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Monday, December 28, 2009

Flying Bat Pinata

This bat pinata, created using the technique of papier-mache, is creepy enough to be the center of your party decorations. Just be careful after dark; he might swoop down and give you a fright.

Tip: When using black tissue paper, wear gloves and cover your work surface because the dye may run and stain

Paste Layers of Tissue Paper on Balloon

Begin by resting a large balloon on an empty jar (this will prevent the damp tissue from discoloring or sticking to the work surface). Dab diluted craft glue (2 parts glue to 1 part water) on a small section of the balloon, and cover with two full layers of newspaper. For each strip of paper, apply glue and overlap each one slightly before brushing on more glue. After the second layer, tie a long piece of string around center (this will hang your pinata), then continue with 2 more layers of newspaper, followed by black tissue, from the balloon's crown to its knot. Repeat for small balloon (this will become the bat's head), but don't include the string.

Note: This picture is meant to illustrate the technique, but you will be using newspaper and black tissue paper, rather than orange tissue paper, for this project.

Next: Step 2 Hang to Dry

Step 2

Hang to Dry

Using clothespins, hang the tissue-covered large and small balloons from the clothesline by their knots; let dry completely (several hours or overnight).

Step 3

Cut Hole for Candy

Cut a hole in top of body (the large balloon) with utility knife, and save the piece to use for ears. Pop the balloon by making a slit with scissors next to the knot; remove. Cover cut edge with tissue and fill the body with wrapped candy.

Step 4

Assemble the Bat

Pop and remove the balloon from smaller piece. Place small sphere (the head) onto large one (the body). Drape several layers of black tissue paper over the head toward the body and around the neck, brushing with diluted glue until neck is secure. Let dry. Draw or print our bat face template; trace onto white card stock. Cut out features; attach with undiluted glue. Cut ears from reserved piece; glue in place.

Step 5

Make the Wings

Sketch large wing shapes on black poster board, and cut them out. Secure wings to the sides of the bat's body with black duct tape. Paste black tissue paper over the joints to cover the tape. Next, use tape to attach a length of string to the end of each wing. (This will allow you to suspend the wings as if in flight.) Cover the tape with tissue paper. To hang the bat, suspend from body string. Then, tack the two wing strings to the ceiling to make the bat look as if it is flying



Craft glue, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from

Black tissue paper, $.89 for 10 sheets, from Create for Less

Medium artist's paintbrush

Clothespins and clothesline

Small scissors, $10, by Martha Stewart Create, from Walmart or

Craft knife, $12.99, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels or



White card stock, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from

Black poster board

Bat face template

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Newbies for Sale Non-Halloween

Find these in my shoppe at

1776 Leprechaun and Love Doves SOLD THANK YOU!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Comment Forms Work Now

Sorry guys if I hadn't responded to your comments as I am good with that.  This is the first I noticed the forms were working here.  I was not able to get them to work so i gave up and WALLA now they work on their own sooo I will be answering comments from now on :)

Hi My Name is Sue AND........

Hi My Name is Sue AND........

I am a work-a-holic!
I have 6 new dollies breaking out of the Hollow today....Just putting finishing touches on last 2.  I then have to take pics and edit and then I will have them up for sale on Etsy and my website....Also After-Christmas SALE save 25% off Christmas realted dolls and some Halloween under a SALE tab on my website and Etsy look for Sale by the title.
SAVE NOW ALSO- When you place a new order  see at top of blog to download list of available dolls to make or order, no pic?  email me and I will scan it for you to see as some are OOP ....OR you buy anything that is not on the sale tab...get 10% off and also collect your reward points toward your free doll.  Some of you are super close to getting that......Remember we take all major credit cards now also......

Have fun and Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christoween Doll Swap

Christoween Swap Pics on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Open House Jitters and Excitement

Just a heads up that I am taking pics and getting everything ready and BOY I got more done than I thought! This is going to be an awesome open house! Be sure to sign up if you haven't already for the mailing list as they get to shop early On Saturday. Regular release of what is left will be Sunday....I am thinking about 2:00 PM EST for mailing list customers to get the shopping link.......

Friday, November 6, 2009

Woven Pumpkins

What You'll Need:
Orange and green construction paper
Blunt scissors
Transparent tape

Cut four 1×24-inch strips from orange construction paper. Arrange the strips to create a circle, overlapping them in the center. Secure the strips with tape.
To make a pumpkin sphere, start with the bottom strip and bring the ends together to form a circle. Hold the ends in place with tape.
Repeat with the remaining strips. Work from the bottom strip up and attach the ends together at the top of the sphere.

Draw a pumpkin stem shape on a piece of green construction paper. Cut out the stem, and tape it to the top of the pumpkin.

Next, you're in for a real treat. See how you can create a candy skeleton that tastes as good as it looks.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Night Tricks or Treats

These are my kids last night getting ready to go ut trick or treating LOL

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

OFG Holiday Celebration Pieces On Etsy NOW

To make this trick-or-treat bag I cut a large circle out of white felt to be the moon. I cut small stars out of yellow felt and a fence out of brown felt. I used this cat coloring page as a pattern and cut the cat out of black felt. I used craft glue to add all of the felt pieces to the trick-or-treat bag!

Follow these directions to make your own felt trick-or-treat bag and then submit a photo of your project.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Halloween Swap from Terri

She gave me some great goodies. This wonderful wagon, pumpkinman, pumpkin s'n'p shakers, a big huge candy bar , a dishtowel and potholder set, and some awesome bottle stickers....Terri you spoil me ....You can visit her blog here

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Christ'O'Ween Doll Swap

Follow me over to my other blog for details and to sign up....

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Website Revamped

Just turned website into Christmas. I opened up all the winter dolls slots. Some have already sold. I also posted that we do have gift certificates available.....

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Just Finished

My kids Halloween costumes. The pants just need elastic now. They both wanted karate outfits. Well, my good friend Laura Ann sent me a free pattern, I had white muslin here and black cotton so walla cheap easy costumes :) Will post pic with them in them soon.....

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Christmas Open House

Ok So I wanted to have this big open house November 1st for Christmas, welll, I think it is going to be a small one as I am sooo bogged down with orders and magazine shoots and such that I am going to be lucky to have time to make anything major. I wasn't expecting all the wonderful offers I have been getting and it is just snowballing so I am truly blessed. It is looking like I will be having it in November but around the 15th instead of the 1st. I hope you all can join me :)

Monday, October 5, 2009


I wanted to have a Christmas open house but that is not going to happen as I am so backed up with Halloween that I will be making it until Easter LOL But I will do special orders on things and maybe get a few pieces done here and there. I also have many swaps and the dolls to get out for the Prim Elegance Magazine soooo busy busy busy.....Somewhere in here I also got to work in kids Halloween costumes too...

I listed 2 newbies on Etsy, their pics are above.....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Rabbit Hollow Prims Fan Button

Now you can show your props with the RHP Fan Button, Just click on pic to enlarge, right click and then link on your blog to my blog or website.....Show you RHP pride. Let me know and I will give you a discount off your next purchase with me.......Just email me......

Goodie Pic

Sunday, September 27, 2009

OMG Monster Under Bed Swap

I had an epiphany today on what I want to create. Boy if it works is it going to be kewlllllllllll.........

Can't wait to get started....Let's just say it's hairy and scary and cute.....

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Momma B Giveaway

Check out Momma B's Front Porch for this cute giveaway

OFG Giveaway


There is over $155.00 worth of Fabulous Prim necessities in this Handmade basket by Rose Clawson of Baskets by Rose. Included in this wonderful basket is~~~

4~pack Autumn Harvest Melting Tarts by Andrea Carrier
Ghosts Gather Here Sign by Kerri Savina
Handmade Votive Candle Holder by Carol Anderson
"Piggy" Oven Mitt w/ Wooden Spoons by Judy Bailey
Grungy Pumpkin / Crow Make-do by Doris Henson
Count Dracula Sitter by Jody Seilheimer
Trick or Treats Soy Candle byKimberly Scott
Wool Applique Pillow by Teresa Miller
Prim Pumpkin Tag by Kim Orcutt
"Frankie" Doll By Joan Minervini

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Going to Be Featured Again LOL

This time Dad is going to be featured:


Our USA Magazine is a brand new magazine that celebrates this great country through articles and photography submitted by everyday folks from across the US.
Check us out at

Our next issue includes an article entitled Broken Hearted Turkey Hunter, by a young girl from Lancaster, PA. Looking through the Etsy shops, we discovered your company and the fact that you make Turkey Calls. We would like to include the photo of your caller with If you are interested please let us know and include a high resolution photo (300 dpi). We will include the description you provided. This would be free promotion for you!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Only 6 Spots Left

Only 6 spots left for the Christmas orders I am taking.....Remember to get them in as soon as you know what you would like......

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

OMG I just go tthis email today : Dear Sue, I came across your blog and I loved your primitive cloth dolls you had posted in your Etsy shop. I work for Stampington & Company, the publisher of Artful Blogging and Somerset Studio and in April 2010... we will be launching a special publication Prims: The Art of Primitive Elegance. If you think you’d be interested in submitting for possible publication, email me ...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ofg Celebration

OFG is kicking off their Fall Celebration and wewould love to have you stop by!
There are 26 artist, including myself, participating in this celebration.
You are sure to find something you just can't live without!!

Click Here to see all of our entries on Etsy.

Here is a list of the participating shops!

Be sure to stop by and check them out.

With the kick off to our celebration I am featuring all of the above shops!
They are all wonderful and full of lots of great talents.
I am happy to be a part of this great bunch!!

Thanks Kim for providing this info.......
http://valleyprimit ivesgiftshoppe. blogspot. com/

Christmas Orders Sign Up

I am opening up 10 spots for Christmas orders to be placed. I want to make sure that there is enough time to get them done and out in a timely manner. Once full, a spot will only open up if I have enough time to get the items finished. Please sign up early if you wish to have some items made for gifts. Just email me or use the contact me form under where to find me to let me know.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009