Archive for November 18, 2009

The Fairy Bag Holder is done!

November 18, 2009


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Okay, so she’s not a fairy .. and the body parts aren’t the ones from the pattern .. and I didn’t give her a hat .. but .. but .. but .. the concept is there! I am really happy about how she came out – she’s pretty and bright and colorful and i keep looking at her up on the wall! Not sure if I’m just not used to having a doll in the kitchen or the placement is just wrong. I’ll figure it out in time I guess. I think these will make awesome presents. The pattern actually has simple mitten hands so making them will go fast. That is as long as I don’t spend hours on the face, as I’m liable to do! But that’s one of the best parts of doll making! I really wanted to go trim crazy on this doll, kind of like Arley Berryhill describes in his column in Doll Crafter but I found that I really don’t have that great a collection of trims! I guess I need to start looking at the Goodwill stores to see what kind of trim I can salvage – as new stuff is way too expensive! Anyhow, I’m rambling now …oh, the pattern is from Sherry Goshon and available at Doll Street for only $5 …


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Kiva loans – redux

November 16, 2009

Totally a PSA .. but this is something I truly believe in .. Kiva is a site that finds folks who are willing to make micro loans to folks in 3rd world countries. I tend to do the micro loans in $25 dollar amounts when I have some extra money. This time I am lending to a woman who wants to buy fabric to further her sewing business. If you have a little bit of money that you can loan to someone on the edge of poverty .. please join my Kiva group, Doll Artists United and change the world .. one artist at a time!
Here’s a bit about what it is …
I just made a loan to someone in Peru using a revolutionary new website called Kiva (www.kiva.org).
You can go to Kiva’s website and lend to someone across the globe who needs a loan for their business – like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks. Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent – and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going.
The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get your money back – and Kiva’s loans are managed by microfinance institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly.
I just made a loan to an entrepreneur named Siempre 10 Al Progreso Group in Peru. They still need another $1,075.00 to complete their loan request of $2,200.00 (you can loan as little as $25.00!). Help me get this entrepreneur off the ground by clicking on the link below to make a loan to Siempre 10 Al Progreso Group too:
http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&action=about&id=144014
It’s finally easy to actually do something about poverty – using Kiva I know exactly who my money is loaned to and what they’re using it for. And most of all, I know that I’m helping them build a sustainable business that will provide income to feed, clothe, house and educate their family long after my loan is paid back.
Join me in changing the world – one loan at a time.
Thanks!

Moving along

November 9, 2009

Bag doll #2She’s a bit farther along today. I had used my OzCraft lace dyes yesterday to paint some rayon lace for her sleeves but this morning you can barely tell any color was added. I had thought about switching over and using some Dye-na-flo but in the end I just left it be. I found an applique that worked great for her top – i cut the heck out of it and then glued it to her! The little jeweled piece is a scrapbook decoration – it had teal thread all over it which I painted the same blue as her torso. Sure am glad I have a lighted magnifier! I need to do her hair and her nails and then I think she’s done.

Adapting

November 8, 2009

Bag doll dipSherry Goshon came out with a new pattern which is a half doll with a sleeve for a skirt that will hold your plastic grocery bags. I was getting ready to trace the body pattern when I realized that I had the body parts from another one of her patterns sitting on my sewing table. Since it had been sitting there for months I figured I’d just use those bits instead of sewing new ones! So today I painted the face – which was rather interesting since I haven’t made a doll in so long I can’t even remember the last one! I just finished spraying the face with Craftgard – an out of production waterproofing spray – so she looks pretty bright and shiny right now, the colors will dull down when she’s dry. I also painted the torso a metallic blue. I am going to have to match the kitchen colors since that’s where she’s gonna live. My kitchen colors are blue and orange for the most part – and I have lots of awesome orange fabrics so this is gonna be fun! I wish she’d dry faster than overnight though 🙁
I think maybe I am finally tearing myself away from that darn computer game that has sucked me in!