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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Black and orange Wish Doll with musk fragrant sachet - $15.00

This poseable Wish Doll wears a black dress with orange sash and comes with a musk oil fragrant sachet pillow.

I was inspired by Guatemalan Worry Dolls to make these 3 inch tall flexible wire and bead dolls. I wrap the wire body with fabric remnants or ribbon, and use more to make the dress, sash and braid. I sew seed beads to the braid and sash. Each is slightly different, with different combinations ...

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Friday, April 27, 2012

My house smells wonderful...

...because I've been making Wish Dolls. Each one comes with a small fragrant pillow - either a lavender sachet or Indian musk blended with a touch of Orange blossom.

The lavender is easy. It's dried lavender flowers from Lavender Wind, a pesticide-free farm on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, that I sew into mesh pillows and then inserted with a minimum of stuffing into the Wish Doll double sided pillow. The great thing about lavender, aside from the aroma, is that to refresh the sachet, all you have to do is squeeze it.

The musk is a little different. I cut small squares of muslin or poplin and stuff them in a sealed jar with musk oils and orange blossom to absorb the oils. I wrap each piece in some poly batting and stuff the pillows.

When I say Indian Musk, I mean that literally. My mother-in-law traveled to India a lot in the 1960's and 70's and brought back oils, incenses, art work, and amazing fabrics.  She sent over a very mysterious, small dark bottle with her handwritten label. Only a few drops are needed of this very viscous oil to fill the whole house with exotic perfume. She also sent me another bottle of less thick musk (still vintage), that I blend in to stretch the precious Indian musk. The Orange Blossom is fresh and wonderful - just adds something to the blend.

This latest batch of Wish Dolls will be on my Etsy store as soon as I take the photos - just in time for Mother's Day. Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Distressed edges

Here's my simple technique for distressing the edges of photos or cut cardstock - any flexible surface that you want to break down.
I line up the edge of the photo along the edge of my bone folder,which has a gentle convex curve that works better than any flat surface I've tried.

Then I can file the edges, moving the file downward across the edge, with whatever file I have. I've used a glass nail file for some things, but pictured here is one of the Crafty Cat specialty craft abrasives. Easy-peasy - to be followed by the inking of your choice.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Rolled Rose with Best Glue Ever

I made a rolled rose using Best Glue Ever, and my Tweezer Bee tweezers.

First a quick sketch of a wacky oval spiral. I like roses that are a bit uneven and have a cabbage rose feel. Important tip: use double sided cardstock unless you want one side to be white.

I cut out the lines and inked the edges, dried the ink fast with my Perfect Crafting Pouch, then I wound the rose from the outside around my Embellie Gellie stick to relax the cardstock into a curve. I used my tweezers to grab and hold the wound paper, because they are sprung to stay closed. (I don't use them nearly as much as I used to since I have the EG to place small items, but I like the non-stick surface.)

A nice blob of BGE, and I carefully set the rose aside to let the glue dry a bit and get tacky, then I pushed the coil into the blob and held it in place for about 30 seconds. It gripped and held! Next the leaves - cut out, inked and split to allow them to be 3D. The tweezers held the fiddly little overlapping "legs" while they dried.

Once they legs were dry I used more BGE to stick them to the base of the flower. I also added a Dew Drop, placed inside the center of the rose with the Embellie Gellie.

I've almost finished my next collage canvas with a transparency, a tag and this rose. I'll post it shortly. You can see the last one on the Scraperfect blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Top 5 Questions People Ask Me About My Dolls

People at craft fairs like to pick up and examine my art dolls. They have questions, some serious and others odd.

1/ Do you do this all yourself?
Yes, although I usually use existing fabrics. I hand paint the faces, do the beading and make the charms and paper beads. My daughter helps me by choosing the yarn hair for some of them, but I stitch it on. They are also my own paper pattern.

2/ How long does it take to make one?
That's a good question, and in truth I haven't timed a single doll from start to finish. I usually work in batches up to a point. I paint a bunch of faces over a couple of hours which I later match to the doll bodies. I sew a bunch of doll bodies, then I sit and trim them and turn them, another several hours. Once the faces are on, I tend to like to stuff the bodies in a batch as well.

Then I start working on each as an individual, beading, dressing, embellishing and adding hair and charms. I've tried making charms beforehand, but I'm rarely as happy with that result as when I custom make the charms to the doll I'm currently finishing. This is the most time consuming part and I think I am going to say about four  to six hours because I do bead fast - although it is rarely in a single block of time, which makes it hard to estimate.

I know that I bead relatively fast because a long time ago I sat in room of seamstresses beading costumes for a musical play, and I finished more garments than all the other ladies. I hadn't realized until that moment that I could do that. It's a lot quicker now that I have the Embellie Gellie to help me.

3/ Are these for kids?
No. No, no. No.
Well... not for playing with.
A thoughtful and mature tween who knows to treat them as objets d'art might be alright.

But really the "No" more for the child's protection than the doll's. Small pieces you know, possibly sharpish bits. Nothing toxic of course, but not edible either - glass beads, wire.

Don't let the dog at it either.

4/ What's it for?
Well that is a big question. The simple answer is decorative use - to brighten a room, or start a conversation. Set them on a mantle, or shelf. Lots of people tell me they keep them by their computers. Decoration.

But really, isn't it deeper than that? Art is to make you consider and reconsider ideas - what is beauty? what is love? am I happy with my life?

Maybe they remind you of events, or the feelings around events. Maybe they hold your secret dreams in a sacred place for you. Maybe there is something about the face that recalls a loved one, or a lost love, or a childhood friend - so you smile when you see her near you. One lady calls her doll, her "totem". Maybe they inspire you to think of stories, just as children do when they play with their dolls. Inspiration.

My greatest hope for these dolls is that they are for spreading love and joy in the world.

5/ Are they voodoo dolls? 
(Thought bubble: Really? That is what you see when you look at these? Really? Oh and you are not the first person to ask this.)

See #4.

(*I'd love to see photos of any Iggy Jingles dolls in their home setting!)

Merci Beaucoup Hang Tags

Since I enjoy making tags, I decided to get some plain cut blanks ready to go. I was very happy with the shape of these once they arrived. I also had some pretty prim/folk art style hearts I hand cut from corrugated cardboard. Why do I like corrugated cardboard so?

Any hoo, I did some inking, some ageing, some stamping, some glueing, and this is the first set of sweet tags in powdery pastels and a nice rose pink, as a set. I also made more stamped "washi" style tape for the project. I enjoy stamping more and more, especially now I have a fine collection of Colorbox inks thanks to Amy at ScraPerfect.

They are on my Etsy, if you want to see more pictures.

I use tags a lot around the holidays instead of attaching cards to the wrapped items. How do you use tags most? For scrapbooking layouts (eg journalling), or on gifts?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Note or Greeting with "Hello" Stamped Bird - $3.00

A sweet little stamped bird on a swirly branch says "Hello". Layered stamps including fun text, lazer cut shapes and dimensional elements make this card very special. Fade resistant archival inks.
Size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches aligned horizontally.
Blank for your own greeting.
This card co-ordinates with a similar card aligned vertically - but these are all I will make in this particular d...

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Note or Greeting Card with Stamped Bird "Hello" - $3.00

A sweet little stamped bird on a branch, pretty cardstocks and dimensional elements make this hand made card unique. The text to the side is a double layer of roller stamps. Archival inks won't fade away.

Size: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches - aligned vertically.

Co-ordinates with a similar card aligned horizontally - and that is all there will be in this design.

Blank for your greeting; Envelope incl...

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