In 2011 I made a doll based on the theme "embellished". I used elinor peace bailey's doll pattern "Monique" and then went to town on embroidery, beading, ribbon embroidery and lace and ribbons. I loved the result and so did a member of my doll club who ended up buying her for a birthday gift for his dear friend. I was so touched. It is always reaffirming when someone, other than yourself, falls in love with one of your creations. I hope you enjoy the photo. The cats where a lot of fun to add as at the time I had four cats myself (there are three cats beside her and one on her lap).
On this same theme, in 2010 I made another favourite doll, this time dedicated to Arizona, Phoenix and Sedona that I visited with a group of fellow "runners"in January 2010. We went to participate in the Phoenix half marathon and then my friend and I stayed on to visit the Grand Canyon. As bad luck would have it, the Grand Canyon was snowed in by a blizzard. We arrived there (bus tour) but the canyon was a white out. We could not see anything. Our driver was great as he took us to see a lesser canyon and then on to Sedona. I loved the beauty of the surroundings and was so impressed by the friendly people we met. When the doll club had our spring challenge I knew that my inspiration would be Arizona.
Once again this piece is full of beading and embroidery. The pattern is loosely based on a workshop I took with the talented Elise Peeples. This is a two-sided doll, one side depicts the sun-filled oranges of Phoenix while the other side represents the mystery that is Sedona (all in purples). I hope you enjoy her (she is in my private collection). Notice the runner in black silhouette on the front of the Phoenix doll.