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Happy Pi Day

And, that’s enough math for today.  Or any day, for that matter.  At least on this blog.  I know somewhere in the world it’s changing the future, but not here.  Now pie is a different story, but not today’s story.  We’re on diets in this neck of the woods.  Forget that almost all of the below photos involve eating, that’s diet wine there!


Anyway, I’m just moving right along through 2016.  2015 you say?

I say, look at these completed layouts!

Both of these layouts are 80% Currently Core Kit, 10% Ali Edwards kit for her Project Life Class, and 10% miscellaney – stuff leftover from Studio Calico kits, stickers, labels I cut with my teeny tiny die cutting machine.

And, speaking of Studio Calico, they’re having a huge sale on old kits today – $10 instead of the normal subscription fee (around $26/mo).   Get thee to Studio Calico and spend a multiple of $3.14 – there were go – some math!

With the PL’ing out of the way for the weekend, I was  left to ponder what to do next.  As I mentioned in the last post, I seem to be off the knit.  I was writing an email to my friend Mindy (shout out!), and I remembered, like a bell went off, that I had actually watched the entirety of Danita’s Art Doll class, and after all the anticipation of taking it, and the excitement of snatching it on sale, I went off the dolls, and never made one.  That had to be corrected.  So, I got the doll making supplies out, and got to sewing.


And then stuffing.  I had a heck of a time with the neck.



My that little head took a lot of stuffing!


As you can see, I’m making two – so that when I mess up the first one, I’ll have the second one ready to go.  And, honestly – I’m good with that.  I’ve long ago gotten over the idea, at least with art, that I’m going to immediately get it right the first time.  It all takes practice.  I’ve always been a quick study, and I used to have a nearly photographic memory, so school, and tests, and my job – I’m not going to say I didn’t have to work at things, but I think I started out with less of a learning curve, and I had a shorter road to travel to get to a place of satisfaction.  Art is really hard for me, and I’ve gotten to a place where I’ve accepted that – that I have to draw, erase, draw again, paint over, throw out, start over, whatever it takes.  There’s no rush.  I have no customers, no critics, no deadlines.  What’s the rush?  To post a photo on the blog?   And, at the end of the process, when I call something done, it doesn’t mean that it’s good, it just means that I’m good with it, and that’s all that matters.

So, that’s about as far as I got when Joe came home from his Sunday all day overtime shift, so it was time to have dinner, and watch some t.v.

What to do, what to do, can’t just sit and watch t.v! And, I’m off the knit . . . well, the doll thing worked out, how about some crochet?

Yes, it’s time to revisit ol’ languishing Sophie:



Olive apparently approves, and has staked her claim!

So, hopefully tonight, I’ll finish stuffing the dolls, and perhaps get to gessoing.  And, if I don’t get to the gesso, tomorrow is another day!

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More Tildas

I had off Thursday and Friday for no other reason than “just because.”  Well, Thursday night we did go to see Van Halen in Camden, and I did feel like sleeping in on Friday, so it wasn’t totally for “just because” although sleep probably falls into a “just because” like cateogry.  In any event, I spent Thursday, busting out 2 more Tilda’s.   Tracing, sewing and cutting out the pieces takes literally no time.  The time suck comes from turning the tiny pieces and stuffing them so that they’re not lumpy.  Don’t want a tumor riddled Tilda.  I find the whole stuffing process pretty relaxing though – it’s one of the things I like about doll making.  I put on a podcast, and mindlessly wiggle little bits of fiberfil into the teeny, narrow limbs.How cute is my Tilda substitute fabric – thank you Craftsy – I bought nearly 45 fat quarters (2 different bundles) for under $40 during their last sale.  Can’t beat that!    Two fisted Tildas – easy peasy to make more than one at a time.   But now the question is, how many to make?  These two are for my age appropriate nieces – one is nearly 2 and the other is five.  I think I’m going to make one more – for my 8 year old niece.  She’s still into stuffed animals, but I don’t think dolls so much – so I think I’ll make her a Tilda Bunny.    And then, the dilemna – do I leave the two older nieces out?  The first was easy – I just asked Danielle if she wanted one, and she said she’d get back to me, which I took as her way of politely saying no.  I suspect the other niece would feel the same way, but I don’t want to leave her out – so she may be getting a tote bag instead.   I know that even at my age, I like having Tilda hanging around my craftroom, but I can see where 12 year olds would think she’s totally not cool.

I sent this photo to my mother-in-law to show her what I was making the girls for Xmas, and she thought I was making prototype clothes for them, and this was a mannequin.
Once I showed her this photo, though, she thought they were sweet.   I just hope the two year old doesn’t pull the ponytail right out of Tilda 3’s head.

Now, I’m taking a break from Tilda’s, and I’m back to art dolls, cloth and clay.  Yesterday, I did some free motion stitching and face painting – and I kind of like the results, but it’s way too big, and I don’t have enough stuffing to make a proportional body.  So, I think I’ll chalk it up to experimentation, and go smaller this time, with more of a pattern in mind than a total wing it job.  And, this weekend, I’m finally going to make Gritty Jane’s Cloth and Clay Doll from that workshop I took two years ago, but chickened out of making.  And I’m kind of obsessed with Danita Art’s cloth and clay dolls. She did a class on how to make them at Studio Creshendoh so I’m hoping that she turns the content into an online workshop – although I’ll probably be out of dollphase when that happens. She already has an online doll workshop – but those dolls don’t involve clay – just paint and cloth, and I’m not so intrigued with those – although I do like them. The class however, is over my normal online class pricetag, so for me to sign up it’ll probably take a few glasses of wine and a what the hell moment.

In the meantime, I did sign up for the subscription site, Brave Girl’s University.    At first, as I mentioned in a previous post, I thought the $25/month pricetag was on the high side.  The site bills itself as the Netflix of art and soul classes, but Netflix is only $7.99/month.  Of course, the form of access to content is comparable, but the content really isn’t, which is what moved me to try it out.  Once we got a list of teachers and some of the classes, and I saw that Stephanie Lee’s Homesteader’s Metalsmithing class was part of the package, I was in – since that class is over $100 to take alone.   It’ll be interesting to see if the whole class is part of the site, or just bits of it.   And, there are a few other big ticket classes as well, like Flora Bowley’s Brave Intuitive Painting.  But, there’s some content that I’ve taken before – Mindy Lacefield’s Paint Your Story, and Jeanne Oliver’s bit from Studying Under the Masters (and boy, am I NOT going to sit through her Van Gogh lecture again – that was interminable).    So, I’m in, for a few months at least.  And, I’m out of Craft Daily, Interweave’s subscription service online workshop site.  You can read my previous post, but I really wasn’t impressed with it, at all.  Especially, when an instructor said, you can refer to your worksheet for this or that, and the worksheet wasn’t available, which happened repeatedly.

So, I’ll let you know my thoughts on BGU later in the week, as the doors open tomorrow.

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