Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In answer to a question...

In answer to a comment/question regarding an earlier post, I wanted to explain the beads in the hands and feet (elbows and knees, too) of my Averill dolls. These beads provide some structure to the wrists and ankles when employing "buried bead joints." This doll is one I made earlier in the year, but you can better see the joints in this photo as she doesn't yet have her clothing.

I've been tidying up my blog this morning, adding some tabbed pages under the header. I haven't used this feature before but I like it, as I can add some photos to the links without making the blog more cluttered than it already is.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a very happy, safe and warm Thanksgiving!

I'll be cooking a turkey today, and as it will just be the two of us here the rest will be pretty simple stuff as well. I've gone all-out in past years, but that's more like a 2-day endeavor.

It's now 6:22 p.m., and I'm stuffed. Cooked much of the afternoon, but didn't get crazy about it. That being said, there will be still be lots of leftovers. Mmmm...turkey sandwiches.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fingers and Toes

It's an unusually frigid day here in Astoria and since the furnace has decided to work only intermittently, my studio is one of the warmer rooms in the house. Despite my cold and stuff fingers, I decided to get some work done on the hands and feet of my current Averill doll.

Each piece has a wood bead inserted. The fingers have chenille stem armature, and the toe divisions are hand-sewn. As soon as I make another cup of coffee or hot cocoa, I'll be adding the nails.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Soul Restoration ~ A Creative Outlet





















I've decided I need to get myself centered again. You know, pull in all the tattered edges, reprioritize, and achieve some clarity in life.
I came across this online workshop, took the plunge and signed up for it. It's not until January, so I'll be able to focus on the holidays without (additional) distraction. Here's the course information:
http://bravegirlsclub.com/onlineclasses.html

The website and blog is full of projects and stories: http://bravegirlsclub.com/blog/

There are also a couple videos about the workshop that were quite inspiring:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Open Mic at Street 14 Coffee

Astoria may be a small, rural Oregon town, but it's a very artistic community. I love living here. Saturday we attended (and participated) at the Open Mic at Street 14 Coffee. This was one of the talents, Manasseh David Israel, a fantastic musician and vocalist. You can see Chris and I in the crowd as the camera pans, at 1:58.

Sparks - Manasseh David Israel from Cabell Tice on Vimeo.

Here we are, nervous as all get-out and doing our thing at the Open Mic. The premise is that if we do this often enough, the nervous butterflies and jitters will decrease. I don't know why I put myself through this torture, but I guess I enjoy it on some level. Mom, you should be proud of the fact that I played the accordion for the first two songs. And no one threw fruit and vegetables.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Why can't Websites be as easy as Blogs?

Today I spent way too much time updating my website. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, as I haven't done it since JULY! While it's not nearly as easy as a blog (click, click and you're done), I am very happy that I don't have to rely on someone else to do the work.

While my website has lots of photos (very important to showcase lots of dolls), it's pretty rudimentary overall. IF I had all the time in the world, I think it might be fun to take an actual class on website design.

Now that I've done as much as I can do on the website, I'm going to try to get more done on my 3rd Averill doll while my grandson naps. Next, is stuffing and inserting beads into her hands and feet - then I can use some of my specially mixed acrylic paint to give her fingernails and toenails. I recently found it's much easier to match the paint to the fabric skin tone by painting a swatch on the lower hip area, as the paint darkens a little as it dries, and it's not in an area that'll be seen when the doll is done.

I've also got to give her some facial features. She'll be the only blue-eyed doll of the 4.