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Spring is here!

April 12, 2014

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Hi all,

Well,  I had planned to get a few projects finished before heading out to the Doll & Teddy Bear show (http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/) in Philadelphia on May 1st-2nd. I’m happy to say that I did finally finish my Ethiopian Queen…yay! Please check out more views of her on my website: http://www.a-lil-whimsy.com/doll-collections.html . All that was left to finish was the bird she holds in her hand. But trying to find the time to work on it was harder than I thought…lol! She’ll be taking the trip to Philly with me :) If you’ve never been to this show, I highly recommend it! It’s a great place to meet all your favorite doll & teddy bear artists, great food, workshops, lectures, you name it, they’ve got it! If you are going, please stop by my sales table and say “Hello!” I hope to see you there!

Happy Doll Making!

March 8th

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Hi All,

I’m so happy to see that it’s a nice warm, sunny day and thrilled that its Day-light savings tonight…all clocks move ahead! I am sooo looking forward to longer days…yay! I hope you’re all working on something inspiring that makes you happy. I am diligently working on my nymph (above) and am now wondering how to proceed with his body. Should it resemble a child’s body or make it more tree like? I definitely want him to be “rooted” to the ground as well as having branch-like “hands” but what about this body??? Decisions, decisions, decisions…I love the creative process! Until next time…

Happy Doll Making!

Winter Blues…

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February 27,

Hi All,

It seems to me that the polar vortex has overstayed her visit and it’s time for her to go back home!!! It is now 10 degrees outside as I write, which, I must admit, is a heat wave when compared to the -7 degrees we had just last week…ugh! I guess what I’m trying to say is that I am DONE with the snow and am ready for spring!

Seeing all these bare trees, though, have inspired me to create something different…a tree nymph! I’ve had this idea for a while: a small tree-like child holding, you guessed it…a bird!  I’m still not quite sure how to approach it but I’ve got a few ideas…take a look above.

Also,  I’m still working on my Nubian princess. She is pretty much done and now, I am finally working on the bird she will be holding…better late than never! I hope to have both dolls completely finished before I head out to The Doll & Teddy Bear Artist Convention  in Philadelphia May 1-3 (http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/).   I hope to see you there!  I also hope that you all are taking time to be creative during these cold days…who needs to frolic in the snow when there are doll to be creating…lol

Happy Doll Making!

For the latest issue of The Doll Club e-zine, visit:

http://www.a-lil-whimsy.com/dollmaking-techniques.html

Their Own Niche…

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Olivia’s school project in progress and the finished piece. Bottom right: Claudia’s finished school project with intricate details.

Hello all,

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a blessed and promising New Year! As always I am always trying to keep busy working on something…it keep me out of trouble…lol!

The new year begins with my girls off from school and the three of us gathered around the kitchen table working on our individual art projects. This reminds me that whenever I teach a workshop somewhere, someone will always ask me if my girls are artistic and if they enjoy making dolls? My girls are wonderful artists but, alas, they haven’t been bitten by the “doll” bug. Instead, they each, it seems, have found their own niche. My eldest, Olivia, is an amazing painter and can command the paintbrush on paper or canvas in the way I never could. Claudia, the youngest,  is wonderful in her own right and, these days,  she is exploring the use of pencils and pen. She received a “Tangles” art book for Christmas and is enjoying developing intricate patterns and details.

That is what I find so wonderful about being an artist, the ability to constantly evolve and experiment with new mediums; to open your eyes to new ideas and concepts. I hope that in this New Year you find new ways to be challenge your creativity and broaden your artistic talents!

The latest addition of The Doll Club is now available…I hope you’ll find it interesting reading : http://a-lil-whimsy.com/dollmaking-techniques.html

Also, if you have a minute, check out my Story Book Poppets: http://www.a-lil-whimsy.com/story-poppets.html

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Keeping Busy

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Hi all,

It’s been a while. I hope you’ve had an  enjoyable Thanksgiving and shared precious time with your loved ones. It’s almost hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner.  We are getting over the icy, wintry weather we had last bight.  My girls were hopeful that school would be closed today but the two hour delay was certainly better that nothing…lol!.

The latest addition of The Doll Club is completed and published. I hope you will find it interesting reading :) It will be uploaded and ready for sale on my website by the end of the week : http://a-lil-whimsy.com/dollmaking-techniques.html

Finally, I have been working on more Story Book Poppets the last few weeks. Creating characters from some of my favorite stories. I also worked very closely with my webmaster, Brenda Simon (www.BrendaSimon.com), to create a new look to showcase these on my website. I wanted a  book with a leather cover and virtual pages that turned… Brenda made my “dream” come true! If you have a moment, please check them out: http://a-lil-whimsy.com/story-poppets.html

Well, that’s all for now. Enjoy your Christmas shopping and be safe!  Happy Doll Making!

Something New!

November 7, 2013

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Hi All,

   A while ago, I made a few small dolls with jiggly legs which I posted about here on my blog. Each doll stood on a finial which I illustrated with a painted scene to accompany their story.  I loved making them and they quickly sold…I never even got to upload them on my website!

  This inspired to create a new line of dolls that I’m really excited about! I took the same idea but made a “bust” of each storybook character instead of a whole doll. Above is just a peek of two of the dolls…more on the way :) They will be uploaded on my website and I will be showing them at the Quinlan Teddy Bear and Doll Convention (http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/saturday.html ) in May.

Top left:  “Nyasha” from Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. Top right is the base depicting and African scene. Bottom left is “Alice” in progress. Bottom right is the base for Mary Lennox of The Secret Garden…also in progress.

Well, that’s all for now. Until the next post…

              Happy Doll making!

Shadow boxes…

October 8, 2013

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Well, my yearly Halloween contribution is finally finished! I am happy with the results.  You can see more pictures  of her and read her story tag at my website : http://www.a-lil-whimsy.com/boxes.html

October 4, 2013

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Hi there,

Just wanted to share an update on my “dead” child shown above. Her bunny is now finished and this Appaloosa pony has got to be the cutest thing I’ve ever made!!! Come back soon!

October 3, 2013

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Hi All,

I was very excited recently, when I was  contacted by the editor of Dolls House and Miniature scenes (a British publication) to ask if I wanted to contribute a project. I had been thinking about making a Red Riding Hood shadow box (seems I can scarcely get one project finished before I become obsessed with starting another one…lol!) and, now, I’m just adding the last minute details to it and the accompanying article I wrote for them due to be published sometime in the Spring.

I hadn’t made a shadow box in over two years and working on that one inspired me to create a few more. I just finished one, shown above, that was a lot of fun to make called “Starry, Starry Night” that has just been added to my website… you can see more pictures on my website  http://www.a-lil-whimsy.com/starry-shadow-box.html

it’s October and,  like last year, I suddenly felt like making a “dead” doll which, as you all know, is not my usual thing.  This “dead” doll will be a dead English child haunting her nursery…the piece will be called “a Haunting Spirit.”  But, unlike the doll a started last year…now stored away somewhere…I do expect to  finish this one…lol!   I am almost done with her and I’ve started making several toys that will fill her room… alas, toys she will never play with again…I love irony…lol!  Here’s my progress:

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This is a picture frame…almost finished…that will have her picture before she died.  A “stuffed” toy bunny she will be holding and a pull toy horse on wheels. Come back soon to see her finished!

Late breaking news: I have just discovered a replacement for my standard Caucasian flesh color! As I have shared before, I normally use: “Toffee” from Americana.  But recently I was introduced to “Golden Glow” from Clay Alley by a student who took my class…thanks Janis! It’s a lovely color…not quite as grey as “Toffee.” You can check out this and their other shades at: www.clayalley.com

Happy Doll Making!

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