It’s a good thing that the youngest kiddies on my Christmas list can’t read ’cause I’m about to give away some secrets. To start, I decided to cut up our old fireplace screen to make a set of nesting dolls for the very youngest of my sister’s grandchildren, Anne. Naturally, I forgot to take a “before” picture, so what I have is kind of like a puzzle. I’ve put all the pieces back together to recreate the screen. The border is still missing because it was cut and already sewn together for the linings when I realized my faux pas.
I made this years ago, designed from the lotuses in our backyard pond. Not only does it no longer match the living room, but I’m tired of it. It’s been hanging around unused for at least 4 years. It was past time for the screen to have a new life.
I think Anne will like playing with them. They go in and out and can be nested inside each other. And since they are all open on the bottom, they can be used like puppets. (They have always reminded me of oven mitts!) All in all, a great toy for a child.
This set of teacup dolls was another rescue mission. The applique used to be part of a vest. The blue lace under the teakettle is a small piece of crochet from my Grandmother, just a random snippet left over in her sewing box.