Sunday, May 31, 2009

Busy, busy, busy

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I finally got all my orders for IDEX done. I've also been doing spring cleaning around the house, inside and out. I'm going to try some new doll patterns to see how they come out. Plus I need to start making pumpkins, eggplants,carrots, onions....well you get the picture. :-D Well guess I better get back to stuffing.
Stuffing and stitching always

Sunday, May 17, 2009


I have add two links on here. One is to my brother's website, Jare Hares and Bears. And my mother's website, C. Riffenberg Bear Co. Please visit these two site and browse around.
A little history about my brother, Jared, and mom, Jane.

C. Riffenberg Bear Co. – Jane Monroe
Jane Monroe’s fascination with sewing began at age five when her mother, an avid seamstress, gave her a needle and floss and taught her embroidery stitches. That beginning led to a lifetime of sewing, from articles of clothing to a variety of craft projects. As a teenager, she discovered an equal passion for most things old, particularly teddy bears. In 1982, she combined both loves and began designing and constructing teddies. Her bears are usually made in very limited quantities and frequently from unique hand-dyed fabrics.

As a child, Jane was fascinated with her great-great-grandmother’s name, Carrie Riffenberg. The decision to use her name for the business came after discovering that she too was a seamstress as well as a maker of fine laces. It has been Jane’s good fortune to inherit this legacy and carry it into the wonderful world of teddy bears.

Jare Hares & Bears – Jared Monroe
To say that creativity began at an early age for Jared Monroe would not be an exaggeration. At the age of two he entertained himself by taking thread and a needle from his mom’s pincushion and sewing buttons on scraps of fabric to form shapes and designs. Throughout school, he developed his artistic talents in both traditional art classes and in music and performance arts.

In 1990, Jared designed his first rabbit, which has become his specialty. Jared’s designs also include bears, dogs, cats, elephants, and mice. Made from his original designs, pieces range in size from 6 to 42 inches.

Nicknamed Jare Bear as a child, Jared thought it seemed natural to incorporate that into his business name, Jare Hares & Bears.

As you can see creativity runs in my family.

Sister Dolls



Here is Jean, Jane and Judi as dolls. I made them for a show. Jean and Judi are my aunts. Jane is my mom. They each are holding a bird. Even though they are made from the same pattern, they each have their own personalities.

Friday, May 15, 2009


My radishes started out as beets but just were not quite right. So I renamed them radishes. They are grungied up to look fresh picked from the garden.
Here are my pumpkins. I love making these. They each have a slightly different look.

This is my eggplant. No it's not a "real" one. But it does look good enought to eat.

These are my onions. Looks like I just picked them from the garden. And these ones will not make you cry.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

This is Libby. She is one of the first dolls that I made. Her face is hand stitched. Her legs are painted. Her dress is coffee stained. She loves red, white and blue.

New To Blogging

Hi, my name is Jessie. I make primitive dolls and veggies. I've been making dolls since 2006. I have been sewing since I was able to thread a needle. So I think that was at 5 or 6, which is a long time since I'm 37 now. Hee hee hee. My love of sewing and fabrics has been passed down to me from my mom, my grandma, and others in my family. I started doing embroidery kits then worked my way to making clothes and now making dolls and veggies. Please enjoy looking and reading about my dolls and veggies.