I am doing a big clean-up in my studio and also trying to get some pieces moving along. Where I get tired of one activity, I switch over to the other. So, both are going slowly. Studio cleaning and rearranging is a big chore but I always find forgotten treasures and that makes it SO worth it. Anyway, HeH! I got one finished!
He is a mustache man.
So many skeletons.
I love finding the perfect antique button.
And yes, Christmas is over. Both the tree and my man are out on the porch.
It’s been a banner year for my doll-making- 166! That is a record for me!
I made 39 men- including 3 Green men, 8 Mermen, 2 Scotsmen in kilts, 6 Lumberjacks, and 1 Sailor. I’ve been focusing more on the different characters because they are more fun for me these days.
7 Tattooed Ladies and 10 Dogs.
12 Big Lady pillow dolls which I hadn’t made in a lot of years, and 12 Babies. The ladies and the babies go together in my head- both are about the wool applique.
7 Girls dolls and 29 Owls. I had fun with the girls but they were very labor-intensive. There will be more in 2019 though; I just sewed up a bunch. The owls were very popular at the shows I did and that is why I ended up making so many. Doing shows is all about having enough inventory.
17 foxes and 11 Kitties- I learned that B & W kitties are very popular.
And 21 Fish.
Not dolls, I also made 26 Tiny Worlds,
And a quilt!
It has been a very busy year for me. I know that a lot of the reason I ended up making so much was because of the shows I did- Smithsonian, ACC San Francisco, and Arts Providence. I am very inspired by a deadline.
Here are some links to my most recent other yearly mosaics- 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.
This was the last fellow that I finished up before the Providence Show. In the end, he never even made it out of the storage box. That’s the way it goes.
Yes, that is a boar on his chest. With some rabbits above and a lady goddess coming out of his pants!
I bought a bag of mixed buttons last fall and there are lots of good ones to choose from. This button matches his early 1900′s look.
His hair and beard are a black and grey mix.
Ruins on his back-
I am working very hard to get everything into my Etsy shop. I should be done today. Also, I will be working for at least another week so if there is something you want before Christmas, I might have time to make it happen. Send me an email- email@example.com.
A girl and a boy yellow dog.
I think she has a little mouse look.
Oh my- angora ears! So so soft.
I’m back from Providence where I had a terrific weekend. (If I have time, I will do a separate post about it.) I tried to do a blog post from there but wasn’t able to and too distracted to try too hard. So here are a few more pieces that got finished before the show. Two boy dogs-
The dolls are back in the etsy shop, and I am adding the ones that I hadn’t listed yet. It might take a while!
Someday I am going to finish up my pattern for these little pups. A grey girl and a black curly girl.
She has a prim little collar.
This little curly haired pup is so so soft- cashmere and angora!
Yes, that is George peaking out from our Lumberjack’s shirt.
I’m heading down to Providence tomorrow to set up for the Art Providence show. I’m in booth 508. I have a few free tickets if you plan to come. Email me if you are interested- firstname.lastname@example.org. First come, first serve.
I am trying to make sure I have a good range of dolls for the show in Providence so I am all over the place! A reminder- my etsy shop will be closed for dolls (but not patterns) while I am doing the show- so that will mean Friday through Sunday. Then on Monday I will refresh the shop.
These 2 fish are made from very graphic fabrics that I’ve had for a long time. I could never find the right project for them. The fish are my use-anything project!
I’m making up some fresh fish for next weekend in Providence.