Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bunny Girl

I'm still here.  Working slowly, a bit too slowly.  Things are changing and I am getting ready for the changes.
This is Bunny Girl.  She is made with a Vintage Bonnet Head German doll head dug from the ruins of the doll factories in Germany.  I added a cloth body and molded hands and feet.

Isn't she sweet dressed in vintage lace.

Bunny girl measures about 6" tall.  The entire piece is 9.5"tall  x 6" wide.

She is riding a treasure of mine that has been repainted and a wood base was added.  She is ready to be adopted on e-bay this week.  
My seller name is lel2952.  She is listed along with a few of her friends.

I love working with these vintage doll heads that have been underground for so many years.  Each one speaks to me, asking to be made into a doll to be put back out there into the world for someone to cherish.  

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Little Red and Santa Girl

Here are my 2 newest creations, Little Red Riding Hood and Santa girl.  I had so much fun creating them both.

Little Red Riding Hood is made from a vintage German broken head doll dug from the factory ruins in Germany.  I gave her a body and papermache hands and feet. She is about 6" tall.

She and her doll are dressed in vintage linens and laces.  The cape is made from red flannel. Her doll is made from a vintage broken German frozen Charlotte dug from the factory ruins in Germany.

Little Red has it all under control for this visit, and has the wolf pulling her wagon.

She even is daring enough to go for a ride!
The piece measures 13" x 7"

Santa Girl
This piece came together as if by magic.  

Penny and her friend Baby Cupid are off on an adventure to surprise their friends.

Penny measures about 6" tall.

The piece measures 11" x 6".

Come check them out on e-bay. 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Lovely Bones Icicle

Have you read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold?  It was one of those books I didn't want to read yet I had to finish.   Not a favorite, yet it did make an impression.
If you did, remember the part about the icicle of death?  My house has one of those. It is HUGE.  HUGE!!!!!!  It is right where I park my car.  When this one comes down, I am afraid it will do some damage to whatever or whoever is in the way. 

There are a few wires going into my house, but my biggest fear is that it will hit ME as I get into my car. Today will be a bit warmer with rain, and either increase the size or it will fall off. 
I'll keep you updated.

Oh for those who didn't read this book, and want to know what I am talking about, this is it.
A little girl was murdered at the beginning of the story. The case was never solved even though the little girl could look down from heaven and see him.  In the end her killer was walking beside a building, and a huge icicle broke off at that very moment stabbing him and he died.  Then it melted away.  The perfect murder. The question was always did she have anything to do with this murder or was it a coincidence?

Penny enjoying the snow.

Gotta have a Penny photo as she is the only one loving this weather in my house.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sneak peek

Here is a sneak peek at what I am working on this week.  Can you guess what they might be?

This one is kind of easy.  Can you guess?  A wagon and  who is driving it?

What can this one be?  A cute reindeer, and a basket filled with toys.  It's not as easy as it looks.

This is my dog Penny, 9 months old.  She realized this morning that freedom from the yard is just one leap away.  We have so much snow, my fence is not doing it's job.  I just happened to be out there with my camera this morning as she made this discovery.

I can see I will never be able to let her out alone until the snow melts a bit more.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

2 Santas listed on e-bay

My 2 Santas from the last post have been listed on e-bay.  They are so adorable. Please come check them out!

The elves have decorated Santa's Rolls Royce with tinsel and a wreath, and he has decided to take it for a spin to deliver a few toys.  

Here is the link

For tonights delivery, Santa is taking his faithful donkey Francis.  

Here is the link for this fellow.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Santa and the act of giving

It's a whopping - 3.7 degrees here in Boston today. Yes I did say MINUS 3.7!!  Chilly!  That is not why I am talking about Santa.  I'm here to show you my latest creations.  Altho I do wish I had a warm Santa type coat to wear today.  

The Spirit of Santa is something that should be remembered all year round.  It is a good feeling to give to others.  This gift doesn't always have to be something you can hold in your hands.  Another type gift comes from the heart.   

Santa driving a Rolls Royce

In these cold winter days, when all the holidays are over, and life is kind of waiting for the next event, surprise someone and give a gift.  This can be a kind word to someone standing in line at the store, or help a neighbor, make cookies for someone. 

Santa is about 4.5" tall.

Call a friend you haven't spoken to in a long time, as sometimes we forget the joy of hearing someones voice and expressions rather than just reading an e-mail.  A true gift is giving something without expecting anything in return.  

The bunny is checking to be sure everything in is place,  Can he see there is a toy snowman trying to sneak out of the bag?
 Take some time today and try to give a gift of your heart.  Maybe your small act of kindness might change someone else's day.

Santa riding his faithful donkey to deliver gifts.

Santa has a beard made from sheep wool still on the hide.  His coat is trimmed in vintage mink.

Santa's backpack filled with gifts.  Included is a hand molded bunny and a vintage German head doll.

Santa is 7.5 " to the top of his hood.

Santas- These will be appearing on e-bay shortly.  They were both great fun to create.  I hope you like them.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Highly Prized

I'm involved with the Sketchbook Challenge and the theme for January is something that is Highly Prized.There are many things in my life that are important to me.  I really had no idea what I wanted to do or what medium best represented what I wanted to say.
A sneak peek!

 Friday, my friend Roberta invited me over to her house to create our sketches for the challenge.  Ok, I guess that solved the problem on what medium to use.  While remembering my sketchbook, I forgot all my pencils.  Luckily Roberta is willing to share.  I got to try her Derwent Water Soluble Sketching Pencils.  These are very cool pencils, as after sketching, I used a water brush to smudge the lines.  I feel it made my sketches complete.

I haven't sketched in a long time, but figured I'd do this and see what would happen.  I am a fast sketcher and a noisy one.  Usually when sketching, people look at me and wonder what I am doing with that pencil to create such a racket ( scratch scratch sketch scratch scratch scratch sketch scratch).  Now multiply that by 10 minutes worth of sketching!  You get the idea.

Here are the 2 sketches I made.  I must admit, they are both done from memory, fast and each took less than 10 minutes.   I also used a technique I learned from the book Creative Illustration Workshop by Katherine Dunn.  I love her work.  She is so whimsical and yet still to the point.

This is highly prized #1, walking my puppy Penny.  I really enjoy the times we are out in nature, in all sorts of weather.   On this adventure we were greeted by a cat in the tree, as we walked along our path.

Highly Prized #2.  Penny is a very affectionate puppy.  She loves to give kisses which brought to mind that she needed to open a kissing booth.  Altho now that I look at the sketch, Penny would probably want a dog cookie for payment more than 10 cents.

This exercise was a great experience as it reminded me how much I really love to sketch.  Also that I like to make up stories to go with sketch.  I hope to add more this month.