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Deanna Hogan, Blue Heron Dolls

Doll Artist and Teacher: Preserving the art of making dolls and Artist Member of the Original Doll Artist Council of America (ODACA).

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I Think I've Done It!

Hello Reader, After months spent in the studio, today I finished my seventh (and last) video for my digital doll course. I don't know if you've ever recorded yourself on video, but I learned a few things: I stutter, I overuse the words wanna, gonna, kinda WAY too much, and it will take a really long time to become comfortable hearing my own recorded voice. Moments ago, I uploaded the course to my Etsy store. I feel like I've really accomplished something. Every step was a challenge. So if...

14 days ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Not that I'm surprised, but yes, developing a digital course is a TON of work. I'm not one to shy away from the work, but I'm finding the tech involved in the various platforms quite daunting. I might have to hire a Virtual Assistant to help me out, which irritates me a bit because I like to do things on my own. I'm stubborn that way. I've been working and reworking the seven modules that make up the course for at least a couple months now. I can't tell you how many times I've...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Today I did something I've been putting off for years: I took my Bernina to the local shop for routine servicing and maintenance. This required more than a little sacrifice on my part. Whatever will I do without my knee-lift and needle up/down features? The turnaround time is about two weeks, so not sewing wasn't an option. So I pulled an older machine out of storage, dusted it off, threaded it, located the owners manual (to relearn how to wind bobbins, and use the stitch cams),...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, 2023 has been a remarkably short and yet at the same time, LONG year. How can that be? A lot has happened - personally, nationally, and globally. Let's hope 2024 brings peace, health, stability and happiness to all. My goals for 2024: Knuckle down and get an online course launched. Finish some projects (when is there NOT a project to be done?) Play more music at local venues, on a regular basis. Maybe travel a bit. Get in better shape! I hinted at a project I was working in my...

2 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, I spent the last few days in Lacey, Washington (near Olympia), teaching another "Enigma" doll class. This was for a small, informal group of doll makers who are interested in keeping the art of the doll alive. I had so much fun and the students were wonderful. My Enigma dolls are about 12-13 inches tall and this is a little small for some people, so they enlarged the pattern to a degree - 120%, 125%, and 150%. This is a pattern that lends itself well to size increases (and...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Once again I've set my Claire/Witch doll aside and have been working on two special commissioned dolls. I usually avoid commissions, but the person making the request is someone I can't refuse. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, so I'll share photos after the holidays. One of the two dolls has been completed. The second is nearly complete. She just needs a last tedious and time-consuming detail, so naturally I've been procrastinating. It hasn't helped that Claire has...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, I've been developing a new Christmas ornament over the past week, spending hours on tweaking the design. I got the idea to make a moose last January as I was putting away the holiday decorations. We don't have moose here though we do have LOTS of deer and elk, and a moose has a very different and distinctive head shape. I had to refer to quite a few photos. Hopefully people will *get* that he's a moose and not some other hooved creature. I used craft velour that I had in my...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Timing is critical when buying candy for Halloween. Buy it too soon and it'll be gone before the holiday. But if we forego the purchase altogether, this will be the one year we actually get trick-or-treaters on our dark, dead-end street. It's been a busy week (all my weeks are busy, which is surprising to me as I've been retired for just over three months). I thought I'd finally have the time and forethought to decorate for the various holidays, but this one has caught me off...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, This is my favorite time of year. Leaves are changing color, there's a chill in the air and there's the subtle smell of homes being heated by wood stoves and fireplaces. I think I need to make a hearty stew for dinner this week. I've been working on a group of "Enigma" dolls and was drawn to fabrics that remind me of the season. I finished the third of six dolls this morning. These are all made from knits (velours), using horizontal or vertical fabric stretch directions. The...

5 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, I've had the house to myself for the past five days. And while I miss my husband (he's out of town visiting family), it's been quiet and easy around here. My only real responsibility has been tending to the pets, and Cooper has been loving our new routine of walking every morning. Cooper I confess I haven't been productive every minute of the day (I've been binge-watching Suits), but I have been spending more time in the studio. I set my "Enigma" sample dolls aside in order to...

5 months ago • 1 min read
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