"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekend fun

Last weekend I had a friend visit us and she wanted to learn a bit of felting. So I showed her how to do wet felting.
I think most of you know how to do this. It is very simple. You lay wool fibres on top of each other in layers. Each layer is laid right angles to each other. Then the layers are rubbed together with hot soapy water. This is a very simplistic explanation but if any of you are interested there are plenty of tutorials on the web how to do this

It was fun and relaxing to do and this is what we shaped it into with a glass. One can shape it into all sorts of things but a glass is all I had so we just did this shape. 

I am also taking an online class with Angela Jereski http://aforartistic.com
I haven't got very far with it yet because I have to wait for all the supplies that I had to order. It's a pity that in UK we do not have craft shops that sell all these materials under one roof. So ordering from various sources takes so long.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finished my long ago project

So here she is. She turned out ok but if I were to make her again I certainly wouldn't pose her this way. I really don't know why I made her to pose this way because I don't  like this pose but can't do anything about it as I decoupaged her body so can't move the arm. As for her name well my mind is drawing a blank :-) any suggestions?

PS actually I have finally given her name Spring because she was completed just when spring is starting here as well as she is all dressed in green. Hopefully spring time will be more productive for me this year

Monday, March 09, 2015

Finishing long ago project

This was a long ago project that was started in Sherry Goshan's group but I fell by the way side and did not complete it.  A few days back I came across it while I was searching for something. It feels like story of my life that I find things that I have long forgotten about which come to light when I am searching for something entirely different :-)  I have decided that it is about time that I completed it. The doll body is a pattern by Sherry Goshan's and the head pattern is by Marie Anne of Dollmakers Journey. 

I have been searching for the right fabric for her skirt and this is what I think will look good on her
I just realised that many of my dolls are dressed in green and red combination! I tried other colours for this one but green is what she will have to have since I had already half dressed her and then abandoned her:-)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

My canvas is done

I finished my canvas. The skirt and her body parts are made of silk ribbon. Her top is made out of felt and her umbrella is made out of paperclay. Her hair out of silk floss. Background is painted with acrylic colours.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Worked a bit more

I worked a little bit more on my canvas. I find acrylics a bit hard to work with as it is not easy to blend the colours. I think it looks a bit better now . I can still see the light brush strokes but it seems to add to the feeling of stormy weather which is what I want. Have to work on the umbrella now with paper clay. At present I have just painted it on.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On the spur of the moment

Hello all I am back again. Travelling so much does sap the energy so I really have not been up to doing any doll making. Since my Santa is not going anywhere at the moment I just decided to do something different on the spur of the moment. Not sure if this is going to turn out the way I want it to but here is the begining of what I started.

I am afraid the image is not strictly  original.  I found this amongst some free images in the Internet that I liked so I  drew roughly the outlines of the image. It is for my own use so I don't think it is going to matter much.  I am doing this in mixed media. Shall see how it turns out. I am just wondering how to do the umbrella I have an idea forming. I am off to see if it works. Wish me luck.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

I see Mr G again!

Sorry have not posted for awhile now. Life just takes over sometimes sigh! I am back in India again for a short visit.  The other day when I went near a plant I must have startled my friend Mr G. because I heard this almighty rustle and of he leaped from the bush and broke into that funny run of his.:-) 
Today I saw him sunning himself but he was less perturbed by me. I guess he is getting used to seeing me around now. But he did keep a wary eye on me as I came close to take a picture. He turned his little head in all angles to see what I was up to and just sat there watching me.

My time here seems to be perpetually full of things to do but this time thankfully mum is keeping fairly well. But I do need to take her for a check up to the doctors which is bit of trek from here but it's got to be done.  Weather here has been extremely pleasant for this time of the year. The day time temps are around 28 degrees and 24 in the nights and very low humidity which makes it really pleasant to go about. 
My Santa clause is taking shape very slowly so Jules you are right it will be ready by next christmas :-)

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

May be this will do

I have been trying to make a Santa Claus but I just ran out of time plus the heads I made were not quite what I wanted it to look like. So with Christmas on top of me I just put it in the back burner. I got back to the head this week and I think I may have cracked it( apologies for the pun) I think I am liking it so what do you think does it look Santa Clauseish:-)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing each and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
If you are travelling have a safe journey

If it is snowing wrap up warm

If you are at home put your feet up and enjoy the love and happiness of your family

Above all have a loving and peaceful Chritsmas

                                              Merry Christmas 
                                              And a
                                      Happy New Year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas decorations up

On Saturday I decided to put my decorations up. I usually put them up on the 1st of December but since I was away I could not do it. So inspite of feeling tired and still a bit jet lagged I put everything up, now I can relax a bit. For the past 2 years I have been putting two trees up. The large one is an artificial tree and the small one is a real one. I love the fragrance of the real tree. It is not strong but I can still get it when I go close to it.

We have decided that once the big tree has served us enough we will just get a small real one like this.
It is potted so I hope it will survive until next Christmas

Over the years I have collected many Christmas tree decorations. I just love them and love the inspiration they give me. When I was working I would take a walk on Oxford street and visit the Christmas decoration section in all the shops. My favourite shop for decorations used to be Selfridges. They used to bring out some amazing decorations. Even though they were a bit pricey I would buy a few every year because I knew I wouldn't find anything like them anywhere else. Sadly those days have gone and the shop has stopped stocking large amounts of decoration. I can understand why though because every garden centre and little shops bring out some nice ones now, and undercutting the big stores with their prices and selection.
Many of my decorations are doll related and you know why but I do have one favourite from amongst them which is this one. Isn't it so very cute? So which is your favourite decoration from your collection?


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