Monday, April 23, 2012

The Wait Is Over

My copy of Art Doll Quarterly finally came today and I was able to see my "lil Birdee doll in print, in person, for the first time.  I am over the moon happy and cannot wipe the smile off of my face today.  My husband also had some great news today so we are treating ourselves to a night out to celebrate.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I Decided to Go With A Full Beard, Instead of a Goatee

What??  No, no, no!  Not for me, silly.  For my Bearded Lady doll.  Sheesh!

Our art doll group, ADA (Art Doll Artists), is sponsoring a Spring Challenge with the theme Vintage Circus / Sideshow.  I'm participating and chose to create a bearded lady.  I had sculpted a head more than a year ago that I intended to use for that very purpose so it was high time I got busy on bringing her to life.

I started with just a head.  I gave her some make-up and a mustache and a goatee.

 I wasn't feeling the goatee after staring at her for a few days so I went with a full beard instead.  Now I'm happier.  :)

I gave her a cloth body with movable arms.  Now I just have to sculpt some hands and feet for her.  Then I get to do all of the really fun stuff... wigging and costuming.  I'm really liking her so far.

In other news, I made another dress form.  Man, they are so fun to make.  If you click on the photos, you can see them larger.  This one is in shades of Yellow, Orange, Red and Cream.  It kind of has a Bohemian feel to it, I think.  I listed it in my Etsy Shop today.

Love, Love, Love!  If I do say so myself.  :)

If you were to create a doll in the Vintage Circus / Sideshow theme, which character would you choose?


Saturday, April 7, 2012

'Lil Birdee Returns Home

At the risk of embarrassing the person involved, I have to share something with all of you. Everyday, on FB and other social platforms, I see lots of negative stuff. This person wronged me and that person is a creep and this sucks and that ... etc etc etc. BUT, every once in awhile, something so amazingly positive happens and I think it should be screamed from the rooftops. This is one of those things...

Awhile back I posted about an awesome buyer being kind enough to offer to send back the 'Lil Birdee doll to me so that I could send it in to ADQ to be photographed for publishing. I was overwhelmed by her trust and her eager willingness to do whatever she could to help me. I asked many of you to stop by her FB page and send her some love and many of you did.  Thank you for that.

Yesterday, I received 'Lil Birdee back from ADQ and contacted Kate to let her know that he had arrived, safe and sound, and asked her for her mailing address so that I could get him in the mail, back to her, right away. I was not expecting, nor was I prepared for, the response I received......

"I am so happy for you that your art will be published. That must be an amazing feeling. It must have been just as special to have Lil Birdee back home safe and sound. I’d like for you to keep him. He is your first published piece, and should remain with you and your family forever. Please don’t argue with me. I really do insist. It was a thrill for me to have been his caretaker while fame was waiting for you both. And I will always be thankful to have had him for the time that I did. But, as they say, he spread his wings for a few years and flew back home where he belongs. Thank you Moriah for letting Lil Birdee warm my heart during his bi time adventures.

Hugs to you and a kiss for Lil Birdee, too.


I have agreed to keep him, but not without creating something special for her to take his place. I am overwhelmed and truly believe she must be an angel on Earth.

With so much negativity all around us and so many people trying to do us harm, Kathleen Stacey Sacco (Kate), has reminded me that there are a lot of really positive, good and loving people out there too. Kate is the best example I know.

Thank you, Kate, from the bottom of my heart! You have a forever friend in me and will always have a very special place in my heart. ♥

Go do something nice for someone today.  Just because you can.  Let Kate be your inspiration.  I know she'll be mine for quite some time.


Friday, April 6, 2012

Some New Designs

I'll be listing some new designs in the BLU MUDD Etsy store sometime Friday evening.  I'll also be adding some old favorites.  I can't seem to keep the Tree of Life pendants in stock so I'm listing a few more that I managed to get finished this week.

I apologize for the cruddy pictures.  I took them indoors, at 3 am... lol

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Bearded Lady... in the works

I've started working on another doll!  It's been forever since I've done any dollmaking and I'm really enjoying it.  Our doll group, Art Doll Artists, is having a Spring Challenge.  The theme is Vintage Sideshow / Circus.  For my doll, I chose to do a bearded lady.  I've only worked on her head at this point.  Tomorrow I'll stitch up her body and sculpt the breast plate, arms and legs.  I'm having so much fun working on this doll!

If you want to join in the fun, go here for more info:  (Click on the picture)

My bearded lady... so far....