Sunday, 3 May 2020

waldorf style doll

popping in with a new doll.
i hope every one is keeping safe and well.

my first (possibly of many) Waldorf inspired dolls.
 this little beaut i have named India.

India has been delivered to her new nursery in plenty of time for the arrival of our new grand daughter who is due mid August and has been created using all natural products as is the waldorf way.
natural wool for her stuffing.
de witte engel doll jersey for her face.
mohair wool for her hair.
west yorkshire 4ply for her boots, tights and jumper.
jamieson spin drift for her hands.
rowan lace for her dress and hat.
embriodary floss for her eyes and lips
bees wax crayon for her rosy cheeks.
height of doll is 11 1/2 " (28cms)

i have loved every minute making my first waldorf doll and my inspiration has come from various master doll makers like: Meglena at north coast dolls, peperuda dolls, lalia dolls, mum & dot, maryjanestearooms and dear little doll to name a few.

supplies for my doll are from:
Debbie at: Little oke dolls: https//
jamiesons of shetland:
Sharon at: the knitter attic: https//

here is a little photo album of my 1st waldorf journey:
India's body is knitted in a one piece with exception of her arms.
(next job on my list to make a one piece body including arms).
her head has been needle felted and thankfully the needles missed my fingers this time and i've mangaed to create a crochet wig (a first for me with lots to improve on) and added a plaited ponytail.





i have learned quite a lot with my first doll and i'm looking forward to creating a few more when my crafting time allows.

join me again soon.
stay safe, enjoy your day and craft happy. Ann x

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

soft toy

good evening crafters
popping in with a new knitted soft toy that will be shortly heading her way to a new nursery
very soon to look after a new born baby.
i hope everyone is a safe and well in these exceptional times.

April knitted soft toy
my soft toy is knitted using natural fibres and bs polyester toy filling.

to complete my soft toy i have used a variety of yarns (most of which i have purchased on line from: theknitterattic and jamiesons of shetland)

April comes complete with a removeable dress, a cute ponytail with a beautiful bow in her hair to match the bow on her dress, her shoes, tights and jumper are fixed and cannot be removed.

the doll has been adapted from MJT doll pattern with alternative arms and legs.
the leg, body and head are all one piece which is a first for me and it took me a little trial and error to complete. my next doll will be a all in one doll (fingers crossed).

yarns used:
skin: Jamiesons spindrift
boots, tights, jumper and dress skirt: west yorkshire spinners 4ply
dress bodice: kidhaze silk
hair: jenny watson merino dk
features: dmc embroidary floss and a bees wax crayon.

join me again soon
stay safe, stay well and craft happy. Ann x

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

birthday card

good morning crafters. 
popping in to share one of the recent images i coloured whilst off on leave from work that has made it on to a card, i just need to add a birthday sentiment but i can't decide wich one to use.
today i have used bobby socks by lili of the valley and she has been coloured with distress ink.
my backing papers are denim and girls by maja design (the papers are devine).
and i've tried to keep my colour pallet to a minimum.

my card

list of goodies used:

distress ink: 
vintage photo, tattered rose, spun sugar, stormy sky, aged mahogany, walnut stain, antique linen, faded jeans and chipped saphire.
ldrs, fancy rectangles
satin ribbon and white lace
6x6" white base card
fabriano 5 water colour paper
maja design: denim & girls 

whilst i was on leave i had been working on and completing wedding invitations for my best friend who is planning to get married in August hopefully i can share them soon. 

i hope that everyone is well and safe, and i sincerely hope that you haven't been troubled with the virus.

i will be sharing another card soon but in the meantime:
stay safe, enjoy your day and craft happy. Ann

Friday, 10 April 2020

lili of the valley cards

popping in with a couple of cards using some of my lili of the valley stamps.
i hope that you are all safe and well.

i don't normally share cards that aren't complete (birthday card is missing a sentiment) but it has been quiet sometime since i have done any colouring i couldn't resist sharing.

and this anniversary card i'm pleased to share is complete, a simple matt and layered card with a little die cutting.

i am out of sorts with my card making and colouring, i haven't listed any of the colours used.

here is my list of some of the goodies used:
6x6" white base card
papers: maja design - denim and girls 6x6"
fabriano 5 water colour paper
dies: mft, spell binder and ldrs
image outlines - memento esspresso truffle
distress re-inkers in various colours
lili of the valley & stempleglede.
satin ribbon, woc flowers and lace

thanks for stopping by
join me again soon


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

knitted doll & felted dolls head

good morning and welcome to my knitted share today.
i hope everyone is safe and well.

today's knitted doll has safely been delivered to her new home and i'm really pleased with how she has come together.
i have given her multi-coloured hair, white tights and a sweet dress that has been finished with a picot  edge.
as always my doll has been made using a variety of natural wool and has been filled using BS safety high loft polyester stuffing.

i thought that i would also share another form of doll making. i so love waldorf dolls and decided to try and create waldorf style doll that include a little felting, which i have purchased from dear little doll (pattern/workbook). it has had it's ups and downs (my fingers are like pin cushions and dam sore. note to self be careful )
sadly due to the pandemic a workshop i was going to attend next month has had to be cancelled so i am waiting patiently for when Debbie over at little oke dolls rearranges a workshop by Meglena from north coast dolls.

the two photos aren't the best

back to my knitted doll (it's much safer ha ha)

products used:
jamiesons spin drift - face & hands, west yorkspinners 4 ply - tights, bottom half of dress, jumper, debbie bliss & jenny watson dk pure merino - hair and kidsilk haze top of dress.
dmc embroidary floss and a bees wax crayon

a litle news on my card making:
i have done a little stamping and painting with my distress inks and will be sharing some of my cards soon.

stay safe, enjoy your day and craft happy. 

join me again soon

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Jack the man city elf on a shelf

hello crafters and welcome to my soft toy share for this weekend.
meet Jack the man city elf on a shelf (football fan)
i have to confess this soft toy didn't start out as this but somewhere along the way during knitting i had a erueka moment and thought what if and the football inspired soft toy was born.

meet Jack the man city elf:

whilst making him up i suddenly remembered that i needed to make elf ears and i am so pleased with how he has turned out.
Jack stands about 13" tall
patterns used are a mishmash of Mary Jane tearoom doll and my own pattern.
as always my list of materials used:
skin tone: jamiesons spindrift
boots, shorts & hat trim: rowan 4ply, legs, top, arms and hat: west yorkshire spinners 4ply
hair: debbie bliss dk
dmc embroidary floss, beeswax crayon
Soft toy filling 100% hi-loft polyester BS5852 

thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend and
craft happy. Ann

Saturday, 15 February 2020

new knitted doll for 2020

hi and welcome to my share for today

a new knitted doll to my stash
All my knitted dolls are made using natural wools and are filled using hi-loft polyester stuffing.
my project for today is a pretty in pink doll whom i've named

meet Polly:

i have used a variety of wools from:
jamiesons of shetland (spindridrift for her skin), west yorkshire spinners (4ply signature for her shoes, tights/leg, knickers, under top and part of her dress), debbie bliss (dk for her hair) and kid haze silk (top of her dress).
Polly is approimately 12" tall.
her features are created using:
black and pink embriodary floss with bees wax crayon for her blushed cheeks and i have added a fine white ribbon on her dress.

thanks for stopping by.
enjoy what ever you are creating and craft happy. Ann

Monday, 20 January 2020

2019's last knitted doll

good morning and welcome to my knitted share for today
the last doll i made in 2019.
a 9" ponytailed doll with a cute little blue pinafore, matching coloured shoes, white socks and white top and a pale blue satin ribbon for her hair. 
my doll:


for this little cutie i have used various wools from:
Jamiesons of shetland, West Yorkshire Spinners and Debbie Bliss

her features are created using:
black and pink embroidary floss and a bee's wax crayon for her cheeks.
for her hair i have split my wool to create finer hair and it has been attached using a chrocet hook and secured with a few stitches here and there.

over the next few weeks i have planned to clear, de-clutter and reorganise my craft room and continue with a couple of projects i have on the go that will be shared later in the year.
i love weddings.

thanks for stopping by and looking
enjoy your day and craft happy. Ann. x

Thursday, 2 January 2020

knitted dolls from 2019

hi and Happy New Year to everyone

popping in with two of my last makes of 2019
1st a little knitted doll i have made for my Grandaughter Ruby for this Christmas.
her name is Mercedeses (may be mis-spelt lol)
i have used one of my patterns from MJT (body/head) and my own pattern for her arms and legs.
my doll is approx 9" tall and her hair has been added using a crochet hook and then sewn into place to keep secure and styled into a ponytail with a lovely burgandy ribbon.

my doll:

 i have used a variety of natural wools from:
jamiesons of shetland (spindrift), yorkshire spinners 4ply and schopple - Zauberball 

i have used 2 1/4mm knitting needles
various embriodary threads for her features
bees wax crayon for her cheeks.

and 2nd using the same size kneedles have knitted a boy that i have managed to complete before the end of 2019.

i still have a little perfecting on my male versions but i think my friend will be happy with him.
meet Karl.
products used:
spindrift peach & black - body, boots & hair
jumper - bergere
shorts - yorkshire spinners 4ply
both dolls have been stuffed with hi-loft polyester doll filling. 

i am hopful that 2020 my mojo will return in full and i can start enjoying my crafting again.
but for now:
thanks for stopping by, enjoy what ever you are creating and craft happy.

Wishing you all a prosperous, peaceful and happy 2020
Ann. x