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« on: March 10, 2004 06:49:29 PM »

Like a lot of people who have devoured the messages on this board, I'm excited to actually post some original content myself. Yay me! (Now I just have to see if I can do it correctly.)



These are reduced scans of the fronts and backs of two good juju dolls I made for a friend's wedding. They are still rather small at actual size -- I think the reduction is about 50%. What was fun about doing these dolls, though, was that they were completely personalized to the couple getting married: She is made of an ocean-themed fabric (born and raised in San Diego) and he is a sort of batik (to honor his inner hippie).

The color is a little more accurate in the bottom scan, while the top scan shows some of the detail. I took a few weeks to do them so that I collected little bits of pieces of things that made me think of the couple so I could add to the dolls coming up to the wedding. The little silver/crystal hearts they are wearing are attached to them with spring clasps so that they can be removed (and exchanged).

They were also made with a pillow-slip sort of method so that they are actually open in the back. You can see the opening on his doll from the back. That means that I could continue to cram things into the dolls, and they can do likewise as they see fit. (It also made sewing the faces and adding the hair easier to do after the dolls were sewn and right-side-out.)

My husband and I were both in the wedding which took place in California (we live in Michigan) -- we both stood up for the groom, actually. I was the Best Chick. After the ceremony, I slipped the box with the two dolls in it into their suite at the B&B we were all staying in so they could find them as a surprise. A lot of people might have found the whole thing a little creepy, but... well, those people wouldn't have me standing up in their wedding.

-Dorion

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Unfortunately, you can't see it clearly in the photos, but he has little plastic ants in his hair! If you knew Mark, you'd totally understand why. (He's a nature boy.)
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2004 06:56:43 PM »

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I LOVE those!!!
those are really fun!  So you filled them with stuff that reminds you of each of them too? This is such a cute idea!  
It would be cut eto make them for  loved on & put "fortunes" or quotes in them as well as other little stuff.  
I love that there are ants in his hair!  LOL
Beautiful work!

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2004 07:12:03 PM »

Thank you!

They are stuffed lightly with regular old polyfill, and then there are additional things dispersed inside like half a pistacchio shell, tiny pebbles, dried lavender (from my yard) which also made the dolls smell fab (could double as the little packets you put in your sock drawer... I want to say "sashay" but I know that's not it). Pretty much whatever reminded me of them.

I made one in a custom-outfitted cigar-box coffin (lined in hot pink satin!) for Teller of Penn-and-Teller fame for his birthday as well. It was also made to look like him and had little totems in the casket with him. I never took any pictures of it. I have a bad habit of doing that -- I figure if I am making something specifically for someone, it always belonged to them even before I started making it, so I don't have "the rights" to take pics of it. (I'm trying to remember to at least take pictures for my own records.)

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2004 08:27:09 PM »

those are fabulous! great job!

i love that you made one for teller...did you give it to him? how'd he react? were you nervous about giving it to him? last summer i made a "happy trails" cigar-box shrine for glenn tilbrook (of "squeeze" fame) and gave it to him (after insisting that he NOT open it in front of me!) his reaction was incredible! he'd been having a bit of a hard time on his US tour, and the night i gave it to him, he'd given what he thought was a really terrible performance (i thought he was wonderful, but could tell he was tired.) being total glenn geeks, we went to see him again the next night, and he was a man transformed, full of energy, beaming with pleasure...he approached us as he headed for the stage & said "i LOVE that box!" then, after the show, he invited us to hang out in the RV w/ him, and proceeded to tell me how the shrine had turned him around, reminded him how much fun touring is, and rejuvenated him. it made me feel great to know that i'd been able to give something back to someone who has given me such pleasure.  Grin

here's to sharing the crafty joy!
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2004 10:08:11 PM »

Holy cow, pixielily! How much fun is that?!

I have given things to Teller in person and he is -- much to the surprise of many -- very talkative off-stage. (He's also charming, tremendously intelligent, and gracious as all get-out.) I have sent him a couple of hand-made things for his birthday, including the doll and, a few years ago, a me-designed cross-stitch of a Japanese hissing beetle in a bamboo frame. P&T are both VERY appreciative of their fans and if you ever see them in person, make sure you catch them in the lobby after the show. (At least, that's how it always used to be... I haven't seen them since they became regulars in Vegas.)

Anyhoo, here is the only time I thought to have a camera with me. Teller is holding in front of him a small silver rose/dagger pin that I gave him that night. How cute is he?! (And I look like my head is about to explode.)

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2004 09:29:26 AM »

 Shocked Those are beautiful!
I NEED to make...
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2004 05:29:36 AM »

dorion, that's GREAT! glenn is very much the same with his fans, very accessible & friendly, always makes it a point to come out after the show to visit with his fans, smile for pics, etc. (my gf even has his autograph tattooed on her arm, but that's another story!)

now i'm thinking i might want to make him a juju doll for his next tour...i'm imagining all sorts of possibilities! my sewing abilities leave a LOT to be desired, but surely i could manage this.  Huh i actually like them at the size they're showing up on your post, but i suppose it would be more difficult to make them that tiny?

thanks again for sharing your brilliant idea. Smiley  (and thanks for posting the pic of you & teller; in ALL our pics of us w/ glenn we look like we've got terminal grins!) Grin

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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2004 10:37:01 AM »

I am lovin the juju dolls. For a wedding present (the best one) I received a "Voodoo Love Goddess" from my friend Marten that he bought in New Orleans. It totally reminds me of these dolls. I like the idea of filling them with personal goodies. Thanks for sharing this with us.

And Pixielily, is that a picture of you that you have on your posts? It's very cute.

-Joey
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2004 03:24:50 PM »

I have a small (and growing) collection of juju/voodoo dolls/poppets from various artists and different areas. I have a couple from New Orleans, including one to "make your woman wild!" I bought that for myself, for some odd reason. I also have a juju that someone made from a Barbie doll, customizing her body into this big fabric eggplant-shaped thing that's just faboo.

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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2004 05:36:45 PM »

Those dolls are lovely!!
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