Sunday, January 25, 2009

Black fairy dolls for IDEX are done!

These are my black girl dress-up fairies that I just finished! They were tons of fun! I had never made fairy wings before and I had a photography deadline so it was an interesting day.
The wings are three layers of dyed silk organza fused together with wire in between two of the layers. I kept them pretty plain because the dresses had enough going on but you could jazz them up quite a bit! Most of the trims, lace and ribbons for this whole piece ended up in the dye bath. It really doesn't matter what color they start out at if it is a light color. You can dip it enough times and end up with a color that matches.
I have these fabulous dyes called "Colorhue". They are instant, permanent and easy. Such fun!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dolls for IDEX

I have pretty much finished up most of my IDEX dolls. Here are a few of them. I still have the two black girls left to do. I hope to finish today and start getting them packed up!

Monday, January 19, 2009

IDEX dolls

Sneak peek at one of my pieces for IDEX!!! Not finished with these dolls yet....

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Personality Test

I took a free personality test online a few days ago and on of the disfavored careers for me was an artist!!! Now they tell me.....

Friday, January 16, 2009

My thermometer says...

-28 below this early morning.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

It's cold out there!

It's a little warmer today - only -8. Yesterday it was -20. It hurts to go outside. Good thing I am so busy working I only have to look out there!
Today I am finishing up the sculpting on this set of black girls. I sculpted their hands yesterday, today I will do their arms. They will be sculpted almost up to the shoulder.
IDEX is coming up!! I leave in two weeks.....

Monday, January 12, 2009

Color for IDEX!

After working with whites and pinks I am breaking out into some color for these last two dolls I am doing for IDEX!! I think I settled on blue and green but that is likely to change as I go. You just never know. They will have a little more glitz than the others!
Today I am working on the dolls' bodies - wire, tubing, foil, batting, fabric - fun!! I found some cotton/silk batting which I absolutely love. I used to buy it from Joanne's but they discontinued it. So now I found it online at! It is the best - made by Mountain Mist.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

IDEX Doll Show

Did I tell you that IDEX is coming up???!!! I can't remember. All I know is that I only have about two weeks to finish up. I have four dolls ready and four in the makings. I will post pictures as soon as I get them.
This week I sculpted a small baby/toddler and two heads! Now I have my fabrics all scattered about trying to design outfits for the two heads I did. I ran out of clay and will finish the dolls when the clay gets here next week! Not a good time to run out. Let's hope my sewing machine won't give out. It has been making strange noises lately.
I will worry about that on Monday.

Friday, January 9, 2009

New sculpts

This is still one of my favorite dolls. I only got to keep her for a short time. At least I have her picture!!!
I am working on a couple of new black girl sculpts. Hopefully they will turn out.! My head is still spinning with many ideas....don't know yet if they will be together or not....

Thursday, January 8, 2009


January will find me working 15 hours a day...laying awake thinking of what I should do the next day....getting so many ideas that I can't possibly do them all....
My studio is a real mess right now. Should clean up.....but I am working on a head now that needs to get done!!
I would include a picture if I could find my camera....