Wow, it has been a long while since I finished a doll. I have lots in motion but my goal for today was to get one finished up. And, success!
This lumberjack is made of all cotton fabrics. I know, not exactly crazy times, but the others have been made of wool or a combo of cotton and wool. Using the cotton and wool fabrics together for the tattooed lumberjacks often led to problems with very uneven fabric stretchiness, which could mean men with very odd proportions. The lumberjacks I’ve sewed up so far are looking just fine!
I hope all you friends out there are safe from all the crazy weather. Here in the Boston area we had exploding houses which still is unexplained. Very, very strange. Also, if you are looking to enjoy a crafty self-care day, check out the classes I posted- Tiny Worlds, Owls. It will be a day of handmade fun.
I’m doing all those other things in my life since returning from SF. Laundry, rearranging random piles, studio cleaning, correspondence, reading books, listening to podcasts, gardening a tiny bit between too much rain… but mostly I’ve been on the computer, listing dolls into my shop on Etsy. What a job! I am getting close to finishing: I still have the kitties and foxes but everything else is done. I am taking a doll making (finishing?) break until the end of August- now, let me see if I can stick to that!
Here is my SF booth-
This is what set-up looks like, with my husband helper ♥
And all set up-
I tried to upload my video but my blogging software didn’t like it. You can see it on Instagram here.
Thank you everyone who came by and said hi- it was the best!
We did other things in California too. We went to Santa Cruz and stayed a few days with my SIL. We went to the Monterey Aquarium which is incredibly beautiful but very crowded which can make me jumpy.
An exhibit about tentacled beasts- very cool!
We ate deep-fried artichoke hearts from a food truck in Castroville, the “Artichoke Center of the World”! (Their PR not mine!) We watched surfers falling down. We enjoyed cool dry air. We saw some REALLY BIG trees. There is no way I know how to capture the size in a photo.
So many things on my to-do list that are calling my name. One thing is that I have to send my computer to the shop soon and it’ll be away for a week or so. That might effect who knows what but fair warning. Hope everyone is having a good summer!
I believe this toile is a reproduction from Colonial Williamsburg. It has lots of amazing imagery.
Phew! I am now all caught up! My boxes from California were suppose to show up yesterday but nope. Once they have arrived, I will show what I have available over on Instagram and then start the tedious job of listing everything onto etsy. That will probably take several days. Well, I know what I’ll be doing this next week.
He has a man with a rifle and a hound on his chest, plus a cherub on his arm!
And red boots.
I’m back, the show behind me, and I am going to take it slow for a while. I never finished posting the last dolls. So, here we go, 3 more fellows.
The show was not the best so I have lots of dolls to post into my etsy shop, once my boxes get home. On the positive side, it was great to leave the hot and humid Northeast and spend some time in a cool climate. I will post more about the show in a few days.
He has his summer linen jacket on.
Why yes, that is a squirrel vest!
And his briefcase-
She is wearing her blending-in colors- obviously an introvert like me.
Her satchel open-
She has a double gauze dress and a cashmere sweater.
Her dress has frogs and lily pads.
A close-up of her purse-
and what is inside-
You can’t see in the other photos, but the sweater has a lace trim at the neckline.
She has a backpack for all her school supplies. Backpack details-
And here she is, face-front. She has a soft purple cashmere sweater and a bunny dress.
Sweet Face ♥
Look at the difference in size between the top green and black fish, and the middle red fish. Same pattern, different fabrics. The red fish is made out of all reclaimed sweater knits and so the stretchier material g-r-o-w-s when I stuff it! Also, the red fish is softer (and floppier) in general. Not sitting up straight for the photo!