Monday, September 27, 2010

A Cultural Experience

Yes, that is what it was to say the least.....a cultural experience. Over the past couple of months, I have been exploring the Japanese culture on the internet. It would have been a wonderful trip to have had the opportunity to explore it in person since I think the Japanese culture is very rich with many wonderful traditions, historical places and beautiful faces.

I know you must be asking yourselves....why in the world was I exploring the Japanese culture? Well, for the International Art Doll Registry contest for the month of September! The theme for this months entry was "Geisha"! What an exciting way to really learn about a culture than to go fact finding on the traditions of such a beautiful and talented being. In all my roaming, I not only discovered how to make the kimono, but how to tie on an obi, put on the face make-up and how to tie up the hair. Albeit, working in such a small scale of 14.5" was difficult to achieve these details in exact as per the tradition for my doll, but, I hope that I hope that the little details is enough to capture the essence of The Geisha.

I spent many hours in creating this doll. Two days on just creating the costume, another two days on her hair as well. Which, I tried something new; it is all wefted and I had to go the the extra steps of straightening it. Tibetan lambs wool is naturally curly. What a chore that was I tell ya! :-D Then, struggling with locks of hair that really needed to be double in length...what a nightmare! The hair company I had ordered from initially....well, it turns out that the hair was on back order! After waiting 2 weeks for the hair arrive...I finally called them to see what was taking so long and I was told it was on back order. Can you believe??? Talk about frustration. Soooo, I had to go to plan 2. Which was the tibetan lambs wool.

At any rate, after having painted her face 3 times over, I finally decided to stay with what was the final outcome. Initally, she was going to come accessorized with a shamisen. I decided against that, and thought it better to go with an umbrella. After searching for nearly a month for one of those little "mixed drink umbrellas", I finally obtained one from the local Japanese steak house. Go figure! haha Only to rush home and discover that it is toooooo small!!! OMG!! Oh well, so now off to plan 2...or is this 4. Well, I decided to make my own umbrella. Surely, I can make one that looks similar to the design of the drink umbrella right? Well, that worked out alright, but it wasn't perfect enough for me. So, off to plan, this 5? probably. LOL So, I decided to make her little fans instead. :-D

So, in the end, we ended up with my version of The Geisha, complete with her kimono, an obi, hair ornaments, and her fans!

I hope you like her! She was definitely a challenge but she was well worth it. I am satisfied with the outcome and hope she has a good chance at winning this months contest with the IADR. Wish her luck!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.....

Or is it, out of sight and out of mind? Either way, daily life has kept me from my blog. I admit, some of it has just been plain ole' laziness, other times it's procrastination, and then there are those other times where life just seems to get in the way. In some way, I think I just needed a little break to rebuild the creative side of myself. With all that said, I do hope you all accept my humble apologies for my being absent. And, I do hope the first is true, that absence really does make the heart grow fonder and that you all have missed the dear little people of the pixie knoll.

Even though it seemed like all was quiet on the pixie home front, I can assure you that the little fae folk have been very busy going about their daily life. With all the hustle and bustle, there is now a new inhabitant in town!

Yes, it's true! The pixie's in the knoll have officially hired their mail carrier! Luckily in the land of the knoll, time is of no importance and things will eventually happen when they are supposed to. Therefore, Cecil chose his trusty snail to help him deliver the many scrolls to the inhabitants of the knoll. Unfortunately, Cecil was a bit shy when it come to WIP pics. :( He really couldn't wait to get on with the mail delivery job because all of those scroll's were quickly piling up and he had to be on his way soon, otherwise, the mail would never arrive on time! Therefore, we had no time to stop for WIP pics. So, this time, you can blame Cecil. Although, he is such a likeable little fella, I don't see how anyone could point the blame at him. :-D

Anyway, I would like you all to meet, Cecil.....titled...."Cecil's snail mail". I hope you like him. :-)



Whew, that was a lot of work putting up all those pics. I do hope you enjoy Cecil.

Now, on to other stuff. Unfortunately, I did not win the IADR contest with the "Hide and Seek" pixies. :( That is alright, you never know if you don't try. :-) So, I will keep trying. LOL I have a bunch of stuff on my work table that I have worked on over the last couple of months. Most of it is in the early stages. For example I have about 5 heads starring at me. A couple of Santas, a troll head, an angel, and what I think might be a witch. Did I forget to mention the Geisha? I think so. Actually I could post some pics of the Geisha that is in progress. But, I'll spare you that for a few days at least. haha Her body and head are all completed now, and it's time to start the costuming process. Unfortunately, I ordered hair for her almost 2 weeks ago, and that still has not arrived yet. o.O I'm starting to get a little worried that my order was not processed. I have tried to call the company, but no one is answering the phones. Sooooo, it looks like the Geisha might not be completed in time for the IADR contest for the end of this month. At least, not at the rate I am going. Something tells me that I should have just stuck to playing in the knoll. haha

At any rate, I will hopefully be posting more stuff soon. In the meantime, I need to try to get ahold of the company I ordered my hair from.

Have a great day folks! And, thanks for stopping by the knoll to meet Cecil!

Hugs to all,