Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Complete with a polkadot pink pixie hat, butterfly wings and a cupcake liner skirt! Lori, I hope you like her! She'll ship out first thing after the holiday weekend.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I then cut out the center of the skirt so that I can form it around the doll.
To create the glittery letters for the top of the fairy box, I print out whatever word I am going to use in a storybook gray-scale font and fill in with this silvery glitter glue. After the glitter glue dries, I painstakingly cut out each letter and apply to the top of the fairy box. It can be a tedious process, but I think the results are worth it.
Check back in on Friday for the final steps and to see a few of the fairies completed and ready to fly off to their new homes.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Next comes the hands. Roll a ball of paper clay into a log...
And flatten one end into a paddle shape...The paddle shape end is then cut and shaped into fingers and smoothed with a paintbrush and water.
Legs start as logs too, with the ends gently shaped into shoes. At this point, one could pull the end of the foot into a curly point, like a pixie boot.
Now tiny holes are inserted into the ends of the arms and feet for wiring into the armature. But in the meanwhile, this little lady needs a neck and breastplate.
To make the armature, I used 18 gauge floral wire, cut into appropriate lengths, inserting ends into the arms, legs and breast plates to form the body shape. The armature is then padded out with foil and wrapped in white floral paper tape.
As you can see, most have a hairstyle, sculpted out of the paper clay, but I also like the old fashioned look of painted on hair, so I leave one bald for the time being. To add strength, all of these figures are gessoed before being painted.
And speaking of paint....
All painted and lined up in a row, these funny little gals remind me of those old bathing beauties photos. Like these ones ...here
I'll be getting these little one's costumed and finished up today. Then onto the boxes. And then I have to get to work on my 2007 fall line! Lori can you see your fairy in there? Calamity Kim, can you spot the beginnings of your Red Riding Hood? Another one of these fairies will be finished to carry some encouragement to a family that has a lot going on right now. Another might become a cupcake fairy, still another, a Harvest time fairy... which reminds me.....
I am so blessed this year to be a part of PFATT, where we will be celebrating Halloween in June! One of the little fairies above and the little pumpkin pixie below (when she's finished, of course) will be available for sale during the celebration! I'll have another giveaway for that as well!
Also coming up this fall, I am excited to announce that I will be participating in the fabulous A Cottage Boutique show in Northern California. What an honor it will be to be in the same show as the likes of Stacy French and Christine LeFever. The promoter, and folk artist extraordinaire, Kerry Howard-Schmidt of Paper Moon Gallery, does a fantastic job of promoting this show. We'll even have an ad in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nervous! If you are in the area please consider stopping by and checking us out.
Well I best get back to the workshop! Those little fairies are calling out for some party dresses, hats and, of course, wings!!! Check back in with me on Tuesday for more pictures and updates. Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
To my happy surprise, despite my infrequent visits to blogland lately, two sweet ladies, Bella Enchanted and Patti of Treasure Barn tagged me to share 7 random facts and habits about myself. I think I am kind of boring, but here's a few anyhow...
1. I am a magazine junkie. I probably have over 500 copies of Romantic Home, ME's Home Companion, Country Living, Dollhouse Miniatures, Polymer Cafe among others collecting dust in my laundry room. And I can't.bear.to.part.with.one.
2. I am a huge LOST fan. We have recorded almost every episode and we analyze them to pieces!
3. I am a recovering hypochondriac. I don't imagine myself to be ill, but I do have a great fear of becoming ill, and therefore, can't even pass the heath and medical section of the bookstore without breaking into a cold sweat. Ironically, I work as a program manager for a large non profit that deals with the very health issues that most scare me!
4. I also have a great fear of flying, but I love to travel so much, that I fly anyway (usually assisted by a glass of white wine).
5. My job requires me to travel statewide. So I spend a lot of time behind the wheel. There have been many weeks where I have logged 2000 miles in 6 days. Therefore, I love my XM Satellite radio. I highly recommend it to anyone of you who have to travel extensively or have a long commute.
6. I could give up all foods except for bread, cheese and chocolate. Oooh, and maybe mashed potatoes.
7.When I can't sleep at night, reruns of TV shows, such as, I Love Lucy and Rosanne, seem to soothe me right to sleep. It must be the domesticity of them?
My turn to do some tagging!!!!
Hi Ladies! If you don't mind sharing, feel free to consider yourself tagged to list 7 random facts about yourselves in one of your blog posts.
Now for something wonderful!!!
I was so fortunate to be able to obtain this lovely corsage from Kim at Ragged Roses through her Esty shop. Isn't the packaging sweet? She even included an extra gift. What a treat is was to find this treasure in my mailbox at the end of a long workday!
Well I am off to begin work on the giveaway fairy for Lori. I'll be back soon with pictures of my progress. Happy Saturday Everyone, and I wish you all a most beautiful Mother's Day.