Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The next in line!

Yes, it is time to get back to work again! And you are all invited to come and see what is going on inside the studio.

This time around on the dollmaker's bench is a 10" Santa Claus. Atleast, I'm hoping my measurements are right! This special fella has been commissioned by a lovely family in Mexico. Their 2 absolutely adorable children have been patiently waiting for me to finish up the spring fairy so that I could begin on this wonderful character to kick off their holiday festivities. In the meantime, their mom, Gaby, has cleared out a special sitting spot inside of her curio cabinet and is now waiting for this handsome Santa.

With so many smiles riding on the line for this little guy, I sure hope I can keep them there and everyone happy in the end with the final doll. It was a request to make him a winking Santa. Let me tell you though, if you have ever tried to recreate a fascial feature that worked the first time around perfectly, you would think it should work the same the next time around, right? WRONG. I think I must have gone through 100's of faces before I finally settled on this face that I have finally ended up with. I had no idea how difficult it would prove to be. The first one came easy enough as a happy accident, so surely, the next one should have came along the same way. Even though it proved to be a lot harder than I initially thought it would be, I think I come out with a likeable Santa face in the end. You will have to let me know what you think of the progress so far. I would love to hear your feedback. Here are the pics of this Santa so you can critique him for me. Of course, I took the pics inside my house a bit ago, and as you know, I have the worlds crappiest lighting in my house! :( But, I think they are good enough to get a general idea as to what he looks like so far.

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Well, now that he has had his head unveiled, I think I will leave you good folks to ponder the situation for a while. In the meantime, I'm gonna go work on some hands for this fella while I still have a few hours before heading off to bed.

Hugs to all,
Lori

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Spring Fairy Commission

I know it's been rather quiet here lately, but I can assure you I have been hard at work trying to complete a wonderful fairy commission. I have finally finished her! I am very pleased with her and am now waiting on word on if she meets the approval of the client. Talk about sitting on the edge of your seat! I am not in the least bit worried as I think she came out very well. But, then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What more can I say. *shrug*

Anyway, now that we have had the "unveiling" with the "prospective owner" I feel it is now safe to give you all a glimpse of what you have been waiting for these past couple of weeks. I do hope you all like her. I will say this much, I do not think the pictures do her the justice that she deserves. She is far prettier than the pictures allow. But, I will let you all be the judge of that!

I called her "Kiele", which I believe is pronounced (kylee), it is a hawaiian name meaning "fragrant blossom". She reminded me of flowers blooming in spring and so, it's how she got her name. If there is someone out there that know if I'm pronouncing the name correctly, or wrong for that matter, I would love to hear from you!

Without further adieu, here is "Kiele". I would love to hear your comments......good or bad!

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Well, now that you have seen what has tied me up over the last couple of weeks, it is time to set off to the next commission piece. It will be a 10" santa for a very special family in Mexico. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of St. Nick there, so I must grab my hot cocoa and start thinking of Christmas thoughts to set the right mood for the oocassion. :-)

I hope to find you all doing well the next time I see you. Hopefully, I'll not be gone as long the next time.

Take care to all,
Lori

Friday, November 13, 2009

4 more Santa ornaments on Ebay!

Since I am busy trying to finish up this special commissioned fairy, I thought I would keep you all entertained with some more running auctions on Ebay. I have just added 4 more Santa Claus ornaments to the list; so now there are 6 in total running up on Ebay at the moment. I also added the merbaby "Orion" that I pictured here a couple weeks ago.

This time I was able to get some pictures of them outside in the natural light of the day. So, they are much better quality photos, and that makes me a happy camper! I'll be adding more ornaments later on next week up for auction, so if you do not see one that you have fallen in love with just yet, hold on to your britches as there are plenty more to come in the next couple of weeks. I'm sure before long, you will fall in love with their whimsical old world fashioned santa faces. :-)

Here are the next 4 pics and their auction links:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120492728210&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120492731102&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120492734446&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
santa ornament5

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120492735800&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
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Now that we have the Santa ornaments taken care of, I thought I'd now add another picture of Orion and his auction link as well, in case anyone was interested in the little tyke! He was the little fella I completed a couple of weeks ago.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120492844927&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
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I hope you enjoy watching the auctions!

Take care and have a fantastic day!
Hugs,
Lori

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Santa Claus Christmas Ornaments on Ebay!

It's been a few days since I have been able to get back to this blog of mine. I have had a lot of catching up to do with the few shows I have had lately. I've been extremely busy working on a special order for a wonderful lady. Unfortunately, I do not have WIP pics this time, but, I will be certain to post pictures of her completed. I have a feeling she will be a beautiful doll once she is finished.

Now, for the good stuff! As you all know, I had been extremely busy creating many wonderful one-of-a-kind Santa ornaments in preparation of the season. I decided to begin listing the Santa ornaments a couple at a time on Ebay before I'm stuck with a buttload of these things. I would much rather see them hanging on a nice tree this Christmas than to be bringing tidings of joy and good will to the inside of a box! HO HO HO! If anything else, it's fun to watch the auctions run their course. LOL It might still be a little too early, but, with the shipping times and all, you have to make allowances. *shrug*

So here are the first 2 available for auction! If you are interested, you will find the links below. Remember, these are indeed one-of-a-kind pieces. If you purchase the ornament, you will get the exact ornament you see in the auction.

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120491538425&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

santa ornament2
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120491540678&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

At any rate, I hope everyone is doing fine these days and stocking up for their delicious Thanksgiving meals and family gatherings. The holidays are always such a busy time of year for everyone. Come to think of it, I need to start pulling out my Christmas lights soon and start decorating the outside. I have to admit, as much as I like seeing my house decorated like the Griswald house from the National Lampoons Christmas vacation, I sure as heck hate putting it all up and taking it all down! Especially living in Florida where it is so hot and humid all the time. Kind of takes the fun out of thinking of winter chills, Jack Frost, and snow. Think more cold thoughts, think more cold thoughts, think more cold thoughts! *shrug* I was hoping it would bring in a cold front or two. hehe Better luck next time I suppose.

Well, back to working on the fairy! Take care all, and I'll be seeing you real soon!

Hugs,
Lori

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Finally! The Wicked Witch is finished!

Hello everyone here in blogland! The day has arrived!

I know you all have been hanging off the edge of your seats waiting for this wicked witch to be finished. I was truly sorry she could not make her debut on Halloween night with the rest of the scary witches, but, heh, better late than never! She was a lot of work, but, I think she was well worth it. I had a great time making her, even if she was not finished by my deadline. Even the best laid plans can go astray sometime.

So, now, the long-awaited details! I call the Halloween Duo "Helspeth and Catnip", after all, what is a witch unless she has her familiar with her? Helspeth measures 14.5" tall without her hat, and she is a pose able doll. Her head, hands and feet were sculpted from super sculpey and painted with acrylic paints. She has a cloth body with wire armature. Her hair is made from natural lambs wool and feels just as wicked as it looks. She has hazel colored glass eyes. Her clothing is custom made and is not removable and consists of a satin shirt, striped cotton underpants/bloomers that are fit for a witch of her stature, and a overdress and her witches hat, made out of a special designer fabric that looks like it has seen years of use. She comes complete with her special broom and her potion. Her potion is made out of a glue-type substance that glows in the dark! Yes, it really does glow a nice green color! I tried to take a picture of it, but the pic might be hard to see the glow. *shrug*

As for Catnip, he is also made of super sculpey and painted with acrylic paints. He measures about 3.25" tall. The entire display measures at 20" tall and 12" x 9" base bottom. Helspeth is removable from her stand, and so is Catnip. The potion bottle is permanently fixed to her hand, but her broom is not.

Anyway, I would love to hear your feedback on what you think of my Helspeth and Catnip! I know the picture quality is not the best. Seems like I am having the devil of a time trying to take pictures lately. At any rate, I think they are well enough to get a good idea. :-)

Enjoy!

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Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed the pictures! If anyone is interested in this doll, please feel free to contact me. I will be at Lake Square Mall in Leesburg, Florida, on Thursday evening, November 5 from 6 pm-9 pm with my display for their event "Ladies Night Out". I will have her at the display along with my other dolls that are available. At the moment, I'm not sure where in the mall I will be located, but if you are interested in seeing this doll or any of my other dolls in person, they would be delighted to meet you! If you live in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi as I would be so happy to meet you!

Well, off to the next project! Stay tuned for the next set of WIP pictures.

Take care,
Lori

Monday, November 2, 2009

Almost there!

No pics yet, but wanted to let everyone know we are drawing to a conclusion on our wicked witch. I have FINALLY finished her costume. I did a lot of swapping and rearranging and swapping and rearranging...but after much witchery, we are now finally happy with our appearances. lol

And, there has to be something said for the doll-maker that will put hair on a dolls head in the middle of the Houston Astros training stadium in Kissimmee at your son's baseball tournament game on Halloween night by the light of nearly lit full moon, especially if that doll is a Halloween witch. :-D Talk about something special. Well, she no longer has a bald pumpkin head, and I have to say, her hair do really makes the doll, along with her outfit. I admit, I am VERY proud of this doll as she came out way better than I expected her to.

Now, all that is left are her props and her stand/base. I will work on all of these items when I come home from work tomorrow. I will probably not have pictures ready tomorrow, since it will take some time to finish these last few bits up. But, hopefully on Wednesday, I will have some final pics. Now that it is getting darker outside much earlier, it is hard to find the time to get out and get pics before it gets too dark. There is something to be said for those wonderful lucky artist who have a real working studio that they can take pics whenever they want to in the wee hours of the morning even. I can only dream of having that availability to me. But, until I am a well-off doll maker and can afford to convert my detached 2 car garage into a working studio, I'll have to settle for the small stream of sunlight in the open air of my front porch for my photo shoots. :-)~

Anyway, stay posted as it will not be much longer!

Many hugs,
Lori