Thursday, July 31, 2008

FRONT COVER


MY FIRST! I was so excited the other afternoon when I woke up to find the October 2008 issue of Doll Crafter & Costuming on the counter waiting for me. There on the front cover was my piece Trick-or-Treat. I actually did do a dance, and that was before I gulped down a cup of coffee! I'd been asked by the editor to do a piece for the Halloween issue of DC&C. I was honored to have been asked, but then what to do. I decided to start at the very beginnings from pattern making, to sewing, to beading the doll. I chose 5 basic simple templates to get people interested in beaded dolls. My hardest decision was how to present the 5 dolls, so I decided to make them all sitting on a tree. Again, how to make the tree? I was pouring Half&Half into my cup, when I saw the answer in my hand. I used the empty plastic container along with wire and did a wrapped doll tree. Then I attached all three dolls to the tree. I was still nervous that it wouldn't be worthy of the cover, so I didn't tell anyone about it. The editor love this piece, so I got the courage to take it with me to Enchanted Doll Artists Conference in Albuquerque. I entered it in the "Other Side of the Mirror" challenge saying in an old enchanted forest is a tree which grows Trick or Treaters who magically appear only one night on our door steps asking for candy and then disappearing. Guess what? It came in 2nd place in the beginning professional category. Can we say I was too happy!

18 comments:

Gammie said...

Great doll, Dot. Thanks for sharing for those of us that don't get doll magazines. Keep up the fantastic work.

Jeanne
http://gammiebrat.blogspot.com/

virtuallori said...

That's really awesome! Congratulations!

Lora said...

OMG DOT!!! That is totally wonderful!! I'll have to look at the mag next time I'm at the bookstore!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

Cody Goodin said...

Way cool and congrats again. I admire your work and am amazed that you can work woth those tiny beads.

abeadlady said...

I can think of no one who deserves this more, Dot. Your dolls go way beyond beautiful. Each one has its own personality that shows through. One of my greatest treasures is the doll I got from you when we swapped.
Congratulations on a job well done.
Arline

KV said...

Congratulations, Dot!


Kathy V in NM

Emily Eckel said...

Dot, Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you and your success. The cover looks great. You are taking beading where it hasn't gone before. big hugs, Emily Eckel

PS I miss you

Gypsy said...

It is a most interesting and worthy idea, which is why YOUR dolls are on the cover. I am always inspired by you, Dot!
Aryd'ell

Hélène H said...

Congratulations ! A well deserved achievement.

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on the cover publication..very exciting!!

I saw the wonderful picture of your Scotties and they are just beautiful..We have a male Scottie named Barney..we adore him and I do believe he adores us...they are such a wonderful breed.
Bonnie

dollproject said...

Yay! Congratulations! The cover looks gorgeous. I would be excited too :].

Celticat said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Of course, your dolls are simply the best. They HAD to put them on the cover. *grin*

heidibeads said...

Congratulations on the Front Cover! You should be so proud and tired! Wonderful dolls - you're an inspiration. I'll have to spread the word with my doll group. AWESOME!

Judibeads said...

Dot, I've seen this in person, and all I can say is "You SO deserve the cover!"

Judi

Gale said...

Marvelous, Dot!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Dot,

Your are a "Extremely" creative talented beader. Your work is always makes me smile. Congratulation on your Cover of the mag. Hugs Judy

GraceBeading said...

HOORAY for you! Congrats on the cover, well deserved

Diana said...

congratulation, Dot. Fantastic piece - the cover honor is well deserved. Simply beautiful work too. Now to find the magazine so i can see the full article!
Diana in Kentucky