Sunday, September 09, 2007


Crusade Number 12 over at GPP Streat Team is Crush. I wasn't sure what to think of that until I realized that Michelle was talking about what I consider fazes or obsessions. I've been through several, starting with dollhouse miniatures in my teens. I bought every magazine or book I could find on the subject. I corresponded with people across the world (before Internet) trading my handmade miniatures for what others made. I spent endless hours with them. And then I was done, so done that I could only find one photo on my flickr stream.

Madelyn's Christmas dress

This photo actually shows several of my next crushes. About the time that I finally got online, I developed a big crush on crazyquilting. So big that my alias on several sites is still Crazyquilter.

Crazyquilt wreath

I got into web pages and mailing lists at that time and spent endless hours with both with a crazyquilt theme. The little doll in the middle of the wreath was my next crush, or rather taking pictures of her wherever I went and sharing them online. Dolls have been an on and off crush all my life.

Perfectly Preserved

Altered books came next and I spent a couple of years learning how to do things with paper, paint, scissors and glue. Then came my current crush/obsession of visual journals. I've nearly filled seven composition books. I love looking at other people's journals, books about them, and of course working in my own. I have a thing for recording. Everything paper and some things that aren't find their way into my journal. The phone sketch below on my lastest journal page was done in my car on a light bill that is postdated May 16, 2005. It's been floating around my workspace ever since then waiting to find a spot on a journal page. I go weeks sometimes without journaling, but it always draws me back.

My crush always seems to have lots to do with creativity. Other crushes along the way included making doll clothes, knitting and taking pictures through my kitchen window. I can't seem to go very long without making something.


michelle ward said...

dawn, thanks for joining the Crush Crusade! i never did the doollhouse thing but i have soft spot for the miniature supplies to use in my art. i always leave Pearl Paint with dollhouse scaled windows, door knockers, or architectural trim. i can imagine the obsession of creating a house. loved reading about your interests. i love ABs too!!!

Deborah said...

What a fun story of your "crushes"!! I've always wanted a dollhouse....*le sigh*

barone said...

Your altered book is fantastic! I have a lot of supplies and tons of fabric for squares but have never gone the step of actually quilting. What ever I would do would likely have a hodge podge theme. Do you know anyone that does it without a sewing machine? Thanks for sharing your work. Jodi

Ro Bruhn said...

Love your altered books and journals, I also have that crush