This morning I reworked my new doll pattern. It turned out much better by leaving the legs separate from the body. Now my stuffing hole is back in the bottom, instead of the head. The canvas doll shown in the first photo didn’t make it through the stuffing process. Another case of seams being to close to the edge. Another doll scrapped. Bummer.
Two dolls using the new pattern
The Daisy doll on the other hand is turning out just right. I changed the leg shape, no more chicken legs! I sewed a seam for the shoulder joint since the arms are now connected to the body. It was a bit stiff before I made the joint in the shoulder.
New Daisy doll almost done!
I’m just about out of time for making stuff and blogging today. This evening, my band Sunlight is heading into the recording studio to start work on our second CD! I cannot wait to share these new songs, it’s going to be great! I’m grateful I get to live my dreams on a daily basis. If I can do it, anybody can. Never give up!
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New doll pattern cut out of linen canvas material
Today I was working on a new doll pattern. This exploration has given me the opportunity to share a piece of the artist’s life with my readers. Not everything comes out the way you hope it will. I have experienced disappointment before. I’m used to it. For those young (or young at art), beginning artists out there, you are not alone! Even seasoned artists have to face disappointment from time to time. All you can do is try, and try again.
I wanted to cut some of the steps in my pattern, so today I drew up a new pattern with the arms and legs connected from the beginning. My other pattern had to be sewn piece by piece with the arms and legs connected to the body after they were sewn and stuffed. I am not thrilled with the result. The legs kinda look like chicken drumsticks!
New pattern, sewn and turned, you can see the holes in the leg seam
One issue I hadn’t considered, is having to sew up the doll at the top of the head instead of at the bottom where the legs are connected. The head is rounded, which makes it really difficult to hand sew it shut. There is a reason the pattern was made the way it is.
The first doll I started today didn’t work out because I stitched the seams too close to the edge. I ended up with holes in the seam. The linen canvas I used was also a bit too stiff, hard to turn right side out after sewing. The red cotton fabric was easier to work with, but I still have the issue of sewing up the head. I may still be able to salvage that one, we shall see.
New pattern using the red cotton fabric, this one may still be salvageable.
Another problem I discovered was putting the body together from the beginning was not a good use of my fabric. I had to use a much bigger piece to get the whole body cut out. When the arms and legs are detached, I can use more scrap pieces and less fabric overall.
I learned my lesson today. Back to the drawing board for another idea. Next time, I think I will keep the arms connected to the body, but leave the legs detached so I can sew them to the flat bottom and then sew up the body from there.
Both unfinished dolls, with stuffing the legs look even more like a chicken drumstick! LOL!
I hope to have something more interesting to share with y’all on Thursday. Today? It’s a wash, I will chalk it up to a learning experience and move on.
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I worked on her for a few days, but she is finally done! My first Love doll made with my own custom art fabric. Daisy Sunshine was made using my Yellow Daisy fabric design.
She is just as I imagined her, I hope you love her too!
Daisy Sunshine Hippie Love Doll 🙂
My next creativity project will be another painting! I must admit, I’ve missed my daily painting sessions. I also need to make more dolls, they are much more popular than I thought they could be. I’m so grateful to all the people who have adopted my sweet babies! It’s time for some new fabric designs as well. I have so much work to do, I guess I’d better get to it! Have a fantastic rest of your day! Please subscribe to my blog up in the upper right corner. Thank you! 🙂
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Daisy Sunshine Hippie Girl with hand drawn eyes
Working on a new doll today. Using my custom art Daisy fabric. I’m also trying something a bit different with her face. Using fabric markers to draw her features. What do you think? My previous dolls had embroidered faces, but the fabric on this one left the center of the daisies in the perfect spot for eyes. I considered leaving them alone, after looking long and hard at her face I decided she needed eyes. Unfortunately, I had already sewn up her body which makes it more difficult to embroider the face. Solution? Use my fabric markers to draw her cute little face on! I’m calling her a hippie girl, so she will have rainbow yarn hair. She is going to be adorable when finished! Stay tuned for more pics of the finished doll in my Thursday Creativity post. 🙂
Daisy Sunshine Hippie Girl before face, kicking back on one of my heart pillows
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I have some photos to show you of recent art pillows I’ve completed. Other than that, I cannot think of anything to blog about! I’m going to leave it up to my readers. What do YOU think I should blog about? What are you interesting in hearing about from me? What artist stuff do you want to know? Now, hold back a second, I’m not opening this up to ANYTHING! I want serious ideas here people! 😉 Process, progress, thoughts, ideas? What do you want to know about this artist? Thank you so much for any input and feedback! 🙂 I want you to WANT to read my blog, I want it to be interesting to YOU! I already know what I’m interested in, what I don’t know, is what YOU are interested in. Please, let me know! In the meantime, I will share some photos of my latest #Artpillows! All 3 of these pillows and others are available in my Etsy shop. Follow the link to see them all!
Peace Sign and Hearts, medium art pillow, 13″ square, available for $40
Peace Sign and Hearts (back), medium art pillow, 13″ square, available for $40
Peace Sign and Polka Dots (back), small art pillow, 8″ square, available for $30
Peace Sign and Polka Dots, small art pillow, 8″ square, available for $30
Heart Love Green Polka dots, 8″ square small art pillow, available for $30
Heart Love Green Polka dots (back), 8″ square small art pillow, available for $30
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Coloring Fab Bag with a bunch of goodies make a GREAT gift!
I love to make things! I don’t like to confine myself to painting alone. Recently, I was feeling a little uninspired with my paintings, so I took a little break. As I posted about earlier, I decided to reinvent my website, my art and what the heck I’m doing with my creative expression!
During this time, I found a great website, Spoonflower, where artists can design and create their own fabric! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had someone tell me “your art would look great on fabric”.
My first coloring fab bag with front pocket
I guess because I had just completed my second coloring book, I decided my first fabric project would be a coloring design. That of course, led to me thinking about what on earth I would make with this fabric. Tote bags were the first thing that came to mind. Why not a cool little tote that colorists could carry their coloring books, crayons, markers, pencils, etc. in!?
Coloring fab bag with cute recycled pocket
So far, I’ve made 3 coloring tote bags, the first used the coloring fabric for a front pocket and the next 2 I decided to change up the design and used the coloring fabric for the side panel of the bag itself. Other pockets were made with recycled fabric samples I got from an interior designer in my building.
These fab bags don’t need to be used only by coloring enthusiasts! Anyone with an creative flare would love to get one as a gift! Or buy it for yourself! Why not? Each Coloring Fab Bag comes with goodies as pictured above. (fabric markers, colored pencils and one of my new coloring books!) Bookmark my Fab Bags page to come back and see what I make next!
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Child’s desk by Jay Lester
I decided to share with you today, a young up and coming artist/craftsman by the name of Jay Lester. Jay is the owner/craftsman at Dead Apple Farm Furniture and also my second cousin. His grandfather and my grandfather were brothers. We didn’t meet until a few years ago, I think it was actually 2002, but I can’t remember for sure. I also don’t remember all the details of our meeting, except for the fact that I got a phone call explaining that my young cousin was hitch hiking/riding the bus/exploring the USA all the way from Maine and was going to be coming through Albuquerque, NM.
Of course we invited him to come stay with us and we had a lovely time getting to know this relative that I had never met before. He ended up staying in Albuquerque for about a month. A week with us and several weeks at one of the local Route 66 motels. He spent Thanksgiving with us, played football with my boys and generally hung out. About a year later, we traveled across the country with our family and visited his family in Portland, Maine. What a wonderful group of people! It was a great visit and we were just a bit surprised that none of their family likes lobster, and they live in the lobster capital of the USA! However, they did make us a delicious lobster pie that we all still remember.
Fast forward several years, my young cousin is now married with a couple of kids of his own. He is working on starting up his own business, Dead Apple Farm Furniture. He builds beautiful pieces using reclaimed wood and using crayon sketches as his inspiration. He currently has a kickstarter project going to raise funds to expand his wood shop. Please, if you have a minute, check out his project, watch the video, and pledge to help out his project. There are 17 days left on his kickstarter project and he is a third of the way to his funding goal. The rewards he is offering for funding go from a crayon sketch all the way up to one of his whimsical toy/blanket chests.
I love supporting young artists/craftmen, this is the good stuff of life!
Posted in 2012, family, handpainted furniture, inspiration
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