Winter brings colds, spring brings allergies, and the crossover point between the two brought me ... another sinus infection. :( So I spent Friday making a trip to the doctor, and brought home various prescriptions to put me back in fighting trim. Does anyone else dislike nasal sprays as much as I do?? I can't deny that it has done much good in reducing my congestion. But I still don't like them.
Unfortunately, I didn't feel much like being creative. (When I don't want to play with string, you can bet I'm sick.) However, I did get four new kokeshi dolls done, and here they are:
|Four more -- I've made a total of 15 so far!|
|Kokeshi #12, the Empress|
|L-R: Dowager Empress, Empress, and Crown Princess|
|Kokeshi #13, Grace|
For #14, I returned to an Asian theme. Perhaps this one is a lady-in-waiting in the court of the Empress!
Now, #15 is something really special. I was looking at photos of kimonos online, and I came across this photo of a modern-day Japanese bride:
|Source: Wikipedia. Licensed for reuse |
under Creative Commons license.
|Kokeshi #15, Japanese bride|
Where to from here? Well, I have to put aside my kokeshi for a bit. Do you remember Dalarna, the Dala horse I made several weeks ago? My new friend, Jayne, who has a farm with sheep (and new baby lambs!), has asked if I would be interested in a barter. She would like a crocheted Dalarna of her very own, and in return, she'll send me a surprise treat. I've never bartered before, so I'm looking forward to this experience! Come to think of it, we crafters should barter more often! How many of us have things in our yarn/craft/fabric stashes that we no longer want? A crafty "swap meet" sounds like a great idea to me. We get rid of things we don't want or no longer need, in exchange for things other crafters are getting rid of that we find interesting. Just a thought. Anyway, Knit Picks finally has Palette in White back in stock, and my shipment should be here today!!! So as soon as I get that backorder unpacked and organized, I'll be starting on Jayne's Dala horse.
I'm also working on a wedding gift for a couple who will be married in a few weeks. I found a discontinued oak box by Sudberry for sale on eBay (it has a recessed area on the lid for you to insert needlework, photos, etc.), and then I discovered this pattern on Etsy:
|Photo credit: ©SimpleSmart @ Etsy.com|
Before I go, I have one more photo to share with you:
|The more, the merrier!|
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