Saturday, 29 June 2013

Art History for Shopaholics - Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott is one of the best loved paintings in the Tate Britain Gallery in London. It is by John William Waterhouse, member of the Pre-Rafaelite group and it is inspired by the poem of Lord Tennyson (part 4). To find out more, head to the Tate website:

This is the original:

And this is how you can transform yourself into the Lady of Shalott...
All items are available to buy on Etsy, just click on the link below:

The DOLL LOTTERY winner is...

The lucky winner is... Please get in touch, so you can pick your doll and tell me where to send it. If you know the winner, please let her know...
Thank you to all followers on my blog, the next DOLL LOTTERY will be on 28th July, stay tuned...

Friday, 28 June 2013


I came across this hilarious creature on Pinterest but if you check the r.izumi's gallery on Flickr, you will find many more fantastic creations:

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

T is for Treasury - Throughout the Day

A very stylish treasury by Donna Meir from the fabulous shop Imamaternity.

From my Archive - Upcycled Earrings

This is my opportunity to show some of my past creations. Some earrings are crochetted from plastic yarn made from plastic shopping bags, others are adorned with Barbie shoes or small rubber animals I collected over the years...

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

DOLL LOTTERY - June 28th

The DOLL LOTTERY is back!!! On the 28th June will one lucky follower of my blog win one of the dolls bellow.
Lucille (right) is incredibly rare since she has never been listed on Etsy!!! Follow the blog and you are in! (your icon with a name must appear among the followers).

Shop of the Week - Zukr Boutique

One of the most tempting shops on Etsy! These masters of sweet craft definitelly worth a visit:

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Art History for Shopaholics - Frida Kahlo

I love the History of Art and thought this could be a fun way to introduce some of the famous portraits of women....

This is the original:
Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Nikolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin (Wikipedia)

And this is the easy way to become Frida for a day (or two)...
All featured items are available on Etsy, just click on this link:

Friday, 21 June 2013

From my latest photoshoot...

The sun is shining so I was able to take a couple of pictures of my shabby chic dolls. They are called "Lady Esther" and "Lady Celeste" and they have been out picking out shells...
They will be soon available on Etsy. Facebook and Blog bids are welcome before I set the fixed price.

Etsy Craft Party in Munich

This is the result of yesterday's Etsy Craft Party in Munich... We sewn quite a few pincushions and the profit from their sales will go to charity. It was fun meeting new people and learning who actually belongs to which online shop...

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

From my Archive - Big Cushion Doll

Once Upon a Time I was not so busy and managed to make a few large cushion dolls. They are now all in their new homes but the photos remain. I hope I will be able to make some again in the future...
This is Petronela...

Monday, 17 June 2013

Shop of the Week - Amumiinaturals

Here are some wonderful soaps from Umbrial in Italy, fantastically photographed and currently having a sale! Who could resist...

Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Princess and her ladies in waiting...

The Pauper Princess is on her way to Canada but there are still two lovely ladies waiting for new homes.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

CREATURE FEATURE - Flamingo by Swig

I have found this fabulous felted flaminco on Pinterest but if you want to see some beautiful photography of stunning felted creatures, then look at this Flickr account:

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

From my Archive - Butterfly Hairclips

Another collage from my archive. I have made and sold many butterflies but the photos remain and this is my opportunity to show them again...

Monday, 10 June 2013

G.L.I.M.P.S. of my studio - My Collection

I love collecting simple but tactile things and since we live very near botanical garden, it is so easy to collect hundersts of snail shells... Recently I have also added some sea shells and some fantasticly round but bumpy stones from thermal springs in Italy. I washed them all in boiling water with detergent and we used them for some landart with the pre-schoolers I teach. (I have more than is on the picture) ;-)

What do you collect?

Shop of the Week - Photography Dream on Etsy

This week I am showing  fantastic photographs by Yann from the Photography Dream shop on Etsy. I particularly like his "Small Trades" series. If you don't want to invest in a print, you can buy a set of postcards too. I did not resist and got myself a set, the scenarios are so funny and inventive, have a look:

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Sunday Story - Call me thrifty...

Growing up in communistic Czechoslovakia, I was trained from an early age to save all scraps, fabric or paper, and then create something new out of them. My grandmother would not let me throw away a sheet of paper until I have drawn or written on both sides... It might sound a bit extreme to you but it was actually very eco friendly and effective approach. I often watch in shock and horror how much paper can especially small kids waste and no one says a word. Well, I am still saving scraps (not as much as before) but still... I believe that with a little bit of fantasy, you can make fabulous stuff from them... This doll is an example. I cut my old and rather tattered jeans short and did not have the heart to throw the trousers away and now I use part of it to make a doll. The flower in her hair is a lucky find, it peeled off someone's hair clip and ended up on the floor in the school where I taught, well, it looks pretty in my doll's hair now....
                                                                                                                          ..... call me thrifty... ;-)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

The new Pauper Princess...

This is my latest shabby chic doll "Pauper Princess" with her pet lion...

Friday, 7 June 2013

CREATURE FEATURE - Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev

Although I normaly feature soft creatures, I could not resist these fantastically imaginative porcelain sculptures. I think I love them unpainted (as the one I show here) but if you prefer colour, there is plenty to choose from on their FB page:!/AnyaSlava

Peek into my classroom - Painting Abstract with 1st Graders

This week we got inspired by the abstract work of the british painter Howard Hodgkin and here are the results. If you are interested in art and craft tutorials for kids, please follow my second blog:

Thursday, 6 June 2013

My brand new "Little Miss Chanel"

This is a brand new type of doll. She is the first hand printed one from my studio.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

G.L.I.M.P.S. of my studio - Doll by Julie Arkell

This is one of my precious items. It is original doll by Julie Arkell and I got her from my lovely colleagues in the Art Department when I was leaving my school in London.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Just discovered... Liberty Suitcases

One of these would've been wonderful for my craft accessories and tools on the go... The next craft party is in June! Is it an excuse?

NAME my doll to WIN it...

My brand new RETRO dolls need names.
I have already named so many dollies in my shop that I am running out of idea. Therefore, I am offering the chance to my lovely BLOG FOLLOWERS to come up with a funky retro name for my first doll type. Please comment below this blog post. All names will be considered next Sunday (9th June) and the author of the chosen name will receive one swimmer doll.

So, what is her name???

T is for Treasury - Happy June by NestHavenStudio on Etsy

Despite the never ending rain in central Europe, I join the NestHavenStudio and wish you "Happy June" with this wonderful treasury...

Saturday, 1 June 2013

From my Archive... Doll Brooches

Selling on Etsy means, taking a lot of good photos of my handmades and therefore is my photo archive ever growing... Every time I get lost in one of my photo folders, I feel sorry that I cannot show all the pictures. Therefore I have decided to post a collage from my archive...
"The best of Doll brooches"

She arrived - my very own Timohandmade doll!!!

My lovely little doll made it safely from a dear friend in Israel!!! Imaculatelly wrapped and SO cute!!! She received a warm welcome from the Cut and Tear dolls. She will be happy hear.
Thank you so much Timor....

To find more beautiful dollies and creatures, look in Timor's shop on Etsy: