Thursday, 23 November 2017

Homemade lip balms and a new doll

We have been busy bees making and creating lately .
Matilda is doing an Art Award which is a GCSE equivalent  so she has been inspiring us all with her all round craftiness. I don't need much encouragement, I always get the crafty bug this time of year. I love sitting quietly in the cosy evenings dreaming up ideas for christmas or thinking of ways to make the corners of our home beautiful.

We make these lip balms every year about this time. They are fun to make and practical too. One batch lasts us through winter. With six young women in one household that's pretty impressive.

I love the natural beeswax lip balms that you can buy but they are quite expensive. This recipe is easy and frugal.

This doll was quite a surprise. I haven't made a doll in about a year.
The other week I felt itchy fingers to sew one again. So I got out my sketching pencils and began to work on a pattern, a willowy, elfin pattern.
I had no vision for the doll before I began which is quite strange for me. I didn't even know if she would be a boy or a girl, rather she came to being bit by bit.
By the time she was done I felt like I'd known her for ages. There is something familiar about her don't you think? I guess she just took a year to brew like a strong cup of tea in the depths of my imagination. I really loved making her. I hope to make some more dolls again soon when I get the time.

She is now in my shop if you would like to take a look and read a little more about her.

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