Treasures of The Gypsy Challenge 2013

If The Shoe Fits, copyright 2013, AnLiNa Designs

The challenge theme this year was Masquerade Ball, and I loved it!  If you get to Houston, you’ll see this piece as part of the Celebration of the Doll exhibit.  If not, I’ll post more pictures here over the next week.



She’s showing off her fabulous shoes.  This piece was inspired by a co-worker who always has fantastic footwear.



The challenge fabric was the iridescent rose piece and the lavender sheer that is her petticoat.


I made the mask using instructions from fellow TAODA and CTADS member, Theresa May.


She had to have opera gloves.  I’m really happy with the way she turned out, even if she did venture a bit farther from my vision than I intended.

Busy, Busy, Busy, But Creative

In short bursts, I’ve managed to eke out some creative work in the time since I last posted.  I have completed a doll for the Stretching Art and Tradition challenge, almost finished a Catrina from my Central Texas Art Doll Sculptors Retreat, and started on my Houston Dolls.  Plus I finally got the Kerfluffle entry done in the Words Art Journal Round Robin.  So – lots of pictures this post!

First – She Wears Many Hats


For the complete details on this piece, visit Stretching Art and Tradition 15: Hi! It’s Me!.


Next, my Catrina – in polymer clay!  I never work in polymer clay because I can never figure it out!  Major props to Yoanna B who developed and lead this project in the CTADS retreat, because I actually managed to sculpt something in polymer clay!  Her costume isn’t done yet.




And last, but certainly not least – the Words Journal Round Robin.  First, the work by this journal’s creator, Donna.




Next – the first word “Imagine”, artist unknown because she didn’t sign her work.



Next:  Peggy W with Believe



Next – Debbie G with “Moon”



And the moon opens up to reveal this:


Next Suzanne, from MT, with “Wings”


I love seeing what Suzanne comes up with, as she always has something interactive to play with!



Now, for my entry: Kerfluffle.  This word gave me quite a bit of trouble.  After much thinking about it (I’m only 3 months late mailing), I arrived at this:




I first drew the large Kerfluffle letters on the page in pencil.  Then I started lettering with Fine, Extra Small, and Brush Pitt Pens around the page.  The goal was to create a blanket of letters in different styles and hands, without actually doing calligraphy.  I will be mailing it off to Mary Monday!

My First Juried Exhibit and a Sneak Peak at my next doll


I submitted a couple of pieces to the Round Rock Arts Council’s November Photography and Sculpture show, not knowing what to think.  I didn’t hear back by the deadline, so didn’t think I had made it in.  I got a call today asking if I was still bringing my pieces by, so I am so very excited!  Doorway Into the Garden and Mercadriel were accepted for their show at the Texas State University’s Round Rock campus.  The opening reception is Friday night and I plan to go, likely with Mom.



I’ve been gradually cleaning up the house, having shipped all of the Stretching Art and Tradition 14 pieces back to their creators.  I decided to follow up on an idea I had to make a Christmas Angel out of my Modron, Goddess of Fall, pattern.  When I made her, it occurred to me that she would make a perfect Christmas Angel.  I started on her this last week.  Yesterday, when working on stuffing her fingers, I had a blow-out, and decided to stop for the day.  This evening, I sewed up another arm and while the Fray-check was setting, I started stuffing the other arm from yesterday and had another blow-out.  I haven’t had issues with fingers in years, but the arms for this doll are just not working well.  I was able to ladder stitch up the damage similar to darning socks.  Of course, I got that done and turned the fingers on the replacement arm, only to discover I had made a second left arm when what I needed was a right arm.  Arrrggg…  Never fails.  So, I set the arm aside and stuffed the second leg.  She now has both legs pinned on and I can show an in progress pic, although they are not exciting.




We have had alternating fall and early summer weather over the last week and Marley has decided his favorite place to sleep is the patio table.  We’ve had some high winds lately and during one of those, my patio furniture went flying along with some glass which broke all over my patio.  I managed to start the cleaning up process on that this weekend, but Marley still thinks the table is the best spot to sleep.


Speaking of Stretching Art and Tradition, SAT15 is now posted on the website:  If you are interested, you can join our yahoo group.

Merry Christmas Nutcracker

In between running around shopping for groceries, errands for my mother, and a visit to the farmers market, I’ve been working on the last Christmas present, my nephew’s Nutcracker.  From such a humble beginning, he emerged to be a handsome guy.  I have to give credit to Diane Keeler, who’s class on constructing Cloche Hats I’m enrolled in and the lessons from which I applied to make my hat.  This is the second class I’ve taken from Diane over at Adele’s Sciortino’s A for Artistic website.  I highly recommend the experience!

So, here’s the unveiling.


This doll is another without an armature.  I need to make some changes to his body, but after which and some simplifications, I’ll be producing a pattern.



I’m very pleased with the end result, even though some of the intermediate steps had scary results!



Doesn’t he look regal?

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  I hope that the holiday season is one full of warmth, family, love, and joy. 

Peace, Joy, and Love to All on Earth!