Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Summer Paradox

I have a strange concept of time during the summer months. On one hand the heat makes every day seem like an unending dose of sauna like oppression, but on the other hand I turn around and it's August already! How is that even possible? Timey wimey Paradox stuff indeed.

I've been busy making lots of commissions this summer and a few dolls for the shop as well. Here are some of the ones that have already gone to their new homes,




And here are a couple still in the shop...



Check out that tiny removable sweater on Miss Goldilocks! It was super fun to make!

And these two sweet girls are still waiting for their forever homes as well...

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Precious Burden

It's hot outside! This year we've seemed to go straight from unseasonably cold to sticky hot all in a few weeks...Strange! But the onset of Summer inevitably brings out in me a desire to make mermaids. This year I decided to do something a little different. It of course involved designing new patterns and new ways of doing things which made the process take considerably longer...BUT...the end result is everything I could have wanted. I give you a mother and baby mermaid which I've titled...

Precious Burden



I love everything about this set! And I've made them so they can be hung on the wall as the art piece they are. Isn't it wonderful when things turn out just the way you planned!?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Little Gnomelings are Here at Last


The gnomelings have made it into the shop after waiting many days for the sun to shine so I could take photos. Meet Piper and Gemma! They've been out enjoying the beautiful weather and I can tell you they had a wonderful time!



They are sweet and a bit mischievous girls; made completely from natural materials like wool, mohair, and cotton, and so very ready to go on adventures with a willing companion. These are child friendly dolls but, because of the little button on their collar, not for those under 3.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Spring Brings Out the Gnomelings

I've really been wanting to make some more Gnomelings lately, it's been several years since I've done any, but this time with more needlefelted faces. Here's a couple of the ones I made in the past...



and here are two heads I started on today. Still a ways to go and they look so odd before the skin goes on! Every feature has to be exaggerated in order to look normal when it's done...an interesting process and fun! 

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Miranda

Recently a new little fairy was born in the Nest. She 's definitely been an interesting character right from the very beginning. I had a specific idea about this new doll I was creating, but the doll had her own thoughts on the subject and made them very clear early in the process. First she told me her name is Miranda...



Miranda may be a very young fae but she already knows that when she grows up she wants to work in the court library, because she loves books more than just about anything! Their smell of ink and ages, the buttery softness of the old paper, the beautiful illustrations, and best of all, the wonderful adventures they take her in their pages. 



She's also a very opinionated little fairy; besides books she likes cats, rainy days, radishes, stargazing, and rose hip tea. She does not like combs, asparagus, wearing pants, or having to go to bed...though the court librarian has frequently found her curled up and napping among the stacks.



Despite her many opinions...or maybe because of them...Miranda is a sweet little fae and lights up any room she's in with her happy smile. She can be found in my shop and she will be happy to come live with you...especially if you have lots of books!





Monday, April 25, 2016

The Cult of Doll Almanac at Last!

About a year ago I published this picture of a WIP doll.

 At the time I couldn't say much because she was part of a project I was working on with a group of other doll artists but The Cult of Doll Almanac is now published and I can share the finished doll and her story at last!

Meet Murin, the Selkie's child.





Murin's full story is in The Almanac along with other gorgeous dolls and fabulous stories by some of my favorite dollmakers. It is such an honor to be included in this group! I do hope you go give it a look!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

That Moment...


I love that moment when the face is finished and the doll comes to life in my hands. Pure magic.