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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Class Progress

I love taking classes from world class artists. I have been so fortunate in that respect. I have a friend who knows people :0) and she seeks out artists and brings them to our area. From her I've also learned to seek out artists that inspire me and I look for classes taught by them. Traveling to a class and meeting new people who love the art of the doll as much as I do is fantastic!

Since April I've had the privileged of taking classes from both Deb Wood and Kate Church. Two completely different women with different styles of art, both of which are amazing.

Their styles of teaching are similar and different at the same time. Both of these talented artists are genuine, friendly and funny. Both share their talents, ideas, tips and tricks with others. They don't hold back. If you ever get the chance to take a class from either of them - TAKE IT!

Here is a picture of my project from the Kate Church class. I will be finishing it up this weekend and will post a picture of the final project then.

I am thrilled with this project. These two classes have re-energized me. My skills have improved, I am more confident in my work and I am having fun with my sculpting.  I am ready to start working on my own designs again!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Kate Church Class

Image from the NIADA website

I am so excited! I will be taking a 3 day doll make class with the lovely and talented Kate Church this weekend. We will be making a doll sitting on a wheeled animal(similar to above)... I promise to show you my project once it is done.

I have taken several workshops from Kate and I am looking forward to this one. She is generous and kind and shares so much of her knowledge.

Check back soon for a picture of my project.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

New Toy!

Cricut Maker (image from

For graduation my mom wanted to get me something fun, something that she knew I would enjoy but wouldn't buy for myself so she got me the Cricut Maker die cut machine.

I have an industrial die cut machine from when I owned my retail store but it is old and heavy. Don't get me wrong, I still love it but this new machine does everything that my old industrial machine does and more. It is also lighter, quieter, and much smaller. Hobby technology has finally caught up to my beloved Pazzle pro.

The only thing I don't like about Cricut is their design space software. It is very limiting. To create new designs I still need to use my Pazzle software or Adobe Illustrator. I will learn their software but I'm sure I'll be using my own software since it is much more powerful and once I design something I can upload it to design space... an extra step but so much easier than trying to work in design space.

Overall I am thrilled with this new toy. I've already created a cutting file for a top hat to fit the size dolls I make. I need to make a few adjustments to the pattern but it cut beautifully and I can resize it to the exact size I need.

I see lots of fun ways to utilize this machine in my sculpting. Mostly for making clothing. I am working on a bustier pattern and a skirt pattern. Once I get a basic pattern designed I can customize and resize it as needed. Now if I only had a few weeks off work to play!

Next up... heading to a Kate Church class

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Steampunk Fairy Pictures

Here are some additional pictures of the Steampunk Fairy I created during the Deb Wood class in Florida. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

I'm back... Steampunk Fairy Class pic

I am finally able to relax... I finished my degree. I'm heading to Las Vegas soon to walk in the graduation ceremony. I am taking the summer off and then we'll see. I may go back to complete my MBA, I may not :0)

Below is a picture of the steampunk fairy I made in the Deb Wood class I took in Florida. To say my skill level increased is an under-statement! Deb is an amazing instructor. She didn't take over, she instructed. When I had a problem or just couldn't' figure something out she would show me, but she would not do it all for me. 

I am thrilled with how this turned out. I am looking forward to sculpting more often now that school is over. 

I will post more pictures of class and this amazing fairy soon.

Now that school is over I am going to finish the ball jointed steampunk doll.

Thanks for sticking around!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Quick Update

Lately my life has been crazy. I seem to say that a lot but this time it was truly out of control. In March I had to make an emergency trip to Virginia because my dad was very ill and not expected to survive, fortunately he did and is now home and recovering nicely! He is the most amazing man I know and I am so thankful that he is on the mend. I'll be heading back to Virginia later this summer for a fun visit :0)

Being off work, unexpectedly, for over a week left me way behind. It took me a week to catch up. We just started our busy time (which goes through September) so I haven't stopped since I got back.

And then this....

I leave on Tuesday for Ft. Lauderdale, FL to take part in the Once Upon a Steampunk Time class being taught by Deb Wood and hosted by Adele Sciortino! I have wanted to take classes with both of these amazing, talented ladies for a long time and next week I will be!

I will try to post while I am there. I am super excited to be a part of this class.

Hopefully once I return I'll have more heads to share!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Polymer Clay Challenge Weeks 7, 8 and 9

I spent the past week sitting with my dad in the hospital. Fortunately his prognosis is much better and he is hopefully on the road to recovery. It will be a rough road but his goal is to get strong and as healthy as he can. That works for me!

While sitting in the hospital I managed to complete several heads for the #2018PCChallenge.

Here they are:
Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

I am not sure what happened with week 8, he is a bit out there and the clay is dirty. I think if I clean him up and sand him a bit he will look better. Once they are painted and have hair I think they will look a lot better. It looks like I need to add a bit more skull to week 7 as well. 

One thing I realized, I am not as fond of the light clay as I am the darker clay.

These are not really my best work, but considering where I was and that I only had a few basic tools to work with I'm pleased.