Ravenwood Whimzies Fall Pin Keep Swap

I just can’t seem to stop signing up for swaps when I see them.  Wendy at Ravenwood Whimzies hosted a Fall Pin Keep Swap.  I was paired with Michelle of Simple Pleasures.  Funny, until I stumbled onto Wendy’s blog, I didn’t know what a pin keep was.  Since then, I have made several as gifts.  Now that I’m quilting again, I’ll have to make one for myself.  Anyway,  here is the cute cute Witches Hat pin keep Michelle made for me. This can double as a Halloween decoration too:


And here is the pin keep I made for Michelle. Michelle likes Amish things, so I created a little Amish girl on a pin cushion. Wendy also requested that the pin keep be mounted on something at least 4″ tall. I opted for a Ball jam jar.  This way, it can hold buttons, scissors, thimbles, and such:


Thank you Wendy for hosting this fun event!  And thank you Michelle for being my partner!  I am going to call this doll #7.  I am catching up!

Retro Rebel Girls With Attitude

When I saw the latest issue of Mollie Makes, I decided to make dolls #5 & #6.  The instructions and the patterns seemed a bit unclear when it came to the head, so I added a bit of a neck – too much I think.  And, of course I deviated from the pattern further by using yarn for the hair, and googly eyes instead of felt.  I actually used felt, but mine looked a bit funny, so I opted for the googly eyes.  And what’s a Retro girl without her pearls and apron? Oh, and since Chris has been talking about the play Wicked and wanting a green baby, green was on my mind.  I reached in my quilt stash and pulled out this pretty green for one of the Retro girls.  A bit odd (both of them), yet oddly cute…



Thanks for stopping by!

– Linda

Pink Saturday And Dolly Dingle

Happy Pink Saturday!  Thank you to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for hosting this weekly event.

I have been wanting to do this method of printing on muslin for a while now.  As dear hubby always says, it all comes down to having the proper tools.  And since I have all my sewing/cutting/printing tools at hand, I thought I’d give it a go.  As I was perusing around, I came across Aunt Lindy’s Paper Doll fabric panels.  Of course, they have been around for a while, and no one seems to have them anymore, so I found a cute graphic of Dolly Dingle & Billie Bumps, and made my own fabric panels.  I resized and tweaked the graphics in Photoshop first. Here is the process I used, and here is where I got the graphics.  The only deviation from the process was that I ironed the fabric onto the butcher paper first, then used my rotary cutter to cut a nice 8 1/2″ x 11″ .  And the biggest tip in this process is, make sure the muslin (pre-washed) is ironed on really well to the butcher paper.  You can see on my photo where Dolly Dingle near her pantaloons snagged a bit.  Billie Bumps was my second go, and his printout came out pretty good.  I ironed the printout to set the colors ( not sure how well the color washes).  Then I just got backing fabric, sewed around the perimeter, stuffed, embellished, and “voila!” who needs to buy a fabric panel, you can make your own!  Oh, the possibilities are endless!


PinkSaturday_July20b_2013They do look like they lost some weight 🙂 … Oh, and Happy Halloween in July!

Dolls #3 & #4 done! (only 3 to catch up)

– Linda

My Spring Doll!

I mentioned in an earlier post that I joined Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies Spring Doll Challenge… Well, I actually finished it! In good time no less.

I took Wendy’s doll pattern and reduced it to half the original size – I like smaller dolls.  She stands approximately 10″ tall. Since I still had the supplies for fairies out on my table, I decided to make my Spring Doll into a fairy, in pink.  She wears a pink and yellow petal skirt with a yellow felt tunic, pink shoes, and petaled acorn cap. Her hair is made of wool roving.  I inserted pipe cleaners in her arms and legs, which made stuffing easier since she is so small, and it had the added benefit of making her pose-able.  The only deviation from Wendys pattern is on her feet.  Since I reduced the size, I was unable to turn the foot part of the pattern after sewing.  As for her facial features, I went with an Edith Flack Ackley style.  She looks a bit serious, but she’s still cute ;). And here she is:






This doll was so much fun to make. Thank you Wendy for the challenge! …Doll #2 done!

Nest Swap!

I just seem to be joining one swap/challenge after another these days. Anyway, I had joined a “Nest Swap” hosted by Viv of Viv Out On A Limb.  I was partnered with a most unique and sweet person; Kai Naconi of Celebrating Christmas Year Round.  We were to make a nest that we liked so much that we didn’t want to give away…  Kai made me this very special nest in colors I like – pink and more pink!


Kai is half Comanche, and lives a Comanche life.  This intrigued me, so I did some research about the Comanche people.  I stumbled on this book, Empire Of The Summer Moon.  This is how my mind works: Hmmm… what a nice looking man… click… Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History…click…Son of an Indian Chief and a White Settler abducted as a child… Greatest Comanche Chief… sounds interesting… Click… download to my Kindle.  Whew, I generally do not read non-fiction, but this book is so far very interesting.  If you are a history buff, or just want to know more about the early days of our Country in regards to the American Indian people, this is a good read.


Ok, back to the swap.  Thank you Kai for a very special nest! Your care and thoughts in creating it are much appreciated.  And thank you Viv for organizing this swap, and partnering me with your very special friend.  Here is what I made for Kai.  Earlier this year, I challenged myself with making one doll a month.  Well, I am going to count this Fairy ( Felt Wee Folk by Sally Mavor) as doll number 1. I just need to make three more to catch up 🙂


Spring Doll Challenge!

At the beginning of the year, I had the best intentions to make one doll every month – a personal challenge to myself.  So far, I have yet to make a single doll, and it’s already April… Well, the other day, I came across Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies.   Wendy is hosting a Spring Doll Challenge. It’s a no pressure challenge.  Wendy provides the pattern on her blog, and we make dolls from it – simple! So, if you are interested in joining, hop on over to her blog.


I used to make all kinds of dolls.  Most live in the homes of my family and friends now.  Here are a few that I have around the house that I took photos of.  The first is my Izannah Walker doll that is still “in progress”


A hand painted cloth doll:


A porcelain doll house doll:


A Bye Lo porcelain baby doll:


Needle Felting… Ouch!

Ok, I decided that as long as I was in the “creative” mode, I was going to try some crafts new to me.  And needle felting is new to me. I purchased the supplies some time back with the best intentions of making something.  Well, I finally sat down and did it.  When I am creating, I like to multitask – knit, hang out with my daughter, yack away; make jewelry, watch a movie… Well, needle felting is NOT an activity that I can take my eyes off of.  During a couple of distracted moments, I jabbed my fingers with those lethal looking needles – and it was painful!  So, with a certain idea in mind, I started making a cat that turned into a teddy bear, and a bunny that did end up a bunny, but you can see that I got bored when I got to his legs, and just wound the wool around… I think this activity takes a bit more patience than I have. Or, I have not developed a passion for it yet, and therefore can only stand to sit there and punch away at wool roving shaping it into something recognizable for only so long.  I think for now, I will put aside the needles…  And here are the results of my efforts (they are cute, but I have no idea what to do with them):



What’s In A Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare ~ Romeo and Juliet

I have had wonderful and overwhelming comments from bloggers all over the world by participating in the OWOH Event. One comment in particular from Mervi of Finland made me do a double take. This is what she wrote:

nice to meet you via OWOH,
your blogname sounds “very ugly” in Finnish,
never tell it if you visit Finland! (hint), but you’ve
done such a beautiful things!
Lovely gift!


Initially, I was like, “what the heck?” and then my curiosity got the better of me and I had to google the meaning of Lutka in Finnish. Well, here is a link to the urban dictionary definition (my daughter kindly informed me that the urban dictionary is not always right): Lutka in Finnish. Needless to say, I burst out laughing! I told my DH about it, and he also thought it was hilarious. So, I will now clarify the reason I named my blog Lutka And Co. My husband originally comes from Croatia where they call dolls Lutka. I thought it sounded cute, and back when I made dolls(nearly two decades ago), I decided to call my doll making business Lutka And Co. I embellished the logo with cartoonish drawings of two boys and a girl(for my children). Although I currently make jewelry, I kept the name Lutka And Co as a business name. I am now getting back into dolls. I am slowly but surely working on my Izannah Walker Doll, and have a new interest in Blythe dolls. So, Mervi, thank you for enlightening me on the meaning of my blog name in Finnish. I will heed your advice and not bring it up if ever I should find myself travelling through Finland. I hope that the blog name will not disappoint unsuspecting Finnish gentlemen looking for “ladies of a certain persuasion”. They will come to my blog only to find a happily married middle aged mom making jewelry and playing with dolls 🙂 Here are some of my “Lutka’s” that I made in the past:

Oh, I have had some inquiries as to what a cockapoo is. To the left is our temperamental tiny toy poodle Koko, and to her right is Hiro our cockapoo(cocker spaniel/poodle mix) with his favorite rubber chicken toy.

Izannah Walker Workshop

It has been many many years since I last made a doll … But, I do still love them. In fact, my blog/business name “lutka” means “dolls” in my husbands native Croatian. I dabbled in making dolls and selling them under lutkaandco over twenty years ago – whew! how time flies. The name kind of stuck, and I use it to this day.  Oh, I am rambling on, I just wanted to share a neat on-line workshop I stumbled upon:  The Izannah Walker Workshop – Like I really need another project, but I couldn’t resist. My daughter and I have decided to do it together – it should be fun! Here are some photos of Izannah Walker dolls:


Oh, and I have listed a few more items in my Etsy store. Here are a couple of them: