Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gift for Frilly Girl

Here's a picture of the gift I made for my youngest daughter... and will be making another for her sister, in Blue.

Okay, tired now... going to go catch up on some shows I have recorded and call it a night. Ta ta...


Dolls for Family

For my Mother...

For my aunt....

Anywho.... I have more gifts to work on today as well as a growing pile of laundry that desperately needs my attention. So, I'm off to get started. Maybe I'll have more pics for you this evening, if nothing else, I should have a few WIP pics at least. Okay, cheerio!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Swap Received

In my mailbox, waiting for me was this cute little pincushion and a baby one too! This was what I received in the swap I mentioned several posts back in which I had made a cupcake pincuhion for. It's it cute? I immediately poked a bunch of pins in it and gave it it's new home on my sewing table.

If you would like to participate in swaps run on over to Swap-bot ( and sign up! There are swaps of all kinds to choose from. You don't have to be crafty to participate either, not all of the swaps are craft ones. Even the pincushion swap was make or buy. I'm completely hooked by the swap bug!

After getting over the giddiness of receiving my new pincushion, I worked on the dolls for awhile. I cut out all of the pieces for their clothing and gave hair to the little one. Still working on those. I hope to finish them today.

More later....

Hugs.. Moriah

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cloth Doll Madness

I started 3 dolls today that are for my mom and my aunt. Two of them go together as a set. Those are for my mom the other one is for my aunt. They still need their hair and their clothing but I tuckered out and couldn't finish them tonight. I'll finish them tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

You Better Watch Out...You Better Not Pout....

You better not pout, you better not cry I'm tellin' you why.....SANTA CLAUS is coming to town....
Today while waiting for my mother's gifts to dry in the oven, I sat down and made some paper snowflakes that I had a tutorial for from How About Orange's Blog. They were easy, fun and I can't tell you how much joy they are bringing me! I hung 3 of them in the doorway of my studio and the LR and they just make me incredibly happy.

Try one but be careful! You can't make just one!

Ta ta.........

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pincushion Gift Sets are now complete!

I have finished the pincushion gift sets... I just adore them! The pins are in the oven now and when they're finished I'll gloss varnish them. Then the fun part... wrapping and putting under the tree..

Here's the pics.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Handmade Ornaments... A Family Day

Sorry I have been neglecting the blog, it will probably be this way until after Christmas. I have been busy helping my kids make Christmas ornaments and making gifts. My hubby even joined in the fun yesterday and made a few ornaments of his own! I think they are just lovely! I think the fact that he so very rarely gets into the crafty side of things makes them all the more special to me.. Here's some of his works..

Isn't this little pink, glittery crane just the cutest? I think it's my favorite! Hubby made several cranes in various colors and glittered each of them.. LOVE THEM!

This started as a humble little styrafoam ball. Hubby took my Dremel to it and hallowed out the inside. Then he painted and glittered it and stuck it on one of the tree lights. I think it's wonderful! It looks so pretty with the light shining from within!
Captain Hormones spent hours and hours working on his project and I have to say I was so proud to see him really try to do a good job instead of just slapping something together. He worked hard on this and it shows. I am very proud of his little project and so is he...

Little Miss Artsy made two ornaments but I couldn't find her gingerbread man to take a picture of.. :( I'll have to ask her about it when she gets home from school tomorrow and add it later. She also made a sled ornament and decorated with the crane that her dad showed her how to make.. So cute!
Frilly Girl made a sled ornament as well and started to make a snowcone ornie but she's still working on it.. here's her sled and then a WIP pic of the snowball...

She did a great job!

I would show you the ornaments I made except I didn't make any! I was too busy helping the kids with theirs. I did however spend a few hours today working on the pincushion gifts that I'm making for my aunt and a friend of mine and hubby's. The pincushions themselves are done, now I'm working on the needlecases and custom pins that will match.... here's what I have finished so far..

More later....

<3 Moriah

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cupcake Pincushion Swap

Okay, so I just couldn't leave well enough alone. The swap is for a pin cushion.. that's it. But I wanted to do something extra so I made the coordinating pins. That would have been wonderful enough but noooooooo, I had to one up myself again! So, my lucky swap partner will receive the cupcake pincushion, the handmade cupcake pins AND a coordinating cupcake needle case!!! Yep! I must be in the Christmas spirit! I think I made the needle case a bit too big so when I make the ones for gifts, I'm going to reduce the size. Whatcha think??

UPDATE: Here is the response I received from my swap partner after she received her pincushion set......

Comment: OH MY!!! How wonderfull!!! The set is georgeous!!!! If I could give you a million hearts I would!!! The pins are exquiste, so tiny, yet so detailed!! And the detail in the pincushion itself, well I'm running out of words! The needlebook is great too, and I reallly needed one. Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou. Courtenay

So glad she liked everything!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

MMmmmm Cupcake............. Pin Cushion!

Oh my gosh! I absolutely love this pincushion!! I made the pattern myself, yep, sure did! It took a few tries before I got it how I wanted it but it turned out even better than I expected! I made this for a swap but I'm also making one for my aunt and a friend of mine for Christmas. Did you notice the pins that are sticking in the pin cushion?? I made those too! I made teeny tiny little cupcakes out of polymer clay and baked them onto straight pins! Matching pins to go with the pin cushion! How cute is that?? I know, I'm way too excited.. okay okay.. calming down... Have a peek at the pics while I do..

I had so much fun making this today! It took about 4 hours from start to finish. It would have been slightly quicker if I had machine sewn it but I hand sewed it instead. The next ones should go much faster now that I have the pattern correct and have already made this one.. I may even make these to sell in my Etsy shop after the first of the year... maybe...

More later..

Monday, December 1, 2008

More Felt Gnome Homes

These are the gnome homes I was able to finish sewing today. They still need to be stuffed and their dots put on. I think I will call it a night early tonight, feeling slightly under the weather. More later...

Felt Gnome Homes

I am knee deep in all sorts of wonderful gnome homes! I have been making these since last night ( I did take about 5 hours to sleep) but now I'm back at it. I made 2 last night and then spent the rest of the time cutting out all of the pieces to make a total of 18 little gnome homes! This morning I got busy stitching and am now sewing number 5. I will be making the teeny tiny gnomes for them later tonight or tomorrow.. Stay tuned...

A Gold Gnome Home

I think I'm hooked.. who knew when I sat down to draw up a pattern for these little houses that I'd have so much fun making them! I truely thought I would make on and that was it because I hate sewing tiny things. Much to my surprise, They aren't a pain to sew and are just adorable when finished... I've also decided to make some coordinating gnomes to go with them but haven't started those yet.. I have a whole rainbow of felt laid out on my table so I can make a lot of these houses is various colors. Hee Hee, they are just so whimsical... love them!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Red(ish) Gnome Home

So I took a slight break from making matchbox dolls today and made a teeny tiny toadstool house instead. It's made of felt and is handsewn! Coming in at a tiny 1.25 inches tall, this is the smallest plushie I have made to date! It is stuffed as well. I think I'm in love... I just think it's the cutest! I hope you agree!

Eva Matchbox Doll

I have been so distracted the past two days... I start to work on something and then get distracted and go off on some tangent that has nothing to do with what I started out to do.

However, I wanted to share the progress I've made on Eva.. the sealer was still a bit wet in this photo and I haven't made the pulls yet, but here she is as of now..

Good night everyone!

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I finished number 2 in the series of Matchbox Dolls I'm working on but got sidetracked this evening and didn't get to make her matchbox! Darn! I got sucked into watching Polar Express, love that movie, with the hubby and the kids..

Anyway, here she is, introducing, Eva, #2..



Friday, November 28, 2008

Turkey Day Fun

Oh my goodness! My belly is FULL! We had soooo much food today! What a great day it was!

I started off the holiday by sculpting some more heads in paperclay for ornaments. These are all in various stages of completion, but I thought I'd share anyway...

After dinner and some chatting, we went back into the studio and I made another matchbox. This one is the first of a series that I have planned. Each will contain a tiny, miniature doll....

The first in the series is Brie.....

Brie is made of beads and wire and stands a tiny 1.75 inches tall. Her hair is made of crochet yarn and is pulled back and secured with a teal bow in the back. The matchbox is decorated in coordinating colors with her name tag included. The pulls are made of teal glass beads and clear Swarovski crystals. I think she's adorable and I almost kept her instead of putting her up for sale. I will be adding her to my shop tomorrow! Keep coming back to see the rest of the series as it unfolds!

I hope you too had a wonderful Turkay Day and aren't facing the number of dishes to wash that I am... :). Stay warm, more later...


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!

I hope that you and yours have a great day of good food and fun!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Down Time Doodling

I spent the day doing some research and then scanning several books that I'm considering making into mini readable books. After that I spent some time catching up on my blog reading. A trip to the grocery store to get everything we need for Turkey Day, which was everything except the turkey (procrastination at it's finest). That was exhausting. I absolutely hate to shop for groceries! I can shop for craft supplies all day long! I can go in and out of 50 thrift stores in one day, just don't ask me to grocery shop....ugh.... It was made even worse as 500 other procrastinators were there as well. I waited for 30 minutes at the deli counter alone! Bumping carts, lots of "excuse me" and "I'm sorry" being said. HATE IT!!!

Anyway, tomorrow I have a full plate and I was exhausted from my grocery trip so I sat down in front of the boob tube, wrapped up in a warm, soft blanket, and got out my sketch pad and colored pencils. It's been so long since I've indulged in this guilty little pleasure! Very relaxing too! Here's what came of my down time tonight..

Little Red Riding Hood in colored pencil.

The Way He Makes Me Feel in colored pencil.

In the Frosty Air in artist markers.

Ta Ta for now......

Monday, November 24, 2008

Smug Snowcone Ornie

Today I started AND finished an ornament! Whoo hoo! I also finished Frilly Girl's other slipper! Poor kid, one slipper just doesn't quite cut it. She's very happy to have her warm felt elf slippers to keep her little toes warm.

Anyway, here's the ornament....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Screwball Snowcone Ornament

No, you read it right... screwball, not snowball. This little guy is just a little off kilter. He is in fact a snowball but of the screwy variety, thus..... screwball... :)

One of many on the to do list.. This one is 7 inches tall, suitable for 6 foot or larger Christmas Trees. I will be making these ornies for 4-5 foot trees and even for 2-3 foot trees... Lots of work to do, better get back at it!

More later!



Screwball Snowcone Ornie in Progress

Okay so I was kinda good today! I sat down at my work station, got out all of my supplies and was really going to crank out some ornaments today. I started them, well it.........
Before I knew it the clock said 11pm and I only had one partially finished ornie to show for a whole day! Pooh! Oh well, there's always tomorrow. Anyway, here's the progress I made on the ornie today..

More tomorrow.....

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Itty Bitty Dotee Swap

I recently joined and tried to participate in a swap called Itty Bitty Dotee Doll swap but was denied as I am still a newbie and they don't know if I'll actually participate or as they call it "flake". However, I am happy to report that the moderator of said swap graciously invited me to do a private swap with her so that I could make and receive a Itty Bitty Dotee Doll. Thank you, Tiff! I was so excited to participate in this swap that I started and finished my Dotee doll for Tiff in 5 short hours. Such fun. I didn't know what a Dotee doll was until I joined this swap site! I went and searched the net to find out what the heck these dolls are and how I go about making one.... Turns out they are the creation of this woman -->
(click her name) Dorothy (Dot) Christian
and are the star of numerous swaps on I became facinated by these little dolls and the popularity they were gaining. I have to say I think I'm slightly addicted already! Anyway, the "typical" Dotee doll is 4-6 inches tall not including hanger and tail, but for this swap we were supposed to make her much smaller, a mini.. So without further ado, here is my creation which I will be mailing off to Tiff as soon as we exchange addresses..

Thanks again, Tiff... it was so much fun to make!!!

Well, back to the studio! So many things to make, so little time! Whew!
UPDATE: Here was Tiff's feedback>>> "LOVE HER!! Thanks so much for everything! She's great!"


Friday, November 21, 2008

Papercut Matchbox

Whoo hoo..... I'm just moving right along! The papercut Matchbox that I made for my aunt is finished. My daughter, Frilly Girl, said this one is her favorite so far...