July 23, 2008

More WIP Carnivale

I'm finally posting the headwear pictures I promised. I've had a lot going on with the DAM team on etsy and needed to take a break from the computer for a while so I finally got all the beading finished on her head piece.


I decided to have two cones wrapped in fibers and ribbons as her actual hair style then covered that with a hat. The cones are made with card stock and glued to the head. I then wrapped a violet scarf around her forehead. Then wrapped the fibers around that. I stitched and glued everything in place. And then started work on the hat.



I made a card stock pattern and I cut two - a top, and a lining. I covered them both with a yellow-gold fabric. Then I covered the top cardboard with a gold-wire mesh ribbon stitching it across the back. I then glued on the lining. Once the hat was in place I could start embellishing that. I added a violet and gold piping around the top, a violet stripe down the center (which covered some of the inevitable gathering when I applied the gold ribbon) and then I started beading...and beading... I still haven't figured what will go on the violet stripe yet, but it definitely is getting something I just haven't found it yet.

July 19, 2008

Etsy's new DAM team


YAY, the DAM team has started a yahoo group and soon a blog. I've been busy working on the banner and custom avatars


and very little on my doll, but I'll post a pic of her headwear tomorrow.

July 17, 2008

Web site facelift today

I didn't get the job I was waiting to hear about but I did update my web site today.... too bad about the job, I really thought it would have been a great fit.

Oh well something good was accomplished! Come see !

July 15, 2008

Team MiniMakers Virtual Trunk Show July 16

Wednesday, July 16, 6pm EST in the Etsy Labs Treehouse.

Please tell your friends and family about our show. Tell everyone you know who loves miniature dolls, dollhouses, collects miniatures, or who is simply curious about the world of collectible miniatures.

This trunk show is a first for our small Team, and those of us who will be presenting our miniatures (non-toy) are looking forward to showing all of Etsy some of our creations.

Come join us even if it's out of curiosity or just to lend your support to fellow Etsy sellers.

Hope to see you and many more at our Trunk Show.

Venice Carnival WIP


I've had a busy couple of days interviewing, errands and more job seeking. I've got a second interview today for a job that I think may be the one so keep your fingers crossed for me.

I was talking to a few people about my use of a knitting needle up the leg of my current work in process, My Venice Carnivale doll. I did buy a brass rod for the purpose but couldn't find it anywhere when I needed it. SO in a pinch I used a double pointed knitting needle. You can just see if peeping out of her toe and into the stand.

She's not fixed in place yet, because I drilled the hole in at the wrong angle, the pose is not quite at the angle I would like. As you can see I've decide on the violet colour for her costume and have been busy beading and otherwise embellishing her. I have plans for her headwear but haven't found all the materials yet. SO I'm on a mission...

July 10, 2008

New Ebay listings and Update on WIP

I've had a bunch of interviews this week, keep your fingers crossed for me. In the meantime I've added a skirt to my Venice Carnival doll and am working on her shoes. I'll try to post more pics soon.

This week I've put up a few things on ebay auction in addition to the items in my etsy store.

Dragon Girl

Kaidon Miniature Dragon

Earth Day Barbie, an altered art adventure

July 4, 2008

New Cloth doll wip "Carnivale"


I've been promising a marionette and what do I do? A cloth doll, well, I think I'm getting closer. I haven't made a cloth doll in a while, it's been polymer, apoxie, and puppets for a while now. I had an itch to costume extravagantly and that's how this one came about.

I was browsing some Venice Carnival photos on a website I stumbled on and started doing some drawings based on some pink and yellow striped silk fabric I bought on etsy. It was only a small remnant but I couldn't resist it! It's been sitting here trying to inspire me to do something with it for about 7 months now...lol and finally!

I didn't take a whole lot of photos of the process but you might be able to get the gist. If anyone has any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

When I costume I don't sew the clothes from a pattern, I pin and cut and sew directly on the doll. This means that none of the costume is removable...which is as it should be because my dolls are not play things. Which reminds me... if you haven't signed the petition to give doll artists a category on etsy PLEASE do so. Here's the petition.