Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Snow was on the ground this morning and more is coming. I knew I should have went out and put the hoses, shovels etc in the shed but my husband Don said he would take care of it, so that allowed me to take photos of my new witch doll. She is 16" including her base to the tip of her feathers on her hat. She wears recycled clothing from fabric and leather. She is my typical wire armature and cloth body. I really like using natural cotton  batting cut into strips which I form to make the bodies of most of my dolls.  Just in case someone would like to know I love buying the wood placks from Michael's in a variety of sizes. I like painting them to go along with the dolls and they are easy to drill and put the foot pegs in. I found a liquid type epoxy (magic sculpt) to fill in around the pegs which is very sturdy.
The leather apron was made from a piece of an old leather coat and  was found at Good Will. It was in the worst condition and I really love it. Ha! I will have to check Good Will again soon because since winter is here for us, that means all the new donated goodies plus leather coats should be out. Her boots are made from pigs leather which works great because it it thinner making it more pliable to work with.  I decorated the apron with Halloween pumpkins etc with a wood burner. Her leather patches (deer hide) were decorated with a micro felt pen. Her hands, feet and head is made from polymer clay. This is the smallest pie I've ever made! I would be much healthier if this is all I ate when I make the normal size ones. Pumpkin, apple, lemon and but not chicken feet, worms, snails and bird heads. I knew a very old woman once who put the chicken head, heart, liver, gizzard, feet etc in meat pies they were cleaned first. I don't think I would care for the crunch, though. Almost forgot the pumpkins, making these was very much fun! Polymer clay over tin foil balls and painted with acrylics. The largest being 2" and the smallest is 1"

 I have another doll made but when I was photographing her I was not happy with the eyes. I painted them with Genesis heat paint so I think I will do them over with acrylics and take new photos. I'm leaving soon to go see my grand kids for a week so - Yeah! Trick or Treating!!!!!! Happy Halloween!
(Just kidding about the meat chicken head pie-etc.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall and Two Dolls

October 1st my birth month and on the 5th I can officially use my medicare card, that just doesn't sound right. Ageing happens and you can't stop it. Fortunately my husband Don and I have some great kids and grand kids to be thankful for and being able to share one anothers company for all these years.

 It certainly is fall here, the deer seem to stay close to our place as hunting season has begun. The four fawns have lost their spots and along with their mothers they have put on their winter coats.Trees, bushes, vines etc are starting to change and a little pole cat came to spray Biskit our dog again,  I assume he or she is looking for a place to spend the winter and hopefully not under our porch.

I will post photos of the two dolls I finished up from last spring. The mad girl with black hair was actually a study in facial expression and I went ahead and finished her. A good name might be Storm or ?  She is 13" including the stand. Her hair is made from mohair from one of my Angora goat does. She is wearing a cotton blouse and skirt with embroidered tiny roses and vines. Covering her blouse is a black ribbon vest and a striped red and white silky fabric makes up her skirt. Small black ribbon adorns her wrists and waist. She is also wearing black leather boots

The second doll is 12 1/2" including her stand.  She is wearing vanilla floral lace and silver sequin fabric with a silver ribbon at her waist. She wears tan leather boots. Her crown is silver diamond beads. AB Swarovski crystals adorn  front and back of her top as well as her boots.

My little red headed doll is awaiting a prop so her photo will be published eventually.( I started 3 other dolls so she has to wait a little longer.

A photo of one of the does and her twins will be posted. It had to be cleaned up little because I was sneaking around trying to get a good photo and this was a quick shot.