Archive for March 31, 2006

I’m melting …

March 31, 2006

When I bought all the Kunin felt a few weeks ago I also bought some heavy glittery felt. It’s really stiff … nearly like cardboard. I was curious whether it would melt like the lightweight stuff. It does ….

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Just ducky!

March 30, 2006

A while back I posted to all my doll lists that I had a free name tag doll pin pattern availabe here on the blog. Vickie T., who belongs to Friends of Cloth Dolls, made five of them for the nursing home ladies. She accidentally turned the head upside down and decided she liked it that way. I do too.. see what she did with my pattern ….

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Perfect pillows

March 29, 2006

I found these great little 7″x7″ pillows at JoAnn Fabrics yesterday. I succumbed to the impulse shopping display in the checkout aisle, LOL. As you can see, they are beaded and embroidered.

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Mirror palette

March 26, 2006

When I’m working on a project I tend to block myself into a tight little space. I’m bad at putting things away and I just pile them to the sides until I have no more room for myself to work, LOL. What I wanted to share today is my mirror square. About 10 years ago my husband taught me to etch glass and we used mirror squares to practice on. You used to be able to buy them in boxes of 10 or so from the hardware stores. I still have half a box left. The other day I grabbed one and wrapped all the edges in duct tape (they are beveled but still sharp). You can see it in the photo – with the grid of the shelf reflecting on it. Now I use it as my palette for painting and glueing – I just dump it all on the glass and mix it. When done I wash it off – and if I just let it dry (which is usually the case) then I can just peel it off later and wash off the residue. For the glue I just scrape it off with a razor blade. I suppose you could do the same with a fairly thick sheet of glass too. I pretty much do all my work on top of it now – no more searching for palettes or scraps to pour glue onto. Handy!


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Quiet week

March 24, 2006

I’m still here .. just right now I’m working on something that I can’t share pictures of. I went through some old photos to see if there was something I can share but nothing popped out at me. So … be patient, little grasshoppers … I’m sure to have something worth reading soon, LOL.

More on photography

March 17, 2006

Linda asked me to post photos of a doll with the new lighting set up. So I did a kind of before and after thing. You can see the extra lighting gets rid of nearly all the shadows. I think it might be a bit clearer too. Odessa will be going to live with Linda in Florida. Lucky girl.
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Photographing dolls

March 17, 2006

Today I set up a little photo studio in our spare room. I have been thinking about doing this for a while and I have been collecting the bits and pieces needed to do it for the last couple of months.

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Creative Distraction Disorder

March 16, 2006

I find that I never concentrate on one project at a time if I don’t have an absolute deadline. I’m always getting sidetracked. It got pretty bad when I discovered I was taking all day to clean the house because I’d take something downstairs and putter in the studio before getting back to cleaning. So I wrote a little test .. you can see if you have CDD!

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Huge Discovery!

March 13, 2006

I made a huge discovery today! It’s a boon for all women and will totally astound you!

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Doll head collage

March 11, 2006

I bought a box lot of bisque and porcelain doll parts on eBay for an upcoming project. Unfortunately when they got here a lot of them were smashed. Enough that it made the whole lot unuseable to me. Luckily I had bought insurance on the package so I took them to the post office to file my claim. The post office kept all the parts but they let me take one little broken doll head home. For some reason this little head really speaks to me. I took some photos of her and I made this collage. It is on a 5″x7″ canvas panel and is done in acrylics and paper, with an artist-made glass heart and beaded trim.


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