Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Green Witch

Here's a commission piece I finished last week. I love crows so this was fun to make...

It was good to make a larger doll again...I plan to do much more of that this year!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Slices of Winter

Recent episodes to the contrary, Winter here in the South is rarely made of snow and freezing cold. It's a quiet time of gray days, frequent rain, and subtle hues.

A time to rest and renew...and of course here at The Nest it's a time for furry friends to spend much of their time sleeping and stretching by a warm fire...or heat vent if no fire is handy...

Friday, January 14, 2011

All we need is...

Love ...of course! :) I've finally finished a few little dolls for Valentine's Day! What do you think?

A couple of heart pixies...

Some lavender babies...

and a sweet little pin doll... I love this shot of her.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

New dolls and a bit of Silliness

So let's start with the silliness...of course! I took a photo of all my girls hanging out in the den the other day and it wasn't until later that I realized there was an impostor in their midst...it reminded me of the game from Sesame Street, one of these things is not like the others...

I've started the year with a couple of toys in the shop. I don't make many of these teethers anymore but I had a commission for one so I made 2. They're so cute...

And I recently was given a black angora (already accidentally felted) sweater so I wanted to try making a little Waldorf bunny from it...I think it turned out quite well.

Next up a commissioned art doll and 2 headed rat, and then on to some valentine pixies. I also have some new pins in the works that I'm really excited about...so stay tuned!

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Brand New Year

A new year dawns; the holidays are over, the cookies eaten, the decorations put away, and it's time for new beginnings and maybe a bit of reflection on the year past. It was a year of ups and downs, as they usually are...a bit more in the way of downs so let's hope that the new one has a more positive tilt.

I didn't follow my last years resolutions very well...I did make some art just because I wanted to, but not as often as I would have liked. And though I did keep a list of books that I read, I left off many simply through forgetfulness. I did keep track of 64, and the ones I left off were probably forgettable anyway. It is nice to be able to go back and see the ones I really enjoyed. My favorites were; The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, The Hidden City by Michelle West, Just Kids by Patti Smith, Except the Queen by Jane Yolen & Midori Snyder, Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear, and Under Heaven by Guy Gaveriel Kay...2 memoirs, one historical novel, 3 fantasies, and I'm not sure what to call Under Heaven ...historical fantasy? It was marvelous though, I highly recommend it!
I see I didn't read much in the way of non fiction last year, something I should try to do more of in this one. I'll probably keep a list again, it was fun to see what I've read. I'm always looking for new things to read, what amazing books have you read that I should look for in the coming year?

I'm back in the studio today working on dolls in what seems like forever, it is good to be back! I'm going to try again this year to see if I can make more art... just because I want to. Maybe I'll be a little more successful?

And finally, thank you so much to all my readers for following along on my blog journey. Your comments are always so appreciated, they make me feel so connected and even inspired...please keep them coming!

Happy New Year!!