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Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time

My Paperclay got kind of dried out. I wanted to use it, but it had been stored just a little too long, and I just couldn't "work it." Although it wasn't "hard as stone," it was awfully crumbly and really did not stick. Adding water didn't make things better, because the clay was "hardish" on the inside, and got gooey on the outside. It was unmanageable.How could I save the clay? I hate waste! Especially when it involves

Way back in 2005, a group of women from around the world (including myself) decided to collaborate on a doll project called "Flat Stanley." It's based on a classic children's book in which a flat boy named Stanley is sent around the world in an envelope to other children, and they write about Stanley's adventures with them in the area they live in. We adapted the idea to suit our artful needs: each person was to create a journal and a flat

On my mother's visit to Israel this past May, she brought along some heirlooms of my late grandmother's (her mother).  Among them were some lovely antique brooches, including a splendid Cameo.
I am afraid to lose them, and I don't really wear pins anyway. They sit in my jewelry box and get swished around in there. Nobody gets to see them or enjoy them, and it feels like an incredible waste. I decided to create something to showcase these antiques and create a feeling of appreciation for the valuable heirloom treasures that they are.

This is a vintage baby doll from the 50's. The owner of the doll obviously cherished her as a child, and still does. Dolly came to me a couple of weeks ago in need of repair on her cloth body. I was to recreate the original pattern. Here you can see the final result. Came out pretty good! I can understand why this doll is so well-loved. If she were mine, I would want to preserve her, too.