Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sweet Rose Makes Her Debut

Another "ballet slipper" doll has emerged from my craft room. Her name is "Sweet Rose" and was inspired by my beautiful granddaughter, Emily Rose. Sweet Rose may make her debut at the Pleasanton Doll and Teddy Bear Show on August 28 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. My doll club, the Flying Phoebes, will have a vendor booth and also a special doll exhibit table. Or, she may wait to debut until September 16-18, when the Phoebes will have a vendor booth and a "make it and take it" event at the Rusty Barn Craft Show to be held at the San Mateo Convention Center. For details of this event, go to

Miss Independence is Finished!

Wow, I can't believe how many dolls I have to make for special events and exhibits this year! I have been locked away in my craft room trying to keep up. Last month I made 32 stump dolls for my Flying Phoebe Doll Club's outreach day to be held at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA, July 10, from noon to 6 p.m. If you haven't been before (this is our 6th year)—it is so much fun for all ages and we have such a tremendous turn-out—girls AND boys, AND adult men and women love it! Some return year after year. It's absolutely free to all who come. Grab a stump doll and choose from tons of embellishments piled high on tables... and make your own special doll to take home with you and love.

Then I made five "Dolls 2 Love" to send with the Phoebe shipment of dolls to the children of Haiti. A small gesture in relation to the on-going tragedy in Haiti, but hopefully one that will bring a little comfort and something to "cling to" for these children living under such trying circumstances.

Next, I finished my "Red, White & Blue" doll for the Phoebe doll display in the window of the "B" Street Bookstore in Hayward, CA, throughout the entire month of July 2010. She is another addition to my "ballet slipper" series (check the feet). The fabrics I used in her costume come from long saved pieces of fabric from one of my high school prom dresses, an Easter dress my mother made for me when I was about 8 or 9, and ruffled edgings from little outfits my mother made for me when I was about 5. If you live nearby, stop by the bookstore in July to check out all the Phoebe dolls.