Monday, November 21, 2011

To Everything... There is a Season!

About four weeks ago, I (Daryle) was diagnosed 
with having a slow growing type of cancer.
Never the news you want to hear, but for this... I am thankful:
It was detected early and the prognosis is very encouraging!
I continue to have no symptoms and am feeling really good!
So good... that we're going to spend this week of Thanksgiving
with our whole family... gathered up in Vermont!  How fun is that!
When we get back from Vermont... I will meet with the oncologist
and together, we'll make some decisions about treatment plans.
I am in good hands... and believe with all my heart the truth
expressed in Roman 8:28
           "And we know that God causes all things 
           to work together for good 
to those who love God,
to those who are called 
according to His purpose."

My game plan is to take some time off, here at Woodstown Whimsies
and just take care of myself for a while!
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers...
Blessings to you and yours, in this season of much joy! Daryle 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Santos Cage Doll... Comin' Along!

Have you ever had "one of those weeks"... 
that too quickly turned into "one of those months"?
I found some time today to finally apply a coat of paper clay
over the duck cloth fabric armature!
I did manage (two weeks ago) to stain and add several more 
decorative features to the wooden cage.
The arms are articulated... jointed at the shoulders,
elbows and wrists.  I will apply paper clay to them,
and add fingers eventually.  I hope to work on her face
this weekend.  Those are German bead eyes in the sockets.
I have cut out a metal mesh Victorian corset, using an
old window screen... it is soaking in a vinegar and bleach solution,
to give it a worn, rusty patina.  The plan is to hand stitch the
parts of the corset together, add some dribbles of paint 
and give it that "old world" appearance... a vintage "find" from
another time and place.  Blessings... Daryle

Friday, November 4, 2011

Artful Giving & Spirited Surprises... a juried show!

I just heard several days ago from the folks at 
Riverview Renaissance Center for the Arts...
that two of my book faeries will be in the juried exhibition
at the gallery in Millville, New Jersey 
November 18th through December 30th, 2011
I couldn't be more excited!  
This is a celebration of fine artisan furniture and furnishings
from the tri-state area: Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.
I invite you to stop by and/or take a look at the gallery:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Newest Issue of Art Doll Quarterly...

I hope you will take a moment to look at the newest issue of ADQ...
I had the joy of having an article that I submitted published: 
"Folk Art Dolls That Are Functional!"
You'll find the article on pages 58-62...  
Warm Wishes during these, crisp, cool November days!