Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Great Adage Challenge continued
The Newcastle Dollies really excelled themselves with their entries for the 2008 challenge. The winner was a fabulous doll by Chyein Curtis, "The early bird really does catch the worm" when it comes to sales at Anne's Glory Box - I missed out on this one with 50% off. This trendy shopper looks smug as she has certainly got the bargains. Congratulations, Chyein - we all thought it was a great interpretation of the saying and all those miniature goodies in her shopping bag - what a stash! The journal on a roller as part of the doll stand is brilliant.
There were also many other great dolls and creative entries... Congratulations to all - the standard was excellent - outstanding work from everyone.
Dolores made " Mrs Baker" who was "a friend in need is a friend indeed" from her childhood. Connie's challenge piece was a recycled bag - proving the saying " you can;t make a silk purse from a sow's ear" wrong... it is a beautiful bag, constructed from shoulder pads and an old blouse, highlighting Patti Culea face stamps
Jackie made two dolls to illustrate "youth is wasted on the young" - two friends - one who remembers the good old days and the other, dressed in her flamboyant dancing outfit, is making sure she has the best time right now. "A stitch in time saves nine" was so well displayed by Helen Sims' doll - a Miss World Jennifer Hawkins and that notorious wardrobe malfunction. Nine stitches just held up the draped skirt, nevertheless revealing a red lace g string. Very clever, Helen!
Fay's exquisite sleeping beauty is a rose by any other name ... and sleeps peacefully on a bed of silk embroidered roses - her dress is also silk, with tiny silk ribbon roses and appliqued leaves and vines - just beautiful. We all thought we were in for a bit of serious religious preaching when Normea produced her bible and her adage" a little bit of what you fancy does you good" , but when she opened the good book, there was Adam and Eve with just a few leaves strategically placed. We enjoyed your humour, Normea.
Lynda's "Queen Bee" totally outfitted in a honey theme is a great interpretation of "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar". I thought this was a difficult saying to interpreat, but you did it really well, Lynda. A totally shocked angel was created by Margaret L. as the jester rushed by - what a thoughtful and beautifully made duo to convey " Fools rush in where angels fear to tread".
Bobbi's brightly covered interior and colourful doll were a surprsie . You can't judge a book by its cover. Bobbi has decorated the cover of the "book" in an 'Olde Worlde' stlye contrasting the cheerful inside. Robin's gorgeous little knitted doll is carefully weighing up the options as "she looks before she leaps". Well done Robin, on your first doll.Such an elegant leopard you have never seen. Michelle's embellished pick and green spotted doll - leopard/girl is a stylish interpretation of " A leopard cannot change its spots." For those who have made Patti Culea's sewing caddy, you will recognise the basic construction of Vicki's very clever creation "Too many Cooks spoil the broth" - and those three cooks have certainly been doing a bit of tasting! This challenge gave me the opportunity to finish my version of Patti Culea's doll, Vivianna - she was supposed to have her ugly boyfriend Boris proposing to her, but only his head got finished, so I took a photo and now she wears it in a heart shaped locket. "Love is Blind," but I think I also depicted "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." Even if I say so myself, the accompanying journal is great - pity it took so much time, and not enough time for Boris!
Thanks, for such a great challenge... see you at November's Hello Dollies meetings.
best wishes, Wilma