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!

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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!

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

“NOVA” Princess of the Night Sky Clothespin Doll

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When you wish upon a star…

…it’s “Nova” Princess of the Night Sky who hears your wishes.

Bodice and Dress:  recycled tissue paper and recycled gold ribbon.

Arms: pipe cleaner wrapped with recycled gold ribbon.

Hair: Romney Marsh Sheep Fleece.

Tiara: a combination of two broken silver earrings found on my walks and feathers recycled from an old dream catcher.

Wand: one star piece removed from one of the broken silver earrings used in the tiara.

I never know the “personality” of any of my clothespin dolls until they have hair and are are clothed, so I save drawing their faces for last.  After studying Nova in her attire, I decided not to draw a face which I think keeps her celestial aura as a wishing star.

Enjoy!

HAPPY EASTER! In Your Easter Bonnet…Violet Clothespin Doll

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Here’s lovely Violet, fresh from an Easter egg hunt, all decked out in her Easter attire with basket and eggs in hand.

Violet was a joint project as she was made with the help of my friend and fellow blogger Hiromi (handmadelife1) as well as my cat, Girl Scout, who loves searching through my boxes and bags of craft odds and ends while I’m trying to work. 🙂

Hiromi crocheted Violet’s beautiful skirt, cape and hat using cotton thread.  For finishing touches, I added a pearl (recycled from a broken necklace) to the front of her cape, a purple rose (recycled from an old nightgown) to the side of the bonnet and a lavender bow (recycled from a baby’s t-shirt) to the back of the bonnet.

Violet’s Hair: recycled from an old doll.

Easter Basket: I had no idea what to do to make an Easter basket of such small proportions until Girl Scout started playing with a piece of pipe cleaner.  I remembered I had purchased some tiger print pipe cleaner for another project quite some time ago. I shaped the basket by wrapping and bending one full strip of pipe cleaner around my finger. I found the tiger print made a nice illusion of a woven basket.

Basket Grass: recycled “cellophane” grass.

Easter Eggs: beads recycled from a broken necklace.

Please don’t forget to check out Hiromi’s blog which I’ve included under “Other Links.”  You will not be disappointed.

Enjoy!

HAPPY EASTER!

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