January 10, 2012

January 2012

New Year!
The new year has begun and with it comes a fresh new start ~ a new word
I love to start the New Year with a new word…I find it so interesting how a word can be shown to you through out the year. I like choose a word that will help me with personal growth- something that defines your character as a human being…to become a better person. read more here

Class Dolls: 
Let us begin this journey of the last few months with my trip to Piecemakers in CA.

There is a pedestrian walkway through Denver International to Terminal A..it usually has Native American flute-type music softly playing and this time there was the most gorgeous installation of origami cranes!
There is a  Japanese legend..a belief... that 1000 paper cranes bring good luck...
Wedding Legend:
The ancient practice of a man and woman folding 1,000 cranes for their wedding is called sembazuru. The tradition itself is called Tsuru wa sennen. The time and energy put into the thousand hand-folded origami cranes symbolized the patience and trust necessary to sustain a happy marriage. 
Wish Legend:
The ancient Japanese tradition of senbazuru promises that a person who folds 1000 cranes will be granted a wish, such as long life or recovery from illness. Many times a family or group of people come together to accomplish this labor of love.
Happy Shadow
more info...

Off to southern CA for my 15th year of teaching my girls there!

This year's project was Ling Li or her sister, Chun Woo and the Chinese Carrying Case for them!

I love my trips there and my dearest friend Dorice took me to a fabulous Japanese Bookstore...read more here!!!

Back home to ROotie and creating the last of house or shoppes in our year long My Village project! This has been such a wonderful project for us all to do together. Completed each student will have 10 houses or shoppes in all.
The Bakery
Birdie in the Garden
        Song in My Heart Shoppe

To bind them  together we used ribbon(s) tipped with pretty little hearts that represent the heart and soul of the people living in the Village and a created a ribbon sleeve with a postcard addressed to My Village
They can be displayed either bound as a group or laid out accordion style...

There is always more to the photo- isn't there???...correct lighting, right angle...don't forget plain backdrop...oh yes! and then there is the adjusting color...cropping...

Here is the before photo!! oh the secrets of creating a good photo!!
Issy helping out by "holding down" the backdrop!!
Our last final project of the year was the 
Surprise Holiday Doll Class
...this class is designed especially for my students, here at ROotie StudiO, that have given their support all year! It is a one time class, so that creates much excitement and I love doing this for them. 

The unveiling!

Introducing Mortimer and Merri Mouse
Wet and Dry felting with wool felt clothing
Presents wrapped and waiting at each student's place
Inside neatly wrapped packages holding everything each students needs to make this project!

Sparkles of Christmas
This season came with many wonderous and sparkling events! Mark and I are so fortunate to have such wonderful friends and family!! Here are some highlights from December...I missed taking photos of the family gathering at our house for Christmas- 21 for a sit down dinner- you can imagine I was too busy cooking to take photos!!

Tea at the Brown Palace
My dear friend Kathy (Peep) & me- yum yum!

Westin Christmas Party
Dona (Conference Manager) and me
The ice sculptures and blue lighting throughout were beautiful!
And the food!!!!....
And my sweet handsome husband!!! xoxox
Frances' Annual Ballet Recital
Seated and ready!
Frances after her performance

and what would a recital be without cake afterwards!?!?
Cocktails and Appetizers at the Brown
Notice the size of the chandelier compared to the people seated below-WOW!!
Me, Ellen, and Mary Lou
Our wonderful husbands- Gary (Mary Lou), Jeff (Ellen) and my Mark
Some Sparkles that added to the Season!
Little knitted snowman by Bette (Bonnie's Mom)
a Chalkware Lamb that I made for a gift
The fabulous picture Frances made for use for our front door!! Now located in my studio.

Wishing everyone and fabulous New Year 
with all the wonders that lie in front of us!

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and so much more to come in 2012!!!

If it's not working- change the rules!!