Balloon-legged Guardian Angel and pattern…hot off the presses this week. I made the face and shoes from poster board, but you can use felt, Ultrasuede, or turned and stuffed cotton.
I call this one Calypso. I’ve used this body shape with lots of ethnic-type fabrics, white sequins and dark blue beads here, simple eyebrows and nose suggested by strings of beads. Yarn hair in kind of a pouf works well.
Warning: Below, I am still dealing with Death and dying…if you don’t want to think about these topics, don’t read the last 2 paragraphs.
I’m back to working on small dolls, new designs, patterns and directions for the print version of Icons and Angels. I’m aiming for 75 pages, so there will be more and new ones since the e-book version. After that I have ideas for 2 or more graphic novel-type books…stay tuned!
I’ve been reading The Fountain of Age by Betty Friedan, a 600+ page book, which, though it was published in 1993, reminds me of many of the issues I studied when I redid Hot Flash and Beyond. Only a small percentage of people over 65 end up in nursing homes. We must rid our country and our own minds espeicially of Age Discrimination in order to live well to the very end of our lives. Be Curious, Be Engaged are the best slogans for the rest of our lives…along with taking responsibility for eating reasonably and exercising. Just like the Graphic Grannies drawing I did.
Alexis Becker of the Neptune Society just left and I went ahead and paid for all my final expenses at under $3000. Mom’s was over $4,000, even though she donated her body to the University of Iowa. I feel good having done that, along with will, health care proxy and everything else. I know most people are in denial about death, but it feels good to have taken care of things my own self, especially after having just gone through the process with Mom.