Love this photo, stolen today from the web site of my old employer, The Press of Atlantic City. This is the main entrance to Wildwood's beach and boardwalk, complete with numerous colorful concrete beach balls.
We had a lull for a couple hours this afternoon but the snow picked up around 3 p.m. and is coming down thick and fast again. It's expected to end around 8 or 9 tonight.
I belong to a private Facebook group called Art & Dolls Gone Wild. But if there's anything wild about this group, it's the dollmakers themselves. There are eight people in the group, and we divided into two groups of four for a collaborative art project, which we started a few months ago and are just finishing up.
Each of us made a doll head, then mailed it to the next person on the list. That person added a body and sent it to the next person, who added arms and legs. The fourth person added finishing touches and sent the completed doll back to the person who made the head.
My head was pretty basic -- an old wooden block, decoupaged with a photo of a really shabby old doll head, some rub-on letters, a bottle cap crown. The next person added a body made from a rusty old trowel. The next person added strips of metal for arms and a nutcracker for legs. Finishing touches included a skirt of pen points, some copper pennies with a green patina and polymer clay hands and feet. During her journey, she even acquired a name: Dolly.
Not all the dolls are finished yet, but we're already talking about our next project. What a fun, creative group of women.
This was my back yard when I got up Thursday morning. Looking pretty and melting fast. The next storm is due to arrive Friday night and could be up to two feet, or so they say. This winter has been the snowiest in many years at the Jersey shore.
Mona Moore retired in 2006 after 30 years as a reporter and editor with The Press of Atlantic City. She has since reinvented herself as an artist/crafter, jewelry maker and teacher. Her work can be found at The Maple Tree in Seaville, Primrose in Somers Point, Small Craft Advisory in Stone Harbor and the Riverfront Renaissance Art Center in Millville. Her etsy site is www.bluemooncrft.etsy.com.
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A secret weapon
“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air and send millions of little parachutes floating down to earth -- boxes of Crayolas. Not little boxes of eight. Boxes of 64, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime. And people would smile and get a funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.” --Robert Fulghum