First of all is a quilt that my granddaughter and I made a couple of years ago. I used to sew all my Barbie doll clothes, and I still love a great sewing project. I took one of her flip flops, made a pattern (pre Cricut/Cameo days) and then cut out pairs of shoes in fun fabrics. I purchased buttons to go with the fabric, made them into squares, added a border and then put it all together. She thinks it's too pretty to use.. and I keep telling her if she doesn't take it home soon, it'll be my lap blanket at the nursing home! She just laughs and thinks I'm kidding.. and I hope I'm not ready for that soon! I just love how bright and colorful it is.. cheery!
Next is a Ceramic Strawberry Cake plate. In the 70's I had a dear friend who owned a Ceramic shop and she had me come in and help her and taught me how to do various ceramic techniqes and clay lifting. I just fell in love with that and bought 2 kilns of my own, and converted my garage into a little ceramic shop. My co-workers at the time would come over and we'd paint, and chat and eat.. but it was such a great time and I sold a lot of my pieces. My mom was in a Bunco club at the time and everytime I made something, she'd say " I need 12 of those for my club". And I would say, but there's only 11 in the club besides you, and she'd reply, "well, I want one too!" She kept me busy! I made a Victorian shoe one time, which I was going to photograph, but just couldn't get to it.. anyway, I gave one to my boss at a part time job I had at the time, and she put it on the counter. Before the week was over I had orders for 150! I really never wanted to see that boot again..
When my oldest daughter was born prematurely, I made all the Doctors and Nursers who took care of her a Ceramic doll for their profession. I painted the hair and eyes and any logos on their hats, or coats to match. I had them all done and when she came home from the hospital ( 3 months later) I gave them to each person and thanked them. They were so touched but they did a miraclous job of taking care of a baby that wasn't expected to live over night and now will be 39 this year!! This Shortcake was my mom's favorite. She never used it, afraid she'd break it and now it's in my curio cabinet. My daughter says it's hers... At the time I did ceramics, my life was hectic, scary, and it kept me sane sitting down with friends and painting or coloring etc. Today my life is quieter and I've made new friends in the paper world. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit.