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151  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: In Her Hands on: February 17, 2012 07:15:18 PM
This painting never had a name and so I wasn't prepared for the simple fact that one would be required when posting it here. And so off the top of my head I spit out "One to One" which I really didn't care for at all but figured I would change it anyway later that day. Of course I forgot about it. But I remembered to take care of it today! Instead of coming up with one of those abstract who-knows-what-the-heck-it-means names, I prefer to give you more of a direct cue than that. That said, I have blatantly named this painting "In Her Hands."
152  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / The Christmas Deer on: February 17, 2012 05:41:08 PM
I made this deer for a friend. He still puts it out every year pulling Santa's sled.

153  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Retirement Celebration - Going Postal on: February 17, 2012 05:32:06 PM
When Jay retired from the post office, my girlfriend who was also a postal worker, gave me the money that had been collected from his postal buddies and asked me to do something with it. Soooooooh ... since I knew how much Jay "loved" working for the post office (just being VERY facetious here), I knew he would like what I did with the money and he really, really did! Thank goodness his boss wasn't at the party!   Wink

Jay's Retirement Gift expressing his deep devotion to the post office  Roll Eyes
That's a mail box the poodle is ... um ... lifting his leg against.
Is that piddle on the floor? Oh my!!
154  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Giant Bride & Groom Wedding Swans on: February 17, 2012 04:43:39 PM
When my girlfriend's daughter got married, she asked me to make something to put in her yard to decorate it a bit and so I made her a great big pair of bride and groom wedding swans! They were over 8ft tall and they turned out really gorgeous! Sorry about the fuzziness of the photos, but I lost the pictures that were in the computer when it crashed. Luckily when I got my new printer I had tested it by printing out some things on plain printer paper. These pictures were part of that testing. I just kept them. And thank goodness I did or I would not have these pictures today. This is why they aren't as clear as they should be because the scanner sort've shoots its light through both sides of the paper which had other stuff on it and so it makes the pictures come out flimsy looking ike this. it  Undecided

155  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of DOLLS on: February 17, 2012 04:28:35 PM
Great job!  I too am a BIG fan of Jean Greenhowe.  Her books are awesome!

Is that woman amazing or what!!! As a craftsman, I can appreciate all the work she put into designing her patterns AND writing them up. I once designed a bead book so I do know what she had to contend with. I just admire her so much!
156  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: LOts of knitted dolls on: February 17, 2012 02:56:15 PM
Wow, these are amazing!!  I've always wanted to learn how to knit, but every time I try I get frustrated and go back to crochet, lol.  You did a terrific job on these.

What a shame! If I lived near you - I would help you to learn. Especially these dolls, they really are so easy to make. People look at them and are scared away from making them, yet I have found Jean Greenhowe's patterns to be the easiest to follow patterns there is out there. Everything is done in small sections. I hope you will reconsider and give it one more go.
chek   Wink
157  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of DOLLS on: February 17, 2012 02:50:25 PM
Wow, you just jump in at the deep end! But clearly it works for you, these are amazing.

hmmm ... I like the way you put that. Yes, I think I kind've do!  LOL! Thank you, you are so very sweet!
158  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lots of knitted dolls on: February 17, 2012 01:06:34 PM
These are all made from the Jean Greenhowe patterns. I love the woman and think she is a genius! I chose her patterns because I wanted to learn how to understand the techicalities of knitting - thanks to Jean Greenhowe, I now do.

Here are some of the gang

The Carpenter

The Chef

The Golfer


A doll I just call Sally and that's a small topsy turvy doll standing beside her

Topsy Turvy Cinderella - a fairly nice size topsy at 12"

The patches on Cinderella's dress

And that little topsy turvy doll showing her other topsy turvy side

159  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lots of DOLLS on: February 17, 2012 12:38:26 PM
These are some of the dolls I made. They are all made from Jean Greenhowe patterns. I LOVE her work; I think the woman is a genius! I bought her patterns specifically to teach myself how to understand knitting, and thanks to Jean Greenhowe, I now do. These are all knitted dolls. Everything about these dolls is all knitted: the dolls themselves, the clothes, the articles they have in their hands and on their heads, the golf clubs and golf cart, the sausages, the carrot, the hammer, screwdriver, cup, watch, even the pencils - everything!

This first one is some of the gang!

Then there's the Carpenter doll - 27"

The Chef doll - 27"

the Golfer doll - 27"

Jane - 29"

and the doll I call Sally is 15", and the little doll approx 8" is a topsy turvy doll

Here is Cinderella - a fairly big doll for a topsy turvy doll - apprx 12"

close up of Cinderella's patches

The little doll showing her other topsy turvy side

160  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Praying Mantis Costume on: February 14, 2012 08:24:39 PM
This is another one I made: a Praying Mantis costume. Had to capture a real one first and study it. Yeeck!

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