The Little House

The Little House

Monday, October 14, 2013

Misty Dawn - doll for Flat Stanley Round Robin

I'm still playing catch-up on this blog. Two weeks ago I sent my flat doll Misty Dawn to Arizona to begin a year long journey. I am doing this with other members of Doll Street Dreamers, an online doll club. Each month she will be sent on to a different doll-maker who will add to the doll and journal her experience at that place. I'm looking forward to getting her back next year after her adventure.
Pretty plain doll and journal.
Here are the pages from her journal as she left home:

And I included a map with LaPush and Snohomish marked on it to begin her travels.

Misty Dawn is happy to be traveling for this year and looking forward to the adventure.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Evergreen State Fair 2013 - part 2

I did two demos at the fair this year. This involves setting up a display for 4 hours, demonstrating and answering questions. You receive three free tickets and on free parking pass for doing this.
I did a did a cloth doll demo on Monday, August 26 from 6 to 10 PM..
My demo table
I brought some of my dolls and equipment

And dolls that I was working on

This is my gypsy doll before stuffing.

On Tuesday, August 24th I did a demo in the basketry/spinning/weaving department. I decided to demo my paper baskets made from watercolor paper so I didn't have to bring water to soak reed.

Several years ago I tried to paint some flowers for a charity project. I failed miserably but still had them and since they are on watercolor paper which is perfect for weaving I decided to use them. I painted gold all over the paper and green on the back of the paper and let it dry.

 Next I ran it through an old paper shredder (not the crosscut kind) and got even strips to weave. If the paper isn't dry you don't get as clean of a cut, instead you get more of a deckle cut which is okay also.

Here is the beginning of a small basket and two older baskets in the background. You can weave any basket pattern that uses flat (1/4 inch or so) reed.

Above are the two baskets I made at the fair. The while one was plain watercolor paper that I'd painted with white and lavender pearled watercolor paint.

Evergreen State Fair

Evergreen State Fair in Monroe WA
I'm late posting this but our dolls did well at the fair this year. Both Josie and Chiana got blue ribbons and Josie also got a "Best of Class" ribbon.
Josie's Katniss doll and Chiana's Kaitlyn doll

My Oz doll, the Soldier with Green Whiskers also won a blue ribbon and best of class and my Dewinna doll which I entered in the Fair Theme contest won first prize!

My Oz doll and Dewinna doll

Our family really gets involved at the fair. Our granddaughters, Alex and Emily showed dairy calves with the high school FFA. They both earned blue ribbons and after a week at the fair from 6:30 AM to 10 PM they were happy it was over.

Alex and her cow
Emily and her cow

Their dad even got involved showing a cow for the kids to get judged on judging.

Travis and cow

My husband and I entered in photography and so did our granddaughter, Tiara.

Mike's Photos
My photos

Tiara's photos

and we also entered scarecrows.

My scarecrow
Mike's scarecrow
I did well in the food preservation and baking divisions and also got a couple of awards that include my name being added to trophies that stay at the fair.
Pearl Hall award for most blue ribbons in
baking and canning
Meryl DuPuis Award for most blue ribbons
in jams, jellie

I did okay but since I entered 70 things in food preservation I'm bound to do okay on some...

Food preservation awards