Tuesday, May 17, 2011

By golly!

Many people will walk in
and out of your life,
but only true friends will
leave footprints in your heart.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

My tail has been wagging the last few days, very proud of
myself actually. A friend at work asked me to make her two
golliwogs and of course I said yes. Lovely Heather kindly let
me use her golliwog pattern book that she has had for ages.
The instructions in the book were very clear and easy to follow, however, as with the older patterns, there were lots of darts, pleats,
and tiny bits. When I made the doll up it was too small and I decided to make my own pattern. This is the result.

 I wanted to keep a traditional look about the golliwogs and decided to make red coats with white shirts underneath. The pants were stripes and checks, with black wool for their hair. The pair stand about 9 inches, I believe, and I am so happy with how they turned out. I think the lady I made them for was very happy too, I'm sure she was going to lick them any second. lol. This lovely lady is into country style things, shabby chic and golliwogs, so she's a pretty good sort!! I must say that the book Heather gave me to use has knitting patterns in it too for golliwogs, so I'm going to knit some as well.

I realized that in the back ground is my old antique sewing machine, the sort you hand turn to make it work. I have used it many times when the power has been out, my sewing machine is out of action etc. It is wonderful to sew with.

I now have an order to knit a tea cosy for another lady, so I will be busy for a while. I'm also sewing some Mammy dolls to sell, it's all happening around here. Not long ago someone gave me this cute piece of material, I can't believe someone wouldn't want it. It's turned into a table cloth and now lives at the library.

We are all cheering around our neck of the woods, the rains have started and it is just beautiful to hear the rain. Crossing our fingers for our dear farmers in our community that they will have a bumper year with the crops. I had a phone call from Pixie today, saying he has a letter in his hands from the high our boys attend. Oh no!!! Oh yes, it was a letter of commendation. Brandon had the highest score in Math out of four classes!! We are both so proud of him. When Pixie and I went to Brandon and told him how proud we were of him, I'm sure I spotted his halo shine bright.

I'm going to make a nice cup of tea, start my knitting and listen to the sound of the rain coming down. All I need now is to convince my husband that the fire should really be lit!! That'll spin him out. Wishing you all a wonderful week, wherever you are. Kind regards, Anita.


rosie said...

Anita, I love your gollies, the picture drew me in!! I have quite a collection !!

BubzRugz said...

Oh Golly... I love your gollies.... well done Brandon..... excellent... I can't wait to see your Mammy dolls now... and I do wish I had kept my old hand sewing machine .... one of my poor decisions....

Karen said...

Your gollies are gorgeous. Yes, they had to have red jackets and I love the bow ties, too!
I heard that rain had arrived. Now I hope it stays and doesn't create the havoc that other areas have seen. Good luck!

Val said...

Wow, your golliwogs turned out great. I hope the rain is useful and I also hope you get your fire.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh they turned out wonderful! And by the way.... I LOVED Australia! I want to move there now! It was awesome - I'm so ready to go back.

Bev C said...

Hello Anita,
By golly they are cute. David had a golly when he was a young toddler called Jo.
Have a great weekend.


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