Thursday, April 10, 2008

I left my heart . . .

I'm back from a wonderful trip having made some fabulous new friends and gleaned a ton of inspiration from rubbing elbows with them. We went to Oakland/San Francisco, jam-packed as many things as we could into each day starting with a trip to the Winchester Mystrey House, Napa Valley for wine tasting, Alameda for treasures, Berkeley for the shopping ambiance, San Francisco to visit Britex (an amazing fabric/embellishment store) and to hang out and bond with my new pals. I was so sad to go.

These people I got to meet but had already known through the internet made me feel welcome; made me feel like I belonged there. I can't describe the feeling except to say that when you finally meet others who share the same interests you do and get excited about the same things you drool over, like buttons and yarn and paint and glitter, new ideas and just creating all the time--it's like coming home. That's not to say my family doesn't understand because they really do try and support me in an amazing way. But one can feel so isolated in one's craft until the element of commanality is introduced. All of a sudden, I feel more validated and more determined to go on.

Thank you to all my new friends. I love you all and miss you already!

So I'm back, and just knowing my sisters are out there supporting me makes me feel rejuvinated so I've got a lot of new ideas and it's time to get to work!

Just listed on the Pfatt Marketplace is "A Disturbing Silence" which is the first of three pieces from my Circus Under the Stairs idea.

Don't forget to browse all the artists when you visit Pfatt Marketplace--you'll be amazed at all the treasures you'll find there.


Flora said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this doll!!!!! Can I live in your head for a couple of hours...or more?

vintagepaletteart said...

Deb, I am so happy that I got to finally meet you! You are the sweetest kind & caring too!

You have an amazing talent girl! I know that you are going somewhere with your art! Keep on creating!

Love your PFATT Marketplace clown doll! She's amazing and do I see a Britex button on her??? =D

Hugs! Miss Ya! *Nana

vintagepaletteart said...

OHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I forgot to tell you that I Love the new banner that you made!!! ;o)

kat449 said...

Hi Debs...
Welcome home world traveler! I am sooo thrilled for you and your email full of light and wonder with all the amazing memories you made with these kindred spirits. Ive been looking at all the pics of everyones blogs, and felt so happy for all of you. What a blessing our art offers us. Thank you for sharing your trip... my sister bought me a tee shirt when I was in beautiful Sanfran that said "San francisco My favorite city, where the women are strong and the men are pretty" Now back to creating and showing off all you learned, and bought! Love ya..Kat

msteeleart said...

I am so jealous, I have always wanted to go to San Francisco but I probably wouldn't want to leave. I also love meeting others with the same artistic interests, I don't run into too many around here. :( People look at me like I am strange when I tell them I make dolls.

I love the new doll, so cool. The face is amazing and I love the dress the way it looks like you sewed it from different fabrics. Or maybe you bought it that way. :)

Doll Artist Deb Wilkinson said...

Hey Michelle! San Fran WAS fantastic and nope---hand made the whole darned dress (took me forever to cut out all the squares and piece them together!).

Just email me if you ever want to chit chat about "dahling." I'll be your huckleberry!