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July 28th, 2016

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Hi All,

I just got back from Washington, D.C., where I had a wonderful time at the 2016 ODACA Convention.  The atmosphere was fun, the luncheon delicious, and my center piece dolls were well received…all in all…a fabulous event! On Monday, ODACA the members of the standards committee conducted the final review for the five applicants who applied months ago and have already undergone two membership phases. I am happy to announce that all are now new inductees…congratulations to you all! The Committee also voted for new Board Members and I was elected Secretary for the next two years…Yay!

As you already know this year’s convention theme was centered around the delightful story of Alice in Wonderland…who could resist such memorable characters?! With these characters in mind, I decided to make each “Alice” slightly different by having each doll hold a fun character from the book, making each of dolls a one-of-a-kind center piece! I also decided to created a “commemorative” ODACA Day bags to hold the dolls.

Above are pics of each of the dolls…seven total (The Caterpillar, The Cheshire Cat, The Baby, The White Rabbit, The Flamingo, The Door Mouse and The pig)…as well as the bags :)  BTW, I sold out of my tiny “Alice” dolls and several of the new fairies managed to find new homes! Several of the visitors to my sales table came from far off places like Mexico and Russia…proving, once again, that dolls are loved by all and still are,  no matter what age,  a big draw!

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Just a few pictures of the luncheon in progress

On a side note…While in D.C. my childhood friend and fellow artist, Albert Garcia, who now lives there, played tour guide to me and my family. He came to the hotel to help me set up the centerpiece dolls and surprised me with an amazing watercolor he painted from a picture of the my girl when last visited D.C. eight years ago. He is a fantastic artist! See below:

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Happy Doll Making!

D.C. Here I Come!

July 22, 2016

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Hi All,

I’m working at break-neck speed trying to put the finishing touches on the centerpiece dolls for the upcoming ODACA Day Convention.  By now the “Alice in Wonderland” theme has been revealed and we ODACA members are all very excited for the day to arrive!

I’ve also been busy making a few miniature “Alice” dolls for my sales table as well as tiny fairy babies. Although they are not part of the “Alice” theme, I’ve always been intrigued by “fairies” and decided to try my hand at making just a few :)  They have real acorn caps for hats…lol! Above, I share a few pictures. If you happen to be in the D.C. area and are planning on attending the convention, please make sure to stop at my table and say hello! Until then…

Happy Doll Making!

In the Classroom…

March 1, 2016

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I was recently contacted by my daughter’s H.S. art teacher, Ms. Kristen Spano. She was planning on having her students work on a Marionette project and, having seen my work, thought that my coming in to show my dolls and share some of my armature techniques might be beneficial to them. I came in armed with dolls in various stages of completion, various clay samples, wires and tools as well as samples of fibers I use for hair, plus whatever tips I thought might be helpful in this creative endeavor.

Ms. Spano, a talented artist herself,  was very generous with her time and I enjoyed answering any questions the students had. Above are some pictures from the classroom as well as some really great close-up pictures of my dolls (taken by Ms. Spano). Finally a very nice shot of me and Ms. Spano together. It’s been a while since I was “in front” of a classroom and, I admit, I enjoyed it! I really hope to get my work schedule ironed out so I can fit teaching back in…lol!

Happy Doll Making!

Work In Progress…

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December 4, 2015

Hi All,

Still working on my centerpiece dolls for the ODACA 2016 Convention being held in Washington.  I love the Polka-dot bloomers…if only they made them in my size…lol! Next on the list? Their dresses🙂 Until then…

Happy Doll Making!

Back again…

September 26, 2015

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Hi all,
Wow…it’s been forever since I last posted! I recently started another new job as the last one was unlike anything I ever experienced before. It was very stressful and required long hours and was nearly 40 minutes away. I am now much happier in my new position and my daily commute is less than 5 minutes…how great is that?!
In May, I attended the Quinlan’s Teddy Bears and Doll Convention and it was fun! I got to catch up with old friends and made new ones and made a few sales…all in all, it was great!
Next summer, I’ll be heading down to D.C. to attend the ODACA Convention…my first…which, as always, will be joining forces with the UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs. I am very excited not only to attend the convention but also because I have been asked to created the six centerpiece dolls! Yay!!!! I am sooo excited that I already got a jump on it…see above. I cannot reveal the theme of the convention but all the dolls will be similarly dressed and have similar facial features but each will have “a little something” for an individual touch…fun! Until next time…

Happy Doll Making!

Excited!

April 16, 2015

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Hi All,

Looks like spring is finally here! I finally finished 4 “tea cup treasures” (above are 2…sorry, not the best pictures) and am now working on having them put up on my website. I will also be taking them to The Quinlan Artist Doll and Teddy Bear Convention next month…I am so excited!

The convention is such a great place to meet up with old friends and make new ones. The atmosphere is always lively, the sales rooms exciting and the food delicious…all at a great price! If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it.

In addition to working on the tea cups, I have been busy writing a series… 4 in all…of articles for Art Doll Quarterly. The series showcases ODACA (Original Doll Artist Council of America http://www.odaca.org/ ) as an organization and as well as some of our art talented artists. The Winter issue has been available for several weeks already and the Spring issue is due to come out very soon…check them out! ADQ always publishes a first rate magazine worth every penny.

The other thing I’m very excited about it that Schiffer Publications has included some of my ART work in their latest book The Art of the Contemporary Doll coming out in July! It’s great to hear that sooo many of my artist friends have been included as well…yay! I’ve already put in my order. If anyone’s interested, here’s a link to the Amazon page for pre-orders: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764348604/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Well, that’s all for now…

Happy Doll Making!

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2015

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Hi all,

Well, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the Special day with your special someone.  Unfortunately, because of the impending snow storm, we never got out to celebrate as we’d planned. Today, we hope, we’ll be given another chance to enjoy a nice, quiet dinner for two!

Needless to say, the night didn’t go to waste as I continued working on my latest teacup: Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum…see above. This piece has been especially fun working on both faces at the same time…trying to make them look somewhat the same but not completely identical.  Alice and the White Rabbit are finished and when this piece is finished I will post them all! Until next time…

Happy Doll Making!