Archive for the ‘Books & Magazines’ Category

Cover Girl – Doll Crafter and Costuming

October 2, 2007

DCC_Dec07_CoverNorthern Star Mermaid … An Alaskan artist offers a wintry take on the legendary tropical sirens.
I’m so excited about this! My little mermaid is on the COVER of the December issue of Doll Crafter and Costuming magazine! It was a total surprise too! I only found out about a week ago, and then only because I had written to Pat, the editor, asking what issue the pattern would be in. I can’t wait to see it in person – magazines always take forever to get up here. The pattern is actually a bit different from the Ruby pattern – she has a different tail shape and she has teeny tiny 1″ hands! Plus the parka and hood, of course. So everyone needs to run out and buy the magazine! Make your own doll – then send me photos of YOUR Northern Mermaid.

Severed Hand Pincushion on the make

August 13, 2007

Hand #5 and #6… or maybe that should be in the Make magazine! I found out today that a photo of my severed hand pincushion will be in the Halloween issue of Make magazine. That is so cool! Make’s crafts are rather geeky or techy oriented so it will be interesting to see how this ties into their format. Any way you look at it, I’m stoked!
** countdown **
…… 2 days until the in-laws and parents arrive to stay with me!!!
….. 5 days until the wedding
…… 6 days until I can de-stress and breathe again, ha ha ha
…… 8 days until everyone leaves and all the craziness will be over

Ribbon flowers

February 24, 2006

Nearly two years ago we had a gal come up from Anchorage to teach us her way of making dolls. She doesn’t design her own dolls but she makes the most of other people’s patterns.


Lending library

June 14, 2005

I have a small branch library in my town and everyone there knows me because I’m in there at least once a week. They are interested in arts and crafts and one of the librarians makes most of her blouses from batiks. Anyway, they knew I had a doll coming out in a book and recently reminded me that they wanted to see the book. So I lent the librarians my
Creative Cloth Doll Faces
book. Thought that was funny – kind of backwards. The couple of times I’ve been in there since they’ve had it I’ve heard great comments on the book. The head librarian is even going to order a copy for the library. Cool! But I should have made them check it out since they’ve had it for a few weeks now. It’s overdue!

Art Doll Quarterly – again

April 23, 2005

I posted earlier about Susan’s Bendi doll being in Art Doll Quarterly – what she missed was the Odd Doll page – the last page in the magazine. My very good dolly friend Sharon’s Bendi dolls are there! She even has a credit on the table of contents – which I think she got more of a kick out of than the photo page! Guess when Susan and Sharon flipped through the magazine they both missed the last page. Another gal found it and told us. To think I know all this about the magazine and I’ve yet to see it, sheesh! But Susan’s bringing her copy over for ‘Sewing Sunday’ … so I only have to wait untill tomorrow …

Bendi in Art Doll Qtrly

April 22, 2005

One of my friends who I sew with on Sundays called me today … she was all excited … her altered Bendi doll was one of 17 picked to be featured in the summer Art Doll Quarterly. It was fun to hear the happiness in her voice … I had a big grin on my face as I listened to her. Guess the magazine hit the quilt store today and there it was … sharing a page with another doll. It’s a thrill to be published and I’m really happy for her! So look for Susan from Fairbanks’ doll when you get your copy!
If I’m lucky my subscription copy will get here in about a month … sigh.

Happy Dance!

April 4, 2005

Whoo hoo .. I’m just totally excited .. my husband’s laughing at me because I keep grinning. Today’s mail brought happiness! I received my advance copy of Patti Culea’s new book and my doll is on page 88. It’s been a long wait but this book is worth it! All the dolls are fantastic and the face painting instructions are clear and concise. I just love the doll books that have lots of artists’ dolls in them – so inspirational! Anyhow – I hadn’t been allowed to share any pictures of my doll due to the publisher’s rules but I think it’s okay now. So here’s the doll that’s in the book. Her name is Miralys – the Halibut Queen. Her tail reminded me of the shape of a halibut, hence her name. Hope you like her!


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Creative Cloth Doll Faces

January 29, 2005

Yay – you can finally pre-order Patti Culea’s new book, Creative Cloth Doll Faces. I can’t wait for this book to come out! I ‘know’, via Internet, a lot of the folks who created dolls for this book and I really want to see what they made for it. I kinda want to see what they did with my doll too .. yes, I got to make one for this book and I’m totally psyched about it. It was such a thrill and honor to be asked to make one. Sure hope the publishers liked it well enough to put it in the book! One of the girls in my doll club got to make one for it too and her doll is just awesome. I know that Patti covered painting, beading, sculpting, watercolor, collage, and a few more techniques. When I visited her in August (she let me stay at her house when I took a Pam Grose class) she showed me the samples she had made for the water soluble oil pastels. Way cool! The cover is neat – click on the picture and it will take you to Amazon where you can pre-order the book! I love the fact that you can pre-order, I have one on pre-order for art quilts. That way you can be sure to be one of the first to get the book!

Creative Cloth Doll Faces

Does green go with purple?

January 21, 2005

I bought this new color theory book that is absolutely awesome! One of the quilters in my color and design class brought this book in one day to show me and it just blew me away. I just had to have it! I have another crafter’s color book but there’s no comparison to this one. This book is called Color Works: The Crafter’s Guide to Color by Deb Menz. Besides explaining color theory in great detail, each section has about a dozen examples done in different crafts. For instance, if she was talking about complimentary colors she would pick two and show the same colors in quilting, beading, hand weaving, handmade papers, knitting, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, .. it’s amazing. She uses the same little design each time so you can really see how a design changes with each color change.
You know how sometimes the ‘search inside this book’ on Amazon is pretty worthless? This one isn’t .. click on the picture below and you can see what I mean about the little designs. When you click through, right under the picture of the book is the ‘look inside this book’ – click that. Think it’s the third page in.

Color Works


Art of the Dollmaker

January 8, 2005

A couple of weeks ago my sewing group came over to work on our latest project. Unfortunately one of the gals couldn’t make it so we decided not to go ahead without her. We couldn’t come up with a simple project to do in a short amount of time so we decided to watch the Art of the Dollmaker documentary film instead. If you haven’t seen this you should. It is an extremely heartfelt look at why we make these little creatures.

The Art of the Dollmaker