Almost a year ago, I started 4 cloth dolls (actually more than these 4, but the 4 I'm talking about are in the top right-hand corner. I only finished two of them at the time (here and huh? I never posted a picture of the other one?).
Recently, I finished the Santos style cage doll that you've seen recently with her beaded bodice.
The one below is still in progress. When I covered her with paper clay, I intentionally left her pretty rough, but the paint and sealer have smoothed her out some. Hmmm. Not sure if I should have gone this dark.
I didn't like her. I've gessoed over her again and added clay to her hips. Not sure if I'm going to like this version any better. Because this one has no arms or leg, she is really just a bust. (Ha! didn't realize the play on words until I saw it).
Don't like her new look either. One more thing to try, and if I still don't like her, she goes back into the land of neglect and abandonment.
I'm thoroughly enjoying The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel by Jonathan Evison. Love his writing; he reaches you emotionally and involves you in the characters and their situations. Witty, human, funny, touching. Don't want it to end, which is why I've taken time with it, savoring the writing and the characters, who don't feel like characters, but real people. (warning: language. One character is an 18 year old boy and his conversation frequently focuses on sex--despite the fact that his crippled body ( an advanced state of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ) is confined to a wheel chair, his male adolescent mind is definitely in working order. I don't even know exactly what a lot of the expressions mean...but I get the gist of it)
The novel was an Advanced Reader's Copy from Algonquin, and when Suzie was here, I promised to send it to her when I finished. Then I found another copy (it may have been an uncorrected proof) that Algonquin had sent earlier and gave her that one. Can't wait to see if she feels the same way about it. We both loved West of Here, also by Evison, but we don't always enjoy the same books. I'm a greedy and eclectic reader, reading from every genre including fantasy. She is more focused in her choices, but we frequently land on the same wave-length and share the same enthusiasm for certain books.
Finally, two basils rooted. Out of about 10 or 12 cuttings, only two rooted in water. The others are still fresh looking, but no sign of roots. This is really a pretty good per centage for my experience of rooting basil. Coleus and sweet potato vine cuttings root beautifully and quickly in water, but basil is slower, and I have a mixed success rate. Begonias-- nothing. The two rosemary cuttings I put directly in soil are doing well, but those in water, nothing so far.
Some of the perennials I've ordered from Wayside Gardens will arrive mid-September. Wayside ships at planting time for your zone, and I'll have to wait until spring for other plants I've ordered. Locating some of the dye plants I'm looking for has been more difficult.