Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Birthday and Projects

Hello peeps!  It seems like forever since I did a blog post.  I've been so occupied with other things that I just haven't gotten over here to say hello.  What have I been occupied with?  LOTS!

We just celebrated my birthday on March 7th and I had a fabulous day!  I did some primping of course.  Nails, hair, shopping, etc.  I spent the whole day with my favorite people and fell into bed that night.  :)

A few weeks before my birthday my husband and I were at Wal-Mart looking for a gift for my youngest daughter because she made the Honor Roll.  Yay Jada!  While we were looking around we saw that they had Monster High Dolls back in stock so we got the Draculaura one for Jada and I couldn't help but get the Frankie Stein one for myself.. lol.  Well, after coming back home and looking at mine and Jada's I announced to my husband that I had to have them all!  I guess he listened because for my birthday he gave me all the ones I had decided I wanted!  By George he does listen when I speak!!  lol

So, now I have a whole row of Monster High Dolls lined up on the top of my computer desk and I have to admit, they make me happy!

I don't usually like "toy" or mass produced dolls but I love these! 

Speaking of mass produced dolls, while I was out with my daughters one day I saw some tiny dolls called lala loopsies and I thought they were so cute!  The girls talked me into buying them each two and I of course had to get some too!  Grief!  However, when I got home, I got out the paints and repainted mine to look a little more goth instead.  lala loopsies are cute but they're kind of "bubblegum" so I had to change that!

Okay, so you remember the post I did where I shared with you a link to Terri's Blog and her fabulous Fearie School Tutorial, right?  Well, I was so inspired by her videos that I just had to make one for myself!  It's nearly finished now, I have just a few more things to add to the inside and then I have to make the faeries.  I was going to wait until it was finished to share but I figured what the heck, so here's where I'm at with it so far...

I made the furniture from wood pieces I had around the studio and gathered up a bunch of miniature items I had laying around and added those too.  The faeries I'm making for my school are going to be in clay instead of digital images.  I want to add a little set of shelves on the left hand side to hold some scrolls and then I'm going to add coat hooks on the right and put jackets and backpacks hanging there.  I've had to put this on hold for a bit while I work on some things that I'm making for my mom when she comes to visit in April so I don't know when it will be finished but I'll post the finished photo when it is.  Have you started working on your Faerie Schools?  Better get busy!  My daughters have started making theirs!

I also started gluing together the tiny dollhouse I bought and assembled from Michael's months and months ago.  I glued all of the pieces together and started painting it.  The outside is painted but not the inside yet.  Why oh why didn't I paint first and then glue???  ARGHHH!  Oh well.  Anyway, here's where the dollhouse is at the moment...

I'm going to crackle all of the cream colored areas.  I think it's so stinking cute!  It's about 1:24 scale or 1/4" scale but I don't think it's exact.  I have another one too, it's a goth kind of mansion looking one but I haven't even opened the package on that one yet.

Moving on......

Another project I'm working on is for the Art Dolls Only Traveling Doll Project.  I will be working on 5 different dolls during the next 6 months and I'm having a blast with this!  I received Lezlei's Doll recently and she is the first doll that I'll work on.  Her name is Big Maggie and I'm in the process of adding a little somethin' somethin' to her now but I don't have pics to share just yet.  I can however, show you a pic of her arrival here at MLB Studios...

I'll do up a separate post to show you what I've done to add to Maggie later.

Another thing I have been working on is putting up shelves in my studio for my fabric.  I used to keep the fabric in a 2 door closet but I really wanted it above my sewing station and where I could really see what I have so I can find things easier.  So, I went to Lowe's and bought some cheap pine planks and had them cut to the size I needed.  I put them on the wall with the standard shelving assembly.  It's really raw and I may paint them later but for now they're serving me well!

Now all of my fabric, lace and trims are right there above my sewing station.  Love it!

Lastly.... I am happy to announce that my fabulous husband picked up a BRAND NEW Paragon Set N Fire 24" kiln from a local auction house for me!  Whoo hoo!  I LOVE ceramics and haven't been able to do it for years and years because I haven't had a kiln.  Joel was able to almost steal this kiln.  We looked online to see what they sell for and found prices ranging from $2,000 down to $1,200.  Joel won this kiln for $310!  AWESOME!!!!  I do so love the auction.

It's a high fire kiln (to cone 8) and has never been fired.  I think I'm in love.  :)
Joel and I went in search of a ceramics supplier in the area and after going to two laughable "suppliers", we ended up in St. Petersburg, FL at Highwater Clays.  Awesome place!!!  They have everything we could possibly want or need and were extremely friendly and helpful.  Their prices are fabulous too!  I'm not a fan of driving all the way to St. Pete but I'm more than willing to make the trip to go to this place.  If you're in the Tampa Bay area and need ceramic supplies, you should definitely check them out.

We picked up the kiln shelves that we need, some kiln wash and two different types of clay while we were there yesterday.  We'll be heading back again this weekend to pick up kiln posts, cones, and a few glazes.  So... don't be surprised if you start seeing some ceramic items coming from the studio in the next few months.

For now I am focusing on finishing the redo of my daughters' room and painting the guest bath before my mother arrives for her visit in April.  I also have to finish a doll for her and a secret gift as well.  So, I better get busy!  Thanks so much for stopping by!



sassypackrat said...

Could you be any busier?! WoW! I love dropping in to see all the wonderfuls you have going on! I love the Monster High Dolls too but don't have any ;0(
Your Faerie school is amazing! can't wait to see the dolls you make for it.
I'm following along with the Traveling Art Dolls again this year and so excited to see what each team does. Wondering how you will add your style to the one you just received.
Honestly you have the best husband ever! You're a lucky girl!

Michele Lynch Art said...

First off a belated Happy Birthday!!! Sounds like it was a wonderful one!! Oh my, you are one busy lady!! You have so many things going on it made my head spin LOL!! Wooo Hooo on that kiln!! That was a steal!! Love love your fairy school!! It's adorable!! Can't wait to see what you'll add to Maggie :o) xo Michele

Victoria Sayer said...

Oh I think I need a cup of tea and a little rest, after reading of your fully crammed creative time! Wonderful!!!!
Love your kiln♥
I have two gas fired kilns sitting in my shed. I was once ok with using them, but nowadays I have developed a fear(comes with growing older...and maybe wiser?) of gas(explosion) and they have both been sitting there unused for the past 16 years. Bit sad really...
Anyway. I am looking forward to what you conjure up with yours.