Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tiny and Then More Tiny

There is something in me that loves tiny. I'm not sure what exactly in my history leads me to be drawn to the minuscule but it never fails to attract me. I have a collection of tiny German paper mache animals that I just love, I also have a thing for teeny little tea sets, and then of course there are dolls. I have always loved dollhouse sized dolls and I'm pretty sure that's why I love to make them ...duh right? But also, every time I design a new doll , I get it finished and start thinking of ways I can make it smaller. And that's what I've done with my gnomeling dolls. So let me introduce you to my newest creation...a tiny Gnomeling...a Gnomelette!

And here's the Gnomelette with a Gnomeling for comparison...

You can find the new doll in my shop ... more soon!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Vacation State of Mind...

There were no blog posts from the Nest last week because I was away on Vacation! This is a practically unheard of occurrence for me, we rarely go away for more then a weekend, but this was an entire week away without TV, internet, offspring, or even pets! My husband and I went to a lovely cabin in the beautiful mountains of Floyd, VA and had a wonderful relaxing time. So today I thought I'd share a few photos...
Of course there were fabulous views...

I have never seen so many butterflies!

And Blackberries everywhere! We brought home a bunch...jam making will commence...

If you see a magical path through the woods, of course you should see where it goes!

It may lead to a quiet spot for resting.

And with all that free time, I even finished my sock!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Alice at Last!

Today is reveal day for the 2nd Annual ADO blog event...Hurray! The challenge this year was to make a character from "Alice in Wonderland" and if you are a regular reader of my blog, you know what an Alice fan I am! This was a challenge I couldn't refuse. I did reveal a few WIP pictures of my Alice in earlier posts here and here , but now it's time to see the complete finished product... so Viola!

My Alice has cloth skin over cloth and wire armature, painted shoes, Lots of pintucks in her clothes, and mohair curls. Chessie is made from a felted sweater and has an embroidered face.
So what do you think?
This Alice has been sold, but I'm planning a dark version later this month so keep watching to see how she progresses. I also have plans for a White Queen, but for the moment she's still "percolating" in my head.

On July 9th you can click this link and find a list of participants in the blog challenge. Go take a peek at some of their wonderful'll be amazed at what you find...just don't fall down a rabbit hole!

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Bit of This and Some of That

I had several dolls languishing in the shop that I decided needed new photos so with the lovely weather we had yesterday I got to work. First I took a few bunny shots and I thought this one was especially cute...note the "what's up?" look...

I also finally added this little crocheted bunny sweater to the I want to design some knitted ones...if I ever finish my socks! :P

Then some nice pictures of a tiny purple pixie. These are so much better at showing off her pretty dress...

And lastly a few of Calida with some funny props.

Then, with chili peppers on my mind, I went and made a treasury in honor of my husband and boys, who never sit down to a meal...even breakfast...without an assortment of hot sauces. Go take a peek and see what you think!