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Friday, November 16, 2007

Where did you get that talent ?!?!

One of the most common questions I get asked as a designer is, "Where did you get all that talent?" First thing I always say is "I don't think I am very talented at all!" I mean what I do isn't rock science - anyone could do it.... or at least that's what I think. But yet, people tell me all the time there is no way they could create files, there is just no way they could come up with yet another title idea......

I guess if I had to trace my talent back down the DNA line... I got it from my mother. Now don't get my wrong - my Dad is talented in his own ways. Like fishing, and hunting, and being able to fix just about anything there is that needs to be fixing. But my Mom - she is the "crafty" one in the family. (Here is a photo of me and my parents taken on "Mock Thanksgiving" last month. And yes before you even ask - I am an only child!!! LOL)

All my life, my Mom had some kind of arts and craft home based business. From painting t-shirts to making clay jewelry, crafting Christmas wreaths, to decorating ornaments, I can't think of one time in my life where my Mom wasn't making something!!! I would have to say I spent more time at craft shows, church bazaar's, and festivals than I did at ballparks or playgrounds! Honest!!! And I have to say that was A-OK in my book. :)

My Mom's latest creations is "Heirloom Santa's". This is where she takes old heirloom quilts and antique crocheted pieces and turns them into the most wonderful creations you have ever laid eyes on! Some of these quilts go back in age 50 to 80 +++ years. She likes to say that she is taking heirlooms of the past and turning them into heirlooms of the future.

Here is a photo of one of her latest creations. This is Mr. and Mrs. Clause. (This photo was taken at the Coastal GA Fair this past week where my Mom won FIRST PLACE in the original doll category - GOOOOOO MOM!!!)

Another comment I get a lot from my customers is how detailed I am. Let me tell you - I got that honestly. My Mom is a detail freak!! For example this is a close up photo of "Mrs. Clause" that my Mom designed and created from an antique quilt. Notice her glasses in particular. My Mom didn't think that the glasses where up to par - so she went in and hand painted the frames and then she glazed the lenses to give them more of a "glass like" look!!!

When creating her Heirloom/Antique pieces, she goes to extraordinary measures to create a work of art. For example - Mrs. Clause is holding a plate of miniature gingerbread cookies and a cup of hot chocolate while she awaits Santa's return.

Now check out Santa himself - he is holding a very elaborate staff in his one hand and a brass lantern in his other hand. Also notice his hair and beard. Each little curl is hand glued into place!!!!

My Mom creates and then sells these Antique Heirloom Santa's and Mrs. Clause's. She is also getting ready to create and add an Angel line to the collection. These are truly works of art and are meant to be cherished for years and years. Prices start at $275 and go up depending on the age of the quilt, the amount of decorations, and the amount of time spent on each piece. (If you are interested in learning more about a Heirloom Santa or Mrs. Clause please email me and I will get you in touch with my Mom!)

So - there you have it.... now you know where I got the artist talent from.... and now you know a little more about my Mom!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and for allowing me to share a little about myself and my Mom! I hope you all have a GREAT weekend!!

Until Next Time!



Anonymous,  November 16, 2007 at 12:34 PM  

OH my goodness! I wish I could afford one of those amazing dolls! You totally have the artistic blood running in your family. You know... it would be a shame to let that genetic code end with you! HA ha ha ha! :-D

Heather Huggins November 16, 2007 at 4:14 PM  

WOW!! Lori tell your mom these are beautiful...

Chris Durnan November 16, 2007 at 8:32 PM  

Wow.. I would have to consider one of these for my Santa Collection... THey are soooo beautiful.

And on the note for talent. I believe you can be pointed in a direction, but the talent comes from within as well as from out. Your files are awesome and I always love to see what you have come up with.


scrappinmama November 17, 2007 at 12:01 PM  

The Santa and Mrs. Claus are beautiful. I can see now where you get your talent from.

Anonymous,  November 17, 2007 at 6:12 PM  

Awesome dolls! Loved finding out more about your mom!

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