Thursday, February 12, 2009

Journey of the Dolls, Volume 2

I'll go ahead and say it, I've been shirking my blogging responsibilities. My list of priorities has recently gotten much longer, and the new ones have a rapidly approaching deadline. Allow me to explain (and brace yourselves, this might be a long one).

My head has been swimming for the last two months or so with preparations for the auction for Mazzy's Nursery School. A yearly event that casts a long, foggy shadow over January and February and is a major test of our "cooperativeness". Sure, the kids can get along at school, but can 75 or so parents coordinate and communicate well enough to pull off a 300+ guest event? If it all goes well, we'll pull enough money out of the guests for four teachers' salaries & benefits and maybe a little extra to help maintain the 19th century schoolhouse. Last year we raised enough for solar panels.

The economy? What? Okay, yes, it's the worst of times, but we're working on the theory that if you bring enough parents and extended families and friends together and give them enough good food and wine and show them enough cute pictures of their kids, they'll cave. You wait, they'll cave. I'll report back on that.

For now, though, I want to show you my personal contribution to all this madness. This year is the second time I've taken the reigns on Mazzy's 'class project.' Last year Jon and I made an 8-foot teepee that went for $1500. I spent so much time making it, and it turned out amazing, but I had to let it go and I never even took a picture of it. I won't make that mistake again, so here's this year's work-in-progress.

Two weeks ago, we had two 4' x 8' sheets of plywood. Jon's been slowly transforming them into a 3' x 2' dollhouse version of the co-op schoolhouse. We have nine days to get a roof on it and paint it. I'll report back on that, too.

A dollhouse is no fun without dolls, so I've been working on those. I was inspired by Amy's dollmaking, and after several failed attempts at making my own doll pattern, I went with a modified version of The Black Apple doll.

I had Amy paint their faces, and now I get to pick out their clothes and sew and stuff them.

Like this:

Again, nine days.

Wish us luck.


Katherine said...

jamie you are awesome!

Briana Marie said...

I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again. You ROCK Jaime! I mean really a rock star of craftiness, like a superstar of a...ok..I can't think of anything else.
Thanks for inspiring us... and oh, by the way. They cave...not because we made them cave... but because with amazing items like these...they just won't be able to keep those paddles down.
Rock on sister!

Nancy said...

I am so unworthy!!! I want to play with it. Amazing!

Catherine said...

That is just amazing.... It is going to go for bank! If only I had a little girl. That is going to be seriously hard to part with. The Tee-Pee last year was a jaw dropper, I would love to see it in person!
You can do it! Totally pulling for you all...

Amy said...

Oh Yay!! I've been wanting to see a completed doll. So cute! Good Job!

maureen said...

Jamie, How can the co-op school not buy it for the school? Maybe we will make so much $ that we can pay you to make a 2nd one? xo mk

Candice said...

Fabulous! Thank you for all of your time a creativity- You Rock!

Laura said...
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Laura said...

The doll house is so cute! I can't wait to see it finished. And the dolls are AMAZING! Thank you for all the work you have done for our little school! XOX

Cathy said...

You are incredible! I can't wait to see everything when you're finished. Thanks so much, I know you do this for us and I want you to know how much we appreciate it. You put your heart and soul into all you do and it shows.