Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hoffman Challenge Tour

My doll, Samantha Jane, was selected to travel with the 2012 traveling trunk show - Trunk C!

I am so thrilled!  It will be so much fun to track what parts of the country she will be seen. 

My fellow doll club member Diane Magnuson's Lady Lorraine was also selected.  She will be traveling in trunk B.  Congratulations Diane! 

I noticed there were four other dollmakers from the state of Washington selected to traveling trunks:

          Cindy Alldredge - Snohomish, WA
                                        Miss Lavender USA     Trunk A
          Claudia Coose - Friday Harbor, WA   
                                        Rose is Forever Wild    Trunk B
          Delaine Gately - Gig Harbor, WA       
                                       Third Times a Charm    Trunk B
          Pam Gonzalez - Renton, WA              
                                        Secret Garden              Trunk A

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the award winners and to those selected to travel!!!!
Whether selected to travel or not  the dolls that I have seen in this year's competition are wonderful!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

2012 Hoffman Challenge Entry

With fingers crossed for good luck, yesterday I mailed my 2012 Hoffman Challenge entry - Samantha Jane.  She is on her way to Colorado with hopes of being selected for one of the traveling trunks to tour the country for the next year.

Here she is in her box, packed and ready to go!

When I first saw the 2012 Hoffman Challenge fabric, I envisioned a girl dressed in the lavendar floral, however, she would be perched on a log among the bugs, bees and dragonflies .  It is very exciting to see my vision come to life in Samantha Jane.

Samantha Jane

She is sitting on a stump with critters here and there and a dragonfly on her finger. 


I used the challenge fabric in the top of her dress and in her hat.

Embellished with beads and ribbons and flowers.


She is an imp of a country girl dressed up in her lavendar, floral dress.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Small Victories

Doll skin thread

I have been spending time organizing my sewing room and it has paid off.  I went straight to my doll skin threads when I needed to sew up the back of a new doll I am working on.  Usually I spend a significant amount of time trying to find the last place that thread was used and where did I put it!  Doll skin thread and white threads are in this little case on my book shelf. 


          My fabric stash organized by use and type. 

It still does not look really organized, however, it is useful to me now. Doll fabrics are in one tote, dress and blouse fabrics are in another tote, Josie fabrics are in the big wire drawer and Briar fabrics are in the other big wire drawer.  Patterns are all together in a file cabinet drawer.  I am still working on the book shelves to consolidate notions, threads, beads and tools.   The waste-of-time presentation on 'orgainzing your sewing room' was not such a waste of time after all.  Although I did not like any of the ideas presented - I did start my own reorganization.      I actually sew in my sewing room now!! 

The other trick I figured out is to put projects in a separate carrying case until finished.  If the project is for a class, then all the materials and class information are consolidated and ready to travel.  When I first get a project idea, I start collecting the pattern and materials in the case, then when I want to work on that project, it is all together. No more searching for the parts and pieces.   I use the scrapbooking totes.  When I find them on sale I buy a few to have on hand.  I have a LOT of projects that I am wanting to get started.