My Gypsy doll is slowly coming together-I have assembled her and her costume is cut out and pinned together. Next I will be painting the figure and then sewing on the costume. My theme is the story of a Victorian era Gypsy that has fallen on hard times and is singing about her younger days on the road. Her once lavish costume is patched but she is still beautiful. I missed the deadline for the competition due to a family members illness but I am still enjoying the process. Actually, I found the materials a little too bright and new looking for my taste so now I was able to dye them and stain them with walnut ink to tone them down. It's been more fun now that I don't have a deadline to meet.