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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Harmonica Boys–Phase 2

The boys have now come together, each with their own heads, arms and armatures. They will be characters for sure. They’ve been wrapped with their batting and waiting patiently to be dressed. (today sometime, that begins).

I made one of them, slim and trim, the next a little bit of a pooch, and the third one..well, let’s just say, he might try out for a part in a Santa movie. Not sure his pooch is quite big enough, but he does look kind of cute. ;o) Doesn’t show so much from this angle, but really does have a belly..

Back tomorrow or in a couple of days with more steps done.

                    Slim                              Little Pooch                             Big Belly

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Harmonica Boys

I’m working on three small dolls for a gallery show in March. I have until March 8th to get them done. The idea just kind of popped into my head and thanks to my muse for doing that.

This show is the Small Expressions. The items submitted must stay within a 12” x 12” size and we can only submit three pieces. There is no commission for this show as long as you volunteer to work during it, otherwise there is. It’s only during March, this year it’s from March 10th – 31st.

I’m really glad I ventured out and joined the Arts Council. I’m really not a joiner of groups for two reasons, I have been very hesitant to do it anymore. I feel that if you’re going to join something, you should take an active role, otherwise why join. The second reason is because of past experience with groups and those who just can’t play nice in the sandbox. They make it miserable for everyone else, I can’t stay and play with people like that.

The arts council is a good fit for me. They are serious about their chosen art form, and they encourage and support each other. I’m all about helping others, but not to the point where I am the only one doing that, and I don’t get any of those feelings with this group. I trusted what a friend told me (thanks Dianne) and jumped in with both feet. ;o)

This is just the start of my Harmonica boys.. They are baked now, so they don’t look so shiny, and today, they will get their armatures so they don’t feel so scattered. ;o)

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Taste of Tulista

Just a quick post for those who live locally. Taste of Tulista is on again starting next week. If you know any of the artisans and want to see what they are featuring this year, then here are the details.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Princess and the Pea

Another doll going to the gallery show. This is a Cindee Moyer class and had so much fun making all the parts for this doll project.

This is how the bed came together, I love building the props for my dolls. I used: pieces of iron rods, wire, cardboard, wooden pegs and doll stands, a painters canvas made of balsa type wood, (found at the dollar store) a fast drying clear glue such at FabriTac, fabric and a hairy pillow fabric that I’ve used to suggest a shag rug under her bed.

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The bed did not have a head board, but of course I had to make one. The other picture shows how I pieced it all together. Too long to describe here, but hopefully you get the idea from the pictures. Around her posts, I made ribbon bows, and at the base of the posts, are jeweled trims. Along the headboard and base of the bed, is a multi coloured organza daisy trim and lace.

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And here is the Princess. I am so happy with her, she turned out even better than I hoped. I’ve tacked her nightgown up to be able to see her bloomers and slippers. The slippers are made with pieces of gold lace stitched to her feet. I used a cotton lace around the bloomer legs, the nightgown is silk.

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Her hair is Tibetan Lamb and I incorporated some strands of pink into the white to draw in the pink tones of her bed. Her hair band is a beaded trim with pearls and seed beads, the same is used on her bodice. There are also rows of tiny white roses around her wrists, neck and shoulders.

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And don’t forget the story of the Princess and the Pea. There really is a pea in her bed.. ;o) Keep looking below to see for yourself.

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If you’ve thought about making this doll project, it really is fun. Cindee does give instructions for the bed she made in hers, and you get to make a stack of mattresses, a pillow and cover and finally a quilt. To say nothing of how fun the doll was to make. And your own mark…  Enjoy… ;o)

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wonderland Tassels

I have four shows to prepare for this year. One is actually an advertising display for a week. Myself and two other artists have scheduled gallery time later this year, so we, along with others who also have a space will be setting up a mini display for the week of Feb.15th – 21st. We will each be bringing three pieces.

Leading up to our show, I’ve begun organizing what I will be presenting at the gallery. I was encouraged to make a fair bit of “bread and butter” type things rather than focus on making too many dolls. Best advice because lots of people will buy those smaller items, it’s people who specifically want dolls, that will come for those. Hopefully there will be some spontaneous doll buying too. ;o~

So with that, I’ll show you a little of where I’m at. You saw my Wonderland Rabbit in the last post, and keeping in the Wonderland theme, I've started making tassels. I have more to make but here is where I’m at as of today.

I’ll be back in a couple, or three days, to show you my next piece.  Enjoy ;o)

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Friday, January 26, 2018

A Wonderland Rabbit

In July, I will be having a show with 2 other ladies at our local gallery. I’m now in the process of making my dolls for that show, and there will be lots of other things coming from my worktable. In February, and for one week, anyone who has reserved space at the gallery for 2018, will have this one week to advertise the theme of their show. I have this rabbit and a couple of other pieces to show, as will the other ladies, so it should be a great display. Here we go….

The base pattern of the rabbit is an Edna Bridges pattern, CLICK HERE. In the pattern, she encourages you to use the basic pattern and go from there to make it in your own way.

I designed this whole costume and I have to say, each time I do this I gain so much more confidence and creative license to play and explore.

Here he is with his trousers and vest. The pants are made from the lower part of a flannel pant leg, the vest is made and lined with 2 batik prints. The ears are fitted with pipe cleaners but I went the extra step by coating the front and back with Mod Podge to make them stiffer as they might want to bend over time.

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I bought some pieces of sweater knit fabric for Santa’s and used a little bit for this. Around the inside, I’ve sewn ribbon around the inside edge to prevent the fabric from stretching. The yellow/orange faux leather ended up being his shoes, the blue a headdress I’ll explain next. All the colouring on the rabbit is done with Prisma pencils.

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Mr. Wonderland bunny’s hat, just kind of popped into my head without warning. I saw an image in my mind of those desert movies, where the actors running around, and were wearing those hats with the flap in the back. In this case of course, I had to make space for his ears. I simply stitched a band to fit in front of his ears and a flap to go down the back. After that the top is filled in with a silk flower for appeal but also to fill in the open space behind the ears. I’m so fussy about finishing things off, it just makes all the difference in the end product. His neck scarf is silk. More after the next couple of pictures.

I gave him glasses because anyone who goes to wonderland, must have perfect vision to see what they’re walking (hopping) into at all times. ;o)

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The only change to the basic pattern, was the tail. Instead of how it is, I made a tail for the outside. A dressed bunny still needs his tail after all.

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I love how the sweater turned out. It fits him just right. I had the silver buttons in my (apparently), never ending stash. I really try to whittle it down, but it’s hard when everything you see needs to come home with you, but i do try…. ;o)

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When it came to his shoes, that was an experiment in seeing what I could do to dress those long feet. I spent the better part of a day fussing around, pinning it this way and that, until finally the light shone brightly in my head. I stitched a line around the front of the foot to close up the toe area. I have tiny eyelets and decided to insert those, thread a silk ribbon through and that resolved the main part of the foot.

The heel was a bit of a question, what to do.. It ended being a simple fold toward the center of the heel, then attach a button to the back to make it look more intentional and finished.

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The final step, was to attach the whiskers. I have to ensure that I say this each time, but the whiskers are from cats. I don’t pull whiskers off kittens, I promise… These whiskers are all black and came from the cat that visits us daily. He’s been coming for years, so his whiskers have been collected over time, each time I find one that’s dropped out. So that’s it.

My Wonderland Rabbit is done and now I’m off to get the next project done. It’s halfway there, so hopefully only a few more days to finish that. I hope you like my rabbit. I may make a one page little sheet of information about the hat, I can’t promise when, but hopefully soon. Enjoy ;o)

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