Sunday, November 22, 2009

Challenge, anyone?

I'm thinking of tossing out a challenge project for anyone who'd like to join in.

We often hear about the days when people worked hard for a dollar a day. And most crafters/doll-makers know they still don't really make much more than that. (It's a labor of love, after all!) Hmmm, dollar a day....doll a day..... I am constantly amazed by not only the quality, but the sheer volume of work turned out by many doll-makers.

So here it is: A January Winter-Blahs After-the-Holidays Doll-A-Day Challenge.
Make 30 dolls is 30 days. (Ok, so January has 31 days, so you get a 'day of grace'. Hmm, remember that term, it may be useful or inspiring.)

Any style of doll: Artisan, sculpted, prim, ormament, wall doll, pin doll, etc.
Any medium: Cloth, Clay, mixed media, etc.
Any size: large, small, mini, etc.

Bearing in mind that you might want to spend several days on just one doll, and few of us could actually work on them every single day, working up a batch of some 'quickies' could compensate the time. Pin-dolls and ornies are my favorites in that catagory. Paper dolls can be very interesting and unique, too.

Any complete, individual doll would count. Re-dressing an existing doll would count, as long as you have a doll for each outfit.

If anyone is interested, post a comment here, or email me at
I will keep a list, and post here, photos or links to all entries submitted, in early Feb.

Didn't complete 30? How many did you do? Remember, this is meant to be more of a challenge to oneself than a competition as there are no prizes, other than the satisfaction of meeting the challenge, and sharing the fun. Something to get the creative juices flowing again after the holidays are over.

P.S. Re: 'day of grace, above': Any doll created on January 31 is elligible to be named Grace.

Something different, for a change of pace

Not a very good picture, but .....
I bought one of these little fabric origami kimono onaments recently from a friend, to get the pattern dimensions, and thought I'd try a batch of them. Just raided my stash for likely fabrics, and made these up according to the size of the fabric pieces. They are easy to scale to any size. I hung them each on a fishline from the skewer hanger. A chop stick works great for the larger size. These run from 3-1/2 to 7 inches tall. Ellen had made some up much larger, for a nice wall hanging.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Aura DeLaVina

Well, with spare parts can't just let them lie around......
Another white-tissue-decoupaged wine bottle, a spare head, and a little piece of shimmery fabric, and it's time to try a little artsy drapery. ;-)

These of course, are not finished dolls, but they do get the creative juices flowing.
Comments are appreciated.

Trim-a-tree time

This is Sweet Treesa. I saw this idea online somewhere, and have wanted to play around with it. It was my Sunday-afternoon project. Her tree-shaped gown and sleeves are inserted into a wine bottle, as is her neck. There is a hoop to flare her skirt, gold beads for ornaments, a string of lights. I love her sweet face.

Only 37 more days till Christmas! Even the jockeys are starting to prepare for the 'big day'.
I made a few cards, featuring last year's santa dolls. All of these dolls have been sold.
And here's a bahh-humbug card with two different santas.
And here's Mrs. Browne, who is working on her crazy quilt, hoping to have it finished in time for Christmas. It is meant to be a special gift for her very best friend.
And when that's finished, she'll be all set to start a new project, with all those fat quarters she has in her sewing basket. She's going to be working on those, down there at the Bluegrass Gifts and Collectibles Shop. She'll be happy to greet everyone, and show them all how to do those fancy stitches.