Showing posts from March, 2013

Wrap Up - March

March wasn't a bad month but it wasn't terribly great either. I will have to put a bit more effort into things for April. Here's what I did accomplish this month:

completed two commissionsdesigned and made new bunners which are now in a new shopread one book - Peter Pan by JM Barrie (yeah, I'm just now reading it)made Easter ornament for doll group swap Here's what I worked on: Bless This House top panelsecond pair of socks14 out of 16 days of writing 350 + new words those dayscut out summer blouse for me Working really hard not to fall into the 'shoulda, coulda, woulda' trap. Which by-the-way is pretty easy to do. It's very difficult to think about what I have done and accomplished because I'm always thinking I should be doing more. Like Mt Everest more. Really? It's just me. I have done better at cutting myself some slack. That is also a work in progress. Next month I will have to kick it up a notch. I've got three commissions to do, new wor…

Ornament Swap

I got a pretty cool Easter ornament in a swap I participated in with the ADA (Art Doll Artists) on Facebook. This is my second swap with the group and it's a way for me to collect other artist's work.

This little guy is by Trisha Powell. The next swap is an actual doll and that deadline is in June. And there are two more ornament swaps, one for Halloween and one for Christmas. I'm also thinking about participating in DollStreet Dreamers mermaid doll challenge. Not so much for the prize (which they do offer) but to stretch myself and work on deadlines.


My latest commission is done. It's a business card holder for a smoked meat business. They do lots of festivals and needed something for their business cards.

Yes, he has a pig butt and a curly tail.

Works in Progress

Here's something quick. The piggy is coming along. After adding more Paper Clay, I stuck him in the oven on warm all day so he could dry. What a concept. Now he's getting a paint job.

You can see his little squiggly tail.

I finally got back to my Bless This House quilt top. I'm working on the top panel. The two black looking circles are going to be a huge spider. My theme is, you guessed it, Halloween.

These are going to be sister bunner dolls. I've got to get more Paper Clay and fix up two wood bases I have that were going to be for something else.  I also, finally, fixed my sock. Silly me decided to work on it at night, when I was tired and I messed one of them up. Then I tried to fix it and made it even worse. So I put it away for almost a month and now, it's fixed. Time for the heels this weekend.


I'm still working on the piggy and he's starting to get some skin. I had to stop covering him until one side dries and I can handle him better without messing things up.

You can see his head is kind of smooth (it's been covered with Creative Paperclay) and his belly, you can still see some of the Rigid Wrap.

He's got air holes!

After I finish covering him, he'll get a sanding.

You can barely see his butt cheeks. Will take care of a lot of that with painting. Plus he'll get a curly tail.

Good Things Jar

Back in January I made the cover for my Good Things Jar. I'm to write down when good things happen and put them in the jar to read at the end of the year. Well... the bottom is covered. At times I forget that I have the jar but some good things have happened recently and my friend Maya reminded me of my jar. I've been asked to teach some art classes at an art community center, I got a compliment on my personality when I do teach, booked my first art show of 2013, and may have another costume commission. This time for a male who wants a Colonial outfit. Woo hoo!


I just finished Carla for a swap with another artist. Yes, I am behind on making dolls but will get back to them.

2 Weeks

In a way I'm glad that March is long this year. I have two weeks left to finish up some more projects, start some, and plan even more. I've got to get back to my piggy but have errands to run in the morn. That just really puts a damper on my creative day when I have to do mundane things. Oh well, I'll deal with it and move on.

I haven't worked on a doll in a month of Sundays and I've got to fix that. I have been writing new material and pretty soon I will have to start filling things in to make better stories. I'm quite pleased how so many different ideas are flowing from my grey matter. My goal is to get two more commissions done, my first blouse for spring/summer, two dolls, and keep writing. There are other projects still in development and I'll let you in on those in the near future. I'm behind on my second pair of socks. I goofed and have to fix it. This weather along with the stupid time change is just messing me up. I also think that once I get m…

Basket of Bunners

Finally finished my bunners just in the nick of time. I think that's my years quota for really cute. The smaller ones are ornaments.

They have button eyes because I have tons of buttons and I just love Coraline.

Lola is ready for Easter

This is a ornament for an ADA art doll ornament swap. I hope she finds a nice home.

Don't worry. I've got more zombies, ghouls, and other creepies coming.

Costume Done!

One of my commissions was to make my version of the White Queen for a little girl's dance recital. When I should it to her her face lit up. Both she and her mom went "Awwww..." She tried it on and it fit and she's got room to dance. Right before they stopped by to pick up the dress, they stopped by a store to pick up shoes, which match the trim on the dress perfectly. I forgot to get a pic of the choker that I also made but mom will send me more pics.

Love the sleeves.

I love that face!

New Project Done

Okay, remember when I told you of all the projects I wanted to get to because they're just sitting around? Well, I finally made my flannel pajama pants. The fabric was for a quilt but didn't get used and I really liked it and didn't want to get rid of it. So I bought a pattern for pajama pants and finally made them. One thing off my list and one piece of folded fabric out of my studio. And they are quite comfy.

And Zanna is a week old. Yep, we celebrated.

Birth Coaching in a Nutshell

I just want to say that watching a child come into this world is an amazing thing. This is not for the faint of heart and swear words will be abbreviated. If you don't have a sense of humor and are too PC, stop reading. I had been on call for about a week when Amanda started leaking. Sometimes a woman's water really breaks, and sometimes it doesn't. The latter was one of those times.

Amanda went into the hospital on a Wednesday, so I picked up Maya and dad Dennis and we made our way to the hospital. From Dennis' place the GPS took us on a different route to the birthing center. It was getting dark and we were going through a not-so-great area. You could feel the tension in the car grow. Maya and I both noticed the rundown homes, idling cars by the curb, furniture on the curb. I was praying that my very old vehicle would not die on us. A vehicle with a black woman, a white woman, and a white guy. The next comment will set the tone for the rest of the hospital stay. I sa…

Work in Progress

Yep, I'm still working on catching up. Here is my warren of bunners and I cleaned off my art table so I could cut out a kid's dance costume a la White Queen.

The bunners will be stuffed to go into baskets and the smaller ones will be ornaments. They can also go in baskets.

Very seldom do I see my whole art table. The gown has now been cut out. See, behind. Ha! I have also been writing new material for the past couple of days. My goal is 350 words a day but I've been hitting 700+  a few times. I'm still working on the piggy and hope to get more pics of him up soon. Need to finish him so I can get paid.

I don't know what's going on but my creative juices have been going crazy. So many great ideas for stories and dolls. Only so many hours right? One day at a time and one bit at a time will get me to where I want to be and the wonderful things I want to make. Eek!

One Picture Post

I have a darn good reason for missing the last three faces of my 29 Faces challenge. I'm an auntie!!!! Amanda started leaking on Wednesday and went into the hospital. Thursday night, I got a squishy. Zanna Joy made her debut to the world. My eyeballs are still sandy and my brain still fuzzy after having only six hours of sleep in 48 hours. I did manage to get 14 in since last night. Very soon I will post about those days. It was exciting, funny, intense, and I'm glad I got a chance to see it.

  Please welcome!
                                Zanna Joy
                          And Aunt Wendy

20 of 29 Faces

They aren't the best pics because I'm still a bit exhausted and the brain is still fuzzy. I missed the challenge by three faces but I had a good excuse. See next post.