Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Big One that [didn't] Get Away

I've got to admit, I'm almost too shy to post this one- but it's just too hard to resist.
I found this super life-size King Salmon "doll" at a whopping $3.99, and just had to have it. Not sure just what good it is, but I still think it's a great catch!

The fish is made from some type of smooth textile that looks like the features were done in an airbrush.  It has so many details, down to the scales. I was thinking of painting over it or putting beads and sequins on it or somehting- but it really doesn't need it. I think it would make a great "trophy" just the way it is.
Now I know I am a true Seattleite!
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Penny Doll

I'm back from vacation. I miss the tranquility already but I'm excited to be back home where I can talk about dolls.

I'm engaged in a doll project with my doll club, Dollerious Doll Makers of Washington- and it's based on a pattern called Penny Doll. The pattern is made by a cloth doll artist named Claire. The pattern is really quite interesting.

The doll is jointed together with buttons and is very different than anything I have ever made before. The feet are like high heel shoes.

I really like the way the hands are designed, too. Usually I take great pains to make 5 individual fingers, thinking that the hands look more realistic that way. I never saw them made in this manner, but I like it a lot.

HANDsome hands!

Now if you are offended by nudity, close your eyes! This is one of the most interesting features of this pattern. The design of it definitely took a lot of imagination.

Here's what the torso looks like before the legs and lower part of the arms were attached.

Neat, huh?
I'll show you the doll as it progresses. She didn't feel like talking to me today. I still don't know who she wants to be. I guess I'll wait for her to call. (I have a feeling that might be after Labor Day when my daughter goes back to school) .....

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

On Vacation

THANK YOU everyone who has offered me a hand with my peacock quilt. I can't tell you how excited I am and what a good feeling I have about it.....

I am on vacation right now visiting my parents who retired to Anna Maria Island, Florida. It is on the west coast of the state, near Sarasota and right on the Gulf of Mexico.
I brought a bunch of the peacock project fabrics with me and mailed out 8 envelopes on Friday. I will be returning home to Seattle this Thursday very late at night. I will be able to get back into it next week!

For those of you who have written about the project, I apologize for being slightly unreachable... I just could not help but take advantage of the wonderful time I am having here.

The island is just lovely, and not crowded. My father goes fishing every day. Yes, every day, maybe twice a day! This morning I went with him and although I did not catch anything, I got to see dolphins jumping out of the water. It was so exhilarating. My parents think it's no big deal- but it was a thrill for me! There are manatees here, too. Maybe I will see one tomorrow. The house is one block from the Gulf of Mexico. The sand is white and the water is green. My mother sits on the beach and goes swimming- with the fish- just about every single day.
These are some vintage postcards of the Island. It really does look like this!
This is the pier where my father fishes every day. The building on the end is now a little restaurant. It's been around just shy of a hundred years. You can see all kinds of interesting marine creatures swimming in the water (and flying over it) as you walk down to the end- where it's over 80'deep. I have more pictures but am not able to post them right now. These are copyright-free images just to give you an idea!

Thank you so much, everyone who has offered to help out with the peacock quilt project. I will put together more envelopes when I get back to Seattle. Please email me at rivkah (dot) mizrahi (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thank you so much and I hope you are having a wonderful end of the summer!
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