Since I am now a stay-at-home mom, and am not currently looking for work outside the home, I have to watch every penny I spend. I have enough arts and crafts supplies to keep me happy for quite a while! And since I am now into art dolls I have a renewed interest in my fabric stash. I am looking at patterns and colors differently now. Not through a quilter's eye but like "This would create a CUTE look for her legs!"
I have a very small fabric stash compared to some people but I have found lots of goodies in my bins. I only have a small curio of fat quarters and halves (and there's still room to add more!):
And this is the rest of it:
My first doll was made out of a sequin dress I found at the thrift store for maybe $3.00. My second doll, still a work in progress, is being made out of an old apron I found in my stash. (more on that story in my next blogpost) and my third doll is being made out of one of my mother-in-law's arm rest covers.
For the third doll, I did have to go buy some black fabric for her skirt, and I was just going to buy that... but then I saw some Halloween fabric that I couldn't live without! So I have a loose rule of thumb "Try to use fabric from my stash first" but I did walk out of JoAnn's only spending about $10.00.
1. Mermaid finished
2. Only head to go on my "apron-made" doll but I'm using a new technique for her head so this one is taking a little longer.
3. "Arm rest cover" doll - only body and legs made, cutting fabric for skirt.
4. Halloween fabric doll - still a thought in my head right now, too busy stuffing arms and legs for the other two.
- I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at onceWith all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!