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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

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Altered Bottle Class ~ Garden of Beaden

Hi Peeps ~ Wow, it's been fun busy ~ 
I took a "Altered Bottle" class at 
"The Garden of Beaden" 
with new friends and of course our amazing instructor 
"Robin Dudley-Howe ~ 
my memtor and now, a long time friend. 


Here's what I got done today ~ and had some time left over and played 
with a new medium that has a spooky feel to it. 


October will be here before we know it! 

I came across some porcelain doll parts from two sisters that were members 
of the doll club "Seaside Dollies" in Long Beach, CA. 

Anyhow, back in the day, their mom was into making porcelain dolls and
 teaching at the local collage ~ process the porcelain into a 
mold and fire up the kiln, sculpt the details onto the doll face, 
attach limbs, and the head, and poof it's done. 

I wish it were that easy ~ 

So much goes into making a porcelain doll 
that it's quite laborious, but gratifying, like doll making is :-)
  So, to make a long story short  ~ 
these two sisters no longer could hold all the materials in there storage facility.
They had been trying to find a home for this stuff, for months.
They went to the local college art department, posting on-line,
and had no bites.
 So the last resort was to bring this news 
into the club meeting. Not one of the members were
interested in seeing what they had, and 
definitely not interested taking this stuff
home with them.

Well, the girls said this was their last attempt
of finding a home for the doll stuff. And if this couldn't 
get done, all the "Porcelain Doll Stuff"  
will be  "THROW" in the dumpster.

What?? Can you believe that?!?!
No, this can't happen!!!

Well, after we talked for a while, I  
understood the dilemma. Not being able to keep all this stuff 
any longer, due to financial constraints and 
their husbands not wanting to store stuff in the garage ~ 

I said ~ I'll take the stuff. And I got lots of 
"what are you going to do with the doll stuff?"
I said "I don't know" but if that was me, and my Mother 
or Father, had made things while I was growing
up with their own hands, with their own love and passion ~
into their work.........
It would be very hard for me to give it away, and worse
having to throw it away in a dumpster. 

It would break my heart ~ and that's the reason
alone, I couldn't let this happen.
Plus ~  I looked at this as an adventure ~ I know
nothing about Porcelain Doll making.

Well, I was not really sure what to expect, 
so we arranged a time and date to pick up the doll stuff. 

The sisters called several times prior to the date of pick-up 
to confirm that I was still interested in the doll stuff and
that I was still coming to pick all of it up.
I assured them, our plans are the same, and on schedule, 
you can't change my mind ~ ladies!

The sisters mention several times ~ I need to make sure I 
came back in a large vehicle, but assured me it was not that much stuff. 
I kinda laughed and ~ said see ya in a couple of weeks, ladies. 

So here we go ~ the porcelain doll findings......

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The white tarp, didn't look like much at first glance.....


Still, was not concerned getting "the stuff" into the SUV......


Mold ~ of a doll head.....


Lots of doll molds, heads, legs, hands, arms, feet, body, etc...


Casting porcelain solution .....


Porcelain doll tools.....
Well, after we got this stuff into the SUV, one of the
husband of the sister just finished loading the patten
boxes from storage and pulled up in his truck.
The long bed of the Dodge Ram Truck, was loaded down
with doll patterns. It took about 1hr to load them up ~ had
the room in the SUV, and the help to get it done. 


Arrival of "stuff" at my house..... stored in the breezeway 
from that day ~ and today.


Carefully packaged, doll parts, and lots of other stuff...patterns,
hair, shoes, eyes, buttons, sculpting tools, rope, wire, etc...
did I say patterns, tons of patterns.


Removed packaging from the top of first box and 
here's what I found......


This is the 4th box, smaller doll parts, and some already
put together.....and the other boxes have much of the 
same things in them, from small to big, and in between.


This is the first doll part I used.


I want to do more to this project, and make her look vintage tattered, old, and spooky ~ 


Working on it more this week and will report back shortly ~ 


It's amazing how, one medium can spark other ideas from objects around
the house. I thought I would never used any of these doll parts...and would
need to post them on ebay or have a garage sale, etc.
I kinda forgot that I had them ~ until a couple of days ago when 
I signed up for this class. 

I'm looking forward to see where this little project takes me.

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"That simple uncluttered passion for living that can't wait for tomorrow. 
A philosophy of life that reads, "Play hard, laugh hard, and leave the 
worries to your father." 
A bottomless well of optimism flooded by a perpetual spring of faith."

~And the Angels Were Silent ~  

Monday, July 19, 2010

"Miss Raven"

Afternoon Peeps ~ Busy morning today, lots of paperwork
that's keeps me on edge. However, I've put some of that away
for now and finished up "Miss Raven".

She needs just a few embellishments left to get done to her stand and then on 
to the next project for the fall show.

I added a necklace to "Miss Raven" ~ the first time I've used jewelry 
to a doll and she had to have her pet kitty with her.

Well, here she is "Miss Raven" ~





As always ~ if you have a moment ~ let
me know what you think ~ 

Much Love to you daily ~ Andrea


"This is what real love is:
It is not our love for God; it is God's love
for us in sending is Son
to be the way to take away our sins."

1 John 4:10

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tea Dyed and Stamped Clothespins

So many projects on the table during these last two weeks ~ 
lots of experimenting with new paints and various power tools ~ 
to much fun for a girl to get it done in a couple of days. 

Anyhow ~ did a huge batch of tea dyed clothespins, 
with stamped images, large & small. 
Packaged them up for the shop today, if you are interested in purchasing
any, please email me @ griz42008@att.net or cell me @ 714-309-8611

Talk to you soon, Much Love 
Andrea



The Purpose of Sacrifice
God uses sacrifice to test us
God uses sacrifice to grow us

"Knowing God and making him known"

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Patriotic Cloth Dolls

Hi Peeps ~ playing catch up on my new gals for the holiday, these gals 
are my 3rd and 4th "Patriotic" dolls for the season. Wanted to share
a small part of the process that goes on when moving thru the creative
steps... and when I can remember to take some pictures now and then.

In the picture below the doll does not have any white on her eyes, what a 
difference it makes once more color is added to here eyes, as well as 
hair and changing accessories. 

This week both "Patriotic" dolls are at 
"Treasures and Junks" Ontario, CA.  ~ space #55 ~
Hope to see you soon ...








Much Love Always ~ Andrea


"God will show his mercy forever and ever
to those who worship and serve him."

~ LUKE 1:50 ~ 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Give me Liberty or Give me Death"

Wow ~ What a busy day, started out around 8am this morning 
heading out to Clairmont's Farmers Market, at the Village square ~ 
Here's a couple of pictures of some great looking fruit and vegetables ~ 






















When such beautiful fruit and vegetables are provided
by our local growers, I wonder how our chain markets
can stay in business ~ Support your local growers ~

On to all types of flowers, orchids, and cactus ~ OOOLAY ~ 
















When I look at these orchids I can almost here spectacular
conversations going on among each other ... what's going
on in your blooming community ~ kinda like the crocking 
frogs at "Green Valley Lake" 
It makes me NOT want take my eyes off of them
even for a second ~ 
Our creator is spectacular ~ take a peek ....



















"Christians have often disputed as to whether what leads the 
Christian home is good actions, or Faith in Christ.
I have no right really to speak on such difficult question, 
but it does seem to me like asking which 
blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary."

~ Mere Christianity ~
By C.S. Lewis