Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter Bunny Etsy Round Up

There are some cute Easter themed dolls on Etsy, just in time.

There are some sweet prims around including:

Georgia Road Prims Mama and Baby

Stitchin Sew Prim also has an aged seeming Easter Rabbit Doll clutching a chick and a quilted egg.

This wide eyed bunny from Annaboo Creations is a brighter folk art style.

The Bagg Lady 76 has a primitive Rag Doll Bunny with really fun big feet.

Not to be outdone, there are also some weird and wonderful odd characters.

Pinky Toast has some big eyed painted cloth dolls that are cool.

Loopy Boopy has a miniature Art Doll Worry Bunny.

I like Art Work by Lori's painted cloth Spring Bunnies with their big sleepy eyes (pictured).

Citsch Coo has a couple of different painted cloth bunnies that appeal to me.

T Dozier Art has a humorous paper clay full sculpt called "After Easter Bunny" that is ready for a vacation after setting out all those eggs.

Not bunnies, but Odd Princess Dolls is having an Easter Sale - 10% off some truly gorgeous ribbon jointed paper clay dolls.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Doll emporium Angelic Dreamz is hosting a doll convention. The JAMIEshow Premiere Convention, "Prohibition", will be held in Canandigua, NY September 28-30th, 2012. The plans include plenty socializing, three workshops, and a trip to the Strong Museum, as well a day of VIP shopping at the Angelic Dreamz store. Also included, a conference exclusive doll.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fascinating article in Dolls

There is a very interesting article in the latest Dolls Magazine newsletter about Chinese artist and dissident, Liu Xia. Writer Stephanie Finnegan presents a compelling look at Liu Xia's photographs of dolls. As an artist living under a repressive regime, for her own safety, Liu Xia intentionally stays "in the dark" about international exhibits of her photography.
Currently showing is "The Silent Strength of Liu Xia" at The Italian Academy, part of Columbia University, in New York, extended until April 20, 2012.
Sobering, isn't it, to think that in China I might be arrested for the simple act of posting about an art exhibit.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Not dolls, but a request

I'm trying something - hoping to learn how this survey system works and get some insight on the topic. I have a Survey Monkey survey about Hand Made Greeting Cards. Please help me out  - there are only 6 questions. Since I can't seem to get the blog link to work (sigh), please visit my Facebook page and scroll to the direct link to the survey.
Thank you!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Michaels New Online Bookstore

Michaels now has arts and crafts books for sale online. The search engine and expansive catalog seem very clear and easy to use, but it looks like there is no "look inside" preview feature, at least not yet. The two most relevant categories to us here are Miniatures and Stuffed Animals & Toys. The titles include some familiar ones from past features and ones that are new to me like: "Making and Manipulating Marionettes" by David Currell.
There are also a lot of amigurumi and doll house books, including several by prolific Jean Nisbett.

Friday, March 9, 2012

My Little Altered Pony

Here we go - this is just wonderful fun.

My Little Pony Mods. 50 of them.

I think we still have some un-modded floating around here just waiting.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Rose Percy - a charitable doll does lunch.

Received from Jean Radke:
Doll Scholars of Southeast Wisconsin, a UFDC Member Club, will host the Remarkable Rose Percy Luncheon on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 9A – 3P, at the Pfister Hotel Imperial Ballroom, to benefit the Milwaukee VA Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Center.
            The event will feature VIP Miss Rose Percy, “Duty’s Most Faithful Child,” a Civil War era doll, whose mission has been to assist charitable causes throughout her life. Miss Rose Percy began her mission at the 1864 Metropolitan Sanitary Fair in New York City where she was auctioned to raise funds for the aid of Civil War soldiers.  She continued her mission at the Red Cross National headquarters in Washington DC for several decades and was eventually sold to benefit victims of natural disasters.  Once again she is serving US veterans of all wars through her appearances.
  Special guests include Michael Canadas and David Robinson, directors of the Rose Percy Foundation; Louise Hedrick, Elm Grove, WI, author of “A French Fashion Doll’s Wardrobe”, National Antique Doll Dealers Association (NADDA) representatives from across the US, and Miss Rose Percy herself.
            Registered guests will be treated to a full day of festivities including a wonderful luncheon, a special presentation, a display of Rose Percy with her extensive wardrobe and accessories, and the opportunity to purchase fine quality antiques.  A limited edition illustrated book about Rose’s life story and other surprise souvenirs will go home with each guest. 
            The Doll Scholars will host auctions including antique dolls and clothing to raise funds to honor veterans and benefit the Milwaukee VA Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Center and The Historic National Soldiers Home, established in 1865.  Funds will be used primarily for veterans’ medical care and restoration of the national historic site.  The gift to the “Old Soldiers Home” pays homage to Milwaukee’s West Side Soldiers Aid Society who organized a 10-day Sanitary Fair in June 1865 to raise money for a permanent Wisconsin Soldiers Home, and continues Miss Rose Percy’s legacy.
The Doll Scholars are also seeking donations for the Soldiers Home:
Contributions can be sent to:
            UFDC - Doll Scholars of Southeast Wisconsin
            6707 Maple Terrace
            Wauwatosa, WI 53213

I'm quite fascinated with this Rose Percy doll. One thing it shows me is just how long people have been creating personas and stories for the dolls they design. It's not just the child with a doll making up wonderful imaginative play stories for her, which is no small thing. It's that dolls are art and people love storytelling through art. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blog Giveaway at Iggy Jingles

I'm having a blog giveaway at my other blog for National Craft Month. Tell me what crafty things you will be doing to be entered for a Wish Doll with your choice of Lavender or Indian Musk fragrant sachet. Details at Iggy Jingles Crafts.