Friday, May 23, 2008

Mickey and Missy

Wow,I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post! Things are getting busy at school (both the school where I teach and the school my sons attend) with the year winding down.

I have had some creative time though, working on special orders still and playing a little at doll sculpting when I have a chance. I've also been a tiny bit distracted.
Let me intruduce my tiny distraction.

This is Missy.

This is Missy in the dollhouse (or Bear house)

Missy is a delightful little distraction who came to me from one of my students. Even though she is still quite small she's already twice the size she was when I brought her home, and her little body is taking on the proportions of a cat. And when ever this miniature cat walks by me I cannot resist scooping her up for a snuggle. If she is tired, she will reward me with a rumbling purr, and sometimes fall asleep in my arms or lap. If she is "busy" she will let me pet her for a little while then wriggle away to chase her toy mouse, a water bottle lid, or her "big brother" Cinder. The whole family adores her. Well,not all of us "adore" her, I guess. Cinder, our older male cat, simply tollerates her. She wants so badly to play with him and he'd rather just lay around.

Missy loves to be where the action is even when the action is simply setting up a photograph of my latest bear. Do you see the gray bur on the right side of this photo?

What was that? Oh, there she is!

The bear is Mickey, a special order for a collector who collects only black and tan bears. I am so pleased with the way he turned out, but black bears are such a challenge to photograph--even without a tiny gray kitten streaking in and out of the photo tent! Mickey got his name because, before I airbrushed him, he reminded me of a certain famous mouse!

I think this outdoor shot of him is a little better. What do you think?

My head is filled with project ideas (as always) and summer is on it's way, so watch this space for more updates.

By the way, if you are interested in seeing my work in person, please visit me in Archbold, Ohio in August for the Sauder Village Doll and Teddy Bear Show and Sale Hope to see you there!