Thursday, February 25, 2010

Topsy-turvy workshop participants

I returned from Louisiana on Monday and I must tell you I had a great time! The members of the Northshore Doll Club really outdid themselves on the Oriental Odyssey Luncheon on Saturday! There were beautiful Oriental decorations, several exhibits of Asian dolls including Jean Kestel's wonderful Door of Hope dolls, her excellent program, good food, and lots of door prizes. The souvenir doll was Denis Bastien's "Original Basic Lenny," which was a part of the 2007 Leeann Collection. Later in the sales room, luncheon attendees had the opportunity to purchase a variety of outfits and accessories for Lenny and also Denis' other dolls. Best of all there was lots of visiting with old friends and meeting new ones.

The sales room included a small group of vendors and I was very pleased to be included. Since I had no idea what to expect with the current economic problems, I decided to take a variety of small items such as doll pins and pin cushions, note cards, doll kits and my new button bracelets....which were a hit! Of course I had some dolls there as well! : )

On Sunday, I taught my topsy-turvy workshop and we had such a good time. My thanks again to Cynthia O. for her wonderful hospitality! I've included a photo of the workshop participants at work in her lovely sun room. I was also very pleased to have Denis Bastien join us for the workshop.

While in Louisiana, we had some great food and also found time to do a little antique shopping! Then it was time to return home where I've been trying to get everything put away and back to normal. My thanks again to all those who provided such an enjoyable and memorable weekend!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Topsy-turvy workshop doll

Today I'm packing some dolls to take to Covington, Louisiana for the Northshore Doll Club's 2010 Luncheon and Sales Room on Saturday. The theme will be Oriental Odyssey and the luncheon speaker will be Jean Kestel, a knowledgeable authority on Door of Hope Mission Dolls.
Yesterday I made sure my car is road ready and will leave for Louisiana in the morning. There will be four other members from my UFDC doll club, Brazoria County Doll Club of Texas, going and we are all looking forward to a great weekend. The ladies in Louisiana are so nice and so hospitable! On Sunday I will present a workshop on a little topsy-turvy doll that I had presented at the UFDC Convention in Atlanta last year.
The weather here is sunny and cool and should be nice for the more rain in the forecast for now. We have had a wet and cold winter so far and I'm looking forward to an early spring here on the Texas coast! Thankfully we haven't had the snow problems so many have had to deal with!
I hope to take some photos to post when I return from Louisiana. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Photos from Mostly People Show

Here are a few photos from the "Mostly People" show in January. (I somehow lost them in the first post!) This lovely gallery is located at the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences in Clute, Texas. It is a very large room with lots of wall space and open floor space. The dolls were placed on various height pedestals around the floor with direct spot lighting. I was so pleased with how compatible they were with the art work of the other two artists. It was a great experience!

Welcome to my Blog

Hello and welcome to my blog. I've been trying to decide how to get started and I guess I'll just jump right in. My goal is to be able to keep you updated on new dolls that I am working on and also visit some of my other creative projects. Hopefully this will give me an opportunity to stay in touch and visit with you on a regular basis. I hope you will also visit my web site.

January passed so quickly and now it's almost the middle of February! I'll revisit January for a minute to tell you about a 3-person gallery show presented by the Brazosport Art League. The show titled, "Mostly People," was up Jan. 3-31 and featured oil and acrylic paintings by Frances Fraser, drawings and watercolors by Mike Marshall, and about 40 of my cloth character dolls. The show was very well attended and comments received were very positive! What a thrill it was to be invited to participate.

I am excited about the recently formed fiber arts group that includes members from the local Plantation Quilt Guild and the Brazosport Art League. We meet one afternoon a month to pursue our interests in the fiber arts. We bring materials and supplies from our stashes to work on a selected project for the month while we enjoy chatting and eating delicious goodies.....a great way to spend an afternoon! Oh yeah, the name of our group is the "Wild Bee." : )

I missed the first meeting in January, but really enjoyed the February meeting.....with a theme of hearts, of course! The March meeting will include a choice of 2 projects, one of which will be a button bracelet to be presented by me. My husband surprised me recently with POUNDS of vintage and new buttons he purchased on Ebay. I'm having so much fun sorting and playing with my buttons and creating bracelets, necklaces and other projects! : )

Happy Valentine's Day!