Saturday, September 16, 2017

Life Book 2017 September Lessons

See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

In the Studio

I've been itching for some creative time, but have had very little opportunity lately. Today is my one day off before a stretch of shifts and other duties, so I'm hoping to get something done before it gets too hot in the studio.
It's been a long time since I last made some of these little pin dolls/ornies, so I'm hoping to get at least one finished today. Chances are slim since it's already 11 a.m., and I've got a housewarming to go to this afternoon. And maybe a cake to bake to bring with me.

None-the-less, I'd be happy if I can at least get a good start on the wings.
Afternoon update:
 I'm using my "Heavenly Wings" pattern. You can see a few of them HERE. It's a great way to upcycle - plastic milk jugs provide the base for the wings, and the "feathers" are from silk daisies.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Another Fantastic Summer Party!

The event we look forward to every year has come and gone, and it was a huge success. We weren't sure how many would be able to attend, what with the eclipse, but the turn-out was great.

Due to our frustratingly incompatible work schedules, we were only able to really rehearse for the party a couple of times. Hopefully we can fix that for next year's party. And maybe finally come up with a name for our little group.
Photo by Deborah Cooper

Now we can plan our next big Music Night at our house, more relaxed and open to friends who just want to jam or hang with us.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blast from the Past

After a whirlwind trip to Orlando for ODACA Day, my husband and I was talking about dolls. He told me he had a couple favorites. Bilbo is one of them. I'd forgotten all about him. He's been in storage since 2003.

I used to belong to an active doll club in St. Helens, Oregon, called the Reigning Dolls & Bears club. We would have challenges regularly, which I loved, as they really pushed our skills. We decided to have a Storybook Challenge, the dolls to be displayed at the Hillsboro Public Library. Bilbo is the result of this challenge. I pulled him out of storage and photograph him again (digital cameras have come a long way since 2003!)

After a number of years, our club lost its meeting place. And that was the end of it. I miss my fellow doll club members, but do get to see what they're up to on Facebook. You can see some club photos HERE and HERE.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dolls for Sale

Now that I'm home from ODACA in Orlando, I've decided to list some of my finished dolls on Etsy. You can click HERE to get to my store. There are five available:

The cost of the dolls includes shipping and insurance to US addresses. All dolls are signed and dated, and all are from a non-smoking home.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Final Touches

Yesterday was spent on some finishing touches of various dolls, and the start of another - hopefully to be finished tonight.

This "Alice" doll was made using a combination of my Verity and Harvest Moon patterns. She was essentially finished last fall but just needed her apron, which made from a vintage hankie. Her clothing is removable. She'll be going with me to Orlando.
Evening update:
I was able to finish this Cecelia doll, just in time!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dolls for ODACA Day

This may be a pitifully small group of dolls for ODACA Day, but they represent many hours of labor.
Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

2-day Santa

I just finished this Sleepytime Santa after two days of sewing and stuffing. Tomorrow he'll get his official photo. It's been unbearably warm in the studio, though today was better than yesterday. Now I must attend to the neglected dishes and vacuuming.

I may have time for another doll before leaving for Orlando at the end of the week, though I should probably do a bit of studying for my PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) recertification on Friday.

Updated: official photoshoot

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Viola Ruth Update

I might still be in my pajamas, but I'm on a painting roll. I've finished painting the faces on these "Viola Ruth" dolls, and have started on the hair. I promise to get dressed while waiting for the paint to dry.
After the hair is done, I'll start adding the shading and highlights to the face. Then I'll decide if I want to apply an antiquing wash. The clothing is done. I WILL finish these dolls today!
Afternoon Update:
Got 'em done!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Well Shoot!

Looks like I'm going to have to find another source for a slideshow on my home page. Photobucket is no longer working here, but at least it was functional on my website the last time I looked. No time to search BlogSpot for a widget for the time being. Bummer.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Counting Down to ODACA Day

Just a little over a month 'til ODACA Day and the UFDC Conference in Orlando, and I'm trying to take advantage of any free time to make some dolls to take with me.

Currently, I'm working on two Viola Ruth dolls. I haven't made this particular doll since 2012 when I used this pattern for my Hoffman Challenge entry, and 2008 before that.

I'm still refining their heads while I begin sewing their clothing. Their faces (and the back of their heads) are made of polymer clay. These pieces sandwich the stuffed cloth head, and paperclay fills the gaps. The head on the left is a little over-baked, but better than undercooked. Polymer clay that isn't completely cured can disintegrate over time. When I'm satisfied the smoothness of the paperclay, the heads will be covered with knit fabric, then painted.

Afternoon Update:

I spent several hours sewing the pinafores. Dresses and bloomers remain, but I think I'm done for the day.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Columbia River

Just sharing a view from one of our local hang-outs in Astoria. This was taken off Pier 11.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Number 3, Finished

I had a chance to sew her shoes while my grandson was napping, and photographed her after he was picked up. Like the other two, she's about 19 1/2 inches tall. 

Now I get to decide which doll(s) to make next. I've got less than two months before leaving for Orlando, and that time will go quickly.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Number 3 in the works

Here's the last and third in a series of "Under the Harvest Moon" dolls I've been working on. All three have been reduced to 90% of the original. I'm using dupioni silk again, which is a bear to work with but so pretty. Her clothing will be fall colors. She'll probably have brown eyes and auburn hair.
Like the other two, I'm using one of my favorite fabrics for the doll - Complexion Collection by Timeless Treasures.
I'm also printing a few art prints to fulfill an order. Since each one takes about 15 minutes to print, I'm making a few extra while I work on this doll.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Another One Finished!

I just finished sewing shoes for this second of three Harvest Moon dolls. This one is also reduced to 90% of the original doll. She has jointed shoulders, hips, elbows, and knees. Her hair is Tibetan lamb on the hide. Clothing is removable.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

On the work table...

Today is a good day to work in the studio. The laundry is done; house is reasonable clean. Here is the second of three "Harvest Moon" dolls. I had quite a time picking out fabrics for the clothing on this one (always a challenge when I have vowed to buy no more fabric). I've chosen a floral for her skirt (yellow, green, purple). I found some coordinating dupioni silk for her lower legs.
I have now idea what type of hair this one will have; I've got a lot of options.
Afternoon Update:
With the exception of her shoes, the clothing is finished. I've chosen dark brown Tibetan lamb for her hair and will start sewing her wig.
Here I've ironed the freezer paper template to the hide side of the Tibetan lamb and drawn along the paper edge with pen. I'll use a #11 scalpel blade to cut the hide.
Using a scalpel blade instead of scissors preserves the hair which is frequently inadvertently cut when using scissors.