After working 6 long long days in a row, I was able to just forget about test tubes, blood, and numbers for three marvelous days. Saturday morning I headed up to Akron to take a class with Leslie Molen making Chun Woo. I've always wanted to take a class with Leslie because her dolls are amazing, and I just love her personality. BUT...my sewing skills are not good enough to challenge me to make clothes. My friend Pam who put on this event convinced me that I could do it. I'm happy I did even though my sewing skills did put me to some problems. AND, I didn't read the instructions correctly so I showed up with a head to be needle sculpted that was made of cotton fabric instead of the knit. No problem...Leslie did not give me grief at all & told me to just use this head as a practice and join in. In a sense this was a much better idea for me to just sit & observe as I picked up more technique and ideas by being forced to just watch instead of performing. We made eyeballs that are so wonderful that I don't think I'm every going to have to buy eyes for my dolls again.
I stayed at Pam's house Saturday night which is always a delight for me as Pam & I get along so well. It was fun to get to know Leslie even more. And imagine how happy I was when I found another women who not only loves Science Fiction but loves some of the wild television shows I watch. Leslie & I spent over 15 minutes talking about the ending of Justified!
|With the head Leslie made and my clothes.|
|Leslie and Judy Brown|
The other thing that made this weekend such a delight was the group of women. Most I know from the Time for Dolls Akron area doll makers club I belong to. The others, I have met at AFIC or the Dollmaker's Gala in Aurora Ohio. We sat all weekend talking and laughed. There was a connection as we went from one topic to another and back around. The people I work with are all difference ages & from different cultures so it is so difficult for me to relax while talking to them. Notice I said talking to instead of with? It does make a difference to be with a group of people who have the same background and time understanding that you do. That is why I just "let my hair down" and let pour out of my mouth anything that I wanted to say without fear of offending or having to back track and explain what I mean. Joyce one of our oldest members thought I was interesting! Wow, no one has said that to me in ages. Oh and one person coined me as a Southerner. What? Me? Then I realized that to someone from Cleveland, I truly was southern. LOL!