Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Marsha's Ornament Swap Reveal

Hello folks!  I know some of you have already seen the fantastic stocking and ornament that Nikki Rowe sent to me but this is the "offical" reveal post!  lol

Here are the fabulous goodies that Nikki sent to me... again.. :)

And.... Here is what I sent her...(I borrowed her photos as I forgot to take pictures of everything first).

A Halloween Doll Ornament with a Christmas Twist...

A Skelly Dunderhead Ornament...

and finally some charms and miniatures for Nikki to use in her fabulous miniature settings.

Thanks for a very fun ornament swap, Marsha and Nikki!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My New Toy

I have a HATE/HATE relationship with my sewing machine.  Because of this hatrid, the costuming process is the most dreaded part of the dollmaking process for me.  I hate having to use that thing.  The thread decides to just pop out of the needle when you start to sew.  It doesn't matter what tension it's set to.  Then when you can finally get it started it likes to jam up and laugh at you.  So, a 2 minute project turns into lots of cursing, lots of frustration and about 2 hours of my limited time.  Sigh...

I admit, I'm not a professional seamstress but come on!  I should at least be able to use a straight stitch and sew a straight line without wanting to throw my sewing machine on the floor and stomp on it!

So.... my husband surprised me with a brand spanking new machine yesterday and OMG, I think I'm in love.  Now you pro sewers out there with your fancy machines may look at mine and giggle about my excitement BUT, I am THRILLED with it!  I went from straight stitch and zigzag as my only options to 80 stitches and monograming too.  Holy cow! 

I had to read the manual just to know how to use it.  That should tell you just how very basic my other machine is.  I played on it for about an hour last night, Ewing and Ahing with each new stitch, it's the little things people!  :)  Anyway... I can honestly say that I'm now looking forward to the costuming process now that I don't have to scream and yell and threaten my machine with acts of violence.  :)

Here she is, my new best friend...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wednesday Addams Doll

I have been working on a Wednesday Addams doll!  I have also been working with polymer clay again and I must admit, I miss it.  I still have to sculpt and paint Wednesday's shoes before I can do the big reveal, but here is just a little peek...


Monday, November 15, 2010

Before and After

A little Mrs. Claus ornament... Before....

and After....

I can't say who it's for yet because they haven't received her but she'll be on her way to her new home today.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bodiless Heads and Eyeballs.. Some cute stuff too

HELLO!  My goodness it seems like its been forever since I blogged last.  I've been really busy with life and making of things so I have a good excuse. :)

I do have a bunch of pictures to show you though so I hope that will make up for my absence.

Let's start with some things I've been working on.  I've actually worked on more than I'm sharing today but some people haven't received their goodies yet so I have to hold back on sharing those items for a bit longer.

Okay, okay...

So, the first thing I made and finished are a TON of doll eyes!  Making eyes is so fun and very addicting!  No more buying doll eyes for me!  I want to use another method for making them but I have to buy a piece of equipment first but this method worked out great as well.

After making a bunch of eyes, I started sculpting two new dolls.  One in paperclay and one in polymer clay.  I must say, I forgot how much I like to use polymer clay for sculpting heads!  I've been working with paperclay for so long now that it was nice to use polymer again!  Both of these doll heads have eyes I made in them.  I have an idea where I'm going with these heads but I'm not going to commit to anything just yet.

I also have these three cuties in progress...  Just need their hair and hangers.

They're about 3 inches tall and sculpted in paperclay.  I made one of these for my friend Marina, one for a swap and now I have these 3 left.  I'll be keeping one of them for myself.

I'm also working on this little doll ornament for another swap.  She will be a Mrs. Claus type of doll when I'm finished with her.

and finally.... I sculpted 10 more Dunderheads for local sales.  These have been painted and are waiting for stain and hangers...

Whew!  Okay so that is everything (almost) that I have going at the moment work wise.

Now I want to share with you some things I have received as of late from swap partners and friends.

My dear friend, Marina and I have been putting little things aside for one another for awhile now.  A few fabric pieces here, some trims there, it's been a lot of fun seeing what the other has put together for us.  Recently, as you know from the previous post, Marina came to my home and I let her go wild with a pair of scissors and take whatever fabric and trims she wanted.  Well, this past weekend Marina and I met at the Art Harvest in Dunedin and she brought me a bag of goodies!  Lots of fabric scraps and some awesome trims.  I love the stripes! 

She also slipped me a cute little ATC that I feel in love with...

So cute!  Thanks Marina!

I also received a fabulous package in the mail the other day!  I had signed up for Marsha's Ornament Swap and was paired with the talented Nikki RoweNikki makes fabulous witch and wizard themed dollhouse miniatures and she put together this fabulous stocking and ornament just for me! 

The stocking is loaded with all sorts of goodies.  Little candies wrapped in foil, polymer clay candy canes and gingerbread men.  Little acorns and foliage.  I just love it!  The owl ornament sent me over the moon!  How she knew I love owls I don't know but THANK YOU!!!!  I love love love the ornament and the stocking!

And finally.... two swap packages from members of

First, Owl Dotee Swap... I received a cute little owl and a fabulous crocheted owl coffee sleeve!  I LOVE IT!

For the Cupcake Dotee swap I received this little cutie:

 I love the little frosting swirl!

Okay so now I'm getting off of this computer and getting my hands dirty in something... Tomorrow I'm off to the Dollhouse Miniature Show in Largo with Marina, her mother who is visiting from Italy and my daughters.  Sunday I'll be at the Christmas Under the Oaks Art and Craft fair in Clearwater.  Busy, busy..... 

More Later,