December 1, 2010

An inspired White Wednesday ....

I have buckets full of hundreds of white antique German doll heads patiently waiting and waiting .... waiting for what? Waiting for me to create something with them. Although I have been enjoying their simple beauty sitting in abundance in their galvanized buckets ... I have been itching to do something with these beauties.
Then I read this post here.

 Which led me to this blog here. And WOW talk about being inspired both creatively and spiritually ... Rebecca has sent me over the top ... and to the moon !!

I gathered my Christmas topiaries from the attic that were covered with colorful vintage balls {sorry no before pics, I was in way too much of a hurry to get started} stripped the trees .... wrapped them in burlap, cheese cloth, lace scraps, and a bit of wire for garland plus some seam binding ties. Keeping my colors neutral ...

I wrapped the base in a tattered linen and secured with muslin .... then a layer of moss for just a hint of greenery.
The final touch and crowning glory? A porcelain doll head of course!
 I love how they have turned out and I have two awfully creative bloggers to thank for their inspiration ...
Thank you TOT and Rebecca !! 
... Do you have any suggestions for the the other hundreds of dolly heads? I'm all ears .....
 Here's how my doll/tree/topiaries look paired on the fireplace mantel in the living room ... pretty sparse don't ya think? The Gypsy Prince keeps asking me, "when are we going to get ready for Christmas?" ... I think today will be a good day to start.

A blank canvas ... I'm inspired and ready to tackle it .... I'll let you know what I come up with.
In the meantime checkout
 Kathleen's Faded Charm for a bucket load of white inspiration.


  1. Those topiaries are so cool. Good job! Perfect!

  2. Wow! You trees turned out great! And you just gave me an idea! I have 4 metal cones in the garage! Guess what I'm gonna do with those! Te He!

  3. You are too sweet, what a blessing you are! I love these trees!!! And I am so grateful that once in a while I can inspire someone especially spiritually. I can't tell you how encouraging that is for me right now. Thank you so much!
    PS you know if you have too many of those doll heads I would be glad to take them off your hands :)

  4. They're gorgeous!


  5. These are just gorgeous! I love them! I wrapped a paper mache cone with burlap, cheesecloth and lace but had not settled on a topper yet. This is such a great idea!

  6. ADORE THIS LOOK!!!!!!!!!! I HEART THE FROZENS!!!!! I am doing traditional this year for the GRANDS but, long to do arty! Texas Hugs! Charlene

  7. Hello Jill, Oh these are so sweet, I love them. Thank you for sharing, I might just have to make some of these for my mantle. Have a wonderful week. Terri

  8. I am sure Rebecca has inspired many people, I have followed her blog for a while now and love it. Now, what you have done with those trees is just fabulous, the pair of them on the mantlepiece looks so charming.
    I can't believe you have bucketsful of those adorable dolls' heads, you lucky lucky girl! Can I be just the teeniest bit envious? And if they are taking up to much room, cough cough, you could always list some in your shop........

  9. That is exactly what is so special about our blogging community...shared inspiration just keeps the beautiful creations coming!
    They look wonderful on your mantle and I look forward to seeing what else goes up there!

  10. How beautiful!
    and how awesome to have so many of these wonderful treasures!
    you could make some ornaments...fat little pillow bodies made with some vintage looking material.
    oh! you could make some arms out of clay and make a snow gypsy!just a cloth body with lots of bead trim...
    ok, i could go on and on but I wont.
    Have a magical day and have fun creating more beauty!

  11. OMG I want one of those precious white dolls heads . I could play with that and use it somehow in an altered art necklace.

    You did good girl


  12. Oh, my goodness! Brilliant! Love them! ~Mindy

  13. Oh Jill, their just gorgeous, can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the little doll heads!!!
    hugs~~~ Daphne

  14. Those doll heads make me drool-love them!

  15. They are fabulous! Wish I had bucket loads of dolly heads like that! Rachaelxo

  16. Jill, your trees are gorgeous! Love, love them!!!

  17. WOW Jill...just beautiful!!

  18. What sweet petite perfect tree toppers!!

  19. have no idea how inspiring it is to me knowing someone as richly talented as you needs a little "kick start" every now and then too! Tells me there's hope for me yet!
    These are precious...keep going. The sky's the limit on what else you can create.

  20. Love the German doll head trees!

  21. Oh my! These are gorgeous, Jill! Perfectly you. =) Blessings... Polly

  22. Love the tree idea...
    I think a part doll head/part angel project might fit in well with those trees for Christmas 2011!
    What about something similar to this:


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