Sunday, November 27, 2011

Art Doll ~ Amelia

Never one to pass up a good sale, Amelia, left her house at the crack of dawn on Black Friday to head to the Woodbury Commons Outlets. She was one of the first persons on the (soon to be five hour long!) lines. Twelve exhausting hours later, she was finally headed home. Talk about "shop 'till you drop"!

Amelia comes to you with a few of her purchases including a scarf, an ornamental snowman and a glittered "Dream" banner. Her zippered dark gray coat is lined in a bright green satin and has a light brown fur trimmed hood. Her hand-knit cable sweater is cinched at the waist with a wide orange belt. She wears comfortable black boots and her favorite black pants.

Amelia stands 12 1/2" tall and is made of paper including her body, clothing, hair and accessories. Visit my Art Dolls page for more information on construction.

If you would like to dress in an outfit similar to Amelia's, you can shop at through the following links to 3 different shops: Hooded Coat, Hand-Knit Sweater and Orange Belt. I support handmade!

Amelia and some other new additions to the shop (not posted on Etsy) will be available for sale at next weekends Holiday Craft Fair at the New York School for the Deaf. Stop by if you are in the area as the event promises to have a great selection of activities and shopping!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cupcake Carousel

Here is something I've had in the works for a while and I finally completed it. It's been added to my Watermelon Party Etsy page.

This carousel is a cute and fun way to display and serve cupcakes at a children's party or any other festive event. The carousel holds 8-12 cupcakes (depending on their size). It measures about 15"h x 15"w x 40"c and turns very smoothly on an attached lazy-susan. The carousel can also be used to decorate a child's room with plastic zoo animals or other toys and dolls. It will also look great as a display piece in your studio or family room with small picture frames or small collectibles riding on it.

With the exception of the plastic lazy-susan and glass mirrors, the entire carousel is made using sturdy cardboard and paper. The platform has been painted in a faux wood technique with gold dresden accents. The drop rods were wrapped with handmade paper string and painted with gold acrylic paint. The cresting is painted and decorated with dresden, doily's and vintage images of buildings, people and scenery. The center pole is decorated in orange, white and yellow striped paper with rounded glittery red paper borders. There are three dresden edged mirrors around the center pole. The canopy is painted white and blue with a coordinating flag on top. The carousel comes with the five (vintage carousel animal) cupcake toppers shown, including: a bear, giraffe, tiger, lion and zebra.

This carousel was so much fun to make and in hopes of sharing its construction with you, I plan to post a tutorial on how to make it. One thing I wanted to share with you now was a tip on a new product (at least new to me) called Paverpol. Several layers of the transparant Paverpol were applied to the dresden and especially the very fragile doily's. With the help of the Paverpol, the doily's are now very resilient. They are almost like bendable plastic now! Thank you to Sandy Little and Christa Light for sharing this amazing product with me!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cardboard Castle

When I was about 5 years old my sister and I had a cardboard Holly Hobbie house. We used to spend hours and hours in it. Eventually, one of the sides broke open. This was okay though, if not better, because when placed up against a wall or chair it doubled the space! I remember once my mom let my friend and I sleep in it all night with some sleeping bags; we felt so adventurous!

With my neck injury, it's kind of hard to go outside with both children by myself, especially in the winter. So needless to say, we're stuck inside the house most of the days. I always feel so bad for my kids and I imagine that they must be bored out of their minds. When I first had the kids I said I would never let their toys take over the house. But in all practicality, I ended up giving in. I try to make their time couped up with me less unbearable by making their surroundings more fun. I turn mattresses & cardboard into slides, tables & chairs into caves and swivel office chairs into merry go rounds.

I was reminded of my Holly Hobbie house when watching an episode of Max and Ruby (on Nick Jr.) who had a homemade cardboard castle. Last winter, I created a similar castle for my children and placed it in a corner of the dining room. To make it extra special, I made it "The Reading Castle". I placed all their books in it (using a diaper box as a shelf) and told them that books were only to be read in the castle. I taught them that books are special and should not be removed from their special place and thrown all over the house. This surprisingly worked! even though they're just 2 and 1 year old. The reading castle is their little hideaway for fun and has motivated them to go off by themselves to read more than before. I do however, have to occasionally squeeze my rear into the door to read with them. They love it! And so do I.

Opposite the castle is a treehouse. (I'll tell you about that one in another post).