It’s the first day of summer and I’m here at the Farmer’s Market at a blue-topped table, having a cup of hot chocolate with the tiniest bit of whipped cream. As usual, time keeps flying by and I can’t believe it’s been six months since my last post. Since then, Liz and I made two boy dolls in a series called “Peter Patches,” or “Oatie 1, 2 and 3.”
The original Oatie was made for my little grandson, “O,” who is now in Costa Rica. “Oatie” was featured in my Christmas blog post in 2013. The newer dolls were made for two little nephews in New York and Massachusetts. Oatie 2 is the sandy haired one and Oatie 3 the dark haired one, shown here.
Girls have always been given dolls. I had quite a collection and loved playing with them when I wasn’t riding my bike, roller-skating, climbing trees and playing baseball. But it’s still considered controversial for boys to play with dolls, not to mention owning one. However, that may be changing. I don’t think we should try to make little boys into little girls, or vice versa, but I also think it’s healthy to give both girls and boys a variety of toys, including dolls, and let them decide what to play with.
Another project which has yet to make it out of my brain is a dancing doll video, where the dolls in their ball gowns and their partners in tuxes “dance” to a Strauss Waltz. I’m not sure how to do it, but will keep you posted as it progresses.
Other projects in the works are sundresses and skirts from a pattern I made by copying a vintage blue and white polka dot dress that Liz and I found at garage sale a few years ago. I also use it for making vintage full skirts. Last weekend, using this pattern, I created the “Sashay” skirt, which has a wide waistband, slash pockets and ties in the back.
I love the fabric with giant red tulips on a black background, surrounded by bright green stems. The great thing is it fits perfectly because you can adjust the waist by tightening or loosening the sash; hence “Sashay.” (You also feel like sashaying when you wear it!) I think this skirt can be made to fit any body type and be flattering and I’m looking forward to making lots of them.
Next week, Raphael and I are off to Costa Rica. I hope to have lots to report next month.
In the meantime, have a great week. And go see some art!