Friday, 26 June 2009

And the Response is ...

Underwhelming. That's right, no one wants to play Wiz challenges with me. Well, okay, I can always try later. But for now, I have a bizillion things to think about. I finished the Grande Dame and ... she has problems and is now sitting in front of my little girl's bedroom door.

She isn't fit to show anyone, which is a shame, her face was just lovely. Until I stuffed it (literally) and because her mouth was low down on her face, it almost disappeared entirely. It pulled and by the time I had finished, she looked like she should have been a reality show moaning about a lousy plastic surgeon. I am really happy with the Mini Grandes, they work a treat. So the acid test is the mid sized girly, I think I can use her to sort out issues with the large doll, so I can then turn around to make Grande Dame Mk2. Stay tuned.

I am focusing on my fabric range at the moment. So as you can see, its been about two weeks between drinks. So will endevour to talk to me self on a public forum more often. I have to tell you about my idea. Its brewing, I'll get the range out of the way and then post the idea here ... maybe. Stay groovy, if I can bare it and not crack my camera lense, I'll post a picture of my not so grande grande.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The Tin Man's Heart Challenge ...

Now my lovelies, its time to unveil the first Wizard of Oz + Gone With the Wind 70th Anniversary Arts & Crafts  Saturnalia (try saying that five times really fast).  There will be a logo for this momentous event soon.  But here is the first challenge:-

Using whatever medium you love (art dolls, mixed media, ATC's, spinning, knitting, polymer clay ... whatever floats yer boat) come up with an item of your choice no taller than 15cm (6 inches) based on the theme "The Tin Man's Heart".  You have until the 10th of July to sign on and then one month to complete your piece.  When done place a clear, well photographed image of your piece on the challenge flickr album.  You will have to be invited to join this group, so when you are done you will need to let me know that you have something to show so I can invite you to tell!

Look on the left for the Button for the swap, and please don't forget to link back to me!

all the best creatively


Monday, 15 June 2009

the 70th Anniversary Year ... The Wizard of Oz & Gone With the Wind

What a year 1939 was.  It was the year that saw the planet plunged into war and it was the year that saw not one, but two films make an impact on us all that would still last until today.

You must be living under a rock if you don't know the two films I mean, my two all time favourite movies ... The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind.

So, in honour of this momentous event, I thought I might propose a few challenges, celebrating these amazing films.

In the next week, I'll get the first badge for the first challenge done.  I will open the challenge for 20 folks, if I can get twenty.  If, by some major miracle, there are more folks wanting to play then I'll open the challenge up for some more.

So, if you want to make an art doll, a mini quilt, mix media you cat or pop a piece of mail art into the post then this is something fun.  Family teams (mum and daughters/sons/sisters/aunties/friends whatever, can team up to play and then post the pics to a flickr album I'll have organised along with the buttons.  There will be at least two swaps, one will be a christmas decoration swap.  You will have to make two christmas decorations based on either the Wizard of Oz or Gone With the Wind and then post them off to your buddy in time for christmas.  If we are all having too much fun, then maybe we keep it going in the new year but considering there is only me so far ... we'll see what transpires.

Okay, the first challenge will be called "The Tin Man's Heart".  Because it's the first challenge, I'll say you can make it in whatever style you feel comfortable with, but nothing bigger than 6 inches (roughly 15cm for all of us metric folks).  I'll take folks wanting to be part of the challenge from now until the 30th of June.  So if you want to sign up, please leave a comment or send me an email and let me know!!

Oh, btw check out the Amazon links if you want to order the amazing special editions that have been done for the films, I am drooling already!

Monday, 8 June 2009

I really like this...

I love this little tin. It's Japanese but with a serious French retro twist. And the little lollies inside it were seriously yummy.

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A mini grande - a madamoiselle!

So I am supposed to be writing. The house is quiet, hubby and baby at the park. Heaters on, house is warming up and ... I thought I would post a pic of my mini practice doll in readiness for the approaching completion of the grand dame. I figured if I could get the mini version working, my grande dame should be a breeze. Anyway, here she is. Oh, by the way ... I have had an idea. I think it's a beauty. If your lucky, I might just let you in on it. But you have to be good.

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Another cat pic

I wasn't going to post any more cat pics but this was taken on the iPhone and I think it looks great. The cat was catching some almost winter sunlight, the shadows were exactley the way you see them. I think I might have to take back what I said about the iPhone "cam" .

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Saturday, 6 June 2009

A Quick Show and Tell ...

I loved painting this piece, well I say paint but it had paint, copic marker, prisma color pencil, lace, paper and bits on it. She looks haughty and she has a wee bit of opal shimmer on her "do" to give it a bit of omphhh. I like her.

My problem child. A small art quilt with a hand drawn centre (don't panic, I have spelt "centre" correctly at least for all of us here in Australia, NZ and the Uk). It was for another swap. It took a great deal of time to finish. But it had problems.

A mixed media painting done by me, some od the detail can't be seen at this res but at least it gives a rough idea of how its supposed to look.

This is a wee dollie thing I did for a swap awhile back. She is five inches tall. Not my usual style but I thought I would give it a go.


Just thought I would pop a couple of examples of my work up, so you can see what I do. I am frantically working away at my textile design, and my book is eating my brain a bit ... but I will post again in the next couple of days, so I can have an excuse to do some more work on the Grande Dame. Not that I need an excuse.