Welcome one and all…

March 28th, 2010

Firstly, I’d like to say a long overdue Welcome to all of the new followers who have joined us here on my blog, you know who you are… and each and every one of you are very welcome here…!

Dad’s wonderful Tiger…

For the first time in what feels like ages, this past week, I was able to attend Art Class with my Dad.

My Lily…

Having finally completed painting a lily, which I have to tell you I’ve really struggled with and personally I think it shows because as a result is a little ‘stiff’…
{I’m being honest…}
I must be a glutton for punishment because in Art Class, I started painting yet another flower… this time a Tulip
{I’m thinking there’s a patten here…}

Washing colour in, My Tulip…

I’m sharing my tulip with you, along with Dad’s painting which he started the week before… both are in the very early stages and there’s certainly much to be done before they will be finished. Additionally, I’ve also sneaked a completed master piece of Dad’s… “Tiger, Tiger, burning bright, In the forests of the night”.

The early stages of Dad’s newest Painting…

Lisa x

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those
who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
~ Dr. Seuss ~

New Creations…

March 19th, 2010

Presenting, my take on Mr Darcy from Pride & Prejudice…

His costume was fun to recreate… it involved lots of patience, lots of hand dying, lots of hand sewing and I am really pleased with the results.

Getting the shape of his hat correct was a little tricky, but I think its quite a convincing shape, I hope his new owner agrees.

If you look carefully, you can see Mr D’s riding crop tucked neatly under his arm… I think it completes his ensemble, my good friend Vicky of NJD made it for me as a special commission and its absolutely perfect!

I was asked by the same client to create a Regency soldier.

Using various reference books on the battle of Waterloo 1815, I was able to recreate a costume of the time.

Adding all of the fringing and gold trim made it a challenging costume, but I love nothing more than a challenge.

The sword and scabbard were made by the very talented Terence Stringer and his web site can be found here.

I really hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures of my dolls… I certainly enjoyed creating them!

If you have any questions regarding ordering or availability of my dolls please do not hesitate to contact me at lisajohnsonrichards@blueyonder.co.uk or through my web site, by clicking here

Lisa x

“Few are those who see with their own eyes
And feel with their own hearts.”
~ Albert Einstein ~

Praise Indeed…

March 8th, 2010

Firstly, I’d like to say another Big Welcome to more new followers, you know who you are… each and every one of you are very welcome here on my blog… please pull up a chair, grab a latte and stay a while…

OOAK Edwardian Lady

I often receive lovely ‘thank you’ cards, notes or telephone calls from new owners of my dolls… and with each one, I am left with a BIG smile on my face.

Nicola’s, lovely letter.

Just the other day, having completed two dolls, I received a lovely ‘thank you’ card and I thought I’d share it with you along with some pictures of the dolls in question…”Thank You Nicola ~ You really made my Day!”

OOAK Edwardian Lady…

And now for an update on Sophie… well, she is doing very well indeed, although it has to be said, keeping her quiet is proving extremely difficult…

Starting to Paint Sophie…

I know it must be hard to believe looking at her angelic face but, she’s pinching anything from toilet roll, socks and briefs to my tea~towel hanging from the range… all in order to be chased and played with… its very difficult to ignore her, but ignore we must. Thanks again for all your good wishes for Sophie.

Wherever you are in the World & Whatever your doing…
Have a Wonderful Day!

Lisa x

“We do not remember the days… we remember the moments.”
~ Cesare Pavese ~

Rest & No Play…

March 2nd, 2010

Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts and wishes regarding Sophie, she is doing well and sleeping peacefully as I am typing this…

Good news the x-rays were inconclusive in that they didn’t show up anything too worrying. The vet gave Sophie ‘strong’ anti-inflamatory pain killers, which are helping to ease the pain. She has to have complete rest and that means no running, no playing and certainly no walkies for 6-8 weeks! We take Sophie back to the vets in two weeks by which time she should be improving. If there is no improvement, then she has to have further tests.

Six to eight weeks rest… I ask you… and how do we explain that to Sophie? It may sound easy but believe me, she is such an energetic dog who lives to play, run and have fun. Its not easy making her rest even now when she’s lame, never mind as the pain killers start to kick in and she is feeling better. Poor, poor little Sophie…. “Rest & No Play”…

Still it is good news… and were very hopeful it Sophie has just a sprain!

♥ Have a Wonderful Day Everyone & Thank You for your Kind Wishes! ♥

Lisa x

“Distance tests a horses strength.
Time reveals a person’s character.”

~ Chinese Proverb ~

Sweet Sophie…

March 1st, 2010

This morning, we took Sophie our much loved 3 year old Labrador, to the Vetanary Surgery with what we thought was a sore paw. Yesterday she was a little lame with a reluctancy to put any weight on it… unless of course the word “walkies” was mentioned when the lameness would miraculously disappear…

Expecting the vet to tell us, she’d has strained it… I was quite upset to hear the vet explain that often Labradors can suffer from hip and elbow joint complaints. Unfortunately, the she seems to think this could be the case with Sophie. So, reluctantly, we had to leave her there while they run some tests and x-ray her legs! It was so upsetting as she cried as we walked away leaving her there.

We have to call the surgery this afternoon to see if she has recovered sufficiently from sedation for us to collect her… and of course to be given a diagnosis and I imagine a rather large bill!

I can’t tell you how quiet and lonely my home is without my sweet Sophie here with me today and I don’t mind telling you I feel very sad!

Lisa x

“The joy of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile,
nor the joy of companionship;
It’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~