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Monday, 21 May 2018

2 posh girls Lavinia and Sophia

These two girls were made from paper clay with paper hair. Lavinia is the brown eyed beauty who is looking a bit shy. She has a tiara and necklace to match her hair and sits on a wooden plinth.


Sophia her sister has a nice blue hairdo, also with a tiara and matching necklace. She has lovely blue eyes.



Two sisters together.

One day I will make a doll like this with a body attached.....eventually!


Meanwhile, in the doggy world. my eldest daughter has drawn the trio in coloured pencil, when they were puppies. Here they are grown up with their portraits. awww so cute.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Owls and pups

Here we are again. Not sure if my blog has any followers any more, but never mind.

Today I am posting photos of my daughters work. This is an owl and stand that she chainsawed from one piece of sycamore wood. How she looked at the stump of wood and saw an owl is beyond me!




She then painted and varnished him. He is very tactile and you want to stroke him. Those eyes are wonderful. We have a few owls around our area that perch on the fence posts. This one is off to a dear friend of hers.....me jealous, of course I am!! haha


She also drew these portraits of the 'hooligans' when they were pups. Just so cute.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Frank the Fox head

I've finished Frank the Fox head. He was made from a piece of cotton sheeting that I had and hand painted then mounted onto a piece of pine wood.

                 
                                              He has whiskers that twitch when you're not looking!


 
                                                      Beady eyes watching everything that's going on.

                                                       
                   

                     Frank is super handsome, just look at those ears!

           It's a bit ironic that he is hanging amongst the hares....haha

                    Lucy in her super smart knitted jumper. So cold here that she will get a lot of use from it.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Alf the Owl

A couple of weeks ago it was pretty chilly up in my corner of Scotland. Need to do a count up of scarfs and hats and make sure the gloves are still in pairs.

In the meantime Alf popped on his own hand knitted gear as he heard the wind howling around outside/ He certainly looks nice and cosy.





Still on owls, but the last for a while, most possibly. A very cute, wooden, hand painted owl key ring.
 One side has full owl body and reverse has owl eyes......watching you!\

This what I feel like doing just now. although Bobby's rather hunched up position looks like he will need unkinking when he wakes up!!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Grey and brown barn owl brooches.

This week I have finally upcycled my collection of small flat stones found in the garden and on walks with the dogs. Painted them with acrylic paints and made a collection of barn owl brooches. Some are grey and some are brown.



Now, who doesn't love an owl.....or three! They are super cute and look so nice fastened on a coat, scarf, or when winter comes (and it will!) on a hat. After painting they were varnished to give a gloss finish and to protect them.
I've done a couple of more projects but will leave them for another day.



What morning already, where is our breakfast in bed!

                                 Lucy likes it best when she can have the bed to herself!


Linked up with this party the dedicated house.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

A lace memory book

I recently made a little memory book for my sister out of......toilet/kitchen roll tubes! They were squished flat and then I wrapped them in wallpaper to cover the cardboard.
This is the front with embroidery, beads and lace.

                                                   A couple of pages.

                                             
                                             Tags to insert into the ends of the tubes.

                 
                                                       Filled with old photos and memories.

           
                                                                 The back of the book.

It was received very well. Might have to do another one as it was really enjoyable to make. Also helped to de-stash some of my overflowing drawers!




I will leave you with this lovely little portrait of little Lucy that my daughter drew using biro and coloured pencils. (It took over 20 photos to get one of Lucy sitting with the picture, such a fiddgety bottom!)

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Four friends together

I have finished all four of the paper mache/paper clay busts that I was making and here they are;

Reg the biker/car enthusiast, Lavinia the librarian, Dara the fisherman and Holly the swimmer.
Dara still needs some tweaking and I might make him a boat to sail in. They are happy sitting on the window sill chatting away.

Not to be outdone here are our three doggies posing for the camera, they don't all quite fit on the cushion!...


Little Lucy in her pyjamas all ready for bed!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Reg the biker

Hello everyone.
Today I am introducing you to Reg, he is a vintage biker and car enthusiast and has the headgear to go with it. He is never seen without his suit and tie and flower in his button hole. A proper old fashioned gentleman.




Like Holly the simmer, Reg is made from paper mach and paper clay. I have a couple of other busts in the pipe line so will show them to you at some time.

Lucy is getting used to having bows in her hair and thinks this one will be a good one to chew when my back is turned!!


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Holly the swimmer

I had an enjoyable time playing about with paper mache and paper clay. Starting with an 'egg' shaped ball and then a paper mache bust.


Then covering all of it with paper clay and hand sanding it smooth. That takes a bit of time but well worth it.


And here is Holly in her swimming costume. She went for a dip in the sea and came out with a blue fish on her head, you don't get that very often!!


She has a nice curly perm

Sitting on the bathroom window sill

Wonder what the next girlie will look like? She is patiently waiting in the wings so might be finished soon for her reveal.


 Can't sign off without revealing our latest member of the household.....little Lucy. She thinks she is the boss!

sharing this link with you: .the-chicken-chick

Saturday, 11 February 2017

'Ladies that Lunch' First lady in the series.

You might have thought I've done a runner.....but I'm still here!!

If you are still following along, here is my latest makes which are mixed media ornamental dolls.
This is the first one I made.
How do you like her mop of ginger hair?

Fancy ribbon and clip.


This little girl is made from paper clay, wood and paper. She has a fancy necklace and even an umbrella for those rainy days!


Just look at those painted nails which match the red of her designer handbag and a gold ring. Her mary jane blue shoes complete her outfit. Hope you like her she went off to a new home very quickly. Next time I will show you her friends.


Of course, we can't forget Archie and Bobby who have now been joined by Lucy, who is a Yorkie. Archie ignores her and Bobby thinks he has his own wind up toy. They just love to chase each other. Lucy had her first walk in the big wide world today and loved it.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Little houses and cockatiel catchup

There has been an echo in here for quite a few months. Oh dear! Still here I am with some updated makes.
First of all I had a rummage in the wood pile again, much to  Head Honcho's displeasure as it's located in his shed/garage and he is always afraid that I will stray of the beaten path and go rummaging around his shelves and disturbing his dust!

Even a little shoe brush didn't escape my attention and had a little house popped on top.

I havn't done too much on the knitting front at all. This used to be my all time love (along with embroidery) now it gets picked up very rarely. Oh well, what is a girl to do with so many other crafty things to try out. Here is a little knitted cockatiel that I made and he is happily swinging on his branch, cheeping to himself.


Isn't he just the cutest with his little topknot of 'feathers' and rosy cheeks.

The boys (Bobby and Archie) are still happy and cheerful this is them in the spring time admiring the flowers.

I will try and get posting again but certainly can't promise anything but if you are interested in following my craft work, I'm over on Facebook at Quirky Houses and hopefully I will 'see' you over there.

Linky parties are at chicken-chick blog and .sumoftheirstories.