Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mitz is MISSING!

Mitz...Mitz....Wherefore art thou, Mitz?

Mitz was the winner of my OWOH giveaway. I tried using the email that she left on my site to contact her on more than one occasion, but it doesn't seem to be working! I tried logical variations on the email as well. No response.

So a little advice from my clever friends out in the Blogosphere would be appreciated greatly.

If she doesn't see this post and respond, how much longer should I wait prior to choosing another winner?

I would hate to have Ms. Mitz contact me at a later date if I have already sent my Mud Imp on to another home! How sad!

What to do? What to do?

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this matter!

Until next time, happy advice sharing!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WIPS and HIPS...Heads in Progress

Here are some HIPS...Heads In Progress.

These will be uber simple little dolls. Pressed and spun cotton, paint, and wool. That's it!

I think simplicity can be charming, don't you?
The two above look as if they have done something that they shouldn't have!

The two down here seem to be pondering what to do next.

These two are a secret right now. This is phase one. Hopefully they'll be done by the weekend!

Moving away from the heads only section of this post, here is a little box I threw together the other day.

I am not in love with how the script on the front of the box came out, but I do like the 3D effect of the bunny in front of the girl.

A real learning opportunity, for sure! The next one will be lovely, I'll bet! (I hope!)

Until next time, happy heads!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Working, working, working.

What a productive weekend! I base coated some dolls, made a glittered Easter box, finished two little pressed cotton gnomes, built up some semi sexy Burlesque style dolls for a challenge, cut out some images for decoupage, and drew up plans for my next needle felted pieces.


Can't wait to get a chance to photograph all these goodies tomorrow. Hopefully the light will be really good in the morning. If not, the photos will have to wait until after a playdate. Five year olds have to take precedence.

Otherwise, things have a way of getting broken!

Until next time, happy productivity!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Why Won't You Finish Us?

They just sit on the work table and wonder. It makes me feel sort of mean that I don't have an answer for them.

To say, "I'll finish you when I get around to it" sounds so callous. But, really, that is the answer. I just have not had any spare time this week.


I did a lot of different styles this time. I planned the one that is similar to a Queen Anne and the one on the far left. The remainder were done without sketches, just to see what would happen.

The blank faced ones will have painted features and will be a canvas for the finish that I am still trying to perfect.

Until next week, happy completion.


Monday, February 15, 2010

And the winner is....


I sent you an email and am looking forward to hearing from you soon! The Mud Imp can't wait to see his new home!

Thanks so much for your participation in the OWOH event.

Next year I am going to make a few things for the giveaway. Too much fun! I found a lot of new (to me) and wonderful blogs out there.

Until next time, happy winning!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cecily (and last chance for OWOH entries!)

Click on the link below to go directly to my One World One Heart giveaway, if you haven't already! You might win this little guy!

This is Cecily, my latest complete doll. She looks pretty, but since she is part of an experiment, she can't be sold.

I am working on a new finish for my dolls. Thus far, it is too unstable, so back to the drawing board!

It's good to have a goal.

Pushed back from Facebook a bit and turned off the computer during the day except to check on orders and lo and behold, I was able to meet my self imposed deadlines for the week so far!

Coincidence? I don't think so

Until next time, happy industriousness!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

New techniques make me giddy! Really, really giddy!

Don't you LOVE it when you finally get enough guts to try something that you have been thinking about FOREVER?

(Well, maybe not forever, but at least two years. Long enough, I'd say!)

Today was one of those, "Oh what the heck, just go for it" kind of days. The angel doll above, Florence, was a response to a mini challenge by ADO. I have been wanting to do paperclay over cloth for a long while, yet never seemed to get around to it. Needle felting, polymer, paperclay over my regular-type armatures always seemed to take precedence.

Well, I liked making ONE doll with paperclay over cloth, so I naturally figured TWO dolls would be twice as nice.
I am happy to say that I was right! Not only did I do another cloth/paperclay gal, but I also took it one step further and tried a new finishing technique. Since it isn't perfected yet, I won't share the details (I don't want to lead anyone down the wrong path! Pah!)
Rather, I'll just show you the preliminary results in a side by side comparison of the plain, rough finished paperclay angel (yes, I left her "rustic" on purpose...I like that look on occasion) to the second doll using the new finishing technique. Once I get the hair rooted and the clothing on doll #2, I'll be sure to show you the results. And once I perfect the new technique, I may even share that as well.

Time will tell.

Thanks so much for popping by. Don't forget to enter my giveaway for One World One Heart! You can win my Mud Imp and his little environment! Click here to be entered in the giveaway! Good luck!

Until next time, happy explorations!


Monday, February 1, 2010

More Clay on a FELT site?

Crazy, isn't it?

There has to be a truth in advertising issue here somewhere! "Felt musings" indeed!
The problem that plagues me is that I have many, many interests and I find that my life is SO much happier when I follow whatever the muse says to do at a certain point in time.

Blame it on the muse. Yep. That's what I'll do. Bossy little thing!

DO note, however, that even though Jack Sprat and his Wife here are polymer clay (full sculpt, mind you) over wire armatures with inset eyes, their clothing is needle felted and their hair is wool based. Hers is Tibetan lamb and his is wool roving that I made into flocking. I always hand apply the hair. This time it is not rooted, but was glued on section by section. Whew!

I'm debating over whether to give Jack Sprat a comb over. Something in me just feels that he'd be happier with one.

These two dolls were made for ADO's Mother Goose Challenge. I LOVE having a challenge to get myself mentally moving. It's very easy to get stuck in a rut.

In retrospect, I would probably have made Jack a little taller to add to the illusion of thiness.

Don't forget to join my giveaway for One World One Heart. Just click here for the link and when you get there, leave a comment! You might win my Mud Imp and his mushroom!

Thanks for popping in! Until next time, happy challenges!