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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2015

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Hi all,

Well, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the Special day with your special someone.  Unfortunately, because of the impending snow storm, we never got out to celebrate as we’d planned. Today, we hope, we’ll be given another chance to enjoy a nice, quiet dinner for two!

Needless to say, the night didn’t go to waste as I continued working on my latest teacup: Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum…see above. This piece has been especially fun working on both faces at the same time…trying to make them look somewhat the same but not completely identical.  Alice and the White Rabbit are finished and when this piece is finished I will post them all! Until next time…

Happy Doll Making!

January 1, 2015

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Hi all,

Happy New Year!

This year, I am sooo looking forward to bringing creativity back into my life after trying to adjust to going back to work full time. We all work and, at some point, work has it’s challenges, but it is very important to find a leisure time outlet to help you get though the week. For me, that outlet is creating. In my last post, I shared pictures of my latest idea, “tea cup treasures.” I have been having a great deal of fun re-creating Alice and The White Rabbit to fit into the cups! Above shows the pink flamingo I’ve just finished that Alice will be holding and I’m happy with it.  Alice is finished as is the rabbit and once I’ve permanently placed them in their individual cups, I’ll share the finished results! Please check in again to see how they turn out! Until then…

Happy Doll Making!

 

 

 

Brewing Something New…

December 10, 2014

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Hi All,

While brewing a cup a of tea recently, an idea came to me.  I liked the idea of trying to create a doll and combining it with something functional as well as pretty. I already had a small collection of old tea cups and thought…pin cushion in tea cups! While this idea is not new…it is to me! I set out to see how I could work the kinks out of constructing them and get the look I had envisioned in my mind…I think I got it!

As usual, I never tire of my favorite children’s story’s for inspiration, in this case I chose Alice in Wonderland with so many wonderful characters to choose from. Above, I share the mid-stages of my Teacup Treasures © featuring the two central characters, my beloved Alice and the White Rabbit, of course. Please visit again as I finish these and add more to this limited collection I hope to show off at the Quinlan’s Art Doll and Teddy Bear Convention next spring!   Until next time…

Happy Doll Making!

 

 

 

Fall

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October 7, 2014

Hi All,  

      It’s been quite some time since my last post!!! I would love to say that I’ve been back-packing through Europe visiting all those fabulous places I’d always wanted to visit in my youth but the simple truth is…I’ve been working! That and the fact that I’ve already visited most of those fabulous places and no back-packing was involved…lol! In the past thirteen years, as a stay-at-home mom, I had been very lucky to have had all that chunk of time to indulge in my every doll making whim… I never took it for granted, instead I counted it as a blessing!!!  

     As a working mother, it is definitely much harder now finding the time to create, but it still brings me great joy when I do! I have been trying to create smaller items just to keep my creative juices flowing, things I can start and finish in a few hours, rather that working on one large project to be finished over time. I found that this has kept me satisfied and not longing for more time to create. Check out my “jewelry trinkets” above! Who knows, maybe all these will add up to a large group of trinkets I can sell at The Quinlan’s Teddy Bear and Doll Convention in the Spring…it’s never too soon to start thinking about that! Anyway, that’s all for now…                                       Happy Doll Making!

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Hi all,

I’m all geared up and ready to go the Philadelphia Artist Doll & Teddy Bear (http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/ ) show tomorrow! I’ll be joining many doll artist friends as well as collectors who will all be enjoying lectures, workshops, personal critiques, and wonderful food all in one place! Above is my new Red Riding Hood shadow box workshop on CD that I’ve been putting together the last few months. I’ll be selling it along with many of my dolls…both large and small…at my table, hope to see you there!

Happy Doll Making!

 

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!

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