Sunday, May 29, 2011

Taking a break.....for a while..........

Hello to you, all my followers and anyone who has stumbled onto this site.
I have not been around for a while.  Dolls have been packed away since the doll show in April.

As many of you may know, I work every day.  Making a doll is very labour intensive.  All the planning, thinking and eventually, making - takes time.  I don't seem to have that time now, so I apologise, but dolls will be few and far between from now on. 
I am wondering whether to delete this blog, I know I would be disappointed to visit a dollmakers site and find nothing is happening.  No new pictures to look at, no insight into techniques or materials.  This is what I meant this blog to be.  And it was for a while.  I hope it has been interesting and enjoyable. 
I have made many new friends through this blog, and it seems there a  lot of people who just pop in to see what is in the works at the moment.  The truth is, there is nothing, and there will not be for a while.
So I am not sure what to do.  I rarely have time to visit other blogs now.  I am not miserable about this, it is just that things change and what I was doing a few years ago is nothing like what I am doing now.  And in a short time, who knows things will turn around and I will be able to craft again.
Crafting filled a void in my life 10 years ago.  I had sold my beauty salon business and was a stay at home mother.  My boys were still in school and my husband was happy to come home to coffee and home made cake, with dinner on the stove.   I am such an old fashioned girl ;-)  The one thing I was not so keen on, was cleaning the house all day every day!  I needed something else to occupy my time so I had an excuse as to why I didn't have time to scrub the bathroom and clean the oven!  It was then I discovered teddy bear making, dolls and quilts - in that order.  So I started exploring all these new skills, and making a whole new set of friends and being really busy doing craft.
So this leads me to touch on a subject mentioned briefly back here.  As you can see, I made these terrible little wool dolls.

And a very basic felt doll.  This was a commission from the South Australian Film Corp.
Yes!  These dolls I made were commissioned for a movie!  The idea was, that the dolls were to be made by a character in the movie - she is a crafter, who is not very skilled!  I was very happy to be involved in this project - however - there is a slight problem..................I do not know if my dolls were used in the movie!
Why?  Why don't I just go and see the movie? 
Well my friends, the movie is "Snowtown". 
For those of you unaware of this story, it is a controversial film made about the murder of several people here in Adelaide, only a few years ago.  It is a very tragic and sad story, and I am sure if you are curious you will find information on the internet about the circumstances and outcome.  It is not a happy movie, and due to the graphic content I am not sure I will be able to see if my dolls play a part in the story.  You may have heard on the news, it has been recently shown in Cannes.  Here is a promotional link - but  be warned, the story is of cruelty and murder and these were real people who suffered - and you will not see my dolls in the trailer!
"Snowtown the Movie"

So I have a dilemma.  I am not sure if my dolls even made it into the movie.  If anyone has seen it, let me know.  I am led to beleive the movie is a good portrayal of the psychological motivation and influence one person can have over another.  But please do not rush out to see it just to tell me my dolls are there.  I will be able to get the DVD and fast forward to check it out.  And I can wait for that.  I just wanted to share with you, that my dolls made it to a movie!  How good is that?