Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Revival for getting organized . . . De-stashing

Hello,  I'm finally back.  Major life changes here with my 86yo mother moving in with us and having to switch the house around for her.   I had to move my jam-packed studio from the front downstairs bedroom into two smaller rooms, one being upstairs, and the other having no heat or air conditioning.  I liked having all my creative stuff out on shelves and organized where I could see it all.   And now it is divided up.

       And last week I had a creative idea and wanted a certain book that I absolutely know I have.  But it was no where to be found.   I searched and searched, and it was oh so frustrating.   Finally gave up and replaced it from ebay, knowing that as soon as I ordered it, my copy would show up.  So far it hasn't, but I know it will.  

      I just have too much stuff.   Too many books, Too many magazines, too much fabric, wool (well, not too much, but I could share some ...), silks, leather, furs, ultrasuede, beads, etc.    So I have decided to sell some of it.   I went into my neglected Etsy account and lowered my prices, and renewed items.  And now I am going to be diligent and list rug hooking books.

       Actually I don't know what is allowed here and what isn't.   I just need a place to put photos.   Will try it and see what happens.


Friday, December 2, 2011

One Year Later.

I figure I'd better post something to keep my blog alive.   I mainly use it to keep track of other's blogs and may even figure out how to put my saved blogs on the side panel like other blogs have.   This technology just doesn't come easy for me, I have to make an effort to learn it.

I have done a few things in the past year.   And just yesterday I finished a St. Nicholas figure for a local library display.  It is an recycled doll and I'll show the before photo first.   The tall one.  The other one was if I was going to make a red/white Santa and that would be his short adult elf.  As it turned out, I made St. Nicholas and finished him 1/2 hour before he was to go on show.

 I put a new larger covering over the head to make it bigger and sculpted it.  Not entirely happy with it but was short on time.  Also put a stocking on the torso and stuffed it to give him a full figure.
 The front basket has a small nativity scene in it, I think it is miniature Mexican wooden decorations.   the robe is from an up-cycled skirt that someone made and is beautiful cotton velvet.   Real mink completes his outfit;  it goes up both sides of the front too.  
I cobbled real leather boots, belt, back basket ties, and a fringed satchel.
The back basket (and everything, were supplies I had previously acquired from thrift stores), has miniature toys in it.   And the tree is one I had, and I cut the branches to make them shorter to reflect the trees of that time.
I think I straightened him up since the photo was taken, and now his beard goes down, instead of out.  I was in a big hurry.
He is an original doll as I drew out the patterns myself.

Well, this episode was pretty easy to do, so maybe I'll be more diligent and post more often than once a year.   I also completed one doll, 2 small quilts, two beaded bracelets, and a re-made necklace.  And I opened an etsy shop, where I sell my extra art/craft items and magazine and books.

Until next time . . .  or, as I like to say, Keep On Dolling (based from the "keep on trucking" from the 70's, which few people remember.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A New Start...

Another blog started.   Guess I let the last one lapse too long, or misplaced my name and password, or something.....It just disappeared.  

Started this one to show off my doings and to be better at watching the ones I like.

Thanks for stopping by.