Archive for March 31, 2014

This and that

March 31, 2014

I have a few things to share today. I am working on a steampunk skirt – for me and not a doll! It has layers of ruffles and I am just a little pin obssesive, lol. This didn't move an inch!

 
I got a little frustrated while putting in the zipper, took me two tries, so I took a time out and made these little cards to put in my 'Happy Mail'. Basically swapping ephemera with other like minded souls.
 
Lastly, the Documented Life's challenge for this week is to write your name and embellish it. I started a page last night but I'm not loving it. Goofing around with some scrap paper this morning I came up with a design I like a whole lot better. I will try to recreate this tonight on my mixed media paper. Wish me luck!
 
 

 

 

Hand carved stamps

March 20, 2014

Thought I'd post a photo of the hand carved stamps that I made last weekend. I'm really happy with how most of them came out. Years ago one of the girls in my doll club taught us how to make these. I had all the stuff on hand because, as usual, when I get excited about something I buy, buy, buy. Then I lose interest and the supplies sit for years, because as we all know, as soon as you throw it out you will want or need it!

So these are carved onto a material called Soap Eraser that I got from Dick Blick. The tools I used were a speedball carving tool and an exacto knife. They are kind of primitive but I like it!

 

 

Tooth fairy pillow

March 16, 2014

Crazy busy weekend. I worked on my skirt for my steampunk outfit, I carved some stamps, I worked on my documented life project, and I made this goofy little tooth fairy pillow for my grandson. Very satisying weekend.

 

Flo Tilla – a round robin type of gal

March 14, 2014

I had another flat doll come through to work on.  This time it was an armless mermaid.  I’m sure someone along the line will give her arms or else she’s going to have a very hard time swimming and climbing on rocks to lure seamen to their doom (oh, wait, that’s a siren).  Anyhow – my contribution this time was a hand dyed shawl.  You could call it a  piece of cheesecloth painted with Dye-na-flow, but that doesn’t sound half as chic.   We went over to the Santa Claus house for some photo ops and this is what we came away with.  The reindeer are taking a well deserved break!

Flat doll round robin

The Documented Life – Week 10

March 8, 2014

This week the prompt was to write a list of things that made you … you. For some reason this really intimidated me. I have never been comfortable with the idea of journaling, putting really personal things down on paper. What if I wrote something negative and someone found it? What if I poured out my heart on paper and it was laughed at? A secret is a secret only if no one knows it. So I don’t do it. Even the thought of writing about myself was difficult – how deep do I want to go? I pondered this most of the week and started a few little lists and then tossed them aside. This is what I ended up with. I used tags to make the little flaps and I still have one entire side of a tag to add to my list. I actually did put something really personal in there – but it’s on the back of the tag that is taped to the page. So no one can see it. That was actually a pretty big step for me. Glad this week of The Documented Life is over!

First flap open:
The Documented Life Project - Week 10
Second flap:

The Documented Life Project - Week 10

2014 Heart Swap

March 3, 2014

I'm hosting another heart swap over on Doll Street, I've done this twice before and it's been a lot of fun. I think the best part of hosting a swap is that you get to see everyone's art up close and personal. I had been intrigued by a zipper heart that I saw online a couple of years ago and I never could figure out how it was made. Being sewing centric was my downfall, when I finally purchased the tutorial for these I realized my own prejudices were holding me back. I can't tell you how they are made but I can share my picture with you. This is actually a little bit rough as it was my first go at this technique, the second one I made is much better but I haven't photographed it.