Crafty Summer? Maybe Soon…

July 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm , by artdolla

Birdy Sketch Book Cover finally finished by Li

Birdy Sketch Book Cover finally finished by Li

So far, this summer has found me deep in the throes of intense horticultural noodling that far outstrips my mini-former-apartment-dwelling-aggi-expertise.   That and the fact that Bob Marley seems to be haunting me with his “everything is going to be alright” chillin tunes hasnt inspired me to clean up the studio.  Why does that matter, you ask?  Well I cant make dolls if I cant find the fabric!


I do know where the machine is, and my art supplies are here somewhere… So I made this sketch book cover just to get my hands dirty with something other than dirt, and to force myself to step away from the computer.  There was another impetus tho… I discovered that my neighbor is the famed LaLa of Paper Allure in Canton, Ohio.  She was having a Driveway Sale and I scored big time!  Boxes of beads, Juicy scraps of fabric that I would never think to buy but are glistening examples of perfection, and pieces of this and that rich with possibility!  I couldn’t let the loot just sit there now could I?

Visit Paper Allure’s link here.

Also, shoot on over to Mary Ann’s store and get some patterns to make some funky dolls this summer!

Akua'ba by LI Hertzi

Akua'ba Doll Pattern by LI Hertzi

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Important Buddhist Thought and Great book for summer crafters

July 6, 2010 at 9:59 am , by artdolla

“If you’re not a Buddhist you think there are Buddhists and non-Buddhists,
but if you’re a Buddhist you realize everybody’s a Buddhist — even the bugs.”

Shunryu Suzuki

Our family has a Zen Calendar purchased because… well… it had nice graphics and it was on sale at Borders. Now, every morning as we sit down at the table and enjoy breakfast, we are each happy Buddhas.

Now, while you are appreciating the bugs, the birds, the growing grass, and the weird guy in the car next to you, my little buddhas, check out this cool book!  The Crafters Devotional, 365 days of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit, by Barbara R. Call (with the able assistance of 365 or so crafters full of great ideas!)

On page 107 for a Tuesday on day 121, you will find my scrappy color wheel.  This is a really great  project for getting rid of your stash in a delightful way or playing with your pallet to discover a new color combo!  Try it and shoot me a pix!

Also, on page 113 is my Petroglyphs art from the EarthSky Man class.  I love petroglyphs – symbolic juice!  Check them out.

Have an interesting day!

Another BEAUTIFUL book from Quarry!

April 18, 2010 at 10:03 am , by artdolla

1000 Artisan Textiles

Another Wonderful book from Rockport/Quarry.  It is full, and I mean FULL of beautiful threads, creative masterpieces and rich inspiration.  And…  two of my thread-art pieces are in it!  Wah Hoo!  Go check it out at Amazon.

These were, of course, created on my Bernina!

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Another Effort to Spook the Spam…

March 28, 2010 at 9:20 am , by artdolla

Although some of the comments I have received – full of truly nasty and often bizarre pictures – could be inspiration for a doll, I am not ready to go down that dark alley.  So, if you want to comment, you must sign in. But while you are filling out the forms and declaring yourself neither nasty or bizarre, enjoy this Spam Moment.

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To all of my Knitting Friends!

March 28, 2010 at 12:22 am , by artdolla

The whole morning is knitted into the soft

Wonderful Knitty Natural Gas Ad

My nephew and I were chatting and he said go to – this was there


People of the Yarn, Get out your needles and hook!


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Summer Sewing…

March 21, 2010 at 11:46 am , by artdolla

Well, I have been in a bit of a doll pit lately, so I just decided to use a UFO head and put a paperclay face on it to get me started.  God know, my UFO collection is massive, so I picked a nice flatish one, simple, and easy to add clay to.

By Li Hertzi

She looks a bit melancholy, but maybe spring will cheer her up… It is doing a wonderful job on me!  Crocuses poked their purpleness into the front yard and the sun finally came out, highlighting those tiny little veins in their translucent petals, Ummmm Beautiful!

Crocuses Scream Spring!

Be well, Play hard, Garden often, and enjoy the Spring!

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Boulder Goddess at the Canton Museum of Art

March 6, 2010 at 11:06 am , by artdolla

Come Join Us for a Spring Sewing Day!

Here is the pattern of our lovely lady, big hips and all!

Boulder Goddess Pattern

And here is what you need to get to enjoy the class with us!

Double Click on the picture below to get a larger, printable version.

Materials List for Boulder Goddess Class at the CMA

Hope to see you there!

Questions? Call the Museum at 330-453-7666 or LI at 760-908-8665

Enjoy the beautiful advance of spring in the Buckeye State.

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Li’s Blog over at Bernina!

February 20, 2010 at 11:06 am , by artdolla

Li hidden under craft books!

Hey Everyone!  Yes, that is me under all of those crafty books, all that inspiration!

Read the rest of the story at the Bernina site: Click Here

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Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2010 at 11:42 am , by artdolla

Valentine from Li

Happy Valentines Day

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Art Girlz closing the doors! Bummer!

January 24, 2010 at 11:10 am , by artdolla

This is a picture of the Art Girlz little cone people

I am so sad to hear that the Art Girlz are closing their doors!  There are two truly creative craft mavens!  Tracy and Allison Stilwell were a part of the Bernina Teachers and I got to meet them last year at the reunion.  These ladies made me smile even through the typical morning haze of a li-has-not-had-her-coffee-yet disability I was temporarily struck down by those cool Chicago mornings!  My sisters in COLOR!

Here is a link to their site:

and their blog:

Good Luck Girlz!  We will miss ya!

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    Li Hertzi runs the aptly named, LiHertzi Design, a small graphic and illustration business where she designs for print, web, publishing, and cycling apparel manufacturers as well as drawing funny (and decidedly educational) things for anyone who wants them! "Art Doll Adventures" is Li's first book and full of fun and interesting cloth sculptures for you to make!

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