Monday, December 22, 2008

My Bag in Homespun Magazine


I have just been exploring and found one of my bags has been made an honourable mention in the Australian Homespun Magazine Create a Bag Competition. It's the one on the bottom left of the screen. Cool!


Check out the link to: http://www.completecraft.com.au/ and follw the prompt for the bag competition winners.

The Long Thread - Check out this Handmade Haven







I have just followed a link in the lastest Australian Homspune magazine (vol 9,12) to a wonderful blog called http://thelongthread.com/. There you will find fantastic handmade craft and patterns. I loved this site! Check it out.

Introducing the Paper Bubz



I have been working on a new range of paper dolls and I want to introduce the first of the Bubz. The Paper Bubz are inspired by my recent reading of the Anne of Green Gables books. The design is about free hair, fun clothes and bare feet running through pastures. I have made the Bubz so that the legs can be turned in or out, the shift dress reversed for a wardrobe change and of course the parts can be reversed. The faces are slightly different as she is more about childhood and innocence. I hope you like her.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Why I Love Softies Central - What a Wonderful Blog







I have been a fan of Softies Central for more than a year now and with the wonderful and wacky world on display there who can blame me. Check them out:

http://www.softiescentral.typepad.com/

And the Winner of the Christmas Paper Doll Giveaway is ...


Well, what an busy week it's been building up to Christmas. All the last minute shopping, menu planning, planning visits for Chrissy day, oh and of course a winner of my first ever giveaway. I loved reading all the comments and possible names. There are so many creative people out there who can express it through names and ideas. But I've put all the name's in the barrel and drawn a winner. Its Hot Fudge! I'd like to thank everyone who entered and hope you all a have a wonderful Christmas. And keep watching for new doll experiences in the new year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mighty Market Roundup




At last after a hectic couple of days I have the time to consider the simply sensational Christmas market I participated in as part of the Brisstyle team at Hamilton Town Hall on Saturday the 13 December.

I was blown away by the number of people that came along and their appreciation of handmade items. We had a marvelous turnout of stall holders selling bags, dolls, jewellery, designer baby wear and baby goods, retro ephemera, OOAC art works and prints, fun stuff, food, and so much more. Our team is so talented with all the work being of great quality and diversity and all at the cutting edge of the nouvelle craft scene. The patrons really saw the value in it and it made me feel really proud as a creater of craft items to see appreciation from my audience.

We had a wonderful atmosphere, with people milling about in the courtyard chatting and comparing purchases. there was music, kids playing, and great eats. Even in the sweltering Brisbane summer the vibe was still fantastic.

As for my stall, I was so pleased and humbled to sell so much of my work. My paper doll selection is now sadly (or not sadly) depleted as I sold many of my lovely ladies to new hopefully happy homes. I also got some great and useful feedback that will help me develop my range further and take packaging and the whole concept to the next level. I was very pleased with my stall layout and position and it was so wonderful to be so near to people to be able to engage them even if they were just browsing.

As for the Brisstyle team, it was fantastic to put faces to the names after talking online for so long. It turns out everyone is as nice in real life as they appear in print and by having so many supportive people around me it was possible to handle the days length and heat and still be smiling at the end. It was also great to be able to buy from sellers whose work you have admired for a long time and to also see how their work is developing.

In all this is by far the best and most fun market I have ever been involved in.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Lovely Article About Moi - Makes me feel so Proud!


I am so excited. Trish from http://trishalandesigns.blogspot.com/ has just finished a wonder ful article about me. She makes me sound sooooo good! Please go and read and while you are there check out ther wonderful wraps. BTW while you are here, please go and enter my competition for a free Paper Doll Giveaway just below.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I am getting into the full Christmas mode. I have been shopping madly for last minute gifts, wrapping gifts like sticky tape is going out of fashion, and of course preparing for the awesome Brisstyle Christmas Market at Hamilton Town Hall 13 December.

And while getting into the final preparations I realised I needed Christmas Dolls, and so here is the first.
She is the next generation of Paper Gals All Dressed Up. She is wearing a fun reversible shift and is in the groove for Christmas.

Now all she needs is a name and home... and so for Christmas I want to do a Giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is help me name this Gal and tell me where she will fit in your life. I will pick a winner at random on the 19th of December just in time for Christmas.

Good luck and go with the Christmas cheer!

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Age Barbie Man Grooming

"Before my brave new hair implant"
"The new groomed me"
"Am I Hot or What!"
"You look so good let me have a go"

I have just finished trying out rerooting (ie replacing) doll hair on two of my daughters sad preloved Ken Dolls. The results I think are great! The tools and hair were from rerootdoll.com, and I've got to say that they were easy and quite fast to do. Sue at rerootdoll was very helpful and she provided useful instructions. I also checked out the tutorials that the ABC doll club site had links to. In all this is a successful process and much fun (although long hair is much easier to style than short I have to say). Next time the problem may be narrowing down from the many colours of hair to use. If you have sad preloved dolls in need of stunning new hair, give it a go.