That’s right! You heard it here first! Feya Balabina and Galina Ulanova won a First Premium Blue Ribbon at the Multnomah County Fair over the Memorial Day weekend! I entered the pair of them in the crochet/original design category. In addition to my blue ribbon, I also won a small amount of cash. But really, I just did it for fun. I really enjoyed looking at all the other entries as well. Now I know what kind of talent I’m up against and will probably prepare an entry for next year. I might even enter something in the Oregon State Fair. Since it’s not until the end of August I have a while to think about it.
Anyway, here is their photo as they appeared on display at the Multnomah County Fair. If you look very closely you can see my reflection in the display case as I’m taking their photo.
Feya and Galina at the Fair
It seems as thought they’re having a little trouble standing up, but I think they were just not put back in their stands properly. Here are the two prize winners at home showing off their ribbon! I am so proud of them. You can see they really like each other as well.
Feya and Galina with their blue ribbon
My daughter Assunta also won a prize at the fair, but I would be spoiling it for her if I gave you any more details. To see her entry and her prize go to her blog peculiarcrochet.wordpress.com.
Feya Balabina and Galina Ulanova have been entered in the Needlecraft Department in the exhibit hall at the Multnomah County Fair this year! My daughter, Assunta, has also entered her wonderful Jack Skellington and Sally dolls, from the Nightmare Before Christmas! You just have to see them to believe them.
The fair is at Oaks Park in the beautiful neighborhood of Sellwood, in Portland, Oregon. It starts tomorrow, Saturday, May 26th and runs through May 28th. The hours are from 12-7pm all three days. The fair admission and parking are all free. So go down and enjoy the fair and take in all the exhibits. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite item while you’re looking at the exhibits!
This doll is a representation of a famous Russian ballerina named Galina Ulanova.
Galina’s bright blonde hair and rosy cheeks
I had a lot of fun making this doll. I love her because she has such bright hair. She is very fond of lavender, so she has an outfit made from variegated lavender yarn, accented with tiny lavender rhinestones. She even has purple earrings. The accent in her hair has purple and pink rhinestones. I am planning to enter her, along with my Feya Balabina doll in the Multnomah County Fair next weekend. Wish me luck!
Here is some information on the real Galina Ulanova. Enjoy!
Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova
(born Jan. 8, 1910, St. Petersburg, Russiadied March 21, 1998, Moscow) Russian ballet dancer, the first prima ballerina assoluta of the Soviet Union. She trained with Agrippina Vaganova in Leningrad and in 1928 joined the Kirov Theatre (formerly Mariinsky Theatre) company, where she began to dance leading roles and to develop the unique lyrical, dramatic style that won her wide acclaim. In 1944 she moved to the Bolshoi Ballet, and during the 1950s she toured to great acclaim with the company in Europe and the U.S. She retired from dancing in 1962 but continued as ballet mistress and coach at the Bolshoi.
Galina Ulanova as Giselle
Having retired from the stage at the age of 50, she coached many generations of the Russian dancers. She died in 1998, aged 88, and is buried in the cemetery of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow.
Hello Kitty Birthday Cake and candies
My daughter is turning 21 tomorrow! She requested that I make her a Hello Kitty cake for her birthday. But, she wanted a chocolate cake instead of a white one. That makes frosting it difficult, but it came out alright. The hardest parts were the ears. I had to cut the cake into the proper shape, because, as you know, Hello Kitty’s head is not perfectly round. Then I had to cut out ears and “glue” them to the other part of the cake using frosting. Usually this works pretty well, but since it was such a warm day they kept trying to fall away from the rest of the cake. Maybe if I’d secured them with toothpicks it would’ve worked better. At any rate, it turned out cute and was extremely edible evidenced by the fact that it no longer exists. My daughter made cute little Hello Kitty candies to surround the cake with. You can see photos and a detailed account of how she made them at peculiarcrochet.wordpress.com.
Anyway, here’s my cake surrounded by her cute little candies. Let me know what you think.
HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY BABY GIRL!
This little ballerina doll is my latest creation. She is a completely original doll that I designed myself. She was crocheted using worsted weight acrylic yarn and baby-weight acrylic yarn (for her tutu). I also used some sparkly tulle sewn to the under side of her skirt to give it that lift. She has rose trim around her neckline, and organdy ribbons on her ballet slippers.
The little rhinestone tiara was purchased at Coco and Toulouse Go Shopping, a sweet little store in the Sellwood/Moreland businees district in Portland.
The doll is named for famous Ballerina Feya Balabina.
Here’s a little bio about her.
Feya Balabina was born in Rostov-on-Don in 1910. She studied at the Leningrad Choreographic School (pupil of Maria Romanova and Agrippina Vaganova). She danced with the Kirov Ballet from 1931-56 and made her debut as Tao-Hoa in The Red Poppy. Among her other roles were Masha in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, title role in Esmeralda, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Zarema in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, title role in Cinderella, the Tsar-Maiden in The Humpbacked Horse, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Lise in La Fille mal Gardée, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Jeanne in Flames of Paris, Paskuala in Laurencia and Nuné in Gayané.
Feya Balabina taught at the Vaganova School from 1953-73 and was a repetiteur with the Kirov Ballet from 1953-64.
I hope you like my little ballerina doll. I am writing the pattern so that I may share it with all of you doll fanciers. I will publish it along with my other original doll pattern later on this spring.
HAPPY SPRING AND HAPPY EASTER
Sunny is a doll that I modeled after my sweet, gorgeous daughter! Sunny is a nickname that one of our family friends gave her when she was a baby, but it never really stuck. It should’ve though, because she IS the sunshine in my life!
Anyway, a loooooooong time ago, when she was receiving her First Communion, I made her a white dress, with a little short jacket, and a little crown of flowers. This little doll, while not an exact replica, is reminiscent of her on that particular day. She looked more like an angel than anything else.
"Sunny" in her First Communion dress
Here’s a close-up picture of “Sunny’s” face. Notice the flowered headband. It matches the bouquet she’s holding.
I’m having so much fun designing making my own little dolls! I have decided next to try making a ballerina doll. I think she will be much bigger and taller than Sunny and Danielle. I am planning to go back to using yarn for hair, just because it is so much easier to work with, to style, and it comes in such a variety of colors.
Eventually, I will put these patterns on my blog too, so that if you are inclined you can make your own little dolls!
I’ve been working on making a new doll pattern (still in editing stage). This doll is my representation of a little girl that was one of the flower girls at my nieces wedding. I so fell in love with the look of that little girl, that I decided, then and there, that I was going to make a doll of her. So, this is it!
- Danielle the flower girl
Since I am planning to send this doll to my niece as a gift, I naturally had to make a second one to sell. The second one came out slightly larger, but still basically the same doll. I used some synthetic doll hair, that I purchased from JoAnn’s, and I used some daisy trim on the dress. I embroidered french knots in the center of each flower to make it more like the orginal dress, and to add some color and dimension.
Danielle and her twin
I will eventually publish the pattern once I am sure I’ve worked out all the kinks. I hope you enjoy my new creation!