Friday, November 5, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
This is a picture of my Halloween dolls out on display. I can't believe I only have 4, I'll have to work on that.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Evelyn dressed my doll, Pam made the light colored leg and Deborah embellished it with ribbon, flowers trim, shoes and pearls around the shoes, I don't know who made the pink leg, it is actually flue flowered fabric but Barb embellished it with a pink netting material, ribbon and flowers, and silver shoes.
Pam made the arm with the black and white fabric at the bottom of the arm and I actually embellished it with rhinestones and beads. I can't remember who made the blue arm but Pam embellished it with beautiful bridal lace. It was so much fun, I'll cherish this doll.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
We stopped to look at the river and watched some rafters going by, some were even going backwards! But I don't think that was intentional.
This is a picture of the dining hall, it is light and airy and tons of windows to see the beautiful views outside. We met some really nice people there. At the dining hall is when you really get a chance to meet people other that the people in your class. Most were very friendly, our class sat together and some brave men would come over and sit with us and I think they were happier for it. We were always laughing and talking and having a fun time. We did meet 2 women who usually sat with us. One was Jeanie from Louisiana and she was in the wood turning class. And the other woman was Martha from Tennessee. She was in the Mixed Media class.
These are the parts that I sculpted then let air dry. They were dry enough the next day to work with. We were very lucky with the weather while we were there. It was beautiful, sunny, warm and low humidity. After sculpting it was off to lunch then after lunch we started sewing the bodies because we couldn't work with the heads until the next day.
Here is a picture of the other ladies in my class working away, JoAnn and Kim were in the front row, left to right and Pam is in the back on the left, I was taking the picture. As you can see, the class room was well lit, we each had a table and the extension cords came down from the ceiling. It is a wonderful place to take a class.
This is a picture of Leslie showing us how to paint and this is my bunnie's head, ears and paws. We used black acrylic paint for the ears and eyes and the rest of the face, ears and paws were colored with Decorating Chalks - another thing that I had never used. I loved them!! The colors were so soft and you can mix the colors so easily to darken, blend, antique. I ordered a set when I got home!! After coloring the rabbits with the chalks we waxed their heads, ears and paws. Wow, what a difference, it went from looking like clay pieces to porcelaine or even wood. They are really lovely in person. Such a fun, fun way to make a doll.
There was usually something going on after dinner. This is a picture of a local group that sang some folk songs from the area and also some country songs. It was enjoyable. But, one night they had massages in a massage chair so that was a definite. It felt great, didn't get all the kinks out but it helped. You don't realize how tight your muscles get when you are sewing all day.
This is Pam, JoAnn and Kim with their finished dolls.
One last story about class. This is Kim's rabbit and one of it's ears are turned sideways and Kim thought she looked like she was saying what? Well, that got shortened to "whyt?" said really quickly. It was really funny, but maybe you had to be there. So, that was one of the major tag lines for the week. I think all the other students and instructors thought we were just crazy.
Friday morning arrived and it was time for all the students at JCC to put their work on display for everyone to see. Well, I think all week long all the men thought and said - oh, you're doll makers. I don't know what they were expecting but everyone was so impressed with our rabbits. When I walked in with mine there was a young man and he looked shocked and said - "Oh wow!!" and some of the other men were checking the dolls closely trying to figure if the heads were wood or what they were made of. That made all of us feel pretty good, we worked so hard on the rabbits and they all came out fabulous!!