||[Jun. 27th, 2006|08:16 pm]
Lucky 7 Travelling Dolls
INtroducing Trevor, Mahandra, Lily, Ace, William, GInger and Malaika; seven dolls embarking on a wonderous journey. I hope pictures will be available by the end of this week. I'm worried abut my camera because the battery died and the film won't rewind. Our crew had some exciting festivities before going off to "billet" with their first set of "hosts". |
Unlike star_odyssey where they expect the stars to travel within a year, I have no specific deadline for the journey of the Lucky Seven. As long as pictures continue to be emailed to me to post and they keep travelling.
Ginger was sent to England today and tomorrow Trevor is heading for New York. Mahandra, Ace and Lily are with various friends in Toronto before being launched to their next destination.
The Lucky Seven were selected and created from among several dolls I have made. The majority of dolls I've made of this size are world travellers of another kind. Hundreds of them have gone to Brazil with Pastor Chuck Price as part of the "Reapers in the Rain" project along with puppets and carousel horses I have made and about 800 Beanie Babies. You can read about this project at http://reapersintherain.org
Going back even a little further, the first two original "Friendship Dolls" were made at the begining of this March Break, of myself and my best friend, Janette. You can see these first two dolls, as well as the rest of the Lucky Seven's "family" and puppets at puppetsanddolls and you can see more of the dolls I've made at http://margaretfranklin.netfirms.com.
I have been making dolls on a regular basis for over a decade now, even though I started when I was a teenager with a Peter Criss and Paul Stanley doll for sharonsaralynn and Della. Della's Paul doll also came with a "Della" doll. And when Janette was in college, I made her a Boy George doll. This was back in the 80's.
From January of 1995 until January of 2003 I actually made dolls for a living. I will refrain from mentioning the name of the company I worked for as the majority of my momories there were less than pleasant and I left on less than civil terms. These past three years have been a time of learning and healing as I try to put the past behind me and move forward and sending my Lucky Seven out into the world seemed like a fun way to "cast my bread out on the water". I'm sure there are many of us who are looking forward to seeing their exciting adventures.
THere are many LJ communities about dolls, including many that use dolls to tell stories. I like to think of mine as a cross between star_odyssey and veni_vidi_dolli
BTW, I am also preparing at least a dozen dolls and several sets of puppets to sell at the Geneva Autism Symposium in Toronto in Ocotber.