Saturday, July 30, 2011

So, I'm back in the sewing room today, in my favorite apron and covered in flesh colored paint. With issues with work, friends and various other things in my life, my hands have also started to crap out on me again. I've had carpel tunnel surgery before and really don't want to do it again if it only means 6 months of maybe being pain free.

It's the worst thing in the world to be an artist and not be able to use your hands. It's why I don't do colored pencil work anymore because it takes weeks to do even a simple piece to my standards. The dolls where a safe thing, or so I thought. You forget about the picking up of needles, scissors and hell, even holding a paint brush. I feel like the cosmos are against me at the moment for this craft fair. I want to do it, but the more things keep happening, I’m not sure if I really really want to anymore. It makes me sad.

BUT!!!I'm working on something exciting at the moment. I can't wait until she is closer to done. I'm also going to try something new with doll hair on these next 3. I hope I can have them mostly completed by tomorrow evening.

Friday, July 29, 2011

sighs

might not be doing the craft fair after all now... am not really happy about this, but will post more when head is clear.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The battle of the cards

For something so freakin simple, it's taken me 2 weeks to create and send out my business cards for printing!!! I went through Vista print this time around and they kept trying to cut off the lovely border around my design! I finally broke down and just redid the whole thing because, somehow, I ended up setting up the original to the wrong size! So frustrating!!!

I haven't been working as diligently either for the craft fair either. I’ve dealt with a mass bought of depression recently that just sucked the life from me completely and doing another remotely crafty took so much time and energy. (Not even kidding here, it took hours to make a few arms and legs when I’ve been known to crank out several sets in an hour!) This isn't something new though. I’ve fought on and off with depression and summers seem to be the worst time for me. I’m still focused to do this. I have a wonderful group of people that support me and I know I can do it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

W00T!!!

After much playing around with things, I've finally figured things out! Now! On to business card design and this will all be done except for the fun crafting parts!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Don't mind the dust

Look! Up there in the address bar! Yep! I bought a domain!!!

Everything is going under a huge makeover right now to give me a more organized/thought out/professional look. It means graphic design work... again, but after raiding my fabric stash, i found a favorite piece of fabric that might become my new best friend. Keep checking back for updates and hope the dust settles soon!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Busy Busy!

I was abducted at the park and ride by Shadow, taken to dinner and then spent the night at his house. It was the past night of sleep I’ve had in about a month. I don’t know what it is about his basement. It’s dark and scary, but I always manage to pass out on the couch. After a good night of sleep, there was a bbq and then pizza later back at his house until he brought me home around 10. I crashed again shortly after getting home but was not able to sleep much past 7am when everyone seems to stomp around here.
After getting back from the movies this morning, I was back in my borrowed studio working again on dolls. The new pattern is a bust. It’s just to chunky for me and I don’t think there is a way to get the spindly limbs I love so much from cloth. There are other flaws as well, but the biggest was the final look of the doll. It was a good idea, but just not the style I’m after. I had also started working again on an Alice doll that had been sitting in pieces for some time. After finishing her today, I’m fully in love and know my skills have improved since I started a year ago. I plan on making a sister for her out of the same print fabric, but in pink. I used a pricey lace on her I had originally bought for a blouse for myself, but I think it’s better suited to this pair. After finishing her, I was back to sculpting limbs like a made women. I have much sewing to do still as well as the ordering of business cards and possibly a small banner. Though I’m scared shitless for the craft fair in August, I’m also very much excited and decided that if my brother bails, I’ll employ a friend to help me for the day.

I know give you doll porn! XD


Miss Alice, not the best shot, but it served its purpose!


Project Kitty, this was from last weekend. She now waiting on hair since someone forgot to match the paint to the color yarn she had stashed. Kitty may get a second go because this one turned out more adult looking then i had pictured.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A quote from Uncle Walt

“A lot of people put more hard work into their hobbies than they do into their bread-and-butter occupations. That’s because the hobbies are jobs they really love to do. A person ought to feel the same about the way he earns his living. Your work ought to be something you’d want to do if you didn’t get a penny for doing it.


“Every now and then you read in the papers about some many who couldn’t get a job and put all his time on his hobby. By doing the best work possible on a task which interested him, he eventually found he had created something other people were willing to pay him for doing. Which shows what John Ruskin meant when he wrote “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” - Walt Disney


So for those that don't know, I am a bit of a Disney nut. Not just in the company as a whole, but in Walt himself. I stumble upon things like this every now and then that make me stop and smile because the words hit close to home. Recently, I had realized that my happiest times where when I was devoted solely to my craft. It's been a year since I officially opened up shop on Etsy. The first few months of last year, when I was out of work, those creepy dolls helped save my sanity and confidence. I felt like I wasn't wasting that hard earned degree, even if I wasn't doing animation.


A lot of people don't know that I never really learned how to paint in school. I had one basic class and we only did 2 days of painting in that class the whole semester. Acrylic wasn't a medium they taught either. I taught myself acrylic. I love how the colors flowed and how easy it was to mix them. They also cleaned up easy. Much trial and error has helped me developed a technique that works best for me. This is also true with my sewing. My mom showed me once how to use the machine, but pattern piecing and design was something I taught myself. I know there are many things I don't do the 'right' way, I chalk it up to being an animator and animators tend to do things there own way.


My point! To hell with rules when it comes to your passion!!! If it works for you, who's to say it's wrong for not being as the book says? I believe people should craft from the heart. Your love will show when you do.