Friday, October 29, 2010

What a Doll!


Good afternoon, my friends!

This is going to be a long post today--but a special one to me…

Tomorrow is my beautiful Mother’s birthday…wish I could be with you, Mom!  So this is for you…

Earlier this month, I made Mom a little gift that I haven’t shared with you yet (but she has now opened it, so…!)


A wall hanging about her very favorite thing in all the world (besides her family, of course!)…dolls.  She loves them all--but most especially, anything jointed.

Not only does she love them, she makes them…beautifully!  Ever since she was a little girl, she’s been studying, making and loving dolls…

Karen Ann Ostlund, age 5

…one of my favorite, which I’ve talked about here before…


(It was a very gloomy day  when I took these photos, so the coloring isn’t quite right…sorry!)


A very special doll in our family…sent to my great-grandmother Anna when she was a little girl by her father, Theodore, who was away for a time in Switzerland on business in the 1890’s…


…and another given to my Mother when she was a young girl in the 1940’s…


Muslin and lace…ribbon, pompom trim…vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, bits of pretty vintage fabric…


…and some fabric rosettes colored with Glimmer Mist…everything stitched together crazy quilt style.


Here’s the real doll…my Mom. 

Mom in doll shop 2010_edited-1

The photo taken earlier this week by my sister-in-law, Karen, who spent an early birthday day with her.  Here she is in a lovely doll shop that just started selling some of her dolls…see them in the upper shelves of the cabinet?

Mom in doll shop 2010 2_edited-1

Here are a few of her dolls that I have in my home…


A pair of gollywogs…so sweet!


A little bit of the detail Mom puts into each and every doll…


Her hedgehogs…my personal favorites!  All her dolls are made with wool felt, are jointed, and their clothes are all completely handmade.


Beautifully sculpted features…


A couple of brightly clad girls… see the green shoes on the right?  Hand made of felt, as well!


A little close-up of her beautiful ribbon embroidery…


…and beautifully styled hair.


All together now!


A little card I made last night using an adorable new stamp set from Crafty Secrets…”Thinking of You”…perfect for today, I thought…


I love paper piecing and popping things up, as does Mom, so as I did this I had her in mind…


Well, that’s it for today.  Thanks for having a little birthday celebration with me in honor of my wonderful Mother…

Love you, Mom.

Happy Birthday!