Friday, May 22, 2009

Retracing My Footsteps

Several years ago I was very active in the area craft show circuit. My craft was handmade rag dolls, specializing in Ozark style as well as little clowns. They were called Carmon's Cuties. I sold at shows in Ok, Mo. and Ark. It all ended when I went through a divorce. Most of my patterns were either sold off or got lost in the many moves I made before finally settling down again.

A couple of weeks ago, I ran across some pictures of my dolls. I fell in love with them all over again! I frantically searched my whole house for any of my old patterns. After tearing the house apart and creating a major mess, I came up empty handed. The only remaining evidence of my craft was one little doll and one table ornament! Next I began searching the Internet in hopes of finding a couple of my favorite patterns. I also looked to see if anyone was even making rag dolls, and if so, what kind they were. To my relief, I found nothing that came close to the style I made!!

After doing my research, I became somewhat excited about the idea of trying to come up with at least one of my patterns. I spent a rather sleepless night trying to remember how I had made the little clown. I actually crawled out of bed at 3 a.m and began sketching a pattern. I used old newspaper to draw on, then when I thought I might have it, I cut it out. Next, I took and old sheet and used it as fabric for a model pattern. The hardest part was trying to remember how I had made the body. It took several attempts before I was satisfied with the look. Once I had made a few adjustments, I decided to try it out with some new fabric.

The cost of fabric has gone up! I nearly fainted when I saw the price of fabric and patterns! Mind you, I have not sewn a stitch in more than 20 years! For a few minutes I doubted whether this was a good idea or not! I decided to buy enough fabric for make a least one doll and test my skills and the market.

The next couple of days were spent testing my old sewing machine. None of my plans would work if I didn't have a machine! I dug it out, cleaned, oiled and adjusted it then held my breath as I tried it out!! Thank goodness Sears made a great old machine 30 years ago! She runs like a dream! After that time was spent redrawing the pattern, cutting , and then sewing together my first little clown in more than 20 years!

I must tell you, trying to remember how I made the body was difficult, but trying to recall the clothing and drawing out a pattern took another couple of days! Once I had come up with what I thought was the clothing pattern, I was absolutely shocked that it fit perfectly after one drawing!

Finally, I would like to introduce you to Reddy Red, my own design from Carmon's Clowns!
Please let me know what you think! He can be done in almost any color!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Next Stop On The Crazy Train

I love old movies and I love anything old and from the past! PICARD CREATIVE has a little shop on our Crazy Train Route that has just won my heart!

I met Picard a few weeks ago when I first joined Artfire. I fell in love with her sense of humor and her distinct way of letting you know what she thought before I ever entered her shop! She has managed to put that humor and those thoughts into her delightful magnets! I found it very hard to choose a favorite to show here!

Picard uses her talent to make her magnets by recyling! Not only are her magnets great gift ideas, but they help our planet as well!

Do me a favor, pay her a visit at Artfire and I know you will not walk out empty handed!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

THE JEWELRY SHOP ON ARTFIRE you KNOW that I love Vintage Jewelry...and you KNOW that I love Tribal and Ethnic Jewelry...But, did you know that it can be found on Artfire????
I decided to take a look around Artfire. As a member of the Artfire Crazy Train I began looking for something from THE JEWELRY SHOP that would catch my eye. You can imagine my delight at finding something I would absolutely die for!

Take a look at this beauty! This is handmade sterling from Mexico!

If you're a vintage jewelry collector...hustle your bustle to Artfire and take a look at these before I snatch them up! Tell them Wooleycreek sent ya!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Teeny Tiny Shop

If you love things on a miniature scale, then you will surely love the shop of Caterpillar Peacock at Artfire!

Lindsey hails from Toronto Canada and has a been crocheting since she was 8 years old. When asked "Who or What Inspires You?" She says: "I'm inspired by so many things: colour, nature, my mom, funny things on the internet, old school games, comic books, anything from the 50's through the 70's, Alphonse Mucha... The list just goes on and on."

Here are a couple of my favorite hats from her shop.

Please take a stroll through Artfire and stop at CaterpillarPeacock

Friday, April 3, 2009

Great Finds On Artfire

Artfire, a new community for those of us who make handmade items, has some very creative folks. I found these darling hats done by Artist, Pirate Pixie.

If you love handmade items or would love to promote "Made In America", please take a look at the work of Pirate Pixie and Artfire!

Check back soon, as I spotlight my own work and the work of other artist on Artfire!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Working On A Dream

Have you ever had a dream? I mean the kind of dream that never goes out of your mind, the kind that keeps your mind churning each and every day, trying to figure out how you are going to make it come true?

My dream is of building a little cabin in the Ozark mountains. I have been thinking about it almost my entire life!

In 2003 I finally found the spot I wanted to build on, saved my money and began purchasing the land. It took me a couple of years to pay it off. I'm on a limited income, so I began selling my vintage jewelry to finance my dream. Once it was paid off, I had to begin saving again.

It took me nearly two years to save enough money to have a septic tank installed. Next came a well, then electricity...and then it sat waiting for me.

Frantically I saved every penny I earned from my jewelry and bead work sales and finally had enough money to begin construction. My son agreed to do the work for me. Last spring we set off for the mountains to lay our foundation. Just our luck, it rained nearly every day! We came home and waited and saved some more. By then I had money to begin on the frame. One board at a time, we gradually had the walls up. The roof came next. The rain nearly made it impossible for us to get the cabin enclosed but with patience, we managed to get it covered and a few windows in.
With the last bit of money I had, we bought electric wire to run inside of the cabin, and a few rolls of insulation...

Well, here I am...waiting and saving go back and work on my dream again! I've been beading all winter...and now I'm blogging.

Hopefully I will be able to post some pictures of my progress soon so that you can see what I'm trying to do.

Stay tuned!