Julie in Michigan

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Handcrafted Cloth Art Dolls

For Christmas Presents this year I made dolls for my grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughter, daughter-in-law. I've got a few more in the works. Everyone loves them and I love making them.

I've got loads of crafting supplies to put together various fabrics, colors, hair designs, jewelry and socks. I'm just getting creative since my left brain decided to go on vacation. Who knows how big this will grow. I'm having a blast. Look for more to come.

I'll work on adding more pictures and details about my process over the next few weeks. All art work is original by me, using acrylic paints. Pattern for Heart shaped body was original too. Just the socks were purchased.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's about time

So much has happened since my last post. To begin with, the Android tablet I'm using this morning doesn't complete words for me like my iPhone texting software.  Obviously I'm spoiled.
I would like to get Dragon Voice Recognition software installed on this device but my technical skills and comprehension have not yet returned since auto accident and traumatic brain injury in September.  The good news is that I'm beginning to be able to think again and see beginnings of improvement. I feel hopeful of a full recovery.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Painting the Furniture, Start Model for Mama

This was pretty fun - These pieces were kits I found up in Holland for the rocking chair, stool, table and lamp and bible. The crib was from Michaels. I painted and decorated and made the mattress for the crib.

Notice the wire frame model for Mama sitting in the rocking chair. I molded this with jewelry wire and plan to make head and hands with polymer clay and sew clothes on the rest of her.

There is a better picture below where Mama is sitting on the edge of the table~

Framing the Dollhouse

The window trim and walls had to be painted before assembly.

Wallpaper  applied and floors stained and glossed.

They recommended taping it together before gluing walls. Good idea!

Start of the Dollhouse

I found this kit at a garage sale, I'd never put together anything so intricate before but it was only $15 and I thought it would be a wonderful, fun thing to do for my great granddaughters!

It has been fun. First I had to punch out all the pieces. There were about ten sheets of thin plywood with pre-cut patterns but I had to use a blade for some and sand them down and remember to pencil in the part number as I went along. This took about a week I think.

The finished size will be 32"H x 24"W x 17"D  Big!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Inspiration for Serious Fiction Writers

The first half of Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz
 challenged me to stay tuned in. However, by the midpoint, my perspective changed and I was hooked, increasingly disappointed with each chapters end, knowing that each cliff hanger would require several more chapters to be read before I knew what would happen to my character.

My character was Bibi, a more than interesting heroine, in a coma with brain cancer. Leading a double life, she walks us through the dimensions of her imagination.  There were many times where I was disoriented, wondering, is this happening real time, a memory or a dream? The supernatural is ever present in the story as we travel with Bibi, running into the expected and intensely unlikable unexpected characters.

The question prevails, are our memories important pieces of who we are? I believe so. Pleasant and unpleasant they shape us and define us and in the end, they are who we are. We cannot erase events from our minds; although hypnotism, drugs and spells may proclaim to do so. Our childhood memories are still with us, buried deeply perhaps, but eventually we must pull them out and process them as adults. They are often gifts in disguise.

Facing her memories, this is where Bibi finds healing. The story builds from many directions, all coming together in an unexpected ending where it all it makes sense. Most importantly for me was the inspiration I found as Bibi explored how her interactions with her characters in her imagination brought them to a reality so vivid she struggled to believe they were her creations. It was recently suggested to me that I interview my characters from my writing and let them respond through the typewritten word. Bibi took this technique to a higher level. I enjoyed this book.

I received this book without charge, in exchange for my honest review.