Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Red(ish) Gnome Home

So I took a slight break from making matchbox dolls today and made a teeny tiny toadstool house instead. It's made of felt and is handsewn! Coming in at a tiny 1.25 inches tall, this is the smallest plushie I have made to date! It is stuffed as well. I think I'm in love... I just think it's the cutest! I hope you agree!

Eva Matchbox Doll

I have been so distracted the past two days... I start to work on something and then get distracted and go off on some tangent that has nothing to do with what I started out to do.

However, I wanted to share the progress I've made on Eva.. the sealer was still a bit wet in this photo and I haven't made the pulls yet, but here she is as of now..

Good night everyone!

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I finished number 2 in the series of Matchbox Dolls I'm working on but got sidetracked this evening and didn't get to make her matchbox! Darn! I got sucked into watching Polar Express, love that movie, with the hubby and the kids..

Anyway, here she is, introducing, Eva, #2..



Friday, November 28, 2008

Turkey Day Fun

Oh my goodness! My belly is FULL! We had soooo much food today! What a great day it was!

I started off the holiday by sculpting some more heads in paperclay for ornaments. These are all in various stages of completion, but I thought I'd share anyway...

After dinner and some chatting, we went back into the studio and I made another matchbox. This one is the first of a series that I have planned. Each will contain a tiny, miniature doll....

The first in the series is Brie.....

Brie is made of beads and wire and stands a tiny 1.75 inches tall. Her hair is made of crochet yarn and is pulled back and secured with a teal bow in the back. The matchbox is decorated in coordinating colors with her name tag included. The pulls are made of teal glass beads and clear Swarovski crystals. I think she's adorable and I almost kept her instead of putting her up for sale. I will be adding her to my shop tomorrow! Keep coming back to see the rest of the series as it unfolds!

I hope you too had a wonderful Turkay Day and aren't facing the number of dishes to wash that I am... :). Stay warm, more later...


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!

I hope that you and yours have a great day of good food and fun!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Down Time Doodling

I spent the day doing some research and then scanning several books that I'm considering making into mini readable books. After that I spent some time catching up on my blog reading. A trip to the grocery store to get everything we need for Turkey Day, which was everything except the turkey (procrastination at it's finest). That was exhausting. I absolutely hate to shop for groceries! I can shop for craft supplies all day long! I can go in and out of 50 thrift stores in one day, just don't ask me to grocery shop....ugh.... It was made even worse as 500 other procrastinators were there as well. I waited for 30 minutes at the deli counter alone! Bumping carts, lots of "excuse me" and "I'm sorry" being said. HATE IT!!!

Anyway, tomorrow I have a full plate and I was exhausted from my grocery trip so I sat down in front of the boob tube, wrapped up in a warm, soft blanket, and got out my sketch pad and colored pencils. It's been so long since I've indulged in this guilty little pleasure! Very relaxing too! Here's what came of my down time tonight..

Little Red Riding Hood in colored pencil.

The Way He Makes Me Feel in colored pencil.

In the Frosty Air in artist markers.

Ta Ta for now......

Monday, November 24, 2008

Smug Snowcone Ornie

Today I started AND finished an ornament! Whoo hoo! I also finished Frilly Girl's other slipper! Poor kid, one slipper just doesn't quite cut it. She's very happy to have her warm felt elf slippers to keep her little toes warm.

Anyway, here's the ornament....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Screwball Snowcone Ornament

No, you read it right... screwball, not snowball. This little guy is just a little off kilter. He is in fact a snowball but of the screwy variety, thus..... screwball... :)

One of many on the to do list.. This one is 7 inches tall, suitable for 6 foot or larger Christmas Trees. I will be making these ornies for 4-5 foot trees and even for 2-3 foot trees... Lots of work to do, better get back at it!

More later!



Screwball Snowcone Ornie in Progress

Okay so I was kinda good today! I sat down at my work station, got out all of my supplies and was really going to crank out some ornaments today. I started them, well it.........
Before I knew it the clock said 11pm and I only had one partially finished ornie to show for a whole day! Pooh! Oh well, there's always tomorrow. Anyway, here's the progress I made on the ornie today..

More tomorrow.....

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Itty Bitty Dotee Swap

I recently joined and tried to participate in a swap called Itty Bitty Dotee Doll swap but was denied as I am still a newbie and they don't know if I'll actually participate or as they call it "flake". However, I am happy to report that the moderator of said swap graciously invited me to do a private swap with her so that I could make and receive a Itty Bitty Dotee Doll. Thank you, Tiff! I was so excited to participate in this swap that I started and finished my Dotee doll for Tiff in 5 short hours. Such fun. I didn't know what a Dotee doll was until I joined this swap site! I went and searched the net to find out what the heck these dolls are and how I go about making one.... Turns out they are the creation of this woman -->
(click her name) Dorothy (Dot) Christian
and are the star of numerous swaps on I became facinated by these little dolls and the popularity they were gaining. I have to say I think I'm slightly addicted already! Anyway, the "typical" Dotee doll is 4-6 inches tall not including hanger and tail, but for this swap we were supposed to make her much smaller, a mini.. So without further ado, here is my creation which I will be mailing off to Tiff as soon as we exchange addresses..

Thanks again, Tiff... it was so much fun to make!!!

Well, back to the studio! So many things to make, so little time! Whew!
UPDATE: Here was Tiff's feedback>>> "LOVE HER!! Thanks so much for everything! She's great!"


Friday, November 21, 2008

Papercut Matchbox

Whoo hoo..... I'm just moving right along! The papercut Matchbox that I made for my aunt is finished. My daughter, Frilly Girl, said this one is her favorite so far...

Witch Matchbox Shrine

I finished up the witch matchbox today and will be putting it in my Etsy Shop later this evening. I am now working on finishing my aunt's piece, cutting out the image with an exacto blade! More later!

Matchboxes Galore!

After a bit of a creative block, I am back to feeling the creative juices pumping through my veins! I have quite a few projects in mind and have started some of them today. Here are 3 Matchboxes in various stages of completion.

This Pass the Pigs Matchbox is going to be a stocking stuffer for my wonderful husband. It just needs the handle embellishments.

This one will be a stocking stuffer for my Aunt who is flying down to spend Christmas with us. The outside is mostly done, still need to add handles and a few embellishments but the inside hasn't been started yet. I'm planning on doing a nice paper cut silhouette inside.

This one is a witch matchbox. I think I'll list this one in my Etsy shop when it's finished. I have the inside finished but have to do the case and embellishments. As you can see in the picture, the sealer was just added and hasn't even dried yet! :)

They have been keeping me busy tonight and I feel rejuvenated and ready to crank out some serious works! I have some ornies in mind too! Whoo hoo!

Check back for more progress!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Elf Slippers for Frilly Girl

My youngest daughter wants slippers for Christmas....

I finally found a pattern, well sort of.. It's a pattern for Elf Shoe Christmas ornaments! LOL! I figure if I enlarge the pattern to fit my daughter's feet, it should work!

Hours later now and after A LOT of resizing and printing, I finally got the right size pattern pieces and made an elf slipper. No, you didn't read that wrong, A elf slipper, singular. LOL. One lonely little elf slipper. I decided like a fool to hand sew the elf slippers, because, well, you know... I'm an idiot! Anyway, it took forever to handsew this singular elf slipper but I have to admit, I think it's pretty cute! Now I just have to make the other one.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blogging and Project Blocks

I spend an hour or more each day reading various blogs that I follow and can never seem to post to my own! Why is that? I have so many thoughts go through my head. Ideas, opinions, and the like. Why can't I seem to write them down here? I think I'm just still a noob. It doesn't occur to me to write down everything as of yet.

Anyway... I have come to a creative standstill in the past few days. It's not that I don't have anymore ideas, I have tons of them in fact. I just can't seem to get INSPIRED to create any of the ideas I have. I sit at my work table just staring at it's contents, almost beckoning them to speak to me. I am also handmaking a lot of the gifts for my family this year and the gift I have planned for my brother is making me a nervous wreck. I would share what it is but I don't want him to know... so.... ugh. It's so very awesome and if i t turns out even close to what I have in my head, it will be hard to part with it myself. I think I'm just putting too much pressure on myself. Do any of you have a creative "brain freeze" from time to time? How do you handle it?

Off to stare at my table and wait for the great Creative God to tell me what to do next.....

Mini Hugs,