QUOTE

"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


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spoke too soon

I think I spoke too soon. My husband was admitted back in hospital early this week. Unfortunately he has been suffering from a bug which is very resistant to most antibiotics. For the past 2 weeks we have been going back and forth to the hospital and eventually it all came to a head. Had to rush to the A&E Saturday night and they admitted him. He is being given intravenous antibiotics now. They will keep him in until the antibiotics course is over. He feels much better now I am hoping and praying that they can irradiate this bug from his system entirely or else it is likely to return again and again because of all the immunosuppressants he has to take.
So there is not much creativeness going on in this end at the moment. I do try and read your blogs whenever I can even though I may not comment. So please bear with me until I get over this hump.
In the meanwhile keep creating your lovely art it is such lovely eye candy for all

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Things are looking up

Quick update on my hubby. He is doing well and we are so happy that all is going well. With his track record with surgeries I never thought this would go smoothly but everything has gone according to plan. Doctors are happy and we just need to cross that 6 weeks bench mark to start sighing a sigh of relief.
Although we still have to go twice a week to the hospital I am now able to find more time as my husband heals and is able to do more things on his own. 
So I decided to finish my doll. I wanted to make her into an African princess but my thought processes got interrupted with my husband's surgery so she has become a bit of a mish mash doll. Does she look African enough? I have named her Alika which I believe means beautiful but I may be wrong.
I must look it up in google.
 
 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Life happened

Some of you might be wondering what happened to my promises of keeping up with blogs and do a regular post. Well like it happens to many people life happened to me too. On Easter Day my husband was called for a kidney transplant. Although it was on the cards one is never fully prepared for these sort of things and it came as a bit of a shock. We were in Malta for the Easter Weekend and had to cut short our break and return immediately.  From then on everything happened so fast and like a dream. My husband was given a new lease of life. I truely believe that this is a miracle by God. My husband's kidney has been working only 20% since the 1st transplant and life has been quite a struggle for him. They said the 1 st kidney would last only ten years but it lasted nearly 21 years which in itself was a miracle. However for the past few years we have been living on a knife's edge expecting the kidney to give up anytime. Then the week before Easter his blood results were so bad that our doctor said he will have to put my husband on the transplant list. I was very apprehensive of going abroad with all this but we went. His name went on the list on Wednesday and he was called for the transplant on Easter Day. What a wonderful Easter  gift it has been.  He was not only called so soon but the match has been great and he is doing well so far. After waiting for 7 years for the first one this really is a miracle to get one so quickly and a perfect match at that. I will be out of action for a bit until everything settles at home. My doll has gone onto the back burner for the moment. Please know that I shall come back to visit your blogs once life settles down a bit.
Until then keep creating and enjoy your time doing all the lovely things there is to do in life.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Face painted

I never do faces with acrylics but there is a first time for everything. As I said before this was not easy to paint because the background was a dark canvas. I know many people who do some lovely faces on a dark background and admire their work. So I thought I would give it a try. I used this magazine that I got sometime ago as a reference base. I got the magazine purely for this reason as I think the photographer has captured this model's face beautifully. I know a lot of it must be enhanced as they usually do with these pictures but I still think it is beautifully done and a nice picture for reference to paint dark faces.
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This is what I did not exactly wonderful and I don't know why she has got a very stubborn expression on her face I thinkπŸ˜€. I just could not get her to smile!
 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Colour change

she changes colour yet again. I think I will use this colour. Painting her face is going to be tricky but let's see how she turns out.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Making something new out of old

Years ago when I was teaching cloth dollmaking in India I stitched up some doll bodies for my first classes so that I could initiate ladies into the world of dollmaking. I did this because I found that most of the women who came to learn did not know how to sew. So to make things easier for me and less stressful for the students I thought would first let them learn to stuff and make the body up. Later on they did progress on to learning how to sew. Anyway while clearing up some things in India I found several of these stitched doll bodies. So I decided to give them to the ladies in my doll club and asked them to make up the doll as a challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what each one comes up with.  So I too decided to make up one . I started with the face painting first. I did not like it much so decided to do something else. Now it is all painted white and I have to put my thinking cap to see what I can do. I think I will go for a dark shade of colouring and take it from there. The doll pattern is on the blog if you want to download it. Now  because either the weave of the fabric is a bit lose or I did not stitch these bodies properly the limbs have a tendency to turn a bit to one side. Painting the doll body helped the limbs to be straight a bit.  So let's see how she turns out.
The first picture is when I painted the face but that soon got covered with white paint.πŸ˜€
 
 

I still have a few bodies left so if anyone of you is interested I can send it to you. Just leave a comment in the box to say you would like one set. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fushia

 
Well I am back and my doll is completed at last. I managed to repair her wrists but she might develope arthritis in her old age πŸ˜€πŸ˜€.
I could not get rid of the Barbie look perhaps I should not have used the Barbie hair on her. When I look at her picture I can see all sorts of things that are wrong with her but it has been a huge learning curve for me with paperclay sculpt. I really liked her when she was not painted. Maybe I will make one that won't be painted another time.
I shall come and visit your blogs soon. I have neglected everyone far too long.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Popping in

 

I have not been blogging and my doll project is at a standstill. The reason being I am visiting my mum who had had a mild heart attack month ago.  I just came to see her and heard she was admitted in hospital. Found her haemoglobin had dropped However she recovered from it and was sent home but within a week she was back in hospital with the same problem. So they are keeping her in hospital to find out where she is haemorrhaging from. Unfortunately due to her age they do not have many options and cannot do many intrusive investigations. At present she is doing ok hope she will recover fully. She is very weak and needs someone with her all the time even though she is still able to walk slowly. 
While she is dosing I drew this pretty leaf that I saw from memory with water colour pencils. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Disaster strikes

It was all coming on nicely and I thought end was in sight. I even mutilated an old doll that I made when I first started making doll.

 

I ripped off the hair she had on her to reuse it on my Fushia
 

But then disaster struck. She fell forward while I was doing her wig and fractured her wrists and fingers.☹️
 
So I am back to square one. I am not sure if my remedial work will work but I am trying. Her wrists are no longer the delicate looking wrists but let's see. I have not given up completely yet. I worked on her hands today. Now I will have to leave her till I get back from visiting my mum. Goodness I do have butter fingers sometimes!
 

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Started the fun bit

I have started the fun bit of my doll making process. I am sorry I am not being a tease but I purposely left out the fac in this picture because I think i have not painted her face well. Her face reminds me of Barbie doll and I don't like it. I was wanting her to look different. I will have to repainted her eyes as I think I have messed it up a bit. This is the colour scheme I am doing. The fabric is not exactly the colour of the Fushia I have but it looks so much better than the other colours that are closer to the flower. Still a long way to go and I am having fun even though it is slow going. 
    
 


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