Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Interesting facts...

As usual, I was all gung-ho about finishing some almost there prints for the shop and then going back to working on dolls, but having to move the studio round (a small leak) got in the way, and in the meantime Etsy dropped their latest bombshell. They are hiking their final value fees to 5% (fair enough really) but now will also charge that 5% on Postage as well!!!! Seriously? That is SO not on. I will continue to slowly (as ever) list things in my newly reopened etsy shop for now but look for alternative, less greedy, sales platforms at the same time.

I also have a very neglected Folksy shop that I have never really concentrated on, so it's interesting to compare it with etsy right now. Obviously Folksy is just for UK artists and Crafters, but anyone in the world can buy from it without having to register. I have had my one and only ready print listed in both shops so here are the stats for both for the last 7 days:

Folksy is at the top. As it is a much smaller site with less listings to wade through (and hardly any Art Dolls, hint, hint..) it is much easier to get seen so I have had a similar number of people actually come into my shop from that. Obviously I've had the etsy shop for years, so people can look through my past sales - not surprisingly perhaps, I have had 3 'Hearts' in that time, but non on Folksy.... but I guess people just have that one print to go on there.

Back to the studio move around, I bought a new piece of furniture (something idiotically expensive from NEXT) but it will house so much art stuff - storage is a huge problem in my small cottage. Why does nothing ever go smoothly in my life though? The delivery guys assembled it, they worked really hard, stayed way beyond their given time slot, but there is a problem with one of the doors which doesn't fit and swings open continuously.... not great in a small room! So now I have to wait 2 weeks for someone to come and fix it :o(

Hopefully a studio pic and wips of dolls in the next week though, I am sure I can blue-tak the door for a quick photo :o)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Folksy Shop update

I'd actually forgotten about my Folksy Shop!!! So just added the link to my blog page and listed "Left Girl" there too. I am currently moving my studio around and have moved 'the sewing room' into the dining room so that I have more space to work on dolls. The big old dining table will enjoy the extra attention, I am sure.

I have always tried to keep everything in one room, as I tend to enjoy creating in the one environment but I think this new set up will work out well. Next week I will start to share WIP pics of new dolls... and once I have finished rearranging the furniture and tidied up, I will maybe even post one of those "Where women create" type pics for posterity - because as soon as I start working it will be a mess again! :o)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Shop updates begin this coming week

Over the coming week I will begin to list items for sale in my etsy shop again! Yay... it's been a long time.... nothing has really changed - but EVERYTHING has at the same time ;o) I've been rooting through my old sketch books for ideas and creating new dolls, prints, paper dolls, brooches and even a few bags.

As always, I tend to jump from one project to the next as the muse strikes (whenever I get a bit of free time in between freelance design jobs) which means predicting when I will have things finished is always a bit hit and miss - it used to embarrass me that I was so inconsistent but I have decided to start embracing it. Who wants to be predictable anyway ;o) I aim to be reliable though, as in the quality of what I create will always be up to my own high standards.

So watch this space - and my Flickr account - for when new items will be listed, I'm also hoping to start Instagram-ing soon too (when I can figure out how to download to the app to my phone, that is). Obviously I will also post on Facebook from time to time, but as Facebook now greedily demands payment if any artist wants to reach more than a very tiny handful of followers, it won't be my main communication outlet. So, I hope you enjoy the new look shop as things slowly begin to appear.

Yve x

Sunday, May 13, 2018


I don't seem to have the knack of reminiscing but found a file full of back up discs earlier - having fun checking out old dolls and sketches for dolls... I have some new cloth dolls on my work table waiting for their faces to be painted on and hair applied - looking through these old pics has made me want to go quite retro on the faces :o)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Crickey O Riley!!!

Wow, after all this time my blog finally accepted my sign in and so now I can start to blog again! I changed browser more than a year ago and after that Blogger would not let me sign back in.... it's very strange to not be able to access something you created.... it has made me all the more determined to start blogging again :o) Even if no one is reading it anymore

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Male Vampire!

...And finally, for now anyway, a Male Vampire Paper Art Doll! It's not easy trying to find enough really good quality vintage images of men and especially their fashions, for some reason. As the Men of yesteryear used to take so much trouble with their appearance I find that quite astonishing. I was wondering if perhaps, as men were free to visit their tailor whenever they wanted, and see the latest trends in clothing face to face, as they were always out and about in the world, maybe there wasn't the same need for lavishly illustrated clothing catalogues. Women, by and large, tended to stay closeted indoors... at least that is my guess? Here's Viggo, anyway.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Long time no blog!

WOW!!!!  It has been such a long time since I have even seen my blog, let alone wrote anything here. Does absence make the heart grow fonder.... or did Facebook just drive me away in search of a saner/calmer, less toxic way to communicate? Who knows.

To be brutally honest, design work has taken up so much of my time that there was nothing arty or crafty to share over the blog-drought anyway. Things have finally quietened down  a little now so I am turning my attention back to my shop and finishing a few projects that just never made it in there.

First up are some Altered Art Witch Paper Dolls which have provided my first foray into digital downloads. Ludmilla and Demelza are both available to download now on etsy and will soon be joined by Hortense the Vampire.  I am also working on sheets of themed ephemera for you to reuse for your own altered artwork and scrapbooking.

I also have some George Barbier inspired hand drawn paper dolls in the pipeline. Because they are my own original artwork, they will only be available to buy ready assembled and packaged, like my Vampire Showgirls and the Burlesque Mermaids. I have had a few requests to provide them for other people to work with because people don't seem to realise that they are original drawings. Yes, certainly I adorn them with vintage scraps to add to the period feel but I drew them myself in an aim to make them look "vintage", so maybe that's a compliment?

Incidentally, if you are wondering who George Barbier is, just do a Google search and wallow in the sheer beauty of one of my all time favourite illustrators. I spent many an hour in childhood slavishly copying his gorgeous drawings. Having rediscovered my love of all things Art Deco lately, I thought it would be nice to revisit the spirit of his decadent creatures and turn them into paper dolls. watch this space :o)