Monday, September 24, 2012

Treasury Round Up

There are some delicious dolls, toys and miniatures related treasuries on Etsy:

Here's the sweetest - Looks Good Enough To Eat

I also like Childhood Re-visited.

The Ideal Doll is all about Tammy dolls.

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Dolly Heaven.

Here's an aptly named eclectic collection, Beautiful Dolls.

We do like Happy dolls :) .

Visit My Miniature World, and then discover that Less Is More.

Here are a couple that I made - Blythe Spirit, about the pretty big head girl, Paper Doll Art(ticulated) filled with jointed paper lovelies, and Exemplary Doll Photography, the subject of which is self explanatory.

Please visit, favorite, Tweet, Like on Facebook and if you like it, Pin it. Let's keep encouraging folks to make more gorgeous doll and miniature themed treasuries.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pink Diamond

Here is a pretty spectacular Barbie doll event: the original one of a kind pink version of the Pink Diamond Barbie by the Blonds is being auctioned at Charity Buzz to benefit Mac Aids Fund. As of today, the bids are at $7500, which is about half the estimated value. The regular Blond Diamond, Gold Label but wearing silver is available for sale at Barbie Collector.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

One to watch: Kelly Salchli

Here is the Etsy store of doll artist Kelly Salchli, Higher Delights, who makes delicate and beautiful porcelain ball jointed dolls with ethereal costumes, and also draws paper dolls, in her studio in Kentucky. You can see more of her process by visiting her Facebook page. Kelly hasn't been making dolls all that long. Looking at the skill level after just a few years, makes me expect great higher things from this artist.
Remember: If you like it, Pin it!

Monday, September 10, 2012

October Effigies

Kerry Kate is preparing early for Hallow'een. In addition to her hand painted one of a kind dolls, Kerry also has printed stuffies based on her creepy beautiful designs, timely and perfect for your Hallow'een/Day of the Dead decor. Visit her Etsy store! These are a great way to get a gorgeous art doll for a remarkably reasonable price. More news on her blog.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Barbies of the Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Cruise line has teamed with Mattel to create a Barbie themed experience on cruises. For an extra fee, the passenger can sleep in a Barbie themed stateroom and participate in other events. They are aiming the package at girls, but I can see some adult Barbie lovers being interested, can't you? You can start booking in October for cruises setting sail in January.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Walter de Rycke

I want to feature the extraordinary sculpture of Walter de Rycke, who makes paintings, mixed media pieces and stone and clay sculptures that celebrate "the archetype of sacred paganism". They are basically weird and wonderful creatures, but they have a lovely balance and liveliness. I especially enjoy seeing his new works on Facebook. Unfortunately his own website is a bit slow loading and buggy - but it is worth loading and waiting for the panoramic view of his wonderful studio, which shows how prolific he is.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Classes for doll makers

There are a lot of classes for doll makers going on, both online and live.

Adele Sciortino is offering classes through her A for Artistic group. She is hosting the registration for live classes with the incomparable Ankie Daanen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in April, 2013.

Also on the website are many other wonderful classes (pictured: Armatures 1 with Deb Wood), as well as a tutorial for making a doll wig from Tibetan lambswool. The information about how to cut the hide, applies to any kind of faux fur as well by the way.

Doll Street Dreamers online doll club offer numerous classes and downloadable patterns. You do not have to be a member to take the classes or buy patterns, but membership allows earlier notification, and the opportunity to post in the forums and participate in club challenges.