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...and things I have created.

Monday, February 16, 2015

An Unexpected Gift

     I don't like giving people ordinary things for extraordinary events, if I can help it. For my cousin's son's baptism, I had this brilliant idea in my head to make something meaningful for the day that the kid could actually do something with (as opposed to a nice picture frame, or something to hang on the wall - not bad gifts, but not really a source of fun for baby as he gets older). I came up with the idea to make a peg doll of baby's name saint, since they seem to be all over the internet lately. But when I went to get the wooden dolls to paint, I found something even more useful and fun - a blank puzzle.
     It needs to be said that all my supplies are still packed up and in storage so I had to operate not only on an extreme time crunch ( I had 1.5 hours one night, and 2 hours another night, to design and execute the whole thing) but with very very limited resources. This puzzle isn't as polished or as detailed as I would have liked it to be, but considering what I had to work with it's not terrible.

Because of the time crunch, I didn't even have time to take a decent photo. Pity.
This is a rendition of St. Stephen, first martyr of the Catholic church (hence his red outfit and the palm) and a deacon who was stoned to death (hence the rocks in his hand). I modeled him after both some holy card images I found and also several icon writings of him that I liked.
     For extra fun, JieJie helped me paint the frame of the puzzle. This gave me a little extra time later to put an inscription on the inside, which you can see without the pieces on top of it:

I thought it would be even more fun to do an image of Eomer from Lord of the Rings (baby's middle name) on the flip side of the puzzle pieces but alas, I ran out of time.
     His older siblings really enjoyed playing with this puzzle so I hope once he gets old enough to play, he will too!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Belated Birthday, Disneyland!

In honor of Disneyland's 59th birthday the other day, I'm totally going to one up their sense of celebrating with a brief look back at the way things used to be...

Aww. Wasn't that nice? Unfortunately, just like the real celebration, there's no free cake or commemorative buttons involved, but here's to hoping that birthday number 60 will at least warrant the reappearance of one David Hasselhoff in a certain talking car.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Princess Nightgown

Because every princess should have a brocade nightgown...it's not enough that a princess should wear such formal fabric in the daytime. She should sleep in it, too. Not sure how long that's going to last, but she does bear a strong resemblance to Linet in the 1989 musical version of Red Riding Hood.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Recital Dress

My girl wanted a new dress to wear to her recital, and she'd been dying for a dress like Mary wears in "The Secret Garden." She picked out some fabric at Jo-ann, and I went to work. Unfortunately, she grew while this was in production, so I had to add a placket to the back so that it would button.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Colored Pencils

A look back at some of my old work with colored (and uncolored!) pencils.

 I made this back in high school. The features, hair and dress I made up, but I looked at myself in the mirror for a reference. I remember how surprised people were at school that I could do something so amazing as drawing from a mirror. But those were simpler times.

 I drew a bunch of these and hung them up in my room. I particularly liked copying pictures of less popular characters, and I will say this: the more "classic" and old school you go, the harder they are to draw correctly.

Ah, my first foray into the world of the mechanical pencil. It was all I had to draw with, and the tip broke off. But that was lucky for me, because I discovered that you can get crazy small details that are harder to get with a regular pencil. Unless you have a really good pencil sharpener, which I definitely didn't at that time. The actual size of this picture is quite small.

 A pretend advertisement I had to do for school. I had no idea what those blue flower things were, but I saw them in a magazine and knew I had to draw them. Years later I saw the actual flowers in Virginia, but I forget what they are called.

 There's nothing like putting together magazine pictures to make your own composition. Ours had to have food, wood, glass, and metal so I think this met the criteria.

It met the criteria so well that we had to re-do it in black and white. Color was definitely harder. Well, that's all for this trip down memory lane. Until next time!

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Few Old Faves

 One of my favorite views of one of my favorite places.

I've got nothing much to say about this one. I like the colors though. And I always loved that old car in the corner.

 "The Washerwoman", done in the style of Berthe Morisot

No, this is not Oprah or Donna Summer. It's just some girl from a Body Shop ad a long time ago, but everyone always thinks it's someone famous.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Doll Fashion Show

Talk about a quick job! I did this one in just under two days, using only materials I had on hand. My daughter volunteered to be part of a fashion show for the Derby Days here in town. She would be wearing a Victorian-style dress and carrying her doll. Dolly was supposed to wear something yellow, so that she would kind of match, but where's the fun in that? I decided to make a replica of the outfit my daughter would be wearing.
I didn't have any yellow fabric, but I had some yellowish-orange chiffon, and some white muslin, so I layered them together and the effect was that of yellow fabric. Lace, ribbon, and a flower rosette I found in my stash completed the outfit. And while it's not an exact replica, it's pretty close, and it looked well with my girl's dress.