Thursday, November 26, 2015

"Strangers and Pilgrims"

These two dolls sitting next to my worktable caught my eye 
early this morning... on this day of Thanksgiving.

Two "odd dolls"... (like us): Pilgrims of Faith!

"...not having received the promises, 
but having seen them afar off were assured of them, 
embraced them and confessed that they were 
strangers and pilgrims on the earth."  ~Hebrews 11:13 (NKJV)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Window to My Heart... Well, almost Finished!

I finally glued and dowel-pegged his legs and painted his face...
(this guy first showed up in a June, 2014 post!!!)

He just may need a crackle glaze yet...
to add a bit more warmth to his funny face!

His rusty heart hangs in the perfect space to
tuck away some "treasures" and keepsakes.

(Hence the hang tag: "the memory keeper")

Wishing you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Triple Play...Give-Away!

These three trouble-makers need good homes!

So... our September, October & November 
are just waiting to be shipped off to.... you? 

Please leave a comment on this post...
indicating which of these three (mention the one by name) 
has wiggled his way into your heart, and why!

We will choose a new home for each one, at the end of the month!

"Fallen Angel"... there's hope for him yet!

Ol' "Cone Head"... he's all heart!

"All in Good Funnel"... who doesn't like 
a little good, clean "funnel" now and then!

Drop us a note at this post... and you're in the running!

Blessings in this season of Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Triple Play!

These guys are real "cut-ups" and hams...
when the camera comes out!
After "softening" some of the coffee-stained Osnaburg;
(with a little warm water)
these three boys have "lightened-up" a little.

This guy is just too funny! 
(I'm affectionately calling him my "fallen angel")

Perhaps some single, sparse strands of black
thread need to finish off the top of his head?

This guy...
has just wiggled his way into my heart.

(I've affectionately named him "cone head")

And WHO do we have here?
"All in good funnel!" (get it?)

He kinda grows on you...

Next step: Find some suitable fabric and "dress-'em up" a little.

Thank you for stopping by... Where has this week gone?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Coffee-Stained... Shenanigans!

Just as I suspected...  give these guys
a "coffee-stain bath"... and their personalities just "pop!"
("rusty hearts"... I'm thinking a must!)

per·son·al·i·ty   ˌpərsəˈnalədē    noun
"the combination of characteristics or qualities 
that form an individual's distinctive character."

peculiarity = "endearing" (in this case)

So, I coffee-stained these guys, 
added a healthy heap of cinnamon to the mix
and popped them in the oven for thirty minutes...
rinsed part of the coffee-stain off 
and put them back in the oven until "done..."

Oh... I added paper clay lips too... the low-heat oven
dried the paper clay along with the coffee-stain.

Face-Painting is next!  
Thank you for taking a peek! Daryle

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Trouble Comes in Three's!

 I have started working on a trio of troublesome dolls
inspired by the work of the gifted "outsider" doll artist:
Sandy Mastroni...
(a link to her blog is now in my "Favorite Places to Visit" side-bar)

I'm convinced the exaggerated body forms and features make them, 
well... rather troublesome!

I also have a feeling that... as their personalities emerge,
so will their propensity for getting into (good-natured) trouble!

Their bodies are made using Osnaburg fabric, gently stuffed 
with polyester fiber-fill.  I have sculpted their facial features with
paper clay.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

South Jersey Surprise

"A rose by any other name..."
You can imagine my surprise on this lovely November afternoon 
while cutting the lawn here in South Jersey (sunny and 71 degrees)
when I happened upon this Dandelion!
I hope it makes you smile...