She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prairie Doll & Sampler Kitty

Today was one of the those busy catch up days. I'm feeling so much better ... but my house??? Well ... Jeff & the boys have done a wonderful job taking care of big things, but men just don't seem to notice all the little things like pecan shells scattered across the living room floor! Needless to say, I didn't get much stitching done up today.

But I squeezed in a few moments to share two little projects that I completed recently for my autumn decorating.

Isn't this sampler kitty sweet? I just fell in love with him. He's stitched on linen, stained and then stuffed with (wouldn't you know it) crushed pecan shells! He has a nice olde time feel, and I love using what I have just like our grandmothers and great grandmothers might have. I made him from a pattern by Primitive Bettys. Betty often offers free stitchery patterns on her blog as well as ones that you may purchase.

Then I stitched up this old prairie doll and clothed her in rich autumn colored homespun. She has the year '1701' stitched onto her apron, and is stuffed with old rags so she is heavy and lumpy ... just the way a prairie doll should be.

I've just completed the 2 redwork Raggedy Ann panels for my sister's Christmas pillows. I hope to get them backed with some pretty Debbie Mumm fabric so I can share them next Wednesday.

Can't wait to see what you're all working on! I get so inspired when I see all the wonderfully creative ideas in your journals.

Be sure to stop by Leslie of My Country Home to see what other gals are working on this Wednesday.

Blessings & joy,


Julie said...

Do you sell your prairie dolls--I just love her. Also, the kitty is darling. Great idea to use the pecan shells. I have stuffed pin cushions with crushed walnut shells because they are supposed to sharpen the pins. It looks like you've been busy even though you've been sick. Hugs to you---Julie

Winterwood said...

oh my!!!!! that kitty os just so incredibly adorable!

basketsnprims said...

I love your kitty & your prairie doll. I would never have thought to stuff anything with nut shells. What a great idea. Thanks.


Bobbi Jo said...

The kitty is cute but I sure love the dolly! You do wonderful work.
The dolly just looks so warm and comforting. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Janelle said...

Those are both precious!
I use clean sawdust to weigh down some of my prairie dolls and Santas that I want to sit or stand on their own.
It also works great when making pin cusions - it keeps the needles sharp.
I'm working on finishing up a Nativity set that I'll probably list on the tdipt mercantile come the 1st of Dec.
And you're right - men do NOT think about the little things that need to be

Karen said...

Your doll is just so cute - I so love Prairie dolls too.
Never thought of doing stitchery on a stuffed item....very nice.

Rhonda said...

Lea, Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog and for the nice compliments...I am new to blogging so I am learning as I go. I LOVE your kitty....he is ADORABLE!!!!! I LOVE to stitch is so relaxing. God Bless...Rhonda

marie said...

I love the kitty with the pretty stitching. That's a wonderful idea. The prairie doll is so sweet, so huggable!

Hope you're feeling much better!

Anonymous said...

that came out so neat, betty had the best patterns, love her work

Nancy Jo said...

So glad you are feeling better. Funny thing about the way men see clean and neat. Not pretty good. Hey I just love both of your new projects.You are just too handy.Just toooooo cute.
Nancy Jo

Wanita said...

Hi Lea,

Glad you're feeling better!

I left an award for you today.


Prim and Proper Folks said...

Oh Lea...these are beautiful! Your work is simply wonderful. Wishing you blessings...Susan

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh I LOVE the little prairie doll, Lea!! The kitty is adorable too... you did a wonderful job on both of them!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Oh my goodness, these are wonderful!! That lil' kitty is positively purr-fect!! :> )
I'm so happy to hear you're feelin' better!

Brenda said...

I just love that kitty. It is so sweet, I have a pattern for one similar to it that I used to make. I made mine in calico and sold them and other small animals at craft fairs . Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I'll be adding more as I get the hang of this and how to do it all. Hugs and God Bless, Brenda