Thursday, January 29, 2009


I've been painting and printing bracken leaves onto calico for Katie's class room. Her teacher wanted something to cover the stuff under the shelf in the classroom so I came up with this. In real life the greens blended together in the background and you don't see the line at the top - the camera brings it out more. I was bringing a little bit of the bush from outside into the classroom. Bracken fern grows under the trees in the bush around the school. I love bracken - it is such a pretty fern.

I have also been busy trying to attempt some crafting. I lost my needle felting mojo in this heat.

I've started another doll. I'm looking into Esty but the legal stuff freaks me out - there are only so many ways you can decorate a felted doll (I'm working with wool, not paint) and there so many creative souls out there that some ideas are bound to be similar - like the way one needle felts the flowers and trees. For example, maybe a summer nature table doll is going to be bright and sunny with yellows, oranges and blues. Most likely there may be different versions of a sun on it so there may be many interpretations of a summer nature table doll. Basically I don't want to get in the shit (copyright) for ripping off someones idea when in some cases great minds think a like LOL. I was going to needle felt a mother earth and I was going to have the doll holding the earth. The funny thing is, it was my 4 year old son's idea and I came across a blogger who had done a beautiful mother earth holding the earth! I would have made the doll differently but with similar colours - so the general idea is the same. Get what I mean? So where does one stand?

As I'm new to all this, any advice?....:).

Part of me wants to bite the bullet and do it but I'm probably being a worry wart - lack of sleep does that. LOL

Here's the latest two dolls I've made and they're already sold!
Autumn and Spring - I made these at the end of last year.

But to happy things - I received an award. It is called 'The Tree of Happiness Award' from Leanne at Homemade Rainbows.

Thank you. I have to write 6 things that give me happiness. This is in no particular order.

1. When I'm creating something and finishing it.

2. A full belly and a cupboard full of food.

3. Big sloppy kisses and cuddles from my 3 beautiful children.

4. When my children sing.

5. 5 or more hours solid sleep - if I'm lucky. LOL

6. The amazing world and new friends that blogging has open up to me. I'm a real technophobe -I am still learning my way around the computer. LOL

I'm meant to pass this on to six other people. It's so hard to choose - all the bloggers on my blog roll and those I follow bring a smile to my face. So to anyone who stops by and says 'hello', considered your self tagged. LOL ;)


RunninL8 said...

Those dolls are GORGEOUS!!! The flowers are stunning! GO for the ETSY!!! If it turns out not to be your bag...then on to the next thing!
I love the shelf skirts!

Lynne said...

Gorgeous work, as usual. Congrats on the latest award.

Alicia said...

Absolutely beautiful dolls, they'd look gorgeous on the nature table :)

Amber said...

Ohhhh I love your dolls, they are spectacular.
Congrats on the award, so very much deserved and hearing your kids sing, what a sweet thing to love. That is a great thing to hear.

Pam de Groot said...

I saw those shelf covers the other day and thought they were gorgeous. Did not even know you'd done them. Copyright is a tricky thing and there are sites you can look at for more info. I work on the principle that if someone shares a technique with me then they know I'm probably going to use it. I take away from that my responsibility to use it 'with' my own ideas. If you had the idea independently of someone and you later find out that they had it too, well it works both ways. Did you lift it? No.Just as much as they didn't lift it from you.
I wouldn't stress it. Go for it.

Scarlette Rose Fairy said...

Gorgeous Anne!

Your lil dolls are so beautiful, where can i get my hands on one of those??!!

I can have a market stall at the mountains school for sure, i'm sure i will see you before that, we always seem to be in the same places and cross paths!!

Your such a sweet mummy, your kids are very lucky! X.x.

artemis-of-the-eucalypta said...

Lovely to meet you the other day Anne. I love those dolls, they are BEAUTIFUL! Youre so tallented! Linda x

Anonymous said...

these are too beautiful for you not to concern sharing on etsy. my experience with etsy has been quite a pleasant one. everyone on there is so giving and positive and besides it's your own right?

Julie said...

Beautiful leaf prints. A lovely post:)

greencocoon said...

I love the dolls!! beautiful work mama!

Lisa said...

The little Johnny Jump up violas are gorgeous on your doll! Keep up the great work!

the little travelers said...

pansy girl is to die for!! good thing spring is around the corner, because as of yet i was not inspired by a good spring girl this year- until now! love, love,love!

Cadi said...

I'm gasping! This is all so pretty! :-)

Glennis said...

Such pretty little dolls.
Nice award you received.
Glad to have you following. Thankyou.

dongdong said...

The doll are beautiful. I just found your blog via dandelions and ladybugs.

skymring said...

I've seen (and made) many nature table/waldorf dolls etc in my time, but those dolls you made there are special. Where are you selling them? You don't have an etsy???!!??

jodi said...

oh my goodness. they are so so beautiful x