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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Black Walnut Dolls... New item

I love working with black walnuts... as you can tell from that basket of black walnuts that's in nearly every item picture I've taken for almost two years! LOL!

So I had this vision last year of these little Ladies and this week I've made them come alive.

(it's just more of a candid picture shot, as you can tell I just plopped them on my prop area there)

All hand stitched, vintage and hand dyed cottons and wools... made into a prairie doll - bottle doll fashion... with of course, black walnut heads. They even have little wooden stands to make them stand up. They're all about 6 inches tall and they look SO CUTE with their full apron's and dresses just standing there.

These were my first three (in order) and I'm working on a bunch more on the craft table... As I work on each one, she'll take on a personality of her own and she'll have to tell me what kind of apron she wants, or what color shawl... and of course, the bonnet... that always determines her first impression when she goes out in public.

Some are very primitive... a couple I even used micro checked and REALLY made full aprons... I'm even working on a pure aged white one (ya ok, it's more blanc). Just having a little fun over here in Kentucky on a cold wet day...

I haven't named them yet... "Nuthead's" came to mind, but that's really not so primitive is it? Hmmmm, someone mentioned "Cupboard Tuck"... I think they look like a Primitive Thumbelina!

I'll have them up for sale when I get more finished here in the next day (or couple of).... I may even save a couple for an update or two on either The Eclectic Artisans Webshow, or The Humble Arts around the first of the month..... decisions... decisions.... ehhhh I'll think of that later. I want to go back and play dress up with my dollies!

Blessings, Jean
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The Broken House said...

Those are adorable! I think you should just call them "nuthead!" Just be straight to the point:)


Cookie said...

Whatever you decide to call these, I adore them, CB!!

Very sweet and so perfectly primtively "you".

♥ now show us a pic of that new 'do!!! I bet its adorable :)

Anonymous said...

hey mz. jean bean
thanks for that big ol hug
felt good
great to hear from!
Love those dollies

Deena Davis said...

Those are TOO cute! great idea!

Anonymous said...

Adorable Jean Bean, Oh I can think of some names for them... hehehehehe

Love ya, MO
PS.. I hope you had a BLAST today at Jennys grad...

tattered 'n torn prims said...

LOVE 'EM!!!! Your work rocks!!!


Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Loving these little wonders.

Kimmie said...

Jean, you simply amaze me! I just love these little dollies. So rustic and prim. I have to admit, I like "Nutheads" also.

Have a great day!

Crystal said...

These are great! :)

RabbitHollowPrims said...

I love these gals :)


Oh I want some of these little gals.. Years ago, my MIL had a huge walnut tree beside her house and of course we picked up the walnuts.. Can still see the stain they leave on your hands.. but what a novel idea to make a prim doll from them.. When you start selling them on your blog, please put my name down as some orders...Send me an email at
I love them.