The Doll Whisperer — How to Make Ornies and Shelf Sitters — Hearts, Stars, and Piggies — Patterns and Instructions Included
by Silver RavenWolf 2013
“Pssst! Hey, Lady!”
I looked around my craft room. Just me, the dog who does not have command of the English language at this time, and inanimate stuff.
“Yeah! You! Ladeeee! Over here! Whoo-hooo!”
I dropped my head. Looked from right to left, and sighed. It was happening again. They just won’t go away. No matter how hard I try? They find me.
I tried to ignore them. Act like they aren’t there. You know, behave all normal like? Hasn’t worked.
You’ve heard of the ghost whisperer? Mediums? People who talk to the dead? Me? Not so lucky. I don’t hear people with unfinished business — of course not! No, no — I’m plagued by something far worse! The spirits of stuffed animals and dolls that want to be born! They pester you! Wake you up at night. Even throw tantrums!
No, I am not on meds.
Maybe I should be.
Sometimes it is just a voice, and other times I see the whole package — regardless, the energy demands to be heard. I have physical responses on occasion — fingers itch, can’t sleep, see a variety of interesting patterns and shapes in nature… it is never exactly the same. It started with my dolls, and it hasn’t stopped. Now, there sat in front of me just as big as you please — a pig.
“Come on, the holidays are over, you have the whole year ahead of you. You know you want to make me. Yes, you do. I should be simple, easy for others to create. The pencils are in the drawer over there and your husband just bought you a new tablet of graph paper. You wanna do it! Create me!”
“I have other things to do.”
“Okay, I have other things I would like to do today.”
“No you don’t. Just think of all the pleasure folks will have if you design me. I want to be primitive. Grunged. I prefer cinnamon and vanilla. Oh! And I want a scarf of some kind. Something simple. Not too pretentious.”
“Make me and I will. By the way, my stuffing should include some magickal herbs. I’m partial to patchouli. I am a good fortune piggy, you know, so chocolate mint would also be a plus. Today is a very good day astrologically. Waxing moon. Moon in Taurus. But, if you don’t get to work, you’ll miss the window.”
“Too bad for you.” I turned away from the piggy and pulled out a book.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“I am tapping my hoof. I’m waiting. That’s what you are going to do today? Bury your nose in a book?”
I didn’t look up. “I borrowed this book eight months ago from a friend and never got to it. I’m sure he’s not happy I still have it.”
Snorting. “Do you have a tissue?”
I frowned and continued to stare at the book. “Why?”
“It is five below outside. My snout is running.”
I reached over and grabbed a tissue. “Here!”
“Thank you,” he said, as I watched the tissue float across the room. He snatched it out of the air and blew.
“Yuck,” I said, and went back to reading my book. Except, of course, I couldn’t concentrate. I faked it.
“Mortimer,” he said quietly.
Now you’ve done it, I thought. You’ve given me a name. I’ll have no peace, no rest, no sleep until good old Mortimer over there joined his energy with the physical object I create. Things like hearts, stars – basic shapes? They don’t really talk. They are more like colors and feelings. Its the dolls and the animals that pester you.
Like now. “Fine!” I said, slapping the book shut and putting it back on the shelf. This will not make my friend the least bit happy. Mortimer, on the other hand, was jumping for joy.
“I’ll get the pencil!” he said.
“You do that.”
The remainder of this article is a pictorial presentation of how I make the traditional, primitive stuffed ornies and shelf sitters, followed by the patterns for a star, a heart, and a pig like Mortimer (who is currently waiting for his owner on Etsy). I also have patterns for cats, sheep, and bats, which you will see in a later article. Please note that you can also use my patterns for felt ornies, blanket stitch to close. Kids love the felt objects.
To make my primitive objects, you will need standard supplies:
Pencil (to trace pattern)
Instant coffee (four tablespoons), 1 cup of water, 1 ounce of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and cinnamon (blend together in mixing cup) — You will also need pumpkin pie spice to rub on the ornies mixed with nutmeg
An oven — 180 degrees — most are done in 20 minutes
Acrylic Paint (your color choice)
Sand paper (I prefer rough grit, but you need to be careful, you may prefer a lighter grit)
Any embellishments you wish to add
Here are the photos!
Here are the patterns!
Thank you so much for visiting! Mortimer is asking for a cup of hot tea. Gotta go!
Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature