Sunday, July 24, 2011

Art Dolls Only Traveling Doll Project Round 4

Round four of the Art Dolls Only Traveling Doll Project arrived at my door.  I opened up the box and there was Nicole Johnson's doll staring back at me.  I LOVED THIS DOLL!  It was so hard for me not to hold her hostage... hee hee hee.

This is how Nicole's doll looked when she arrived:

I loved her just as she was but, I had to add something to her so I let her sit for a bit so that I could look at her and decide what she needed.  I noticed that everytime I looked at her all I could think of was an old English maid so that's what I decided to do with her.

I added an apron, a feather duster and a pair of earrings.  Here's what she looked like before I sent her of to Shauna:

One more round of working on dolls before we receive our dolls back!  Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Squishy Love

Mr. Swish (aka Squishy) LOVES my daughter's new bean bag chair!  I think he thinks we bought it JUST for him... LOL

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Pendants Fresh From The Kiln Today

I have been playing with different glazing techniques again.  Here's what the first batch turned out like:


To see close up pictures, please drop by the BLU MUDD Blog.  It's all new and shiny.  :)  If you would like to keep up with my ceramic work, I hope you'll consider following Blu Mudd as well.

Tomorrow the family and I are heading out early for a much needed day of relaxing.  We have a two hour drive first but after that we'll be spending the day letting all of our stress go while we float down river on a tube, enjoying the beauty and peace that nature provides.  I for one am sooooo ready for that!  

I've just whipped up a batch of Crock-Pot Cinna-Apples 'n Oats and put it in the crock pot so it'll be ready when we wake up in the morning.  

From the Hungry Girl Books:

PER SERVING (1 heaping cup): 249 calories, 4.5g fat, 320mg sodium, 52g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 26g sugars, 4.5g protein -- POINTS® value 5*

This sweet 'n satisfying dish is like the love child of gooey cinnamon apples and brown sugar oatmeal. It's perfect for breakfast, dessert, or snack time. Yay!!!

8 cups chopped Fuji apples (about 6 apples)
2 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed), divided
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup light vanilla soymilk
1/3 cup sugar-free pancake syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)

In a large bowl, mix apples with 1 tbsp. brown sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Stir to coat apples well. Transfer to the crock pot.

In the empty bowl, combine oats, soymilk, 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, syrup, and salt. (All remaining ingredients except butter.) Add 1 cup water and mix well.

Add oat mixture to the crock pot, and gently stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 7 hours.

Add butter and mix well. (Do NOT forget this step. Stick a Post-it to your timer if you have to!) Serve and enjoy!


So, off I go to try to grab some sleep.  I'm not an early riser but I will be tomorrow!  Have a fabulous day everyone!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ch-Ch-Changes.... AGAIN

Hello everyone!  Man it's been forever since I've posted any new work!  Unfortunately I'm not posting anything new today either.  I know... Boo...Hiss.  Sorry.  I've been busy working on pendants but haven't glaze fired any yet and I have to finish up Nicole's doll for the ADO TDP and my daughter had a bday and and and... lol, you know how it goes.

So why am I bugging you then, you ask?

I wanted to let all of you know that MLB Studios has changed to MLBetterly Art Dolls.  Nothing will be affected here but you may notice the new blog banner and new website logo.  You may also notice that when you type in the old web address that you are now redirected to  So, please make a note of it.  :)  Now I'm off to finish up Nicole's doll and tomorrow I start listing more stash on eBay again.  I hope all of you are enjoying your summer!