Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How do you work?

Do you start one project and carry it through to the end before beginning your next or do you have several things on the burner at once? I feel like I'm all over the place at the moment with a ton of different projects going on. I think I'll have to cull them back by focusing on finishing the ones I've already started and just journal my new ideas instead of jumping into the next project with both feet. What works for you?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Frog Prince- work in progress

My first attempt with clay is moving along. It will be the young girl holding the Frog Prince in her hands. As you can see I still have a long way to go. More paint for the girl's face especially around the eyelids. She has a fairly strong blush which isn't showing up in my crappy pictures. A few more touch ups for Mr. Frog as well before I start crafting the girl's dress. I think I'll call it Amphibian Smooches.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


I pulled out Elaine today for the first time in a while. She is an older doll who never came out quite right. I'm thinking about reworking her. Maybe changing the bodice up a bit. Hmm I'll have to keep considering what about her doesn't seem right.

And on a more fun note, here is my tailless iguana, the adorable Ms. Andre, checking things out from the table where I take my photos.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Getting an online business up and running...

is a lot of work! I'm glad I'm expanding beyond local stores and craft fairs but trying to master etsy, ebay and twitter all in one go is tough. I've been lucky enough to find that the online crafter and artisan community is incredibly helpful to all newcomers. I've also found an incredible amount of inspiration from their work. I've been playing around with clay lately (previously I worked only in cloth) after seeing some great work on blogs like BoneHead Studios. Unfortunately my results thus far would be described by Amy March as "mud pies." I'll have to keep trying. Its not a forgiving medium but some of the finished products I've seen have been breathtaking.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Huzzah! Little Red Riding Hood

Finally, a new doll! My two previous entries were older dolls and didn't really reflect my more recent creations so I'm happy to present Little Red Riding Hood or Red for short. Red started out as Snow White but I felt the plaid of her dress and the painted boots were a little too rough and rugged for the pretty, pretty princess Snow White. Instead it seemed the perfect outfit for tramping through the woods to Grandma's house. For another take on classic fairytale characters including Red and Snow White visit The Cart Before the Horse blog. I am awed by their fantastic creations. Current work in progress: A lovely young school girl with a big secret she'd love to share with you.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


I am trying to experiment with my camera at the moment. The Hubs broke the lens on a business trip and we've just had it repaired but I don't feel it's quite the same as it was. Colors are not quite accurate and its having a tough time with lighting. Natural light is working best ut I'm still losing some details. Lydia has little pink cheeks that are lost as well as her pink lips. Maybe on a cloudy day I'll be able to achieve the best pictures. The problem is Fort Lauderdale is not known for its cloudy days. I've been aching to try taking more pictures but its 83 degrees and intense sunshine for the past several days. Lydia is an older style, my more recent dolls have all had painted faces which is especially difficult to photograph in detail. Well, try and try again!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Myrtle and Chester

Myrtle was the first doll I ever made and as such I think she is a good ambassador for my first foray into cyberspace. When I look at her I can see where I have made advances and I certainly don't stick exclusively to prims anymore but I think she and her favorite feline, Chester, will always have a place in my heart.

Myrtle's body is 100% cotton muslin. Her face is painted white with pink cheeks and lips, wood button eyes and a stitched mouth. Her arms are wired so they can be posed. Her dress is 100% cotton home spun plaid with a starched, unbleached muslin apron. Chester is 100% cotton polka dot material with an aged bell. Myrtle's hair is felted wool styled into pigtails.

Eventually I would like to see Myrtle and Chester in a happy home. I have never offered them for sale because I feel their sentimental appeal to me makes up for some imperfections in the stitching from my inexperience at the time. Perhaps once Sugar Donkey sets up an Etsy shop I will list her. I would hate to see her go on ebay.

Am I the only crazy one who gets attached to their creations? Even the older, less than perfect examples?