I have been working on this Little Guy in Hopes to have him ready by the end of the week! He is still very "Beginning" looking, but I have a special place in my heart for this little Boy. He is very special and extremely Humble. He is greatful for each and every day and just loves attention, but isn't demanding in the least bit.
Here are his tiny little Victorian Boots. I made them using muslin and have painted them. They need a couple more "coats" of paint to give them a leather like look.
Soon he will come alive with features and will then be dressed. I am working on some Izannah style hands for this little guy. Tune in for more updates later in the week! :0)
"Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
|We cherish too, the Poppy red|
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country."
Thank you to all those that have served this country. Please take a moment to remember just how lucky we are that these men and women have sacraficed their lives for us.
Hope your weekend is filled with Family, Friends and Love.
Hi Everyone! I have decided to try a bit of an experiment......I am offering this lovely set here for sale right on my Blog! I believe that I can avoid some of the fees which bottom line equals a smaller price tag to you! I hope that it proves to be a success!
I am offering my Izannah Walker PomPom Doll which measures about 4 inches tall. She is a wee little one that is made using a wool blend yarn and pipe cleaner arms. My inspiration for this creation came after watching Jennifer Murphy on Martha Stewart. Anyhow, I sewed her a little skirt and gave her the most adorable little bonnet that is trimmed with vintage lace and some ribbon. She even has a cupcake liner petticoat!
The pincushion was made by me also using a beautiful black and gold brocade type fabric. I cross stitched a flower and added it to the front along with some rusty safety pins and beautiful head pins. I also added a couple vintage buttons and a vintage reproduction beaded hat pin.
Please accept by Humble Offering to you for this set at $35.00 plus shipping.
Please email Me to make payment arrangements for this set, or with any questions that you might have.
Please click on the photos to enlarge them for better detail.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this set. God Bless You.
p.s. I would love to hear your feedback about this "experiment"!
I am trying to recover from a very busy weekend! I was very fortunate to be able to attend a Susan Fosnot Workshop! I was able to learn soooo much and can't wait to apply more of what I learned to future projects! The doll above is my doll and at this point she wasn't glazed or finished. We used oil paints to paint her. This was a first for me. I have never used them before. I can't tell you how much easier they are to work with than acrylics for blending!!!
Below is a picture of all the dolls from the class. Aren't they beautiful?? My goodness, it just amazes me when I look at all the different personalities!
My sister also had a breast cancer charity event at her house. It was so fun. Her whole house was transformed into a little "shop" to benefit. There were several "vendors" ranging from handmade items to Tupperware. I will post more pictures of the event later.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend and are on your way to wonderful week ahead.
A really Busy week awaits me. I have so much to do!!! My sister is hosting a Breast Cancer Charity Event at her house on Saturday which will be so much fun, but of course I have several last minute projects on the burner. The event will host a ton of Handmade items.
My sister makes the Penny Rugs. My Mom makes mini stitched Pillows and Handmade Prim Flowers, Lady Bugs and Bees. She has put together vases of them and also arranged them onto Barn Wood! They are sooo awesome! I of course make the Dolls, Room Sprays and Goats Milk Soaps. My Friend Michelle makes beautiful Cross Stitch pieces and does custom embroidery so she will have tons of really great things! Featured will be Tastefully Simple, Cookie Lee Jewelry and Tupperware. All sales will have a major portion donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Charity. Pictures to come on this event.
The doll that you see above is a doll that is waiting for a face. I am attending a Susan Fosnot Workshop this weekend and I am soooo excited, because I will be learning how to use Oil Paints! I am a bit nervous, but I hope to leave the class relieved and educated on the process of painting in this medium! I will keep you posted.
This little cutie is also in the works. She has been in progress for such a long time now! I am going to round up my in progress dolls for a photo because I want to know if I am the only one with these issues! LOL There are so many of them it seems. Anyhow, she is coming along nicely. I need to get her arms and legs attached and then some clothing. The clothing always give me a struggle. She is suppose to be an Izannah Walker Doll Inspiration.
My daughter's preschool class had Chicks!!!
She is soooo excited to get to school at hold these little darlings. Last week they were to little and fragile. The little lone Dark Chick is our favorite!!!
Hope you have a wonderful week starting today!
"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." ~Rajneesh
The History of Mother's Day
In the U.S. Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May. The first observance was in Philadelphia in 1907 based on Suggestions by Anna Jarvis.
Although it wasn't celebrated in the U.S. until 1908, there were days honoring Mothers even in the days of ancient Greece. In those days, however, it was Rhea, the mother of the gods that was given honor.
Later in the 1600's in England there was an annual observance called "Mothering Sunday." On this day, even the servants who lived with their employers were permitted to return home to honor their mothers. It was traditional for them to bring a cake along to celebrate. In the U.S., in 1908, Anna Jarvis began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Jarvis persuaded her church in Grafton, WV to celebrate Mother's Day on the anniversary of her mother's death. A memorial service was held there on May 10, 1908 and in Philadelphia the following year where Jarvis moved. Jarvis and others began a letter writing campaign to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a National Mother's Day. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day a national observance that was to be held each year on the 2nd sunday in May. Many other countries celebrate their own Mother's Day at different times during the year. As in the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May.
This beautiful History snippet was given to me by my Daughters two Lovely Teachers last Wednesday when they and the children hosted a Beautiful Mother's Day Tea for us. It was sooo special! All the Mom's including me left there feeling like a Million bucks, well except for all the running mascara that we had under our eyes from the happy proud tears. :0)
May your Day be Blessed today and Always! I Love you Mom.
I was tagged by my good friend Mica from Gar-boodles Soup. If you haven't had a chance to check out her Blog and her Art most importantly, please do. It is all very magical!!!
O.k., so choosing 5 favorites was sort of Hard because I have soooo many more than 5 favorites, but here goes. All of these blogs are magical and very inspiring to me. The artists are very sweet and always appreciative of a comment. If you get a chance, please go visit them! :0)
1. Dolls of Yore ~ T, is a good friend of mine that always has the enthusiasm to try something new. She is one of THE BEST doll makers of this century. I know that her dolls will be cherished in years to come and will be treasured antiques in time. I just hope that I am able to own one.
2. Gar-Boodles Soup ~ Mica, is also a treasured friend that is an extremely talented artist. She loves to create with mixed media and truly has a style all her own. I am lucky enough to own one of her babies, but hope to have a few more in the years to come.
3. Daisy in lala land ~ Daisy is one of the sweetest people that I know in Blogland! We are convinced that are angels insisted that we meet! She is a darling who makes the best little Pom Pom dollies and many other treasures all the way from Holland! I can't wait to have my own little Daisy Creature all the way from Holland!
4. The Pastoral Dollmaker ~ Christe is just amazing! Her writing style is that of which you would read in a Novel. Her dolls are little ladies which are so lifelike and beautiful. All this while living the hard working life on a true running/working farm. She is a treasure of a soul.
5. Nicol Sayre ~ The name pretty much says it all. It is just a wealth of inspiration for me to visit Nicol's blog and a true pick me up to my day when she has posted a new entry. I would love to visit her studio and meet her someday, just to follow in her footsteps and watch as her magical hands create what I believe to be little souls.
Like I said, it is so very hard to choose just five. Here are a couple other blogs that I visit on a regular basis which I enjoy just as much.
Oh and the list could go on and on....mostly it is a repeat of my Inspirational blogs. Hope you are able to visit these magical places and get as inspired as I do. :0)
Just back from a show....Soooo tired. I need a little R&R.
I noticed my Friend Mica from Gar-boodles Soup tagged me!!! Thanks Mica! You are so sweet. I promise to get a list of my 5 top favorite blogs soon. Just as soon as I am able to rest a bit. :0)
Have a wonderful Saturday!