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...
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!?
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.
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!
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!
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!