Tuesday, December 31, 2013

End of year and looking forward to 2014.

It is always kind of sad to see another Christmas holiday fold at the end of the year. I have brought in all my boxes and will be putting away my Christmas decor for another year.
 I just got through watching the largest fireworks display ever done.  It was in Dubai. What a beautiful display. I watched on TV.
  I am busy now working on Valentine dolls and have completed a primitive black doll.
 and  named her Seleena; She is 17 inches tall and will sit or hang on a hook. Sorry but she is Sold. Pattern will be available soon.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Valentine doll "Melissa"

  This  sweet  Valentine doll is 18 inches tall and is made with osnaburg fabric.
  Sorry; she has been sold. 
  Pattern is available on Ebay and my Etsy shop.
  http://www.Etsy.com/Dumplinragamuffin

Friday, December 20, 2013

Mr. Dapper Snowman doll

I made these 27 in. snowmen dolls for my granddaughters this Christmas. The pattern is available on Ebay.


I made this Norwegian Jule Kaga and lemon bars last week and put them in the freezer for Christmas. 
 My sister Margie Eveline painted the Christmas tree and snowman on a towel for me.

I love the look of this Winter scene taken somewhere in England. I can just imagine all the holiday preparation going on inside these little cottages.
  We seldom see snow in Nashville TN. but the Winter scenes from distant lands are beautiful to look at.






It is a magical time of year when everything is frosty & sparkly.  I purchased these little glass birds this year for my smaller tree and they are beautiful perched on the snowy branches.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Santa dolls I have made and sold from previous seasons


Empty Possessions

Ecclesiastes 2 :4-11
 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do:
and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

    Father, may I seek You above all else.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My precious little great granddaughter Aubrey Mae West. I hope I get to see her next Summer when they move to Colorado.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

What is happiness?

Aug. 8, 2013

Do you ever sit and let your mind drift to places unknown or with no thoughts at all; just listening to the quietness. As I get older; I enjoy these quiet times more. It refreshes my soul. There is times in my life that I can go through the whole day without turning on the television or even music; just listening to the quietness and drinking it in. I love working with my dolls and creating in these quiet times.
  I think I am basically a loner. I can get lost in my own world. Even as a child I enjoyed playing alone and making up imaginary friends. I grew up in a family of girls but always cherished my time alone; drawing pictures and paper dolls. I enjoyed drawing elaborate wardrobes for my paper dolls.
 As I grew up; I started sewing my own clothes and have done so all through my life. I believe the quality is much better. I never liked taking short cuts with my sewing.
 I don't like exposing myself to people I don't respect. I don't like negative comments when they are unfounded. I have learned to hold my tongue in my later years as it is not wise to spout off without first analyzing the situation.  I find myself very uncomfortable in a group of people such as being at a large party. I  much prefer a small dinner party with another couple or two. I don't like being in crowds. It becomes very stressful for me. I feel like I am trying to please everyone; pretending to be enjoying the event when I would rather be alone.  That is not happiness for me. Some may think it is unusual that I enjoy so much time alone but I am being myself and not trying to please anyone else.
  I am learning it is best to find your own happiness within and not look to someone else to make you happy because that is not fair to that person or yourself. I must say I am becoming comfortable in my own skin and that has taken me many years to do. I will not rush to do things just because it is the popular thing to do or  someone else thinks I should or that I am not living a whole life because I am always creating and sewing.  People laugh when I tell them I am a shy person. I must be a good actor to fool so many. 
 I have learned to be grateful for all I have and feel blessed everyday that God has given me this gift.

Halloween Raven and pumpkin

This Raven will be the last of my Halloween creations for this year. "2013"
She is presently listed on Ebay with a buy it now.  She is 18 in. 
 I will be starting on Christmas dolls next week.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brown eyed Susans

Don't you love the Summer flowers blowing in the breeze. I found this poem about brown eyed Susans awhile ago and would love to share it here.

 " Girls In Their Loose Summer Frocks"
Brown eyed Susans in their loose summer frocks, hair blowing in the tall grass wind, sway and shimmer in the sunlight.
  emboldened by the promise of perpetual summer, brown eyed Susans raise their heads to the sky, tracing the sun's path without a blink of regret that endless summer days will soon fade and slip away.  Making us ache again for hot summer days, for brown eyed Susans gathered off the porch, for yellow frocked girls who hide away at the onset of cold winds foretelling first frost.
  From the collected Poems of Philip Martz.

Pilgrims Emily and Noah July 31,2013

This sweet set of Pilgrim dolls are named  Emily and Noah.
Emily is 18 inches tall and Noah is 20 inches. Pattern is available for this set.



Friday, July 19, 2013

'Cherish the Day'

Sitting on the steps, looking across the lake,
Wondering why, life at times, can seem great.
But in that second, it took me to just think,
My life could change, faster than a blink.
Is this a reason why we should always cherish?
Not knowing when loved ones may suddenly perish
Living everyday, like it was our very last,
For our days could be very long or go very fast
So I'll cherish and take nothing for granted,
Not say things that shouldn't be chanted.
If this is the last day I have on this earth,
I accept my life, for what it's been worth.
Tomorrow isn't promised to young or old alike,
Today may be the last day I'm able to hold you tight.
Don't wait for tomorrow, do it all today,
If tomorrow never comes, you'll never regret a day.

Just thinking

I sit and think, when the sunset's gold 
Is flushing river, and hill,and shore,
I shall one day stand by the water cold,
And list for the sound of the boatman's oar;
I shall watch for a gleam of the flapping sail;
I shall hear the boat as it gains the strand;
I shall pass from sight, with the boatman pale,
To the better shore of the spirit land;
I shall know the loved who have gone before,
And joyfully sweet will the meeting be,
When over the river, the peaceful river,
The Angel of Death shall carry me. ---Nancy Priest Wakefield 1836-1870

Miss Boo Pumpkin doll

This is Miss Boo.
She is an adorable 22 in. pumpkin doll;  and is ready for Halloween with her mask in one hand and bat on wire to keep the other spooks away.
 She has lots of detailed assembly.  She has tiny legs and arms that make her unique.
 She is based on a pattern by Veena's Mercantile.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Great grandbabies Lyla Ann & Aubrey Mae

I am so very proud of my sweet great grand babies. 

Christmas in July Santa

Hi There.
 I am busy working on some new Santa dolls for our Christmas in July sales.
 I want to give you an early start as the season.
 This Santa and sheep is perfect for collecting with his small size of 11 inches tall.
 His beautiful coat is made with vintage wool in a dark green color. His little lamb is a steady companion to complete the set.
SOLD  


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Presents aren't promises

"After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul, And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises, And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans.  After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.  So plan your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.  And you learn that you really can endure...That you really are strong. And that you really do have worth." ---Veronica A. Shoffehall

Halloween Sadie and Basil

I have completed this cute twosome; They might represent twins if you may.  Their names are Sadie and Basil.
They make a great collectable with their size of 11 1/2 inches; and not counting their hats. 
Sadie pumpkin is dressed in her finest costume for the big night. She wears a tulle gathered skirt over pantalets.  Her hat is wired so it may be posed.
 Basil wears a little suit of clothing and doesn't need a mask with that awesome face. 
 Both dolls are painted muslin and have wired legs and arms so they can hold hands or be posed separately.   I include a special tag and sign and date each doll for authenticity. 
Presently listed on Etsy.    SOLD



 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Gypsy Queen Agnes and her cat Asa

 When you walk into an auditorium to see a play or musical. You can feel the magic from the vibes of the people sitting around you. A hush comes over the crowd when the velvet curtains begin to open. Somehow we are taken to another world as the scene unveils. 
  I view my doll creating like a stage show with a play about to unfold. I have a story in mind as I create each doll. 
  I have played with dolls my whole life it seems. They are an intricate part of who I am. As a doll artist; I like to transcend time going back to a distant memory where gypsies, ghosts and goblins were real in my imagination.
  Halloween was a favorite time of year and I always chose to be a gypsy. Trick or treating was the best ever. 
 I remember a large Victorian mansion we used to go to each Halloween. There was a very old lady who lived there. She always had some special treats for us.

  On another Halloween, we went to this mansion and she no longer lived in it as new proprietors had taken over.  All things must come to an end one day. She was no longer there dividing out the treats.  I remember she had white hair and was very frail.
  I made this Halloween gypsy and her cat by drawing from that memory of long ago.
  This gypsy is beautifully dressed in red satin . Her face is painted with many layers of acrylics and glazes; giving her a luminous ghost like appearance.  She has long wired fingers and wears a poison ring on her finger. She holds a key to many potions awaiting the curious. Her Spells booklet has several poems in it.

~Halloween fantasy~gypsy and cat Collectable~by~Dumplinragamuffin

 This doll is listed on Etsy

http://www.Etsy.com/shop/Dumplinragamuffin



Friday, June 21, 2013

Moon watcher Pumpkin

This ghostly pumpkin may be hiding in your garden patch this fall. She is a mere 15 inches high so you have to look for her. Watch out though. She may have a trick up her sleeve. You might be the one with your head on a stick if you aren't careful. he he !!!!
  She is made of muslin fabric with many layers of paint, gesso and glazing techniques to give her a luminous look. She certainly outshines the rest of those plain old pumpkins in the patch.
  She is presently listed in my Etsy shop.  $45.00  Sorry She is SOLD.




Raven's Ride

I just finished this mixed media art piece in the vintage theater art style.
 I am very pleased in how it turned out.  It measures 11 inches by 7 1/2 inches and features a little sprite wearing a Halloween cat's hat and holding her moon rattler in her hand to clear the way of spooks.
She is riding a raven into the Halloween sky as the moon peers above with bats flying around. What will our imaginations conjure up as we fly off into fantasy land with this little kitty sprite I call Trivagels.  It took me some time to come up with this made up word to distinguish my fairies from other artists.  The meaning behind it is Trivial angels. I make these little 5 - 8 inch sprites occasionally for a challenge. They are very detailed and all done by hand.
 The stage is painted wood with poster board back. It is embellished with tinsel , ribbons and photo album art.
  The sprite is made with wired tinsel. fabric, glitter, ribbon, and wool. Her angelic face is scrap art.
Her raven is made with muslin and painted. He wears a crown and is ready for flight. 
 Price:  $45.00 plus $6.00 shipping.  Email me at vintmay58@aol.com for a Paypal invoice.





Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15, 2013
  The days are quickly approaching now and Summer will be upon us once again. It seems the years are passing faster now or is it just my imagination.  It seems everyone is in a hurry to get done everything that can not wait until another day. Must we always be in a rush. It will only be another day tomorrow. There will be time to do the things we thought couldn't wait till then.
  My black eyed Susan's have opened their faces to the glowing sunshine once again. I surely thought they would not survive after last Summer but they are here again. Their days will soon fade away and their time will pass as with all of us.
  It seems only yesterday when we were young. We got together with my sister and her husband Wally and went boating in the Payette river above Idaho City. We spent the afternoon playing in the water. Wally was an expert water skier. I loved watching him sail across the waves.   It was getting evening and the stars were peeking through at us from above. The water was smooth as glass and not to cold.  We found our spot on a dock in the river so we wouldn't be disturbed and lighted our grill. It had been a long afternoon enjoying the water and we were hungry. We laughed and laughed as we joked and cooked our hotdogs. We tickled our toes in the water and watched the fish jump. We thought we had forever in our lives.
  Does time have to go so quickly?
 I have been blessed with  2 great granddaughters to cherish. Will I have the time to enjoy them before they grow up?

  I like this writing by Shakespeare
To me, fair friend, you can never be old,
for as you were when first your eye I eyed such seems your beauty still.




                                             This is our family photo taken around 1981.


                          Little Aubrey Mae West. My precious great granddaughter. Her mommy chose my middle name for her. That meant the world to me.  She was born June 12, 2013.  I wonder what the world holds for this little one as she grows up.  She will certainly be loved.

Friday, June 7, 2013

June 8, 2013 My latest little munchkin creations

Hello! I want to share my latest creations with you.
I would like to introduce you to Falicia gourd and her little pumpkin.
Falicia is 14 inches to the top of her stem. She has a sweet little face as does her little pumpkin friend.
They are created with osnaburg fabric and acrylic paints and glazes.
This item is sold.