Friday, April 19, 2013

Doll For Miss 'E'

I felt inspired to make a felted doll for my young friend, Miss E.
First I made the wire armature.
The citrus is a California Mandarin... (tiny orange)
Then I wrapped Shetland wool around the wire and needle felted it in place.

Next I added hair and I sewed a white cotton dress to serve as her base in nightgown, shift, or plain white dress.

The miniature kitten, which is suppose to approximately resemble Miss E's pet kitten, Bootsie, was actually the last thing to be made.  But it insisted on posing with it's owner.  :)
Here is a close up of the kitten.  It is 1.5 x 1 inch.  Each pupil for each eye only took two individual black wool fibers.  TINY!

Miss E's doll also needed some pretty clothes and a few animals to roam around her yard.  So I started making felted dresses and capes.  They are adorned with tiny ribbons, needle felting, string, and tiny brads and flowers. 
Pink fringe dress with flower belt. 
Felted blue/green dress with yellow ribbon.
Lavender dress with purple felting and ribbon.
Miniature felted rabbit.  (didn't photograph well)
Pink cape with flower belt.
Brown linen & felted (fur trimmed) cape.
Simple purple cape with black brad button.
Mystery poultry.  Is it a chicken?  Is it a duck?  All I know is that it is a bird of some kind and it belongs to Miss E's doll.  :)
Purple dress with felted dots and rick-rack belt.
Kitten miniature.
There were a few more clothes in other colors based on these simple patterns.  And I'm including lots of ribbons and brads for Miss E to mix and match with her doll clothes.
I hope she has fun!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

So, So Busy

I can't even begin to relay all that has transpired since last fall.  Suffice to say, I have been BUSY.  The kind of busy where I'm working on big planning a grad party for my sons, helping them with their college entrance applications & financial aid, scanning and uploading old family photos to a family-specific blog, a large mailing project for our church, soccer tournament weekends for our youngest son, looking for a good job....and on and on.
And what about the animals of Boston Lake Farm? 
They are all doing just fine.  But I admit I haven't had much time to photograph them.  I hope to set a shearing date for early May.  But we just got 6 new inches of white stuff in the last 48 hours...on top of the mountains of snow we already have... spring seems very, VERY far away.  Lleulu gets spayed this Friday.  Hopefully that goes well for her.  I will certainly be relieved to avoid unwanted litters of pups.
Even though our main floor is currently being painted...and therefor is in great disarray...I'm still trying to do a little needle felting when I can.  I don't have the space, time, or power of concentration to work on my bird orders (for that I apologize!) but I am plucking away at a tiny doll for a little friend.  I hope it turns out well.