31 Days of Shortcuts

In past years I have participated in a 31 Days writing challenge hosted by Nesting Place. You can read more about the 31 Days blogging challenge at her site here I was talking with my younger son about this, and some of the things I've written about.  I was trying to decide whether I can do it or not.  My hilarious son said I should do "31 Days of Banana Peels."   

I suggested 31 Days of Reposts and he said that was a very un-engaging title.  I suggested 31 Days of Doodling and he nixed that.  I thought of doing 31 Days of Making Things Happen but a lot of these things are not art or blog related.  He said, "You're really looking for a shortcut."  I said BINGO.  

And there we have it friends:  31 Days of Shortcuts

What is a shortcut?  

The term "shortcut" sometimes has negative connotations in our world, especially for people who build houses or objects people will depend on. "He took a lot of shortcuts" can mean shoddy workmanship. 

But the dictionary definition of shortcut is "an accelerated way of doing or achieving something."

Shortcuts are not inherently bad.  Innovation can come from someone trying to streamline a process.  

It's become clear to me that if I am to do all the things I want or need to do some things will need to be streamlined.  This might mean innovation in some areas.  I hope so!

I will be adding the links to future posts back into this post as I write.  

1. Today's post above.   

What's Going On

Art-making has taken a back burner while one of my kids has been very ill with Lyme disease. I am sure that ticks have some beneficial reason for existence, but I haven't found one yet...all I can say is check yourself for ticks and remove them as quickly as you can. We never saw a tick - they can be as small as a period at the end of this sentence.

Conventional medicine says a tick needs to be attached for longer than 36 hours to infect a person. You can read about Lyme prevention HERE.  The world is a beautiful place, we have to be mindful that it has things we must pay attention to to stay healthy. 

In between nursing him and school starting for another life has been very busy. I was able to make a final visit to Lucy's Doll House in Camden, Maine a couple weeks back. It is sad to see them close, but life brings changes, and we must adjust to the changes. I saw the folk art horse shown here.  

The MAIDA Dolls Group is gearing up for the next folk art doll making theme, which is to make a Hitty.  I am SURE there will be some lovely offerings.  

This summer I took a class on taking photos with my iPhone.  It truly is as good as the other digital camera I owned, and is usually in my pocket.  So there is that!

I was able to take a photo in a kayak this summer at sunset.  It was one of the gifts of this season.  I had the photo enlarged and matted and framed it.  This is not taken  my house, it is missing dog toys and snack crumbs on the floor.  ;-)

Finding Family on the Internet

A kind person named Pamela has left lovely comments on my blog as Civil Folks for many years.  

Imagine how fun it was to discover through my mama that Shadetree Primitives from Georgia is her FIRST COUSIN.  

My Granny Ethel was her dad Martin's older sister. So that makes Pamela my second cousin.  :-)  What a nice discovery!  We would have been together at "The Birthday Dinner" for my great-grandmother back in the day in Hazlehurst, Georgia.  I moved back to Maine to go to college, and haven't had a chance to see these cousins for many years.  But I have fond memories of those gatherings. 

Pamela and her husband Frank have been involved with historical re-enactments and sell lovely primitive items on their Shadetree Primitives Facebook Page

Mini Izannah Available for Adoption

I made two dolls last spring which were featured in the Autumn Issue of Art Dolls Quarterly.  As usual, I offered them to my mailing list before posting online.  The larger doll has been purchased, but little Janie is available for adoption.  Visit the Shop to read more.  

What Encouragement Does

Dixie in 2007
holding two Izannah Walker dolls.
Less gray hair and wrinkles for sure! ;-)

One instance of encouragement can make a lot happen. I first drove to Lucy's Doll House in 2006 to see a lovely Izanah Walker doll they had available.  Eight years ago, Sue Singer graciously let me document that doll in photographs.  And when the shop had other Izannah Walker Dolls, she let me come and document those. 

Seeing that first doll prompted me to start this blog - http://www.northdixiedesigns.com/2006/11/izannah-walker-still-has-something-to.html

In 2008, I  put the Izannah images I've been able to take on their own blog called the Izannah Walker Chronicles.  

In 2010, I designed an Izannah Walker inspired pattern and did an online workshop. 

Also in 2010,  I started MAIDA Today, a broader based blog focused on making antique inspired dolls.  The first post is a feature of a lovely Columbian doll I photographed and studied and measured.  

The MAIDA Dolls Group was born in 2010.

See what one instance of encouragement can put in motion?  

I'm sad that Lucy's Doll House brick and mortar shop is closing.  

But I'm so happy that Sue Singer plans to have an online based shop  As more information comes about that, I will share.  

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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