Saturday, April 30, 2011

Daisy May WIP

This little sweetie is Daisy May.  She's not quite ready just yet but I wanted to share a few pics of her progress.


At this point, her arms and legs still need to be attatched.  I've made her with a very pale pink medium pile mohair and vintage cotton fabric.




















Checking to make sure the proportions look right.



















Love this printed cotton!

She should be finished tomorrow and I'll post a pic or two:)
~Shelly

Monday, April 25, 2011

Vintage Paper Dolls

Just wanted to share a quick pic of the rest of the paper dolls I've been working on.  They're all coloured and I'm very happy with the results!

As you can see, Ginger is packaged up and is now available in my shop.  I am selling her as an original - hand coloured and signed by me.  She will be one of a kind as I did not make any prints of her.  I'm hoping to offer the rest as prints - they can be cut out and put together very easily with tiny brads.  They will also be available pre-cut and assembled for those who'd prefer me to do that fun task:)  I have many more ideas just waiting to be put on paper and can't wait to share them with you all!!

Shelly
xo

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Paper Dolls

Unfortunately we had to postpone our trip to the island, so we're home and enjoying a lazy, sunny weekend here instead!  Of course, I just can't be lazy for very long, and I've been wanting to have another go at making Paper Dolls, so, that's what I've spent my day doing!  I wanted to go with a 1930's theme and I hope you'll recognize it when you see the illustrations.  Please let me know if I'm too far off the mark:)


This is Ginger (had to give them names of famous movie stars!), she's the only girl finished for the moment.  I printed her onto cardstock and coloured her in with pencil crayons.  The colours are really a lot more vivid in person and hard to capture accurately with a camera.


  
Top left:  Just coloured and waiting to be cut out.  Top right:  A print of the original, printed onto card stock.


















      
Mae                                                                                                    Clara

Vivienne

I'm hoping to finish the other three tomorrow.  Can you guess which movie stars I've named them after?  I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but I'm thinking along the lines of selling them as a set of colouring pages.  Kids (or adults) can colour, cut and put them together very easily and the best part is that they pose very nicely:)   I'd love to hear your ideas too!

hugs,
~Shelly  

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter Dear Friends!


Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter!  We are off to Vancouver Island to visit my hubby's family for the long weekend and I'm looking forward to getting away for a few days!  Will take some pics of the lovely scenery and post them when we get back:)

Hugs and Chocolate Kisses,
~Shelly
xo

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sweet Pea and Chester


Chester's job at the Sweet Stuffling Circus is to show people to their seats and make sure they're comfortable while Sweet Pea sells candy floss and giant lollypops during the interval.  However, once the lights have dimmed and the show's begun, they may be found stealing kisses or sharing a bright, swirly wirly lolly!

Sweet Pea is made from hand dyed felt.  I chose the pale pink and blue to make you think of cotton candy.  She wears a beaded crown and tutu and measures about 4 inches seated.















I wanted Chester to compliment Sweet Pea's colouring so he is made from the same pale blue felt and a lovely houndstooth moss green felt.  He wears a beaded top hat and waistcoat and measures about 4.5 inches tall seated.












Both Chester and Sweet Pea are looking for new homes and are available in my shop today.

hugs,
~Shelly
xo

Monday, April 18, 2011

Circus Stuffling Patterns Now Available!!

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to let you all know that the Circus Patterns are now available in my shop!  I've made them available as a set of all three - elephant, dog and bear, or separately - the dog and bear are basically the same pattern with different ears and clothing options, or the elephant.  These little guys are super easy to make and wonderful to give as gifts!


Hope you all have a creative week:)
~Shelly
xo

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ragamuffin - Anais

I've always been intrigued about making a Raggedy style doll, so I thought I'd give one a try this weekend.  Earlier this week, I received a pattern in the mail fromSweetMeadowsFarm.  It included instructions on how to make a cloth raggedy and was very detailed with steps on how to paint, sand and coffee stain your doll.  To be truthful, I found it all a little intimidating!  So, because I just love making dolls out of felt, I thought I'd put my own spin on this classic doll.!  Please meet Anais, my first little Ragamuffin...


She's definitely not an ordinary Raggedy, and I'm looking forward to making a few more!  Unfortunately, I've run out of the skin toned felt, so will have to wait till my order comes in!


Anais' features are hand embroidered and her hair is made from a gorgeous blue alpaca wool.  She wears a printed cotton dress with matching bow and a removable apron with a tiny key.  Her shoes are made from felt.















She is reserved, but I will be making more as soon as I can:)  Hope you like her!

Shelly
xo

Friday, April 15, 2011

Giveaway Winners!!

Hello dear friends!  It's time for the Blog Anniversary Giveaway Draw!!  I've been looking forward to this event all week and decided to use the Random Number Generator to pick the winners.  Of course, this was not an easy task for me as I'm quite computer illiterate, so I just added the first winner's widget.  The runners up were picked by the number generator too and I've just written them down the numbers with the corresponding names. 











The 8th person to comment was Kaerie Faerie!  Congratulations Karen, you are the winner of the Spring Pixie Bear!!

Runners up are:  24 - Victoria, 71 - Lesley, 48 - Kelly.  Congratulations! 

Thank you so much to all who entered this draw!  Your comments always mean so much to me:)  I will contact each winner by email for shipping details and pattern choices.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Shelly
xo 

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Circus Stufflings

Did you enjoy going to the circus when you were a kid?  To me it was a delight to the senses!  I remember sitting on the edge of my seat as I watched the trapeze artists soaring through the air, the smell of cotton candy and the bright, colourful outfits worn by all the performers.  And of course, I loved the animals too!  So, for my latest project, I thought it would be fun to make some Circus Stufflings.

 
Ellie is a dear little elephant who's wery skilled at walking the tight rope.  She wears a beaded lace skirt and crown.  Barnacle is the ringmaster and it's his job to make sure everything is running smoothly.  I made him a waistcoat edged in a contrasting blanket stitch and a top hat with a silvery band.  Dandy is a little clown and he has a removable clown nose that ties behind his neck.  He wears a ruffle collar and a hat with a matching band.  They will all be available in my shop tomorrow.




















Dandy with his clown nose on.





















Barnacle.























Ellie.


Please remember that I'll be having the draw for my Blog Anniversary Giveaway on Friday the 15, so if you haven't entered you still have a chance:  http://gingermelondolls.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-anniversary-giveaway.html

Shelly
xo

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blog Anniversary Giveaway!!!

Hello!  Do you know what??  I just realized that I forgot about the first anniversary of my blog which was on the 16th of March.  So, to celebrate this wonderful (belated) occassion, I thought it would be nice to have a little Giveaway!  I am so grateful to each and every one of you for visiting my blog and commenting on my posts and I hope you'll continue to come and see what's going on in my little corner of the world:)

So without further ado, here's what's up for grabs - the first prize is one of my newest Spring Pixies:  Pixie Bear.


For 3 runner's up, there will be a choice of one of any of my patterns:

:  Sweet Stufflings,
:  Mini Stufflings,
:  Gingerbelles,
:  Pocket Pixies,
:  Bear, Bunny and Fox Brooch
:  Woodland Stufflings

You can take a look at the patterns in my shop to see which one you'd like best.  To enter, just leave your name and the name of the pattern you'd choose and I'll announce the winners on Friday, April 15.

Best of luck to you all:)
Shelly
xo


Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Pixies

Hello friends!  Are you noticing the signs of spring yet?  It seems like we've had an extra long winter this year with lots of grey, dreary, wet days here on the West Coast of Canada!  But, we've had a couple of sunny days this week and it really amazes me at how much more creative and energetic I feel when the weather starts warming up!  I've been busy with a few new pixies this week - they're very similar to the Pocket Pixies, but I've designed little Beanie hats with animal ears for them.  So, these are the new Beanie Belle Pixies, and they'll be available later today in my shop.  I'm wondering if I should make this pattern available and would love to hear what you think!


Now that the Pixies are done, I'm starting on a new project that I'm quite excited about!  I have an idea in my head that is based on a circus theme.  It involves a trio of animals, the first being a little dog that I'm working on right now.  His name is Dandy and I envision him in a colourful ruffle collar, a clown's hat and a ball.  The second will be an elephant wearing a tutu and I'm still trying to figure out the third. 





















Dandy.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend:)
Shelly
xo