Category Archives: Kish Dolls

Look What’s Blooming

Look what’s blooming in my winter garden! It’s Alisha in her new ensemble. Doesn’t she look sweet? I love these colors on her, rosy mauves and sage/mint green.

I dyed the merino wool for her cardigan in a pale cool mauve. I love the snug 3/4 length sleeves on her–they highlight her graceful arms and hands. Fluttery rosebuds are embroidered on the cardigan. (I started embroidering with fully opened roses and it was too heavy looking.)

I have a new studio vlog video on YouTube. If you like you can watch and see what else I’ve been up to these past days in February.

Wishing you, my friends, a ‘love-ly’ Valentine’s Day weekend! I appreciate all of you! Thank you for reading my blog and watching my videos. ūüíĖ

“Folksy for Fall”

Happy Sunday to you from soggy northern Illinois. ¬†We had rain again last night, or I should say early morning. ¬†My weather wishes–I hope the clouds clear and we have some sunshine later. ¬†Yesterday was a perfect day: ¬†fluffy clouds, blue sky, light breeze, perfectly warm. ¬†My husband and I took an afternoon walk through the neighborhood. ¬†We enjoyed the day immensely, and¬†by the amount of cars outside everyone else seemed to also. ūüėģ !

This morning I want to show you the second ensemble I have completed for the Little Darlings.  This time Gina, my first Little Darling and painted by Geri Uribe in 2012, is modeling for you.  Such a cutie pie she is!

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There will be more information and photos detailing this ensemble on the sales page (to find it, the name of this ensemble will highlight under the ‘Available’ tab) at 1:00 pm, CST today (September 15, 2019). ¬†If you have a U.S. address and would then like to purchase “Folksy for Fall” please fill out the contact form under the ‘contact’ tab and submit it to me. ¬†This is a one-of-a-kind ensemble.

Just for fun, here is a photo from when I previously used this fabric print for Kish Bethany… way back in 2012. ¬†Isn’t she sweet!


Wishing you all a beautiful day today! ‚̧

Hello To You

I don’t have anything finished to show you; I simply wanted to say hi, share a few photos, and let you know what I’m working on. ¬†I have a very optimistic “to do” list for today, so this will be short. ¬†Whenever I feel things are taking too long to get finished I bring out my pad of paper and break down, into steps, what I hope to get done in a given day.

Today, I plan on finishing a dress for Patsy/Ann Estelle. ¬†The skirt is all gathered and pinned to the bodice; I just need to sew the two pieces together. ¬†Then, I will hand stitch the facing, sew on the snaps and buttons. ¬†Next, the sweater needs to be sewn up at the underarm and I’ll weave in the ends. ¬†I really want to complete the embroidery for the sweater. ¬†Not sure that will happen, but it’s on the list.

As for my weekend, that involved bringing my daughter back to school. ¬†My “baby” is all tucked in at college to begin her second semester. ¬†I guess it was easier leaving her there this time than in August. ¬†But, it was still by no means easy! ¬†I’m not sure it will ever be easy. ¬†I keep telling myself that to miss her so very much means that I love having her around so very much, a blessing that is. ¬†Yes!

We are still in the thick of dreary weather.  Yesterday morning we had freezing rain which, thank goodness, turned to rain as the temperature warmed above freezing later in the day.  We are experiencing temps this week which are warmer than normal for this time of year.  Yay!  We even had a thunderstorm during the night!  It sounded like springtime!


This was taken yesterday morning. ¬†I’m glad the bird feeder was empty; those icicles look dangerous.


There’s nothing like orchids starting to bloom to lift the spirits.


In my studio Tulah is still playing Barbies, and has adopted a little chihuahua. ¬†We’re currently working on names for her poodle and her chihuahua. ¬†She’s quite an indecisive little doll.


I think I’ve shown you this doll¬†(pattern here) before as I’ve made her years and years ago. ¬†She is made from a free pattern by Emily Martin (Black Apple). ¬†She is a calming presence in my studio, always relaxed with a little smile on her face. ¬†Dolly is all decked out in a Big Ann Estelle scarf and a crocheted rose brooch¬†by Alla Koval (My Little City Girl), both also made years ago.


This¬†crochet hook¬†set was a¬†Christmas present, and I can’t wait to use them. ¬†They are the tiny sizes for use with crochet thread. ¬†I’ll use them for crocheting flowers, purses, and other accessories. ¬†Those handle colors are ‚̧ !


Sitting around my studio is a beret for Patience which never got used (yet, anyway) and Little Darling fingerless mitts. ¬†This fabric is something I purchased late summer (I think) and can’t wait to use. ¬†It’s not Liberty fabric, but that is what the prints remind me of. ¬†Sorry, I can’t remember the name of the collection. ¬†I am sure it’s a Japanese fabric though.

Well, I had better get to work on my list! ¬†I’ve enjoyed chatting with you today. ¬†Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Thank you for visiting!  Bye for now.