Saturday, May 30, 2009


He's a good boy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Taste of Primitive

Doll by Little Country Loft

The term "primitive" is freely used to describe one style of dollmaking. There are many categories for the current primitive look, but most need one or more of the following qualities:

...Look of age - a deliberate aging by use of dyeing, fading, staining or distressing of fabrics. This gives them a time-worn, even dirty, appearance that something old might have.

...Innocence - crooked stitches, unproportional features, mismatched fabric and buttons are used. The look is generally simplistic but uninhibited.

...Intentionally ugly - big button eyes, bald and misshapen heads, rusty wire for hair, and a dominance of muted colors are used.

...Embellishments and fabrics - the fabrics chosen might include homespuns, wool, and other naturals. Often, vintage fabrics find new life on primitive dolls. Clothes are sometimes embroidered with decorative stitching or verses.

There is no right or wrong with primitive cloth dolls, they just are. Truly, primitive is in the eye of the beholder.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Freedom isn't free.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Antiquing in Madison CT

Great finds to be had at the antique show on the Madison Green.

Very retro!

Love her!

Aren't these the sweetest little dresses?

So cute!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Grungy Sugar Cones

In Colonial times sugar was sold in solid form - often in blocks or cones. This recipe makes 2 sugar cones or 2 small cakes.

6 Cups of brown sugar
6 Tablespoons of water
Cooking spray
Deep cooking non-stick pot
Candy thermometer
Sugar cone mold or small aluminum pie pan
Wooden spoon

Spray mold or pie pan with cooking spray including sides and rim. Wipe out excess. Spray pot with cooking spray. Place sugar and water in pot. Stir well. Put pot on medium heat. Wait about 2 minutes then turn heat on high. Sugar will foam up. Continue to boil and stir well until sugar is dissolved. Place candy thermometer in pot and boil to 220 degrees. Remove from heat. (Optional: add 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon, allspice or cloves) Cool for 4-5 minutes. Pour into molds. Let sit until completely hard and then remove. (If mixture gets hard and sets up too soon, add 3 tablespoons of water and place back on heat until you reach 220 degrees.)