Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Frivolities

Fee has been out of town a lot lately, and I have spent most of these days in the studio.  In the works:  a cage doll, a silly stuffed doll, a re-paint of an old head that never went anywhere, but is now getting a body to go with the head, a rag & skeleton garland, the burlap and fabric pumpkins (yes, copied directly from Frugalicious Me because I love hers; I have made a couple out of different cloth, though).

 I'm definitely not the stylist that Tasha is.  She has a knack for making beautiful photos.

On the doll front, each step seems to take so much time.  Waiting, waiting, waiting, for clay to dry, gesso to dry, paint to dry.  The cage doll (as yet unnamed) is now mounted on the cage I just finished.

  I've learned to enjoy stuffing, something I used to hate; I like it now because I can watch television while I stuff.  Stuffing one large doll can take a long, long time, but with my mind occupied, it is a relaxing activity.

Last night as I stuffed the silly Halloween doll, I watched Kenneth Branagh's version of As You Like It--set in Japan.  At first, I wasn't too impressed, but after everyone got exiled to Arden, it really picked up.  Keven Kline was Jacques and Alfred Molina was Touchstone.  Oh, could Shakespeare put the human condition in such beautiful language!

And I've been ordering books like crazy (even though this week I've not had much time to read because I've been upstairs and downstairs working on eccentricities.

In the next week, I'll be getting half a dozen (well, at least 3--but a quarter of a dozen just doesn't have the same panache) separate orders and since some of them come from independent sellers--lots of deliveries.

Books for Carl's R.I.P. challenge (Gothic, witchy or zombie or vampire-y or scary or supernatural), books I just think I want to read (now, not when they finally arrive at the library), books on mixed media.  That may cover the genres, I'm not sure because each purchase has been impulsive, spur-of-the-moment.

When I get Sew Wild:  Creating With Stitch and Mixed Media, I probably won't have time to read all the fiction!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Great stuff going on at your house,Jen. I love the poise and pose of the cage doll.

  2. Thanks, Kay! I worked on her some more last night, and she does seem poised. She put up with my embellishments with good grace.

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun getting all those deliveries! I would like that movie, it's right up my ally.

  4. Rian - I love deliveries; they add such pleasure to a day! One delivery came yesterday:

    Stitch Alchemy by Kelli Perkins and Plaster Studio: Mixed-Media Techniques by Stephanie Lee & Judy Wise.

    The beginning As You Like It (with Japanese setting) wasn't very good, and I almost abandoned it, but by the end, it was great fun!

  5. Maybe watching Shakespeare while working on the cage doll had something to do with the stance. She sure is cute. I'd love to know her name and see a close up.

    I think I'll have to get a copy of Sew Wild. It looks like lots of fun reading and inspiration.

  6. Mary - She doesn't have a name yet, but I think she looks kind of Russian for some reason.

    I'm looking forward to my copy of Sew Wild. I'll let you know what I think after it gets here. Sometimes the books sound better in the blurbs than they are in reality, but I'm hoping this one offers lots of inspiration!

  7. Love the Cage Doll! Very graceful.

  8. Thanks, Debra! I've always wanted a Santos doll. Now that I've made a cage, I can make a more Santos looking doll -- maybe an angel.


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