The above pictures are of a doll that I made last Saturday for friend of my husband’s. I had a mountain of school work to do over the weekend, but I plowed-through it and got it all done, so that I could sit down and work on some more dolls for people who have ordered them and are still very patiently waiting for me to be done making them. I also worked on some additional dolls that I have no buyers as of yet for.
Yes. You read correctly. I made more dolls.
Honestly, I need to make more dolls like I need another hole in my head, and that’s just what I was thinking when I discovered a pile of pieced Fat-Quarter Dolls that needed their faces appliqued-down.
So, yes. I dutifully appliqued all five of their little faces down.
I then gleefully chose the fabrics for all their little dresses, and the dresses and outfits of three other dolls I’m working on right now. “Ooooh! I LOVE this FABRIC! I MUST USE IT for (insert doll and/or customer’s name here)!!!!“
Yes. I name all of the dolls that I make.
The doll pictured above I’ve named Theodora. She’s not quite done. She still needs some ribbons added to her hair, and some jewelry (necklace, earrings and bracelets). Once that’s all finished, she’ll be for sale.
While I was taking a break from working at my table in the studio, I watched a movie in the living room with my husband. I couldn’t sit and do nothing, so I started to crochet. I ended up making several long doll-sized scarves and some little hats. I needed to do something with them, so I started two more dolls that could I could put the little scarves and hats on.
Yes. I started making more dolls.
No. I’ve not named them yet. Have no fear, they soon shall be!
Side Bar/Tangent/Wild Hair/Thing Stuck in my Craw all Wrong:
Every once and a while, someone will look at my work, and say to me “Well! You have way too much time on your hands!” I’ve always silently taken this as an insult. I feel that the implication is that I should be spending my time doing something more useful than making art. (Watching TV? Playing video games? Going to the mall?) I know that not everyone means this when and if they tell me something akin to the above comment, but I still take it the same way, as an insult. It must be noted, that these same people who declare I have too much time on my hands, try to low-ball me on price when they want to buy some of my artwork. “$20 is an awful lot of money. How about $5?” This just adds insult to injury in my book. They usually don’t buy any of my work.
If I knew that I’d never sell another piece of artwork as long as I lived, I’d still make art. I’d still draw. I’d still sew and make dolls. I’d still create new patterns for dolls. I’d still make jewelry. I make art because it is who I am and when I’m making art, I feel the most in-tune with my creative mind and this gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction, which contributes to my mental and emotional well-being. I am not a whole person unless I get to have time to create art. So now you see why I take it as an insult when it’s declared that I ‘have too much time on my hands.‘