I am always so thankful when life slows down just a bit and I can take the time to create something artful. It's like a kiss on a sore thumb, an antidote for what ever ails me! I love the idea of what spurred Artful Thursdays. Although I am finding it hard to meet the challenge of creating on Thursdays- I still love the inspiration of living a "more artful life". My Artful Thursday's may run into the next Monday or Tuesday, but as long as I'm getting that kiss on the "sore thumb" once in a while- it's all good! Soooo, almost a week late here is my Artful Thursday project.
ARTFUL THURSDAY- Bella The Doll
Just over a year ago in art group we spent our artful time creating charming cloth dolls. I never completed my doll and there she sat in my closet- bare naked and forgotten! When I saw this sweet video from Stephanie Rausser I was inspired to finish my abandoned doll. If you have ever stuffed tiny doll parts you know the hardest part was already completed. All that was left was adding a simple stitched face, hair and clothing. For the hair I cut strips of wool and sewed them on by hand creating raggedy ponytails- I added a ribbon to the very top of her head. I stitched a simple mouth and eyes with black embroidery floss and added color to her cheeks with some blush. I made her bloomers from a vintage baby dress that was torn and shredded. I just cut off the sleeves pulling one on to each leg and sewing the tops together to make a waist. To make her dress I used what could have possibly been a cake top cover or a toilet lid cover- I am hoping it was not the latter! I really debated purchasing it but in the end I fell in love with the pretty pink color of the tulle and the price was great- $1.00! After washing it I cut the cover in half and just hand sewed the cut ends to fit her tiny body- it worked perfectly and was so simple. I regret not finishing her sooner because she turned out pretty cute- well at least LuLu thought so... I gifted it to her! She named her Bella.
I wish my photographs were better. I took them in the early evening in poor light. LuLu was such a good sport when I stole her away from her homework to do an impromptu photo shoot!
Happy Artful Thursday!
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your listening ears worked really well and I am happy again!