Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Show Preview

One week from today I roll out of town for my first show of the season, the Holly Berry Folk Art Festival in Colorado Springs.  I've never done that show before, so I am a little bit nervous.  But I'm also very excited about it, too.  Not just because it's a great show and I'm excited to show all my new creations, but also because my niece, Hilary, lives in Colorado Springs, so I will get to spend time with her as well!  Two birds, as they say! 

I thought today I would just post a series of pictures of some of the characters that have been haunting the studio this summer.  I have been a busy, busy girl, I tell ya!  I'm not sure where summer went, but I know where I was!  I'm so happy I spent a good chunk of winter remodeling, because it has been so much more pleasant to work in there this year.  I didn't feel like I was being deprived of summer afterall!  (For a studio tour, click here.) which little spooks shall I show you today? 

How about these......

Frank and His Bride

Greedy Goblin

The Bone Collector

Deadra and Dolly

All Hallow's Eve


These are just a taste of what I will be showing in a week!  I've had such a great time working on Halloween.  As you can see, the range of characters is very wide!  Anything goes! 
I'm going to try to be back later this week to preview some of the Christmas pieces I've been working on.  Oh, yes!  Christmas, too! 
Thanks for dropping by!  I'd love to hear what you think of these little spooks!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Say hello to Raven.  She is one of my very, very favorite witches of the year.  I adore her!
She's rather a classic looking witch, dressed all in black.  I love her pale skin against the stark black of her clothes and her wild curly roving hair.

She has hand-painted grey eyes and subtle dark shadows and a quirky little smile.  A little raven has perched on her wrist.
I love when I find the perfect embellishment!  This black feather fringe makes the perfect cape for a witch named Raven, don't you think?
Raven was just listed in my etsy shop.  I have lots of fun Halloween spooks haunting my shop.  I hope you will go have a look around.
I will be loading up and leaving for my first show of the season just three weeks from tomorrow!  I'm excited and nervous at the same time.  I've never done the Holly Berry Folk Art Festival so I don't know exactly what to expect.  I hope they love my little people!  I've been working hard all summer to have a really nice selection of one of a kind pieces to show.  I can't wait to see them all displayed in a big group! 
Well, I still have lots of things to make for the upcoming shows, so I probably better get back to the studio.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


I've spent a good chunk of the last few months working on Halloween characters for my upcoming shows.  One morning I woke at 5:30 and the first thing that popped in my head was pirates...."I think I should make some pirates."  Ideas come to me at odd times and all hours of the day.  It keeps me on my toes, for sure! 

Now, I suppose pirates are not really Halloween.  These guys are not kids dressed as pirates, but the real deal. 

First up was Bartamus.  I had Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in my head when I was creating this one.  I spent several long minutes shopping the yarn aisle at Hobby Lobby to come up with the right one to make dreadlocks.  I'm pleased with the results.

Initially I didn't put a beard on him, but I thought he needed one after the fact.  I gave him a '5:00 shadow' instead with some black pastels.  He just looked too clean-cut without it! 
Next was Cortez.  I wanted to do one that had Pirate's treasure in it, and also try my hand at a tri-corn hat.  I made the tiny chest and filled it with gold pieces and Swarovski crystals and some gold chain.

I love his long, pointed nose.  He does have a sinister look about him, doesn't he?

Of course, all self-respecting pirates drink their fair share (and then some) of rum, so I couldn't let this pirate theme go on without one having a bottle of rum. 
I like the combination of dreadlocks and the hat on this one.  The feather is a nice finishing touch.  Oh, and his name, of course, is Captain Morgan!
And this is Argus.  Perhaps the scariest of the bunch.  Peg-legged and carrying a walking stick made of a skull and bones, he's not one you would want to cross. 

I think he represents all things pirate. 
I intended to make one more, with a parrot on his shoulder, but it was time to move on to other ideas that were screaming to get out of my head.  I had a lot of fun with the pirates and am anxious to hear what you all think. 
It's a rainy day here today and a good day for working in the studio without feeling like I'm missing out on summer!  I'm working on Santas today.  Never too early to work on Christmas! 
Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Art Doll Quarterly

Once again I am thrilled to announce that two of my witches are gracing the pages of Art Doll Quarterly Magazine!  YAY!!  The fall issue will be available on newsstands on Friday, August 1st. 

This is the fourth time my work has appeared in this magazine, but it still excites me so much to see my dolls on these pages with so many other talented artists.  As an artist, I am always second guessing myself.  I think all artists do that to some degree.  But when your hard work is acknowledged by a publication like Art Doll Quarterly, it makes you feel like perhaps you are doing things right!
Here are some pictures of the dolls in the magazine.  I know, the scans are blurry here.  Sorry about that.  

Here are pictures of the actual dolls, Clara and Hagatha Crow:

When ADQ contacted me about my acceptance into the magazine, the asked me to send in Violet as well.  She appeared in the online preview of the magazine, but for some reason she was taken out in the final edit.  I don't know why.  I thought I would show her here, too, so she doesn't feel badly about getting edited.  

Three of my artist friends have awesome feature articles in this issue:   LeeAnn Kress of Charmed Confections, Marguerite Noschese of My Witchy Women, and Carly Smith of Boggy Bottom Bayou.  (You should remember them from our awesome Witches of Giggleswick Blog Hop last fall.)Well done, Witches!
Thanks for dropping in.  I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


As you know, I have been working super hard to ready myself for my big show season.  I have about EIGHT WEEKS left.  I know to some of you that seems like a nice stretch of time.  Trust me, it's NOT!  I have so many hats to wear as a one woman show that sometimes I don't get them all put on in a timely manner!  But, I'm here for a minute, so let me show you a few of the new things I have been working on.

SKELETONS!!  I made a few last year and they seemed to be well loved.  I thought I would sort of pair them off this year. 

Bonita Bones and Night Watchman
As you know, I'm a sucker for these fun tutu dresses on my dolls.  I love this glitter-dot tulle.  Her fella is dressed up in a fine suit.  He's been keeping an eye on his watch, because as we all know, girls tend to take so much extra time when getting ready for a fancy party.  He's afraid they might be late.

Charming Skelly and Belladonna Bones
I enjoy a play on words and try to always come up with something clever for my characters.  I had these cool skull embellishments and decided to make charms from them for this unique skeleton.  I wanted to do something in only black and white.  His shirt is made from silk, no sewing, just tucking, folding and gluing.  I was pleased with the result. 
Belladonna gets her name because she is carrying a vial of poison.  There is a tiny hand-drawn skull and crossbones on the label of the bottle.  More of the fun dotted tulle on her dress, and I decided this time to polka dot the top.  It matches Charming Skelly's hat. 

Skelly Bat Jack and Skelly Sparkle
OK, maybe not my most imaginative names, but I do like this pair, in traditional orange and black.  His suit is trimmed with glitter to coordinate with her glittered tulle skirt.  The jack o'lantern, bats and the black cat head are all nods to traditional Halloween things.

Skelly Boo and Skelly Cat
I made Skelly Boo last year, and thought he needed a companion.  These are sort of the 'younger' skellies, on a more casual day.  I like the pairing of the stripes of his shirt with the dots of hers.  Her skirt is made from chenille fringe. 
(Whenever I see Skelly Cat, I think of "Smelly Cat"---remember Phoebe from Friends, and her quirky song "Smelly Cat"?  It plays it my head now..."Smelly cat, smeeellly cat, what are they feeding you?  Smelly cat, smeeellly's not your fault!"  Now you can have that odd tune running in your head all day! LOL!)

Skelly Goes Haunting and Shelly Skelly
These are a bit of a departure from the usual color schemes of Halloween, but that's why I like them so much!  Purple is my favorite color after all!  I was able to mix the clay color to match the tulle and crepe paper really well.  The Happy Haunting sign is textured to look like old wood, stamped with an acrylic stamp, and then 'antiqued' with black paint.  More of those great glittered bats.  They always add a nice little touch, I think.
While I have these skeletons paired off, they are all available separately.  I have a few of them listed in my etsy shop. I've slowly been getting new Halloween things listed.  I hope you will go have a look around. 
I've managed to put together a nice collection of Halloween characters to start off my show season, so now I'm moving on to working on Christmas folks.  Christmas in July.....that sounds about right!
Off to work!
Thanks for stopping and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HEDWIG, the wicked witch

OK.  Where has the time gone?  I have been working like crazy to get ready for FIVE BIG SHOWS I have this fall, so I have barely had time for anything else!  I thought, perhaps, it might be wise to check in here so you all don't think I have fallen off the planet.

Today I am giving you a little peak at one of my new favorite witches, Hedwig.  She is a little bit evil, carrying around those skulls.  Where did she get them?  I'm afraid to ask!  She looks like the sort of witch you don't want to cross!

I just love a green-faced witch.  Hedwig has grey eyes with dark shadows beneath them, a bit of rosiness to her cheeks, and of course, a couple of warts!

This picture gives a great view of her impressive profile.  Now THAT is a nose to be proud of!

I love discovering new embellishments to add to my art dolls.  This lovely fringe is made of threads and narrow satin ribbons, in shades of ivory, beige and grey.  It makes a perfect cape! 
About the Witches of Giggleswick....if you remember last year, we had that wonderful blog hop.  Two of our coven have worked very hard to give us an additional online presence.  We have this facebook page set up so we can share our love of Halloween and our Halloween art.  Be sure to click on the 'photos' button beneath the banner, and then click on the 'albums' button.  Each artist has two albums, one is a gallery of past work, and the other is a collection of art available to purchase.  LeeAnn and Carly have assembled a very nice group of artists.  I encourage you to go 'like' our page, and check out all the photo albums.  See that button on my sidebar for the Witches of Giggleswick?  Click it, and it will take you there.
I have added a new tab along the top of this page, Show Schedule.  Click it if you are interested in finding out where I will be showing this fall.  I hope to see some of you at one or more of my shows! 
OK...I have a to do list that seems to never get any shorter, so I must get back to work.  I am going to TRY to get here a bit more often now.  I finally have taken some pictures of some of my newest pieces, and I'm dying to show them to you!
Have a wonderfully wicked day!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ezmerelda, A Wicked Witch

The thing I love about creating Halloween characters is that anything goes!  Sometimes, the uglier, the better.  As is the case with Ezmerelda.....

Now, that is one ugly witch!  Green face, great big nose, wonky eyes, dark shadows, and even a few warts!  She is quite wicked, so you better watch out.  She's keeping an eye on you!
I spent a lot of time on her, getting the details just right.  First she was sculpted from polymer clay...purple and orange striped stockings, black boots and the top of her dress (saggy boobs and all), and of course her wicked green face and hands. 
I added a skirt, cloak and hat made from black micro-suede fabric.  The skirt is trimmed with black velvet ribbon and a ribbon flower.  The cloak is lined with deep purple satin.  Two silver brads, orange Swarovski crystals and a bit of chain attach the cloak.  The hat was made from paper and covered with the fabric, then trimmed with flowing purple silk ribbons and a Swarovski crystal.  She has a crepe paper collar, and chenille trim and crystals on her boots.  I used grey wool roving to create her long wild hair.

Ezmerelda is ready to fly off at any moment on her broom.  A glittered foam bat soars from her wrist with wire.  She stands on a golden clay base that is covered with glass glitter.
I just listed this wicked old girl in my etsy shop.  You can find the listing here.  Lots of new spooks will be trickling into the shop in the coming days and weeks, so keep checking back! 
We survived a very ugly storm last evening.  Tornadoes were nearby but thankfully they didn't hit our area.  But there is storm damage from wind and lightening and rain all through the city, and many people are without power.  We were blessed.  Others were not quite so lucky.  It was a doozy!  It's just the beginning of severe storm season here in Eastern Nebraska.  While I love a good thunderstorm, I could do without heading to the basement for tornadoes! 
I hope you all have a safe and happy day!