Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hoffman Doll Finished!

And I will be paying for Express shipping. Again.

This is "Emmaline." She's made of original Doesuede fabric (some that I'd hoarded a number of years ago.)  She's 16 inches tall. I used Skor tape to make the fabric beads that embellish her bodice and skirt hem.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hoffman Progress

Today's the absolute last day I can send my Hoffman Challenge doll Priority Mail and have her make the deadline. I still have so much to do on her. I'm pretty sure I'll be spending a small fortune to send her Express Mail...again. Thank goodness I pulled out the application form, or I wouldn't have known the deadline is much earlier this year!
In working on her costuming, I had absolutely no end goal in mind. I've just been adding pieces here and there and seeing where it goes. I'm quite happy with the fabric bead embellishment. I bought some Skor tape from Joggles, and thought using it to make beads would be far superior to using glue - what a mess that would have been! Before starting this doll, I'd been planning to have my grandson Ivan make a beaded necklace for his mommy, and had the epiphany about the tape while brainstorming this craft project. 
I'm not sure what I'll use for her hair yet, or what kind of shoes to give her. My next post should be the finished doll - check back again!
For any dollmakers with Hoffman dolls - please send photos to me at blueheron61@charter.net to have them featured on my dedicated Hoffman pages:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Getting Started on my Hoffman Challenge Doll

My stay-at-home vacation starts today, and the next thing on today's to-do list is to get SOMETHING done on my Hoffman Challenge doll. So I've dug through my unfinished doll basket and pulled out one I think would work well and fit within the size limits.

I think this doll was started in 2008 (she never made it into the doll log/notebook I started when I first began my dollmaking adventure.)  She was intended to be a commission for someone, but the project fell through. You can see the Hoffman Challenge fabric on the left, and two coordinating fabrics as well.

Enough procrastinating!!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Life Book 2013 July Lessons

Just finished this lesson today, taught by Tamara Laporte. I may still add a life ring to the boat, but am still thinking about it.

 This one by Jane Davies was really be out of the box for me! Not my favorite, but it's done.

This lesson presented by Danita. I had fun with watercolor paints - though I need TONS of practice. I ended up using some flesh color acrylic paint to touch up her face, and colored pencil to outline some of the elements.

This fun fast journal page was taught by Dina Wakley. Since taking this photo, I added a translucent yellowish border around the outer edge. The figure in the center was made from a home-made stencil, the silhouette from a Google image.

I finally finished this last lesson of July (in mid August). Taught by Jeanette Maisy House, I learned some new techniques. I really enjoyed this one.
Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE
or Life Book 2015 HERE
or Life Book 2016 HERE
or Life Book 2017 HERE
or Life Book 2018 HERE
or Life Book 2019 HERE

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Helper Doll for ODACA Day

ODACA Day is at the end of the month in Washington DC, during the UFDC Convention. I won't be able to go this year, but have sent off a Helper Doll for the Luncheon raffle. I sent her a little late, because I suddenly remembered that she had no underpants - couldn't send her off in that condition! So I quickly made her some bloomers. I also added another row of wefted yarn to her hair to fill it out a little more. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Wishing everyone a fun and SAFE July 4th. 
Don't get too crazy out there!