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Monday, 13 January 2014

Seaside Tilda - Monday 12th January 2014

Hello Friends,

Seaside Girl Tilda

I hope you all had good weekends and managed to filter in some  crafting time..I got very little time to craft, but did manage to finish this little project!

On Friday, I finally got my sewing machine was my fault it took so long; so  many paper crafting projects needed to be completed over the past year or so and as there was very little time for sewing, my machine has just been sitting on the shelf looking very sorry for itself. A New Year's resolution that I made to myself before Christmas, was that I would sew more this year and make little items to sell at the (few) craft fairs I do.

As you know, over the Holidays I made those Polar Bears, sewn by hand...and this was always going to be my next creation, but it really needed a sewing machine. Someone had told me about Cathedral Sewing Machine repairs in Bristol. He is a mobile repair man, so he comes to your house and for any of you who live in the Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire areas I thoroughly recommend him. He came to our house Friday afternoon, found the fault, fixed the machine and then I was ready to sew!Everything else was just pushed aside, I HAD to play!

I had already cut out the pattern/fabric pieces for this doll and Tom had a really late night at work; whenever he has a project launch it has to factor into the USA time zones and is a nightmare for working I was all on my own and decided to start sewing her up!

As some of you know, in the past I have made cloth dolls, angels and animals, but this is my first Tilda..what do you think? She was all finished on Friday except for the coat, which was the only part that I found difficult (Luckily I have no inclination to be a dressmaker!)...and that is why I had to finish her on Saturday. I didn't get a chance until late afternoon, so by the time I'd finished, all that lovely sunshine had faded and since then, trying to get a decent photo has been a nightmare! Even this morning with decent light the bright blue dots on the coat just don't show!

 Do you know what's strange? Whenever I use rubber stamps or have made dolls from patterns before, where there are no mouths..I have had to add them, I thought I would be the same with this one, but I have had no need to do so this time!

Before I finish, I would like to thank all of you who left suggestions about stamp storage on my WOYWW blog..all of them very helpful. I think I have decided that they will stay in boxes. The only reason being, that I started off with binders and it just doesn't work for me. I am however going to re-sort them into ''type' rather than designer - i.e. flowers, nature, male, steampunk etc. I'm hoping this will make it easier to find what I'm looking for..quite a few of you suggested this.

My desk at the moment is back to a state of disarray - full of doodles actually, Zentangles to be precise! This is what  we are doing in our first workshop of 2014, this week. I'm not in work today, so I will be concentrating on this for the day.

Yesterday we finally got the boxes of Christmas decs back up to the attic..I am amazed at how many it was, but of course the 'Christmas Village' takes up a lot of room!

Now I have to focus my sewing projects on little Easter makes, as I have a craft fair in March, so bunnies and chickens here I come...

Thank you so much for stopping by, following my blog and leaving a comment..I really appreciate it!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Oh wow, this is gorgeous - you are so talented at this! Her little boots are adorable. Oh and I know how you feel about trying to take photos at the moment!

  2. Simply lovely Carole, Tilda looks so pretty. Loving her boots.

    Wilma x x x

  3. Hi Carole,
    what a very superb creation. She is so gorgeous.You are a very clever lady. There are many strings to you lovely bow.
    I would dearly love one of these sitting in my lounge or bedroom, but sadly I find it very hard to hand sew now as I can't feel the needle between my fingers anymore. I used to sew quite a lot, and was commended on my hand sewing as it was so fine, and very small stitches.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. Aww!! Carole she is just so sweet. I love her so is beautiful.
    I like Tilda papers/card and materials. Never made any of the dolls, I do have a couple of patterns.
    I think if the Grandchildren had been girls I might have had a go.
    I used to make all my own clothes including jackets. The sewing machine hardly sees the light of day now.
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xxx

  5. Very sweet doll. Like Patricia I never sew at all these days. In the past as well as dressmaking I made a number of dolls and soft toys. Hugs Christine xx

  6. She is just adorable! I love all the intricate details from her sweet hair to the laces on her boots! You are so very talented!!

  7. I think you have done a wonderful job on Tilda, her coat looks good to me and the little flower on her lapel is beautiful. Well done Carole! I bet you will want to do lots more now. I have been wanting a Tilda for ages now but I would feel that I had to give it to one of the Granddaughters, so I will wait until they are older and then, selfishly, I will be able to keep her! I love her sailboat too.

    I have been watching Tim Holtz videos from CHA and I think I am going to be bankrupt this year, he has brought out so many wonderful things.... If you want to watch any, just go to and scroll down to find all of his.

    Hugs, Anne x

  8. Carole this is fabulous, you put me to shame as I have a Tilda angel cut out and ready to sew for ages! You have inspired me to get on with it., especially as I had a new machine for Christmas! I read your last post ( love your craft shed) and thought I would add that I prefer my stamps in boxes and buy those 99 p 'nappy wiper boxes' from discount stores as they are the size of a paperback and just deep enough to take a typical 'page' of stamps and click shut well. Just a thought, they stack up well on a shelf and take a spine strip to say what they are and a pic of the stamps on the front. Happy crafting and sewing! Xx

  9. What lovely doll Carole love all the details


  10. Morning Carole,
    A lovely Tilda doll. you are very clever. I don't sew any more, I used to make toys to sell at the fetes we had for the swimming club where my daughter swam for 15 years, and when the girls were young I made all of their clothes.
    Enjoy your crafty day.

  11. Carole she is so sweet, like others my sewing machine just gathers dust these days.
    Hazel x

  12. Carole, thanks for popping along to my blog and leaving such lovely comments. Your tilda dolls are amazing! I hope you continue using your machine..I love to sew and since I got a new machine for my 40th I have been making more bold items - clothing!! Have a great day. Clairex

  13. I think she is awesome, you did a fabulous job sewing ( I can barely hand stitch a running thread ) lol waving hi from the sunny hills of North Carolina ♥

  14. She is amazing, Carole! I adore her boots and her coat!! Well done! I'm glad to hear you've made a decision on your organization, too. That's half the battle, just deciding! I think you will like having your images organized by type. Hugs, Darnell

  15. Carole, she is beautiful! Love everything about her, the material is so pretty and you are so clever!xx