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Upland, Ca, United States
Sissy Dre was inspired by my father, Robert Felix Rosales, particularly his stylish clothes and big-hearted ways of being. My father was always open to any new hobbies or opportunities and especially enjoyed meeting new people. I take on this creative venture to honor him in my own way. I have been making cloth dolls since January 2009 when I left the corporate world behind and moved to Upland, CA. with my family. Our lively household includes two teenage children, four dogs, six cats, and a wonderful husband who always supports us with love and grace. I had never worked a sewing machine before but I truly love making dolls and enjoy every aspect of creative life. Making dolls form scratch has opened artistic doors within me that I never knew existed and I hope this blog helps to inspire some crafty part of you too. 000000

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Small Black Lady

Introducing, the fabulous "Miss Josephine" 


She's scheduled to sing at the local speakeasy 
tonight. She will preform her de-beau her song, "request of your life".
You see, she is the youngest sister of the famous "Sade".








Much Love ~
Andrea



People will insult you and hurt you. 
They will lie and say all kinds of evil things to you; 
because you follow me. But when they do, you will be happy. 
Rejoice and be glad, because you have a great 
reward waiting for you in heaven. 

Matthew 5:11-12

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Queen of Hearts




Wow ~ down to the wire, and I'm done. 

Last month in ADQ (Art Doll Quarterly) a article was featured on a doll club, 
whose members submitted their dolls to this magazine. 
The doll club is www.clothclaydolls.ning.com.  
The creator of this club is a young artist who single handedly ran a doll club. 
She started to blog about her experience, got lots of doll artist interested in her website,
 she was openly sharing her tips, techniques, video taping her processes and 
procedures, sharing, 
 and being open about what she was doing in the doll world. 

After reading the article, 
I went to www.clothclaydolls.ning.com, submitted request for membership and 
started to click around the site. 
A couple of days into the month of February, went back to this site, 
and their it was on the main page ~  

"Queen of Hearts" doll challenge. 
All entires to be submitted by Feb. 14, 2008 
for consideration of posting a photo of your doll. 

Well, I took the challenge ~ I used a patten by 
"Back Porch Pickins" ~ pattern name, "Lydie-Bug and Daisy".

I research a bit on the "Queen of Hearts" ~ got some ideas from a deck of cards, the new, 
Alice in Wonderland movie, and some circus books. 


Here's my interpretation ~ "Queen of Hearts"  















"We owe it to ourselves to recognize our milestones, to commemorate them, and to use them as an opportunity to reflect on and further our personal growth"




Much Love ~

Andrea

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Surprise Visit by EPB ~


During a two day doll workshop at Piecemakers, a couple of students and I got to hang out with Janet Schultz ~ Primitive Cloth Doll Creator. 

The class was called "Whimsical Little Fairies" ~ Pattern by Back Porch Pickins. 

A wonderful opportunity to received one on one attention from our instructor,  due to a smaller class size, and of course ~  tons of fun around the sewing table. 

1st day assignment is to READ THE ENTIRE PATTERN, then cut out pattern, glue onto card stock, trace patten onto fabric, sew fabric and cut the pieces out. 
T-h-e-n ~ that really, really fun part .......STUFFING. 

You got it, stuff the pattern pieces ~ body, head, arms, and legs ~  

It's hard to believe that this exercise,  has the ability to really take a whole day, yes 8 hrs. You should try it and see if you can cut the time down and let me know. 

During the first day our instructor, Janet Schult was working on a halloween primitive doll. 

Here are some pictures ....



Fellow student Jourdan Fossier & Instructor Janet Schultz ~ 


Janet Schultz and Andrea Harris-Jacobs ~ 

Rounded down the 1st day with "stuffing" homework ~ our favorite pass time.

The 2nd day of class was so much fun.  Stuffing was done and we were on our way to picking out  fabrics for the dolls ~ Yum ~Always fun. 


My themed doll "Valentine's Day" lots of red and such.....



Throughout the day, we had lots of customers 
who peeked into the class ~ to see what we were doing. 
Lots of ladies to chat with, share sewing tips and upcoming classes at the shop. 

As our 2nd day was rounding the afternoon hour, and all of us were chatting up a storm ~ 
In the middle of our focus sewing and topic discussions ..... ~ 

"elinor peace bailey" comes walking into the class room ~ In the doll world "elinor" is a huge deal ~

Here's how "Bernina Inspirations Spotlight Interview" ~ describes elinor ...

"A walking advertisement for fun" is how someone once described elinor peace bailey.  
With her bright clothing, outgoing nature, and lively sense of humor, it is obvious that elinor is not your "typical" sewing teacher. 
A globe trotting teacher of dollmaking who designs fabric and exercises her talent as a graphic artist on any stray surface she can find, elinor travels about 200 days a year, teaching and sharing her unique designs for dolls, toys, and other stuffed creations.

While her background as a painter adds an extra element to her sewing and designing, it's her sense of humor that makes her classes the most fun for her students. 
 Her love for the people she teaches sifts through her dolls, giving them each a bit of comedic relief, making them excellent examples of her trade". 

Janet Schultz and elinor have know each other "back in the day" when both were living in Ohio ~ 
and were in a doll club together.  

elinor sat down with us for a short while and asked us what we were doing, what patten we were working on, and taking shop on the sewing machines. 
Her machine of choice is Bernina ~ that's right ~ hot stuff ~ I have a Bernina 830 ~ 

And here we are ~ 


"FANTASTIC" ~ sums up this two day workshop.




"We can cure physical diseases 

with medicine 

but the only cure for loneliness, 

despair and hopelessness is love. 

There are many in the world 

who are dying 

for a piece of bread 

but there are many more dying 

for a little love"

Mother Teresa (1910 ~ 1997



Much Love ~ Andrea

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Little Bit of Sun ~

After a morning pack walk today it took a bit to defrost ~ so I was sitting in the sun and critters started to come out of the woodworks .....


"Mr. Praying Mantis"


"Mr. Austin"


"Miss Teddy"


Well, the sun didn't last very long at all ... love is in the air folks ~ 


"Love in truth. Truth in love. Never one at the expense of the other. Never the embrace of love without the torch of truth. Never the heat of truth without the warmth of love... 
To pursue both is our singular task" 

~ the study bible ~