Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Precious Prairie Pink

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As you may or may not know, it's been a long time since Dawn passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. We were little girls, and I didn't understand how important our friendship would be to me. And thanks to the passing of time, and aging, well memories slip.

I don't know why I feel guilty that I didn't remember Dawn's favorite color. Maybe because I am an artist, and we used to draw together, it just seems like I should have remembered. Anyway, I asked her parents, and they reminded me it was pink.

As soon as they did, I had the inspiration for my next doll. Something dreamy. She couldn't actually enjoy running through a field, but somehow it feels right to me that I imagine her doing that. For all of the times she had to stifle just a laugh because it was desperately hard for her to breathe, I want to imagine her on a beautiful spring day like this, laughing and running in a field of flowers.

So I guess that that thought is really why I was inspired to make this precious prairie pink doll. And I think it's time to take my shoes off and go for a walk in the grass, you should too, enjoy yourself.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Her favorite color was pink

Fantastic news! A new doll will be available in my little etsy shop within the next couple of days!

Here is a preview...

I love how this dress came out, it's so cute with the little white dress underneath. You can display the pink "prairie" dress open or closed!

You can display the pink "prairie" dress open or closed!

I was recently reminded how Dawn's favorite color was pink, by asking her parents. Then this dress design just popped into my head. I wanted something dreamy, maybe because it was one of those vague memories/details I feel like I should have remembered.

After fiddling with the pattern and sizes a bit, I think I'm really loving how it came together. The addition of the teeny, tiny buttons (glad I have small hands) and a pink ribbon in her hair, make it just too cute.

I create my own patterns using Adobe Illustrator. I do prototypes to help adjust them, then I sew them up. I learn something new each time, not just about doll creation, but about how I've handled losing a dear friend to Cystic Fibrosis.
Thank you for stopping by to share all of this with me, I hope you enjoy what you see!