Saturday, October 30, 2010

Key to My Heart Doll

The doll club I belong to, Cloth Souls, recently used Sherry Goshon's pattern to create cloth hearts and swap them amongst members. The hearts are then used to create a triangular skirt base for a doll. Here's the doll I made with the three I got in the swap.
Her sleeves are made from a piece of embroidered sari fabric; her bodice is decoupaged with pieces of a pink napkin printed with red chili peppers!
The overskirt is venise lace.

The gold and fuchsia base cover is another piece of beautiful Indian fabric, given to me by my friend Rekha.
The wood base is decoupaged with pieces of napkin.

Sherry's online doll group also did a swap of three hearts. The three I received are more pastel than this, and I haven't made that doll yet. I really loved working with this pattern.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Soap & Fragrance

A nice long talk with my friend Margie (of Hill Country Haiku fame) Friday evening got my soapmaking batteries re-charged. I love talking with Margie; she gets me thinking about fragrances and soap formulas, and beautiful colorations in soap. I needed some oomph so badly.

Before I talked to her Friday, I made a batch of Lavender Coriander soap, and it smells so good. She sent me a photo of the batch she and her assistant made Friday - White Tea and Ginger, with a triple swirl. Margie's swirls are amazing, and I know I'll never achieve anything near her swirl perfection. Of course, she seems to admire my nose for scents, so we have a pretty good mutual admiration society going.

Between that and the trip Thursday afternoon to Oils by Nature, I'm all fired up and ready to start making lots and lots of soap before the holidays. I, of course, have all the old favorite stand-bys to make, but I also love to play - try new scents, make new blends, etc.

Right now, I'm off to make the Pumpkin Pie and Lavender blend that Margie mentioned. I don't know what proportions to use, but I do trust my nose, and I'm going to see if I can concoct that man-luring scent. However, I'd love, love, love to know what your noses are telling you these days.

Leave me a comment please? Tell me your favorites for any season, tell me what you've sniffed lately that you can't get out of your mind, tell me what you've been seeking for years and can't find. And fellow soapers - what trends are you seeing? Let's talk fragrance - I miss it so.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Book Giveaway

I have some books to clear out of here - anyone interested?

Here's a listing - drop me a line if I can send them along...

3 CD’s of Dolls United with instructions and interviews – The Elements issue, The Celestial issue, and the Mystical Issue

Booklet – Crochet Native American Baskets

Booklet – Crochet Chenille Purses


Bags with Style, Stephanie Kimura (all patterns intact and unused)

The Magic of Free-Machine Embroidery, by Doreen Curran

A Charming Exchange, by Kelly Snelling & Ruth Rae

Living the Creative Life, by Rice Freeman-Zachery

Drawing as a Scared Activity, by Heather C. Williams

Saturday Night Hat, by Eugenia Kim

Transforming Fabric, by Carolyn Dahl

New Techniques for Wearable Art, by Rice Freeman-Zachery

Prevention – Women’s Choices in Natural Healing

(Herbs in Pots, Rob Proctor and David Macke) claimed

Health Essential Aromatherapy Massage with Essential Oils

Seasons of Aromatherapy, Judith Fitzsimmons & Paula M. Bousquet

(Eyewitness Handbooks Herbs, Lesley Bremness) claimed

Gifts for Herb Lovers, Storey Publishing

(50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself, Stephanie Tourles) claimed

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just a Little More Beadwork

My "dangerous" mermaid (Fathoms of the Deep pattern, by Colleen Babcock)) is almost done at last. I just have to bead a bit more on her fish shawl, and we'll be all set. Poor thing got set aside a couple times, in favor of other, more pressing projects.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One Rose...

...five ways. Playing with photo apps on my iPhone. Such easy fun!

Unedited, straight from the camera.

Two processes - Pic Grunger and Lo-Mob

One process - Lo Mob

One process - Pic Grunger

One process - Color Splash

This is just so impressive to me. I continue to marvel at all the things I can do with my "phone"!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Friday Shopping

Friday was an "all about me" day. I stayed in my robe, late, shopped in places I love, and got a couple things I've been wanting.

The nearest Trader Joe's is in a lovely shopping complex which has a far too crowded (and frustrating) parking lot - as well as the street that approaches it being jammed and slow-going. It takes a special mental state for me to head over there - but once I actually get there, and find a parking spot, I'm always glad to have made the effort. The special plantings alone are worth the effort.
My plan was to shop Trader Joe's and take a look around Penzey Spices. Well, not only did I shop both places, I also shopped at Sur La Table, and bought something that's been on my wish list for quite some time. Meet the newest addition to our family!

You probably don't care much about the jars of spices, or the groceries I bought, but how about this bouquet of my favorite flowers - Stargazer Lilies? (In the pitcher on the left, below.) They scent not only the entire living room, but the kitchen, bedroom, and hall, as well.

Lovely day. Should hold me for a while. So why do I have this urge to drive to the antique mall today?

Friday, October 08, 2010

New Bed

We've finally graduated to a larger (queen size) bed. It was time - we've not gotten any smaller, but we've both developed joints that ache and parts that fall asleep that shouldn't. Besides, we have most of the rest of the bedroom re-do done, so why not figure out the bed now, and then put on the finishing touches?

One view of the bed; will share more when we hang artwork, paint woodwork, buy rugs...

Doll Bookmark

Last night at the monthly meeting of Cloth Souls, we made little doll bookmarks. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but it's a simple body shape cut from tag board, and then a dress shape cut from paper or fabric. Some of the gals used wallpaper, some used beautiful fabrics, I used a napkin. Then the body shape is laminated and cut out with about 1/8" of lamination remaining around the edge. The face is done on a covered button, hair added, and thar you have it. I couldn't find the right size button cover, so mine's a little large, but this one isn't going anywhere, so I'm not too concerned.

I really like meeting with this group. We learn some little thing every meeting, but there's no pressure, no shows to put on, it's like getting together with a group of friends for sewing circle once a month.

The only "danger" - for me - is that it meets at Joann's in Mentor (OH) where I always find something extra to purchase. Last night I found a LOT of trims I couldn't leave behind - so I left the store $33 poorer with just a little bag of goodies!