Monday, January 30, 2006

Paper Doll No. 30

Is there ANY better feeling in the whole world than having a gym full of people cheer for YOUR daughter when she hits the winning basket?

I don't think so. She's thirteen and we are on the downhill side of raising her - in about 5 years, she'll be gone. Tonight, when she hit that shot with 6 seconds on the clock, I started to think that maybe we had done okay, that she is able to step up and keep it together under pressure when other people are depending on her. Maybe you can't say basketball equals life, but around these parts it's a pretty darn good metaphor. It was also the only game my dad has seen her play all season and the last home game for the year. Dad was visiting with one of his buddies from work who ahs already retired. The buddy's granddaughter fed Whit the pass for the winning shot, so it was kinda cool for them to see their granddaughters win the game.

I just read Night by Elie Weisel. It's like the grown up Anne Frank. Read it in one sitting. It's short, but it says everything.

peace, love and paper,


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Paper Doll No.25

It's Wednesday and I have made no progress on my Somerset Paris submissions. Perhaps I will work a bit during Project Runway. That seems right - to make art during a show about making fashion. I'm making a doll with a fabulous qoute I found about Paris. I find myself nearly unable to create without the words. I NEED the words. Should I be able to say every thing I want to say (need to say) with just the visual? Are the words a crutch
or just my attempt to control the viewer's response? I think that's why I love the book form so much; words are just part of the deal. I don't consider myself to be a writer, but I am uncomfortable calling myself an artist. I am not a crafter, in the glue gun sense of the word, but I have been known to dabble in crafty stuff. The word "craft" is another problem I have. When I talk about Penland School of Craft, for instance, I find myself explaining the idea of "craft" in this sense. I'm a little defensive about being called "crafty" - I guess it seems a little dismissive. What is is famous - or infamous - people say when they get negative press? That's it's better to be talked about at all than to not be talked about.

peace, love and paper,

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Paper Doll No.24

I am a pop culture junky. I hate that Nick and Jessica broke up. I don't like that Nicole Kidman is engaged to Keith Urban. I think Katie is being held against her will to bring Tom's demon spawn into the world. I think he might be a pod. And Kanye West as Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone. Tick tock, buddy, 14:59 and counting down. Does anybody over the age of 16 even read Rolling Stone anymore? I quit right after The Bonfire of the Vanities. Ah, the 80's, mullets, spandex - those were the good old days.

Maybe I'll do a week of 80's paper dolls...

peace, love and paper,


Sunday, January 22, 2006

Paper Doll No.22

I am having the hardest time settling down to make stuff. I feel all-over-the-place and unable to focus on any one project. I MUST make some progress this week. Sometimes I abandon projects when they don't go exactly the way I want them to. I think knowing what you want is worse than being undecided. I am working on 2 submissions for Somerset Studio on the Paris theme. My goal for this week is to finish one of them super-tight and exactly right. I WILL GET IN THAT MAGAZINE!

I am hooked on dots right now. When does a fancy become a rut?

I am teaching a Valentine art doll class next Sunday at our church. It's a combination of the paper doll and the wire sculptures I was doing a few weeks back , along with fabric ribbon and trim, a la Santino! I 'll post a pic in a few days.

peace, love and paper,


Saturday, January 21, 2006

Paper Doll No. 21

It sounded so lame last night when I said it was late when I posted. I know it said 8:00 something, but it was after 11:00pm here.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Paper Doll No.19

Tomorrow is the 100th day of school - only 80 more to go!

I fell asleep during PRW last night! I was awake for the assignment and slept on the couch until my hubby woke me up at 10:55 asking if I had watched the show. No, I hadn't, but I got to see the last 5 minutes!

I am STILL a Santino fan. I just admire his conviction to do his thing.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Paper Doll No. 18

Time for Project Runway! I predict Andre or Zulema will be out next. If you aren't listening to Tim Gunn's podcasts you are missing out. He's so funny and dry.

Raise your hand if you think skating with celebrities is a direct copy of dancing with the stars; and why is master p still on there?

peace, love and paper,


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Paper Doll No.17

She has a coffee on her dress because I am SO tired...I think I need an iv drip of caffeine!

It was 60 yesterday and we have about 2 inches of snow on the ground and it's still coming down. Perhaps a 2 hour delay tomorrow morning.

American Idol started tonight. Wow. Do some of those people not know they are on tv?

peace, love and paper,


Monday, January 16, 2006

Paper Doll No.16

Just exactly WHO would want to marry The Bachelor - OR ANY MAN - whose ego had been so artificially inflated by having 25 women acting like total fools to get his attention? Ick. I hate the rose ceremony when he kisses all of them in succession. Germs on parade.

It feels like Tuesday.

peace, love and paper,


Sunday, January 15, 2006

Paper Doll No.15

Our Colts lost! Oh, well, Peyton's only 29, and we'll get 'em next year.

I had a wicked headache all day yesterday, most of last night and again this morning. I finally got rid of it, but the medicine made me a little sleepy, so I haven't done too much of anything today, aside from the paper doll.

The sun is shining thru my window and I just love it. These dark months just put me in such a funk. It's as dark as night when I go to school in the mornings and it's dark outside by 6:00pm. I think my favorite day of the year is the first spring day when I have to put on my sunglasses in the car on the way to school. Then I know for sure I have survived another Indiana winter and summer is on the way.

It's time to start signing up for summer classes and workshops. Check out and

peace, love and paper,

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Paper Doll No.14

I've got this pink and black, faux Frenchy color scheme on my mind. I am working on a couple of submissions for Somerset Studio's call for artwork on theme of "Paris" - the city, not the girl. On of my goals for '06 is to get some work in a real magazine. I feel a little wierd about these submission things for, I think, two reasons:

1. I kinda like to believe in destiny, that the people who are supposed to see my work and dig it, WILL see my work and dig it without me having to say, "See what I made? Do you like it?"

2. What would my book teachers say about Somerset Studio? Would they think it was lame or cool? I've studied with some prolific book artists, who I really admire, respect and look up to. I know they probably don't even remember me, and much less care what I do or don't do artwise, but I STILL wouldn't want them to think I'm cheap.

Maybe these are just excuses not to submit work beacuse I'm afraid of rejection. Aren't you, just a little?

peace, love and paper,


Thursday, January 12, 2006

Paper Doll No. 12

Not the best, not the worst...just done. Not feeling great today and a lot going at school. We had a ballgame onthe road tonight, so we were a little late getting in.

On PRW - Goodbye Diana and Marla. I think I love Daniel V. He's no Santino, but he's just such a doll - so humble and quiet AND he kept Andre from squalling and bawling. I think Santino picked Nick because of the keep-your-friends-close-but-keep-your-enemies-closer mentality. I mean, Nick could not beat Santino if they were on the same team.

It was 60 here today... about 30 above normal, but it's going to snow tomorrow.

peace, love and paper,

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Paper Doll No. 11

Hey, here's Cute Green Boot Girl for your pre-Project Runway enjoyment. Doll No. 7 is my paper interpretation of last week's challenge and I can't wait to see this week's assignment. Whatever it is, I am sure Le Santino will rock it out and Diana's voice will annoy me and Andre will cry over it. I hope you're all watching PRW!

Don't you just hate it when people are dishonest and get away with it and you take the consequences for playing by the rules?

Maybe I just hate stupid rules. Wait a minute - maybe I hate all rules. I s that why I can't follow a pattern? Are all of us rebels? Whoa, if making a paper doll everyday is rebellion, my life must be pretty boring!

In case you want to make a paper doll, here's the link Also check out Lynne Perrella's site for her Doll Conspiracy.

peace, love and paper,


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Monday, January 09, 2006

Paper Doll No. 9

I am having some camera/computer problems , but here is today's doll.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Paper Doll No. 8

A Spring dress for a Spring-like day. It was in the 60's today. Maybe we are skipping winter.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Paper Doll No. 6

That's a real sewn book in her hand. I way overslept this morning and was 8 minutes late to work. Yikes. No harm done, though.

I could NOT find the new Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine at Borders or Barnes and Noble tonight.

Peace, love and paper,


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Paper Doll No.5

I got some new stamps today from Teesha Moore. She is a genius and I love her stamps. Not cutesy in the least. They are rubber stamps I can feel good about using!

The reptile print papers on today's doll are leftovers from my Lilly Grant. That's been three years ago already.

It is so cold and dark here. I crave light.

peace, love and paper,

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Paper Doll No. 3

Here's number three and you can still read the word "new" , but I had to put her arms wierd. Now the challenge will be to get four on the other page.

Still no good news onthe miners.

Back to school tomorrow.

peace, love and paper,

Monday, January 02, 2006

Paper Doll No. 2

Here's my second doll of the year, already glued into place beside her sister in my book. Looks like I might have to cover up part of the "happy new year" I stamped across the pages before I started the dolls. Oh well. We saw Cheaper by the Dozen 2 today. The Duff was going thru her anorexic look when it was filmed. She looks better when she is normal sized.

God help those trapped miners.

peace, love and paper,

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Paper Doll No. 1

Here is the first paper doll of my year-long challenge to make a paper doll every day. Celebrity Fit Club is on tonight. I like knowing, somehow, that famous people get fat, too.

I don't know hope the paper doll thing is going to work out. Sure, now it's easy and fun and I'm motivated, but how will I feel about it in October? On days when I don't feel like doing it, I just have to hope my stubborness will take over.

peace, love and paper,