Friday, May 1, 2015

Morris

This is another Jester I made, but way back in 2006. I’ve never put Morris up for sale, I just can’t. I love this guy. I had only been making dolls for just about 3 years when I decided to challenge myself to take this class with Barbara Schoenoff. Her instructions were so well put together with tons of clear pictures and step x step instructions. I had no trouble at all making him.

The most fun I always have when starting a project, is putting together the fabrics for it.  I think I used about 13 or 14 different Asian prints in this doll. He was quite an intricate piece and deserved the stand I bought for him. It was in the section of the lumber yard where you get your pieces for making railings and bannisters and so on. It was worth the cost though.

When I’m making my dolls, I always feel like I’m creating miniature people. I don’t keep many of the dolls I make, just certain ones that I become smitten with while working on them or because i took a class with a particular teacher.

I’m certain my miniature people have conversations with each other when the lights go off at night.. Enjoy Morris…

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Emelio Jester 2015

Wondering what I’ve been up to….plenty. In between working on my seahorse, I’ve also been making Jesters for an upcoming museum exhibit here in Sidney. 

As the exhibit draws nearer, I’ll post more details. The theme for this year is “It’s a Doll’s Life” – A Celebration of Doll-Making and Collecting”.

My first doll for the exhibit is Emelio. I made an Emelio a couple of years ago, you can see him here. I should probably change his name, but perhaps he comes from a long line of Emelio’s and these are just the first two? Looking at the last Emelio, I realized this one needs trims on his shoes, better get to that….but in the meantime, here he is, I hope you like him.

Back to work, more coming soon. I do have another Jester done, but I’ll post that in a few days, and of course my finished Seahorse.. name to be decided…  ;o~

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Essence of Seahorse 2

Pressing on, I’ve done the back of the seahorse now. Linda suggested I leave the masculine face alone, clearly it wants to be that way, so who am I to argue with it.  I added a little more to the top of the head, but no photo just now. I’ll show you that when I have this piece all together.

For now, this is how the back looks. We had some discussions around whether to add the dowel now, or later. I opted for now because i knew what i wanted to do on the back and had visions of body parts flying off in all directions.

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If you’re wondering about the Rabbit doll.  Click here to see where I left off.  I have decided to put it in a box in the corner and create a dreaded UFO. It’s the worst class I’ve ever done online and will never do another one with her again. I’m still waiting for the last lesson, it’s been 6 weeks of time wasted on something I should have just created on my own.

I thought long and hard about whether to critique the class in a negative way out of respect for the teacher, but then common sense took over, emotion went away and I decided that for the sake of anyone else considering taking this class, you are forewarned. I could go into a lot of detail but I won’t. Suffice it to say that, if you know me well enough, you know that I call it as I see it and that’s what I’m doing now. Sherry knows how I feel, I’ve told her directly and she does get my blog updates, so I’m not hiding behind anything when I post this.

I can be a patient person and understand that when you’re thrown one curve ball after another in life, it throws you into a chaotic state, we’ve all been there at one time or another. There comes a point of no return when you run out of patience and understanding, and I’m there. I am a student and all I want is what I paid for, that’s it. Understanding only buys you so much time, after that my pendulum will start to swing the other way, which it is now.

So for the sake of others who might be considering this class, well it’s a beautiful doll for sure, but you better be able to work independently or you will surely have problems.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Essence of Seahorse

While I sit and wait and wait for the rest of my lessons for Serenity, I’ve started a new class. This class is with Linda Hollerich, Essence of Seahorse. What a difference in teachers. Linda is always so prepared, engages with her students and encourages you to be your best.

Tomorrow I’ll be starting the next lesson, but this is where I’m at so far. We’re doing the head first and I always enjoy getting my hands into the clay. I wasn’t always that sure of clay work, but I’ve given over to it and decided that I’ll let the clay speak to me and I’ll just do what it says. I’ve also decided to set small time limits on how I work with clay at the different points of creating the figures, to stop myself from doing the hen picking thing that never ends well.

Here is where I’m at. I always seem to lean into masculine faces and am going to have to study this face and get Linda’s input as to what I need to do to make it more feminine. It’s probably such a simple trick that I’m needing to get the hang of. The three pieces at the back are not permanent yet, but I left them there for the pictures and so that I can check to see how things look. Sometimes you can get such a different view of your work by seeing it online and make changes where needed.

So without further delay…  Here is my man/woman, androgynous character.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Storybook Ornaments

Well, finally. I seem to be even more pokey than usual getting things done, but done they are. These are the Storybook Ornament collection from Cheswick Company. As always, Cathy has done a great collection.

I made two of each ornament, with slight variations in colours and I’ve added storybook charms to each one. I have a renewed love of charms lately. I hope it lasts, because I’ve stocked up on them. ;o~  So here we go…

Humpty Dumpty. Please don’t let on that he’s holding a skillet with a fried egg in it… that would be too much for him to bear…

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How about Peter Rabbit. Do you just love his oversized carrot. I had those in my stash, and for whatever reason, I’ve totally forgotten, but very happy to have them now.

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Baa Baa Black Sheep with his three bags full.

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Next is The Pokey Little Puppy

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Two sets of Raggedy Ann and Andy’s. So cute. I gave the girls more hair than the pattern suggested. I used to be afraid of these as a kid, it was the googly eyes that freaked me out. I can handle them in ornaments…

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Here’s the second set. Just different shades of maroon and blues.

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Mother Goose times two. One of them I made with really long hair faux fur. I checked online and there is a breed of geese that has long hair, so we’re good.

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Little Red Riding Hood in her cool red coat.

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And The Three Little Kittens, who have found their mittens.. Now to get back to the never ending rabbit doll. Eventually this year I expect I will have all I need to finish it…

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Peggy Wilson

I was so sorry to hear from a friend that Peggy Wilson has passed away. I had the pleasure of taking one online class with her, her Elder Elves. Here are some pictures of her work, starting with

the Elder Elves.

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Pernickity  ( I was never lucky enough to take this class, but for sure, I will find a way.) On Peggy’s blog she mentions how she enjoys doll makers adapting her designs to give the doll their own style, so I will try that with the Elder Elves design.

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Dollmakers Journey has posted on their Facebook page and has provided a spreadsheet if you wish to add your name to the condolence list.

https://www.facebook.com/DollmakersJourney

Another amazing doll artist is gone.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Brent Butt–Corner Gas

About the end of February, I saw in our local newspaper that  Brent Butt of Corner Gas fame, was coming to Sidney. I thought how cool that would be to see him. I mentioned it to hubby, so we made our plans to see him.

About a week or so later, there in the center section of our small local paper was a contest to win one of two sets of tickets for two, to see him. It was 7 o’clock in the morning, I told hubby I was going to try for one of those sets. Ran for the computer, sent an email to answer the question and later that morning, I got the confirmation that I had won the first set of tickets…so of course I had to do the happy dance all over the house. The show sold out, of course it did.

The show was last night. It started with a rising star in comedy by the name of Ivan Decker. Image result for ivan decker

So fun, a great warm up act and left us wanting more. A couple of links to Ivan Decker….

http://www.ivandecker.com/ 

 http://ivan-decker.beststandupcomedians.com/

Ivan then introduced Brent Butt and off we went for over an hour of non stop laughing. I laughed so hard and for so long, I couldn’t wipe the tears running down my face fast enough to keep up.. Brent’s style of humour is just so quirky and refreshing. Family friendly and very relaxed.

Taken from the Mary Winspear Center website (in case it’s gone as soon as I post this)

Brent Butt, the creator and star of the wildly popular television sit com CORNER GAS is coming to the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney on March 25th.

Butt became known in Canada for his clean and relaxed comedic style, and after several tv specials, he created CORNER GAS in 2004, and starred in the role of Brent Leroy.   The series was an instant hit for CTV, becoming the top sitcom on Canadian television and eventually aired in 26 countries.   The final  season for the show was 2009, but the show continues to maintain its popularity today, with constant reruns on the Comedy Network and CTV.   CORNER GAS received Gemini awards, Canadian Comedy Awards, Director`s Guild awards, Leo awards and was voted the “Funniest show on TV” by TV Guide readers.      And just this past Christmas season, CORNER GAS THE MOVIE hit the big screen.  It  was originally given a limited run in select cities, but became so popular with fans that it was given a longer run with additional cities added to its distribution.

Tickets for a memorable night of comedy with Brent Butt Live and special guest Ivan Decker are on sale now at the Mary Winspear Centre Box Office” .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-1cIOVbPQk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjhJY8dSXmg

And here is a video with Brent and his wife Nancy (better known as Wanda from Corner Gas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTRmRQgIt4A

and Brent’s website

http://www.brentbutt.com/

Brent, an awesome night of entertainment. Here’s hoping you make a return visit to our small town, and bring Nancy with you. ;o)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Serenity

The next project I’m working on is Serenity. This is another amazing rabbit by Sherry Goshon. This is Sherry’s version, isn’t she gorgeous.

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And this is mine, so far. From her already big rabbit feet (which might get bigger)

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To the clay breast plate, which I hadn’t done before (the front and back before) I love the look of the breast plate, I can see so many ways to modify this for other dolls.

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To the long lanky legs. Here she is so far, no head yet but getting ready to put her together. The body parts are all decoupaged and ready for her to become a complete bunny. Her legs are sooo long, it makes her upper body look so petite.

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I’m loving the black and white theme I chose for her. Have no idea what fabrics I will use for the costume, yet to be decided, but it’ll be fun to figure that out next. And then the trims, oh my. Another creative overload coming…..back soon with more updates for Serenity.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Painting the Roses Red–done

What a ton of fun making these guys. I am so happy with how they turned out. There is a lot more to these card soldiers than meets the eye. OR, it’s just me and my fussing around. Either way, I love projects that have details that you don’t see right away, projects that challenge me to do something a little different. That’s probably why it took me longer than anticipated.

The first example is the cap sleeves. Because I did 4 of these and used different fabrics, I thought it would be fun to alternate the fabrics for the caps. One fabric matches the body, the other is one of the other three and so on. When folded over on the shoulder you get to see the underside fabric. Even though the shoulder caps don’t really show, when you see them in real life, they are a great finishing detail to the shoulders.

For the faces, rather than make them all looking in the same direction, I had two looking left and two looking right. On the top of the hat, I added a big black hexagonal style bead, a gold spacer and finished with a silver seed bead. The hair is two colours of mohair locks, needle felted on.

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I used the silver seed bead on the hats, because on the back of the soldiers, I had to find a way to add a hanger. I didn’t want to add a tie of some kind but I knew I would have something that would be the perfect touch. Janet had these perfect little pewter  tea themed push pins that I bought a while ago, thinking ahead I suppose to Alice. They made the best hangers. I punched a hole in the hard board and glued the tea pots on, so that the handles could be used to hang on a picture hanger or nail. Aren’t they just so much fun.

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A full view of the backs.

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And here they are individually. The paint pots I made for them, came courtesy of the $ store. They were a strip of paint pots for kids, filled with water based paints. I scooped out the paint, repainted the insides with a coat of red paint, added the wire handles and snapped the lids closed. The brushes are older ones from my painting days. On the tips I made a bit of a paint drip using crystal lacquer and then painted red.

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The last part of the puzzle was how to display them at Janet’s shop. So I got this brilliant idea of using a canvas board. I figured out a way to secure some hangers on the canvas and now they are all together on that and it stands nicely inside the cubby holes I use to display my dolls.. What a fun fun project. I hope you find a project to do that give you that same joy.. The link to Christine Shively is on the first post about these card soldiers if you are interested in making them.

On to the next item on my to do list. Enjoy…. ;o))

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Love Has No Labels

This is your feel good moment. I hope you enjoy this, it’s fantastic. Love Has No Labels Main

The quote from the webpage, reads as follows.

There's a lot of propaganda swirling around the web these days. Videos featuring food, sports teams and household appliances spread like wildfire, raking up millions and millions of views.

But in the history of internet videos, there's never been one we hoped would go viral as much as this one. A part of the "Love Has No Labels" campaign, the Ad Council manages to give us major chills in just three minutes. Posted only 24 hours ago, the video has racked up 1.5 million views, and shows no signs of slowing down.

If you want to do a good deed today, share this video. The internet could use a little more love...and a little less of this.”

Enjoy…..

http://www.slice.ca/family/blog/see-why-this-feel-good-video-about-love-has-gone-viral/66568/

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