July 16, 2012

Grandma's Doll Wants To Find Her Name... Vote For Your Favorite!

Grandmas's Doll and I want to thank everyone for the many beautiful and old-fashioned names that were suggested in the "Doll Who Lost Her Name Giveaway"! Actually, I loved ALL of them but had to whittle it down to my five absolute favorites, and here they are:

  • Emmaline
  • Isadora
  • Viola
  • Adelaide
  • Evangeline

Now it's your turn to vote for your favorite and help this dolly find her name!  You'll find a poll at the top of the right hand column of this blog here you can make your preference known.  The poll will be open until Wednesday at 9 p.m. PDT.  There will also be a poll on my Facebook page-- you may vote once here and once there.

In the mean time, I've drawn THREE winners at random from all of those who suggested a name.  Each winner will get to choose a set of 5 bookmark/gift tags.  The winners are: Queen B, Paddy's Katy R., and Erika. Congratulations!   I'll be contacting you shortly to find out your prize choice and your mailing info... 

Thank you  to everyone who participated!!! You can read all of the wonderful suggestions at the end of the original blog post.

July 13, 2012

Jungle Kittens... Illustration Friday

It's quite likely for a pair of jungle kittens to become hopelessly
 when it's SO easy to be distracted 
by the ever-fascinating native flora and fauna.

Thanks for visiting!
Jungle Kittens are available on a variety items including jewelry and gift tags in my Etsy Shop... 

July 11, 2012

Lavender Festival Sneak Peek

Creative production has been in high gear here at Susan Faye World Headquarters in anticipation of the upcoming Lavender Festival this weekend.  Buttonwillow has been in charge of quality control of the catnip toys:
Catnip Inspector Under The Influence

...while my son Chris has been helping me with jewelry and other projects.  Here is a peek at my work table filled with jewelry and glass paperweights in various stages of completion: 

I've also been working on a brand new item that I'll be testing out at the festival-- a decorative lavender sachet that can be hung on a wall or a doorknob, or can be tucked into a drawer.  They feature the "I Heart Cats" designs that I've been introducing on jewelry.  If they go over well this weekend, I'll be adding them to my Etsy shop.  I'll continue to add new cat colors and breeds to the jewelry and sachet lines over the remaining months of 2012.  Any requests?

The Yamhill Lavender Festival takes place this weekend, July 14 and 15, in the town of Yamhill Oregon. It includes a plein air art show, lots of vendors, and entertainment, all in the lovely shaded Beulah Park.  The Festival is part of the larger Oregon Lavender Festival Tour, where you can visit lavender farms throughout the county, a real treat to see AND to smell (we're talking MEGA aromatherapy!). 

Thanks for visiting!

July 9, 2012

Summer Sunsets

We've been enjoying spectacular 9:00 sunsets for several weeks now, courtesy of Mother Nature and the Great Pacific Northwest.  Here is last night's sampling: 

Now don't you feel like going out and doing something inspired today?  Enjoy!

July 8, 2012

The Doll Who Lost Her Name [A Giveaway]

This charming cat lady has a story or two to tell. Her fragile china head, now 125 years old, has survived the love of many little girls, but like many older heads, it sometimes loses track of things.  Like places. And dates. And worst of all, names.  

This much she remembers:
In 1887 a little girl was born to the Cornwell family in Louisiana, and her name was Mabel Lavancha.  Mabel had four older brothers and two older sisters and somewhere along the way this beautiful china-head dolly with the blue eyes became hers, a precious hand-me-down.  

Mabel made a beautiful necklace of cast-off glass beads for her dolly, with two bright red beads that matched the dolly's stylishly red high-top "shoes".

Decades passed and Mabel became a mother, and then a grandmother, and she came to live in the corner room of her daughter's house.  The dolly sat in a place of honor on top of the oak dresser and when little granddaughter Susie asked nicely, she was allowed to hold grandma's doll and pretend to be the little prairie girl's loving mother. 

Many more decades passed and little Susie became Susan Faye and Grandma's Doll now sits in a place of honor in her home, with a little adopted Steiff cat to keep her company.

But somewhere along the decades, the dolly lost her name! Perhaps Grandma simply forgot the doll's name in her later years.  Maybe Susie just never asked. To Susie, she was always referred to as "Grandma's Doll" or "The China Head Doll".

It's time for "Grandma's Doll" to have a REAL name again!  What do you think her name is? Leave your suggestion in the comments section of this post.  Next Sunday, July 15,  I will pick my five favorites and we will put it to a vote.
Each person who suggests a name will be entered into a random drawing.  On Monday, July 16, I will pick THREE names and each will receive their choice of a set of 5 bookmark/gift tags from my Etsy Shop.

Garden Cat Gift Tag/ Mini Bookmark Set

Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you are the winner, such as a link to your blog or e-mail address included in the comment.

Summer Garden Gift Tag/ Mini Bookmark Set
 You may send the info directly to my email if you don't want to make your contact info public.

Also, if you encounter trouble with the Comments feature, please contact me by e-mail. If you visit www.susanfaye.net , you will find an email link.

Grandma's Doll and I thank you for your help!!