Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Well, today's the day...

Yep, it's reveal day. I know that you thought I'd never finish, but here she is. I took my time making her, spending about a week on the entire project.

The pattern, by Deanna Hogan, was a bit hard for me to understand. Perhaps because this was my first real attempt at someone else's pattern. That being said, I must say that every thing fit together perfectly. For me, having copied a pattern from a magazine, I think this is fantastic. The pictures and the directions for the shoes didn't really make sense to me, but I followed them exactly and they turned out perfectly.

Since we all loved her stockings, I know you will love the little shoes. Here is a close up of them.

Even though it's not perfect, here is a close up of her face...

This was such a good experience, that I just may continue along this line of art for a bit.

Well, on to something that I have been hesitant to share with anyone, but I'm going to anyway. The little kitty that we got last month, while absolutely adorable in his photos, proved to be way too active for me to keep up with. Since art is what I do, I was spending most of my days in my studio. As you can imagine, it is filled with way too many booby traps for him to stay with me. That meant he was staying upstairs by himself. He wasn't getting the exercise and one-on-one contact that a growing kitty needs, so after discussing with the hubby and praying about what to do, this past Saturday I decided to let him go live with a family that has kids. Their little 9 year old had been longing for a kitty, so she is going to have a ball with him.

My only regret is that this was a quickly set up meeting and while I am convinced this is the right place for him to be, in the excitement of the moment, making sure they got his vet records and his carrier, food and litter...shoot, we forgot to exchange personal information. I'm sure he will be much happier now and I'm sure you will understand my decision.

So hang in there with me and help me remember that this was for the best. I think I was trying to recapture some of the joy that we experienced from the twenty years that we raised and adored our three cats. So I'm back to empty house syndrome and I know I'll be fine. I just wanted to share this with you, who other than my hubby and sister, are my closest friends. Thanks for listening.

That's it for today. If you have any favorite cloth doll artists or patterns, please clue me in. Thanks and have a great week.


Kristen said...

What a great choice you made, and a blessing that you found a family who will be able to give him what he needs.
That had to be a hard choice, but at least you found a place for him to go.
We are enjoying being without a pet right now, it is lonely, but they sure are a lot of work. We do miss our Maya something terrible on the other hand.

Love your doll. She is so neat. I love americana and folk are, so this would fit in to my house wonderfully, if you do enough where you want to sell one, let me know. Or I would trade you in cards as another option. What a great creation you have made!!

Angela Recada said...

First I just have to tell you that your doll is fabulous! I'm so jealous of your sewing abilities.
I know you must be feeling sad about your little kitty, but kittens are a handful. You did a wonderful thing, giving him to a family who will have the time to spend with him and so much love to give to him. You did what was best for your kitten, and you made a little girl very happy.


Tina said...

We had to make the decision about a kitty like that once. It was better for all of us. Love the doll...she's so sweet. Can't wait to see what inspired work you'll do next.

Marie S said...

Your kitty will be fine and probably very happy and maybe he came in to your life to help you make that exact decision, to maybe see if you could do it. Who knows, I am sure the little girl will love him dearly. He got a wonderful start in your arms and a connection to his new mother.

I love your new doll she is darling and your sewing abilities are wonderful.

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog Susan. The philosophy usually comes after the contemplation of the piece.
I do draw some things but not many, I thought something was wrong with me but it is just the way I conceive. I can usually build and finish a whole piece in my mind.
In the beginning though I would draw them out and plan but very vaguely.
More than half of the pieces I draw do I ever finish, I tend to work them out in the medium instead.
And if it doesn't work I feature it. LOL!!!

Marie S said...

Oh Susan thank you for showing me that there are people who haven't been ravaged by this disease, you are indeed truly blessed and it is my hope that it stays that way forever and ever.
Thank you so much for playing along with my little game and posting on the giveaway.
Good Luck!

Renee said...

I think she is totally perfect.

Renee xoxo

Sea Gypsy said...

You did a beautiful job!!!!!!!! The shoes are perfect !!!!!! The painting of her face is great!!!!!! Doll making is addictive, but so much fun! I am sure Amos will love his new home:)

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

She is fabulous!!! You did a great job!
Sorry to hear about your kitty. I know what you mean. We've commited ourselves to our three canine girls. We love them so but it limits us to do other things. I'll keep that lil' guy in my prayers. :> )

Anonymous said...

Wow! You did a great job! The face is wonderful and I love the socks!

Lisa said...

Love her! Her face is the sweetest. Have you heard of Patti Culea? She's the first one that comes to mind. You can google her or go to pmcdesigns.com. Actually, I like your doll better than her patterns, though.

We got a kitten a couple of days after you did and I totally understand your decision. He's a handful.