So..... as many of you know, my mother came to stay with us for 10 days just recently. It had been almost a year since we had seen her last and I was so glad that she was coming for a visit. The best part was that she was coming when there wasn't a holiday and when the kids were in school during the day. Usually when she comes its during Christmas and I'm so stressed trying to get everything done that I can't really relax enough to spend time with her. Also, when the kids are around you can't get a word in edgewise because they're all about "Grandma!!!!" and vice versa.
This time, she came and we were able to just relax and spend some time together without the distraction of the children. I took her to the artsy shops in Dunedin, the marina, the antique shops in Tarpon Springs, the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and the whole family spent a day at Fort De Soto Beach. While she was here I worked on her dolls and made the clothing that she requested. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed our visit together.
As you can imagine, for those 10 days no work got done and no creative stuff got done either outside of the making of her dolls. So, even though I was VERY sad to see her return home, I was happy to get my hands dirty again.
I haven't formally announced this yet but we (my family) have started a new business! Whoo hoo! Don't you worry, MLB Studios isn't going anywhere. The new business is called Blu Mudd and is the very beginning stages of production. We will be making wearble ceramic art and we are working hard to build inventory at the moment. Here's a photo of 1,400+ of the first round of pendants in their rough form. These still need to be sanded, glazed and fired.
Our dining room is moonlighting as a pottery studio at the moment since it's now WAY too hot to work in the garage. It's a pain in the butt cleaning off the table and then setting it back up again for meals but what are you gonna do? :)
So, my days now are filled with pendants and my nights and weekends are devoted to dollmaking.
Here's three new dolls in the making, well they're heads anyway.
I love sculpting in front of my computer while I watch shows on Hulu. I haven't been watching much lately and my que has piled up! There's like 30+ shows in there that I haven't watched. EEPS!
Okay, what else? I know there's a bunch more but my head is as scatterbrained as this post is at the moment. Um..... hmmmm... OH YEAH! I also revamped my daughters' room! Finally! Remember all of the whining and griping I did about having to paint walls and how I hate it and how I put it off over and over again?? Well, I got my act together and got it done before my mom got here for her visit. I wasn't thinking when I started and didn't take before pictures but I'll dig through some old photos and see if I can find any from when we moved in... just a sec...
Hmmm... I only have this one was is from 3 years ago but I guess it'll do..
So this is before, kind of...
And these are after:
We have installed a full length mirror between their closet doors since these photos and I'm still working on their curtains.
In other news... I was recently notified by Jess of Little Dirt Lane that I had won a doll in her giveaway! Yay me! I'm so excited. I haven't received her yet but she should be arriving any day. Since I don't have her to take a picture of my own, I borrowed Jess' picture and hope she doesn't mind.
Isn't she adorable????Also, I was contacted by Rhonda of Raggedy Rhonda's about doing a swap. My Folk Art Doll Workshop in exchange for a handmade doll. I of course agreed and can't wait to see what Rhonda comes up with for me. I'll post pictures as soon as I receive the doll.
I've been spending a lot of time with my dear friend Marina lately too. It's so nice having friends that I have so much in common with. I am so thankful that she lives close enough that we can get together often. We are headed to her house again tomorrow for a day by the pool and of course some doll play. The kids are very excited. They think Marina is awesome (and so do I).
I have some ADO Traveling Doll Project wip news as well but I haven't taken any photos yet so that will have to wait until next time. We have a storm rolling in here at the moment so I think I'll wrap this up now and enjoy the sound of the thunder.
More later! What have you been up to lately? I miss everyone.