Thoughts… creation… a doll maker… a circle back round…

Ooo, I just read a wonderful post, by a most wonderful doll maker. I love hearing from people who feel similarly about the process of making things. Too often and too easily we are “taught” how to do things. I make an immense effort to guide rather than teach artistic processes. I notice this most lately via the pie-truck. Teaching people how to cook is such a tender occupation. I don’t mean they come for classes, I mean more that the folk so far who have helped out at the pie-truck are far from experienced or knowledgeable in the practice of cooking. 
Right from the beginning I was very sure I wanted, not to have them follow my recipe, for even I don’t bother to do that most days, but to hone the understanding of what was happening as they put ingredients together. They do use the recipes, but more as bench markers and arrows pointing in the direction of a fabulous pie, or amazing soup. 
I notice the same thing as my kiddos grow with their drawing, or my daughter asks for help with her sewing. I am terrified of giving too much instruction, scared they will rely on rules rather than discovered notions. 
As a somewhat impatient person, I loath directions, recipes and instructions. Trial and error are my best friend. I have tried to discover why, and finally thirty-three years into this life I truly understand my determination to make several disasters before I finally find the correct path. It is because I feel like an explorer; I feel my own discovery is mine, and to top that, I understand why and how what I did worked. 
I wrote a similar post several years back, it made me smile because somehow we can never get away from ourselves. I have found bits in my teenage diaries that ring true like I am writing them for the first time today.
Thanks for reading my rant, I recommend you check out Fig & Me, she got me inspired even after my dawn to dusk day at the truck. 
                                                                   Cheers 
                                                                                      ~ Marica

Done!!

This post should have been published over a week ago, but hey, sometimes things get a little behind.
We finally finished the dolls . . . They’re done!!!
I am so so happy with them. We have worked for weeks starting with socks for the inner strength of the head, until the final addition of red beeswax crayon as rosy cheeks . . .
The kids took such care with every step along the way . . .
Each doll is so unique . . .
This project meant as much to me as it did them. I’ll never forget making these five dolls with these  five girls. Spending the morning sitting together in a circle on the rug, working working, deciding deciding, creating creating.
                                     To doll making and its simple satisfaction ~ Marica

A lot of lately . . .

So much lately . . . So much doing, so much done . . .
It is fun when a million projects are happening, but sometimes I find it hard to juggle them all . . .
And it has been so warm . . . Sprinkler playing, mud-puddle warm!!!
Our Magnolia tree has decided it is time to show its most outrages blooms . . .
 Sometimes I can’t believe Magnolia trees are real.
Doll making is getting closer to an end . . .
They are already discussing names . . .

My little one has been very excited to work in his “math book”.
I love how kids at this age, at least all of mine, think all writing work
is math, even if it is practicing letters . . .

I made creme brulee . . . 

With the fire crusted sugar top!!!
 
Oh lordy lord, I love fancy homemade decadence!!!
It feels like warm spring and my energy is pumping with ambition . . . 
I hope to knock my own socks off with how much I can complete over the next short while.
Best Wishes ~ Marica

Busy . . . Busy . . . Busy . . .

There has been so much happening around here I don’t have enough pictures to cover it all.
Lots of working, working and playing, playing . . .
Trying to balance fun and necessity . . .
There has been a fair amount of progress on our Waldorf doll project . . .
 Tricky stitching that took four hands to complete . . .
And careful collaboration to make sure the arms stayed straight . . .
 There was a doll’s birthday . . .
 With yummy granola-muffin cake . . .
 All the recent doll play reminds me so much of being eight-years-old . . .
New bunnies to make friends with . . .
 Staying up past midnight to satisfy my own private work time . . .
 Taking the sewing outside to enjoy this incredible February sunshine . . .
What has been keeping all of you busy as of late?
                                                                                 ~ Marica
  

It’s been a year . . . pumpkins . . . creations . . . and a GIVEAWAY . . .

 Oh my gosh, it has been a year exactly!!! October 30th 2010 was my first post . . . 
And here we are, full circle round the sun and many more posts to go . . . This has been fun thus far. I love having somewhere to put bits of my days, which after turning into a post feel like a completed, tied in project. I love having the faraway people I have gotten to know, even if it is only a glimpse into their worlds. I love writing often, and not just in scribbles on random bits of paper, tucked in my pocket or my bag, rarely to resurface. I take residence in this Wasabi Honey Bee domain, and I like it. 
It is a space to keep track of the things I do, and to share them with people who have the same continues desire to make make make things . . .
I love when I receive comments, it is so satisfying and reassuring . . . 
And I love taking pictures . . . Sometimes so many to just get that one perfect shot . . . 
Other times hundreds not to get even one satisfactory square of moment captured . . . 
I thank you to all the readers and friends who come by this space,
 and I would like to offer a giveaway.  
A completely autumn package including
              Earrings, made by my dear dear friend . . . I will be telling you more about her soon.
              Decorative puppet, as you see above.
              Cookbook, written by my mother and illustrated by me. . . 

                                   with so many wonderful holiday recipes 


             Warm winter hat, you saw the beginnings of in a recent post

To enter please leave a comment on this post. If you link about this giveaway I will enter you twice, and if you feel encouraged to follow this blog, I will even add you again. 

Last chance to enter will be November 5th 
I will be posting the winner here and on the most current post on November 6th 2011 

The winner of the Autumn Package is:

For now, thank you and best wishes . . . 
                                                            ~ Marica    


A mermaid or two . . .

 Making dolls is always fun. Collaborating with the fabric to create a personality . . .
 As the face is stitched on, it is like meeting a new baby for the first time . . .
I always love them before the hair . . . 
 In this instance, it was mermaids that were the particular beings working to be made . . . 
Simply fun and satisfying. 

                                        ~ Marica

More Dolls . . .

I’ve  made so many dolls lately, and actually sold five today!!
If anyone is still looking to fill out their Christmas findings, please let me know.
Its funny because no matter what I do, each doll comes out so individually, completely their own personality and style. 
Boys become boys on their own, and girls vary in their demeanor. 
Anyway, it has been fun to bring all these characters into the world.
                                                                       Best wishes ~ Marica