Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Finished the Storybook Challenge

I finally finished my characters from Horns and Wrinkles. These are the two kids on the cover. It's a cute story, but I had the hardest time getting motivated to make the dolls.

They're not very tall - only about 8 1/2 inches including the base. I'd love to make a troll - one of the other key characters in the book, but feel the need to move on.Next, the Hoffman challenge. But tomorrow morning we're cycling Puget Island, I think.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Jumping on the Blog Wagon

I know I'm going to be terrible at keeping up with blog entries, but thought I'd give it a try, anyway. This is a difficult time of year (March through October). There are so many things to do, and very little free time. Bicycling season has started again, and it just gets busier and busier at work. Sometimes I come home from work and just don't have any juice left to ride or make dolls.

Saturday I participated in the "Reach the Beach" ride, which raised money for the American Lung Association. We chose to ride the 100 mile route, from Portland to Pacific City on the Oregon coast. It's a great bicycle ride, especially the last 25 miles or so, and for a great cause. The weather was overcast and we were greatly concerned that it may rain, but we lucked out. I hate riding in the rain. We did this ride last year, but had many more miles under our belts prior to the ride.

While in recuperation mode on Sunday, I worked on my doll for the Hillsboro Library display. The doll club to which I belong (Reigning Dolls & Bears) has done a challenge like this before. We each select a book for inspiration and turn characters into dolls. This display will be at the new Hillsboro library during the month of June (http://www.libraryfoundationhillsboro.org/). I chose the book Horns and Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson.

After this project, I need to get busy making dolls for the ODACA/UFDC convention in July. It will be held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. I'm dragging my husband with me, as I'm not the sort of person who's comfortable traveling alone. Besides, he's good company and can help carry my bags.

Well, I think that's a pretty good start on the blog.