Some of the reason’s I’ve been a little slow to get back to work!
Summer in the Garden
I know I’m like the white rabbit, a little late, but due to lots of lovely visits from family and friends, trips away, catching up around the house and gardening, time really has rushed past in a whistling buzzing blur!
I had the best time doing some painting, an old dark cabinet is now an old white cabinet, looks a thousand times better and was so much fun, I’m hooked!
As for new designs, Ive just finished Clarice! I’ll post up some pictures later.
Ready to teach is Yvonne, the girls at Cottage Flair will be making her in March.
I thought you might like to see some photos of dolls made in my last few Workshops, I’ve had the privilege of travelling to some fantastic places, staying with lovely people and teaching eager, clever, fun students!
It’s been a wonderful year of doll making, I’ve enjoyed it immensely, meeting people who are so interesting and creative, like minded people always have a bond between them and I’m very lucky to share in that.
Thank you to all who have come to one of my Workshops this year, your warm friendships mean heaps to me from the brave people that attended their first class in trepidation, to the regulars that bowl up for a fun 2 days of doll making tied into a reunion with old friends.
Enjoy your holidays, hope you manage to get some time to create. I’m loving being home, doing a bit of gardening, painting, sewing, cooking and of course catching up with family and friends.
Email me if I can help with any doll making problems and feel free to add your own comments or handy hints to my Blog.
Hi there, I’m enjoying the sunshine here in New Zealand, my studio door is wide open into the garden so I can see and hear the birds and the bees and smell the flowers while I’m sewing. I know many of you will be wrapping up warmly against the cold, a great time for sewing!
Actually anytime is great for creating stuff!
I’ve had fun making these Christmas angels, my Maggie pattern was used for their bodies and I’ve used some old pieces of lace, silks, furnishing fabric or whatever I had in my bins to dress them, then they are decorated with a few beads, mainly pearls.
The biggest challenge has been to match up the lace with the fabrics, some pieces are too white, some too cream, some too heavy and some look too cheap!
Anyway I thought you might like some ideas for your angels (or fairies!)
Cheers, Jill x
Welcome to our new website, I hope you enjoy finding your way around and checking out each area, and you will also note that we are now able to offer some useful tools for your doll making as well as patterns and cards.
Lizzie, our latest pattern, is available now.
And there is another free e-pattern for you to download direct – Robbie Rabbit. He’scheeky, funand quick to make.
The details are all here on our website and while you are here take a good look at our new format, options and items for sale.
We are pleased to be able to offer our range of unique Cards for sale as well as Turning Tools and Stuffing Forks for the first time.
Also we now have a flat rate for shipping which means regardless of how much you order the shipping cost will stay the same.
And lastly, we have introduced payment options of Visa and Mastercard.
There is nothing like enjoying the company of like minded people and sharing their home, Christine made me so welcome and it was an added bonus that Jaslyn from Perth was staying there too. We had so many fun filled hours together sitting around Christine’s huge table in the evenings talking, creating and laughing, very treasured memories made – good friends, positive people.
The workshop was held in a local community center, it was huge with light streaming in through a wall of windows. The best class room I have ever taught in, plenty of room for everyone’s stuff, great facilities and of course lovely people. I love Adelaide!
I felt very privileged to teach in Australia again, this time I went to Townsville and Adelaide – two very different places! The Tropical Topsies are a very clever bunch of girls and I can see how their doll making has really benefited from the variety of tutors they have taken workshops with, they are able to apply different skills to achieve very creative work! I loved my time with them and was reluctant to leave. It was very special having fish and chips on the beach watching the sunset. As you will see, Lizzie’ is a very popular choice!
I feel very privileged going to Christchurch and having a chance to catch up with my friend Cathy, she is one of the most creative people I know and can successfully achieve nearly every craft known, as well as cook and make fantastic coffee!
Hands Craft Shop where I work has an amazing range of stock, in fact the best I’ve seen in New Zealand as far as craft supplies go, not to mention their magazines and books. I always find and purchase some unusual bits and pieces there. I could easily spend hours in that shop and the staff are so helpful.
The girls enjoyed making Lizzie and I was inspired to hear their stories of the changes to their lives since ‘the quake’, amazing positive people. I love being in the South Island
I always like going to Ashburton teaching, the classroom is in the middle of the shop, so we are surrounded by beautiful quilts, enticing stock and interested customers. Everyone interacts which is always fun. Some of the girls I knew from previous ventures so it was like catching up, and of course it is always great to meet new doll makers. Cindy and her family are wonderful hosts!