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February Wrap Up

Remember that list I had for the month? Here's the wrap up of what I did accomplish.
Quilting
I did do my Hop To It block

Writing
Found writings for screenplay

Reading
2 books  -Think and Grow Rich 
                Chinese Emperors

Dolls 
2 Ghostie Girls
1 Small Art, Big Heart piece
1 Creative Mojo Man's face has been started
1 Mardi Gras Skellie (Yeah, I cheated a bit, that was for Small Art)
6 Wandi Dolls

Extra
1 Painting
1 Greeting Card
2 Postcards

I didn't get to some things but I added a few more things. So not bad for following my big list. Now I have to make up one for March. Stay tuned.

Petra and Her Puppets

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Another Ghostie Girl. Her name is Petra and she has puppets. She's getting ready to babysit her third cousin Peter on her father's side.




She is needle felted over wire armature. Her bodice is needle felted, her scarf was knitted by me, there are ghost buttons on the ends of her hair ribbon, a slip made of black tulle, black cotton fabric underpants, I made her puppets out of felt, and she's got pumpkin buttons on her shoes. Her hair is more orange in person.


Here she is with her pal Simcha and Hugo.

2 Postcards

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A couple of weeks ago I joined the International Union of Mail Artists. So far I have received two postcards and I made two. One is going to a local friend and the other is going to a new friend in France. On the site, you make friends and send them postcards that you've made and they send you ones that they've made. I know, I know, I really need something else to do. But you know me!!!


Here is my initial setup. I had no idea what to do, or what I was supposed to do but I went in full steam ahead. One of the cards is part of a cereal box that was eventually painted over. It's a nice weight for a postcard.


This card has faeries that I've drawn and painted. Have you spotted the faerie bum? The flowers were from a magazine, I then cut them up and rearranged them. A perfect playground for faeries.


This is my favorite so far. The sun is out of decorative paper (a check), with painted rays. The little girl is drawn and painted with watercolor pencils. The grass and flowers w…

I Won!

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I usually don't win anything but I put my name in a giveaway over at Flowers & Art by Kim. I won a wonderful journal she had made. It's so pretty I don't want to use it but I'm almost finished with my latest journal. Hey Kim, you didn't sign it! Anyway, thanks so much Kim. I will most definitely treasure it, especially that things are getting exciting around here.





I'd like to also welcome Renee to my party. I don't see a blog or site. Hi Renee!

The Film

Just when I was ready to post, my laptop is attacked. A very good friend's husband came to my rescue and now I'm back online.


Thursday, February 24th, I met with the lead actress of the film I've been working on. We talked about the scene that will be shot for the trailer, I showed her my studio, dolls for the film, and then a quick lesson in how I design a doll, make a pattern, and sewing the pieces together. I then got a call from the director/writer who said that he was on his way to pick us up so that we could see the location of the dollhouse. They had finally found a spot to shoot those scenes.

We got to the neighborhood where the house is and stopped in front of a house that I'd been in for a wonderful dinner party. The house has an old carriage house in the back, the owner turned into an art studio. I didn't have a chance to go into the studio during the dinner party but now was my big chance.

Oh my gosh! I could most definitely have that studio. Both level…

Small Art, Big Heart

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Here she is! Mavis on her pedestal at the Small Art, Big Heart art show and sale. This is my third year to participate. Part of the sales goes to the AIDS Care Service. She was a hit. My past pieces all sold, so I think she may have a new home soon too.


Me and Maivs. I don't really like taking pics. The camera wasn't working and when I was ready to help out, the pic was taken. What a goofy expression I have.


Me and Steven Dunn, a wonderful painter. His work was also in the show. He's a great friend too. And he loves my work. The lovely lady next to him is Amie Hampton, one of the co-owners of Hampton House Art & Framing. The oldest family owned gallery in town.


Me, Mark and Lara Hampton. Great people to put on this event in their gallery. A wonderful place to have my work displayed.


Me and Laura Frazier, another wonderful needle felt artist. We had a blast.

It was a good turnout. The food was very good too. I should probably start planning for next year's event. I …

Wallis and Willette

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Willette and Wallis are ready to go to the ice rink with their cardinal friends.  Then it's off to get hot chocolate and chocolate chip scones.


A close-up of Wallis.  She's ready for the chilly weather.



Willette is also ready for the last of winter.  She's ready to go skating with her friends.


Wallis and Willette are in the Winter Wandi Doll collection.  I only have a few more to finish.  Maybe by the time I get them all done, spring will be here.

Mavis Ready for Mardi Gras

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Say hello to Mavis.  She started out as a bunner, then a pirate, and now she's a dancing skellie.  I have been looking at her armature for several months now, wanting her to be a pirate.  But she wasn't going for that.  I had her and her friends out in the open so I could constantly see them and they taunted me.  Only, not as pirates.  I didn't have a clue as to what they wanted to be, so I left them alone.  I knew not to put them away because I have a very good habit of keeping things safe and not being able to find them again.


Her body is needle felted.  See the previous post.  Her finges have pipe cleaners in them so she can hold her maracas.  Her eyes are felted, her nose and mouth are embroidered.  She's got such a sweet smile.  Her sandals are also needle felted.


I almost went crazy with the beading.  Almost.  She also has a beaded bracelet on.  I did add more earring gear.


She is the first doll I've made showing movement and I love it.  Thanks to a wire arm…

I Just Had To

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I had to repost this pic.  When I looked at the pic again, I just laughed and thought that I should draw a chalk line around it.  I guess I've been watching too much Criminal Minds, NCIS, and Bones.  I just cracked me up.  I couldn't resist, so now you know I have another screw loose.

I slay me!

In Progress

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I am a wee bit behind and working to catch up.  Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn't.  Here are some things in progress.


These two are going to be voodoo dolls.  Extras for the film.  They are covered dish soap bottles.  Yeah, sometimes I really try the recycle/reuse thing.  I've got small stones in the bottom to give them more stability and then the rest is stuffed with scrap fabric.  Then there are strips of fabric glued on the outside of the bottles.

Here we have the body for a Mardi Gras skellie.  Last minute Wendy was scrambling for something to make.  I had several ideas but they weren't doing anything for me and I just didn't want to do them.  I was panicking because the deadline was looming.  Like two days.  I had an armature started for a Bunner that I wanted to turn into a pirate which hadn't happened.  Good thing I kept the armature.

I also wanted to get started with more Halloween, pirate, and skellie things.  Sooooo, I got going on this little …

The List

No pics yet because I did promise a gargantuan list for February.  I know, I'm overly ambitious and a nut plus some caramel and chocolate chips.  Last month was fraught with illness and this month, not only do I have to do what was on the docket but I have to also catch up from last month.

So here we go!

Quilting
1 Hop To It block.  Yes, I've started a block-of-the-month quilt.
1/4 more of quilting done on my Bunny wall hanging

Writing
Finish polishing my manuscript so I can send it off to an agent
Find all writings for a screenplay (will try Script Frenzy again this year)

Reading
I am to read three books a month (way behind for last month)
- historical
- self empowerment
- fiction

Dolls
2 Ghostie Girls
1 piece for Small Art, Big Heart show & sale
1 Creative Mojo Man
2 Koji Bears covered with brown wool
2 Pirate Skellies (needle felted
1 Mardi Gras Skellie (needle felted)
6 Wandi Dolls finished

I won't mention French.  Have you got all that?  It's on!

New Specs

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I hadn't a new prescription in a month of Sundays.  More like years.  So I've got new specs and it's taking me awhile to get used to them.  I don't know if I like them or not but I'm stuck with them, so I guess I better at least get used to them.  My friends like them on me.  Oh well.  At least things are clear and I can see in the distance.  Great for driving.  I'm still working on close-up things.

I will have that list tomorrow.

Go Packers!!!!

Seaside Wandi Gals

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Meet Marina and Oceana, two Wandi Gals heading for the sea shore.  They will probably stay on the boardwalk, watching others enjoy freezing surfs.  They'll probably have way too many corn dogs, popcorn, and sno cones.  But I'm sure they'll have fun.



Marina has a cute face and she's just happy to be on the coast.  She's hoping for a nice long holiday without rain or snow.


Here's the back of her sailor collar along with a string for hanging on the wall.  Oceana has one too.


Oceana is eyeing ice cream and elephant ears.  She's not too particular about diving into the waters.


Their arms, bodies and skirts are out of a stripe cream cotton.  I also have a darker version that I'll probably make too.  I had fun doing this pair and I'm glad my art rep came quickly to pick them up because I probably would've kept them. 

They really are on their way to the Outer Banks, North Carolina.  Hopefully they'll find a happy home.  Now on to that list.

A New Month!

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Yep, a new one.  Another chance to do something cool, great, sincere, funny, goofy, you name it.  Catch up is the theme for the month.  Right now I'm a little goofy because we've dodged the snow rocket.  But I've got to get going.  Working on finishing dolls to make their way to the Outer Banks and possibly a new shop.


These are the first two of my Seaside Wandi Dolls.  They will have sailor type dresses on and hats.  Yeah, sure.  Okay, I do believe I will pull these guys together in a day and a half.  I ransacked what fabric I have left and would you believe I don't have any white?  White!  Fabric!  A basic color.  I so need to go shopping for everything.  Anyway, I have other Seaside gals in mind.


My chorus line consists of Spring Wandi Dolls ( the two on the left and the far right) and two Valentine Wandi Dolls.  I wasn't going to do anything Valentine like but I had the fabric, so what-the-heck.  The doll with the black legs is going to be a Spring Goth Wandi. …