100 Day Project (The First 50)

On April 3 I started the 100 Day Project – my plan was to illustrate quirky animals, maybe not for 100 days, but for as long as I could keep it going. I was excited and nervous, because this would be my second crack at it (I also attempted this project last year, and that ended only 5 days in…). I have always loved drawing, painting, just plain old coloring, and animals and cute things, so this seemed like a good project. This kind of art-making really isn’t something I give myself enough time to do, and it’s such a nice change from working in 3D with the dolls – this is so much faster and details are easier to add and erase.

And so everyday I would sit down at some point, decide on an animal and go. I had pre-cut a bunch of 5×7 pieces of watercolor paper, and I used pencil, pen, acrylic paint, and pencil crayon for each of these drawings. Each one took between 20 minutes and an hour (drawing has always made me lose track of time in the best way). Eventually my goal was to make it to 50 animals, and I did it! I can’t say that I loved every single one, but looking at all of these combined is so satisfying – even though these first ones are from two months ago and I barely remember making them. I am learning a lot of things from this project, more on that after the photos…

 

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Some honest thoughts that I’ve thought during this project:

*Don’t start, you will quit again

*You should start, but don’t show anyone, that way if you fail no one will know

*This is so fun, I love this I love this I love this

*This is too easy, so it doesn’t count

*That’s not cute enough

*People are going to get bored of seeing these on Instagram

*I am not an illustrator (wait, am I? Am I using the term illustrator correctly? I don’t even know!)

*You could turn this into part of your business – wait, but that’s not really the point here

*What the heck are you going to do with all of these?

Some things I’ve learned so far:

*I think this type of project works best for me when it is really clear what I’m doing and I don’t have to make daily decisions about it. All I had to choose was the animal, not the paper/medium/theme.

*Once I really decide to do something I love, I will do it for myself (for those of you who have read Gretchen Rubin, I am a classic Upholder). That said, the comments and encouragement from all of you beautiful people on IG was so lovely. Thank you!

*Sometimes the act of sharing what I was working on, which I think it supposed to be inherent to the project, felt uncomfortable. I know this is silly, since people always have a choice whether to follow along or not!

*At a few points I missed a day, then caught up within the next few days. I knew it would be too easy to fall off the wagon if I didn’t keep the momentum up.

*Spring felt like a crazy time to start this project, when everything here comes out of hibernation and seems to go at full speed. It often felt overwhelming to add this one more thing to my day.

*Big projects can be accomplished a little bit everyday. I mean, we all know this, but I rarely see an end result like this for myself. I get why people do this project.

After the 50 day mark, I started another very similar, yet slightly different project to finish out the 100 days. I can’t stop now! Sitting down with my pencils and paint is now part of my daily routine that I look forward to. This feels like just the beginning of something good…

 

 

 

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Thank You Little U!

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Little U is here! This beautiful little magazine (like a book really) from Uppercase arrived in my mailbox earlier this week and I have been savoring it and all the wonderful ideas and people inside. The pages are so happy, so bright and colorful and cute, and just all the things I like πŸ™‚Β  I was honored to be interviewed for the first issue, and to tell more about my story as a doll maker, creative person, and parent. If you are a kid at heart, and especially if you are already familiar with all the goodness that Janine at Uppercase puts out, I am sure you would enjoy this as well.Β  Creative inspiration, I love it!

(ooh, and here I am! One of the outtakes in trying to get a photo of myself to send along with the interview…)

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Boolah Baguette and Bamboletta

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I was delighted to be asked to collaborate again with Bamboletta Dolls! Bamboletta produces handmade, Waldorf-style dolls on Canada’s west coast – Christina runs a beautiful company and each doll is the work of so many people! This time around, we paired one of my animals, one of their sitting friends, along with matching clothing and a coordinating animal headband. There were 11 sets in total that were snapped up and have already found new homes. So grateful for all you doll-loving ladies out there!

Projects like this are an incredible amount of work, and these were in progress on my studio tables for almost a month. I really thought about my fabric choices and stuck with soft, natural materials for the clothing – using mainly organic cottons and hemp. When I look at these photos I see so much hand sewing, from each little flower and detail on the headbands to the sleeve openings of the jackets. Seeing everything together in the end was so worth it for me, and it feels good to have completed something on a larger scale. Also, the answer is yes, I will be making more unicorns πŸ˜‰

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Winter into Spring

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It is still very much winter here, through these first days of official spring – and in the last few months of hibernation, so many dolls were made and sent to new homes. I have a long wish list of dolls to come up next : more people dolls of all sizes (6″, 10″, 14″) will be listed in my shop in April, and I have had so many requests for bison that they will be coming soon too (please be in touch if you would like the inside scoop on that!). I will admit, the spring sun is lovely, and I do love sneaker season…

Happy Spring!

Flock and Gather, Dec 1&2

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Admittedly, I have been having so much fun preparing for the Flock and Gather Market tomorrow and Saturday (I have also totally been hustling my bones and working non-stop to get to this point!). I love it when a good kind of pressure pushes me to create new things that I love – case in point, all these peg people and their keychain versions! I find them so delightful πŸ™‚ If you are in Saskatoon, I hope to see you there…

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Nov. 10 Shop Update Preview – The Biggest Yet!

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Hello! It feels so good to be back here preparing this shop update. Without realizing it, I have created my biggest group of dolls yet! Here is a list of what will be available on Friday, Nov. 10 at 12 noon in my Etsy shop:

Three 14″ boys, Six 14″ girls – $130

Four Bitsy (10″) girls, Four Bitsy boys – $90

Nine Teensy Weensies (6″) girls – $60

Five single Baby Playsets – $30 and Five Baby Playsets with an animal – $44

*All pricing is in CAD and does not include shipping

*All dolls, except for the babies, have removable clothing and accessories

I am excited to send all these sweet dolls to new homes, just in time for Christmas, or for whatever other reason they might be needed! Thank you so much for having a peek, and as always for following along with what I am creating. Have the most wonderful day πŸ™‚