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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pincushion Ladies........



“There are two kinds of people, those who love dolls and those who don't yet know that they love dolls." ―  Gayle Wray  

I became obsessed with the vintage porcelain "half dolls" last year when I was looking for pincushion ideas.........I found that, like many vintage items, they can be found without having to pay too dearly for them..........I found these on E-bay for a very good price but someone had painted them both....... 



 
It took me a few days but was finally able to remove the awful paint.......and found that the one on the left looks like what is called a "Bathing Beauty" half doll.  She actually has a black cap on her head and is wearing a yellow top.  The one on the right wears a Japanese print top......
 

So after removing the paint I worked on the Bathing Beauty half doll and made her a new dress........................
 



 
I haven't decided what kind of skirt to make for her friend yet.......she looks a bit like a flapper girl to me but like most of my projects.....her outfit will evolve as I work on it.............
 
here are a few photos of antique half dolls/ pincushions I have found on the internet.............aren't they lovely?
 
Porcelain half doll pincushion:Pretty pincushion doll with a cross stitch skirtHALF DOLLS: ART DECO FASHION LADIES - HALF DOLLS BY FASOLD & S...ILuvVintageScrap: Marie Antoinette Pin Cushion❤❤❤
 
 
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Soup Bowl Cozy! A Free Pattern!


“Anyone who tells a lie has not pure heart, and cannot make good soup.”   ― Ludwig van Beethoven 


I am a "sit on the sofa and eat my soup" type girl......and those soup bowls can get a little warm to the fingers!  I used to take a kitchen towel with me to wrap around the bowl......that is until I came across this wonderful free soup cozy pattern! (this size is more of a hot cereal size......)

 
You use 2 fabrics from a layer cake (10x10) and 2 10x10 pieces of batting for each cozy to make one large enough for a cereal bowl.  I found they were a little small for a soup bowl so I added an inch and a quarter to each layer cake square and that worked perfectly!  I apologize for my photos....they really don't show the difference in the sizes very well....the red fabric is the larger one




Here you can see the different sizes a little better.........they sew up in about 10 minutes!
 
https://happyhourstitches.com/2016/12/19/soup-bowl-cozy-pattern/