I had several websites. The very first one was called Scottie Obsession. It was all about naturally our Scottie dog FalaPink and then SkyeBlue. This was long ago when the Internet was new and people started reaching out and sharing their lives with others around the world. Back then it www was referred to as the Wild Wide West...and wasn't it a fun time. I met so many people with Scottie Obsession and have reconnected with many of them now on Facebook. I also had a website where I shared my bead accomplishments and projects. I found it too difficult to keep a website up to date when I found blogger and then the great time consuming Facebook. But I realized that some of my older pieces that are still viewable on the web, I haven't shared here on my blog. So, I'm going back in time to show a few of these beaded pieces that I still own and still enjoy seeing every day in my house.
First off is Fantasy Swim. I made this assemblage back in 2005 after attending my first Artistic Figures in Cloth here in Columbus Ohio. I worked on it diligently as I wanted to enter it in the show Bead International 2006 at the Dairy Barn in Athens Ohio. I was so excited when I found out that Fantasy Swim had been accepted for this exhibit. After spending time at the Diary Barn with other spectacular pieces, it traveled around from gallery to gallery on display for almost 18 months. When I got it back, I looked at the piece and saw how my beading skills had changed. But I still delight to see Fantasy Swim each day when I walk down into the front room and watch the Sun light play with the beads and fabric.
The next piece I'd like to share with you is very special to me. The doll may be small, but she is by far one of the most prized dolls I own. The pattern originally was by Cyndy Sieving of Cyndy's Dolls and the owner of AFIC&C. The pattern was in the magazine Doll Crafter & Costuming as a challenge and contest. I changed the pattern a little bit and created Sparkle. I love the whimsical nature of this doll. Chris made the fabric faces, and I actually broke two paint brushes to make it look as if she were painting leaves in the Fall. When Lark Craft put out an announcement looking for handmade dolls, Cyndy once again challenged me to send it a picture of Sparkle. I don't know who was excited more when I found out that little Sparkle was going to be in the Lark 500 Series. But then was I every surprised when I got a message from a fellow doll artist who got the book before I did that not only was Sparkle in the book, but Sparkle was on the back cover. I've been asked if I'd sell Sparkle, and I always have to answer that Sparkle will ALWAYS live with me. She shows me that even the smallest can be the most spectacular.