I was going to use the random number generator to pick the winners of my One World One Heart giveaway, but so many folks asked me to “toss [their] name into the hat” that I decided to use this:
This is a straw hat made for me by my Wonderful Husband, after I told him about the chapter in Little House in the Big Woods where Ma makes straw hats for every body in the family. Such a nice hubby. In the hat are 182 teeny slips of paper, each with a number on it.
I had two willing helpers to draw the winners:
First my 5-year old Girl picked Anji from Juneau’s number (can you believe that? 182 responses from all over the world, and the 1st winner is from Alaska!).
Then my 3-year old Boy got to pick the 2nd winner, concupiscent335. (As you can see, this event took place pretty early at our house – the wee ones are still in their pjs.) Then, the Boy put the hat on his head and shook all the bits of paper all over the living room. Sigh.
So, CONGRATULATIONS TO ANJI AND CONCUPISCENT335! If I don’t hear from you by Friday, 2-19, I’ll choose another winner…and I really don’t want to pick all those little bits of paper out of the vacuum cleaner bag.🙂
Now that it won’t be a spoiler, I can show a picture of the polymer clay pendant I made for my mom-in-law for Christmas. We’ve had some issues with mailing stuff (one box went missing, one went to the wrong town in Alaska, the winter storms in the lower 48 delayed delivery of her package….oh, and I procrastinated sending Christmas boxes until AFTER Christmas!), so she’s lucky she got it, finally! Actually, I like it a lot, myself, so she’s lucky she got it for more than one reason!
The pendant is strung on doubled brown silk cord. The flowers are made with a petal cane from Donna Kato’s book, The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques. Donna’s flower petal starts out with a purple and white Skinner blend bullseye cane. My Skinner blend was gold and chocolate. I love the way those colors blended. It looks both festive and warm – perfect for Christmas, even if it’s not red and green. And it’ll be good at other times of year, too!
I made this sweet little doll in a kuspuk as a donation to my daughter’s school fund-raiser. I think she came out really well – and my daughter’s teacher was the winning bidder!
Kuspuk Dolly No. 2 and her clothes
With her hood up
Now, I really have to finish up a custom order of dolls. A local lady gives handmade dolls to her 5 nieces every year for Christmas, and this year, I was lucky enough to win her business. The 5 dolls I’ve made are about 18″ tall, with embroidered faces and black velour yarn hair. They will all wear socks or tights, undies, shoes and a kuspuk (a traditional garment worn by some groups of Alaska Natives). I found instructions for human-sized kuspuks, then scaled them down for my dolls’ proportions. All 5 doll bodies are sewn and stuffed, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on the kuspuks. The undies and footwear won’t take long, but I’ve been pulling my hair out over the dolls‘ hair! When I was a kid, I always disliked doll hair that was only sewn down along a central part, the way rag doll hair usually is. If I untied the doll’s braids or undid her ponytails, I then had a doll with a long mohawk – the sides of her head would be bald. I preferred rag dolls to baby or fashion dolls, but the plastic dolls had rooted hair that could be brushed and styled. And what little girl doesn’t want to styled their dolls’ hair? So, now that I’m making rag dolls, I’ve been trying to solve this problem, without buying doll wigs. So far, I have one doll with the traditional central part and one with a crocheted cap with strands of yarn knotted all over it. (The doll’s scalp showed through the cap, so I covered her head with some black fabric.) And 3 bald dolls.
1 kuspuk, 3 wigs, 5 undies, 10 socks and 10 shoes to go!
By the way, sorry about the crappy photos – natural light is pretty hard to come by in Fairbanks in November!
DH decided that our Girl Child needed a princess bed…but her ceiling is too low to accommodate a traditional canopy or bunk beds. This is the design he came up with. The crenelated section on top holds a twin mattress, and the “dungeon” has a crib mattress, at the moment. (A twin will fit, but changing the sheets will be tight. I think the Boy will need a sleeping bag.) I was planning to do some faux stone accents and flower stencils on it, but I think it looks great as is. What do you think? And don’t you think my kiddos are lucky to have such a cool dad?
Two Princesses and a Little Dude in the Dungeon
Daddy and His Happy Kiddos
Look at that face!
DD's birthday present
I LOVE making presents – which is a good thing, since I have no money and a huge stash of fabric! My son got a fuzzy blue dinosaur for his 3rd birthday last month, and this month, when my daughter turns 5 (!), she’ll be getting this adorable tea set. The inspiration and basic pattern came from Toys to Sew by Claire Garland. (I had to tweak the pattern for the tea pot a bit.) Check it out here. The book is filled with sweet, easy-to-make dollies, animals and accessories. All you need to fill your playroom with lovely, soft, plastic-free toys from this book is basic sewing skills and equipment. DD will love this – and DS can’t break it!