Sunday, May 31, 2015

Would you like an artist baby for $268?

I have GREAT news!  

You can get a Tinkerbell Nursery, They Never Grow Up Nursery, a Bushel and a Peck Nursery, Melissa George MG Art Dolls artist baby doll for roughly $268!! 

Oh wait, I am sorry. 
Shoot.  I guess this seller is just using those artists photos to gain custom orders for those sculpts.
Rats.  I thought I hit the jackpot.  I was going to order one of my own!

Yes, I am being very sarcastic because I am very annoyed.  I found this seller through a contact from one of my followers on Facebook.  She saw a listing that used my Huggy Bear Prototype pictures and was VERY excited at the thought of getting that baby for $268.  Turns out, the listing was for a custom of Huggy Bear but the seller never even showed her own work in the listing.

When I wrote to the owner of the listing and the Website above (Emma), she replied that she is not doing anything wrong in her listing as she states the pictures are prototype pictures and that she has a "link" to her Facebook page where she shows her work.

Well, the "link" was not a link at all as you are not permitted to do that in eBay listings and I had to find that Facebook page on my own.  She does show her work there but she also has a recent post stating that she has new kits added to eBay listings and uses images from other artists in that post. 

Granted, she did remove the listing for Huggy Bear but after examining her website (link above) I saw that she is using many artist pictures (all of the above mentioned plus many others) on her site, again not showing any of her own work at all.  

I am sorry, it is NEVER okay to use other artist pictures to gain custom orders.  Never.  

Please be careful out there.  If it is too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Began 2 new babies with Baby FX

I really do love these paints!!!

I began work on the Denver Rose prototype by Marita Winters as well as a Mathilda kit by Joanna Kazmierczak using Baby FX paints yesterday.

My work has been joyous and stress free.

Denver Rose is a wonderful, beautiful kit!  I had time to take some pictures of her blank kit on her body the other day and she is just so adorable and poses so nicely!  She fits Carter's Baby preemie and newborn size clothes as well as Carter's Just One Year (Target brand) newborn size.  I simply love her.

And Mathilda???  Oh my goodness!  That is the first vinyl kit in several years that I have purchased.  With prototypes, silicones and the silicone custom order list that I had opened for a short time, I just didn't have time for new vinyl kits.  

I am so glad I bought this kit!!!!  This baby is going to be darling and big.  
HE will be going to the ROSE show as well.

I have decided that I am not going to fully show the ROSE show babies.
I may give upclose peeks of the skin tones, hair etc, but not the full baby.  
I think leaving some anticipation of the show will be fun!

Again the basic formula that I have been using for the Baby FX paints is 
1 drop of paint, 5 drops of slow dry, 15 drops of water.  
I adjust that as needed.  If I need a thicker paint for details etc, I use less slow dry and water, if I need it thinner, more slow dry and water.  

And I love using the "Last Coat" in details such as eye brow, hair and nail beds.  The Last Coat makes the paint super thick with texture.  I love that stuff!

Rooting on sweet girl Little Warrior, now Tabitha, is going well, but slow!  
I've been breaking up my time between rooting, mohair processing and painting.  
Hopefully my time this morning rooting will bring me very close to having her head finished. 
I can't wait to offer this darling petite one up!

Have a stellar Tuesday!!


Monday, May 25, 2015


Thank you to those who gave their life for us.

We salute you and remember you.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It is finished!!!

My son had the day off yesterday so he came and helped me to finish the sheet rock on the Dolly House!

Isn't that AWESOME!?!?!?!? 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Denver Rose

I am very excited and pleased to announce that the Denver Rose prototype #1/4 has arrived to the studio!

I will begin painting this precious kit by Marita Winters next week but there won't be any peeks of her until her reveal of all 4 prototypes in my class at the ROSE show. 

YES!!!  All FOUR prototypes will be on hand for viewing in one place!
Isn't that exciting??

4 spaces remain for my class!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Just THIS much left!

Now, don't panic, I AM working too but on my weekend and during part of the working days I have been tinkering in the dolly house.

And this is all that is left to sheetrock!!!!

This is the back wall in the big loft.

The entire ceiling is done (not mudded though) and 2/3 of the building are fully sheetrocked. 


And, I have processed a little bit of hair for a lost package and in preparation of the ROSE show and I have began rooting little miss Tabitha's (Little Warrior 1 silicone) hair.  I am loving it so far!

There are just 5 spaces remaining in my Make the Switch class at ROSE.  
There were just 4 until last night when one student had to cancel.

Deadline is June 1st so that I am sure to get all needed supplies in time for my flight on July 11.

Life is GOOD.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

What an adventure!!!

We made a lot of progress in the Dolly House this week!

1/3 of the house is FULLY sheetrocked while the other 2/3rds are very, very close to being done as well.  Some mud is up, some trim is up and it's looking....beautiful!

After this picture, I finished that small trim on the far right above the windows:

Mudding stressed me out at first but I think I am getting the hang of it.
What a difference the mud makes!  WOW!  

I am so excited!  

I got a little mohair processed yesterday but then found myself back out in the Dolly House.

I can see it now and it is going to be beautiful!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The studio is ~CLOSED~

My dear friend Becky is coming back on Saturday and staying until Tuesday afternoon and we will be FINISHING the sheet rock and mudding on the Dolly House!  

So, the studio will be closed until Wednesday  :)

I was able to take a few pictures of silicone Little Warrior #1 by Angela Lewis yesterday.

In an attempt to experiment with painted silicone hair, she has painted hair but only for right now. 
I just wanted to play and try my hand at it.  I think the biggest problem was the color I selected.  
I just don't do darker haired babies well~be it rooted or painted.

But this will make some nice detail under her rooted hair, which will probably be a lighter.  

What I am pleased about is that I was able to capture some visible texture in the hair strokes, especially on her forehead where she would have fine facial hairs.

Please welcome a little peek at Tabitha!

I think this baby is super sweet!

Enjoy the rest of the week, through the weekend and through the beginning of next week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Taking it from surreal to real!

Today I will be washing 4 matted silicone dolls! 

3 weeks ago I had not even started ONE doll for the ROSE show in July.  
I can now let out a sigh that three silicones are painted for the show and one to offer as soon as she has hair to the general public now.  

Of course, they all still need to grow hair and I still have 2-3 vinyls to do, one of them being one of the prototypes of Denver Rose, that very special baby kit made by my ever-so-precious friend, Marita Winters just for the Make the Switch to Air Dry Paints class and for special release of the kit during my class and the ROSE show.

The prototypes are in Marita's possession now and will be on the way to the 4 artists (including me!) as soon as the bodies arrive to her.  

There may be sneak peeks of the silciones I am working on (still deciding on that) but there won't be any peeks of Denver Rose as her reveal is to take place in my class.  
I am SO honored!  

All of the baby outfits have been ordered and are in stock for the show.
I have selected my table props and decor as well as have been shopping for my own wardrobe.  
I have a few more class supplies to order but the bulk of class supplies are either in stock or enroute.  

I have been working on details for the class and have added to the agenda a nostril opening/kit washing party the night before the class starts in my hotel room for students to learn the technique for opening nostrils as well as to prepare our kits for painting the next day. 

I have also began banding mohair to process for the show. 

Making it real and feeling some relief!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GREAT eyebrow tutorial by Silvia!

Did you all see this wonderful tutorial that Silvia Ezquerra of Silvia Creations???

She is such an inspiring artist and someday I hope to own one of her fabulous reborns!

Monday, May 4, 2015

A little bit of progress on the Dolly House!

Over the weekend, we got a little bit more sheet rock done in the Dolly House.

Our son helped me hang the upper back wall:

And I was able to put up the lower wall in the bay:

I kept asking myself, "Who's idea was it to put in that many outlets??"  as I cut all of those outlet boxes!   

I hope to get more done this next weekend.  My hubby keeps dragging me away to play so I will have to put his nose in the corner and tell him to stay so I can work!  

Life is just so fun you see!  


Sunday, May 3, 2015

7 spaces available~Make the Switch to Air Dry Paints

June 1st is the deadline for my 2 day class at the ROSE International Doll Show in July.

There are 7 spaces remaining and I would love to have YOU join us!

Not only will I professionally instruct you, in detail, using air dry paints to paint our very special Denver Rose reborn kit by Marita Winters, we will have many wonderful door prizes, a special guest of honor and hours and hours of fun!

I have YEARS of experience using air dry paints and am a seasoned instructor as well.

I hope to see you there!