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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Thanksgiving and Black Friday Boycott

I spent part of yesterday with my parents and my youngest brother, eating a delicious Thanksgiving meal and enjoying the company of my family.  I managed to love on all the family cats, including the shy ones.  My two were sacked out, Marigold on the bed where she’s been spending lots of time since the arrival of Marley, who was laying in bliss on the rug that he’s turned into his personal catnip patch. 

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My parents’ cats, were much more energetic, having had the smell of turkey pervading the house for 4 hours by the time I arrived.  I kept attempting to get pictures and mostly missed them, except for this one episode with Daisy patting my brother Andrew’s hand at the dining room table.

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After I left, I came home and worked on Modron.  I worked on her face, but wasn’t quite happy with it, so set it aside on the pile of fabric in the collection for her clothing and proceeded to work on her first layer of clothes.

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She tried on an under bodice and skirt, but the skirt wasn’t working, so I set it down for the evening and read a book.  Not the most productive of days.

Not being a person who likes or tolerates crowds, I don’t see the point of black Friday.  I spent an hour redoing Modron’s skirt and working out the pattern for her over-bodice, then I went to the post office to get my mail and took my camera.  I have been meaning to stop all week at the park between my bank and the post office, next to Brushy Creek.  The light has been so fantastic that I wanted to take pictures, but kept forgetting the camera.  Not today!

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It’s a really nice park, with what appears to be a half-mile or so trail that goes along Brushy Creek on both sides of the Interstate.

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This is the view back west, up Brushy Creek, from across Chisholm Trail.  Chisholm Trail is named for the Chisholm Trail, which runs right through this spot.  This was a lot water crossing that the cattle drives from South Texas used to cross Brushy Creek on their way to Kansas.

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Looking back east, you can still see the wagon ruts in the limestone bed of the creek.

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Because of the drought, the creek is pretty low and these ruts are exposed and full of leaves.

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And this is the round rock for which Round Rock is named.  This rock marked the low water crossing and the post office was sited here as settlement built up along Brushy Creek.  The settlement was originally known as Brushy Bend, but the name changed to Round Rock with the founding of the post office.

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A bit upstream there is a small dam and waterfall.  A great blue heron was wading above the falls and I kept stalking him upstream, hoping for a shot, but no such luck.  The best I got was a partial shot of him winging away upstream.

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There were several trees with really cool bark.  I had to take several pictures of this one, though, because you can actually see layers in the knobs of bark.  I had a very enjoyable hour walking around with my camera, enjoying the sunshine, moderate temperatures and the views.  Then I headed back home – yes, home – to eat lunch and spend the rest of my day working on Modron.

I got her over bodice done and the sleeves constructed and attached.  Modron is the Goddess of Fall (3rd in my Seasons of Goddesses) series, but I can easily see how I could modify her to make her a superb angel…. so that’s going on my list of dolls to work on (ever expanding!).

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Here’s her wrap around over-bodice.

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And her sleeve.  It’s lined with this cool, burnt-out velvet I got in one of the Gypsy’s fabric club packs.  In fact, all of this fabric so far is from fabric clubs from this fall.

As I worked on her clothing today, I figured out what her face needed.  The bluish green eye-shadow had to go.  And once I figured that out, I figured out she needed greenish eyes instead of brown.

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Isn’t this much better!

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Here she is, as she looks this evening.  I took a bunch of fabric out of her skirt.  It was too full before.  Now it’s perfect.

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I spent the bulk of the evening beading the trip onto her skirt.

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I’ve managed to go all the way round (all 20”) beading the sequins of the trip down on the top and just have to do the bottom.  Modron, in case I haven’t mentioned it, is also going to be my CTADS doll in a year piece.  Our theme this year is “Monochromatic”.  Obviously, she’s not taking me a year, having only been started in the last week.  I have to have her done by the unveiling on December 10, but should be done with her before I go back to work on Monday.

So, that’s how you boycott Black Friday – you spend some time outdoors in a park and the rest of it in your studio!  The day flies by, you accomplish a ton, refill the well a bit, and, best of all, don’t spend any money!