Archive for January 2015


24 Jan 2015

Betsy ( a custom doll)  was with me for a very long time.
I will miss her.

Peggy Joan

20 Jan 2015

Hmm, Peggy Joan. What can I tell you about Peggy?

Well she is very cute and super sweet.
She is a giggly, wriggly little girl.

She loves to hear you read her stories  but better than that she loves the stories that come out of your imagination, the ones that maybe have a little person in them called Peggy.

She doesn't like to have her hair brushed.
She knows sometimes you have to do it, like when you are going to visit Granny and she tries not to cry when you gently brush her pretty hair .

She is very proud of her pretty knees that don't have any bandages at the moment because she is getting better at running super fast and not getting tripped up.

She is super pleased with her stripy socks, knitted just the way she wanted them, knee high and not too tight. Well not tight at all because they keep rolling down.

If you would like this little one to come live with you email me at
This offer is open for 24 hours.
Please include your email address.

Peggy has found a home, thanks so much.


Peggy Joan, 14" tall , a little jammy tacker.

She is made from all natural fibers; cotton knit skin fabric, Tasmanian wool stuffing, her face is hand embroidered.
Her hair is a crocheted mohair wig that can be gently brushed and styled.

She is wearing a super cute sun suit with broderie anglais cap sleeves and a needle turn applique heart.  She has a polka dot ribbon in her hair and hand knit woollen socks and shoes.

Peggy Joan and her clothes are fully hand washable. This doll is not suitable for children aged 3 years or younger due to choking hazards.

Thanks so much for considering giving Peggy a home.
She was so much fun to make and just wait until you hold her, she is so full of energy and life she just  makes you giggle.

making a doll

18 Jan 2015

Peggy Joan

making Peggy's hair

trying on her wig

cute outfit


14 Jan 2015

"... the order of the day was to be improvisation, holding within itself the seeds of renewal, rather than an ideal of perfection which, by wishing to impress, can only repeat itself."

Angelica Garnett, in Charleston Past and Present
 speaking of her mother, Vanessa Bell and her philosophy about decorating their home.

I like these words, not just about decorating or art but also about life.


11 Jan 2015

Harriet, she wishes she was tall but she is only small

 Harriet wishes she could read but she has to make up her own stories.

Harriet wishes she had a home and family of her own and...
well that's where you come in.

Harriet is very ready to meet her new family.

Harriet is a 12" little jenny wren doll
She is made from all natural materials: cotton knit skin fabric, Tasmanian wool stuffing and hand embroidered face.
Her hair is a crocheted brushed mohair wig which can be brushed and styled.

She is wearing a woollen handknit swing top secured at the back with small wooden buttons.
The yarns used in the top are hand dyed using plant dyes except for the blue yarn which is an Italian commercial yarn.
Her pale blue polka dot bloomers are trimmed with a band and a French cotton braid.
She has hand knit woollen socks and shoes.

If you would like to give Harriet a home please email me at and include your Paypal address.

She is $350USD plus $35 international shipping. Domestic shipping is free.

The offer will remain open for 24 hours and you will be notified by email if Harriet has chosen to come and live with you.
Very exciting!

Harriet has found a home.
Thank you so much.

Bermuda shorts

10 Jan 2015

One year for Christmas we all got Bermuda shorts.
I didn't know then that Bermuda was a country, the shorts were just longer and slimmer fitting than our usual shorts.

I don't really know how old I am in this picture, I am guessing 7 or 8, my sister , holding the cat, is three years younger, my brother three years older.

I love everything about this picture.
The fact that the cat, Binty,  looks like she is quite a nice pet when in fact she was a horrid scratching monster and no doubt ripped us to shreds moments after this picture was taken.
The fact that you can see the other houses in the street but as a child I was never really aware of this, being too short I guess and later everything in the garden had grown up
 and you couldn't see the other houses.

I love my hairstyle, even though I desperately wanted long hair and would wear a silk scarf like a gypsy to pretend my hair was long, and I love my slim tanned legs and arms ( kids at school thought I came from Hawaii or France, why I don't know, perhaps the most far away places they could think of). I love that my sister still has a little of her preschool baby chubbiness. I thought she was the dearest sweetest thing when she was little.
I love that my brother looks so peed off at having to have his photo taken with his little sisters.
From memory he had as little to do with us as possible when we were children.

I love that I can still remember that particular outfit and how the knot in the drawstring at the bottom of the tshirt got so tight it could never be undone, ever, and so my tshirt was always a bit tricky to get on and off.
I love that summers then lasted forever and if you have the right mindset now, 
summers still do last forever


5 Jan 2015

I have just packed Christmas away for another year.
No photos  because it's early evening and because I was unChristmassing on my own while Stephen was engrossed in Grand Designs and Katie is off with a friend.

Nice to have the space back and tomorrow I will get out the bits and bobs that were put away early December and then we will be back to the usual decoration.

Since Louis moved out in early October and the rooms were reorganised we have been slowly getting used to the new arrangements and finding homes for everything.

The dollmaking workshop meant a temporary reshuffle and then Louis came home and Andy came home and we created a bedroom in the playroom.

Now we are just us three again, and with the Christmas tree and decorations put away we can enjoy the SPACE!

( pictures from our recent visit to Coles bay)

Daisy, desperately seeking a home of her own.

4 Jan 2015

Daisy is more than ready to find her home 
and she doesn't care that I haven't finished knitting her cardigan.

I mean the poor girl has been hanging around forever.
She said NO, I don't want any other dress. I want this one!  
So for the first time I am sending a doll off to her new home in clothes that I didn't make, 
well a dress that I didn't make.
The dress is from  Nancy's Fancy Designs on etsy and is very well made and beautifully smocked and I think Daisy is right, it suits her perfectly

Daisy is right, it does suit her very well.
I am in the process of knitting her a cardigan to keep her warm should there be a little nuisance breeze about.
 I am knitting it in a fine 4ply yarn and it has a Fairisle yoke.
 I have used a mid blue about the colour of the paler flowers on her dress and the Fairisle pattern also contains the pretty green and some white and a little navy blue too.

Daisy is a little worried that you think she is a terribly serious girl when in fact she isn't it's just the way her face sits when she has to wait too long, like when she waits for me to finish things for her.
In fact she is a giggly little treasure like all curly headed children, 
all giggles until they need to brush their hair.
 Then there might be a few tears and shouts.

Daisy is one of my Mabel style dolls.
She is 18" tall and sits well and stands with support.
She has sweet little knees and bottom and belly button.

Her hair is Tibetan lambskin and has long and short curls.
Glorious hair it is in a mid brown and suitable for lots of different hairstyles.

We have already discussed her dress and her cardigan.
She also has classic cotton knickers trimmed with lace and hand knit shoes in the style of 
Clarks  T bar sandals.
She will have a second outfit, I will get to and make that before she heads off to her new home. 

Daisy is $670USD plus shipping $50 international shipping. 
There is free shipping within Australia

 If you would like to have Daisy join your happy home please email me at
Please include your paypal address.
This offer will remain open for 24 hours.
I will notify you by email  if Daisy has chosen you.

Thank you so much for your interest and support.