I make and sell Raggedy Ann and Andy, quilts and various fabric crafts at our local Farmers Market here in Moses Lake, Washington. If you think that's something you'd like to do with your own talents, let me give you a time saving tip.
For the dolls, Sunday or Monday is cut out day. I cut all doll parts and clothing needed for a few months at a time. Then as I get short on dolls, I spend a few days sewing some up; in assembly line order. The quilts get done in the winter time, and sometimes while I'm sitting at the Farmers Market on Saturdays.
I have the small plastic drawers that I can keep everything organized so I never have to look for body parts or boys or girls clothing. It's so much faster and fun to be organized.
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I've also only heard of (and years ago made) dried apple head dolls. I used to make corn husk dolls, too. That's a beautiful example in the photo! On one corn husk doll I made for my mother I attached a much smaller corn husk doll to its hand - a dolly for the doll! Mom loved it and used it for many years as her Christmas tree topper. When she died a few years ago at 93, the doll came full circle back to me, and now decorates my own Christmas trees. Wonderful memories.
Michaels Craft store had them a few years back. I had to pick them up for Mom, she made one of these dolls for each of her 5 granddaughters. She picked out ones that matched each childs hair color. Good luck.
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Dried Potato for Making a Dolls Face
Has anyone ever dried a potato to use as a face for a doll? Does anyone know of any raw material that can be used after drying for a doll face other than apples? Any help would be great. Thanks.
Denise from Mcrae, GA
RE: Dried Potato for Making a Dolls Face
Have you tried a yam? Also, be sure to put lemon juice or citric acid on the potato or apple to stop it form turning dark brown. (09/15/2008)