Thursday, November 27, 2014

047/365 - Visitor for Thanksgiving & Getting Caught Up

#47 - Do you have any spare turkey?
This little lady looks like she needs a place to spend Thanksgiving. Come on in, little clothespin lady!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

046/365 - Blonde Haired Angel

#046 - I'm like, an angel.
The funny part of this is, I'm not especially fond of angels. But I LOVE this little lady and her dark haired friend from yesterday.

Their wings are some kind of butterfly ornament from the dollar store.

Might be the best $1.00 purchase I've made in quite awhile.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

045/365 - Angel with Gold Wings

#045 - Flutter, flutter, flutter.
Honestly, I am not normally a big fan of angels. But this little one just happened (as seems to be the case with a lot of these clothespins for me).

Another doll with no face, but I really like her. There's an elegance to the faceless dolls that the ones I paint (with big cartoony eyes) don't have.

I like both kinds, and I'll do cartoony clothespins again, I'm sure. But for now, I kind of like this style.

Monday, November 24, 2014

044/365 - Another Flower Fairy

#44 - Autumn is the hush before Winter.
This little flower fairy, and her orange sister before her, were kind of a departure for me. I would've said I didn't like dolls without faces, but I really like these two. Rather than being expressionless, they are in whatever mood the viewer sees them in. They have ALL expressions.

Or so it seems to me. :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

043/365 - Fall Flower Fairy

#043 - Better luck next year, little bush.
Maybe the colorful fairies of the Fall are here to comfort the trees, as they strip naked in public (maybe they're blushing, and that's what causes the reddish colors of the leaves?), and encouraging them to try for even more beautiful foliage next year.

Or maybe they sing them lullabies so they can sleep peacefully through the Winter.

Dunno. I don't know much about fairies. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

042/365 - Zag, Another Christmas Fairy

So, this is Zag.

#042 - Wheeeeee!!! Christmas fairyeeeeeeeee!!!

This is apparently what happens when I don't get enough sleep.

Cute, though. :)

041/365 - Zig, A Christmas Fairy

Life is getting to me. I'm just stressed and busy all the time.

So my inner 8 year old did this.

Meet Zig, the Christmas Fairy. 

#041 - Christmas is almost heeeeeeeere!!!
Tomorrow you get to meet her sister.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

040/365 - Lelani, Hula Girl

She's a hula girl trouble doll.

#040 - Aloha!
I like to think she hulas away my troubles while I sleep.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

039/365 - Gone to the Dogs!

I almost missed a day again. I was up making Charlie Brown Christmas trees for Norm's, and almost forgot to make a clothespin anything!

So this is Snowflake, the puppy dog in a sweater.

#039 - Oooh, what a sparkly gray ball!
I wasn't feeling creative at all, so I totally swiped Snowflake from the blog that originally inspired me. Daisy The Clothespin Dog. I don't know where she got the pattern from, but I love it.

I see more dogs in the future. And then maybe a dogwalker.

But first, I have GOT to get my schedule together. It's just one clothespin doll a day. I can DO this. But maybe I need to work on my time management.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

038/365 - Woofie the Not a Bear

I was trying to make a polar bear from one of the books I have.

What I GOT was Woofie.

#039 - WOOF!

A giant white doggie.

He's not a bear. But he is pretty cute. :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

037/365 - Native American Lady

Well, of course, if I posted the little guy yesterday, the lady was sure to follow today.

#037 - Saving the best for last, right? 
I really wanted to photograph them together with a turkey...

... but all the turkeys have fled to Norm's Dollhouse for the season.

Tomorrow... something a little different. I have the craziest idea, and I don't even know if it will work. I guess we'll see! Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

036/365 - Little Hunter

It's about the time to start hunting for Thanksgiving dinner.

#036 - Excuse me, have you seen any turkeys around here?
It's an awfully cold day for hunting turkeys, though.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

035/365 - Bear in a Vest!

I've been sick all day. It's the first time I nearly completely missed posting for the 365 Clothespin Dolls Project!

But I made it!

He's a bear in a vest.

#035 - Donald Duck didn't need pants, so neither do I.
 First clothespin doll I've tried from the Leisure Arts "Clothespin Dolls" book (Leaflet 1015).

There are a lot of cute dolls in this book, but Beartha had me thinking of bears, so I gave him a try first.

So many clothespin dolls... and only  330 days left! :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

034/365 - Mrs. Beartha Baer

Beartha Baer, out and about in her snazzy, crocheted dress.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

033/365 - Holly, a Christmas Elf

This is Ivy's sister, Holly.

Together, I think they look like trouble.

Cute, present bearing, trouble.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

032/365 - Ivy, a Christmas Elf

It's a little early for Christmas yet, I know. But Ivy (and her sister, Holly, who you'll meet tomorrow) just kind of happened.

So, this is Ivy.

#032 - Ivy Elf, reporting for duty, Mr. Claus!
I get the impression she has some kind of responsibility in the toy department at the North Pole.

Or something.

I don't speak Elvish, and she speaks FAST, even if I did.

Anyway, cousins of hers will be available for adoption from Norm's Dollhouse the day after Thanksgiving, just in case you need a little Elfy of your own.

And until then, there are other clothespin dolls at Norm's which you can find listed here -

Clothespin Dolls at Norm's Dollhouse!

Some have been on the blog. Some haven't.

Oh, and I made turkeys too. They're so cute, I did keep one for myself, but the other three are up for adoption on the Norm's site too -

Turkeys at Norm's Dollhouse!

All proceeds go to getting more clothespins and continuing this project. Only 333 more to go!! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

031/365 - Sally & Three Sisters

I was trying for "Elegant Ballerina".

I GOT, 80's Aerobics Instructor.

Meet Sally.

#031 - Feel the burn!!! And one! And two!
So, yeah. No elegant ballerina yet, but Sally is pretty cute.

And now I have Olivia Newton John's "Physical" going through my head.

And I'm guessing that now, so do you. >:) 

I got such a positive response to Meghan yesterday, it was amazing. Who knew curly hair was going to be such a "thing"?

Anyway, several people asked about buying her, and if she does go up for sale it won't be until after December 1st. So, in the meantime, I have three sisters, similar to Meghan, who DO need homes -

I'll be honest, I think they're adorable. They're not going to be easy to let go of. But finally a clothespin doll I made came out EXACTLY like I wanted her to! Three of them, even!!!

Yaay me!

They'll be at Norm's Dollhouse if you suddenly feel you need a clothespin doll.

I'm not sure I'm up to customs yet, but if you have a hair and dress color request, I can do one of these ladies for you.


I'd give it a try anyway. :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

030/365 - Meghan & a Reindeer

Meghan is the first doll I've ever made with curly hair. It's a fun technique that I learned out of a clothespin doll book.

I love the curly hair. I'm going to have to do more dolls with curls, I think. Woodlees too!!

#030 - Brrr! The cold makes my curls go flat.
Can we go inside, please? 
I was going to photograph her earlier, but it started to snow and so I needed to whip her up a warm little shawl before I took her outside.

And then... a Reindeer wandered up to say "hi!"

Meghan meets a Reindeer!
This little fella is also the first ever clothespin reindeer I've ever made.

I know most people make these as kids, but it was just a craft I never tried.

I'm glad I discovered clothespins now. They are so fun!!!

Better late than never. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

029/365 - Sadako and a Crane

October 24th - November 11th are World Origami Days!

I love origami, and I'm not bad at it. But I'm not sure I could do an origami clothespin. So here's the best I've got.

This is my Sadako.

Sadako was just 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshma, about a mile away from where she lived. She was home at the time, survived the initial blast, but 10 years after, she developed leukemia from the exposure to radiation.

While in the hospital, she remembered a Japanese legend: if you fold 1000 origami cranes, your wish will be granted. Sadako had plenty of time for folding cranes, what she didn't have a lot of was paper.

Apparently she asked other patients of the hospital if she could have the paper wrappings from their "get well" presents. She used medicine wrappings and anything she could find to fold cranes with.

Sadako died at 12 just years old. There is some debate as to whether she completed her goal of 1000 cranes.

Either way, she has become a powerful symbol of peace, and a face for the innocent victims of war.

"This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world."

Saturday, November 8, 2014

028/365 - Ted and His Family

Yesterday you met Florence and her daughter, Peg.

This is Ted, Florence's husband and Peg's dad.

#028 - Um, hello there.

And this is Ted with their other daughter, Pip.

And Ted with his whole family.

A Facebook friend of mine suggested that I needed to do the whole extended family (Aunts, Uncles, Crazy Uncle, Grandma, Grandpa, etc) for Thanksgiving.

I think that's a pretty good idea.

We'll just have to see who shows up for Thanksgiving dinner in a few weeks. :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

027/365 - Florence

Just Florence.

I apparently I'm on a family kick. First the Armstrongs and now, Florence and her family.

#027 - Yah, you betcha.
Florence is married to Ted, her best friend from college.

Their kids, Peg and Pip, aren't clothespins (maybe they're adopted?) but Ted and Florence love them anyway.

This is Florence with Peg:

Tomorrow you'll met Ted and Pip.

I'm also taking a box full of clothespin dolls from last month to Norm's Dollhouse today. To sell.

365 really is just too many clothespin dolls to have running around the house. They'll be bored here anyway. So, there's been some interest in buying them and I might just give it a try!

Wish me luck! And if you want a clothespin doll of your own, either stop by Norm's or check out their website in a day or so (clothespin dolls on the Norm's site - click here - Clothespin Dolls ).

I didn't mean this to become a commercial venture. I don't actually know if I can do it (bear to sell them, I mean). I guess we'll see.  :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

026/365 - Laura Armstrong & the Whole Family

Last of the Armstrong family, this is Laura, the mom.

#026 - Hello! Should we schedule a playdate?

And the Armstrong family, all together.

Family: Cheeeeeeese.
Until I find a better way to drill their arms, this will be the last of jointed arm people for a while. Not that pipecleaner arms are bad at all.

Day 26 of this project. I have already learned so much from making these little dolls. And of course, I don't think any of them are very good. But everyone who sees them says they ARE pretty good, so I think it must just have the Creator's Curse. As explained by the brilliant Cyanide and Happiness here -

No, it isn't "neat".

But it does mean you keep trying, so I guess that's good.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

025/365 - Robert Armstrong Sr.

I have not the talent to paint a Guy Fawkes clothespin doll. So, instead of Guido, you get this nice fellow.

#025 - I don't let my kids play with people in masks.
This is Robert Armstrong Sr. You met his kids already. And tomorrow you get to meet his wife. I LOVE their little jointed arms, but I need to come up with a better way to drill the holes through the clothespins. These four were a pain in the butt to make. Worth it, but I'm not anxious to do that again. So, we'll see.

Also... I got more books.

I am SO excited about these. Especially the Kachina book. There's a lot to them, but they look amazing!! I can't wait to try them out!

Next post I'll tell you all the details about the wonderful ladies who publish these, and why you should send them pictures of clothespin people.

Tomorrow. When you meet Mrs. Armstrong.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

024/365 - Daphne Armstrong

Before the Clothespin Dolls, there were the Woodlees -Woodlee Junction.

And maybe THEY are the true beginning of this clothespin thing.

Oddly enough, I then retired the Woodlees and I really thought I was done with them. Until the clothespin dolls got me thinking about them again.

I love the clothespin people. But I missed the bendy nature of the Woodlees.

So the Clothes Pin folks lead me back to the Woodlees who had originally lead me to them.

Dun dun dun!

Anyway, today's dolly is little Daphne Armstrong. You met her brother, Robbie, yesterday.

#024 - HI! I saw a cat hiding treasure under this bush. Wanna help me look? 

And today, she's hanging out with Eve Woodlee and her friend Maggie. They're here to help me get this Woodlee Junction thing going again.

Clothespins and Woodlees - I think they play very nicely together.

Monday, November 3, 2014

023/365 - Robert Armstrong Jr. & Where It All Started

It's funny how inspiration hits. Or how obsession finds you. Sometimes you don't know, and sometimes you know EXACTLY where it happened.

I know the exact place, and exact moment this clothespin doll obsession started.

At the store where I work, the boss was giving away some old crafty magazines.

Stuff from the 80s, which I inexplicably love.

I was mostly looking for stuffed animals as I was flipping through, trying to decide which ones to take home.

And then I flipped by this:

I guess I knew about clothespin dolls, but I'd never given them much thought. Something about these guys' little jointed arms intrigued me, or something.  I dunno. I was smitten with the idea right away.

I took the magazine home, put it on my crafty shelf, and promptly forgot about it.

Months later, I don't know what got me looking around on the internet, but I found the 365 Clothespin Dolls blog.

And that was that.

So I finally got around to attempting this little family that started it all. My clothespins are a little different from the ones used in the pattern, but I think they're still cute.

This is Robert Armstrong Junior.

#023 - My friends call me Robbie.

You'll meet the rest of his family over the next couple of days.

I've never been so glad to have stumbled across a free magazine. It just goes to show, you never know where your next fascination is lurking. You just never know, so you just have to keep your eyes open.

It could be where you'd least expect it.  Anywhere!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

022/365 - Señor Sugar Skull

Where there is a Señora there is probably a Señor.

Please meet Señor Sugar Skull.

And of course, the happy couple.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

021/365 - Señora Sugar Skull

I asked my clothespin making group on Facebook for ideas for clothespin dolls for November.

Other than just Pilgrims and Indians, I mean.

One suggestion I got, which I thought was just brilliant, was a Sugar Skull person for the Day of the Dead.

So, please meet Señora Sugar Skull.

#021 - Hola!
Tomorrow you get to meet her husband.

Thank you for the brilliant idea, Julia! I am so lucky to get to play clothespins with other people. It makes it a lot more fun. :)

Friday, October 31, 2014

020/365 - Little Bitey Girl & October Wrap-Up!

Last little clothespin for October!

#020 - Candy! Om nom nom nom.
Honestly, I would just give her the candy.

Three little ladies, ready for trick or treating! -

What a wild trip this has been already. I'm only 20 dolls into my 365 goal, but it's been so much FUN! I have learned so much about making clothespin dolls. I had no idea there were so many variations and possibilities with these guys. With just a clothespin!

Anyway, many more clothespin dolls to come. For now, here are all of the dolls from the month of October, 2014.

20 dolls down, only 345 more to go!! :)

Have a Happy Halloween! :-)