Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Gift From A Dear Friend That Made Me Cry

Jennifer Tobicoe of Sassy Pack Rat Studios and I decided to swap dolls with one another.  Each of us were to make a doll for the other in the Fall/ Autumn theme.  Jennifer and I met online a few years back and have become really good friends since.  She's a very talented graphic artist as well as a very talented dollmaker.  Her attention to detail as well as her skills with felt are amazing!  To think that she didn't feel like an ARTIST until lately just makes me want to shake her.  ANYWAY.... lol

Today I received her package (even though I haven't finished her doll yet) and I can't wait to share what was inside with all of you.

Ta Da!!!!!

Isn't she awesome????

That cute little tam hat and all of the tiny little stitches on her little capelet and the same on her little messenger bag.  Oh and the little doll she's holding too.  How adorable is that?  I LOVE that Jen gave her striped leggings.  Does this chick know me or what?  AND the Ugg boots.  Absolutely amazing from head to toe.  I don't know of you can tell in the photo but her eyes and lips are stitches.  LOTS of stitches to make them.  LOVE THIS DOLL!

This little cutie is a smaller version of a pumpkin girl doll Jen had made a while back that I just adored.  I can't believe she remembered that and made a wee one just for me!

Can you believe how neatly all of these tiny little stitches were done?  Amazing!  This messenger bag is just too cute!

The front and back of her little capelet.  More tiny stitches and tiny little leaves.  Her attention to detail is very impressive.

I truly LOVE this little Tam hat!  So stinking cute!

Now here's the part that got the tears flowing.....

This little magazine was tucked inside the little messenger bag.  The cover is a scan of the cover of one of the magazines my work was published in this past year.  I thought, awwww, how cute!  Then I opened it and my eyes filled with tears.

Each page inside is a scanned page of every doll I've had published to date.  Jen knows how happy I was to finally get published and it touched my heart that she made this wee little nod at that accomplishment.  

That's my little Pink Elf holding a teddy bear and my 'Lil Birdee doll too....

AND my Wednesday and 'Lil Bugger dolls.  <3

Jen even threw in one of her adorable little felt owl ornaments for my tree.  We share a love for owls and I was so thrilled to have another handmade ornament to add to our "HANDMADE ONLY" tree. 

I have met so many wonderful people online.  I've made so many connections that I never would have been able to without the internet.  Jennifer is a friend I will have for life.  She's supportive and kind.  Generous and caring.  I'm truly blessed to have her in my life and I will cherish this doll forever.  Thank you so much, Jen.  You truly touched my heart!  Now I better get crackin' so I can finish yours! <3

Oh, and please, please, please check out Jen's Etsy Store and Jen's Blog too!

In case I'm not around again before Christmas, I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and I hope that the new year brings love, happiness and much success to you and your family.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sweet Snowman

Another doll maker and I are making and swapping and ornament which one another this year.  This is what I made for her... I think he turned out super sweet and I am hoping to make more like him for my Etsy Store.  Whatcha think?  Think she'll like him?

His head, hands and feet are sculpted in polymer clay.  His body is cloth and stuffed with with fiber fill.  His face was painted with acrylics and pastels then sealed and slightly aged.  He's 6.5 inches tall (9 inches tall with hanger).

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Win A Baby Zombie!

Want to win a baby zombie?  Head over to my Facebook page, click "LIKE" and then leave a comment on the post there with this picture....

This little cutie is sculpted in polymer clay with a knit hat and painted in acrylics.  He's a wee 2 inches tall!

I will draw a winner on November 1st so you better hurry!



Saturday, October 6, 2012

A New Dress Form Commission

I was recently contacted by the folks over at Origami Owl and asked to create a dress form in their theme colors (White, Aqua, and Coral/Melon).  They want to use it as a display piece in their upcoming shows.  Here's what I came up with:

I started with some white knit fabric.  I knew it would be too stretchy and not hold it's shape so I quilted it onto some cotton fabric before stitching together the body.  I used some coral colored thread for some contrast and add a subtle little detail.

Once I had the body stitched up, I added two paper flower "brooches" and then hand beaded a turquoise necklace as well.

Then I moved on to the skirt and cut up several different fabrics, ratted the edges and trimmed the bottoms into a very sloppy and loose point and attached them, layer by layer.  Then I created the "belt" from some sheer fabric with words on it and also added a little scarf to the neck using the same material to tie in with the belt.

Lastly, I gave the wood base a coat of white paint and then put a very light crackle coat over top.  Once dry I used diluted acrylics to grunge up the base a bit.  I did this same technique to the neck piece as well.

A shot of the back too.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I'm also working on a Pumpkin Dunderhead ornament for a friend, a Steampunk Gentleman Bust, and a witch doll for a swap.  Stay tuned!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Something Sweet For Halloween

Remember how I told you that I was going to make a doll inspired by this sweet little vintage Halloween postcard?  Well, I did it.  She's finally finished and I absolutely love her sweet little self.  To remind you, this is the post card I drew inspiration from:

Of course, making a doll to look exactly like the postcard would be boring so I created my own interpretation.  Mine has the same feel as the one in the postcard but is my own design.  

I so love this little doll!  She's available in my Etsy Shop:  MLB Studios

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Creative Juices Are Flowing and I'm Taking Full Advantage of It

I've been in serious create mode lately.  I'm actually working on 4 projects at once at the moment.  A few of them had been sitting around my studio for more than a year and the others are new ideas.  I love it when the creativity gods are smiling upon me and I get this fever to create.

I thought I'd show you 3 of the 4 creations I'm working on.  I'd show you all 4 but I don't have pictures of one of them and well, I'm too lazy to take any right now.  Hee hee.


The first project I'm working on is the doll inspired by this Vintage Halloween postcard:

She's getting there, slowly but surely.  I'm falling in love with her more and more after each new thing I add to her.  Here's where she's at right now...

Tomorrow I'll be giving her some sleeves and hair.

Next up is a project I started more than a year ago.  The Steampunk Gentleman bust... His head has been laying around way too long and was screaming at me for some attention.  I added his neck and chest plate, as well as the stand.  Then I gave him some hair.  I'm really excited about this piece.

The third WIP is for a swap.  I haven't participated in many swaps this year and I still don't know what possessed me to sign up for this one but I did, so....

The theme is Scarecrows or Pumpkins.  So, I'm making a Pumpkinhead Doll and adding a scarecrow ornament (store bought) in with her.  She's just a blank body and a head at the moment but I'm liking her so far....  I'm not so sure about the body but I wanted to do a primitive style doll but with a sculpted head.  I'm hoping I like it better once everything is painted and she's dressed...  Anyway, here's where she is right now...

The 4th project is for the ADA Halloween Ornament Swap.  I did the sculpting last night and let it dry. Tomorrow I'll add paint and hair.  I'll show that one when it's finished.  For now, I'm pooped and desperately need to lay this tired body down.  

What are you working on?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Step Right Up! Introducing the Beautiful Bearded Lady!

SHE IS FINALLY D O N E!!!!!!  I have to say this was the most frustrating doll I have worked on to date BUT, she is also my new favorite.  We've spent many hours together, this doll and I.  There's been moments of joy and moments of cursing and throwing of things.  :0)  In the end it was all worth it.  I am in love with her and it is going to be really hard for me to list her for sale.  Alas, I must making a living so I will do it, but I will not be happy to see her go.

I introduce, A FINISHED, Bearded Lady.....

Next in line, a doll inspired by a Vintage Halloween Postcard.  Stay tuned!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Bearded Lady Gets A Top Hat

Moving along.... slowly but surely.

Today the bearded lady got a top hat!  Hopefully tonight she'll get her boots and finally be finished!  This will be my third attempt at making her boots.  I think I can.... I think I can....

Friday, August 31, 2012

Miniature Skelly Doll So Stinking Cute... if i do say so myslf

I pressed on last night and finished my little Skelly doll.  I think I'm in love.

He's 4 inches tall (not including his hat).  I sculpted him in stoneware clay and fired him in a kiln.  I used acrylic paints for his features.  He is jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.  He sits perfectly on his own.

I have listed him on ebay and my etsy shop.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Moving Right Along... Some WIPs

I'm cranking right along here in the studio.  It is taking me a little longer than expected to complete my Bearded Lady Doll as my sewing machine decided to go caput on me.  Sigh... lots of cursing and hand stitching going on in here lately.  BUT, I have to say, I'm really loving how she's turning out.

I still need to make her boots and I'm considering giving her a top hat as well.  This is the time when I start looking a doll over and deciding what little details to throw in.  What do you think so far?

I'm also in the process of making a wee little Skelly doll that measures in at 4 inches tall.  He's jointed and can sit on his own perfectly.  He's a ceramic doll this time.  Made in stoneware clay and high fired. His joints are curing right now but tomorrow I hope to be able to paint him and add his accessories too.

Once I have these two finished, I have to finish up a Halloween Ornament for the ART DOLL ARTISTS Halloween Ornament Swap and I also have to finish another swap piece that's for a group on Facebook called Swap-it.  The theme for that one is Scarecrows and/or Pumpkins.  I have a great idea for it but don't know if I'll have time to pull it off.  We'll see.

The doll I will be creating after I finish all of the above will be inspired by this vintage Halloween postcard.  I wanted to create her last year but never got around to it.

There are so many projects I want to start and some I need to finish so stay tuned!  My creative mojo is in full swing and I plan to take full advantage of it.

What are you working on?


Friday, August 24, 2012

What Does Your Future Hold?

You know what's right around the corner right?  YES!  Halloween!  My absolute favorite time of the year.  Here in Florida we don't really get to see a bunch of trees changing color or breathe in crisp air at Halloween but I love it just the same.  Here it's still really warm and green in October.  Anyway.... I thought I'd help myself get in the spirit a bit early by making 2012's first Gypsy Table setting in 1:12 Dollhouse Miniature Scale.

I have to tell you, I'm pretty stinking proud of it and I am totally in love with the chairs!  Whatcha think?

If you're interested, you can find it in the Etsy shop or over on the right sidebar.