Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dancing Paper Dolls and Lazy Cats

I am so happy to be participting in the Traveling Paper Art Doll Symposium. This was a project started by Kitty Kelly. This is a traveling journal project. A paper doll she created and a blank journal. Once the next participant receives it you may add on item to the doll and write in the journal. You are able to write anything in your journal entry, even a made up fairytale. Which is what I did :) Then you mail the doll out to the next name on the list. I believe there is four dolls going around, all over the globe. It is incredible fun and like being a child again. Playing with paperdolls and writing fun stories! The project has caught the eye of a larger project called 1000 journals and she is hoping for our journals to be included in a documentary. It is open to anyone who would like to participate. You can check out the project at or . My contribution was a beaded bracelet and a story about her special performance in Swan Lake. I painted her ballerina dress and slippers in the journal. She also needed a name. I was apprehensive about being the person to suggest it, but I was the third person to get her and still no name. So I suggested Bella Rose. It was alot of fun.

This is a necklace I made today also. Now I need to get sewing. I have lots to get done this next week. I have been speaking with a wonderful woman named Rose is a pretty shop up near Seattle and I have a few ideas for her. I am going to blog about her and her shop soon. I am also learning how to design my own fabric. I am working on some drawings so I can send them out to . This is a company with the most amazing idea that lets people create their own fabric. I also want to dye some of my own as well. Just busy, busy, busy, but I would not have it any other way.

And you can see what I am up against. I am trying to draw, bead, sew, work on the computer all with sleeping cats on top of what I am doing. (except the sewing, they arent allowed near the fabric :) ) So,,,, I hope you all have a creative week. Until next time,,, gail


lisa said...

You've been a busy bee missy! Love the new necklace and the paper doll art project it amazing.


Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

what a nice concept with that journal!!! I've really never heard of something so cool! Your artisry was beautiful...

Hope all is well with you!

Lynette Larson - Campbell said...

Gail, my goodness!!! How busy you are! I love your necklace! Your jewelry is always so very pretty! Is this doll journal like the project they featured in Stampington? I really think that we need to do a MMP traveling journal don't you? Let's bring it up to Joyce!

Susan said...

Ah...Swan are right...we were on the same glide!!!

PS My squirrel family is up to 6 now...babies are on the move...let me know when I can Fed Ex!!! LOL

Carrie Gonzalez said...

Hi Gail,

Your journal contribution looks just beautiful! You have been very busy. Those kitties look just like mine. They always find something to sleep on.

Carol at Clutter Bug Studio said...

Wow, Gail you sure have been busy. What a beautiful journal entry - you are talented beyond measure!

Enjoyed seeing your little furry partners too. Gotta love those kitties.

Carol at Business In THE Bag

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...


How do you manage doing all so many things?? You must be an expert in time management! And it's funny how your cat loves to sleep on the computer table while you work. It's just hilarious seeing the photo!

Have a great week!

Pei Li

Patricia said...

Gail, you're going to have to do something about the staff sleeping on the job! Your journal entry is just gorgeous. Just got the nose prints off my computer screen after reading your journal entry. The ballerina costume is so elegant, you do the most gorgeous work.
Thank you so much for the supportive comments on my blog. Having you rooting for me means alot. Hugs,
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Tedi said...

Gail, You must never sleep and live on Red Bull... you're always doing something amazing! Tedi

Carolee Crafts said...

What a lovely idea the doll and journal is, quite a responsibility to add the name and a topic, you are very brave. You still find time to all your other creative projects, thank you for sharing

Marie Antionette said...

Hello Gail,This is a wonderful project for all of you.It seems so much fun.Kelly is a sweetheart.Your part was just so fab.Outstanding and I love the name Bella Rose.
Thank you so much for coming by to visit.I am going to try and post today.Not a 100% yet but I think I can do this.Hugs and kisses Marie Antionette

Artist Victoria O'Neill said...

great job on the doll.......wonderful blog too!

Susie said...

Hi Gail! Love the traveling doll journal. Sounds right up my alley. Love the pictures of the lazy cats! They really help us with our creativity don't they?
Keep up your wonderful work Gail!
Susie ~ The Polka Dot Rose

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Well goodness girlfriend! How fun is that! Of course working around the snoozing fuzzy one's always leads to a challenge.
Love what you contributed.
bunny hugs,

Kim Di Maggio said...

Gail, I miss you! I hope that we get to meet again soon. Congrats on the women who inspire. I couldn't think of a better person for it!

Love the story and Bella Rose. Of course, I will take the kitty cat any time.

Love ya gal,

Patty/PinkHugsSweetShoppe said...

How fun is the traveling journal, its like the traveling pants movie. You are talented in so many meduims. Pink Hugs, Patty

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hi Gail,

Awww! Thank you. I am just beaming with smiles. :D

We do love our critters don't we!? I think that is so awesome about designing your own fabric. Your creations are sooo beautiful so I know you will do well in wherever you heart takes you.

Thank you again for the gorgeous story. Sending fairy wishes for a creative and beautiful day.

Hugs! =D
~Kitty Kellie
The Artful Paper Doll

OceanDreams said...

Hi Gail,

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looks like you are up to a lot of fun and creative ventures! Your doll dresses are gorgeous and your kitty is a fellow supporter too. ;)

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

LOL oh's good to know someone else is doing eighty things at once AND has a sleeping cat on their 'puter.