Sources of inspiration and encouragement


From the beginning of this adventure I have been fortunate to have people who provided inspiration, information, and input of opinions, gifts of materials, encouragement and even prayer support!
The initial inspiration for the project came from the teacher who contacted me with questions about giftedness for her own Persona Doll project

My lovely friend and prayer partner Judy Murcutt joined in the adventure with great enthusiasm from the beginning. She gave me foam balls for heads and metres of quilt filler material. She even sought information about making the dolls and brought me the frame for the doll which became Edward.
At each step she has happy to listen to my stream of thought ramblings and quick to pray about any concerns.

Another lovely friend and prayer partner Elizabeth Albiston has also been a great encouragement and given wise advice and practical assistance.

When I decided to create a full set of the 6 Neihart & Betts Revised Profiles of the Gifted and Talented I contacted Dr. Neihart and Dr Betts asking for permission to reference their work in this manner and received an encouraging note granting it.

I also asked for advice and opinions from several psychologist and education consultant friends.
Janette Phelan a psychologist with Uplift Centre Pty Ltd in Brisbane visited during the Summer holidays and had many suggestions for possible uses of the dolls for PD, counselling, play therapy as well as teaching empathy in early childhood education settings.
Janette warmed especially to Vince the At Risk Profile student and said there were some excellent programs for graffiti artists in Brisbane


On 3 Feb 2015 I wrote to Janette

Hi Janette

The Persona Doll project is going along well.
I have the clothes for the remaining 3 of the Betts and Neihart profiles but not the materials to make the forms yet.
Plus I now have Bearnice and the Memory Elephant.
I have set up a new blog specifically for the project at

One of the posts I will write will be about discussions/suggestions/advice/help I have received.
Would you be happy for me to include the discussion we had when you visited (especially in connection to Vince, the graffiti artist) with a contact link for you?

Kind regards, Jo

Janette replied

Happy for you to include the discussion and contact details!
And of course say I am in Brisbane.

If there’s any particular fabrics you’re looking for, let me know. 
I may have something suitable in my stash. 
Nothing came to mind when we were talking but you never know…
Good luck getting the timber!

Janette Phelan
Uplift Centre Pty Ltd   

And then there have been all the social media friends who have shared the excitement of the project especially the folk from the Creative Chaos Group on Facebook  founded by Lisa Lauffer of Artisan of Creative Miracles

Lisa Conrad of Gifted Parenting Support  and moderator of Twitter #gtchat   and Susanne Thomas of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and Building Wingspan blog were both very encouraging.
Dr Edith Johnston of How to in life was particularly helpful and we have enjoyed several discussions on Facebook.


This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September.
To read all about her challenge see



And Now Read On…

Now that I have posted the entries relating to Persona Dolls that I had written for Gifted Resources blog and Sprite’s Site blog the adventure can continue here.

Please keep reading

Photo Jo Freitag

Photo Jo Freitag


On February 4 Elizabeth Albiston called in to deliver a book and uttered the magic words “Sorry, I cannot stay for a cuppa. I have to go to Bunnings”

I had been trying to work out how I could go to Bunnings to purchase the materials to make the rest of the set of persona dolls and was so grateful to Elizabeth for the Divinely appointed excursion  and for the lovely lunch we shared!

The goodies from Bunnings  will be  ingredients for persona dolls Miranda the Successful, Vincent (Vince) the At Risk graffiti artist, Michaela the Creative and possibly Adam from Rural isolation and another version of Sprite the Twice Exceptional