Flowers, Bees, Gardening, Fairies

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I spent the weekend working in my yard and researching costuming options for the Flower Fairy.  With the weather approaching the upper 80’s, it’s the time of year where flowers start blooming, the live oak trees drop their leaves and pollen, and the weeds start to take over my yard.

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I made a lot of progress on my back patio.  I’m really happy with how it’s turning out.  I added pots with veggies, herbs and ornamental plants, including 2 huge urns of Carolina Jasmine to grow up and over my pergola.  I got my fountain out of the garage, cleaned the pump and filled it up with water and it’s burbling happily just outside my back door.  I finally hung my birthday present to myself from last year (it’s been sitting in my house since May!).  I planted my tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and beans in the garden, and got it mulched.

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I spent a bit of the evening yesterday photographing the flowers in my front yard and trying to catch a particularly fat bee on a frame in focus.  He kept hovering around one of my daisies that survived the winter, blooming the whole time, but as soon as I would get him in focus, he’d zoom off.  Finally – I managed to get one frame of him in focus!

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I’ve been struggling with the direction for the costume for the Flower Fairy.  I want a costume that suggests flowers, but isn’t terrifically intricate as I intend to sell her in my Etsy shop and don’t want to put so much work into it that she gets really expensive.  Mom suggested going to Jo’Ann fabrics and looking at pattern books, when I complained that my normal sources of inspiration were not panning out.  I thought that was a great idea, so I headed there Saturday evening (after my trek for pots and potting soil).  Boy did I have a fun hour going through the pattern books.  I bought a few, since they were on sale for $1.00.  I also picked up the latest issue of Threads, which had more eye candy in it. 

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So, this evening, after watering the plants, and noting the growth rate of one of the vines (12” in 24 hours!), I headed into my studio to play with the fabric and try to puzzle out the costume.  I ended up swapping out the brocade for one a bit less pink and then decided to pull out my journal to work out what I wanted to do.  Thirty minutes and a bit of water color later, success!  So, tomorrow evening, I’ll begin construction!  All in all, it’s been a productive weekend and Monday evening.

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Cailleach, the Goddess of Winter

This evening, I completed two dolls!  Cailleach, the Goddess of Winter, joined her sisters, Sirona, Aine and Modron for a family portrait once she had her headdress and boots on. 

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If you happen to make it to Houston for the Quilt Festival, they will be in attendance in the Celebration of the Doll exhibit.

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Front – in all of her finery.

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Her veil, wimple and crown.

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I gave her a bit more makeup so she wouldn’t look washed out by all the red.  I’m very pleased with her, but will need to make another before I can write the instructions for her pattern.

I also finished the Searcher – really just her shoes and her cape were left to finish.  I’ll post pictures of her another night.

ADAA 2012: The Talented Arley Berryhill

ADAA is pleased to have the multi-talented Arley Berryhill on our faculty this year!  He is always pushing the envelope as a designer and costumer.  He is teaching a new doll at ADAA 2012, the Gypsy Fortune Teller, complete with her fortune telling booth.

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Believe it or not, this doll is constructed from cloth.  Arley spent time as a make-up artist, and brings those skills to his doll making with beautiful and realistic features.  The hands of his dolls are the most beautiful hands I’ve seen. 

In this class, you’ll learn Arley’s techniques for doll and costume construction, make-up, wigging and turban making.  As a bonus, Arley will teach you to make the fortune telling booth!

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There is still space available in Arley’s class.  For more information and to sign up, visit the All Dolls Are Art website

A New Year, A New Pattern, or Two

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My time off is almost at an end as the New Year begins.  It’s a bittersweet moment.  I did not accomplish as much as I would have liked, but spent time with my family, and enjoyed every minute of it.

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I spent this last weekend working hard on website updates and patterns.  I finally finished Modron’s pattern and got it posted to Etsy.  The Goddess of Fall was actually completed soon after Christmas, but I didn’t get back to her pattern until Thursday.  She’s such a lovely doll.  I am very happy with the way she turned out.

I also started another Kate’s Party  Doll, this one for my mother, who was as enchanted with the first one as I was.  I’m doing the pattern for this one as I go along.  It’s a fast doll to put together, as I said in the midst of the last one.  I would have finished it today, if I hadn’t been writing instructions at the same time.

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Actually, I would have finished her, if I’d not spent most of the morning finishing the updates to my website that I planned to get done.  I have Modron up, as well as Alvan, the Gypsy Queen, Count to Ten, the Nutcracker, and Kate’s Party Doll.  I did not get the Monkey commission’s page up yet, nor my quilt from Stretching Art and Tradition this year.  Actually, I think I’m a couple of years behind there.  Anyway, it was a busy weekend, but now I have to go back to work at my day job and back to part time on my artistic endeavors.  The cats are going to be disappointed that I’m not at their beck and call all day! 

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Doll Marathon!

I have been working on dolls and more dolls, with intermittent breaks for Christmas shopping and meals with my mother.  I finished up the monkey on Sunday evening, started on a doll for my niece yesterday afternoon and finished it up this morning.  I started on the doll for my nephew this afternoon.  I do believe that is the most dolls I’ve worked on in a 3-day period ever!

So – here’s Mr. Hurdy Gurdy Monkey.

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Isn’t he a cutey?

Now for my absolute favorite.  I was going to make an elinor peace bailey pattern that I bought in Houston, but I couldn’t find it, even after 2 hours of cleaning up my sewing room yesterday.  So, I sat down and concocted this doll.  I got most of her done yesterday evening.  This morning I had to give her hair, an underskirt, her bows and her hat.  When I got her hat on, I couldn’t stop laughing.  She’s such a FUN doll!  Her name is Kate’s Party Doll!  After some minor adjustments, this doll will be a pattern!  It’s such an easy doll to construct and so much fun!

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And last, but not finished, I’ve started on a doll for my nephew.  Based on the success of Kate’s Party Doll, I’m employing simple construction methods for this one.  I’m going to leave the details and theme of this doll a secret for now, until he’s more finished.  The nice thing though, is this doll is standing on his own two feet, sans an armature.  I’m pleased I made that work! 

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