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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sarah...







From cloth, clay, and a few dabs of paint...  She's been a stubborn one (or has it been me?)  I so enjoyed the comments of another fabulous doll maker and dear friend, Martha, on the subject of  the "troublesome" ones.  She wrote   "...but I think its good to share that every doll you make just doesn't jump right off the work table onto the paint table onto the dress making table and be a fabulous beauty."

So, I am out of here...off to get a haircut, mow and mow again, then walk off into the sunset with Millie...  I hope everyone is enjoying these last few days of spring...





















29 comments:

  1. Oh Chip Butter, Sarah is beautiful!
    Hope you enjoyed your time away and had a walk with Millie. The weather here continues to be mostly rainy except for the odd day.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Robin

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    1. Oh, yes, that daily walk with Millie is what keeps me going. Our rain seems to be on hold for now. I will have to give the little garden a bit of water in a couple of days.

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  2. A stubborn one! :-) I love it!

    It simply shows, that each of your dolls, has a distinct personality.

    And you, their Mama, recognize it.

    Though Sarah has been stubborn, you love her beautiful self, just the same.

    -smile-

    Luna Crone

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    1. The dolls do all seem to have a distinct personality. I wonder where that comes from? Maybe from me and my mood at the time?

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  3. Ohhh, this has been Spring??? I'd not have known it.

    Around here, it continues gray, cloudy, rainy, cool. A very different Spring Time.

    And I fear, we will jump right into hot/humid Summer. When Mid Summer arrives. -sigh-

    Luna Crone

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    1. Our temperature was near 90 today. I think summer is here!

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  4. She is beautiful, I love the Autumn colors on her dress and bonnet, great job Mary,♥

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    1. I was afraid the orange piece would be too orange, but I ended up liking it. I do like autumn, as you know!

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  5. Now she has been worth the wait! She's such a beautiful little lady! I'm glad to see she has a bonnet and those tiny tucks!! Looks like you conquered them. :)

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    1. Well, it was a longer wait than I would have liked, but I kept having to do things over. I also had to cut new patterns for everything since this was the first time I had made a doll by this pattern. And, I had never made a bonnet, so that was a challenge. I think I made four bonnets before I got the fit right. But, I'm not sure I have conquered the tucks!

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  6. Sarah's a true country beauty. I'm glad she's stubborn because in the pioneer days only the strong survived. Perhaps that's way she turned out so wonderful. Her character and spirit shine through.
    You did an Awesome job on her. You're truly blessed with talent.

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    1. Do you really think she looks like a pioneer girl? That makes me happy, for I thought I made the bonnet a bit too fancy for life on the plains.

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  7. I don't know how she could be any more perfect! She is a beauty...that little chin...she looks so real, so alive. I cannot imagine have your talent! Enjoy your time outside now that Sarah is finished.

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    1. Yes, Henny, I have so wanted to have this doll finished so I could devote more of my time to outside things. I can hardly make myself stay inside!

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  8. Sarah is wonderful. There is so much detail on the doll and especially her clothing. I love the photo's you took of her in different places; I see that you made her undergarments as well as her fancy dress. I am also very impressed with the cross stitch on linen project too! Is that something you made? You have many talents. It must be a good feeling to have her completed and added to your family of dolls. Time to sit back and admire your creation. Well, maybe after you finish with all that mowing. Here in our town we are in a drought condition and the grass is hardly growing...not much need for mowing. We are praying for rain.

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    1. Sandra, wouldn't you know you would go from having snow up to your windows to drought conditions! I did make the cross stitch sampler way back in 86. My, where go the days... I got a lot of grass cut today, but there's more...

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  9. Sarah does look like a pioneer girl. She looks strong, determined and sensible. she is pretty too. I love your orange colors in her outfit. I shouldn't worry about the fancy bonnet. It is so pretty and I do believe even pioneer ladies has some pretty things. You make great color and fabric choices and Sarah now has a fine outfit. I like her under ware too. The pin tucks are super nice and every body love them. If she gave you trouble, you wouldn't know it. Doll making ain't easy, but you made it look like it is.

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    1. Martha, you know better than most about how those little unexpected things that can make a doll maker want to pull their hair out (or the doll's hair out! :~)) At one point, I was ready to throw in the towel and call it quits, but today I found myself thinking..."Now, next time I will do this and I will do that..." And so, it goes...

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  10. I love all your dolls so much. She is beautiful, a little shy maybe but someone I would want to know. Thank you for sharing. I hope you don't mind my flights of fancy.
    I also want to comment on your skill as a dollmaker: I love your ability to make her look old, even antique, but yet she is still unique.

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    1. Thank you, Linda S! You do say the nicest things, and, of course, I don't mind that at all. I'm sure Sarah would want to know you too!

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  11. She is a lovely girl Mary and doesn't look as though she caused you any trouble at all! Beautiful colors and perfect hand stitching on her bodice and pin tucks. Her undergarments, evenly hand stitched deep hem, ribbons, plaid trim, and bonnet, everything about her is gorgeous. I don't know how long she took to make, but every minute shows in the final dolly. Awesome job!

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    1. Ahh, Sherri, looks can be deceiving, as my mom used to say. Why this little girl looks as though she would never cause trouble, so demure she is, but you should have seen the fits she threw when her hair wouldn't behave as it should... Thank you for the encouraging words!

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  12. She is perfect. I can hardly believe that you MADE her, it's just so beyond me that anyone could create something like her...and then dress her!
    Honored to meet her. xo

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    1. Thank you, Peggy! Really I can't believe I made her either. I am self-taught, doing whatever pops into my head. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't!

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  13. Yes, handmade dolls can be painstaking at times. The end result is worth every loving minute that goes into making a doll. Your doll is beautiful and is the lovely dress. What fabric did you use for the bonnet?

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    1. Thank you Bethann! The little bonnet is made from a rather heavy linen, which was a remnant I found at Hobby Lobby. I think it must be upholstery weight.

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  14. Oh, she got THE dress! Her coloring is so gorgeous, and the dress goes with it perfectly. She looks like she's thinking really hard about something.

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    1. Thanks Jan! She definitely has the downcast look of an Izannah Walker doll. They all seem to be thinking really hard about something.

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  15. She has such a pretty face and the color of the dress makes her beautiful! You did such a wonderful piece of work!

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