|The Life and Times of Ann Estelle||
Best wishes from just a few of my dollies who have benefited so much both from Dianna Effner's tutelage this year and from our own fantastic Tenner body!!! What a year it has been!! (As always, click on the photo for larger view.) "Merry Christmas to all .... and to all, a goodnight"! R.
Yes, we do have a feline in the scene .... not a lion, but a cat all the same!
So the holiday season is under way at Joe Pye Towers!!! R.
I've been working hard to "master" using Dianna Effner's methods for doing face-ups on porcelain, with air-dried paints. You may remember that I struggled with Mimi and Joanna a while back. It hasn't gotten much "easier" for me so the current two I've been working on have been done over three to four times. But at long last, I'm satisfied with Little Darling #2!!
This is a 7" porcelain head on a Tenner body. She has stepped into the shoes of Yuan, seen in July (?) who was a repaint of the same sculpt used on a vinyl doll made by Ashton Drake (but hence a somewhat smaller head, which cannot fit onto the Tenner upper torso.)
I'm over-coming some of my difficulties with the process (which mostly involved earlier paint layers accidentally lifting off as I apply later layers) by applying some of the layers with an airbrush - an entirely new tool for me. So something more to learn from the bottom up! I've been fascinated with airbrushes since the 1980's, but never gave myself permission to buy one and try doing it until now .... don't know why! R.
Happy Saint Andrew's Day ("observed")!
Sadly I can't remember who made Michael's outfit, so I can't give credit. His set of pipes was purloined from a now-pipeless tourist doll.
This reminds me that when I was a child I thought the lyrics to the one "Scotch" song that I knew were "the camels are coming, hurrah, hurrah!"
Dame Cecilia came back from one of her diplomatic "missions" overseas and was ready to relax. So I've loaned her one of my favorite movies to watch ("North and South").
....... Mug of cocoa? Check. Comfy robe and slippers? Check. Rocking chair? (yes, Dame Cecilia has a rocking chair just like us other mortals!) Check. ..... push the "play" button and ..... sit back for a good show!
(Be still, my heart!) R.
Update November 8th: I had no idea that the 10th anniversary of the release of this version of "North and South" was imminent. Apparently fan celebrations are planned, including this effort: "During the weekend of November 14, watch N&S and take a selfie of you watching (Shy people: if you, like me, are shy about taking a selfie that includes your face, don’t be concerned. My selfie is going to be of my TV with my legs stretched out on the coffee table in front of my sofa!). [And post it where ever it is folks post selfies.]" So I'm thinking this blog post can be Dame Cecilia's and my early effort at a quasi-selfie?! R.
I've been mulching a lot of leaves recently. There's the (relatively) fast way with my leaf grinder and then there's the slow way, the end result of which is shown in these photos.
Aren't these great?!! They are made using paper punches - line up the leaf's veins with the mid-point of the punch shape, punch and voila! Simple as that! I was inspired by an idea shared on paperminis.com
The kitchen table is ready for the Halloween trick or treat party!
Aydie and Patsy supervised the choice of goodies and, along with Jack, are ready to dig in!
Here's Aydie's watering can outfit, from a couple of years ago, but new to her and she thinks it is great, although a tad difficult to maneuver around the table without hitting something with the spout!
And here is Patsy!! She told me, since I've been so disparaging about her inability to ever look happy, that she wanted to be a funny clown for Halloween. "Smile Clown, smile!!!"
Sir Jack and his trusty hound!!!
Sir Jack abounds in the virtue of patience since he's been waiting a long while for this costume - it was almost finished last year, but not in time for Halloween, so this year the village seamstress made sure she finished it!!!
(Any Scots in the audience?? We are laboring under the impression that Sir Jack's escutheon is a royal Scots rampant lion ... hear us roar!)
Time to think spooky thoughts .... time to listen for things that go bump in the night .... time to gather candy corn by the light of the full moon!!!!!
"The best way to predict the future is to create it" - Peter Drucker
Enjoy, if you dare!! R.
Joanna you may not have seen (or noticed) before, but she has been "around". Previous to this the head I was using for her had inset eyes and it never worked really well, no matter what eyes I tried with her, mostly because the inside of the porcelain had not been beveled correctly. So here is the new Joanna, with painted eyes!
I don't know .... I'm thinking maybe I need to make her eyelashes and eyebrows a tad darker ..... R.