Dame Cecilia has been visiting with friends in eastern California (east of the Sierra Nevada, almost Nevada, but not quite) and had a lot of fun at the county rodeo. Yes sir, that's one big ten gallon gem stone on her stetson, ain't it?!!
Besides naming her an honorary wrangler, she was asked to be the judge of the cute baby contest. Tough decisions!!!! She said they were all cute!
Life all around has become brighter for Dame Cecilia because she decided to have surgery on her cataracts - she says it is like seeing everything for the first time again! R.
While my attention has been focused on painting faces, the kids seem to be doing fine on their own and things look pretty peaceful at the beach ....
..... even with Lily there, floating around in the buff! (One hopes that she put on sunscreen!)
But perhaps I speak too soon!! It appears that Jack, Andreas and Michael dug a large hole in the sand and then Michael decided to get into the hole and Jack and Andreas were only too happy to comply with Michael's suggestion that they shovel the sand back into the hole around him. Kids - don't try this at home (OR at the beach)!!!!!
Now Michael is wondering if this local tortoise is just coming by for a look or maybe she wants a kiss??!!!
Do I need to "rescue" him?? Or maybe a little time up to his chin in sand will be a good learning experience?? R.
Repaint #3 - Dianna Effner's vinyl Ashton-Drake "Walk for a Cure 1". This is one of the sculpts that I ruined earlier by trying to inset eyes, so hopefully I've made it up to her! I called that earlier doll Brigitte, as in Bardot, because she made me think of a young Bardot .... but that is no longer the case, so I'm not sure what she wants to be called now. Certainly not Walk for Cure (although that does have a Dances with Wolves sound to it)!! R.
Here is my just-completed second attempt at re-doing the face-up on a vinyl Ashton-Drake Effner doll. (For first attempt, see blog entry a little farther down the page.) I am big-time happy at the results for Alice!!!!
(Yes, the body is a little shorter than the original Ashton-Drake doll - I cut her torso in half and put the upper half on one of my Tenner ball-jointed bodies, so she is now just about the same size as Ann Estelle - but her A-D dress won't snap around her larger waist-line now. Well, I figure a much nicer face is a good trade-off for gaining a couple of pounds on one's waist-line, right?!) R.
Annie Laurie and Alison went along with me to Asheville today to visit the International Doll Show. The biggest treat was meeting Berdine Creedy, who helped us create our Tenner body. Here's a photo of Berdine and the two girls. Also you can see some of their distant cousins, Berdine's Love Is dolls.
A big interest in this show is reborn baby dolls. I don't know if it was because I was seeing so many baby dolls .... or because, remember how Claudia's Ann Estelle came home from last fall's MDCC with a baby sister?? .... anyway, you guessed it, we adopted a baby girl named Matilda.
Since her name is Matilda, we know she's not Ann Estelle's little sister Lilah. So I guess she's Annie Laurie's little sister??
Matilda is a polymer clay doll with a soft cloth body made by Yulia Shaver. How could I resist this charmer??? "Resistance is futile".
And speaking of futile - on the way home we stopped at a Michael's store. We got two paint brushes we will use in our "face up" projects and all sorts of other things we didn't know that we needed until we saw them there, calling to us. We did our part to boost the economy today - how 'bout you??!!! R.
I've been busy transplanting many of the gang's heads onto new Tenner bodies. This, of course, leaves various "old" bodies in the waiting room and my mantra is "a body is a tahr'ble thing to waste". So here is a new member of the gang - her name is Sunny.
She has Liat's "old" J'aime Rosebay legs and lower torso and her own Ashton-Drake Effner vinyl arms and upper torso (surgically removed from her lower torso). The other spiffy thing (at least to me!) is that she has the results of my very first Effner-style face-up with air-dried paints, learned from videos on Dianna's Ning group. I've got a lot to learn still .... and she may have been a poor choice to start with since her smile causes her eyes to be so small. But regardless of my mistakes, I surely think she looks better than she did "from the factory"!! R.
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