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is how these little fellas



Just simple sketches on white paper which I’ve divided up into sections. One half of the sketch is always a little more detailed than the other side. The sketch above is what I’m working on today. In a few minutes I’ll cute each segment out then fold each character in half on the vertical line that runs down the body. I’ll cut my shape from the more detailed side and Voila! an ornament pattern is born. The vertical line allows the ornament to be symmetrical on both sides. To some this doesn’t really matter, but for me…I’m always so disappointed when I’m finished stuffing an ornament and notice the ears are way off or the cheeks are in different positions. So I like this method. It works for me…(usually). I still have to pay careful attention when I’m stuffing so that the curves are “right”. You would think that since the shape is sewn a certain way, you could just stuff willy nilly and all would turn out fine. Over the years I’ve learned that this is not always the case. I can control the shape with my stuffing fork.

A stuffing fork, you say? Whaaa?????


That little white instrument on top is my stuffing fork. Under that are long hemostats. These are two items I can’t live without. I have a back up stuffing fork, just in case I should ever lose the one I’m currently using. In the beginning of my doll making career I used whatever I could find to push fluffy fiberfill into doll bodies. A skinny long handled paint brush was my go-to. And I thought it worked fine until I saw a stuffing fork in a doll parts catalog. “Hmmm, I’ll give it a try”, I thought. It made such a difference in my projects. The tiny tines allow you to really control the stuffing in a way that I couldn’t with a long handled paint brush. It holds my stuffing so that I can direct the tiniest amount to sharp corners like tiny ears, hat tips and pointy noses. I think my work really began to improve when I purchased the stuffing fork. In fact, I wouldn’t even want to try to make painted ornaments without it.

Today I’ll be cutting out and sewing a large batch of these little guys for winter stuffing sessions bundled up on my couch while the temps dip outside! It’s nice to still be productive when it’s too cold to actually work in my studio. Oh the woes of living in an old farmhouse!

But I’ll have Netflix and my stuffing fork to keep me company.

Woodland Inspired Critters…

A whole new batch of woodland inspired critters have packed their bags and traveled from my work shop all the way to the Appalachian Fireside Gallery in Berea, Kentucky. (Ok…so they had a liitttttllleee help from Fed Ex!)

These little fellows will add the perfect touch to your Christmas decor or your authentic Folk Art collection. Each item is one of a kind, made with love and attention to detail. AND you can feel great about purchasing any item from the Appalachian Fireside Gallery…they purchase directly from artists both locally and nation-wide.

Visit the gallery at 127 Main Street, Berea, Ky. And if you want to stay in contact with the shop, see some of the newest items and displays…”like” the Appalachian Fireside Gallery facebook page.

The latest items on Etsy.

Here are a just a few, and I mean a few, of the latest items I’ve added to my etsy shop. Just a little treat for the eyes! Each photo links to the available item in my shop.


PFATT Marketplace Update

It’s that time! Time for the PFATT Marketplace Update. It’s been awhile since I’ve offered anything on the site & I’m super happy to show you what I’ve made for this month’s update. It’s a Christmas in July theme over at the PFATT Marketplace, so if you’re dreaming of cooler weather, head over there at 1 PM EST today & feel the chill while browsing all the delightful Christmas offerings.

This is my offering this month on my PFATT Marketplace page:

An OOAK hand-painted 8 piece ornament set with matching keepsake gift box.

Don’t you just love it! These little guys are made of osnaburg fabric with quilt batting inside the layers. They’re painted to perfection with lots of shading & detail & are sealed with a matte sealant with added UV protection. You’ll get four Santas & four Reindeer & one little guy even has a red nose to light the way on Christmas night. They’re about 4-5″ tall & would look so lovely on your Christmas tree or dangling from a Christmas themed garland. These little fellows are signed & are for interior use only.

$55.00 + $7.00 insured shipping through USPS Priority mail. Just email me to purchase.

Make sure you visit the PFATT Marketplace & browse all the scrumptious Christmas art! There are lots of goodies to be had.