Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thimbles and Dollmaking

I'm trying to get a few things in here as I keep remembering things that I wanted to mention. Continuing with the haberdashery shop I thought you might like to see one of my little thimbles. The big one I've used for all my sewing since I was 12. My aunt brought it back from her holiday in Toledo. The mini thimble was made by Danny Shotton.
Danny Shotton also made these cotton reels and date stamp.
I bought them at a fair but you can order his work from Swann House Miniatures
I've been struck again by migraine this week so rested the eyes but last weekend I did manage to dress Gertrude (you remember she was naked in my last post?)
 Her skirt is from a curtain off cut.

I bought Gertie's hair clips from the Chinese shop, also her engagement ring which is a 'belly-button' ring, her earrings and her belt - which is a bra strap!
She wears a real gold necklace with 'G' for Gertrude (which was mine but I let her borrow it) and the chain is an ankle chain! Yes, I did wear one in the 90s! I painted her nails with fabric paint. I think she looks very glamerous. I hope I look this good when I'm her age!
I'm off for early to bed, so good night!


  1. Oh my, Gertrude is so adorable!!!! I love the expression of her face, yes, she is a really glamour-lady :-) Wonderful clothes and styling! This little thimble is so cute and looks perfect - thanks for giving the link, too!
    Have a good night! Hugs,Sandra

    1. I'm glad you like her, Sandra - you might get her for your birthday!! Ha ha, only joking! Are you excited? You are next on the birthday swap list! x

    2. Hey Gill...IT IS HERE!!!!...haha..I am not sure if I am able to resist opening it for another 2 weeks :-)))) I better distract myself with working on your gift :-)
      Hugs, Sandra

  2. Hi Gill,
    wow Gertrude looks very beautiful in her dress and jewelleries. I like also the miniatures by Danny Shotton.
    Good night - sleep well

  3. Es fantastica Gertrude, me encanta su vestuario y sus accesoríos!
    Y las compras son magnificas!!!
    Besos de las Malu´s.

  4. I too can't resist Danny Shotton's work.

  5. Hi Gill!
    How fabulous is Gertrude?! I love her outfit & accessories & your Danny Shotton miniatures are unbelievably cute! The date stamp has to be my favourite!
    Hope you are feeling a little better now, horrible things, migraines.
    Sending hugs to you! x

  6. Gertie es fantastica, me encantan todos sus accesorios.
    Una compras geniales.
    besitos ascension

  7. Hun er en fantastisk lady og hun ser ud til at være rigtig god til at nyde livet.

  8. ¡Maravillosa!!!!. Un saludo, Eva

  9. Your doll has great character...I love her.

  10. Your Danny Shotton items are fantastic. I love Gertrude she is wonderful. What a glamour's lady.
    Hugs Maria