Sunday, April 24, 2011

So much going on, here's some of it...

Hey there fabulous people!  Good grief it seems like forever since my last blog post.  I kept meaning to do a post but then I'd get busy doing something else and forget.  Anyway, I'm here now, forcing myself to sit down and focus to make this blog post happen.  It's going to be all over the place so hang in there with me.

So..... as many of you know, my mother came to stay with us for 10 days just recently.  It had been almost a year since we had seen her last and I was so glad that she was coming for a visit.  The best part was that she was coming when there wasn't a holiday and when the kids were in school during the day.  Usually when she comes its during Christmas and I'm so stressed trying to get everything done that I can't really relax enough to spend time with her.  Also, when the kids are around you can't get a word in edgewise because they're all about "Grandma!!!!" and vice versa.

This time, she came and we were able to just relax and spend some time together without the distraction of the children.  I took her to the artsy shops in Dunedin, the marina, the antique shops in Tarpon Springs, the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and the whole family spent a day at Fort De Soto Beach.  While she was here I worked on her dolls and made the clothing that she requested.  It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed our visit together.

 Fort De Soto
Fort De Soto

As you can imagine, for those 10 days no work got done and no creative stuff got done either outside of the making of her dolls.  So, even though I was VERY sad to see her return home, I was happy to get my hands dirty again.

I haven't formally announced this yet but we (my family) have started a new business!  Whoo hoo!  Don't you worry, MLB Studios isn't going anywhere.  The new business is called Blu Mudd and is the very beginning stages of production.  We will be making wearble ceramic art and we are working hard to build inventory at the moment.  Here's a photo of 1,400+ of the first round of pendants in their rough form.  These still need to be sanded, glazed and fired.

Our dining room is moonlighting as a pottery studio at the moment since it's now WAY too hot to work in the garage.  It's a pain in the butt cleaning off the table and then setting it back up again for meals but what are you gonna do?  :)

So, my days now are filled with pendants and my nights and weekends are devoted to dollmaking. 

Here's three new dolls in the making, well they're heads anyway.

I love sculpting in front of my computer while I watch shows on Hulu.  I haven't been watching much lately and my que has piled up!  There's like 30+ shows in there that I haven't watched.  EEPS!

Okay, what else?  I know there's a bunch more but my head is as scatterbrained as this post is at the moment.  Um..... hmmmm... OH YEAH!  I also revamped my daughters' room!  Finally!  Remember all of the whining and griping I did about having to paint walls and how I hate it and how I put it off over and over again??  Well, I got my act together and got it done before my mom got here for her visit.  I wasn't thinking when I started and didn't take before pictures but I'll dig through some old photos and see if I can find any from when we moved in... just a sec...

Hmmm... I only have this one was is from 3 years ago but I guess it'll do..

So this is before, kind of...

And these are after:

We have installed a full length mirror between their closet doors since these photos and I'm still working on their curtains.

In other news... I was recently notified by Jess of Little Dirt Lane that I had won a doll in her giveaway!  Yay me!  I'm so excited.  I haven't received her yet but she should be arriving any day.  Since I don't have her to take a picture of my own, I borrowed Jess' picture and hope she doesn't mind.

Isn't she adorable????
Also,  I was contacted by Rhonda of Raggedy Rhonda's about doing a swap.  My Folk Art Doll Workshop in exchange for a handmade doll.  I of course agreed and can't wait to see what Rhonda comes up with for me.  I'll post pictures as soon as I receive the doll.

I've been spending a lot of time with my dear friend Marina lately too.  It's so nice having friends that I have so much in common with.  I am so thankful that she lives close enough that we can get together often.  We are headed to her house again tomorrow for a day by the pool and of course some doll play.  The kids are very excited.  They think Marina is awesome (and so do I).

I have some ADO Traveling Doll Project wip news as well but I haven't taken any photos yet so that will have to wait until next time.  We have a storm rolling in here at the moment so I think I'll wrap this up now and enjoy the sound of the thunder.

More later!  What have you been up to lately?  I miss everyone.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mary Elizabeth and Annabelle New Works.

Do you remember this face?

After putting the crackle tutorial on my blog I received an email from my mother asking what I was planning to do with this head.  Translated= "Moriah, I want this doll!"  :)

So, I agreed to make this head into a doll for her as she was coming to visit us here in Florida soon. 
So, I got busy working on it, a little here and a little there.  Then I decided to make a second doll for her as well so I sculpted up another smaller head and gave it a body.

When my mom arrived in Florida, neither doll was finished.  Sigh... But I promised her that they would be done before she left.  She gave me input about what kind of dresses she wanted and which fabrics she wanted.  She also chose their hair color and styles. 

I had so much fun working on these dolls!  They're bigger than I usually make and a totally different style than I usually work in but I LOVE how they turned out and you will definately be seeing more of this style of doll from me in the future.

Without further ado, I present Mary Elizabeth and Annabelle!

Mary Elizabeth is a cloth doll with a paperclay head and stands 18 inches tall.
Annabelle is a cloth doll with a paperclay head and stands 13 inches tall.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

2011 ADO Traveling Doll Project Update

Lezlie's "Big Maggie" arrived at MLB Studios the first week of March.  It took awhile before I had the free time to work on her but I finally got busy and worked on her.  I'm still working on her journal page but it will be finished and Big Maggie will be on her way to her next stop with Shauna.

This is how Big Maggie looked when she arrived...  Didn't Lezlei do a fabulous job on Maggie's journal??  I just love it!

Maggie wandered around my studio for awhile, talking to other dollies that were unfinished like she is and looking at my supplies wondering what I would be using on her.

Finally I got some free time and got busy giving Big Maggie some hair and make-up!

I had so much fun working on this doll and wanted to keep going and give her legs and clothes too but that wouldn't be fair to the 4 other doll artists waiting to get their hands on Big Maggie.  Pout.  So, I had to force myself to stop and wrap her up so she could continue on her journey.  I'm still working on my page in her journal but she'll be ready to head to Shauna by the April 5th mail date.

Goodbye, Maggie.... I'll miss you!