the ladies have a turn

I am working on 4 tattooed ladies. Here is the first.

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She has a silk ribbon bow in her hair. I love this russet fabric with a printed subtle texture and now I am almost out of it. Does anyone know what it is? I want to see if I can track down some more.

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She also has a silk ribbon at her waist, with a bow in the back. You can see the little star design on her clothes in the picture above.

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Her arm tattoos-

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gold rick rack

How fancy is this fine fellow with his gold rick rack belt?! He most definitely has a circus look about him.

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Lots of great images on this toile- lady, baby, dog, and some architecture on his back.

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He has a girl on one arm and a rooster on the other.

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blond man with mustache

This one doesn’t have a beard. Yup, no beard.

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Here is a close-up so you can see what is on his arm.

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I am going to start posting these men to my etsy shop tomorrow (8/19). There are 2 more finished but not posted yet, of the big man variety.

Russet-haired man

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I am relearning how to edit my photos in the Apple photo application and so things might be a little bit weird for a while.

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I love picking out just the right button/belt buckle from my collection of mostly vintage and antique buttons.

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let’s get going again

I had to get a new computer, which is not my idea of fun. There are so many things to relearn. That is why there haven’t been any posts. Well, that, and a trip to Chicago for a long weekend. And starting up the design process for another ornament line (2016) for West Elm! (I am stopping right now and doing some fist pumps- YEAH! So excited!)

Anyway, I finally figured out enough to post some new fellows.






I’ll be back soon with some more!

Portland (west)!

I had an amazing time!

I saw beautiful dolls at the NIADA conference-

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Harriet by Shelley Thornton.

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Ima Naroditskaya‘s beautiful doll.

I listened to amazing people give inspiring talks including- Ronnie Burkett  His talk made me desperate to see one of his performances and guess what? He will be in NYC at the end of September! Time for another NYC trip!

Toby Froud-

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And Georgina Hayns from Laika Studio who brought some of the puppets for us to examine, up close. So so awe-inspiring! (Are you noticing the puppet theme?)

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But that wasn’t the best thing. The best thing is that I internet-know George. She has bought some of my pieces and we’ve corresponded. She invited me to visit Laika and see how a hive of 400 people come together for 2+ years to make a fantastic movie. Honestly, as a one-person show, it was hard to wrap my head around! I saw so many interesting and beautiful things- and now I have to wait more than a year to see how it all comes together!

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She took me around to some Portland fabric stores. We went to Bolt Fabric, The Mill End Store and the Pendleton Outlet- where they were having a sale, how lucky am I?! I got some good stuff- for the dolls, for clothing for me, and for random projects. Cottons-

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And wools except that purple one is silk-

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She asked me to teach while I was there, so on the Sunday, a group of friends came together and made ornaments. Thanks for the Instagram photo Vera! (since I didn’t manage to get any pics.)

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Okay, what else? I met up with a friend of a friend and now I have a new friend! I also met up with Diane who I saw last time I was in Portland, so many years ago. Time flies but we stay connected- thank you internet. And I went to the Button Emporium of course. Most of these things came from there (except rick rack from Bolt).

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So yes, it was great. I hope it isn’t another 7 years before I get back!