Blue Mermaid

I love how she turned out.

It took me several tries to get the faces and the hair to a place I liked.

More embroidered scales. I used white silk buttonhole thread to keep the dark blue threads in place. The buttonhole thread originally came from my mom’s sewing collection!

The back of her tail is plain.

I have one more mermaid but she needs to go back to the worktable. Hopefully I can show her to you in a few days. I’ve also dyed some more ombre fabrics and am so excited to sew them up!


I have gotten lots of requests for mermaids but I was not imagining anything to move forward with. During my break from making, I’d been mulling over the idea of ombre (shaded) dyeing. Finally I’ve tried it and am loving it!

Here is Mermaid 1-

I am so excited to be playing with something new!

Green hair

Mermaid hair is a challenge!

No cover-up for her!

Trying out embroidered scales with variegated thread.

Lady #2

I feel like I am very out of practice. I take photos of my finished dolls. When I look through them later, I don’t love the face. So, I throw away those photos and rework something or other. New photos are taken. Then I notice there is a random thread on the doll’s face. How did I miss that! More photos discarded and reshot. All this is an explanation of why there are sometimes delays. 😝

They get posted eventually!

Chicago Living

Things are slowly settling here although it will take a while more- I go from being energized to hang art and shelves, to just wanting to enjoy what we’ve got so far. Here are some of the latest projects-

We built a plant wall- it is a work-in-progress as we need to find all the perfect plant stands and the plants have to settle in and grow.

We had wallpaper put into our entryway. This star ceiling was after the first day-

And then it was done!

Just how I imagined it.

A beautiful full moon over the lake. This is right out our window.

Meanwhile, in my studio… wallpaper in the entryway there too.

The weather has been beautiful, I’ve been making myself some shirts, and generally slowly moving forward. so far, so good!

Merman with Dreams of Horses

Horses and tentacles- I’m not really sure how they go together.

He has a dark peach or tan skin color.

I probably need to take another photo of his skeleton tattoos’ head. The skull isn’t showing.

He has silver rickrack and a button with a horseman going the other way. Both of the belt components have a personal history. Anytime I use some metallic rickrack, it comes from costume making for my kids when they were little. So probably at least 30 years old. The button is reclaimed from a poncho my Mom made me when I was 12. It makes me happy to give them new life.

Skeleton Lady on his back.

I figured a pool photo was the perfect place for a Merman.