After making my first felt doll for a friend, I was hooked. Doll making is tedious, but fun! It takes four hours to complete one from start to finish, just right for a day's work. My friend Erica saw the first one I created for the Etsy shop and ordered two for her nieces.
Erica is an outstanding elementary school educator. She teaches music to hundreds of students each year. I cannot express how grateful I am to help Erica with costumes. Every year since the beginning of Knees and Paws, I have been abundantly blessed by her requests. These opportunities allow me to take on a large project that expands my skills and stretches my creative muscles. During the process, I think of the kids who play a variety of roles from prickly pear cacti to marching elephants. I remember how much it meant to me that I had a music teacher. I remember how exciting it was to perform on stage.
Erica trusts that I can design, construct and deliver each costume piece in good quality and on time for the important events.
Our friendship has grown through these moments of connection. I respect and love her for what she gives to her students and also for her kindness to me.
When everything was coming together the way I imagined, a new thought popped...why not include some watercolor cards?
Following my impulses and ideas for this project, I feel excited by the results! Maybe a new line of dolls based on the Knees and Paws accessories will follow, carrying me through the off season and even into writing and illustrating...