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Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time

I've been working on a baby doll pattern and class for several months, and today I finally finished it. I can hardly believe it! This was a huge amount of work and I'm so glad it's done. I really love the pattern and doll. She is so sweet. I have never really made baby dolls before I started drafting and tweaking this pattern. I feel kind of like I did when I made my first pair of faerie

I'm making a baby.I'm making soft doll parts that mimic hard ones (like porcelain dolls or old fashioned play dolls. I want the arms and legs to swing, and I want them to keep their shape. This is my design so far. I put round pieces of wood in the very ends and made a gathering stitch to close them up. In this picture, you can sort of see where this is going. You are looking at an inside-out body pattern, and I'm

FRANCESCA- Hippy Faerie Tutorial- Embossing on Fantasy Film for "Far-Out Wings"click on the images to view a larger , more detailed versionI've invented a funky technique for making very "groovy" wings. The wings are easy to make, and fun. All you need is Fantasy Film, a simple stamp, embossing powder, an iron and some basic tools. They come out looking "brandished" and make me think of stained glass or "stained crystal" or ice.Since my doll came out looking like a Hippy, her

This is an old cobblestone street in the Old City of Tzfat, Israel. Tzfat is located in the mountains in Northern Israel, and has ancient historical roots. My friend lives on this very street, and it is where I spent the Passover holiday. I used to live in this city. It's an amazing place with mazy, twisty cobblestone roads that take you back to another era in time. It felt good to be back there.My friend and I decided to have some fun with

"You will never be in the best society unless you can learn to stand on your heads," she kept saying to them; and every now and then she would show them how it was done. -Oscar Wildeclick on the picture to enlargeThis is a mixed media oil-on-canvas / collage painting that I created just for fun. It began with no meaning at all and evolved into something quite intriguing! Somehow I really love this painting. It has so

My Paperclay got kind of dried out. I wanted to use it, but it had been stored just a little too long, and I just couldn't "work it." Although it wasn't "hard as stone," it was awfully crumbly and really did not stick. Adding water didn't make things better, because the clay was "hardish" on the inside, and got gooey on the outside. It was unmanageable.How could I save the clay? I hate waste! Especially when it involves

Way back in 2005, a group of women from around the world (including myself) decided to collaborate on a doll project called "Flat Stanley." It's based on a classic children's book in which a flat boy named Stanley is sent around the world in an envelope to other children, and they write about Stanley's adventures with them in the area they live in. We adapted the idea to suit our artful needs: each person was to create a journal and a flat