Showing posts from February, 2012

Doll Journey: It Isn't over Yet!

Some might call this the end of the journey, when the project is complete, but it isn't over yet! It is really only just beginning.  A new doll has been born! A new season! A new Birth to celebrate! A name has been chosen! It is my privilege to introduce to you:
Her name is quite simple and may not totally relate to the multiple meanings, but it suits. I think of the little light these little bugs give off in an increasingly darkening sky. They joy they gave me as a child and the wonder of how they lit up. It totally suits!

I want to send out a special thanks again to the 14 ladies that gave her wings. Joetta Adams, Judi Burkhalter, Jeanne Evans, Aryd’ell Hotelling, Gail Isbel, Rose Mary Jameson, Catherine King, Gwen Mazzocco, Candys McCulley, Gale Michel, Ann Page, Karan Parker, Debra Pyeatt, and Jena Tuntas You all sent so many home to me that not all of them were used but everyone of them blessed me! I am sure they will all find a home at some point.  You made it possible for…

Doll Journey: Timing

If there is anything I have learned about beading, it is how much time it really takes to accomplish something. After all, the main reason I pursued beading was because it consumed more of my time, which slowed ME down. I naturally zoom through life and that is NOT always a good thing. I have learned to pace myself or to set realistic goals when something needs to be done.
What exactly HAS to be done by WHEN?
I decided that both legs needed to be beaded by the 18th so that I can bead the back and arms just before putting on the wings and feathers. Somewhere in there, the hair has to be figured in.  I am still up in the air on that one because it will catch on everything but  then again so will the feathers. I am almost done with both legs! I am going to stick my neck out to get some of the back done before I crash tonight. I am going to need a little leeway for the hair and or feathers. Here is how it looks to this moment.

 Here are the first 7 packages of feathers to arrive. The ladies f…

Doll Journey: The spirit of Beaded 2 Bless

When beads become a blessing, you have hit the nail on the head. Today I received some "happy mail". You know the kind of mail that brings a gift or an unexpected nicety instead of a bill or application. In the mail I found the first 3 packages from my "Bead Sisters" containing feathers! Wow, 3 at one time, the power of numbers doesn't fall dead on the brain.
Let me back track a moment.  I sent a post on a yahoo group  that  asked for urgent help making feathers. I asked  those interested to email me for more details. What they didn't expect was that I wanted them to create the feathers while listening to praise/ worship music, the word or while they prayed. I knew that some might be completely turned off at the idea but I was not ready for the amazing words that came from some of the participants. Many of them said they "would be honored" to help. One lady was "blown away" by my request as she hasn't been a Christian for very long.  I…

Doll Journey: Purpose

One thing that always resonates with me in my art is purpose. I prefer to have a reason to make something,  for it to have a function or  a particular purpose. It gives me motivation on a whole new level.  Now this doll has its very own purpose, more than just materializing a vision. The push to finish her and have her photographed and submitted by March first is ON. I have 16 helpers making those feathers in 3 different shades from white to dark grey. They will be given credit as those who helped give her wings. Here is my progress.

It is not the most recent bit of progress but you can already tell how much more quickly I am working when there is purpose. The most recent progress has most of this thigh top and bottom done. I love the pose of the feet in this picture. I am feeling confident that this can be done- thanks to the other ladies. Blessings!

Doll Journey: A Gentle Push

I received an email that gave me more than just a gentle push to finish. It gave me a jump through my butt to get it done kind of motivation. A call for entries...from The Worship Studio  "Unlocking the Heart of the Artist"
Could it possibly be a better fit for my doll? Uhh, NO.
I think I am going to need a little (a lot) of help. Remember those feather pieces??? You do?!    Well I am going to need help making those.... a lot of them. The due date, get this, is MARCH 1st!!!  I may have just lost my mind to even try to have this done by then.
"I can do all things!" It's blurry, but this is the progress since last week. I know it doesn't look like much but you should see the SBR  RR doll I had put a lot of my time into instead. I would show you but  Oceana's (the whale doll's) mommy doesn't want to peek at her yet.
I got to get to work and finish the other RR doll on my table so I can get busy on this "flaming" doll.