New Doll Patterns!

bflip and rrh patternsAnnouncing new doll patterns! Now available – Flip Doll and Red Riding Hood/Grandma/Wolf Doll. These are suitable for intermediate to advanced sew-ers. A list of materials is included on each pattern. The competed dolls are 8 1/2″ tall and have been enjoyed by children of all ages. These join the four patterns already available: Small Doll, Tin with Wee Doll, Quilt from a Photo, and Water Color Kit.  If you’re interested in owning any of these patterns, contact me thru email address included on the contact tab for this blog.

Still to come: Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Alice and the White Rabbit; Superman and Clark Kent; and The Little Prince and the Fox!




Change in Direction

Those of you in the Richmond, Virginia area may have noticed that Dan Springs Collection was not at the South of the James Market last summer. The decision was made in January of last year due to family health considerations and a desire to move in some other direction. Which direction was that?! I spent more time on watercolor painting, both in the studio and plein air, but I’m vaguely missing my dolls.

In an effort to stay in touch with them, I’m working on formalizing the patterns. Tucked away in the studio closet are envelopes of all sizes, one for each doll, with rather ragged pattern pieces and scawled notes. Published patterns are available for the Small Doll and the Wee Doll in a Tin. On the work table now are the flip dolls/story dolls: girl flip doll, boy flip doll, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Alice and the White Rabbit, Superman/Clark Kent, and the Little Prince and the Fox! Any interest? May need to shoot some technique videos…Stay tuned!

Dan Springs Art Camp!

Next week we’ll have our third art retreat/camp in the Smoky Mountains. I’m so excited! We did retreats in 2009 – inspiration: Andy Goldsworthy and 2010 – inspiration: Maria Sibylla Merian. This time we’re celebrating World Watercolor Month with a focus on – you guessed it! – watercolor!  If all goes well we plan to participate in the Cashiers Plein Air Festival Quick Paint on Friday, July 15th. Visits to the John Campbell Folk School and Biltmore Mansion are also on the schedule.  Good company, great fresh food, mountain views, clear spring water – I can’t wait!

Story Dolls at Gallery in September!

At the Gallery at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, September 21 – 25, 2016, in addition to my photographs and watercolors, I will be exhibiting my story dolls! These include five dolls shown above – Alice and the White Rabbit, Superman/Clark Kent, Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Little Prince and the Fxo. This is the 51st edition of this wonderful show.  Everything is very high quality and available for purchase. Admission is free! Hope you can make it! Put it on your calendar!

Little Prince Flip Doll

Thanks to a customer commission, we have a new doll: The Little Prince!  The one shown has gone to a new home, but I still have the pattern I designed, should someone else like to order one.  The other two photos show the dolls I have on hand.  Sadly, we won’t be doing the South of the James Market this summer due to other time demands.  However, if you would like to purchase some of our dolls or creatures, send an email, text, or call!  See the contact tab for numbers and address.

Class Report: Quilt from a Photo

As I mentioned in my January 29th post, I was scheduled yesterday to teach a class for Virginia Consortium of Quilters on making a quilt from a photo – and it went great!  All the participants got their tops for the small wall hanging finished, or almost ready to stitch.  The process seemed to make sense to them and hopefully they’ll go home and try one of their own photos!  I loved sharing the photo quilts I’ve made and showing them my hints and tips.  I put together a ‘tutorial’ for the class, and now I have that available for purchase should anyone else be interested.  This was a five hour class – I’ll be doing a much shorter program in August for the Piecemakers chapter of the Richmond Quilters Guild on the same topic.  Stay tuned!

Artful Healing for World Pediatric Project


Remember – Artful Healing, a Bon Air Artist Association fundraiser for World Pediatric Project, is happening this Sunday, February 28th, from 10 am til 5 pm at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond. Here’re two of my watercolors and a photograph that are included in the show.  Come on out and see the work of over 70 excellent local artists! All pieces will be for sale. Hope to see you there!

For those of you unable to get to Richmond, Virginia tomorrow, I’ve added a tab to this blog, Gallery of Photos, that shows a selection of pieces that I have available for purchase.  If you’d like more information, send a email to the address shown on the Contact tab.