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« on: June 27, 2008 07:32:05 PM »

Here is one of the tiny art dolls I made for the "dotee doll" swap that is currently going on.  But when she was finished I thought she looked borderline creepy and wasn't sure if any of my swap partners would like it, so I decided to keep her.  She has since grown on me and I am glad I have her.  To me she looks like a sort of wise old lady, or maybe a ghost butterfly or maybe just a slightly eerie little doll having a strange hair day.. Wink





These little dolls are really fun to make and very addictive too!
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2008 07:55:17 PM »

She's wonderful.
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2008 08:05:46 PM »

I don't think she is creepy at all! She is beautiful.  Dotees rock!
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2008 08:58:37 PM »

I don't think she's scary at all.  You did a beautiful job on her!  I love the butterfly wings.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2008 10:28:27 PM »

I think she's beautiful, and not really creepy at all.

All your dolls have been so lovely - I'm really glad to have you in the swap.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2008 03:48:06 AM »

Well, that just shows how much I know about "creepy", eh? Cheesy

The funny thing is, I really *want* to be able to make creepy-cute or creepy beautiful dolls, you know the ones that are kind of dark or strange looking but intriguing at the same time....

I hope hope hope I can do the additional dottee doll swaps because I'm determined to get the hang of it and reach my creepy doll making goal, as well as continue to build up my tribe of dolls from around the world. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2008 04:08:19 AM »

I love it, love the detail, and its slight creepyness, I think its the face, I still love it! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2008 05:40:00 AM »

She's Beautiful, I'd be well impressed to make a doll come out looking like her.  As it is, my creations are always slightly funny-looking... hmm
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2008 07:04:25 AM »

OMG!!!! You have done an excellent work!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2008 08:40:46 AM »

is this an ongoing swap???  I want to do this!  these look sooo fun...Lmcbride you have inspired me!!!   I wanna play!!
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2008 10:01:12 AM »

Below is the original thread, which I think should have a link in it to the gallery, and I *think* signups for round 2 will start in early July.  Sorry I can't be more specific, I'm a little too scattered to do the proper searching but this should help you get started.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248305.110
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2008 09:21:56 AM »

I think her face has a wistful look...like she's pondering something wonderful!
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2008 07:06:43 PM »

I like her. Smiley Are her wings made with shrinky dink stuff?
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2008 03:32:17 AM »

No, but I kinda wish they were at this point!  They are made out of clip art printed onto vellum.  They have a beautiful, ethereal quality to them, however in this oppressive humidity we are having here, the wings are all curling backwards into an almost unrecognizable shape.  I may have to iron them out or something. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2008 06:48:48 PM »

Beautiful, it is a little earie but more in a pans labryinth kinda way, AWeSome D
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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2008 03:52:30 AM »

Now that is about the best complement I could get!  However I can't even take any credit for the face, it's just a push mold clay face.   Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2008 09:54:02 PM »

"slightly scary Butterfly Doll" - it is, but in that awesome I want one but. . . I'll put it in a drawer when I go to sleep kind of way!  I have just tonight heard of "Dotee Dolls" and am having a hard time figuring out what they are!!  Have you tried putting your doll in a dry place or maybe even a cooler place to straighten those crinkled wings up?
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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2008 03:48:49 AM »

You know, I don't call the dolls I make "dotee dolls"....  no offense to the lady named Dottee who has a website and I take it markets them as such, but plenty of other folks have been making teeny dolls for roughly the past 30,000 years or so  Wink -  so the ones I make are actually "Lmcbride dollls", and if you make one it's officially a "Joanie Beans Doll"  Smiley   So, what people are calling "dotee dolls" are just tiny art dolls.   Apparently some of the things that you must have to be a dotee doll are a loop for hanging and be under 5" in length.  I also noticed on the dotee website that most of them don't have arms, so maybe that's another trait specific to the official dotees?  That's all I really know about it...  I always called mine talisman or amulet dolls depending on whether my goal was to make a doll that possesed magical qualities to draw certain things toward me or repel other things away from me.   Smiley

On craftster there is someone named knickertwist I think who has a blog that shows her awesome little spirit dolls, and there is also a voodoo doll craftalong for more examples of the wonderous world of tiny dolls. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2008 09:52:33 PM »

Ok, then I can get behind these.  I just thought they were creepy armless lil dolls that were hung from things - but if they are talisman dolls or guidance items, I think its very cool!  Did you unwrinkle those lil wings yet?  I might try to make one and see what comes out.
When you say you want them to repel/ attract things, do you add items like herbs or gemstones to them to draw the power - or are you casting small spells over them to give them "power"?  I think it would be neat to have a sage stuffed doll - as I hear sage is a good protections.  However, I'm unsure if its only when the sage is burned that it does its job.
Anyway, I hope I didn't offend you by calling it dotee - and I do really appreciate your explanation!
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« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2008 05:53:02 AM »

No, no, I'm not offended in any way by the concept or title of "dotee dolls"!  I just think a lot of people don't think of them with that name, and I certainly had no idea what a "dotee" was, but then I saw them and realized it was just one more of  many names for "little dolls", whether they be made for art's sake or any other purpose.  I say the more little dolls the merrier, and we can all call them whatever we want!

For me, intention is everything.  When I am making a doll I am thinking, feeling, meditating, on specific things that I want to imbue the doll with - for the butterfly dolls I recently made, I just wanted to send out the beauty and special sense of delight that we feel when we see a butterfly flitting along, but also retain that strange insect quality that they have.  When I make a doll for myself and my intention is to draw or repel something specific, then I also use materials, colors, and other objects that hold personal meaning for me in relation to my intentions.

I haven't used much in the way of gemstones or herbs, but I can see how someone would want to.

From what I can gather from the dotee lady's website, her intention with making and sharing the dolls and encouraging others is just to share happiness amongst everyone, which sounds groovy enough to me. Smiley

The paper wings seem to curl and uncurl with the humidity level, so I'm just watching them do so for the time being. Smiley
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