Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So, I'm still recoverying from minor surgery last Monday, the surgery went really well, I just had problems in the recovery room which usually happens only it was a lot worse this time. It's Thursday and I still feel a little out of it but I'll be fine in a few days.
Last Sunday the 15th was our 3rd doll club meeting. We had a smaller group with people on vacation and previous engagements but we had a great meeting and a fun time. Dot Lewallen came to visit and brought some of her beautiful beaded dolls to show. Dot has been published in Soft Dolls and Animals and most recently in Doll Crafter and Costuming. Check out her work on her web site http://www.speediebeadie.com/. Thanks Dot we really enjoyed seeing your work.
A couple of the ladies finished and wore their club pin dolls, here are a couple of pictures
You can see a picture of my pin doll in an earlier blog. They are coming out so cute. I will post pictures of all the pin dolls as they are finished.
We had a great meeting. Everyone worked on their dolls and hopefully they will be done soon. A list was passed around with ideas for a challenge and everyone will vote on what theme they want for our first challenge - can't wait it sounds like fun. Here is a picture of the ladies working on their dolls.
Next meeting Pam is going to give a face sculpting demo and I will give a face painting demo (with color pencils and markers, not paints!)
They are only in Canton until April 26th so if you are in the area I highly recommend that you go see them, it's an amazing form of art.
Then we happened upon a great restaurant and had a nice lunch, it was a good day.
I can't believe I brought my camera and then forgot to take pictures. What is up with that?? Anyway... we showed our pin dolls that we had made the first meeting. They all turned out fabulous. We had show and tell. I brought 2 dolls one of which was Patti Culea's doll from her first book. Carolyn also brought her doll she made from that book so it was interesting to see how different the same doll can look. Li brought her dolls which are fabulous, they are so artsy and different. I love them and can't wait to make some.
Yesterday I started making Judi Wards "Napkin Doll". It is a freebie from her site. She is coming out adorable if I say so myself. I'll post a picture when she is done. Once again it is snowing like crazy outside today. This is probably a good day to re-take photos of my dolls so I can put them in an album to share. We'll see how it goes, it is almost noon and I'm still here in my PJ's playing! Well here is a picture of my Patti doll - I've named her Cici (short for cupcake - long story) but she is cute as a cupcake
We started the puzzle project last year and it was Christmas gifts to each other. We had 12 piece wooden puzzles that we chose a theme for and passed out pieces to each member and then embellished the pieces. One of our members, Judy, sadly has sinced dropped out of the group. We then put our puzzles back together again and had wonderful pictures that each member of the group contributed to and they are keepsakes for life.
This is my puzzle and my theme was beaches. Some of the pictures have real sand from different parts of the country - so cool! The pictue in the lower right is of my son and myself sitting by the sand dunes on Cape Cod about 30 years ago. We were living there at the time. It's one of my favorite pics. The picture on the lower left is a beach in Tortola which was one of my husband's and my favorite Caribbean Islands we visited on a cruise 2 years ago. I added the sparkly pink flamingo mostly because I love pink and sparkly! I still need to paint and decorate the frame but I love this project and it means so much to me.
This is Terea Balasz's puzzle. Her theme was hearts. One of the pieces I made was the one with the big puffy hearts which Teresa tells me she uses as a handle to lift the puzzle out of its frame. And the other piece is right above it with sparkly hearts all over it - love the sparkle!
And the last one is Judy Brown's. Her theme was dolls. She is a beautiful doll maker and taught me a lot about making dolls. We'll miss having her in our group and hope she can return in the future.
Well that is all for today. I should be working on my challenge doll for one of my doll clubs but she is almost finished. The new doll club that Pam and I and another friend Rosemarie started in Akron is having its second meeting this Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it. It is very exciting to be starting a new doll club and to see how it will grow, I'll write about that later also.
I plan to put up some photos of dolls I've made the last 2 years and I will be adding new photos as I make new dolls.