Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just getting started

I am so thankful to Karen Valentine for my beautiful blog design.
She is an absolute delight to work with and I highly recommend her to design one for you.  She captures the mood you are looking for ...magically.  She asked very few questions but just went to work and then emailed me...'hear is your design, let me know what you think'.  I don't know about you but she captured my desire to make my blog inviting and warm, with a promise that when I get this all figured out, I will have a place that will be fun to visit all the time.
Please bear with me as I try to learn all this 'cyber fun'...I know I am going to love it.
I started this blog as a means of connecting  with others who love the same things that I do and want to share what we are doing.
I have started a small shop on Etsy as an outlet for my love of painting and purses.
Before my husband passed away, I enjoyed a very healthy  ebay business selling my hand painted dolls.  I would love to share some pictures but the computer that the pictures are on, crashed. 
As did my husbands illness progressed.
But, I have learned truly that each day is a gift and get as much out of it as you possibly can.  I never let one day go by that I don't accomplish something and do something that delights my soul.
I have just listed 2 of my purses on the shop named RoseHillCottage1.
I thought as soon as I listed it, it would automatically tie into my blog...but I don't think I will have to figure that one out.
If you get a chance or if anyone is even reading my new blog, please let me know what your thoughts are.
Have a blessed day....Nancy

Friday, August 16, 2013


I am so happy you clicked on my dolls....they give me such pleasure and perhaps you will find some inspiration here!!
At one time I made original porcelain dolls and my little 'friends' were featured in magazines, newspapers and I was even asked to be a featured artist on a television show.  Can you imagine? Everything was going along beautifully, my 'kids' were in shops and I was happy...but my mother passed away unexpectedly and as you can imagine, my world came to an abrupt halt.
After that, I stayed idle for about 3 years and was encouraged by my husband and daughter to get back into doing what I loved.
So, I made bears and cloth dolls.  They did extremely well on ebay and I was once again having fun, until my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 
It has been 2 years now since my sewing machine has hummed, but I did want to share a few of my dolls and I hope you enjoy them.
There are so many more, but the computer that had the pictures, crashed!!! So, I have but a few photos.
This little cutie is a cloth doll, made from my own pattern and I like to call them a 'pancake face' because there is no dimension except for the painting.  I created the pattern to have no center seam down the middle of the face, which I consider to be distracting....just me.
I did a series of darling little black children, all of which sold quickly on ebay.  Here is a sampling of some of them.  The baby above is in a gorgeous all silk antique christening gown I was fortunate enough to find at a local antique shop.
More little black children...all of my dolls have original handmade mohair wigs.
Ok, I know, I know...this isn't a doll but I did have fun creating peoples pets for a while.
I liked to put quotes on them that seem to fit the personality.  This quote is perfect for that cattitude some cats possess.  It is hand painted on the chest:
Perfect don't you think?
Some polymer clay fun...this is a fairy baby that was delicately wrapped in birch bark and leaves by her mommy, so no one could find her, while she went away for a while.  Sold on Ebay