So.....I got to work, and here she is! She stands a mere 4 an 3/4 inches tall, and you know what? I sort of wish I had a dress like hers! (I love the dresses from the 1950's, and 1940's also!) Maybe that is why I like the old television series" I love Lucy" so much...Lucy wore the neatest dresses. ( I can't imagine doing laundry in them though...)
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Beauty and the Beast by Debbie @ Uneekdolldesigns
Opposites do attract....Have you ever noticed this? The things that bug you the most about someone will most often be their greatest strengths...Hmmm... that is so true if you think about it!
Think for a moment of someone you know- a spouse, a friend, one of your kids. or a co worker.
Let's say they are talkative....er, too talkative at times- to the point where you have a hard time getting a word in edgewise. Yes, chatty people can get on your nerves, yes they talk way too much at times, and yes, they forget to breathe and let you say something too. That is annoying for sure, but.... Chatty people are outgoing, often friendly, and often make good salesmen!
How about someone who is headstrong and stubborn? One thing is for sure, you won't find them caving in to pressure under most circumstances, and they know how to get what they want.
What about someone who is bossy? Someone who likes to be in charge often makes a good leader and gets things done. You find them being in charge at work or other places because that is their strength- annoying as it may be, to be given orders by them!
There are also people who are shy, quiet, and don't speak up. Yes, that can be a problem. But think how nice it is to be around someone who isn't alway blathering all the time, and will listen to you while you blather! Many times I have found that while quiet people say little, when they do speak , it is usually deep and meaningful.
Then there are those who cry at the drop of a hat, and there are some who rarely shed a tear.
Cryers can be very soft and tender hearted, whereas stoic people are often level headed during a crisis and often get things done with cool thinking. That has been my observation, at least.
My point in all of this is that the next time someone really begins to bug you, try to look at it from a different angle. Those things that are so irritating may just be the very thing that makes them special too. Looking at the plus side of a perceived flaw in someone will help you realize that there's usually something to appreciate about them by the same token.
Now, I am off to go chat and annoy my quiet husband so he can appreciate my outgoing personality.......
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
If you are a book reader, or know someone who is, then you should take a look at the selection of unique bookmarks that this shop carries. Like this one called Teatime:
With these bookmarks, you won't need to use scraps of paper to mark your page, you can be cultured and stylish while reading!
1337art also carries numerous other items such as ACEO cards, charms, supplies and magnets, and affordable jewelry such as these super cute pine tree earrings:
And take a look at this copper penny look bracelet: (It would make a "centsible" gift!)
I finally got this set done! I was surprised how tricky it was to create the dwarfs...I guess because they were so short (3 inches tall), it made it hard to maneuver around...but I managed!
"Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work we go......."
Snow White is hoping Sneezy uses the hanky, and not her skirt!
Feels good to get a big project done, doesn't it! Now off to the kitchen to make some banana bread!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Well, I have done it now! I have decided to extend my business ventures and in November, I will be a vendor on Lollishops. (A new and upcoming website where there will be all kinds of pretty things for people to buy.) My new shop's name will be , "The Old Curiosity Shop", after one of my favorite author's books.
It has an official opening of November 28th, but on November 15th there will be a sort of pre opening ...most likely to get the word out before the big one!
I am truly looking forward to this, I love what I do and finding another opportunity to expand is exciting for me, as I am sure it is for others who find ways to do more of what they love doing!
Keep on creating out there and don't stop finding ways to have fun with what you enjoy doing!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I chose productive because no matter how badly I want to, I can't seem to take a nap for long stretches at a time, and besides, napping makes me feel worse. Besides, days like this seem to be made for sitting by a picture window, watching it rain, and creating something in rhythm with the sound of raindrops hitting the window. (That sounded rather poetic, didn't it?)
And since I know you are dying of curiousity as to what I designed today, here it is..
Blacbeard the Pirate, and.........
Queen Elizabeth I in Winter White............
I also made a William Shakespeare, and have gotten started on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but I'll have to wait on hubby to do some sawing on the clothespins so they will be short enough!
All in all, a pretty productive day. Who says we need fair weather to have fun?
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Who couldn't use a lovely pendant for a one of a kind necklace, bracelet, or even an earring set?
To find out a bit more about the artist behind these designs, let's listen to Lisa in her own words:
"My name is Lisa and I live in London, Ontario, Canada, which is located about 2 hours from Detroit. For the past 10 years I’ve been doing accounting, which usually is among the least creative things one can do and decided I wanted, no, needed a change.
I’ve been doing a variety of crafts just for fun since I was a little girl and have always enjoyed the creativity involved.A bit of creative inspiration got me working with scrabble tile pendants. I find creative energy and inspiration in many of the things around me.
Some of my pendants use high quality chiyogami and other art papers and I simply see a finished design in my head when I’m out looking for new supplies. Others are my own designs. These designs are mostly experimentation; I start out with a rough idea and play with it until I have something I like. Often they’re simply a result of how I’m feeling at the time.
I often listen to music while creating and I think I frequently draw inspiration from the lyrics and melody of song, which influences the design. I also have a new pendant designer who is also an Etsian that I work closely with in ideas and design, she is amazing.
I have a home studio that I work out of .I love old movies and vintage/antique things. I like the history of things, knowing that they had a history before me and wonder who owned them and what they’re story is. I love that my pendants are part of that now. I’ve sold pendants all over the planet and love the idea that someone in Australia or Russia or Sweden, or Idaho is wearing one of my creations."
If you have a moment to spare, you should go visit Lisa and see if you can find something that catches your eye. I would be willing to bet you can't get away from her shop without finding several items, if not more, that will be just the ticket for someone on your list...maybe even for you!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Stir sugar and melted butter together until creamy and blended.
Add vanilla, egg, and yolk and blend well.
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to sugar mixture.
Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Add chips, stir gently- drop by 1/4 cupfuls onto baking sheet....about 2 inches apart.
Bake 17-20 minutes- be careful not to overbake-they should be a little golden brown around the edges
Thursday, October 2, 2008
There are a lot of things to be said for having a business. One of the fun things about being on Etsy is you meet some really great shop owners who go out of their way to be nice. That happened to me recently when I met Karen, a shop owner from the beautiful country of Canada.
Karen had asked me to do a commissioned project for her- a replica of her two friends on their wedding day. And what fun it was for me too! Karen gave me a more than generous supply of real human hair extensions to use in the project. I admit I have never used real hair in my character designing, so it was an interesting challenge for me!
It turned out to be a fun assignment, and it turned out just about as well as I could have hoped for using a clothespin base! I enjoyed dealing with Karen so much that I had to let others know about her shops at Etsy:
Her first shop is Chippewa Charm http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5134861 . It is a shop that carries a wide assortment of little treasures , supplies, and vintage goodies.This shop carries hair extensions of real hair that are perfect for the doll maker who needs quality hair to make her creations special , along with hair pins, vintage supplies , and more!
Her other shop , VintageFairRetroRare http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5969210 is a fun place to browse for that certain vintage treasure you just may be looking for and stumble upon. That is why I have always liked antique malls and other similar places...it always feels like you are on a treasure hunt and you never know what you will come across ! (Take a look at this vintage, sunny yellow, pear tree napkin holder!)
If you are a dollmaker in need of some supplies for your dolls' hair or otherwise, or you like looking at vintage and are on the lookout for that special item that you can treasure, then come browse Karen's shops. You will be treated warmly and may just end up with a few special things to boot!
For the younger set on your list, why not check this out...
What are these? Grumpy fruits and vegetable plushies ! What younger one wouldn't love to have a grumpy squash, or tomato, or maybe even a pear? You could even buy them for your boss...an assortment of different expressions so he can use them to let you know what kind of mood he is in before you ask for that raise!
You will find these fun plushies at SappyMooseTree:
For a special gift that most anyone can use, why not consider this beautiful wooden pen from Craftiness? They have a wide selection of pens and writing utensils and lots more that you won't find anywere else, and they are purely elegant ! You might even get more letters from your loved ones if you get them a pen this beautiful!
Another fun idea for a gift is this Elvis Presley tissue box cover by Halwane:
Did you notice where the kleenex pulls out? How cute is that ! There's bound to be someone on your list who could use a creative cover for their tissue box! This item will make the ordinary a little bit snazzier! (And this shop has lots more covers to choose from!)
Finally, if you have a few of those hard to buy for folks that say they don't need anything, (then I would be willing to bet they are secretly pining for something to keep their feet warm and toasty this winter...) which is why you need to take a look at Pawfelts:
This shop has a wonderful selection of the toastiest looking felt wool slippers / socks you have ever seen! (And you can even ask for a different color if it is available .) You can't miss with buying a pair of these for someone on your list. Even if they live in sunny Florida, they're bound to get cold feet once in a while with the air conditioning running!
Stop by these shops and see what all they have to offer, you may just end up crossing a few names off of your list!