Archive for December 30, 2005

From one extreme to the other!

December 30, 2005

I decided to make a prim Raggedy today. I’ve never made one before and have absolutely no clue how to but, hey, that’s never stopped ME before! So I found a free pattern on the internet, with basically no instructions. But I can sew a doll body – no sweat!

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He’s back …

December 29, 2005

Working on the cherry pitter again. For those of you who don’t remember .. this is a kitchen appliance I found in a box of junk. I wrapped his body with four different yarns and then green 20 gauge wire. There’s another cherry (berry?) that goes on the top of his arm but it keeps falling off. I’ll get it back on there when I’m done with the hair. This hair is a PAIN!!!

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Funky figures

December 27, 2005

One of the swaps I’m doing this month with my Embellished Circus mail art group is Funky Figures. At first I tried making a figure using a wine cork as the body but it didn’t work out very well. I mean, it worked, but I didn’t like it. So then I dug into my embellishment box and came up with two metal pieces that I decided to work around. I think they came out okay.

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A fairy nice present!

December 26, 2005

The holiday craziness is over! I’ve enjoyed the breathing room I’ve had the past few days. My daughter loved her quilt – I’ll post a photo of it soon. Wanted to share a photo of a little fairy figurine that one of my girls bought me.

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I’m a lucky girl!

December 22, 2005

One of my internet friends, Natalie, sent me this absolutely breathtaking pin doll. I absolutely love her faces and now I have three pieces of her art. I’m a lucky girl!

Natalie

Happy Solstice!!

December 21, 2005

I am always glad to see Winter Solstice – now we will start gaining daylight back. We will only gain about 2 minutes a day for a month or so then over time it will increase to about 6 minutes a day. Before I know it summer will be here and it won’t be dark at all! I can’t wait! But until then I’ll just be a house mouse and burrow away in my studio. Here’s a photo of where the sun was at 2:00 pm today – nearly below the horizon.

Winter solstice

Now that I have the gifts done I can play again. Today I bought some canvases to try my hand at collage with. I might be able to get to them tomorrow – depending on how long it takes to clean the house. It’s such a shame that has to be done. I’d love a cook and a housekeeper but that’s probably not going to happen in this lifetime, LOL.

What a difference!

December 19, 2005

Thought it would be fun to show a now and then photo of faces I did. The upper portion of the photo shows one of the first faces I did (back in 2001) and the lower portion shows a face I painted this year. I’ve come a long way in four years! You can too! Just practice, practice, practice.

Now and then

It also helps to have some good books and some good teachers to learn from!
My picks are:
Sherry Goshon’s Watercolor Faces book
Patti Culea: Creative Cloth Doll Faces
One of the best instructional packets I have is from Anne-Marie Brombal but you can’t get it anymore. Awesome step by step photos.

Doll stands

December 15, 2005

I’m sure this isn’t new to you but I think it’s pretty neat. My friend Shirley had bought some candleholders to use as doll stands and they looked really nice. So when I was wandering around the store today looking for presents I found a couple on the clearance shelves.

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Scissor Fobs – remix

December 12, 2005

I noticed from my stats that I am getting a lot of visitors from Shashi’s website.
I am guessing that you want to see my scissor fobs
since she mentioned them in her post about fobs. The link above is to my post with their photos. The class isn’t up anymore but I can send you the file with all the instructions if you’re interested in making some – for the low price of $5.00. Just click on the PayPal button below or leave me a note in the comments. They are quick and easy and fun to attach to presents. I need to make some more myself! Of course that’s AFTER I get all these other presents done! HA!










Bazaar bust

December 11, 2005

Well, can’t say that the bazaar was a huge sucess today. I should have known better than to sign up for a bazaar in my town instead of down the road in Fairbanks. There might have been 100 people who wandered through there. My spot was in front of an empty store and down a side aisle near a doorway. Good and bad things about it .. when people go to the craft shop they go in this door but if people come out of the grocery store they don’t turn down the aisle I was in. I did sell a couple of things but it really wasn’t worth my while.
On the upside – my troll was a big hit – everyone got a bick kick out of him. Lots of people didn’t realize that my necklaces were dominos and when I told them they would say ‘That’s clever”. No wonder the craft show on HGTV is called that! I thought that was funny.
What I learned today:
Check your table cover before you set up. Then you don’t have to run back home for a bigger tablecloth.
Little girls like to take lids off of boxes to see if there is anything in them.
Having a bright yellow table at a Xmas bazaar is bizarre.
Here is my table, doesn’t look crowded but I had 66 items for sale:
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Bazaar Display