Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter this April 20, 2014

This Fraktur Easter bunny is a lovely early American design, obviously of German origin as the art of the Fraktur came from the Germans. This one is probably from Pennsylvania Dutch country that was settled by the Germans.

This little history of the Easter bunny truly takes me back to my childhood, because my siblings and I would hide our Easter baskets the night before Easter Sunday and always for certain, that old Easter bunny found each one and filled it with goodies!

It is not my intention to consider the Christian aspects of Easter. This is just about the Easter bunny and his origin.


Origin of The Easter Bunny

The Easter bunny is a symbol that originated with the pagan festival of  Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the hare or rabbit.

The date of Easter is determined by the moon whose symbolism is strongly tied to that of the hare. In fact, the hare is the symbol for the moon. Ever since the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., Easter has been celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st.

The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the  German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" was considered "childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they were good the "Oschter Haws" would lay a nest of colored eggs.

The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests. The use of elaborate Easter baskets came later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread through out the country.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Connie Govea Stuart ~ Beautiful Cloth Book

Connie Govea Stuart is an amazing talent who creates from the heart beautiful, romantic works of art from bits and pieces of the past. I bought this incredible cloth book from her at a show in Pleasanton, California back in 2006.

I am now offering it to the first taker for a small sum in comparison to what I paid when I purchased it. I never removed the price tag which you can see in picture number 5.  which was $120.00. I am asking $49.00 plus shipping. Please contact me and let me know if you would like to buy this little gem of Connie's.

I did not put it onto my Etsy Store, because it is not one of my creations and it is not vintage enough to be placed in the Old & Good category. But it is made from old and very good things by a fabulous artist.









Sunday, March 23, 2014

Claire is one of my dear little mache-head dolls with their cloth bodies. This one is dressed in exquisite, early fabrics in blue. I just added this one to my Etsy Store. If you are interested in seeing all about her, do go here.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hattie ~ A Greiner Reproduction

Here is my Hattie, just added to my Etsy store. If you are interested in learning about her, please click HERE.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hannah, My First Reproduction Greiner Doll

Hannah is a 28 inch mache-head, cloth body doll. Here are some photos of my latest Hannah. If you are interested in owning her, please go to my Etsy Store by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bella in Green Stockings and Bella in Brown Stockings

Here are two of my Bella Dolls. I created these dolls to stand in boxes that were painted with scenes, but have done away with this concept and now am simply parting with the little dolls without their pretty box surrounds.

Bella in Green stockings has sold. Bella in Brown stockings has sold.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mary ~ Doll

Here is my latest rendition of the maché-head doll with the cloth body that I call Mary. This Mary is a blonde dressed in an elegant reproduction early styled fabric. She is designed to be a sitting doll, and here she sits for her picture. Mary is also wearing lovely white pantalets and a pink petticoat. Her slipper shoes are painted-on pink with little painted-on flowers.

Mary is on her way to her new home in Ohio.


Monday, March 17, 2014

The Wearin' o' The Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day to EVERYONE!

My sweet little shamrock girl in her original, plastic dome, is on Etsy, for anyone who might be interested. Meanwhile, she is in her right place today, celebrating dear St. Patrick.

I hope you are all wearing a bit o' green today and enjoying every moment.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Here are two of my mache-head dolls now on Etsy. If you are interested in one of them, please click here: Dolls

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cloth Angel Doll ~ New Design

 I just finished designing and creating a handful of this little doll, Angel of Love. She is all of 9 and 1/2 inches tall including her halo. If you are interested in owning her, she is listed at my Etsy store.

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ice Skate Tag ~ A Design of Tim Holtz

I just completed these two ice skate tags. You see, I do love Tim Holtz and his products. I had such fun creating this design of his. If you want to see where it came from, click HERE.

These tags are the standard size that tags tend to be. I used my Tim Holtz die cut for cutting the tag as well as the darling ice skates and the sweet little pinecones with their leaves. The skates are 3 and 1/2 inches tall.

Just had to share.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

My Etsy and Shipping

On my Etsy Store I have only chosen to ship within the United States. But I am willing to sell outside of this country, if one finds something of interest from my stash.  Email me about it. I can then pull it from Etsy and make arrangements from there.

It's such a hassle for me to figure shipping period, and so, this is my temporary angle.

Thank you for your understanding.

My email address is up in the right hand corner as at the button that says Contact Me.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Petal Cone ~ The Believer

Here is one of my Petal Cones that I just listed for sale on Etsy. This one is of a beautiful young lady sleeping in her lovely Victorian bed and dreaming of angels and perhaps heaven. It is a picture that I found in an old book.  I cannot actually remember which one, but I do think it is a Currier and Ives, which of course I absolutely love. The name of the picture is The Believer, so perhaps I ought to do some research with the name. All-in-due-course. This little piece of assemblage art is sweet and romantic and even if it never sells, I totally enjoy having it in my home.