Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Packages Flew To Their Destinations. . .

Saying hello and catching up!!! I finished some gifts and got them mailed last week and they have arrived safely to their destinations! First, I'll share the Dotee doll I made for my friend Cathie. Her doll is done with 15/0 black seed beads, with Swarovski sew-ons and beads, and decorated with flower beads and leaves. For the tail I added a sewing machine, scissors, and spool of thread with needle...totally appropriate for the talented fiber artist that she is!

After having a conversation with Cathie about the Ten Qualities of Slow Cloth, written by Elaine Lipson of Red Thread Studio, Cathie made a post about it on her blog. She stated that she was going to take a deep breath and work on slowing down. Facing summer she wanted to enjoy the "quality" not quantity of her time.

I commented on her blog:

Way to go Cathie! It sounds like a little more peace is going to fill your life! The art of life is to live in the moment. Keep taking deep breaths and smell those roses! A dear friend, Bobbi, who I so admire, sent me part of a poem by Cedric Wright...

The days of our lives must become precious.

In all heaven and earth, there is one thing to do:

Take your time.

Enjoy the perfection of what you are doing.

Enjoy accomplishing it exquisitely!

James Taylor wrote, "The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time." Wishing you joy, peace, and love! Your Slow Cloth Artist Friend...~Lisa ;-)

As I was working on her doll, I decided to include these words on her back side as a reminder! These words are from his BEAUTIFUL song called...The Secret O' Life!

This is Sabrina's Dotee doll (Cathie's daughter)! She is a darling girl who is quite the artist herself!!! This past year she took a 1st Place Blue Ribbon (out of 12 schools) for her watercolor sunflower. She also received the Creative Excellence Award for the Middle School Art Program! Mind you...she just turned thirteen!!! Believe me, she needs to keep pursuing art! So I thought it best to make her a sunflower Dotee. Sabrina's is done in with 15/0 charlotte seed beads, 16/0 vintage seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and decorated with flower beads and leaves. For the tail I added a sunflower charm.

That's it for Dotee's for awhile (I've made 16 to date), as I am getting my thoughts and things together for the 2008 Bead Journal Project that starts September 1st. I am so excited and thrilled to be a part of this project with the most talented and nicest people! My theme is going to be 'Fragments of my Life' but I still haven't quite decided the size I'm going to use! I will be making that decision in the next few days as I'm anxious to cut some fabric and stitch it on to Pellon!!!

I also sent a package to Monica with bucks for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Pink Artist Drawing for Love Squared. I decided to make Monica a scissor fob in the appropriate colors with the appropriate charms as a reminder and keepsake of this wonderful journey!

Now for fun...a friend of mine, Pat of Gatherings, honored me with a blogging friend award! Thank you Pat! She makes beautiful things, has a fun and inspiring blog, has a great sense of humor, has a HUGE heart, is a giver from her heart (Comfort Doll Project), and a real sweetheart!!! Blogging Friends Forever we will be!!!

Here are the rules:

1. Use the Twinks Bank icon (above).
2. Nominate 5 other people only.
3. Four (4) nominees have to be dedicated followers of your blog.
4. One (1) has to be someone new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
5. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.

I hope the Award Police don't come after me because I broke two of the rules!!! LOL! ;-)

I nominate five gals. . .Bobbi Kirk, Grace Danel, Monica Magness, Cathie Recca, and Tammy Lang!!! (I know this is five instead of four. . . first rule broken)!!!

And, because no one has visited me from another part of the world and it needs to be someone new to your blog. . . I nominate. . . Kathy Vorenberg!!! However, since I've never been to New Mexico, it's another part of the world to me!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the last of what summer has to offer! Have a great and safe Labor Day weekend!

Keep Pursuing Art. . .Life and Dreams!!! ~Lisa ;-)


Anonymous said...

Hello- I came over here from cathies a few days ago and added you to my reader - so you *do* have a new reader from somewhere else...unless you happen to live in Brisbane. lovely dolls (i think thats why i visited in the first place)

Clevelandgirlie said...

Oh Lisa - what a lovely post. Sabrina is gone for the weekend but I e-mailed her a link to it so she can be sure to see it too. That James Taylor CD is now in my car so I can listen to it every day. I do love it - thank you for sharing that beautiful song with me.


girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Lisa, you AMAZING woman you! Getting caught up on friends blogs, missed you grrrl!

Thank you for the lil hug, I feel such warmth and FRIENDSHIP when I step foot in HERE.

Cathie & Sabrina will go WILD for these creations...

and I just LOVE my scissor & fob. I used it on the trip to TX and thought of YOU each time I broke it out to snip my thread (I say that like I actually WORKED on my trip, I admit I didn't get nearly as much stitch time in as I'd hoped...but WHO IS COMPLAINING really... I had a blast!!!!)

Big hugs to you, Monica :)

KV said...

Oh, oh -- now I have to think about what to do with this Twinks Bank award!

And if you have never been to New Mexico you are missing out on a lot!!!

Thanks for including me in this neat blogging award . . .

Kathy V in NM

Beadin' Gram/aka Jackie said...

Great post --- and I LOVE your dolls -- they are delightfully lovely.

Dot said...

What a bright and lovely post Lisa! Your Dotee dolls are exquisite. So detailed and lovely.
I am sure anyone that hold's one of them in their hand can feel the love that went into them.

Lovely, lovely art!

Dot said...

P.S I love how personal your Dotee's are. The sunflower one fills my heart with joy. You are obviously a beautiful soul xoxo.

Would love to do a one on one Dotee doll swap with you :)

beadbabe49 said...

I am so glad to see you caught up (?) and ready to leap into the bead journal project!
I'm delighted with the banks award but will probably have to wait a few days before I get to passing it many wonderful blogs and so little time to read them all!

The Lone Beader said...

Hi Lisa! I love your Dottee doll! She came out great! :D

Also, thanks for your sweet comments! I really appreciate all the encouragement! :D :D

freebird said...

I love your Dotee dolls. I'm sure they were well received. You did a great job of personalizing them.