Roderick Cattingham Selects His Buttons

Roderick Cattingham is almost ready to meet his public – he just has to select the perfect antique shirt buttons to match his pants first.

primitive folk art cat doll

Mr. Cattingham decides to enlist the help of Frederick Bunworth, who is known for his impeccable taste.  Mr. Bunworth helped pick out an outfit for Horatio Hopkins too, and Horatio has since hopped off to his new home.

primitive cat doll

Roderick will be all dressed and ready to present himself in the Old World Primitives Etsy shop tomorrow.  Two new spun cotton Easter bunny ornaments are looking forward to his arrival.

spun cotton Easter bunny ornament

spun cotton Easter bunny ornament

Of Primitive Rabbits and Springy Things

Meet Frederick Bunworth.

Frederick Bunworth, a handmade primitive folk art rabbit doll

Frederick is my newest design, a primitive folk art rabbit doll. He has a cloth body and a paper + chipboard head and neck. Frederick is demurely awaiting spring.

Frederick Bunworth, a handmade primitive folk art rabbit doll


Frederick Bunworth, a handmade primitive folk art rabbit doll

Frederick has joined the gaggle of spun cotton and chenille ornaments in my Old World Primitives Etsy shop.

spun cotton ornaments on a peg rack

More new designs are in the works this week!

More Spun Cotton and Chenille Ornaments

I am happy to report that nearly a month into 2011, I am sticking with my goal to be more productive this year!  Pictured below are all of the new creations that I have added to my Old World Primitives Etsy shop since my last post.  I am on a roll and I plan to keep going!

original spun cotton ornaments by Stephanie Baker

Spun Cotton Ornaments – Spring 2011

This week I am working on adding new spun cotton ornament designs for spring 2011 to the Old World Primitives Etsy shop.

spun cotton cat and dog ornaments

More to come in the days and weeks ahead.

Farewell to 2010

Time to fit in one last blog post before 2010 is gone.  This year seemed to pass by in a whirlwind – why is it that time seems to keep speeding up more and more with each passing year?

There were so many things that I wanted to post about during the 2010 holiday season, but I just couldn’t seem to find the time.  I definitely have some new year’s resolutions in mind regarding advance planning, time management, organization, and simplifying for 2011.

I have so many new ideas for dolls and ornaments to make that I have been itching to get back to creating again. Most of the 2010 Christmas season was spent filling orders for existing designs, so I am getting started on new creations for each holiday much earlier in 2011!  I am also going to be releasing dolls and ornaments in new techniques and styles – paper dolls and needle felted ornaments.  The first of my new creations for 2011 are pictured below – many more to come soon!

altered paper art doll

Victorian style altered paper art doll

I am also pleased to share that my spun cotton snowgirl ornament was featured on page 21 of the Winter 2010 issue of Celebrate365 magazine.  Pictured below are both the cover of the Winter 2010 issue and the page including my feature (which you can click to enlarge).

Celebrate365 magazine - Winter 2010 issue cover

Celebrate365 magazine - Winter 2010 issue

New Christmas Ornaments

If you haven’t visited Old World Primitives on either Etsy or ArtFire lately, here is an update to show my newest creations – a set of chenille Old World Santa ornaments in shades of brown and tan, a set of spun glass Christmas ornaments, and a spun cotton cat figure on a candy box.

handmade Christmas ornaments by Old World Primitives

Chenille Cat Ornaments

A new set of Christmas kitties are available now from Old World Primitives!   I think they are my favorite set of cat ornaments that I have made yet.

chenille Christmas cat ornaments

I also realized that I never posted the new set of black cats (for Halloween – or any time of year!) here on this blog yet, so they are also pictured below. They have been available in my Etsy shop for a few weeks now.

chenille black cat ornaments

Both sets of ornaments are available at either my:

or my brand new:

Both online storefronts allow you to shop my entire inventory, with the main difference being that my ArtFire shop allows you to buy in larger quantities without requesting a custom listing.  ArtFire also does not require you to register for an account in order to make a purchase.

Prudence, a New Primitive Doll

Prudence is the newest primitive doll in the Old World Primitives Etsy shop this week.  She is a one-of-a-kind doll that I fully hand painted and dressed in a 19th century style dress that I made with tan calico fabric and antique lace trim. Her body is made of stuffed muslin, and her head is sculpted from Paperclay.

primitive doll

primitive folk art cloth and clay doll

I thought you might also enjoy a peek at what she looked like as a work in progress.

primitive doll work in progress

Chenille and Spun Cotton Halloween Ornaments

I am busily assembling a cast of characters for Halloween this week… the last spooky spun cotton ornaments and chenille Halloween ornaments are below.  The spun cotton witch kitty will have a sister tomorrow.

spun cotton black cat Halloween ornament

spun cotton skeleton Halloween ornament

Halloween chenille ornaments

I have a few new dolls in progress too.   I am excited to use my new antique shop finds – grungy old buttons and antique lace – in some primitive creations.

antique buttons and lace

Time Flies When You’re Going Bonkers

I have been all over the place since my last post… oh gosh, where to start. I’ll start with the embarrassing part first – my husband and I attempted to move for the second time within three years, and our plan flopped once again. We have been trying to move from the suburbs to an older farmhouse in the country… something that I always thought was my dream… to live in a 1700s or 1800s farmhouse decorated like one of the homes I have so often drooled over in Early American Life magazine. But our attempts to move have taught me that this may not be my ultimate dream after all. The country escapes that we found ourselves pursuing were still just a little too bit “more of the same,” albeit in less developed areas. We don’t have the big bucks required to completely “get away from it all,” and we just couldn’t find anything that was quite enough away.

So now we have a new plan in mind… bear with me here, as this may sound crazy… to save up enough money to REALLY move into the country… or rather, a step closer to the wilderness. We are going to save up, purchase a motor home, sell our current home, and pursue the freedom of living full time on the road, camping at remote, wild and beautiful spots along the way. This is an idea I have been toying with for 6 years now, but I never thought I would be able to make it happen. I felt too entrenched in my current way of life despite how much I wanted to give this a try. But now, if we can save enough to make this plan feasible… there is a new goal in the horizon.

So. I’ve wasted a ton of time this summer house-hunting, packing… and then un-packing (ugh!), but I’ve still managed to get some new dolls and ornaments created, and to do a bunch of gardening and pickling too.

garden

Do you think my tomato plants are happy?? 😀

tomato plants

And now I invite you to meet an extreme primitive doll named Nadine, and a primitive witch make-do named Hexe:

extreme primitive doll

primitive folk art witch make-do

Plus my newest ornaments in spun cotton, spun glass, and chenille:

spun cotton ornament

spun glass ornament

chenille Halloween ornaments

All of the new creations above can be found in my Old World Primitives Etsy shop.