This is a fun Holiday doll that I deciDed to make this year. I was inspired by antique and vintage toys.
15.5 inches tall
This adorable Nutcracker is very festive and is made with the inspiration of the vintage toys. However, this is not a toy and is to be meant more of a collectible item. She is made entirely by hand. She is made to look like she is made out of wood, however, she is made with a combination of stone clay and fabric.
Her head can move as well as her arms and legs. The ball joints are treated with gold leaf and serve as an articulated points on this doll's limbs. AND THE HEAD MOVES!
I made some Christmas Tree Pancakes for my kids this morning. This is also ok for any adult, especially for all of us who are watching what we eat. This recipe is KETO friendly and it is super simple to make.
Here's what I did: I took my favorite pancake recipe and replaced some ingredients with KETO friendly once.
ELENA'S KETO CHRISTMAS TREE PANCAKES:
1-1.5 cups Coconut or Almond Flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 tsp baking soda
1 Table spoon Maple Syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Around 0.5 - 1 Cup of Whole milk. EXTRAS: Green food coloring and Christmas Tree cookie cutter
Use Coconut Oil on your pan to fry the pancakes.
Combine all dry ingredients first, then add eggs, vanilla and maple syrup. You can totally skip the syrup if you prefer to stay sugar free. Finally, gradually add the milk, making use the consistency of the batter is somewhat liquid. It is completely up to your liking. I like my pancakes thin, so I add more milk. Experiment with flour and liquid proportions, see what works best for you.
Add green food coloring (just a few drops) to add the green color and start cooking by placing the batter on a hot frying pan greased with coconut oil.
When pancakes develop small bubbles on the surface it is a perfect time to flip them. Once they are ready, place them on a plate and use a cookie cutter to cut our the shapes. Decorate with berries and serve with maple syrup.
Welcome to my world of fantasy artwork! I love designing, creating, sculpting, painting, sewing and decorating. It is so much fun to make something with your own hands, so satisfying!
I am excited to share with you my techniques I have developed for over 10 years of making art dolls and over thirty years of creating artwork. Whether you are using a sculpting method to create your art figures or sewing them, don’t you just feel the need once in a while just to play with beads, lace, buttons and ribbons? Admit it, we artists, love this stuff! What about tiny little flowers, rhinestones and lace? Did I mention experimenting with paints and antiquing the surface? Not on the box or another prop, but right on the doll! We will even patina some silver!
I have to confess: I absolutely love taking something new and “aging” it! It is so much fun to see it “grow old” in front of your eyes.
Maybe you can make your own fun memories by creating a doll of your childhood, something that you used to have a long time ago and forgot all about?
I will be using paperclay for this project, but please, don’t let it stop you, if you prefer polymer clay. The techniques I use will surely work on it as well!
As a little girl I never had lots of dolls. My favorite doll was the one I once found in a sandbox outside my house.
I can’t wait for you to join me on this heart warming project – making something for yourself. This project is a blank canvas, just play along and fill it with things that matter only TO YOU. ELENA