Monday, January 13, 2020

A New Challenge?

Just saw this on Facebook, then visited the blog. I hope to join the group and commit to the challenge, which will involve some writing as well.

Click on the image for more details.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Life Book 2020 January Lessons

Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE
or Life Book 2018 HERE
or Life Book 2019 HERE
or Life Book 2020 HERE

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

White Elephant

Tonight's our ER Christmas party. We'll have a gift exchange, so I thought I'd make another Santa pin/ornie. I did the same last year, though the cap fabric is different.
I normally glue a pom pom to the cap, but the ones I have are either too (bright) red or too white. I was lucky to find a tiny poinsettia that fit the bill.

The only things left to do are to add a string for hanging, and wrap him up.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Wishing you a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

There's a lot for which to be thankful this year. 
Hoping next year brings peace and satisfaction!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Ho Ho Ho!

Sleepytime Santa

Sunday, November 3, 2019

On the Drawing Table

It's been awhile since I designed a new doll. I also haven't used air-dry clay in a while, either. So I thought I'd combine both. My plan is to make a basic doll shape, then cover the head with Paperclay to sculpt a simple face. The head and upper chest will be painted.

My first body prototype is too tall and thin. This was accentuated by the direction of the fabric stretch, so I tweaked the pattern a bit for #2.

I wanted a slightly higher waist, so modified the body a bit to accomplish that, plus slight more accentuated hips (#3).

I won't draft patterns for the arms and legs until I'm ready to start detailing these dolls.
I'm thinking I'll turn at least one of these prototypes into a fae-like character.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

First (Annual?) Nurse Doll Challenge

In August 2018, my friend and coworker Danielle Patterson proposed a challenge: use the same doll pattern to create dolls dressed in historic nursing uniforms from eras of our choosing. Danielle suggested using my "Verity" pattern. This doll is made completely of cloth, and stands about 22 inches tall.

After doing some research, I started my doll in February. I was drawn to the Red Cross uniforms worn during World War 1. Turns out Danielle chose that era as well.

After finally finishing my doll this week, we revealed them at work.

We've already decided to challenge ourselves again, though we haven't discussed the details. 

Here's Danielle's doll:

Here's mine:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Autumn is my favorite time of year. Crisp and cool, and just before the real rains begin here on the Oregon Coast. As I look out my studio window, the setting sun is sparkling across Young's Bay. Not a bad view!

I haven't carved a pumpkin this year - since when did they get so expensive? I'm nostalgic of the smell of a fresh pumpkin being hollowed out. Maybe next year. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Raffle Doll

I've got about a day and a half to do at least a week's worth of task, before I head to Nashville. At the top of the to-do list was to make a doll for the ODACA Day Luncheon.

This is from my Cecelia doll pattern. She's made from doesuede fabric.

It's time to start packing!