September 30, 2011

Tilly Hangers

Remember when I made the tillandsia hooks? This is how they look with plants. I must have given some of them away because I'm sure there were more before :-). These will be for sale on Saturday at the Master Gardeners' Tour and Marketplace.

September 29, 2011

Separation Anxiety

You know the feeling: You've spent hours on a project, stitched diligently, solved design issues, overcame every challenge and, in short, put all your heart into it -- then it's over. That's where I am today. I went from Point A to Point B, and enjoyed/suffered all the bumps in between, least of all the lack of creative desire that comes when the monsters in my head are telling me my work is cutesy, isn't good or my design is stupid. But after all, I'm satisfied and happy with this work, and it's time to say goodbye. That's assuming customers will take them home this Saturday [see sidebar]. I'll pack them away with the rest of inventory, then admire my work one last time while I put them on display. Also, it's funny how insecurities vanish once a doll is finished. Monsters, be gone!

I just completed this one. The colors are out of my comfort zone which made for an interesting project. I liked the challenge! Once I realized that, I fantasized being in a fabric store, tapping a fellow shopper on the shoulder, and asking her/him which brocade/silk/whatever appeals the most. Then I'd go with that choice so I don't end up with red and gold or blue and purple again. It's like going to a salad bar with a friend, scooping the various ingredients onto your plate, then trading with the friend in order to eat something different from the usual. Only thing is, the mind must be open to the idea.

A couple of my dolls have sleepy eyes, that is, the lids close when the doll is laid on her back. Though my girls are meant to go onto the wall, their lids are painted to match their clothes. What a shock of color!

September 25, 2011


The current doll is getting a double-faced skirt. The outside is teal and copper brocade, and the inside is orange satin. To me, the petticoat looks like a peony, with ruffled and uneven edges. I'm excited to finish her clothing and work on her hair.

September 23, 2011

Master Gardeners in San Diego

Come visit me at the Marketplace! Even if you don't buy a ticket to tour the gardens, the market is open to the public. I will be sharing a tent with Nancy Tyrell who will have her gorgeous quilts for sale. We hope to see you.

September 20, 2011

Inspired by Runway Looks

Chanel's Spring 2010 fashion show was inspirational. Hairdos were so fantastic (as in fantasy) that I just had to do my own version on a doll. The doll's skirt is three layers of circles, with an edge of glass beads on both sides. Her simple slippers are teardrop beads to keep the eye focused on the outfit. I'm slightly dissatisfied with the uneven hem length, but as my teacher Nadine Spier likes to say, "That's how you can tell it's handmade." I'll go with that!

September 17, 2011

Topped with a Tiara

She's a lady, not a princess, which is why her jewel is understated. Besides, she feels her dress is already ostentatious.

September 9, 2011


If your lifetime's destiny were the prominent placement on a wall, you'd be satisfied with hanging around wearing an impossibly impractical outfit like this. The flare is made from Doshi's hand-dyed silk and stitched with size 15 beads. I'm excited to complete this doll. She's coming along nicely, and still needs shoes, hair, a finished collar and, a [something] on the opposite side to balance the flare.

September 4, 2011

White Doll #2

The platinum blonde hair and dark eyebrows/lashes gives this 9" doll a Christina Aguilera look which I think is pretty cool. The "halo" hat is mohair. Look closely at the multiple-circles-skirt -- yes, there is a bead on every stitch. Stay tuned, as the next doll will be all about color!

September 1, 2011

White Doll #1

It took me a while to finish this 8" doll. I was frustrated after the first skirt didn't work. Do you think she still needs a little more sparkle, glitz and glamour? I've been using a lot of white for doll-making lately. It's clean and bright, and provides a great background for a zinger color.