Friday, August 28, 2009

More of Morris

I've put Morris' vests on and I really like them. The only problem is that I think I put the overvest on where it is open too much. It is just tacked on so it will be easy to move. I started making the jacket yesterday, I have the back finished and hopefully can get the front done today or tomorrow. Then when I try the jacket on, I'll know for sure if the overvest is not in the right place. I'm pretty sure where the overvest is now the jacket will cover a lot of it up.

But he is coming along nicely. What a fun doll to make.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Some more of making of Morris

I can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks since I have written. Time flies when you have a very active 11 year old around. We had a great vacation together and he went home yesterday to get ready for his move into a new house this weekend and his birthday on Friday then 7th grade on Monday - big times this weekend, he is such a sweetheart, yeah I know I'm prejudice!
Well, I wanted to post the next pictures of Morris before I continue on with him now that I have time. He now has pants!!
I'll post again soon , I have his vests cut out and ready to go so after my pedicure (my great luxury in my life!) this afternoon I hope to work on his jacket. I'll take pictures of the vest first and post.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Making of Morris

Well, it's been kind of a crazy summer this year. The weather has been strange, very cool for a summer.
My lovely mother-in-law passed away a couple of weeks ago. It was so sad, she was such a wonderful woman. I was very very lucky to have had such a great mother-in-law like Millie. She went quickly but thankfully without too much suffering.

Then last Monday August 3, Jorday my grandson came to visit!! We haven't seen him for 2 years so it will be a nice time. He is staying for 3 weeks. Here is a picture of him in all of his silliness!!

Well, I guess I should talk about the subject of this blog and that's the Making of my Morris doll. This is an online class from Joggles. He is designed by Barbara Schoenoff and is a fabulous doll.
This is Morris' beginings - he has a body and legs and is wire armatured throughout and has a dowel running up his leg into his body.
Then Morris received his head and arms and some beautiful sleeves. His outfit looks a little strange right now, but it will all come together. I think there are 12 different fabrics on this doll so there is a lot more to come. I started working on his pants this morning, that's another 3 fabrics. I am anxious to finish him but I'm going to take my time, I want him to be as perfect as possible. Well, perfect is probably not the right word, but at least the best that he can be! I made a couple of mistakes on his face but I really don't mind them, at least not enough to make another head!!

Now, as if Morris isn't enough work to do I also signed up for 3 other online classes. One is Henrietta, that would be Morris' wife. She is going to be soooo much fun. I haven't quite decided on her colors yet. I keep changing my mind, big surprise!! I also am taking Julie McCullough's Lady of the Lake, I thought she was really pretty and her dress is made of fibers that are sewn together free form. I haven't tried that yet so this doll will give me some guidance with it. Then I am taking the fabulous Coleen Babcock's Water Lily. She is so darling. These are all dolls that I wanted to take just for me, they are not dolls for shows or challenges or anything that HAS to be made, they are just dolls that I want to make for fun. There is such a difference! So I'll keep posting Morris' progress and we'll see what happens with the other dolls!

The Ohio State Fair

Well, last Sunday August 2, 2009 Pam, Carolyn and I drove down to Columbus to the Ohio State Fair. We sat at the Guilded Lilies' table and helped make some pins that people who stopped by could color and take to wear. It was a lot of fun talking to people and watching them color the faces on the pins and it was nice seeing some of the "Lilies" that I know.
After a while we went to lunch then we walked around to see the exhibits. Pam won 2 ribbons!! It was a great day for her. Her metal jewelry that she made in Mexico last February won best in show in its catagory - it was fabulous!!

Pam's second ribbon, also first place was for her Lucinda. I almost entered mine, but I knew she was entering hers so I entered my Dorinda instead. Pam's Lucinda is beautiful and I'm so happy for her that she won first place.

Then we went to another room where they had the holiday dolls displayed and Pam's "Field of Dreams" dressed in her finest Valentine attire and my Ruby Valentino were standing side by side. My Ruby is slumped over and looks very depressed. Maybe she's sad that she didn't win! But I told her before she left that she and the other girls were only there for everyone to look at and not to worry that they won't win.

Then we walked around the fair, it was a very nice day, the sun was out but it wasn't hot. It hasn't been hot at all this summer I guess it's ok, I like a few warm days to let me know that it is summer since the winter is soooooo long here in Ohio, but maybe we'll get a few hot days before the snow flies again. Anyway, on our walk I got a couple of really cool scrunchies to use for a doll hat or something, we'll see where they end up. Carolyn bought a couple also. Pam got some nice holiday flags for her house. Then we saw this ginormous pig that had 10 piglets the week before. The babies were so cute! And we went to the fine art building where we saw some really wonderful art and some really strange art. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

All in all it was a lovely day at the fair!