I weighed in on Wednesday and, I’m happy to say, I was DOWN two big ones! YES! I’ve been knocking around in a four-pound range, gaining and losing, for a month. From what I hear at meetings, this is typical. So, anyway, I am definitely happy about this particular weigh-in.
I’m taking a break from Marie Antoinette, as some of you will be relieved to learn, I’m sure.
Of course writing is my main focus, now that I’m feeling so much better–better every day, in fact–but in my free time I’ve been making art. I’m on a paper doll kick, but with a twist–my first is the Angel of Creative Passion. She’s almost finished and destined to hang on my office wall. Since I’m still grappling with posting pictures on the blog, I will have Jenni put a shot of the piece on my Facebook page. I basically used doll parts from a company called Paper Whimsy, added a face from my vast collection of downloaded (mostly from Etsy) images, and constructed the skirt and halo by punching out shapes and then using my Big Shot machine to emboss the papers, thereby giving them texture. After that, I painted them with acrylics, mostly red and gold in this case. I used my Big Shot again, plus a cutting die from Sizzix, to make wings. Finally, I’ll glue my paper doll to a black background–I like lots of contrast in my work.
My next project is already underway–another paper doll to be embellished, though this time I think I’ll mount her on a decorated paper mache box. Guess whose face she’s wearing. (Hint: she has a towering white hairdo and lots of lace and ruffles.) Because I have a somewhat edgy sense of humor at times, she will be accompanied by a small ax I found at Hobby Lobby. (Yes, a guillotine would be more appropriate–the ax would be better suited to Ann Bolelyn, but guillotine charms do not seem to be readily available. Kat offered to make one using one of those little scrapers with the razor blades…)
Must be the approach of Halloween. I have some gorgeous resin pumpkins to put out when the time comes, along with a wonderful Jim Shore witch I bought several years ago, but there’s a new element this year: a pair of almost lifesize witch legs and shoes on spikes. (You stick the spikes into the ground and it looks like the Bad Witch came in for a crash landing.
An imagination is a scary thing.