Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One month in Europe!

My husband and I.............(the Queen always says that and I think it is rather nice!) My husband and I are taking a month off work and travelling to Europe with friends. No.1 son will run the business and No.2 son will run the house. They are such good kids, I have no doubt all will be well. So 10 days in Italy i.e. Rome, Cinque Terre and Venice. 3 nights in Prague. 3 nights in Latvia (the homeland). 3 nights in Paris, 3 nights in London, 3 nights in Aberdeen, 1 night in Hong Kong.

This is a picture of Portofino. Since seeing the John Malkovich movie "Beyond the Clouds"
I have so wanted to go to the little village in the film. It is actually Portofino and I am obsessed. I can't wait to go there. So in two days I will be jetting off for a month.
Consequently, I have not had time to do any doll making or quilting. when I come back I will be doing a Barbara Willis class - she is visiting Adelaide and we will be making the "Forget me not fairy", which will get me in creative mood when I get back. Hopefully I am inspired and have artistic inspiration from travelling!

Keep well, I'll be back soon........
Sandy :-)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I'm still here......

Finally I can show you Colleen. She is a doll I have created for Australian Dolls Bears and Collectibles magazine. This year has been so busy for me right from January. I was contacted by Shirley Dougan who is a contributor to the magazine, and she asked me to submit a pattern suitable for the readers. Well I had to actually make something that would be appropriate for doll makers who may have limited experience and in making the doll I did try to keep it simple. I must say this is the type of doll that comes together so easily for me. She is pretty, has paperclay over cloth, and is painted. I realise that these are all the things I enjoy doing when I am making a doll, so she had been a breakthrough doll for me. The only thing is that right now, when I am in a creative head space, I am too busy doing office work for my contractor DH and planning our overseas trip (for which we leave on the 2nd May!) and there is no time to create dolls!

There has been a lot happening in the past month and I have pics to post, I just have not had time to sit at the computer and upload them. Hopefully I can get some done before we go away. There is always so much to do.....