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Saturday, October 30, 2010

OMG OMG OMG OMG

So, some of you know and some don't but Marina Lenzino and I decided to make each other a doll. 

Marina is a dear friend of mine who lives about 25 minutes south of me and we have been getting together fairly often over the last month or so.  She's a very talented doll maker ( check out her work on her blog) and she also designs and sells artist stamps through her stamp company called Cherry Pie Art Stamps.

Anyway, we started discussing making a doll for one another and started discussing what the other would like to receive.  I requested a Wednesday Addams doll and Marina said anything Halloween. 

WELL.... Marina got busy right away and this past Wednesday she came to my home and brought Wednesday Addams with her.  How appropriate, right?  I got my Wednesday on Wednesday! :)

I had seen pictures of her a few days before I got her but man oh man am I in love now that I can hold her in my own hands..  She's just so cute!  She stands about 8.5 inches tall and her arms are posable and she carries the cutest tiny little doll.  I just love her!  Here's a pic:

Swoon...


Ok, ok.... so last night I finally finished the doll I made for Marina, a little witch named Tessa.  She's about 8 inches tall without her hat and I sculpted her in paperclay.  All of her joints are moveable.  I even made a sweet little coffin box to present her in.  Oh... and her hat and feather boa are removable. 

Without further ado, I introduce to you, Tessa!

                                                                        With Boa on
                                                                   Without the boa on


MArina has only seen pictures of her as of yet.  This little witchy is still with me for now.  I'll be giving her to Marina when we get together for a local doll show next weekend.  I hope she loves this doll as much as I do.

I've been up to so much lately and I still have so much to do.  I'd show you but most of it is for other swaps where the people haven't received their stuff yet and I don't want to spoil the surprise so, I'm afraid this is all I can show you for now.  I'm in crazy busy mode trying to get a million things done for the holiday season so I don't know how much I'll be able to blog but I'll try to pop in when I can.

Have a spooktacular Halloween!  I'll be out trick or treating with the kidlets tomorrow myself.

Hugs,
Moriah

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Why Do I Do This To Myself Every Year??

I really need someone standing near by at all hours of the day and night to constantly remind me of the fact that I only have two hands and 24 hours in a day!  Why oh why do I do this to myself?  Just have a look at this To-Do list of mine!

1.  Make 25 more Dunderheads by Dec 1st  DONE
2. Make an Owl Dotee Doll for a Swap by Nov 1st  DONE
3. Make a Christmas Ornament for Marsha's Ornament Swap by Nov 1st DONE
4.  Make a Christmas Ornament for Knot By Granma's Ornament Swap by Nov 1st  DONE
5. Make a Doll Christmas Ornament for ADO's Ornament Swap by Nov 1st  DONE
6.  Make a Christmas Ornament for the swap I'm hosting on Swap-bot by Nov 30th  DONE
7.  Make at least one (but more like 5-10) Goth Ornaments for Thimbleprims Studio Swap by Dec 1st - DONE
8.  Make a Holiday Themed doll for Zan Asha's Doll Swap by Dec 5th
9. Make a doll for Marina for our private swap by Dec 25thDONE
10.  Work on Steampunk Doll
11.  Shop for kids for xmas DONE
12.  Work the flea market every weekend the month of Dec.

I have lost my mind!  I have no doubt I'll get it all done but why do I always pack on so many obligations during the busiest time of the year?  Tsk Tsk...

Anyway... I'm going to start tackling this list....... TOMORROW!  lol

Tonight I'm curling up on the couch and watching a few spooky movies.

What does your To-Do list look like?  Do I have some crazy friends too?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Go Large!

I'm working on a new project that's a little outside of my norm.  Most people who follow my work know me for tiny dolls and tiny things for dolls.  Those who know my folk art side know me for cute and sweet.  However, there's a whole other side to me.  The steampunk, grunge, funky side that I rarely get to play with.  Why not you ask?  Well.... I don't know.  Why do I stay away from a part of my creativity that brings me a lot of joy?  I may not have an answer to that but I do have a solution!  I decided to play and make something MUCH bigger than I usually do.  A steampunk character in fact.

Most dolls I make can fit in my hand.  This doll's head is the only thing that will fit in my hand this time!


This is where I am with him now.  Just needs a little hair and then I'm going to start building his armature.  I'm not sure yet, but this just may end up being the Steampunk doll that I promised my husband last December!  We'll see how it goes before I decide for sure. 

I know I'm really bad at showing WIPs and then never posting a finished piece but I promise to take you along for this journey.  It's so nice to be able to create without deadlines... where you can just take your time and really think through the whole process.  More to come....

Moriah

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Dunderheads!

I listed some new Dunderhead Ornaments in the Etsy Shop today..... A few Halloween Dunderheads as well..








Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gretta...... Another New Doll!

I decided I didn't quite like the grey on the lips of Hannah, so I changed her and lined her eyes as well.  Then I finished up Gretta! 



Gretta is a little bigger than Hannah, by about an inch and is jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. 






Now I'm off to bed!  It's 4am and I'm exhausted!  I just couldn't stop until these two little cuties were finished.... YAWN...... okay, okay, off to bed.... tomorrow's another day!

Hannah..... A New Doll!






This wee little doll was so fun to make!!  Now I'm off to finish a few more... HAPPY OCTOBER!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Butterfly Project.... Our Contributions




The Butterfly

The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.

Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing

against a white stone....
 
Such, such a yellow

Is carried lightly ’way up high.

It went away I’m sure

because it wished

to kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here,

Penned up inside this ghetto.

But I have found what I love here.

The dandelions call to me

And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.

Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.


Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942


Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.

Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.

Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.


1,500,000 children died. 
In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is
 collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. 

My kids and I wanted to help.



Mixed Media Butterfly by Moriah

Fabric, book pages, tissue paper, watercolors, acrylics, inks, stamps, collage, stitching, rub ons, and paperclay heart embellishment on watercolor paper.






 Colored Pencil on Watercolor Paper by Jesse; age 15

 Colored Pencil, Crayon and Marker on Watercolor Paper by Jenna; age 11


Colored Pencil and Crayon on Watercolor Paper by Jenna; age 11



Colored Pencil, Marker, Crayon, and Gel Pen on Watercolor Paper by Jada; age 8


If you and your family would like to participate, please CLICK HERE for more information.
I encourage you to contact your child's school about participation as well.

Hugs,
Moriah