Sunday, May 13, 2007

What I've Been Up To


My dollmaking has been a little slow lately. It's that time of year where Spring cleaning takes priority over everything else. In between the cleaning, I've been trying to finish a fairy doll I started with the doll club I belong to. For some reason I just can't seem to finish her. We did a wing technique at our meeting last week and I wanted to use the technique for her wings but everytime I try to finish her I just look at her and walk away. I can't seem to figure what that's all about but I thought if I should work on something else in the meantime. I thought if I divert my attention to a simpler doll, I would snap out of whatever it was that was stopping me from working on my fairy. I was browsing some of the doll sites and came across a new free pattern by Kate Erbach at the dollmakers journey website http://dollmakersjourney.com/ettamae.html
I thought I would make this doll because it was so simple and then go back to my fairy but I got very much involved with this one. As you can see, she has a very odd look and shape to her which made her interesting to worked on. She came together rather nicely. I would recommend this pattern to someone new to doll making who likes the whimsical type dolls. I can see alot being done with this doll. After completing this doll I figured I'd attempt working on my fairy again, but again the brakes went on. I'm starting to believe she doesn't want to be a fairy for some reason. So while I pondered on what I'm going to do about my fairy I made another doll from the free pattern.

I Think they are both kind of cute; but what am I going to do about my fairy? I really think she doesn't want to be a fairy. I have gotten as far as trying to costume her and that's where she stops me. It looks like I may have to choose another pattern for my fairy. I think that may be the answer. I'll give it a shot and see what happens. It's amazing how some of the dolls we make can be so tempermental. I myself am curious to know what this doll wants to be or wants to look like. I will surely keep you posted about the results.


I would also like to wish all my dolly friends a Happy Mother's Day.

5 comments:

Judi said...

Oh, these are great! I love the huge eyes. Happy Mother's Day to you too!

UrbanWildflowerDolls said...

Venus, I know what you mean about other things taking precedence. I was swamped getting ready for a doll show and finishing up a few quilts. Great to see your new dolls. I have been checking to see what you had new. I have some new dolls on my site. I am about to post a few more. Please stop by when you get a chance. Thanks for sharing your beautiful new work with us!

Kyra said...

What lovely dolls! I look forward to seeing more of you creations!

Kyra
www.BlackThreads.blogspot.com

Michelle Davis Petelinz said...

Apparently, dolls and masks do the same thing: tell us what they do and do NOT want to be! I have the same issue sometimes with the Ancestress Series masks I make. Funny, isn't it?
Happy Belated Mother's Day to you, Venus.

Colleen said...

I know what you mean about getting stuck and thinking you should be making something else but just not being able to force yourself. You were right to try something different. I have been in exactly the same spot - I should be making a doll I started but have been making free patterns instead. In fact, my procrastination has lead me to make my own free pattern. Now that is desperate for distraction!