Old recycled upholstery tacks were used for his eyes

Enjoy!

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