Saturday, March 14, 2009

It's official...

I am now a memeber of TAODA.. Texas Association of Original Doll Artist...YAY!!!!.
I was so nervous last night that I must have gotten only 2-3 hrs. of fitful sleep.
But I was pretty calm on my drive there despite the nasty, cold and wet weather,I had a lovely time!!!
Everyone's getting ready to start the meeting in these two pic's

From l-r Donna Sims,Joyce Patterson, Neva Waldt, Pepper Hume,Karyn Jewell,
Janet Bodin and Wilmer LaBorne

From l-r Pepper's wonderful sculpt " Thinking Outside the Box ", then Karyn Jewells sweet whimsical "Sunny" and a adorable crown she said she was "itching" to make..hehehe!!.. next is Neva Waldt's tiny but gorgeous cowboy boots, then Joyce Patterson's fabulous vignette " Lazy Dog Saloon" She was featured with other great artist such as Lisa Lichenfels, in a Russian publication and last but not least my dolls.

Here's Pepper with the Thinking man, next to Karyns whimsies and Donna.

A few close ups.

Neva Waldt's tiny boots,you would not believe the detail in these little boots!!!
She is meticulous about everything on her dolls!!!

Joyce's very detailed piece!!

Gwen Ross demonstrating her puppets, Michael Jackson a real hoot, with a bobbing head and...

A doughnut puppet, she would go to the schools and encourage children to read using her puppets!!!

A few of us decided to get something to eat at "Skeeters" funny name huh? GREAT burgers!!!! I felt like I was with old friends.

The ladies were so gracious and kind about my doll art I took Marley, The Gentleman, my older art the "Gourd babies" and Punkin' Pete & Joe
I wanted to remember the names and tried really , I'm sure I didn't get them all.
I sure do hope I can keep up!!


Zan Asha said...

Wow, looks like a fun and fine day with fellow artists!!

Again, I can't believe you were nervous, your art is amazing, Flora! :)

BoneyLittleFingers said...

Congratulations Flora! I am still lusting after Marley. You are an amazing doll sculpter and your costuming is spectacular!

Anonymous said...

Yea!!!! I'm so glad for you...
Donna Simms is one of my bestest friends. I met her a long while back at a retreat at Marilyn Razdat's.

Please tell her the "Poddess Goddess (Pat) says hi!

PEA said...

Well Ofcourse they wanted you to be a member Flora you silly goose. You are very talented and such a sweet gal. Congrats lady! Soo what is next? You will keep up, don't worry.

Flora said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by to comment,these wonderful ladies
made me feel very comfortable, so I was silly to be nervous,Pattee I'll see Donna in May and I will tell what you said!!!!!

Marie Patterson Studio said...

Looks like a wonderful group of artists to be a part of! Your work is so amazing and you've really inspired me to try harder. This weekend I've sculpted my first set of "real" looking hands....gotta a long way to go.(LOL!)

vivian said...

thats awesome Flora! And of course they want you to be part of them! your dolls and art work ROCK!!
Congratulations girlfriend!

Creager Studios said...

A Great Big Congrats Flora.... Your work is possible reason for you to be so nervous... But then I guess that is part of the 'Applying Game'..I was that way with NIADA...almost threw up (oh wait...I did)!!!

Donna Simms is a WONDERFUL Lady...she came to our Classes here in Arizona...absolutely delightful!! Tell her "HI" for us as well.

Again, CONGRATS!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Waaaa hooooo.... How totally awesome.... It will be great for you, make you keep on pushing the bar higher and higher...but, then high can you get it, you are pretty amazing already... Hugs!!! MO

Flora said...

Thanks again ladies, it's always wonderful to hear from all my friends and it's easy to realize how lucky I am because of y'all!!! I can't wait to see those hands Marie!!!
Vivian,your comments make my day !!!
Jodi,You inspire me. I can't help but get a good chuckle out of it but it's hard to imagine that someone with your incredible talent did that!
Mo,You are so sweet,thanks a bunch!!!! But I do have far to go....

Creepy Creations by Jamie Moore said...

Congratulations Flora!! It looks like a fun and talented group!! You are awesome at what you do, you deserve it!!


Flora said...

Thanks so much Jamie,the were fun and funny ladies and very kind to me.

FairiesNest said...

Congratulations! And it looks like a wonderful time was had by all!

Flora said...

Yes indeedy FairiesNest!!! least I hope so..hehehe!!!

Kristine said...

As If there were any doubt!!!!
NO doubt at all here!!!!!

Flora said...

Hey girlfriend where ya been?
Thanks for the sweet comment Kristine!!!

yoborobo said...

What a fun group, Flora! Your pieces are so amazing - you have absolutely no reason to be nervous, EVER!! :)

Flora said...

Hello Yoborobo!!!Thank you for your kind words, yess they were a fun group!!!

The Studio at Crow Haven Farm, LLC said...

Flora, congrats...this looks like a lot of fun! Well deserved my friend...your Art Dolls are freaking amazing!

Anonymous said...

That looked like a lot of fun and congrats to you!

Flora said...

Michelle and Caroline!!,
Thanks a bunch for visiting me and leaving me the kind comments!!!

whimsymoon said...

Knew you were a shoe-in! Welcome!!!! Hope
to meet you next month Flora!

Flora said...

Hello Angela!!!
Thanks for the welcome! I will probably see you there then !!!!

twinkle teaches said...

Congrats on becoming an official member! I am such a fan of your work!! :)

Flora said...

Thanks a bunch Tina!!

Pepper said...

Phillane E'lee said it best, of course we'd want you, you silly goose! You're our kind of girl and we're proud to find artists of your caliber here in Houston. I ADORED your gourd gentleman caller and your Marley. Keep 'em comin'!!!

Pepper said...

Forgot the main reason I wanted to leave a comment! Dumb blonde strikes again. I wanted to thank you for showing our meeting on your blog! Why didn't I think to do that?? Some other comments show how valuable that is. Now I have to take pix and talk up the meeting each month on MY blog. Thanks for the idea.

LDWatkins said...

Flora, so glad you have joined us as a member of TAODA! Hope to meet you someday----don't live in the area so I've not met most of the members but look forward to someday. Again, congrats, welcome! I love your blog and your art, such a remarkable imagination! Love it! Lynda Dunham-Watkins

Flora said...

AHAHA!!! Yes Pepper, Pea has a way with words, how wonderful to have you come to visit with me,I thought
it was appropriate to show all the talent in that room!!! Thank you very much for taking the time to do so!!!Many thanks for the kind comments you left!!!

Flora said...

LD ,I'm so glad you stopped by!!!
I hope to meet all of the wonderful members in this group
soon too, I'm sure I will eventually!!!

Chicken Lips said...

What a wonderful opportunity! I'll bet the ladies were just bowled over with your talent!

Flora said...

Yes it was a great opportunity but I was bowled over with their talent !!! they were very gracious about mine.

Robyn Coburn Writer/Artist said...

Congratulations, they look like a great guild.
Best wishes,
Robyn C.

Flora said...

Hello Robyn and WELCOME!!!
Thank you s much for visiting with me and for taking the time to comment!!!

Kimmi said...

Congrats. Flora!!!!!! Your work is FaBUlous!!!!

Flora said...

Kimberly!!! how are ya?
good to hear from you!!!
thanks a bunch!!

Huckleberry Arts said...

Congrats !!!!! looks like a lot of fun