Monday, December 31, 2012

Well as the holidays are coming to a close, I thought I would share my love of decorating for each holiday and here we go!

This is my "old toys" bedroom tree in our cozy, little cottage! This is our "little" Oscar's other favorite place to rest, which he does most of the time, on Holly Annie's lap! I decided to keep the tree up all year and make this a seasonal spring and multi-colored bulbs and spring animals and dolls on the tree and shelf. The display rests on a repurposed shutter, something we do throughout the house to "create" space!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

This was my first December demo/make it take it at Yarn Designers Boutique in Big Bear City! We made the Quilted Angel that Cat used for her exchange of a homemade ornament for our Busy Bear Quilt Guild Christmas Dinner-several folks wanted to know when I was doing it again. It was such fun-Heidi, my "sister", just whipped one out for her daughter-in-law that was lovely, too! My next demo/make-it take-it will be January 16th so stay tuned for details on making a lovely doll pin from the Whimzy Series...Isbella, A Winter Fairy!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Here's a little look at my holiday decorations on the front porch of Whimzy, our 1940"s cottage! We decorate for every season but Christmas/Winter and Halloween are my favorites! You are wondering where I keep everything since we live in 675 square feet not counting my studio? I should have invested in tote stock-we pack everything up and take it to our storage area. Next year, we are hoping to build a covered storage area on the side of the house to store things:0
Santa made it to Snow Summit last night! The skiing is outstanding for this time of year considering that we are in Southern California and the wild and wacky weather patterns. The saving grace...lots of snowmaking given our cold nights and low humidity! Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

So much fun at the Elks Women's Arts & Crafts show this December! Met new folks interested in my classes to make dolls and a friend of a doll collector interested in several of my dolls! The weather was great, food delicious, and a good time had by all!
Here's my first attempt at clay over cloth for the face of my Gift Giver doll! She is hanging outside on my porch for the holidays! Now to try to make a snowman for winter season to hang using the same technique but changing the stain and clothing-this one will be better!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Here is a wonderful view from coming down the lift at Snow Summit! Isn't it beautiful? It is so hard for everyone to understand this is Southern California and you are a short distance from the beach and LA as well as to Palm Springs and the desert! Ben is a ski instructor during the winter and he took a whole set of pictures for me the last few days...obviously this is when the snow was not coming down:)

On the way home from Riverside, it was looking glum but not as bad as I headed up the mountain and encountered the fog! It was scary until after Arrowbear!!! Once we got to the Artic Circle, everyone was pulled over to take pictures of the fog bank that we had just passed through. You could not see Big Bear Valley and the Lake due to the density but as you can see, it was sunny and lovely! The fog was moving in to the lake as I drove towards the dam and was so glad to be home safe and sound without mishap.

What a wonderful time with Barbara at Mission Inn for lunch on Monday!!! Girl time, great food, and delightfully decorated for the holidays, the Mission Inn in Riverside is not to be missed! Make reservations if you come for lunch or dinner as they are quite busy during the holiday season. And if you have time, be sure to check out some of the wonderful shops around the inn-great shopping for those special little last minute treasures-for you or someone else!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ben and I had a wonderful adventure last week to Lake Arrowhead! So beautiful even this time of year! Great outlet stores especially Pendleton. And the food at Woody's is delicious! Add this to one of your bucket list adventures!

Here is one of my newest loves thanks to my special friend, Theresa, who teaches techniques for making art quilts! This is made from a vintage baby's dress given to me by my "sister" Molly who is president of our antique doll club, Bebe's in the Woods. I used other vintage items and a doll quote to embellish this piece.

Wendy, owner of the Village Quilt Shop, here in Big Bear Lake has this available in her shop. She carries my folk art dolls and other wonderful treasures-quilts, clothing, purses, gifts, and much more! Stop in if you are in the area!

Last weekend was the Elks Lodge Women's Arts and Craft Show-what fun to see many of my creative friends and their creations! Many wonderful folks including new students for my upcoming class in February!

Some of the holiday dolls are now for sale in a new shop, Bear Necessities, just opened by my good friend, Cat, who specializes in wonderful quilts and Big Bear embroidered bags. If in Big Bear, stop in to see her work in progress...

Friday, December 14, 2012

If you have an opportunity, head out to Palm Springs and see Marilyn! In the center of town, she is a very life like sculpture worth seeing! Ben and I enjoyed our drive from the mountains down to the desert-all in Southern California. And if this is not enough, you can then head to the beach which is only a couple of hours away!

Here is "little" Oscar who owns our cottage, Whimzy! He is doing what he does best after a hard fifteen years...sleeping in his favorite place on his favorite kitty blanket!

Birthday Girl

Here is one of my latest-a special order for an eleven year old who loves dolls! It was special ordered so she could have the colors she loves for the hair and clothing. She is a ten inch doll but I make them even larger if someone wishes.

If you would like one, let me know!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Here she is...the Quilted Angel held by her lovely Ms. Snow!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Quilted Angel Demonstration at Yarn Designers Boutique

November 28, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Janet will demonstrate how to make this lovely hanging ornament or pin doll using vintage quilt scraps or seasonal fabrics! She will share lots of ideas for embellishing these small dolls-the sky is the limit to your creativity and use-they make great presents for your special friends especially with the holidays coming! Kits will be available for purchase- you can make her in just a few hours! You can also check out the other holiday gifts she will have for you to choose from.

Also stop in the third Wednesday of each month beginning January 16, 2013 for other from the muses studio demos with kits, dolls, and other artsy items for purchase! Yarn Designers Boutique is located at 439 W. Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear City, CA 909.584.9715-stop in and check out the wonderful fibers!

Cannot download my picture at this time but will have another shortly:)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Celebrate...a new doll and class in Big Bear Lake

Here's one of my new creations-Celebrate is a 10" rag doll that can be embellished to celebrate anything-friendship, seasons, holidays, or birthdays. She has a handmade tag with a pocket so you can add a personal message or small momento! A great present for you, your friends and family!

Class will be November 10th from 10:00-3:00 at PTL Plus in Big Bear Lake. Sample and registration will be available Monday, October 15th at the Paper Clip in Big Bear Lake in Summit Plaza, 909-866-9596. Join us for a play day with like souls!!!

Contact me at 949-812-1776 or for further information.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Take a little look at the Gypsy doll I designed for last year's Gypsy Retreat 2011! Kits and finished dolls will be for sale at the Celebration of the Gypsy Retreat, September 21-23, here in Big Bear Lake, CA or you can contact me to order one either finished or a kit. There are three sizes to choose from and available in kits in neutral or batik fabric!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Join other creative souls at the Paper Clip in Big Bear Lake on Friday, July 20th, from 10:30-3:30 to make this lovely vintage fall fairy! Class is $35.00 along with the purchase of a pre-made, stuffed body in three different sizes-either tea-dyed or white cotton which can also be painted. All supplies provided! For further information, call the Paper Clip at 909.866.9595.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Join other creative souls for an art retreat, Celebrate the Gypsy in YOU…A Gypsy Caravan, in Big Bear Lake, California, September 21-23! Check out the retreat at and register now as limited spaces are available!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Blog Is Alive!

It is about time that I get back to blogging! Welcome back for those of you who have been following me! Starting this weekend, I will begin to post updates on events such as CELEBRATION OF THE GYPSY IN YOU Retreat here in Big Bear Lake in September, upcoming classes such as the Vintage Fairy in July, shows like the Peddlars in July and September, and new dolls that will be for sale! I will also update you on the progress of Whimzy, our 1940 tear-down cottage, that has become our art canvas. Look for more in the coming weeks!