I currently reside in Cape Coral, FL and am retired from a 30 year nursing career in December of 2008 due to a diagnosed disability. One day while surfing the net from pure boredom I came across my first folk art doll site. It was love at first sight! I became obsessed with Googling all the sites and decided that I could "I can do that". I studied historical fashions and dollmaking techniques from library books. A month later I made my first doll (which I still have in my personal collection) a queen anne prim named "Charisse" which is my middle name. Oh by the way I love pink!!!!!
I absolutely love the handmade and one of a kind arts much of which I have or will attempt to conquer, especially all things "Christmas"! I have a special interest in historical dolls and associated needfuls. I enjoy making ornaments and garlands and have for the past 6.5 years educated myself to the process of doll making with paper clay/mache or polymer clay. My art items are "inspired" by all I survey in my environment with the use of God given creativity and ability. There are also other dollmakers who inspire me greatly. I once studied interior decorating before eventually changing my major to nursing. I am a collector of home decor items both vintage and antique.
My work has been exhibited and sold in several local galleries as well as on Ebay and Etsy. I have also contributed pieces for auctioning to special organizations to raise money for the homeless, abused women and children, and the victims of sexual trafficking.
I am a gratefully born again Christian, beloved wife of Reggie for 6 years, mother of 1 adult daughter, a 16 year old granddaughter and a 12 year old grandson all whom I adore! I am also a veteran of the US Navy
and salute all who has, presently is or will serve in our honorable Armed Forces.
My giveaway will be a one of a kind Picatoo Necklace, pictured in the blue hat. The drawing will be held Wednesday the 18th of February. All who comment here will be entered one time only so be sure to leave your contact info. Happy blogging and have a ton of fun!