Thursday, March 31, 2011

Meet Blondean

Greetings All, Here's "Blondean" my latest "Diva". Blond is named after one of my aunts, who I thought as a child was the best aunt ever. She played with us, sangs to us, and she baked things that we loved. She was just like one of us kids, but just bigger. And yes this diva has on purple boots. I love making the boots and I have one more pair of purple boots to make, until all the purple vinyl is gone, so relax and enjoy. The rest of the group of "Darling Divas/Friends" are all excited about our outing this Saturday at the Walter Payton Cancer Fund annual 17th Crafts/Handmade event in Evanston, IL.






Sunday, March 27, 2011

Meet Zuri

Greetings All, For the last two weeks I've been working on three divas at the same time, and here is my latest, "Zuri". Zuri is name in honor of those wonderful women of the "Zuri Quilting Circle" in Nashville, TN. According to Babynology, the name means sun princess and goddess of the the sun, in Japanese. In Hebrew it means "My rock" and I like that. It also means in Swahili, beautiful and that she is. She's dressed in an abstract print striped, drop-waisted dress. She's also wearing a purple wrapped belt and matching knee-high boots.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Meet Vasthi and Road Trip

Greetings All,
I would like for you meet my latest "Diva" Vashti who's dressed in a 2-pcs. satin pajama set under her silk robe with matching sandals. Vashti was the wife of King Ahasuerus and is mention in the Book of Esther of the Old Testament. In the Talmud from Jerusalem she is also and often viewed as an independent-minded heroine in the feminist interpretations of the Purim story and also called a villain. You decide, but you know that I think that she's a darling;-}
The "Darling Divas/Friends" are preparing to attend the 17th Annual Crafts & Hand-Made Show Co-Hosted by: Walter Payton Cancer Fund Evanston Team. When you ask? Saturday, April 2, 2011 9-2 pm at the
Y.W.C.A. Evanston, 1215 Church Street Evanston, IL 60201. Free admission, so if you are in the area do stop by and say hello.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Road Trip/Cultural Connections

Greetings All,
Well we've rested from our road-trip this past weekend, unpacked, and some of our Divas have moved on, while other are in the waiting room anticipating their up coming new journeys. Below is Eureka (left) and her new housemate Arlanda (right), they will be residing on the far south-side, and both are very happy with the arrangement. Don't they look like family?






Artist Carolyn Elaine of "Studio Elaine Mosaic" (below left) and I where just hanging out talking, when this brother approached us, and asked to take our picture, so I wanted one of the blog. Two Divas hanging out with the "Darling Divas/Friends";-)
















I love taking pictures of people and when I asked them, they wanted to take their pictures with the "Darlings" and so I clicked away. My quilting sister/friend, Dorothy Burg (below) came by and I asked to take her picture, well she posed with Valentine Jones and Janira just laid back and swooned. Valentine is on her way to Georgia to reside with Stacey Brown.

I don't remember this lovely person (right) name, but I asked to photograph her and she posed with the the "Divas/Friends". I also know that this live diva was from the group that came from Columbus, Ohio called "Champagne & Grits Studio". They create wonderful wearable art. Notice her jacket/hat.








Akosua (below center) is in the waiting room waiting to move to Hazelcrest, IL later this year, Obadiah-servant of God, is on his way to Georgia with Joyce Lomax, and Sojourner is gone to Calumet City, IL to co-habit with her new housemates. The "Darling Divas/Friends" are on the move.

Customizing Doll Patterns

Monday, March 7, 2011

Making Kanika's Black Doll Figurines

Greetings All,
The Darling Divas/Friends are gearing up for a road-trip this weekend. We will be at the Cultural Connection African Market Place and Bazaar at:
Dixon Elementary School
8603 S. St Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60619
Friday, March 11th from 11am til 8pm
Saturday, March 12th from 9am til 7pm
So if you are in the area, do stop by and say hello.



And this weeks video features artist Kanika. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Meet Enoch and Road Trip

Greetings All,
Meet Enoch (below center), "a man that walked with God". I don't know why my latest male dolls have these biblical names, but I'm not shying away from them. Enoch was my first beard and it will not be the last. I love men with hair on their faces and I guess that it's showing here with Brother Enoch.
On Sunday I went to the "Walking To Success: An Anthology of Black History" celebration at Loyola Park Fieldhouse. I took several of the Darling Divas/Friends with me and you know that they where a big hit as always. I also got a proposal that "Sojourner" (left) and "Kadijah" (right) come to the city of Calumet, IL to live later this year and now they are hanging out in the transition lounge awaiting their departure.