Well,I have not slept since Saturday night. I guess I made my doll too big, because I just could not get it beaded fast enough. And, since I started working, it really cut into my time I had to work on it. I got home from work yesterday at 5pm and started working on it and I was still working on it at 9am the next morning. I had to mail it before work as the post office would be closed when I got off work. I rushed getting dressed and packaging the doll, and drove like a maniac to the post office, hoping I would not end up late for work. It is mailed. It is post marked today per instructions. I hurried and took pictures for entering into the contest.
Now, here is why I am in tears. First, I wanted to bead the whole doll, but just could not do it. I ran out of time. So, I painted the doll with a dark bronze metallic paint and it really set off the colors of the beads. So I am thinking, okay, it is not totally beaded, but it doesn't look too bad. I go to work. I really do not know how I made it working 7 hours with no sleep, but I did. I come home. I download the pictures. Now this is where the tears start.
As I look at the pictures, I notice that I did not finish beading a certain area that I was outlining with the bronze beads. I had figured, okay, it is not totally beaded as I wanted to do, but no one else would know. But when I saw this in the pictures, well it is very obvious. There is also knots and thread showing that would have been covered if she was totally beaded. I had hoped that the paint would cover them and blend them in. I was too tired to notice this morning that it did not do this, until I saw the pictures.
Then, I am sitting at my craft table and move a paper, and there under the paper is a packet of crystals from the kit, unopened. I am filled with dread and the tears begin again. The rules state that you have to use at least one of each bead in the kit. If yo do not follow the rules, your piece will be returned, you have to pay a donation of $50 and you will be banned from next years project. I thought I had used all the beads, but there it was, the unopened package hiding under a paper.
I am so upset., I can barely see to type this. BFAC is very important to me and I planned on doing it every year for as long as they have it. Now I am going to be banned from it. My pictures show so many imperfections and because of that and knowing my piece will be returned, I am not even going to bother sending in the pictures. I worked so long on this and it is not going to be used.
Well, here are the pictures, anyway.I am really embarrassed to be showing you, but I promised, so here they are. I really had high hope that my doll would bring in some good money in next years auction, as dolls really seem to do we. Now, she will not even be in the auction, after losing a whole nights sleep trying to get her finished.