Friday, November 19, 2010

Gallery of Dolls

All of my dolls are unique; my own original designs handcrafted in my Oregon studio. They are all signed and numbered and these dolls are all SOLD. I've just listed doll # 950 in my Etsy shop. Take a look and see the wide creative variety of dolls made by me, Alexa Ann.


Santas are my favorites!


My series of round little paper clay witches are very popular.

I use quilt pieces and scraps, many of them vintage for my Santa dolls especially.



Valentine's Day Santas are great gifts for a Santa collector.


Just a little dark goth angel Annie who popped into my head. Love her!



A little tabletop paperclay Santa, one of my first. And another Irish Santa with a little different look.











Dreamy eyes on this chenille Santa are almost as pretty as my Blue Christmas Annie.



















Black mammy doll just loaded with fun details. I'd love to make another one!







I love vintage chenille and they make such distinctive looking Santa outfits. Just gorgeous!


My gentleman rabbit doll had a tapestry vest and a high buttoned collar. He came out great!



I love vintage red and white quilts for my santas and if I can't find the right piece I make it up just for that special doll.












My first santa with a paper mache face. I liked him so much I'll be doing more this year. Love working with paperclay!




Do you have questions or comments or would like to order a themed collectible doll? Just email me at makethebestofthings@gmail.com.
Yes, Virginia, that witch is carrying a spell book and the rabbit is a real gentleman ; 0 )

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Two Santa Dolls this week

I've listed these two Folk Art Santas in my Etsy shop this week. They were sure fun to make! This Irish Santa is based on the worn, vintage style quilt in shades of green, tan, beige and cream and he's just loaded with fun details. Once I've made the doll and painted the eyes to my satisfaction, I go to town on his outfit.

When people ask me where I get the ideas for my dolls I would have to say the robes come first. Just like making an outfit for myself, I see the quilt piece or unique fabric and I know what it will look like when I'm done. This old quilt piece was perfect for embellishment with Irish crochet roses, lace, celtic buttons and more.


I love making the accessories, too, individually styled for each doll. This stocking is made from green tapestry with old lace and a cinnamon star and it is stuffed full with twigs, berries, a glittery shamrock and cinnamon sticks. Since my Santa's arms are wired, he can hold his stocking and his Celtic cross staff very nicely.


Look at the fierce blue eyes on this Americana Santa! He has the look of an old fashioned civil war general, I think. I just love the way my Santa fellas come out, they are so compelling to me now that I've figured out just the way I want their eyes to look, then everything else falls into place.


The vintage print fabric is perfect for this good looking guy. I also loaded him up with fun details and accessories, including an embroidered stocking and hand made muslin snowman.

For your Americana decor or for that special someone returning from military duty, this doll would be a wonderful family gift and heirloom!

Just look at him so tall and straight, and his arms are wired so he can be posed in multiple ways. Sigh, I just love my Santa dolls. Wish I could keep them all!


I often wonder just what could they be thinking every time I finish a doll. Sometimes they look sad, or quizzical or serene or serious and thoughtful. I never know until I put that final little twinkle in their eye and call them done. These two fun, collectible Santa dolls are no exception. They look vintage and old but are brand new for us, my own original designs from my Oregon studio. Don't miss them!