Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Blueprints August 2009

Imitation of Life Construction Company

August, 2009

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009,
Rebecca's Coffee House,
3015 Juniper St.
San Diego, Ca. 92104
6:30 – 9:00pm.

The purpose of the IOLCC is to share the joy of doll making and collecting and to bring this enjoyment to the community through exhibits, workshops & programs.
Ed. Note: Notice the change in meeting place. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we cannot meet at the N. Clmt. Rec. Center.
Directions to Rebecca’s are at the end of the Newsletter

Patti Culea will do a “hands-on” program with Paintstiks at our next meeting.
From the Artist: Painted Portraits with Patti using Shiva Paintstiks. Patti will show you how you can create beautiful faces with these easy to use oilsticks. Having worked in oils during her career as a portrait artist Patti fell in love with the ease of these oilsticks. All you need is a blank piece of fabric (or dolls head), the sticks, brushes and a palette to work on. The brushes clean up quickly with Baby Wipes. Patti will provide the Shiva Paintstiks for you to use.
What to bring: Bring a piece of fabric backed with a bonding sheet and draw a figure you'd like to "paint".

She will also have a figure printed onto fabric that you can purchase for $2.00. Baby Wipes and paper towels will be available for your use, too.
Other supplies to bring: Stencil brushes in several sizes. Do have one small enough for detail work.

We have 41 dolls promised and paid for. We need about 60 to meet expenses. Even though the promise deadline is passed, please contact me ( or 760-438-3431), if you have a doll to enter. It doesn't have to fit the theme, "Make Me Laugh".
Our second theme is the Bra Doll Challenge, so if you've made a doll or can make a doll from Barb Keeling's bra doll pattern (available from, we'd love to display it.
We have a judge: Georgia Millan, who has years of dollmaking experience, both cloth and clay. We have our 3 opportunity dolls. The quilt show has apparently not sold all its vendor space, so we've been assigned 4 booth spaces.! That's a lot to fill.
This is our 18th year, so let's do ourselves proud. Photos of all entries will be sent to a lot of doll magazines right after the show, and put up on our web-site ( and our blog (
Members may bring their dolls for DID to the meeting and save postage. Be sure they are in a sturdy box, as the dolls get piled into a van for transport to the hall. I will have the opportunity dolls at the meeting, so members may buy raffle tickets then. If you can't go to the quilt show, this will be your chance.


September 22nd: Jane Darin
October 27th: Halloween party/ hands on
November 24th: Babs Behling Costuming in Theatre
December: holiday party, at Barbara Chapman's house

Sharon Cariola is signing up people for a series of workshops on miniature polymer dolls. These are fabulous and well worth learning how to do. This will be a series of 5 classes starting October 18th at 1:00 pm and commencing on November 15th. The cost for all 5 classes is only $75, however, space is limited, so sign up early. You can contact Lois or Rosemary for more information.
Susan Berkowitz has offered a workshop on creating dolls of found objects.
Velia Callejo would teach beading.

Check out our blog, too: There are new pictures of our last meeting in July posted. If you have any suggestions or ideas for the blogspot, please contact Kelly Riley at Good job, Kelly
The following magazines are soliciting photos of your dolls for publication:
December issue: "Happy Holidays", deadline Aug. 15th
Send to "Doll Crafter and Costuming"
Gallery, PO Box 5000, Iola, WI 54945-5000
or email 300 dpi digital photo to with your name and Gallery in the subject line

"Soft Dolls and Animals" seeks for the Winter issue: "Winter Wonders" deadline Sept. 2nd.
Send to "Soft Dolls and Animals"
2145 W. Sherman Blvd.
Muskegon, MI 49441-3434
or email 300 dpi digital photo to

To keep up with events in the cloth doll world, don't forget to keep checking with

Rebecca’s Coffee House is located at the Corner of Fern/30th and Juniper in Southpark. From University Ave. go south on 30th, Take left at Upas and Immediate right on 30th. Continue down 30th until Juniper Street. Lots of street parking on Juniper.
Here's a link to get directions:
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From North:
Take I-5 South - Continue on I-805 S (signs for I-805) Take exit 15 to merge onto N Park Way Turn left at 30th St Continue on 30th St to Upas StTurn left at Upas, then immediately right on Fern St Continue on Fern St Destination will be on the left
From South:
Take I-5 N Slight right at I-805 N (signs for I-805)
Take the CA-94/M L King Jr Fwy exit Merge onto CA-94 W Take the exit toward 30th St Merge onto Broadway Turn right at 30th St Continue on Fern St Turn left at Grape St Turn right at Fern St Destination will be on the right
From East:
Head west on I-8 Take the ramp on the left onto I-8 W Take the exit onto CA-125 S Continue on CA-94 W (signs for CA-94) Take the exit toward 30th St Merge onto Broadway Turn right at 30th St Continue on Fern St Turn left at Grape St Turn right at Fern St Destination will be on the right

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

July 2009 IOLCC Meeting

We had so much fun at the meeting in July - thanks to Doug & Barb Keeling from Keeling's Crafts! Doug showed all of us how to create our own unique faces - with a little guidance, hints and tips from the pro. We started on paper, then we graduated to fabric. When Doug broke down the process and explained the 'balance' a face should have - it all made perfect sense. There was a lot of busy hands and definitely some busy pencil sharpeners!

There was also some 'Show & Tell', Barb brought a few of her dolls, and one witch - which I personally fell in love with! Sheila's Bra Doll was there, although Sheila couldn't make it...

Finally, we all worked on a 'Round Robin' Prayer/Bra Doll that is going around several members of the online doll group called Doll Street Dreamers. The intention of the doll is to send good wishes and prayers to a gal who is currently battling cancer. So we all worked on her and you can see a little peek-a-boo of her above, as Doug Keeling is holding her !
Can't wait to see everyone on August 25th, and I'll take more pictures of all the fun we have with Patti Culea.