Happy Memorial day Vets
In this mini painting, we have a sailor having some down time with his pipe and Annual Magazine. The source is one of many of my dad’s photos taken between 1954 to 1959 while in the U.S. Navy. I think this guy’s name is “Rip”.
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These little quilts feature actual paper parasols that I painstakingly deconstructed to make them lie flat. Inside I found these strips from a Chinese (guessing…) newspaper that were used to wrap the little plunger and the top of the umbrella, which were covered by another material. You would laugh to see me hunched over dozens of paper parasols, Xacto knife in hand and tiny strips of paper being rescued for this project!
The center, where there was only a hole left, is covered with a sequin.
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Coming up next is a baby boy quilt that just needs to be photographed.
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There is a little girl in OK who is patiently awaiting her very own SkyGirl. Audrianna suffers from a rare syndrome called Prader-Willi Syndrome. Her mom tells me she’s a doll collector and I wanted to send her one just because I can.
The orangey doll is showing her back with the stamped heart with wings design. Inside the heart I used a sharpie to write:
SkyGirl, the doll’s name, and year. I also signed the doll.
On her chest is a red glittery heart.
I made several dresses today because I couldn’t decide on the fabrics I wanted to use. It occurred to me that I could sell extra dresses separately! I’d have to figure out the cost but it would certainly be rather inexpensive.
The other idea I had, which I need to look into further, is to donate dolls to Children’s Hospitals. Particularly St. Christopher’s in Phila. because I was a patient there when I was 6 years old. Now, I don’t think I could supply hundreds… But what if it was a “you buy one, I’ll donate one” kind of deal? Or gather members of Philly Handmade to pool together on this idea? It needs some more thought and brainstorming. But this would be a great community gift.
While working on her doll, and some others, I had the idea of making a stamp label!
I just use a cheap Speedball stamp carver I picked up at Michael’s Craft’s store for about $5. I got the carving materials you see here at Dick Blick. It’s a very soft material that reminds me of an eraser. Carves like butta! From one of the small cut-away pieces, I made a tiny heart with SG in the center.
Stamp carving is one of those things I adore doing. It’s just fabulous to have your very own originals for fabric design and now as a face template and the base for labels for my dolls.
The past week was way long and I didn’t get a lot of work done. Today I am recharged and it feels great to be back in the studio!
Have a great week!!