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Crazy times, that’s where I’ve been. Crazy Not Good times. J got really sick in mid-January. REALLY Sick. Like emergency surgery and then repeated surgeries All Year sick. So it’s been an incredibly stressful year. Fortunately this last procedure seems to have worked and we are doing our best to adjust.

So sorry to go missing with no explanation or anything. But I wasn’t ready to share this until now. Now, as in meaning with him being mostly better, I can talk about it.

So despite the horrible year I did manage to do a few things. Last holiday season (before the ugliness began) I managed to update one of my old Fae dolls (remember this).

Market day detail

I was wrong, she was never a gentle soul and she was never happy about how she looked. So I gave in and gave her what she wanted.

pirate girl

Now she’s a Pirate and we are both Much Happier. I know, I know; the photo is crap. Better ones will come. She is now a spy in the marketplace, collecting information from local informants and scoping out the various merchants.

Here is the brand new piece I made very early this year:

pinoch detail

pinoc

Pinoc-enstein! Made for the Stampington Art Doll Quarterly Autumn 2018 issue he is a mash-up of a fairy-tale and a classic horror story. He made the cut and was published in the magazine.

Yes, he does look a bit like Bruce Campbell, who I adore. And No, it was not intentional, I didn’t notice the resemblance until he was 90% done and I was doing the costume. Shades of Bubba Hotep!

Other notes: tuning peg electrodes for a quick energy boost, unequal size eyes ala the Scarecrow from Oz, Wooden shoe on the leg he ripped off a Dutch puppet, large left arm ripped off a different puppet, a built-up shoe so he can walk mostly evenly, and fabulous wood curl pompadour bangs. He has one of my jackets but I made it a sort of Lederhosen-Bolero. I had a Great Deal of fun with this one!

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Lastly, a Little Good-Hearted Alien Holiday Cheer!

Even little green kiddies aren’t so sure about Santa. Good thing Daddy is there to hold his hand.

So, Ho-Ho-Ho and the very best Holidays to everyone. Happy-Happy!

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‘Cause if you do I’m about to make your day.

He has a new book in the works. And it’s a poem dear to my heart.

Goblin Market - Omar Rayyan

Yes, indeedy: Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. It’s on Kickstarter so go back it already!

I can’t remember where I first saw Omar’s work but it was likely either Spectrum or Cricket magazine. I do remember that it was love at first sight. He has a print of Alice and the Griffin playing chess in his Etsy shop that I just love — if only I could find the wall space. Oh, the curse of the itty little house. Ok, so I could likely shoe horn it in somewhere — the large is only 13 x 19 inches, but just now I defo can’t afford it and getting it framed too. It will have to be a “do it later” project for now.

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Wow. This is something I hadn’t heard in ages, but once upon a time was pretty much the soundtrack for my life. . . Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary.

puff magic dragon record

I went to the Muddy Color blog as I do most days and there it was a whole big lovely post by Donato about this great old song. Read the post, click play and if you’re like me you’ll put your head down and sing along. Hooray! I remembered most all the words.

Many, many thanks to Donato for loving Puff and for telling people that you have to keep your dream dragons alive. And yes, I still have the battered 45 from when I was just little.

Much love and some more pictures of Puff.

puff the magic dragon

puff magic dragon

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Today you should go and read about the artist Jean-Baptiste Monge on the Muddy Colors blog.

Monge

Read it today because the Kickstarter for the lovely new book ends in nine (9) days. Having already surpassed the initial goal for printing the new edition; this one looked so good that I finally signed up and pledged to the project. Whether you do so is up to you, but unless you read Muddy Colors a lot, you might miss out on the opportunity to get another great faerie book.

Am I back to blogging every week? Probably not given that my current project is getting my workroom to a state where I can actually work in it. For a long time it looked like one of those “bunging out the Augean Stables” sort of tasks but now I can see a significant portion of the floor and the sewing table so it’s beginning to look do-able. Right now I’m going to try to meet an every other week post schedule and hope that you will forgive me if I miss here and there.

 

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I Got a Makie!

Now some of you are no doubt saying to yourselves “What the heck is a Makie?”

Allow me to explain: a Makie is a 10 inch tall doll which has a customized 3-D printed head and an injection-molded body with detachable parts. Like the hands and the feet so they can be dressed easily and so that optional extra parts; like alternate pose hands* and cool shoes (some are slip on and some are like alternate feet).

Yes, I totally missed the boat on the entirely 3-D printed Makies (last ones went at the end of the summer) but thanks to a wonderful review of the new body by flyingpurplemonkfish I now have one of the new dolls.

Here is my very first Makie, named Thorn, fresh out of her box:

makie thorn box opening

Please note that she is bald because I asked for her wig to be left unglued so that I could swap out her wigs (that cookie envelope on the right of the photo is a blue wig). Also please forgive the background, this is the only spot that still had enough sunlight for photos.

makie thorn closeup

This closeup shows the body color vs the head color. The match isn’t too far off — I think part of the problem is that the head color has a depth and radiance due to the white nylon showing through the skin dye, whereas the body color is opaque solid plastic. It matches better than this in real life to human eyes.

And here she is with her wig on:

makie thorn wig

Now that she’s here I can see a definite resemblance to “Carla Conner” from Coronation Street though I didn’t plan it that way.

Her digital preview:

Makie Thorn digital preview

The create-a-makie on the makie website is addictive, I can spend waaaay too much time here designing faces. Oh yeah, the primary attraction of a Makie is that you design the face, including choice of three skin colors. If you try it make sure to click on the more options button to turn on the custom face screens. The ears don’t show in the digital preview so here is a screen shot of the settings I used for Thorn’s ears. Yes, Thorn is Fae, as in Faerie.

Makie Thorn Ears

I guess I should mention that Makies cost $75 US, they ship worldwide, and that they are very poseable and fun. They also have a range of disability accessories (like hearing aids) and they encourage kids to be Makers. The new career packs (Musician, Veterinarian, Archeologist, Photographer) that they have just released for the holiday season are very cute. So are the new shoe packs and glasses packs.

So head over to Makie land and have some fun.

*The alternate pose hands for the new body aren’t available yet, but hopefully soon.

 

 

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Yes, things have been crazy busy here. I am squeaking in with a short but sweet halloween greeting to everyone out on the inter webs.

HalloweenTime

Love all those goolies appearing in the upper right!

Wishing lots of good things to eat and drink but not so much that you get sick. Ever the pragmatist, that’s me.

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That’s right, my friend Forest Rogers wins GOLD in dimensional illustration at Spectrum Live.

Go over to Muddy Colors and scroll down to see the list of winners. Go to Forest’s blog to see her amazing Venetian Harpy, she also has wip photos for this piece over to the right of the window under Current Work II.

Please join me in a joyous Happy Dance in honor of a great artist and a much deserved win!

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