Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Member

I am pleased to announce I am a proud member of Arts A Flutter. New products are offered the first of each month by some really creative people there and I'm excited to say I am now one of them. My first showing will be tomorrow, May 1. I'm presenting two items this month with lots more on the craft table for next month. Please stop by and see this great site tomorrow and be sure to see me...Twiddlebugz Designz. ;o)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Catch a falling star

This little dolly is for a friend of friend of mine. There is a real touching story behind it...let me tell you what I know about it in a nut shell. Her mom's health was failing and one of the last things she said to her daughter was 'catch a falling star'. It made me most sentimental things do. She saw my dolls through Facebook and asked if I'd make one for her relating to this. I'm honored to have the priviledge to create something so personal and meaningful to another. I hope she enjoys her, she was a pleasure to make. This doll is one of my larger ones, has a weighted bottom so she sits well, her head is a seperate piece. I've painted her face, used a permanent pen for the line details, glazed her eyes so they sparkle and shine, shes also has adorable brown highlighted pigtails made from a mohair blend yarn. She holds a star with hand painted quote and brushed with starlite glaze so it sparkles. Her leggings have been painted with a red and white stripes under her blue microplaid bloomers, and as requested, she is wearing a country blue and dusty rose dress. I think she is full of character and spitfire. I can't wait to get her sent out so she can be forever loved and enjoyed.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

old rabbit

Here is a project that has taken me over a year to complete. I designed, stitched and stuffed the body last year. A couple of months ago I dug him out and painted, and sanded his body. Last month I dressed him, last week I finished his face. So, you can see, he is already been around awhile but glad to finally be finished. I just love him! Here is the discription I gave him today when I listed him on my Etsy and Artfire accounts.

This ol' rabbit has been working hard in his garden and harvested some carrots. He is an original design by myself, Crystal Martin. He measures +/-36 inches from the tip of his ears to the bottom of his huge feet. After stuffing, his body was spray painted black and sanded to give an aged look. Note that there is wire in his ears so you can bend them to your liking. Clothes were sewn, he was dressed in original clothing also, note the patches on his pants. I drew his facial details on and painted his face. I love his droopy eyes, don't you. I gave him dimensional whiskers from hand-quilting thread since it's stiffer than regular thread. He comes with a bunch of carrots and a tin bucket. This rabbit is weighted so he sits well, and he is quite posable since his legs bend at the knees. He just reminds me of an old soul.
For more photos of him, check him out on or
He would love to be adopted and move to a new home!

Monday, April 6, 2009

A few rag quilts

I've been clipping and washing rag quilts since I got home from the hopsital. I think there are eight of them. Today, I finally took some photos and listed a few of them on and These all measure about 40"x40" after washing.

These first two have Warm and Natural batting between 2 layers of flannel, making them extra warm and cozy for baby. I enjoy the colors for little girls (especially since I never had any).

These next to quilts are more boy oriented. I always try to make boy stuff since girly stuff (while it's fun to make) is so much easier to find. This one has a fun and comical dog print as wel as a multi colored stripe.
No batting between the 2 flannel layers on these. They are still cozy and warm but perfect for car seats and outings since it's not so heavy and bulky.
The other one is has 3 prints, including a multi-colored stripe, a marbled red, and a really cool bug print. I know several little boys who would love this one.

An finally, a unisex quilt for either boy or girl. It features a light blue print with a smiling star and cloud. A blue star print and additional yellow star print complete this wonderful rag quilt.
You can find these at my Etsy and Artfire sites or you can contact me directly for gift giving at your next baby shower invite.


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