Monday, January 30, 2012

The Miscellaneous Section

This time, joyful fans, we'll explore the Miscellaneous Section at BethiefliesToo.
Some seriously random items that may or may not have had their own section, but now have been groups together in the Miscellaneous Section.
Stuffed Christmas Tree Ornaments
Yellow Tote

Themed Stethoscope Covers
Colorful Stethoscope Covers
Stethoscope covers
Quilted underwater scene
Hot pads



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sewing Room Accessories

I love to sew. I probably have more needles and pins than I could probably use in a lifetime, even if I had several projects working at once. So to find a suitable place to keep them handy I made more pincushions. Because if you are like me, and have an over abundance of pins and needles, you need a lot of pincushions.

Enjoy the ones I have to offer


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hat Madness

"A hat is a head covering. It can be worn for protection against the elements, for ceremonial or religious reasons, for safety, or as a fashion accessory.[1] In the past, hats were an indicator ofsocial status.[2]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat

Personally I love hats and I really enjoyed making them. The hat I made are based on a pattern I found in
Creating Fashion Accessories 
by Creative Publishing international Editors, Singer Sewing Staff
ISBN 086573285X (0-86573-285-X)
Softcover, Quayside

I tweaked the patterns a bit, and came out with these:
Big Cats

Black and White

Froggy

Island Paradise

Pink

Pom Pom

I know some of the pictures are a bit noisy and out of focus, I am not sure what happened with the imaging software. Note to self do not use Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Accompanying these mad hats is a pair of equally as mad fascinators (or as I have them in my shop hats on headbands)...

Red Plaid Flannel Hat on Red Elastic Headband

Black and Pink Polka Dot Hat on Headband

I hope you'll make your head happy by topping it with one of these.



Monday, January 23, 2012

The Weird and Wonderful World of Cloth Dolls

Dolls as toys and play things have been around, pretty much since children have existed. Dolls as works of art have been around as long as mankind has had imagination and the tools and technology to make them. Cloth or fabric has been around just along. Cloth dolls have progressed over many centuries to be more than mere scraps of cloth tied together or the rag dolls of your Grandmother's childhood memories. Many cloth dolls today are sculptures, portraits and range from simple to complex. Some are just plain weird.

Many doll artists are extremely skilled and talented needle sculptors. There are equally as many doll artists that can use pigments and dyes and pallets of paints to accentuate the best features of their dolls. And even more who are blessed with the ability to do all of the above amazingly well. 

I like to think of myself as an artist who is practiced in many techniques and mediums and master... er um mistress of none. Is it weird or wonderful?
Blue Mable

Zebra Ninja

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Troll by any other name...


You may remember the trolls from fairy tales... mostly ugly, mean, highly unattractive and definitely creatures to be avoided. You may also remember the troll dolls from the 80's with their cotton candy textured fluffy hair and jeweled bellies... so ugly they were cute or the other way around, depending on how much of a fan of the creatures you were. The troll I have created leans more toward the crazy cuteness, with just a bit of the weird and creepy.





This Troll Doll is currently listed in my Etsy shop:

Inspired by Chocolate Pie and Troll Dolls, the Chocolate Pie Troll Doll will add some whimsy to your Holiday decorations. The body of the doll is made of cotton fabric with a big cat motif. You will find grosgrain ribbon with leopard spots around the middle and under the bosom of this doll. The arms are secured to the shoulders and middle of this doll. The boots and face of this doll are made of chocolate brown cotton fabric. Green fabric paint surrounds the big goofy googly eyes that are glued onto the face. Red and hot pink craft paints created the grin. I hand stitched the synthetic craft fur hair. This doll is not for rigorous play. It must lean on something to sit up... unless you want the chocolate pie troll to lie there dreaming of eating all the pie. Measurements of this doll are 18 inches by 8 inches.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Art of a Doll Head Pillow

When is a pillow not just a pillow? When it is also a work of art. Such is the art displayed in a Doll Head Pillow. A doll head pillow makes a wonderful canvas for a portrait.
Here is an example of what I mean...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/90460448/mary-helen-doll-head-pillow





Friday, January 20, 2012

An Introduction to the Goddess Dolls

I have had a pattern for Goddess Dolls for a long time and I finally decided to make some. I didn't know they would be so fun to make. Here are the ones I have finished so far... enjoy.

Lace of Angels
Beaded

Goddess of Blooms

Heart and Gold

Winged

These are currently listed in my shop. I should have a few more Goddess Dolls ready in time for Mardi Gras. Which is Feb.21, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas Decoration Renovation

From boring










To Beautiful


With a bit of polyester fiberfill, some card stock, and some long forgotten Christmas decorations


And a glue gun (don't forget the glue sticks for the glue gun.)

You too can create some renovated decorations for Next Christmas.
Or you can buy the ones I made

Beauty and The Beast @ Magnolia High School...

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