Thursday, June 30, 2011


Mother possum left 5 babies on our fence and in the pear tree last night.

I finished re-doing the boy from this pair of dolls that I made in 2009 for my mom.  They are named Irvin and Frances Jeanne. 

Awesome ball of pond scum that my daughter, age 13, collected in the local swimming hole yesterday.  She says that she's going to turn it into roving and felt it.  Talented child.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer Project : Re-making my early dolls

I started making dolls in 2009.  Many of them were horrible monsters!  But I'm glad that I saved them because I am now in the process of up-cycling them.  Their bodies and most of their clothes were just fine.  I did new sculpting and painting on all these three dolls that I made 2 years ago.

I love re-doing my old dolls because I have to work around a fixed framework.  For example, this doll's head was put on wrong - turning permanently to the side.  I turned her into a side glancing doll and now I like her.

This is a doll that I gave to my mom 2 years ago on Mother's Day.  I think that I used Dixie's free template pattern to make her.  It's funny how she retains the original spirit of the doll that I first made.  I had used a styrofoam ball, masking tape, and tissue paper as the head armature.  I dug it all out so that I could sculpt with paper clay and cook in an oven.  I had totally forgotten how I had made my earlier dolls.

This is the third time that I have re-made this little doll.  It's the last time that it will happen!  She's wearing a dress from a Gail Wilson pattern...can't remember which one.  I had forgotten how cute this dress pattern was.

Three little friends!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Oil painted doll - Olive

Olive stole this dress from a beautiful rag doll that my mom made over 25 years ago.  Her arms and legs are from Dixie's IW pattern, blown up to 200%.  She's a BIG girl!  She fits into a 12 month toddler size dress.

This is the first time that I have ever painted in oils.  It's much different than acrylics.  But I really think this doll looks just like my other dolls, all painted with acrylics.  I keep thinking that I must be missing something special that I could be doing with the oils.  Maybe I should take an oil painting class.

Olive and little Daisy June

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Why Christopher needed lots of aluminum foil and shiny duct tape... make his very own Roman Empire imperial Gallic helmet
It's what every boy needs.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Dolls and Distractions

Here is my first attempt at oil painting a doll.  The drying time is going to drive me batty.  I suppose that I don't need to let it dry completely before I add another coat of skin color.  I'll make doll dresses for my crackled girls in between oil painting sessions.
Sweet dolly Christmas card from 1940's.
Aftermath of a 10 kid sleepover...note dark circles under eyes...these two told me that they got exactly 20 minutes of sleep.
These managed to create a Polly Pocket universe, despite waking up at 4:30 am...

Portal marathon...

Catching up on Bat Boy news...

Adoration of rat terrier...

Consumption of large quantities of sugar...


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

All Crackled Up

These three dolls are teaching me techniques for crackling.  I used One Step Crackle and Gail Wilson's antiquing medium on all three. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Toddler - Daisy June

Daisy June is made with Dixie's pattern, reduced.  She is 10 inches tall.