Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rascal Rabbit...

Did I mention that I love rabbits? I have been working on this RASCAL in my spare time for weeks. There were many quiet hours of gentle hand stitching; sewing on layers and layers of tatters and frays. The rabbit is my style applied to a design by Jill Maas. I love her quirky whimsical patterns. The turnip was made using a pattern by Tammie Everhart of Make Me a Memory. Tammie does wonderful fruit and vegetable patterns that look so real. I love hand sewing so I hated to see this project end but I do like the way he turned out. Creating is healing and good for the soul...


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Design a House Challenge...

In an attempt to start off the new year on a creative note and make time to play in my studio/nest, I joined in a challenge offered by Connie McBride Johnson and Sharon Mitchell, administrators of Cloth Doll Artistry on FaceBook.  For the first challenge of this year we were given a template of a house and invited to design our own house using what ever materials tickled our fancy.

Here is the template...


...and here is what I came up with...



My house is made using an old block of wood, a small piece of tree branch, card board, paper twist, pine cone petals for shingles, Spanish moss and dried potpourri flowers.  It is home to my sweet sleeping needlefelted mouse made of raw wool.



This was a fun project and a great way to get the imagination going again after such a long hiatus. Mouse House is currently in my personal collection.  Do something creative even if it's cooking up something good in the kitchen.  Creating healing and good for the soul.

Until next time...
~E~

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winding down...

As we approach the end of the year, things are winding down here as I settle in for a long winter's nap so to speak.  I have put away my sewing machines and cleaned my studio-nest in preparation for things to come in the new year.  There are still several things on my house To Do list!  They will get done in due time with a little patience on my part and baby steps.  Our home has been neglected for many years while I was making dolls and designing patterns and it will take me some time to get things back in order.  Caregiving and our home are my first priorities for now.  Wee bits of free time are spent learning to punch needle embroidery thanks to Doreen Frost of Vermont Harvest Primitives who makes this craft look so easy.  Punch needle is very relaxing to me, it's portable and takes up very little space.

As I snuggle into my comfy chair by the fire wearing my hand knitted warm socks of many colors, looking at my twinkling Christmas tree and flickering candles, visions of sugar plums and new adventures dance in my head.

Wishing you a Magical Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!










Until next time... ~E~

Monday, October 17, 2016

Patience...


My dad died when I was very young.  I remember helping him work on cars.  Well, I wasn't much help other than being in the way and getting dirty, but he didn't complain.  I remember he would say, when things are not going right, back off, rest a while, don't think about it so much and try again later, just be patient and it will happen.  All through my life, as long as I can remember, I have tried to encourage others to be patient.  It's what I do.  Being patient has worked for me so far and continues to bring me to the place I need to be at the time. 

Back in early Spring I thought the future was looking very gloomy.  Step by step, over a long period of time, things have become better.  Back off on creating, rest a while and try again later; my dad's words keep ringing in my ears.  The weather is cooling.  My caregiving activities and outside yard duties are getting lighter and I have a wee bit of time to create now.

Years ago I was in hog heaven when I discovered needlefelting as a way to apply hair to my dolls.  I was recently smitten with sleeping mice.  Since I love raw wool, and needlefelting hair on my dolls, why not combine the two and learn the art of needlefelting an item from scratch.  How did they do that has always been the question that leads me on many new adventures.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

Adapted Beyond Recognition Series

Rabbit -3 Day Auction on eBay
Did I mention I love rabbits?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Does any one read blogs any more?...

Sorry I have been so lax about posting on this blog although I have posted on my At Home With Edna blog this year.  It seems everyone is using social media (and acting like junior high school kids I might add) now days instead of visiting blogs.  I still love visiting blogs but I find they are not updated very often either so I guess I'm not the only one that is behind.

Trying to get us decluttered and organized has become my new hobby but I have had some fun on eBay this year.  One of my listings was this Momma Duck and her babies which was the first in my *Adapted Beyond Recognition Series*.  This was my version of a Raven's Haven pattern and it was reduced with written permission from Stacey Mead.  This is sold and was a finished product and not a pattern.  It was fun to do.  More creating is on the horizon as time permits so stay tuned.  Until next time...   ~E~

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Treats Sisters EPattern

I had hoped to release this epattern much earlier but alas, it didn't happen.  Here's hoping you still have time to make and enjoy these cuties for this Halloween.  Instant Download Epattern is available HERE IN MY ETSY SHOP.


Friday, September 4, 2015

New Vintage Rabbit EPattern

I have a new Instant Dowload EPattern listed in my ETSY Shop.  Did I mention I love Rabbits?


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer is on it's way...

Summer is on it's way and I can taste that sweet, juicy, ice cold watermelon already!  And to add a little whimsy to the season, I have listed my Watermelon Uncle Sam in my ETSY Shop.  Also listed is one of my Cage Dolls.  This one is Paris inspired.  You will find them listed here




Enjoy your summer.  I am still healing my shoulder and hip along with decluttering our home.  There is not much telling what unforgotten treasures I will unearth!  Stay tuned.

Until next time...
~Edna~


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Come on over...

Come on over to my AT HOME WITH EDNA blog to see what I have been up to!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Burrrr...Baby It's Cold Outside!

We had freezing rain and snow this week.  Rare for our part of Texas.  It was beautiful!  This is the view from my studio/nest...


...and this is the view from our front door with a zoom lens.


It's cold and raining outside today, but not like any thing we had earlier in the week.  A perfect day to warm things up by being in the kitchen baking up some healthy Buttermilk Bran-Oat Muffins.  These are not real sweet.  You can add more sugar or honey if you like and what ever fruit you have on hand. A healthy fiber filled addition to your breakfast or snacks.

Buttermilk Bran-Oat Muffins

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

In the bowl of my mixer I add the following and let it sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes:
1-1/2 cup bran flakes
1/2 cup uncooked oats
1 egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil or 4 tablespoons melted butter
4 tablespoons molasses (optional)
1/2 cup chopped fruit of your choice (apples, plums, banana, raisins, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

After about 10 minutes, mix to incorporate and then add:
1/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup if you want sweeter)
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or ground ginger (optional)

Mix well.  Put cup cake paper cups in muffin pan or grease muffin pan.  Fill each compartment with about 2/3 full.  Bake 20-22 minutes.  Cool and enjoy.  Makes 12 muffins.

Stay WARM and ENJOY your weekend!

Until next time...
(p.s.  Dollies are on the work table)