Monday, June 27, 2011

The Ladies in an Etsy Treasury

I just love it when one of my creations catches the attention of a fellow Etsy seller who includes it in one of their Treasuries.  The Ladies have been included in a treasury titled Some Some Summertime created by NaturalistBent.  Here is the link

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Art Dolls - The Ladies of Summer

As you may (or may not) know, Arizona is a mecca for retirees.  There are tons of communities throughout the valley specifically for the active "adult" lifestyle.  

The Ladies of Summer love their active "adult" lifestyle at Leisure Land in Mesa, Arizona.  Barbara, Velma and Sophie are life-long friends.  Every morning they head over to the community pool for their water aerobics class.  It is a fun way to start their day.....lunch will follow.

I'll be setting the Ladies up in my Etsy shop soon.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Faerie

I received a wonderful work of art today!  I purchased "Funnel Man" from my friend Daryle Cook in South Jersey.  Daryle is a fellow member of Cloth and Clay Dolls (you can follow the link on the right side of my blog.)  I have always been fascinated by Daryle's work and am so honored and happy to have one of his pieces in our home.  His wife, Katie, even tucked a beautiful, handmade card in the package!  Daryle and Katie Cook can be found online at  They have some wonderful photos of their work on their blog but honestly the photos don't even come close to the awesomeness!  Thank you Daryle!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hand Delivered

The Queen
requests the pleasure of your company
at the 
Fairies' Ball
on the
First Full Moon
after the
Bluebells Bloom
at the
Queen's Palace on Water's Edge

Meet Gilroy, the Queen's Messenger.  His current assignment.....hand deliver the Queen's invitations to the Fairies Ball.

Gilroy is made with fabric and paperclay.  His wings are hand knitted with wire thread.  His eyes are glass and his hair is mohair.  He wears a blouse hand stitched from an antique hankie and he carries the Queen's invitations in a hand stitched leather pouch.  His mount (fish) is fabric, coated with transparent gesso and sanded to a smooth finish.  His "mask" is hand knitted wire.  He too has glass eyes.  Gilroy is approximately 9" tall.  Seated on his mount he is approximately 18".

I pondered on Gilroy for some time.  He just wasn't speaking to me.  When that happens, I find it best to sleep on it a bit, knowing that when he was ready he'd let me know his true identity.