Extreme Primitive Black Cat

This week I am creating a pair of extreme primitive black cats.  Making them is getting me excited for Halloween already – it’s never too early!  Here is the first cat:

extreme prim cat doll

I just added her to my Old World Primitives Etsy shop.  Many thanks to Netty LaCroix for the design!

New Primitive Doll: Emma

I just added a new doll to the Old World Primitives Etsy shop.
Meet Emma:

extreme primitive early American style doll

Emma is an extreme primitive early American style doll that I created using a Netty LaCroix design. She is made of tea-stained muslin stuffed with eco-friendly natural fibers. She has a needle sculpted nose, black pins for eyes, and her remaining features are hand drawn. Emma has patchy black hair and wears a brown calico dress and a black shawl pinned in place with a vintage button. This primitive doll measures 26″ tall from head to toe, and 16″ tall when sitting.


Excited side note: my primitive bunnies and my primitive pumpkin are each featured in two new Etsy treasuries, for a total of 4 today! I am so excited. Three are in the Treasury West and one is my first main Treasury feature. Check them out:

Primitive Bunnies in a Garden

Happy Earth Day!

It is almost time to start my garden in the backyard again… in the meantime, I just finished a primitive garden vignette. It is a pair of grungy bunnies in a cabbage leaf garden along with carrots and turnips. Click the images to enlarge them.
primitive bunnies in a cabbage leaf garden

primitive summer garden with extreme prim bunnies

The cabbage leaf is made of heavy muslin with a stuffed stem and some wire sewn between the leaves to form spines that help the leaf keep its shape. The leaf was painted in multiple shades of green, coffee dyed, and grungied up with cinnamon. The bunnies, carrots, and turnips are made of muslin stuffed with natural fibers. Each was painted, stained, sanded a few times over and dusted with cinnamon. The bunnies have sewn black eyes and noses, sticks for legs, and vintage cotton batting tails. The garden is a Kentucky Primitives design and was really fun to make! They are for sale on Old World Primitives now.

To circle back to Earth Day: I started a compost pit in the yard this year to celebrate Earth Day. Composting recycles organic household waste back into the earth, returns nutrients into the soil, and reduces the amount of organic waste going into garbage dumps and landfills. Compost also makes great garden fertilizer!

New Grungy Primitive Pumpkin

I just finished another Netty LaCroix pumpkin – I made this one more grungy than the last one. He was stained, painted, and sanded many times over and then dusted with cinnamon. I grungied up the stem as well, and added vintage buttons on top of circular patches for eyes.

grungy primitive pumpkin doll

This pumpkin is up for sale now on Old World Primitives.

Finished Extreme Prim Garden Doll with Pear

I finished the aging process on the tin watering can for my new extreme primitive Garden Doll (a Netty LaCroix design) and added it to her as a finishing touch. I also added a loop of string behind her shoulders so that she can be displayed hanging up. She now comes with a primitive pear that I made as an accessory too. This is the finished doll with pear – she is up for sale now on Old World Primitives:

garden doll with pear - a Netty LaCroix design

New Extreme Primitive Doll

I just finished a new extreme primitive folk art doll today. She is a garden doll, just in time for spring. As soon as I age her little tin watering can I will tie it to one of her stick hands as a finishing touch.

extreme primitive netty lacroix doll

extreme primitive netty lacroix doll

I made her using a Netty LaCroix pattern, and I tested out my new bamboo fiber fill as stuffing. I really like the bamboo stuffing – it has a great texture and is so soft. This prim doll has a muslin head, a dress made from homespun, a cheesecloth apron with some dried grass tucked in it, string for hair, a pinch-stitched nose, painted eyes and mouth, and twigs for arms and legs.