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Friday, November 28, 2008

Upcoming Craft Faire Events

I'm going to be doing a Craft Faire at the Howard Hughes Center on two upcoming Fridays, December 5th and 12th.

6081 Center Drive, Suite 121
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center is conveniently located off the 405 Freeway, Howard Hughes Parkway exit, just ten minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

This is a nice venue with a luxurious cinema and Imax, and lots of restaurants. The event is being coordinated by the owner of Sonja’s Scrapbook Spot. I'm making dolls and Christmas decorations as fast as I can.

There will also be some fun crafty activities for kids:

Friday, December 5th – noon-6pm

Photos with Firemen & decorate a frame – Noon-3pm

Kid’s Holiday Card Workshop 3-6pm

Marionette Show 4:30 & 6:30pm

Friday, December 12th – noon – 6pm

Kid’s Holiday Card Workshop 3-6pm

Another activities TBA.

I'm also going to be at a Craft Fair in Torrance on Saturday, December 20th. More info on that soon.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

In print

I've been published in this magazine. Twice - two little things I make for the holidays. No pics of my things, but the magazine itself is lushly shot and glossy.

I'll be doing a bunch of my cookie cutter soft tree ornaments for sale next month.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Dream Star Dolls for sale

The first of the next batch. Following advice about keeping my shop at the top of the search engines, I'll be putting one up for sale each day.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Shaman Spider Woman Bead Head Doll

This is the Shaman/Spider Woman doll I made as a very special wedding gift. I wanted to invoke the Native American connection to their wedding ceremony. Many of the items for the charms and trim are from vintage jewelry including a Kokopelli pin and road runner turquoise earrings that were my mother's. Some of the beads were new purchases, others from vintage necklaces taken apart.

Many of the fabrics used in the patchwork over robe were given to me by my mother-in-law. She has a huge collection of different vintage fabrics that she has collected over the last 40+ years in her travels. I combined upholstery fabrics with antique embroideries, printed Indian silks and quilting cottons, including small scale liberty prints.

My daughter contributed a lot of her design talents to the project. It was she who designed the tattoos for the doll's cheeks. She also chose the yarn combination for the hair, to coordinate with the robes. She sewed the little felt bag for the Kokopelli, a fertility deity, which contains a baby figure made from "stone" polymer clay.

The feathers in the headdress and one of the charms came from decorations on the wedding invitation. I also made many of the paper beads from the lovely stiff textured papers on the home made invitation and "save the date" cards. They made really lovely beads. Her staff was made from fallen wood I collected on our way to Sedona.

She was great fun to make. Sometimes I look at her and see a bit of Eastern Europe in the silhouette and layering. This makes me very happy too. Best of all she seemed to be appreciated by the recipients.

Shaman doll progress

I have completed and presented this doll, a wedding gift for our friends who married in an extraordinary ceremony in Sedona, Arizona. My husband took some good shots of the completed figure, which I will post later tonight, I hope. But here are some in progress shots.

This is the first time I have made cloth hands. Some blowing out of the silk, but I am still happy with the results, after needle sculpting and painting of details.

My daughter designed the face painting - a spiral and a bear print.