Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A Make to Mend

I'm still struggling a bit with a lack of mojo, so to put things in perspective, I decided to get-on and make a rag doll for a friend... 
I don't usually make these dolls anymore, as stuffing the limbs hurts the old lady's wrist these days ;-))
But my friend has a lot of troubles, so I wanted to try and cheer her up a little with a surprise. 
This is Claudia, who I have dressed in a patchwork of antique and vintage French blue and white checks and prints. She also wears a pure white cotton petticoat and bloomers with lace edgings. 
I'll be wrapping her up carefully and getting her off in the post tomorrow.

It certainly helped to put me in a better frame of mind and released a bit more creativity...
I gathered together a pretty assortment of vintage supplies to make another 30's style hat stand. 
I've been saving this beautiful woven silk ribbon for a while now, wondering how best to use it. I gathered it by hand to make a cloche hat and trimmed the edge with a sequined braid bought in France. 
I also decorated the hat with a vintage button and velvet flower applique motif.

She's attached to an old chippy gloss painted wooden lampbase.
The fluffy marabou feather boa hides the join. 
Thanks for stopping-by...
I hope all is happy in your world, 
Niki x

10 comments:

  1. Your friend is lucky to have such a kind and thoughtful lady like you ....xx

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  2. Claudia looks like the perfect friend to listen to all a person's troubles. She can't fail to put a smile on your friend's face, she looks so sweet.

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  3. Dear Niki, how beautiful your creations are again. I love how the doll is dressed and am sure she will do her job ;-) And that hat stand! Absolutely gorgeous.

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  4. Your doll is gorgeous, I'm sure your friend will absolutely love it. Love the other project, you have inspired me on how to use my faces
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Niki, your friend will adore her new doll and will appreciate the thought and love that went into her. You have such a fabulous and unique style to your work your creations are amazing and so clever. Love the new hat on your stand creation she looks fabulous now. dee x

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  6. Well Niki, if these two projects are anything to go by... You've definitely got your 'mojo' back, both items are lovely.
    I've had a day at home today and merely painted a suitcase... Please take a look, your comments are always appreciated.
    Stay warm, Frances
    Xx

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  7. Oh I love your sweet faced hat stand and the doll you made your friend is adorable also
    I have a couple yo yo dolls with a face similar to your hat stand, I need to get creative and redo them, I'll add that to my list where it is LOL

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  8. Claudia is really beautiful Niki,such a kind and thoughtful friend you are..I love how you decorated your little hat stand too! the ribbon is really gorgeous and she has lovely bright blue eyes,you had a good days stitching! xxx

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  9. So glad to find you blogging again and with a new website! Love it. Also, soo glad to see you sell online again!
    Can't wait to savor it all when I have some spare time.
    xo

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  10. Hi Monica,
    Thank you for your visit and comment.

    ?? I never stopped blogging? - I have been posting for nearly 9 years now and average over 100 posts per year - sorry if you've not been able to access it...

    Hope you are happy and settled now - we hope to move if we can just sell this house...

    Niki

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Niki xx