Monday, February 22, 2010

Noor on Ebay!

Alright gang. While I am busy working on the WIPS, I thought I would add a little fun to the auction house and listed Noor for your bidding pleasure. She has a low start price so that more can join in on the fun. :-D Her auction ends on March 1, 2010 so get your bids in early. You will be surprised how quickly 7 days can go by. haha Believe me, I know! Her pictures really do not do her justice. Apparently, according to the hubby, he says I should not put them up there as a gif, that jpg would have been much better. OH well, live and learn I suppose. And to think, I went to graphic design school. hahahaha Must have been a joke. But, that was a long time ago. Hard to remember a lot of that stuff if you don't do it everyday.

Anyway, here is her auction link to make it easy for you to find her.
(I can't seem to get the link to work. So, I guess you will have to copy and paste it into the browser *sigh*)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120534688645&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Noor:  AVAILABLE

Since the high school baseball games have started, my doll making time is cut a little short in a way. I have all of these naked fairy folk running amuck! I really need to sit and get these guys finished up. I am sure they are tired of waiting on me. In the meantime, since I have been on the go to the ball parks, as you can imagine, I take my clay with me. Yep, you guessed it, I have yet another fairy in the works. This one is a little different than what I normally do. I don't have pictures of her at the moment, but all I can say is that she is leaning towards the avenue of blending with her environment! So far, she promises to be a lot of fun. I have not had the opportunity to work on her the past few days, but she is nearly completed in the sculpting stage. My apologies for not having a WIP of her. *sigh* This is the sort of thing that happens when you have to sculpt on the go to get things done. lol So, at any rate, I'll have 3 new fairies to spring forward here in the next month. At the rate I'm going, I might have an army of naked fairy folk! HAHA My, what a sight that would be! Perhaps, if we are lucky, the little ball jointed doll might see some progress too.

Well, that is all I have for today. I have some chores I need to do around the house yet and a grocery trip to make too. yuck! Maybe I'll have some time to work on the new body later this evening. Unfortunately, I have to work an extra day this week, so that will take away some of my sculpting time this week. As well as 3 baseball games this week too. So, I might not have that much to show this week besides more naked fairy folk. haha

At any rate, enjoy the auction, and good luck to all the bidders!

Hugs,
Lori

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New WIPS in the works! 3 projects and counting!

After spending this past weekend getting caught up on some much needed yard work, I finally had the opportunity to take some pictures to show the progress of my labors in the studio.

It is not entirely uncommon for me to have a few projects going at the same time. Sometime, when I become lost with the direction I want to go in with a project, I'll put it aside for a while until it starts to speak to me again. It is much the case for the current mushroom fairy I showed you not too long ago. I had originally thought that she would sit on top of a mushroom, but for whatever the reason, that was not to be the case. So, I had to sit her aside until she and I come to an agreement on the direction that we wanted to travel in. I am much happier with her now in her new pose. I think you will agree with me. Alas, I am notorious for naked fairy folk running amuck in my studio. But, for the meantime, they will have to run around in their birthday suits until I figure out what they want to wear. hehe

At any rate, our mushroom fairy has now become a strolling fairy.

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The strolling fairy is not the only fairy that is inhabiting my studio at the moment. While little miss no name is waiting around for her wardrobe to be finished, this happy little fella seemed to creep out of the woodwork too. Again, I seem to attract naked fairy folk, so bare with me for a bit. (no pun intended there!) This little guys name is Hobble. He sports a wink and a little plump belly! I do not want to divulge too much at this time, but I think as time goes on, you will understand. I wanted this little fella to have some character with a bit of comedy. We shall see if he turns out the way I imagined him.
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Last but not least is the ball-jointed doll (BJD) attempt. This will be a long drawn out process I think since I am going at it blindly so to speak. Since I only have picture references and do not own a BJD for myself, it will be interesting to see how this one comes about in the end. I am not sure if this doll will be available once I am finished with it. It might end up being a prototype for future BJD projects. At any rate, it is something to do in my spare time just for fun if nothing else. If it doesn't work out, then it just might end up being a doll constructed much like a marionette with out the strings. haha Anyway, here is what I have to date. So far, it's only the head and upper and lower torso parts. I'm not completely happy with the lower torso and I'm not sure if I will keep it or not. The intent is that on the next part it will have a large ball joint for the center stomach piece. If that does not work according to plan, then I will recreate the lower torso piece. If I do that, then I will change the design construction to being only a single lower torso piece that will also include the stomach area. So, in other words, instead of the torso of the body consisting of 3 pieces, it will only be made of 2 pieces. But, for the time being, we are going to try to create this with 3 pieces for the torso. So, without further adieu, here is the progress on the BJD so far:
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So, there ya have it folks. It is better than the twig that I thought would end up here about a month ago. Definitely it is a step in the right direction. I would love to hear any feedback on the 3 current projects. Any ideas, comments or criticisms are always welcome. I have one more doll idea that is itching to manifest itself from the world of fae that I just might have to oblige before any costuming gets under way. We will have to see how things look on the other side of the fairy threshold; you never know, they might want to stay put for a little while longer before stepping into our world.

Also, my son has some high school baseball games this week that might slow down the progress a bit. We will just have to wait and see how things go over the course of the next week as to how much I can get accomplished.

Anyway, I hope all of you have a wonderful and relaxing evening. Stay warm and stay tuned for more details soon!

Hugs to all,
Lori

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lots of News!

I know, I know, I deserve a good thrashing for not being around here in the past couple of weeks. I can't blame you for being a little disappointed. But, I can honestly say there has been a lot going on and I have some things to share!

Oh, where do I start. Perhaps I should save the best for last. :-D Or, maybe I should just spit it out already because I can't help myself. Well, alright, since you twisted my arm! Great news again folks! My lucky rabbit's foot paid off for me again and I managed to get another one of my dolls published in Doll Crafter and Costuming magazine's April 2010 issue! I know, it's not the front cover, but boy am I excited just to make it into the pages of the magazine. Of course, I'm closer to the back of the magazine in the "Gallery" section, but one day, I just might hit the front cover. :-D In the meantime, I'm happy to sit at the back of the magazine! I'll take whatever bit of happiness comes my way these days. :-) In case the editors of Doll Crafter happen across my blog, I just want to give you a very big Thank You for considering my doll for you publication. It is truly a HUGE honor for me to be selected to show my doll in your wonderful magazine. In case you are not able to get a copy of the magazine from your news stand, you can purchase it directly from them at www.dollccmag.com. The wonderful little doll that made it into the magazine was my Kiele, a spring fairy, who now lives happily in Texas with her new owner, Bonnie. A very wonderful lady I might add. In case you don't remember Kiele, here is her picture:
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Now, that I have that off of my chest! On to more exciting news. As mentioned in the blog title, I did in fact go to the Idex Orlando 2010 show at the end of January. The show was not as big as it has been in the 2 previous years that I have gone, but, it was still a pretty good size show. There were a ton of booths ranging from baby dolls, art dolls, ball-jointed dolls, and teddy bears. Your big names were there like the Ashton Drake galleries, Marie Osmond with her line of dolls, Tonner Dolls, and a few others; I can't remember all the big names. There were some new comers as well as the old favorites. Forgive me for not thinking about writing the names down of all the artist I took pictures of , but I did ask for permission before snapping the photos.

I wanted to share as much with you as I possibly could. For those of you that are familiar with Jack Johnston's artdoll guild, they had a considerable layout this year too. I was lucky enough to get a couple of pictures of Jen Printy (who has had a nice feature article running in Doll Crafter and Costuming) and Sherri Williams and their beautiful baby dolls; who were both displayed with the artdoll guild that Jack promotes. I also met Gabriella DeLawey who was showing at the artdoll guild booth as well. Ankie Daanan also was there as a returning doll artist as well as Joe McPhale (who also currently has a nice BJD section in Doll Crafter and Costuming magazine as well), along with Elizabeth Dye. Miss Mollie O was there with her beautiful dolls, Xenis, Vania Cruz-Perez and hmmm, Friederacry (I don't think I'm spelling that right) but I love her work. Tons and tons of others. So many I can't remember them all.

At any rate, I would love to post the slide show of the event, but for some reason it is not letting me do that. So, as soon as I can figure out how to get it on here, I will edit the post and add it in for all of you to see it.

Now, finally, I need to discuss the last WIP I showed you. Well, you remember the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland? Her famous quote, "Off with her head!" Yes, you guessed it, that is EXACTLY what happened to the little fairy! I can't explain it, but all I can tell you is that her head just did NOT like her body. Of course, I could kick myself now when I go back and look at the pictures of it because it was coming along just fine really. But, for whatever the reason, I was not happy with the body and so, it just had to go. *sigh* That happens sometime, you think you have it all laid out in a nice neat little plan, only to discover that once you get started out on your journey, you take a different path than what the map dictates. But, never fear. That cute little head will still make it's appearance. :-D I have since began on a new fairy using the same little face. This time, she will be standing, that is all I know at this point. She is about 1/2 way finished being sculpted. I confess, I should have taken WIPs of her by now, but I have not had the opportunity to do so just yet. Perhaps tomorrow I will get some pics of her; we will see.

I am also trying my hand at making a ball-jointed doll. This will be very slow process since I will have to figure it out as I go along. A few of my dear friends from ODA are also working on BJD's at the moment, so I figured I should tagalong with them and give them some company. They do not know I have started on one just yet. hehe But, truthfully, all I have is the head and an upper torso. I have a feeling that those will be the easiest parts of the doll. LOL The rest will be where the complication comes from. I will take pics of the progess for that one as well. I don't know if the first BJD I make will be for sale once it is completed, but, depending on how the process goes, and how well I do, perhaps there will be more to follow in the future. At the moment, I am using polymer clay to create it, but the next time around, I might try my hand at paperclay just to swap it up a little. So, we'll see how it goes!

Finally, the last reason I have been away for the past couple of weeks is because I have been trying to find sponsors and/or donations for my son's high school baseball team. I have only managed to raise $150.00 so far and he is supposed to raise over $300. *sigh* It is amazing how hard it is to find sponsors/donations at a time when the economy is so down. It is nearly discouraging. I have been considering placing one of my dolls on Ebay to raise as much money as I can for the team. What do you think? Do you think it would be a good way to raise money? If anyone has any ideas on it, let me know. If anyone is interested in checking out the baseball teams website, you can see it here: www.eustisbaseball.com My boy is in the top picture and is the 4th body starting from the left in the back row. He is a huge kid! I'm very proud of him. He is junior on the varsity baseball team. Generally he is a utility player, but this year it seems he is a 1st baseman according to the roster. At any rate, wish me luck on the donations as the team needs all they can get!

Well, now that I have bored your socks completely off of your cold feet, it's time for me to go and finish up the dinner.

Hugs to all and take care,
Lori