Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tweaking a new doll design...

I've been working on creating a vintage inspired doll, with the added benefit of honing a design that can be produced for the ODACA Day sales room next summer. While I've got four doll bodies sewn and stuffed (with heads and busts painted with 5-6 coats of "Messy Mix), I'm working on completing just this one for now. Assembly line work may be efficient, but it's kind of boring.
Those zigzag lines on the heads and bodies below indicate the stretch direction (cross grain) of the fabric. 
I did, however, sew four sets of bloomers last night - that way I didn't have to change thread color repeatedly, and I can put that fabric and lace away... like that's going to make my studio any less cluttered!
Next step: painting the face and hair

Monday, August 24, 2015

Just for Fun

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Early last month I signed up for an online workshop, just for the fun of it. After all, I live in Astoria where you can't throw a rock without hitting a Scandinavian!
The workshop starts today, and I'm anxious to get started. I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm ready to go Viking!*
Incidentally, my husband and I found a new series to watch online earlier this year ("Vikings," via the History Channel). Come to find out he's got some Viking blood in his lineage.
*From Randi Buckley's website:
Maybe you’ve always felt you were part viking.  And while it might be your heritage, the feeling goes well beyond DNA.  Ancient ways you may not know but feel a longing for.  Or you recently started watching the series “Vikings” and now get all tingly feeling when conversations head that direction.
Whichever way you’ve come, you’re here with a new interest or long held passion for the wisdom, strength, myth, and beauty of the viking woman.  Maybe for you:
  • It’s the paradox of the nurturing warrior.  She cares for hearth and home and can skillfully defend what is important to her.
  • It’s the adornment.  Clothing and jewelry of great beauty and otherworldly meaning.
  • It’s discovery.  Navigating by starlight to go beyond your own edges and find new inner and outer worlds.
  • It’s the magic and mythology.  Guided by power rooted in nature and beyond your own world.  Legends, sagas, ritual, and reverence.
  • It’s the society.  Women had more rights than most people realize.  Laws were made and lands were owned.
  • It’s the culture.  Music, art and architecture in homage to the Æsir , are stunningly beautiful and incredibly pragmatic.
  • It’s the divinity of doing masterful work with fierce (and wildly fun) celebration.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Life Book 2015 August Lessons
Meditrina, Roman goddess of wine, health & longevity

See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE

Thursday, August 20, 2015


The past few days I've been working on a design for a doll with a vintage feel. Something simpler than some of my other dolls. My jumping off point was a pattern for a repro Presbyterian doll by Lucinda Durbin. Presbyterian dolls were American folk art rag dolls from the mid 1900s, originally created to raise money for the church. They had oil painted faces.

I made one back in 2009, designing my own costuming:

And another, playing around with printing a face from a vintage photo directly onto the fabric:

And finally finished one this summer from a previously sewn/stuffed body (altering the arms and legs, using my "Amandine" pattern):

I've got lots of cheapo muslin, and have been playing around with a couple things: a chin dart, the fabric's stretch direction, and how to eliminate the neck pucker that can sometimes happen.

The doll on the left is the first one sewn/stuffed, where I was still working on the shape of the face front. Next, I marked the other three with the stretch direction I used. Eventually, these will become finished dolls, through I still want to try the final adjustments on a variety of fabrics to see how that turns out.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Still Looking for a Band Name

From left to right: Chris, Deanna, Ariah, Acadia (guest singer), Julie, JD
Last week was busy, right up through the weekend. Our band played music at yet another very successful summer party at Julie & Pat's house. And we still don't have a band name. It seems next to impossible to get five people to agree. And when we do like a name, a quick Google search tells us there's already a band with that name. It's a bit frustrating.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hoffman Challenge winner!

I'm so excited! While in my PALS class yesterday (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), I found out that my Hoffman doll Milena won first place! I'm absolutely thrilled. They should be posting the 2016 fabric soon.

The photos of winning dolls aren't on the site yet, but here's the link:

Be sure to check out some of the other Hoffman participants, too:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Last minute doll for ODACA Day

I'm leaving for the airport in just over 12 hours, for ODACA Day in Kansas City. Much to my satisfaction, I was able to finish one more doll to take to sell. This one is about 18 inches tall, and is a hybrid of a pattern by Cinders and my own design.

As you can see, my cat had to get in on the photo shoot.

I just wish I had a few more dolls to take with me.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

I'm off to work in a bit. I know it's going to be a busy day in the ER - it certainly was yesterday! I heard an estimated 30,000 people were coming to the north Oregon coast for the holiday weekend. Let's hope people make good choices this year.