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.


creativedawn said...

This is truly a challenge if ever I heard one. I'm supposed to be working on prom gowns, but love dolls enough to want to try this...I WILL be watching you anyhoo! LOL! to see how you get it done. You are very talented! love your work!

Anonymous said...

Well, I figure, if it's a doll, it's a doll, so if I get carried away and spend all month on something more time-consuming than I expected, I could always resort to a long string of paper dolls. I would expect to embellish them, of course. But I plan to do better than that, and am eager to see how others might work it out.

Vada said...

Thanks for commenting. You got it! We've a month to get our ducks in a row.

Anonymous said...

I would love the challenge, Yep, I'll give it a go. I have marked it on my callendar and told the family they can look after themselves for the month of Jan and oh may I add that here in Oz it's our summer but thats fine it just add's to the challenge.

Anonymous said...

This really is a challenge... I'm still recovering from surgery, but I will keep an eye on your blog and see what wonderful work everyone manages to do!

BTW, found you through Cloth Doll Artistry! ; )

Vada Dolph said...

Welcome aboard, Jack Stamps, and everyone! Oh, I think this is going to be fun! I'm thinking some of the spare parts we have made up, heads, hands, etc., will be useful components. Vada

Shweet Sandi said...

30 new prim or shweet potato dolls I can do this one and just think of the patterns at the end of it all:) One questions does it have to be human? Will like a Dog doll be okay or a Longhorn Doll...(see where my loyaties lie).
Thanks for inspiring

Vada said...

I have no problem with animal dolls..... Like I said, a doll is a doll for the purpose of this challenge. Go for it! Have fun with it. I'm reviewing patterns, old, new, etc., and making a list of ideas, so I can gather materials ahead of time.

BN Farrington said...

Think I will give this a try...BIG challenge at my age :O)

stitch4stitch textiles said...

I'll give it a go, it should be great fun, reading the above has given me some ideas already. Diana

angiesraggedypatch said...

I have never attempted anything like that,,,,, butttt I am in! Please frogive me if I'm shy a few though lol!
It will be great to set a pace to keep motivated throughout and build up some inventory as well.
This should be funnnn!

Vada said...

Thanks to all of you for your interest in this idea. Your participation will keep me motivated, too. Merry Christmas to all!