The key, I found, was keeping to lot's of activity! I did more with my girls in those 11 days than I have in a long time.......something I'm proud of but equally ashamed of. We had a great time together. Why don't I do more fun stuff like this with them regardless??
|We visited a winery. No, not just for the free wine. There was a fall festival!|
|We made super healthy banana wheat muffins........|
|......and some totally gross cookies that never made it past the dough. Notice, they are a little green.|
|When I had to work, the girls came with me and tie dyed t-shirts with Sharpie markers. Thank you, Ms. Reeve!|
|We did a lot of painting......on canvas and on ourselves.|
|We made lot's and lot's and LOT'S of dolls.|
So....I did. Which brings me to a secret obsession I have that I rarely entertain. But after all that pipe cleaner doll making.......well.....that obsession came screaming out.
I heart making dolls. I LOVE it. To me, dolls are the ultimate form of hand made art making. They are beautiful. The make adults and kids, alike, smile. They are given as gifts for virtually EVERY occasion (think about all those willow tree angels. They are dolls!) They are played with and displayed......kept for years......they bring back beautiful memories to so many of us.......
So....I let my inner doll maker take over and I went wild.
I started with Halloween dolls. This little witch took me forever even though she is only about 4 inches tall. I'm not used to paper clay but I've always wanted to try it. It's GLORIOUS!!! It sticks to anything and you don't have to bake it.
Then I made my fave. It took no time at all.
This gal is my first angel tree topper. I can't help but be proud! The other dolls were tons of fun but there are really just for me. This gal actually has a chance to be purchased and placed as the crown on a Christmas tree! She has a chance of being a keepsake and bringing memories. She has a chance of being someones favorite. I can't think of anything better than that.
And my sweet Lilly kept asking and asking to make more pipe cleaner dolls. So that's what we did.
LOADS of them! They turned out super cute. They have bells on their toes, wings on their backs and they are even holding plastic candy. If you come into the gallery next week, you'll see them hanging all over a little Christmas tree as ornaments!
So that's it. My secret obsession. You thought it was going to be something racey, didn't you? Hate to disappoint!!