Saturday, November 13, 2010

MaryWig's Fabulous Web Tips

TAODA Program: November 12. 2010WEB RESOURCES FOR DOLL ARTISTS By goofy non-expert MaryWig { }
Blogging platforms: pick one you can get along with or use Tumblr, the “short style blog”
Book: Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey {also, go to the library for Blogging for Dummies, etc.}
Magazine: Artful Blogging ->  
A quick drive around the internet reveals…
Inspiration {it makes me feel international even if I never leave houston } {sweet with a touch of darkness} {makes me feel cool about handmade stuff} {sewing as artform…I feel a gallery showing coming on…} {I’m such a world traveler} {the world of clothespin dolls, who knew?} {can I have a job here? And the wee cute video!}
Design resourcesGoogle: free blog templates or go to:
Techniques/Craft organizations {be a handmade evangelist} {fun fun site} {I like stepping into the interior design world}
Make your own Fabric! {why not put your doll pattern on fabric?}
Ribbon {in case you didn’t get to Quilt Fest}
Interested in selling on Etsy? Here’s a free tutorial {check the right hand column}
What else can you do with your doll? {hmmm, she looks familiar}
Easiest way to dress up photos for your blog {takes a bit of playing around but worth it}
Join groups with similar interests for inspiration and to blog about {I’m just figuring out how to really use it}

Recommended by Donna:
Learn to take advantage of Flickr’s groups to further your contacts… {we can find more people to join our doll TRIBE!}
Don’t know how to do something in Elements? There’s a tutorial for everything
Don’t forget Google and YouTube {how to knit a cable stitch}
Common UseFind out about copyright issues and common use – tools to protect your work
There is NOTHING you can’t find or figure out how to do online, given enough time…and if you get frustrated, or something doesn’t work, STEP BACK and forget about it. Go work on a doll for Pete’s sake!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bathing Beauties!

Next year, TAODA has been invited to do a themed show in GALVESTON at the Silk Stocking Gallery. We had a highly successful show there at the beginning of the year and look forward to the opportunity of meeting or exceeding that success next year.

The theme will be "Bathing Beauties"! PEPPER HUME has kindly sent in some photos to get those artistic gears rolling! Thank you PEPPER!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Blogging for beginners

Hi, this is Mary Wiggins. Several of you had some interest in where/how to create a blog.

Although there are other ways to do it, the two most popular (and free) blogging sites are and I use Blogger. For more advanced bloggers, or those wanting to customize their blogs, I think Wordpress offers some advantages, but Blogger offers more than enough features to get you started. It's easy to set up an account and easy to create your first post. Smply go to the sites above and have at it! No specialized knowledge required.

We'll talk more about blogging and other internet wonders when I talk on the subject in November.

Mary -> life, parenting teenagers, works in progress, etc. -> adventures of a doll who is 13 inches tall and wants to see the world...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NEWS Flash!

TAODA Membership dues are due NOW (Dues must be paid or dolls cannot be shown).
INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL forms must be in to the IQF by JULY 23.
H.C.C.C. Dolls Now
1.  Janet should already have your TAODA entry form and fee.
2.  Packaging is important!  Dolls must be well packaged in a box with a picture, your name, title and any special instructions.
3.  Dolls must be labeled with your name and title on the bottom.
4.  Each doll must be accompanied by the HCCC loan Agreement and Condition Statement.  Without these, a doll will not be shown
5.  Each artist is responsible for delivering their own dolls to HCCC unless other arrangements were made.
6.  Deliver dolls to the HCCC receptionist JULY 20-24 between 10:00 am and 5:00.
Thanks to Gywnne Ross for the reminders!