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!