Wednesday, June 22, 2011

little dresses

8 girls ares at it again... we were prompted to make fabric journal pages and will swap them out. Each time we will be required to use another technique. Beading, hand stitching, mixed media, and collage(with paper & cloth). The majority of the decorating must be in one of these mediums but some writing is allowed. I decided to make these cute little dresses. The largest is probably 7-7 1/2" long. I will make a garland type project when they are all done - maybe hang over a window in the art room. (2) of the 8 girls are making a book, and the last 8 girl is making individual pieces to hang from her art room ceiling or possibly a mobile. These are going to be cool. Our first round is hand stitching.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

busy weekend

This was a very busy weekend and a nice one too. Yesterday I took my mom out for her birthday gift to Sanctuary on Green. It is a neat old house filled with European gifts and a wonderful tea studio. If you ever are in the area of South Euclid OH (suburb of Cleveland), it would be worth you time, and money. It is not cheap - but it was a beautiful experience. We ate outside on the patio and you are in the trees. The food is all VERY natural and gluten free and vegan. They do have chicken salad, but were out of it yesterday. SEVERAL teas if you are into that sort of thing, and wonderful coffee. It was such a lovely day. We also went to J Ellen quilt shop on Mayfield, in Lyndhurst, (near the tea studio). It is a fairly new shop I think a year old. She has lovely fabrics. I had sewn the Queen Ann prim doll of Barbara Schoenoff's and originally wanted to use some nice rose civil war fabrics I had - but I do not have enough and cannot find it up here - I had purchased it in Columbus. I was so lucky to find something better at J Ellens and it was only $4 a yard! It is a line she is fading out and I LOVE what I got- MUCH more antique looking like I wanted it to be.

This morning I went to JoAnn's for (2) things......and came home with alot more - but check out this cool felt.... it is the kind you buy by the square. There are some other cool prints too - but this one caught my eye. Then today I went to Coventry with my friend - got the coolest ring at Passport to Peru - great clothes and all kinds of cool stuff there. It is a gift for myself to celebrate my new job.

Oh- and one more very cool thing - My sketchbook came in the mail last week! I am really excited about this. It is called The Sketchbook Project. You send $25 and receive this book in the mail - it is bar coded on the back with your name and the theme noted on the sticker. They have themes on the website you can choose from - mine is Tree house. You complete the book and send it back by January 31, 2012 (not that far away really). It will become a permanent piece in the Brooklyn Art Library. The books will travel to several museums in the country and people will be picking up the books and looking at them. I think it is so cool that people I do not even know will the handling my art; not to mention my work will be in a museum... OMG! I will post photos as the pages are completed. I will make a color copy of my book before mailing it off, because I will never see it again. I really am thrilled about this project. You should give it a try! Go to and check it out.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

goth face

Working on the goth doll today- here is the face - I think it's fun- when the fixative dries I will apply the sparkles - all dolls need a little sparkle - don't they? I think so - since they are all so fantasy...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cage doll done!

I finished the cage doll today. The jury is still out for her face- I need to leave her alone for a while and see if it is going to remain as is. She turned out so sad, not the look I was going for. But - any doll maker will say that the doll tells you what she wants to be - so this just may be the way she wants to be! I sewed buttons around her waist- some antique some new. The hair is felted and sewn on her head. Her crown is a trim I bought at Hobby Lobby a few years ago at MMM in Kentucky. She has fresh water pearls for ear rings. The inside of the cage has scrapbook paper on the bottom that I stitched to the cage with embroidery floss. The heart is from a Santos site I found on the Internet. It is like a Christmas tree ornament. It is glass and has beautiful etched designs on it.

Now on to the next project!