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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.


  1. sounds like you had a great time love your doll

  2. An amazing display of dolls, especially like the paper clothing. Wish I had been able to see it in person. Diana

  3. Thanks for the great pictures, Shashi! All the dolls are fabulous, and I know it was fun for all.

  4. OH, I am so glad to know which doll you made. I have many pictures and would love to know the maker of each doll. CIFI was so much fun and I loved meeting you. Sorry you keep having problems and hope you come again next year!

  5. Oh Wow Wow Wow Shashi your doll is amazing... so much beautiful detail!!
    Thank you for sharing the photos of the other dolls with us too they are all fantastic... ooooh dolly Heaven :D

    Chris xx

  6. I think you travel more than me Shashi!!! LOL! Love your 'strawberry and cream doll!

  7. What a fantastic display of wonderful dolls. I am very impressed by the paper clothing! Your Strawberries and Cream is just beautiful Shashi.

  8. It looks like you had a fantastic time .. such fun dolls. Delightful strawberries - perfect for a dessert themed doll.

  9. Congrats on your blue ribbon! She is exceptional! Looks like you had a fabulous time. One of these years I'll go to one of those conferences! I say that every year, lol.

  10. Oh. My. Gosh. What an amazing display, but I did not fail to notice that shiny first place ribbon on your beautiful girl. "Creative Block" indeed. sigh...

  11. Welcome back Shashi!
    Congratulations on your gorgeous doll winning First Prize! All the dolls are lovely and I am sure you all had a super time.

  12. congratulations Shashi!!!

    looks like a lot of great dolls were made whilst there too. Amazing works...

  13. You did a great job, she is adorable.

    Sounds like you had a great time with some great people.

  14. Thanks for showing all those pictures. They made me want to change some of my dolls straight away.What a joy to have been part of such a great group. I always love your own dolls, I find them very unique to you.

  15. Congratulations on 1st place, Shashi...your doll is gorgeous! All the dolls make a fascinating display.

  16. Oh Shashi---I LOVE your Strawberries and Cream!!!
    She is GORGEOUS!!!
    Your work is so well executed, beautifully composed, and I just adore the faces you create. You have a distinct style and it's truly Unique.
    Thanks for the eye-candy.

  17. Your Strawberries and Cream is yummy!! I love her. Your work is fantastic. CONGRATS on winning. WOOHOO!!!
    Love & Hugs

  18. Congratulations Shashi! Great job! Your desert doll is beautiful.


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