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Day 26 of HEARTS! Lizbeth and Rose Marie

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Day 26 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. Pictured here are two friends of mine that share my work space. Lizbeth is a doll that I created using a felt body and wire arms and legs, her clothing is attached almost like a paper doll. She was part of a blog challenge series called Dress-UP, check out the details of her dress for the month of February here. Rose Marie is a mixed media doll that I made from an old paint brush, cardboard packaging, plastic roses, paper mache lady bugs, vine trim, ribbonwork leaves, paper leaves, and crocheted roses that my mom made.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Lizabeth’s Adventures: Dress Up for August

Lizabeth in EnglandLizabeth has been on a world wide adventure with her favorite Aunt Mural!

Early in April her aunt called her from her home in Alberta, inviting Lizabeth on an adventure. She asked her to join her on a journey across the globe to far off and exotic lands. Lizabeth got her passport, packed her bags and boarded a plane to Toronto where she met her Aunt.

First stop on the trip was to London, where she bought this lovely designer gown in at Lord and Taylor’s. She and her Aunt visited the V and A, and with so many wonderful exhibits they came back twice! They visited Scotland where Aunt Murial’s kinsmen Robert Burns was born, and stayed at a lovely little B & B for a few days.

Throughout the month of April they traveled all through Britain, Scotland, Whales, and Ireland, then it was time to take the chunnel on to Paris.

lizabeth in ParisOh Paris, glorious city of lights, a beautiful city in May! Lizbeth was enchanted with the fountains, the statues, the museums and the cousine, yumn ! Everything was so beautiful that she could smile and cry at the same time. She bought a vintage gown at Worth, which had been worn by one of her most favorite silent film actresses! She and her Aunt Murial visited Versailles, Monet’s gardens and of course took a ride to the top of the tower!

lizbeth in tuscanyAfter the nightlife and wonders of Paris they traveled to Tuscany for the month of June. A little rest and relaxation was needed for both of them! They stayed at a lovely villa that had once been a famous winery. They wandered amongst the vines, the vegetables and the lovely gardens! When they felt the need to visit the city they traveled with the chauffeur in the 1949 Bentley, the only way to go!

lizabeth in japanFrom Europe they traveled to China and Japan spending the month of July traveling to both large and small cities. Oh the flower gardens, oh the fabrics, oh the people! What a wonderful experience to climb the “Great Wall”, and to see the “Forbidden City”! All of the places that they had read about, all of the sites and smells they had dreamed about!

lizabeth in indiaFrom the East they traveled by cruise ship to India, where both Lizbeth and her Aunt Murial were enchanted by the culture, the people and the food! The Taj Mahal had of course been top on the list, but oh the wonders that they saw in the cities, the country. Their stay was mad even more memorable by the generosity of their hostess who had been a friend of Aunt Murial for many years.

Now back in the states, Lizbeth is catching up with all of the rest of her friends that have been designing dresses and participating in the “Dress-Up Challenge“. Won’t you please join her in wishing the best to all of the designers!

enjoy- Christen

Hank and the Moontones: MMM challenge

Hank and the Moontones

Hank and the Moontones

Over at Mixed Media Monday this week it is all about the moustache. The bigger the better I believe. My entry includes art dolls and their instruments….

Hank was on the run, he was in hiding in fact. His wife had left him, skipped town after draining their joint bank account and running away with the teller. Before she left though, she turned states’ evidence against him and his sordid past. As a disguise, he joined a mariachi band that was looking for a lead singer, he found the ad in the PennySaver. Tijuana turned out to be a pretty good place to hole up; lots of people who had pasts themselves, a less than enthusiastic police force that could be talked into looking the other way, and a seemingly never-ending string of restaurants, birthdays, and Quinceneras to play………they’d never find him here.

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Hank in the Spotlight

Hank, in the middle, is a paper mache head that I found at the thrift store. I used to hang him in my store, as he looked remarkably like a store owner in the same building. This man would on occasion lurk around the corner and come spy in my window when I wasn’t there. The reason that I know this is because I caught him one day doing just this. So I hung the puppet head as a joke, and all of the girls that worked for me and around the building knew that it was Hank. I don’t get MAD, I get EVEN!

Hank’s body is a wooden handled melon baller; his arms are wrapped in an old tie, and his hands (not shown) are made from bone. Both of the faces of the “Moontones” are made from clay. The faces are glued to a smashed soda can, and both were painted with bronze paint. The faces are glued to a painted wooden clothes pin; their arms are wrapped in old ties and both are wearing thimbles for shoes.

The stage is a cardboard ribbon spool that I painted and adorned with trims and sequin stars. The instruments are fun too: there are two old walnut-shell and abalone pieces, one a guitar and the other a mandolin; vintage castanets; a plastic harmonica and maracas.

I say it is all about creating with fun, how about you? Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Old Friends and New Friends

Sorry that this post is late, I have been busy and have not had the time to take proper pictures of my favorites. So to make up for the past two weeks, I have posted one before this, and will be on time for tomorrow!

old friends

old friends

Dolls, I think that all of us have a favorite or two, some may even have been around as long as we have, longer in some cases. This is a group photograph of my oldest friends. They have all been with me these many years, some have faired better than others, but no matter because they certainly don’t mention the pieces and parts of me that have not faired well!

The little Swedish girl actually was handed down to me by my grandmother Ellen Matilda. It was a gift given to her by my dad when he went on a holiday to Europe. My teddy was a crib gift from my other grandmother Evelyn. The little boy was a gift from my godmother Aunt Murt (her middle name was given to me as my middle name). The troll doll came to me much later, perhaps I was eight or nine. I tried out some of my very first fashion designs on her, and she is why I decided to go to school for fashion design.

Pretty good friends wouldn’t you say?

new friends

new friends

This is a group of a few of my new friends, they can all be seen here in my gallery “Dolls of Distinction”. These are all dolls that I have designed and created with a pillow or two peeping out from here and there. The dolls as shown are:

  • Tatiana: Queen of the Butterfly Fairies (her wings are pinned on in case she wishes to take them off and go out incognito).
  • The fuchsia and green doll next to her is Beatrice, she is bejeweled and resplendent in vintage kimono fabrics. A wand full of dolls rests behind her.
  • Lady Rose sits next to her, in prim and proper red and white. She is comprised of several pieces of crochet both hearts and roses that my mom had made.
  • Next to her is Madame de Bezornak, a retired fortune teller who spent her savings on clothing and jewels. In retrospect it probably should have been bo-tox and plastic surgery.
  • Next to her is the Court Jester. It is said that often the doll maker designs the dolls she makes after her own likeness. Well looking at this squatty little body and jiggly arms… hmmm could be some truth to that!
  • Above him is the Magic Angel, she is made from the same pattern as Beatric e,which was designed after the nesting doll shape.
  • Below the Jester is the Duchess of the Danforth, she is made in memory of my grandmother Evelyn, a grand Dame if there ever was one! She would wear a marvelous hat and her mink stole, but she would never ever wear blue velvet shoes with orange stockings!

If you love to make dolls and are interested in a unique and fun doll, I have just designed a doll CuddleNots for Joggles.com which is on the schedule for the end of September.

Hope that you too can count your old and new friends, and recall warm memories! Good wishes and thoughts to you, Christen.

Natural Redhead- Mixed Media Monday

Bea- the natural Red-head

Bea- the natural Redhead

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday, the theme for this week was Playful Dolls

Bea was a natural Redhead, with the help of Clairol’s Nice and Easy #16- Spiced Tea, naturally. She had been dyeing her own hair for years, and never thought to read the directions or the warning label, until yesterday. Apparently you really can only leave the dye on for the recommended amount of time if you wish to avoid embarrassing questions from your family, friends and the drugstore clerk who sold her additional products to counteract her slight miscalculation.

Enjoy, play all the time, even if it is just inside your head! Christen

PS: I thought that it would be fun to know the ingredients for my entry (15″ tall):

  • Body: cardboard jewelry box, fabric, ribbon, machine embroidered net, celluloid buttons, glass flowers from France
  • Neck: hand painted face, dyed cotton fringe for hair, round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, machine embroidered net, ribbon worked flowers, glass baubles from old millinery flowers, plastic leaves, costume jewel
  • Arms: round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, hors de oeuvres sticks, glass flowers from France, plastic leaves, metal charms shaped like a gloved hand
  • Legs: round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, machine embroidered net, rattail cord, glass flowers from France, glass shoes, found objects (I think that the one on the right was a screw driver made by my dad)
  • ATTITUDE

Techniques used, fabric painting and dyeing, a little hand sewing, with the bulk of the assembly being done with glue: Tacky glue and hot glue. Hours spent enjoying the playful fun, 5:30 am- 1:30 pm.

Happy Creating! ~Christen

Dolls of Distinction- fiber art cloth dolls

Many years ago I was fortunate enough to be a part of a special group of ladies that were involved in an Cloth-Art Doll group. The name of the organization was called “The Imitation of Life Construction Company”. We met once a month, shared our creations, ideas, friendship and time with each other.

These are a few of the dolls that I made during the time period when I belonged to the group, and that are included in my gallery section “Dolls of Distinction”. Many talented women were part of this Southern California group, that still has a yearly exhibit at the San Diego Quilt Show which is usually held in August.

Happy Stitching! Christen