"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

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Away again

I am off on my travels again. Will post again and visit blogs in 2 weeks time. Take care all

Sunday, June 06, 2010

A little find

I love old magazines and I found these when I was in Lisbon. I tried looking to see which year they were printed but I couldn't find any date or year in it. Perhaps it is there somewhere written in Portugese which I can't read. I would guess these fashions are from around late 1950s or early sixties. What do you think? 

They are typcal magazines for women with crochet, sewing and knitting patterns.
Pattern for baby cloths
I even found this pattern block for a jacket for a child I think. I don't think it is for a doll

I would like to incorporate these pages into a collage some day. Just like today there are a lot of adverts the only difference is they are more related to house hold goods and eating places rather than for beauty and health products unlike todays magazines.

Couldn't resist

I love the glorious colour of my roses and just couldn't resist showing them off to you again. Funny how one forgets how beautiful they looked last summer as well.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Strawberries and cream

I am back from CIFI in Albuquerque and rested. I had a lovely time with some very lovely creative ladies. Our teachers were exceptional and so giving. I saw some beautiful and wonderful dolls being created and was amazed at the talent that is out there. This year's challenge theme was 'Dessert' It was a real challenge for me to think up a doll in those lines. I know I am having a creative block so although there were some fabulous desserts with fabulous names I couldn't think of a doll in those lines and also I had to be mindful of the fact that I could not make a doll in big and extravagent style since I had to cart it to and fro with me. Finally I made my little Strawberries and Cream's table of desserts. The idea came to me as I thought of summer in England when, whether it be at Wimbledon or Ascot or at home we all love to have strawberries and cream YUM!  Everything on her is made with hand. Her hat was wet felted so were her bracelets and shoes which I wet felted. The strawberries were hand sewn and I found them  bit tedious to do as I am not strictly a sewer but I did it.
The little desserts on her table were made with clay. I would have liked to have sewn them but I didn't have the time and I know that since I am not a sewer I would have taken ages to do them.
However here is a doll that was made by Agnes the tall one with red hair, who won the Peoples award prize. She made the Fruit sorbet and I tell you that doll is amazing. Agnes sewed each and every fruit on that doll with hand and it was lovely. She kind of grew on me everyday although I did lovely her little Chines lady next to her. I wish I had taken a better picture of her.

These  were the dolls made in Sherry and Jean's class. The cloths and embellishments were all done with paper. Mine is the one in green looking rather stunted with a tatoo on her face. I was not satisfied with her but she was a learning curve for me.
Look at these amazing dolls all clothed with  paper.

These beautiful parade of dolls were from Arley Berryhill's class.
The youngesters who came were not to be out done. They turned out these beautiful gingerbread men. They showed us how even a very simple doll can be turned into beautiful dolls.

There were some beautiful dolls made by our teachers.

 Right now I have to go and catch my breath as I relived those wonderful moments writing this post! lol.


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