Friday, August 29, 2014

Sewing today and stuff

I did a little sewing (and typing) yesterday, making a teensy bit of progress on my new doll pattern "Amandine." Today I have the challenging job of selecting the print fabrics for the costuming. I think I may use fabrics from this collection called Fiona's Fancy by Riley Blake.

As I look out the studio window this morning and see some of the leaves beginning to change color, I'm thinking it might be appropriate to make a Halloween or Fall related doll. I designed a witch pin doll a number of year ago (in 1999!), and haven't made another for such a long time. In fact, the last cover photo was taken at least three digital cameras ago, so it's about time for an update. If you're interested in this pattern, check it out at my website's pattern page (at the bottom):
As much as I'd like to jump into an autumn project, I'm going to try to stay on task today and complete the Amandine project. Ain't I responsible?

Thursday, August 7, 2014


I am rebelling and refusing to do my laundry today.

Instead, I decided to finish one of my Life Book art journal pages. I'm working out of order to use my time most efficiently - so this one is from week 30, which employed a clever contact paper transfer technique taught by Carissa Paige:

Then I decided to get started on another page (this one Week 25, taught by Effy Wild, done over a period of days). Here is the first layer. It still needs to dry just a little bit more before I add the next layer, which will be paint.
And here's some paint, stenciled and brayered on:
And some doodling (I don't know what I think about using warm colors with my cool base.)
Experimenting with a figure for the page:
Blocking out the figure:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Life Book 2014 August Lessons

It's a new month of Life Book, and I've got a lot of catching up to do. While I worked a little on a journal page background for one of July's lessons yesterday, my primary focus has been working on a pattern for my Hoffman doll, Amandine. I anticipate weeks of work ahead of me.
For this one I used an old family photo, but as I didn't want to sacrifice it scanned and printed it then covered it with contact paper.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Feels so good... get another unfinished project done!
This steampunky gal is "Vivienne." She was nearly completed at the end of a class taught by Michele Lynch at AFICC in 2013. I don't know why it took me so long to finish her sleeves and leather cummerbund. It didn't take that long, for Pete's sake, but it sure feels good to cross it off my list!

Michele is a wonderful doll artist, so be sure to check out her art and classes!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Enjoying Life at Poolside

We've been having a great time here in San Antonio, though the hot humid weather takes some getting used to. There's nothing an Astorian can do to acclimate, that's for sure.

Chris rented a bike from one of the local bike shops, and he's been riding daily (early, before it becomes ungodly hot). I'm proud of him for doing that.

My ODACA business is done, so that leaves us some time to explore downtown San Antonio. And since I sold ALL the dolls I brought, there should be a little room in my suitcase for any cool stuff we may find.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Packing and Stuff

I've been making progress on some dolls, and packing for ODACA Day as I go. There's still a lot to do. This Suffragette Sally doll just needed a hat, and she's waiting for the glue on her "Votes for Women" sign to dry.
And this Sally needed hair and her dress finished.
I'm getting some satisfaction out of completing some unfinished dolls.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Last Minute Rush

I have just a few short days to prepare and pack for San Antonio and ODACA Day. This afternoon I finished adding hair to my latest, "Isaac" (though I might change my mind about the name). Hot glue was the glue that worked the best to attach his hair, so I hope the hot Texas temperatures don't cause a problem.
He stands about 17 inches tall. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Life Book 2014 July Lessons

I'm looking forward to getting back to my Life Book pages. My plan upon returning from the UFDC Convention / ODACA Day is to work on the current lesson and earlier lesson per week. I don't know if this is do-able, but it's worth a shot. I haven't done the math to see how long it will take to get caught up.
If I were brave, I'd have hand-lettered my quote. The tracing paper I used was not quite as translucent as I'd hoped.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!

Happy Independence Day, everyone.
I've got the day off, and am planning to attend a parade in the small town of Warrenton this afternoon. Warrenton is about 10 minutes (or less) from Astoria. I haven't attended this parade before, but I'm going because I'll have grandson Ivan with me. We'll be meeting granddaughter Fiona and her mommy. Should be fun!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I have just under 2 hours... make headway on my boy's hair. I'm still not sure if I want to paint hair or use a fiber like mohair. He's already got a rather big head, so I'm worried that fiber hair will only make his head bigger. But I really suck at painting hair.