Family of Husky Dogs

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We have friends who just raised their first pack of puppies!  These jointed paper dolls are patterned after them and their momma husky – they are free printable downloads for the Boy and Dog and the Girl and Puppies – Enjoy!

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Woodland Scene

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The boys (and I) are having fun staging these woodland scenes with our woodsman paper dolls – link for printables in previous post HERE!  It’s very cloudy because of a storm brewing off the coast today…so these pictures aren’t the best from the grey light – but it’s the best day for playing with paper!  The boys made the background of trees and I did a few little creatures to go along with it ; )  There’s an owl, two squirrels, three birds, and some butterflies!

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Free Printable: Jointed Paper Dolls

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Remember this little project I started a while ago?  I have a family history of sustainable forestry here in Maine and wanted to illustrate that in a fun way.  Our forests can take care of us – if we take care of them!

I finally layed out my paper doll pieces and scanned them in to make printable paper dolls for you!  I made a few adjustments and changed a couple things from the originals…so that they look/work better ; )

 

You can download each as shown above:  Woodsman/Lumber Jack HERE and Woodslady/Lumber Jill HERE

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Shown above is what your printables should look like.  I printed them on cardstock so that they would be strong enough at the joints when you move them.  The thicker paper your printer can handle, the studier the dolls will be!

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Cut out the parts of the dolls and use a small hole punch where the dots are for the joints (craft stores have special gauged hole punches – if you don’t have a small hole punch, you can use a tack to start a small hole and make it larger with tiny scissors).

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The lady’s arm can hold her axe/saw if you cut a slit along the fingertips:

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All the pieces are then put together with little metal brads available in art/craft supply stores.

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The woodsman is done the same way – just cut out the pieces and cut the holes for the joints.  All the pieces are then put together with the little metal brads.

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The paper dolls can now chop, cut, saw, and stack wood together ; )  It would be fun to draw trees and color a forest scene for the dolls to work in.  They can act out sustainable forestry and show responsable tree husbandry!

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You’ll see that the dolls are wearing the iconic clothing of a person in the northern timber trade: plaid, flannel, denim, and leather.  I took artist’s license to use the L.L. Bean boot – since it has been so popular lately – which is so funny to me, because everyone I know has been wearing them all their lives!

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My boys think these dolls are fun and want me to make a dog, boy and girl, and grandparents too!

 

 

Floral Envelope – Coloring Page

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I did this little illustration in one of my sketchbooks and then decided to make it into a printable coloring page – free for you to download HERE!  It’s an expression of one of my favorite things: letter writing.  I think the written word is a powerful way to communicate with our friends and family -it’s an important part of your relationships with people…a hand written note can be cherished in ways a typed text or e-mail could never be!

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So, write a note to a loved one today – then have fun coloring this little illustration!