Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cheryl, the Slow Learner--Part Three

On to the next part of my story. We've established that in my search for "My Passion," I learned that jewelry making was too hard on my hands and I moved on to carving and printing wood block prints. Somehow in my little brain I figured that carving wood blocks was easier on my hands. Yeah, I know--doesn't make much sense does it? But gets even BETTER!

As time went on, I let go of printing and slowly admitted that it probably wasn't a good idea for my hands. Besides, I didn't miss it. So my search went on. Then I stumbled upon Hitty. "Hitty--Her First Hundred Years" by Rachel Field has always been one of my girls' and my favorite books. It's a story about a 6 1/2 inch wooden doll's travels and adventures in the 1800s. Very charming. But what I didn't know was that there were all sorts of people who MADE her! Oh, that stirred the imagination of Ms. Do-it-herself!

Yes, you guessed it. "My Passion" took a turn from carving wood blocks to carving Hittys--wood-pegged joints and all. Yes, I hear you asking now, "How was carving little dolls easier than carving printing blocks?" It's a valid question. Well..I could tell you how pulling a carving knife towards oneself is easier than trying to precisely push and stop a carving knife through a block..and it would be true. But, PLEASE...WHAT was I thinking?! Carving is still hard on the hands. See what I mean about being a slow learner? By the time I had become rational again, I had already carved, sanded, painted, varnished, and clothed 2 little Hitty dolls and had started a third (now forever banished to a box in the basement).

I must admit that we had fun taking the Hittys on our own travels and adventures. Here's my first Hitty sitting at the base of a huge tree.

And here are my two Hittys sitting on the lawn of Monticello.
And at the Lincoln Memorial we have my two Hittys joined with a Hitty by Gail Wilson. My eldest daughter received it as a Christmas present during our "Hitty Fever." Gail creates beautiful Hittys from paper mache with cloth bodies. She sells all sorts of necessary supplies and kits for dolls and doll's furniture. I still love looking through her website, Gail Wilson Designs.
One or more Hittys still enjoy joining us on our travels--particularly when we are camping--we just have gotten more lazy about photographing them.

So, in my search for "My Passion" I never found it. I gladly put aside my carving knives because my hands hurt so much that I just couldn't ignore them any longer. And I gave up my search. Tomorrow I'll tell you about the conclusion. Although I'm sure you've already guessed that it has something to do with teddy bears!



  1. Oh wow, your little Hitty's are adorable! I LOVE the way they look!!!

    I've tried my hand at sculpting dolls from polymer clay, and that was hard enough, so I can't imagine carving one! I bow to you!!!!!

  2. Thank you for sharing your story if Hitty. I am going to look that charming little book up so I can read it to my daughter! Your Hitty's were just fabulous! Just beautiful. I hope you hands find some relief for all your passions!
    Bear Hugs and Blessings,

  3. A wonderful set of stories you have given us. I am enjoying your adventures through the world of handcrafts.

  4. I love your Hitty dolls they are so beautiful. Gail Wilson has amazing vintage stuff and I have one of her kits still waiting to be made unfortunately. Oh for more hours in the day

  5. Thank you all so much! I loved making the Hittys, but I look back now and am not sure how in the world I carved them. It must have been persistance--better known as stubborness.


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