Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I'm Back--Long

A few weeks ago, we lost my sister in law 2 months to the day she was diagnosed with liver cancer. She was a very loving mother, wife of 44 years (they were childhood sweethearts) and grand-mother. We flew out to Colorado to attend the memorial service and remember Vivian with family and all the loving friends who's lives she touched in her 64 years. She was much loved and loving and will be greatly missed.

Though not the magnitude of that loss, my harddrive decided to go to cyber heaven. I lost all my files, and about 10,000 pictures. I did have quite a bit backed up, but by the time I tried to save everything, my drive was so bad, my other drives were not working either. Lesson learned! I love my computer and to replace it like for like would cost more than I want to spend at the present so I thought I would try just replacing the hard-drive--which cost 1/10th the price! So here I am with a new hard-drive. I have almost all my old programs loaded. I am also in the market for a new printer. My 8 yr old HP needs new cartridges but it has been acting a little tired so I think rather than spend $60 for the cartridges, I'll spend a bit more and just get a new printer.

Sorry these answers are so late but Deb--Dances with Butterflies is available as a pattern in the September, 2007 issue of Doll Crafter and Costuming. Thanks too to all who sent well wishes on my first on-line class--Heera, Allie, Judi in Alaska, Yvonne, Kat, and Shashi. So far so good. I am amazed that most of the ladies are making all 3 versions!

I also made another of these sea nymphs. I needed better pics for the final directions and decided to use a non-batik fabric for the tail--a large floral actually. At the Sew Sew Doll club meeting, we created some Fiber Fusion fabric and I made a piece that worked out perfect for the tail and head piece-and from all these parts, Coral was born. I made a trip to my local bead shop thinking I could pick up some branch coral until Ipriced it! YIKES! A strand of coral was $30! One of the girls said "You're creative. Why not make some from Polymer clay." Great Suggestion! I mixed the Clay Coral with some made from layers of Textiva film curled around a skewer and heated. Her bodice is painted tyvek with pieces of sheer fabric sewed on then hit with a heat gun. So here she is.

She has LOTS of bling thanks to heat set crystals.


Judi Wellnitz said...

Sorry to hear about your sister in law. Sorry to hear about the computer too - losing photos is the worst. Price an external hard drive - that's what I bought after my hard drive died. Now every time I save something on my computer a backup is made on the external drive at the same time. Worth every penny for the peace of mind.

Your latest piece is stunning. Her coral hair is just perfect for her!

Shashi Nayagam said...

So sorry to hear about your sister in law.
One is so lost without computers and to loose all the info is so annoying.
Love your latest dolls she is beautiful

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Stephanie. So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law, a lost in the family can be devastating. I had a heck of a time finding the Sept. issue of Doll Crafting and Costuming, but I found it. Thanks, I will send you a picture of my version as soon as I make her. Got two dolls in the works right now and I am also dying scarves for my ETSY website. WHEW!!!!! Busy, Busy, Busy. I love you lastest creation. I never thought about making coral from polymer clay and you are right it is expensive. Sometime Firemountain Beads have them on sale. www.firemountaingems.com


Heera said...

Sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.