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Friday, August 29, 2008

Ridiculous amount of work in progress

Dream Star dolls and a couple of Dream Dolls thrown in.
I have some with beading begun, some stuffed and ready to be beaded, some awaiting stuffing, and some waiting for their faces.

I am planning a couple of Dream Dolls in Asian quilting fabrics, with Kabuki faces.

I am really looking forward to making the witches with their little felt hats.

Next week I will be attending the Live and Learn Conference, leaving home Tuesday September 2nd. Any purchases made on Etsy on that week won't be mailed until I get home Monday September 8th. I hope that's OK.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dream Star dolls in progress

I'm working on a bunch of commissions and some seasonal dolls.

Here are a whole lot of painted faces - acrylic on muslin sealed with acrylic sealer. I had fun! The faces really come to life once the shine dot is put in the eye. Lots of different ethnicities and makeups.

Yes, I am planning some green faced witches for Halloween! The two faces on the left were painted by my nearly 9yo daughter as her contribution. Such personality.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dryad Bead Head begun

This doll head is using the lampwork glass eyes I bought at the bead show made by Ralph McCaskey.

This doll will be a dryad whose robe will be made of handmade and a few manufactured leaves.

You will notice the ridge running over the head between the ears. I have noticed a tendency for the headdress to want to slide backwards and I am expecting that this ridge will stop that from happening. It will not be visible in the final doll.

Stay tuned....

Magnificent kimono

My mother-in-law sent me a box of bits and pieces of vintage fabrics including a vintage silk kimono that had been cut down. Now it has been cut apart and washed and I am looking forward to making dolls from it. The lining is a lovely flesh tone silk, which is also good.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Recycled cotton reel pin cushions

Aren't they cute?

I'm tired of losing needles when I put them down, or having to push them into my clothes or the tablecloth because my regular pretty pincushion is too big to carry around when I am sewing or beading on the go.

I also seem to go through a lot of thread, especially since much of it is inherited from my mother's store and the reels are partly used. I just hate tossing so many empty reels.

Here's my really fast solution. A piece of felt, a circle of colorful fabric and a small wad of polyfil.

I have a feeling all my friends who sew are going to get one.

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Dolls and stuff for Sale on Etsy

As promised a bunch of new stuff is now at my Etsy shop for sale. Check out the Etsy mini to the right of the page for a preview.

Have fun shopping, and don't forget to check out some of my favorite Etsy shops if you are looking for other art dolls. There are some wonderful artists doing different stuff from mine there...

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Artisan Fair wrap up

Well, I finished my first artisan fair, and I would say that it was reasonably successful. I want to thank the organizers for getting it happening, and I hope New Directions was pleased with the results.Statistically, I did well with somewhere close to one quarter of the people who stopped and really looked at the stuff on my stall buying something - many of them being other vendors. My big seller was Wish Dolls, which are a nicely packaged, moderately priced item suitable for gifting. The turning point seemed to be when people had the chance to smell the wonderful Indian Musk essential oil in the pillows.
I sold a Dream Star Doll and a Pin Doll, and received a lot of positive feedback both about my two bead head dolls and the crochet plastic bags which everyone seemed agree were clever and cool. BUT no one wanted to spend the money to buy them.

My biggest disappointment of the day was the low turnout and the absence of affluent art lovers I had hoped would come by. Sadly it seemed that no-one on my extensive mailing list came along. On the other hand, it was nice to have a lot of positive validation from strangers who must have had genuinely objective opinions about my work, uncolored by any personal affection for me. People also liked my colorful stall.
Boy-oh-boy, what a salesperson my daughter turned out to be. She had a lengthy spiel about everything on the table, and everyone was most polite and listened to her tell them the whole thing! She was fearless and very cute in her genuine enthusiasm for all my goods.
James worked hard too, not just loading/unloading and erecting the EZ Up (which should really be called EZR Down), but in occupying Jayn when she became restive. He's my honey....

I'm expecting to have some further sales on Etsy, and will be putting a whole lot of stuff into my store tomorrow after I get some rest. As I predicted, there was very little sleep had over the last few days.

Final pictures of White Maiden

I had some fun making standers for my bead head dolls from dowels and pieces of driftwood.

Bead Head Granny story book

With a felt cover embellished with paper beads.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

If I just don't sleep...

.....I should have my White Maiden bead head doll ready by Saturday. It's going to be a few days of take out too, I'm suspecting.

At the moment she looks something like a mummy, but that will change (I hope!). to her body than the elderly Granny. Same 16 guage wire armature; this time I used a clamp to help hold the wire while I twisted and that saved a lot of ache in my hands. Polyfil batting and washed unbleached muslin. In Australia we call this unbleached calico.

Note the hands already prepared. I made a quick jig out of toothpicks and some styrofoam packaging material. Not the most sturdy jig, but it got the job done.

The beads around her face are a reclaimed wooden necklace. (Well the background is in focus, but you get the idea.)

This is roughly where we are headed with her:

Back to work...or I should say back to super Fun!! More later.

Monday, August 4, 2008


Well, other than her stander. I'm so very pleased with her. We will be taking some pro quality photos of her with her stander in the next few days.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Almost finished

I have added the obi made from some asian print quilting fabric and some found fabric, and put on some hanging charms.Her hair is made from combined yarns. Her headress is of cottons and ribbon. Her necklace includes a piece of turquoise.All that is left now are her accessories and more painting on her hands.