With all the half dolls I have that could use skirts, I just couldn't stand seeing this girl with half her skirt missing.  I suppose she was a lid to a trinket or powder box in the past.  She came to me as you see her.

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I bought this round wooden box at JoAnn's and she fits it perfectly.  I covered the box with lace and was going to cover the lid and use it as a raised base.  I may do that later, but I like her fine without it.
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I decided the easiest skirt to make for her was a circle skirt.  Her arms are away but her right elbow is attached to the porcelain skirt so I made the side of the circle open part way down on the right side.  This made it easy to keep her sleeve visible and easy to work the fabric under her hand.  The skirt is made using two circles, one for the petticoat and one for the overskirt.  I sewed them together at the waist and gathered it through all layers to fit the doll's waist.  The small center opening in the circle kept the waist from being too bulky.

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I think she looks very pretty in her new skirt and no one can tell she was one part of a two-part trinket box.

She's Mine

I've been remiss at posting as I've been spending more time on getting my group "Half Doll Connection" on Facebook up and running.  Join us there if you're interested in half dolls.  I hope to get back to some stitching for this blog as well.  Who knows how that will shake out!! 

My collection is growing by leaps.  I have always been a collector at heart and have been wondering if any of you collect something?  Tell us about it if you do.  In my last post, I mentioned that there is a Spanish lady I've wanted for awhile but kept losing her when she came up in auctions.  I finally got her in a group of half dolls I bought at an auction in New Hampshire.  Isn't she pretty!?


The Line-Up Continues

As promised, I've more ladies to show you.  This first one is Jenny Lind by Goebel.  Jenny Lind was an opera singer also known as the "Swedish Nightingale" and was one of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century.  I didn't realize when I started collecting half dolls that so many were made to commemorate real people.

There are also half dolls that represent different countries.  I was lucky to find this one, a Hungarian gypsy.  She is extremely detailed.

Finally today is this Spanish lady.  There is an elusive model that I've bid on several times and lost.  This one is pretty in her own right but I can't wait to show you the other one!  One day, maybe I will.

Kathy Shaw's Basic Crazy Quilt Class

In order to try to get back into doing crazy quilting again, I took Kathy's basic class. I really had to push myself to keep up but managed to finally finish the block. I was surprised how much I enjoyed doing it and that I learned so much. I also finished her required 101 intermediate course so am set to go for some of the embellishment classes she offers. Here is my finished block from the Basic class. The bow needs to go but that little area needs something and I'm stumped for now.

Thank you, Kathy!!


Half Doll Overload

I've been keeping really busy lately.  I've been slowly selling my website leftover stock on Facebook, taking crazy quilt lessons online with Kathy Shaw, and happily adding to my half doll collection.  Since I won't be finishing most of them, I thought you'd be interested in seeing some of them the way they'll probably be as long as I have them.  I knew when I started this collection that there were hundreds, if not more, but have been amazed at the variety as well.  I'm a collector at heart so am loving finding them, online currently, but looking forward to the doll show season to start.  
This first one is the largest one I've found and is 7" tall.  I can only imagine the difficulty the maker had in applying those pretty arms and sleeve ruffles.

This is one of the few I've bought that is finished.  Look at those arms and the wonderful hat she's wearing.  I would never have thought of using feathers and beads for a skirt. 

Finally today, this is a very nicely done reproduction.  She is painted like the antique would have been and no flowers, gold, etc. added by the doll artist.  I'm sure a lot of people would be fooled by her.  I guess that's where my doll making past will, and has, come in handy.  I am happy to have her in my collection anyway.

I have lots left to share with you.  Please check back!

In the Pink

Pat, whose blog is Bird Nest on the Ground (, had a post about pink a few days ago.  I thought I would follow suit and show you some of the pink things I've accumulated along the way.  I'd love to see what pink items you can bring together to show.  Be sure to include your blog address in a comment below so that I and others can take a look.  Don't forget to visit Pat's blog as well.  She's a very creative person and a wonderful blogger.

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grow your blog 2015

Welcome to my blog and thank you for taking part in the party!

My name is Maureen Greeson,  This blog is primarily to have a place to show what I've been working on.  My current obsession is collecting half dolls, very few of which I have finished into pin cushion dolls.  After an off year (2014) I am finally getting back into my favorite stitching, crazy quilting.  I find it relaxing as long as I keep it easy and quick to do.  My attention span doesn't allow for embroidery that requires a lot of time.  Somehow, I do manage to finish things.  Following are a few of my completed projects.  Please wander through some of the back posts and thank you so much for stopping by.

Pansy Wall Hanging

Japanease Wall Hanging

Wall Hanging


Half Doll Pink

Half Doll Green

Half Doll Hanging