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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Birdie, the scarecrow doll on: September 20, 2014 02:25:03 PM
I don't know about you guys, but I am so ready for fall! The weather keeps teasing me here and there by cooling off, then sky rocketing back up. Gaaah.
Anyway, what better way to prepare for fall than to make some fall inspired dolls?
I've been dying to make a scarecrow doll for quite awhile now and am sooo happy with the way she turned out!

Meet Birdie!

Birdie spends her days in the fields bird watching.
She just loves birds. She loves their songs and pretty colors. She loves watching them fly.
More than anything, she'd love to befriend a bird.
She tries to offer them seeds to eat. She tries talking to them nicely.
For some reason though, they are all frightened of her.
She simply can not understand why...

Birdie was hand sewn and hand painted by me.
Her face has been sealed with a matte varnish.
Her hair is a tan faux fur. It is sewn on.
Her clothing is removable.

She is about 5 inches tall.
She is wired to allow her to hold some poses. She can not stand on her own. Her dress allows her to sit on her own easily though!

She was made from my original Pixie design.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / We're all mad here! Chessa, the Cheshire cat art doll on: June 06, 2014 10:25:31 AM
This girl has been sitting in my sketchbook for about a year, waiting for me to get around to creating her.
I've recently started making little bitty dolls, and it was the perfect base to finally make my cheshire girl.
I have to admit, she's my favorite doll I've made to date!
It was sooooo hard sending her off!

This is Chessa.

She's 5 and a half inches tall if you count her big kitty ears Smiley

She's wired so she can hold some poses!

I painted her with acrylic paints and sealed her with a matte varnish.

She's a bit mad, but I hear only the best people are. Wink

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dandelion, a little pixie doll on: May 25, 2014 04:09:55 PM
Hi guys!
I just had to share my newest little doll with everyone!
I'm extra excited about her because she's the first doll I've managed to make with a removable outfit. I am SO clueless when it comes to making clothing. No idea why...some kind of crazy block or something. After two weeks of making and remaking the same dress though, I finally made a basic dress I was actually happy with.
I'm just glad my little pixies don't have to run around naked now Wink

Anyway, this is Dandelion!

She's just five inches tall Smiley

She's also wired so that she can be posed!

Her hair is made of faux fur.
Her face was painted using acrylic paint and sealed with a matte varnish.

My favorite part is every part of her outfit can come off (dress, tutu, and panties) so that she can actually be played with and redressed! (Or, in my two year old's case, she can be made to run around naked. Go figure Wink )
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / River, the water pixie on: January 30, 2014 02:46:48 PM
Hi all!
Gosh, it's been waaay too long since I last posted here!

I wanted to share my latest doll with you guys.
This is River, the water pixie:

She is about 10.5" tall.
She can't sit or stand without something to assist her, but she can still be manipulated into some fun poses!
Her clothing is not removable.

Hope you guys like her!
I so can't wait to make more of these pixies!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Birthday Monster! (plush furry monster) on: May 29, 2013 09:36:14 PM
My little boy has been asking me for months to make him a monster.
His birthday is next week (June 8th), so I knew it was time to finally create what he wanted!

He was VERY specific about what he wanted his monster to look like.
He had to have green hair, a blue face, black arms and legs, and blue shoes.

He's about 11 inches tall if you count his legs.
He's made of faux fur and cotton.

His face and shoes were painted with acrylics and sealed with a matte varnish.

I love this guy so much, I'm secretly happy he's for my son (so he gets to live here)!

I think I'm going to have to ask my soon to be 4 year old for more monster advice in the future.  Wink
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Cuddle of Pocket Fluffs! (mini plush monsters) - Pic Heavy! on: April 07, 2013 08:30:30 PM
Hi guys!
Haven't posted in a few weeks so I thought I'd share my latest endeavor with you all!
I LOVE little bitty things...especially pocket sized plush, so I knew I needed to create pocket sized monsters.

It all started with this first little Pocket Fluff...

These guys are about 4.5 inches tall and 3 inches wide.
My three year old wanted to help me take a size reference pic...

It turns out, these little fluffs quickly multiply...because not long after, this happened:

And then this!

This little one gets a photo all alone just because I love the colors Wink :

After that, things really started getting out of hand.
A whole cuddle of Pocket Fluffs appeared!
("Cuddle" is the collective name for Pocket Fluffs, of course!)

I also discovered they're not all the same size.
This particular guy is shorter and chubbier than the others.
He's about 3 inches tall and 4 inches wide. (He claims that makes him more loveable though!)

And, my personal favorite. The runt of his cuddle.
This teeny guy is 2.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide.

They're all made from faux fur.
Their faces were painted by me using acrylic paint and sealed with a matte varnish.

I have so much fun making these little ones, I fear they will take over the WORLD (or maybe just my teeny little art room LOL).
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Oona the Bubble Guppy (plush doll) on: March 13, 2013 09:49:50 PM
I've always wanted to make a mermaid, so I was pretty excited when I was asked to make a doll based off a character from Bubble Guppies.

Oona is nine and a half inches tall.
Her hair is felt and her body is fleece and cotton.
She's actually the first doll I've made with felt hair!

I painted her face with artist acrylics and sealed it with a matte varnish.

I think the biggest challenge for me with this doll was finding a balance between her still being recognized as my style, while remaining true to her cartoon self. Smiley
I'm really happy with how she turned out! My one year old daughter has already made it very clear that she wants one also lol.

Now hopefully I can finally get that theme song out of my head....aaaaaaagh!  Grin
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet my newest muse, Elaine! (24 inch jointed cloth art doll) on: February 27, 2013 10:13:08 PM
Hi guys!
Haven't posted in awhile so I thought I'd share my newest commissioned girl, Elaine.

She was a bit of a diva when I was making her. She demanded I throw away the first head I made for her and start again.
Thankfully, she's quite pleased with her appearance now.

Elaine is about 24 inches tall.
She's jointed in the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. Her fingers are wired.
Her face was painted with acrylics and sealed with a matte varnish.
She was made from my own pattern that I refer to as the "Muse."

I love making these ladies, but everytime I finish one, I remember why I only make one every few months...they wear me out!  Cheesy
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Mini Invasion of Glove Monsters on: January 04, 2013 08:38:15 PM

My studio seems to have attracted an invasion of glove monsters.
It all started innocently enough...

About a month ago, this little guy showed up.

He seemed sweet and huggable. How could I say no to him?

I thought I was safe...until today.
Three more appeared today.

All four of them were terribly hyper cooped up in the house, so I took them outside to play together (and hopefully wear them out!).

Now I'm afraid to see what next month will bring...

The glove monsters are all about 6 and a half inches tall, and 5 and a half inches wide (counting their arms).
They were each made from a single glove.
Their faces were painted by me using acrylic paint and sealed with a matte varnish.

I've been having way too much fun playing with these little guys...and I unfortunately have quite an impressive supply of gloves to create more with.  Grin
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jinx, my little troublemaker (cloth art doll) on: December 16, 2012 09:32:30 PM
I should've known I was too lucky.
All the dolls I've ever created have been too sweet.
I was bound to end up with a naughty one eventually.

This is Jinx.

Jinx is a bit of a wild child.
She's really not bad at heart.

She tries to be good...but it's just so much more fun causing trouble.

I have to admit, I was so excited about making this doll.
I'm going to be sad when I send her off to her new home.
I guess that means I'm doomed to have another troublemaker in the future. Wink

Jinx is about 12 inches tall, counting her long legs.
I painted her face with acrylics and sealed it with a matte varnish.
Her body is fleece and cotton, and she's wearing a removable tulle tutu (because seriously...tutus are just fun.)
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