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Krushia is an animated character created by author Katina Marshell Cotton-Silwa.  When she asked me to create a doll in Krushia's likeness, I couldn't resist.
After a couple of months plus, Krushia is complete and ready to go home!  As she's being prepared to travel to her destination, I wanted to share some photos of her and a bit about my creative progress. Here she is!

Like reading a great book, making a doll has the ability to transport you to another place for a while, to develop your mind, reach through and touch you from the inside.  Sometimes we need something unusual and different from our regular routine because it can go a long way to brighten a dreary day.  Or week.  Or month or longer - like when it comes to being on a stay-in-place quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I've gone fishing!
This little fish goes with a new clay doll I'm planning.  The doll is inspired by one of my favorite artists, Marlaine Verhelst of the Netherlands.  She has an online class called "the Elf and his Fish,"  which I am following.  I haven't felt creative lately but I think Marlaine's whimsical fish boy is just what I needed.

Today is Monday -- Memorial Day -- and a perfect day to finish up a doll.   Here she is!  Her name is Anaïs (ah-nah-eese), and she's made entirely of fabric.
She's definitely eccentric.  With oversized 3D fabric eyes, petite delicate hands, wild fabric hair, an enormous collar and fancy royal outfit, this doll is some sort of eclectic mix between Persian Princess and Quilted Cartoon Queen.  Anaïs loves orchids, plump plumes, the color magenta, and banana sandwiches.  What's not to love?

Please meet Avigayil, a sweet steampunk-inspired doll with timeless charm.  Avigayil is a 25"cloth doll, lovingly and carefully "done up" with a variety of mediums,  paints, and varnishes to achieve a mock porcelain look.
Her dress is Victorian / Edwardian-ish,  slightly "steampunk" but more "Rivkah inspired."   She's a whimsical Steam Queen,  if you know what I mean.  Her outfit is made from organza, lace, silk, beads, sequins, and a modge-podge of stuff I like, and she's the Bee's Knees.

This is my rendition of Betty Boop, a classy cartoon made into a doll.  She is made with fabric and intricately painted in acrylic paint. You will notice that Betty still needs some shoes. That's okay. We like each other because we both like to go around the house with bare feet once in a while. Betty will get new shoes later. I think she is as adorable as could be, with or without the shoes! The Doll Makers Muse version of a vintage Betty Boop pattern is