I know that I've mentioned before that I have a deep love
for my German Erzgebirge Nutcrackers.
So much so,
that they stay in a display case in my living room
all year long.
They are just too precious to put away.
(Yes....those are their legs in these photos)
Now I'll introduce you to my other deep love,
my flower girls.
My Mom brings home a new one for me
each year when she comes home from Germany.
I love the feel of the wood,
I love the cheerful little faces,
I love the bright colors.
Are they not perfection????
So imagine my joy when I stumbled across
Natalie Jo's ah-mazing artwork on etsy the other day.
I'm sure you can see why I have a "new" love affair!
She is right here in the USA :)
Her shop on etsy is called Piccalilli Patchwork.
She makes the most darling pincushions
and miniature goodies!
I fell in love with this darling pincushion,
but when I started looking at her previous works
I fell DEEP in love with "Maida".
She is a dark haired beauty
that reminds me of my husband's Cuban heritage.
Unfortunately she was already sold....
Imagine my delight to find that Natalie Jo
has generously written a tutorial on her blog
on how to make my own!
You can purchase the doll components
already painted in her etsy shop!
I'm in heaven!
I also ordered a set of matching flower pins
that she also makes in her shop!
Look how carefully and lovingly she packaged
all my goodies!
Can you see those tiny beads for buttons
and that is seriously the smallest gingham I've ever seen!
I squealed when the package arrived!!!
It's not very often that you come across a true artisan
that truly loves what they do.
Thank you Natalie Jo!
I can't wait to get started and I'll be sharing
my photos when Maida is complete :)