Monday, December 5, 2011

Musings from Michigan Craft Shows and Friends

Met some really nice people at the St. Nick's Warehouse 30th (??) annual craft show.  I had hats, dolls, mixed-media and high hopes and was not disappointed! 

This is what my booth looked like.  Pretty in pink!

Here is another angle.

They had over 250 vendors and thousands of people come through - many stopped at my booth and bought dolls, hats, tutu's and boots I had sewn to hang on a doorknob (or, on the tree!)
This sweet little girl found a home!  This doll was from an original pattern by Brenda at Vintage Polka Dot.  She is holding on  tight to her paper mache duckie!

This is another doll based on the same pattern! 
 This snowgirl is now sitting comfortably in Karen's home in Novi, thank you!

It has been busy as with everyone else and it doesn't help that I discovered Pinterest (aaarrrgghhhh) too many ideas, not enough time in the day.

Carrie Hudson Peralta is a digital artist (click here to see her amazing work!) and she bought this mixed media, Birthday Girl and an elephant - thank you so much Carrie.  You and your daughter Myranda are amazing people!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the show and stopped to visit and a big thank you to all who purchased an item from me, I truly appreciate it!

Monday, October 3, 2011


Phoebe was on EBAY and has found a home, thank you!

This sassy gal found a home!

Lucille Ball? Bozo the Clown?  I'm just saying...
Haley was made with osnaburg fabric.  Her nose was needle-sculpted, her lips were defined using embroidery thread and the rest of her face was defined using acrylics, artists chalks and micron pen.
Her cotton dress with all of it's trim is also handmade.  Her hand was made with a hard, cardboard cone and then covered with black and silver's all about the hat!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bob Seger Collectible - Silver Bullet Band Wine Bottle

YEARS ago I used to work for a radio station in Michigan, WDRQ in the programming department.  When the reps would come in, they would sometimes give us goodies like this one:
It was a bit hard to capture the label as it is from 1981!  It was a promotional bottle of wine for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's new release:  NINE TONIGHT   It lists the songs:  Nine Tonight, Trying to Live My Life Without You, You'll Accomp'ny Me and Hollywood Nights. I met a few celebs and had my photo taken with Jermaine Jackson, Andre Cymone (Prince's former bass player) and a few others. If I can dig up the photos, I will post.  Think the wine is ready to drink??

Monday, September 27, 2010

What Is Your Favorite Season?

Mine is fall. I love the changing colors of the beautiful leaves, bonfires, crisp air and Halloween!  I am sad to see the flowers fade away and when a big gust of wind comes along - the trees are left standing naked.  I did snip one of the dinner plate dahlias before frost sets in and the tubes have to be dug up.  I will have this picture as a reminder of what a beautiful summer has gone by and will return again.

This is a very vibrant yellow!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'm Still Here...REALLY!!

What happened to the past 6 months (a YEAR AND A HALF has gone by) and it seems I have sorely neglected my online posting. So, if anyone is still out there and following I thank you very much and I am back!

Although doll making is one of the reasons I started this blog (I am sad to say, I have not made a doll in MONTHS) I also make appearances as the Fairy Godmother at parties and make princess hats that I sell at craft shows here in Michigan.  It has been a busy season. We finished the traveling doll project and if you click here, you can read about the dolls that were created, meet the artists that worked on the project and view the beautiful dolls. Here are a few examples from one of the teams I was on, Team Puppe:
This is RAYNE - She is a total rock star!
This is Rosie Pimlico and she is a free spirit1
Nadia is a Prima Ballerina (and a bit Diva)
 There a SO many beautiful dolls and the artists are all wonderful, take a break and go check out the Art Dolls Only traveling Doll Project! 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Say "Wynn" Team Boneca ADO Traveling Doll Project

Recap:  Art Dolls Only Traveling Doll Project direct from the ADP/TDP page:

"This project is a collaboration of artists, all working individually on a group doll. This year we have 26 members participating that have been split into 7 teams.

Each doll will take a journey...starting and ending in the same place with a whole new look and story. A journal will travel with each doll that will tell the story from the start, middle, and the end of the dolls adventure."

Finally!  I finished my part on Bari's doll "Wynn" for Team Boneca (please read previous post on Team Puppe and "Rayne" as I am also a part of that team).  Wynn had so many possibilities!  The name "Wynn" as Bari stated was like "Pat" - you know, from Saturday Night Live?  The doll could be either/or -- male or female.  Wynn was more like a beautiful sculpture than a "doll".  Long neckline, strong hands and the face was aged but you could see the past "life" of what could have been for Wynn.  What to do with Wynn?  She moved from living room to dining room for over a week before a decision was made.  My husband said that Wynn looked like Mr. Hoggett from the movie "Babe".  That was such a wonderful movie - you must see if you haven't.  OK - so that is where Wynn began and well, it kinda got crazy!

Here is how Wynn arrived (pictured with "Rayne"):
The story begins here...

Folks who live in small towns out in the country can have lives as complex (sometimes more) than those who live in the big cities.  Same hustle and bustle – just a different kind.  Instead of hustling for money (like those Wall Street feller’s) they’re hustling the cattle, thrashing the wheat, feeding the pigs, chickens and hogs trying to scratch out a living for their families. Wynn is one of those complex folks who live in one of those small, country towns.  Nobody knows too much about Wynn.  Keeps to herself mostly but you can always get a glimpse of Wynn every Tuesday.  Don’t really know why it is every Tuesday but that seems to be the day Wynn has picked for her “ritual” as the towns folk call it.  Same time of day, too:  2PM.  Another one of those mysteries about Wynn I have yet to decipher.
Wynn is always dressed in the same ‘ol hat and never without the scarf she wears around her neck, (some call it a “rag”).   Heard through the local librarian she checks out the same book whenever she stops in, “Emma” by Jane Austen.   Keeps it for months at time and the pages are tattered something awful.  The librarian says it has “stains” on some of the pages – like someone had poured a "bucket of tears" on it.  Wynn always manages to pay the late fees; librarian says she’s gonna order a new copy with all the fees she gets from Wynn.   Another thing I noticed if I get a real close look (which isn’t often) is Wynn always has what looks like a letter in the front pocket of them worn-out overalls she’s always wearin’.  Post Master says he never knew Wynn to ever stop in to mail anything.
Wynn heads out to the same spot way up on the hill that overlooks the cemetery.  It’s ‘sho ‘nuff a pretty site, looking down over all the flowers that intermingle with the tall grass.  Looks ‘specially nice when there is a gentle breeze blowin’ – just enough to feel it run lightly through your hair (if you’re lucky enough to have hair – not like us ‘ol geezers) but Wynn always had beautiful, flowing, golden hair.  Some say she was a real beauty from what they could remember.  Now, she just looks tired, worn and sad…very sad.  In addition to her favorite book, Wynn always carries a blanket to her favorite spot.  I guess so she can stretch out and relax while she is up on that hill.  Ask me, looks like a baby blanket of some sort and bulky, like somethin’ is wrapped up in it . The colors look to have been quite stunning before they got all faded.  I guess it is kinda like Wynn.

Now hold on to your breeches -- across town lives a feller and his name also happens to be Wynn!  I know, hard to believe but in this place, “Wynn” happens to be one of those names that is real popular like.  I guess you could compare it to "either or" names like Pat, Hunter, Sammy--you get my drift.

Wynn is pretty much like “the other” Wynn, keeps to himself, no socializing at all.  If you did happen to lock eyes with Wynn all you would get is a cold, blank stare and a creepy feeling that would run from the top of your head through your entire body.  No thank you!    
He never causes nobody any trouble and is never seen out after sunset.  Wynn’s  a hog farmer and make’s a pretty good livin’ at it.  He takes real good care of them hogs, treats them like they’re his own children or somethin’.  Feeds them only the best feed, always keeps the pens real clean and some folks say they can even hear him some nights singing to the hogs in a real soft, gentle voice.  ‘Course, it was after sunset so who knows “who” he was singin’ to.  Could be he had a lady friend that no one knew about.  I doubt it though, icy as he is.  Heard he used to be a real good-looking, kind, thoughtful fella.  Something happened to 'cause him to harden so.
Not too much goes on in this small town, but this is a real mystery.  Yep, we got a  Wynn-Wynn situation here.  Put you’re thinkin’ caps on and let us know what you think is happening here.  Wynn is traveling on to Jacqui at Odddollz, maybe she can figure all this out and let us in on it.  

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS??  Leave 'em right here in the comments section and then stay tuned to see how this turns out.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rayne Wants To Rock - Come See What Happened in Michigan..

Rayne came all the way from California from Kaci of Daydream Retreat as one of the participants in the Art Dolls Only Traveling Doll Project  There are five art doll artists on "Team Puppe" and my doll, Serendipity was sent off to Helen Fern.  (Read the previous post about the mini team (Team Boneca) I am also on.)

Rayne arrived with a clay head and a body with a wire armarature covered with a soft cloth batting.  Her eyes were painted white and she had a dark cherry lip color. 
After reading Rayne's journal entries, it was clear she was a girl who liked colors and excitement!  I started with her cream-colored hair (which is actually a tassel but shhhh.....!)  She had a choice of several pieces to compliment her updo and she chose a headband with a couple of simple, fabric flowers.  Noting the picture of the model that was in the journal, I duplicated the eyes - a bright, sparkling blue. Although she didn't have the over-the-top big eyelashes, Rayne was insistent.   Next I added some light cheek color and a pink lip gloss.  She was ready to roll!

How often do you get a backstage peek at a metal band in the making??
Rayne was right in the middle of all of the music making and it was LOUD!
 Rayne didn't mind one bit and took advantage of  every photo opportunity that came along...
Guess who wants to start their own band when they get back to California?  Rayne is looking for some uber cool, looks like a superstar, next American Idol winner type of outfits.  She has been shipped off to her next destination, Helen Fern in Oregon.  She really had fun in Michigan at Fabby Dolls (Deena) but she is ready to quiet her mind so she can concentrate on her music career.  Rayne was really excited to receive a new pair of shoes with a matching purse, a boa and some other sparkly things to pack in her suitcase.    

Yes, a little piece and quiet will do her some good!