Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bear with me...

Just a quickie to say, please bear with me! I'm not up to answering emails and general interaction because last week I finally went out to town and walked on pavements for the first time since before Christmas, I have been getting so much better. I just had to walk to my Doc's surgery, a few streets away, but knew there was something wrong on the way back, later I stiffened up and over the weekend I have gradually slipped right back down the bloody snake of pain and am back at square one waiting to roll a six, no ladders in sight.

I have been in agony (no exaggeration) and so took the high dose painkillers in desperation but where they normally take about 5/7 days to make me ill, this time is was just 24 hours. This afternoon I have felt safe enough to take the low dose again, thankful for some relief at least, but I had to wait while everything else came out of my system. The last 48 hours were hell and I don't have anything sunny to say. So if I'm not around for a while and the shop closes again for a bit, well, wish me luck, I need some right now!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Asian Apologies

If you happen to be a nice, normal Asian person reading this blog and you have left a comment in the past and I've deleted it, well, you have my sincere apologies. The problem is that I can't read Kanji and find it difficult to differentiate between Chinese/Japanese/Korean/etc characters. I am sure there are lots of lovely people out there in blog land who want to comment and be part of the blogs but, unfortunately, there is ALSO another group whose blog IDs display as "Chinese looking" characters - they leave comments on random people's blogs, sometimes very offensive and links to porn or other hateful off-blogger wesbites. I have just heard that at least one of these commenters, if you click on the Chinese ID (trying to verify they are a genuine blogger/blog reader) well, you are directed to a Child Pornography site! This is illegal, disgusting and incredibly offensive!

See Georgina's post on this, I really feel sorry for her, that must have been an incredibly distressing experience, what the hell is wrong with these people? The quote is in Chinese characters and the ID is "Hate".

It also tars other Asian bloggers with the same brush because those of us who can't differentiate will now end up deleting all comments that feature Kanji or similar looking characters (sorry, i don't even know the correct words) and blog land will be a smaller place. Any one have any ideas on this and how to deal with it?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Isobel's new hat

Here is one of my lovely Asian BJD: Elfdoll Sooah, "Isobel", in her brand new hat! It's a beauty - hand made by my talented friend and fellow ADO Doll Artist, Miss Cindy Sowers! Her Etsy shop contains some stunning Art Dolls but also HUNDREDS of amazing hats for all kinds of dolls from Barbie to Blythe and every head size inbetween! Also, get a load of her cute Hujoo, Blanche , a regular model and quite a character :o) What are you waiting for?

Isobel is thrilled and won't take it off and also insists that she NEEDS to wear it with this Val Zeitler dress... yes, the one that is far too small for her round the bust and makes her look a bit preggy, but it keeps her happy, what can you do?

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Monday, March 15, 2010

ADO on Ebay

Thought I'd draw your attention to the fact that various ADO members are taking the plunge into the choppy waters of Ebay with this mass Listing Extravaganza
Plans are afoot for this to become a monthly feature, simply search by entering the term ADO into the dolls and bears section and go take a browse. I might give it a try myself next month :o)

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

New dolls in progress

New girls on the way, now I can probably use the sewing machine again, they should be costumed and ready to go in the shop by the end of next week, we'll see, fingers crossed :o)

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Friday, March 12, 2010

The Shop is Open again

Just a quickie to say the shop is open again (at last) on Etsy and all the dolls are reduced. While I've been away my style has been evolving and the new dolls are going to look different, so I've decided to do a "Clearance Sale" on my older dolls before listing anything new. If you see anything you like, get in quick as they all have only a few weeks left at most on their listings, once they run out they won't come back to the shop. I may auction any that are left on Ebay at some later date, but i want to start featuring my new work from the Spring.

Another change, no more prints or ACEOs! I was just stretching myself too thin and the dolls won.... i am an illustrator as well as a designer by trade and in the end creating prints was too much like the day job! All 20 of the Limited Edition "Mighty Boosh" ACEOs have sold, sorry to all the people who asked about it while the shop was closed, but there are no more :o(

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

TDP Doll number 2 - ready to go

I've finished my second ADO Travelling Doll. This one, Aiden, comes from Helen Fern. He arrived as a tiny calico cloth doll (he's about 6" tall) and I've given him a paperclay face, painted with watercolours ( enjoying a break from Acrylics and I love the effect on clay) then sealed. He also has a mop of black/auburn tipped tibetan lambswool hair.

Small dolls are really not my forté, so I don't mind saying I was quite daunted when I unwrapped him, he's a fraction of the size of my usual dolls and some of them are a lot larger than those pictured below with him!


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I am really into paperclay faces at the moment, though, so went ahead and had quite a frustrating time trying to create elf or goblin type features. Most of my sculpting experience so far has been sculpting life sized busts (heads, not lady-parts you understand!) at art college. This scale is way more difficult and I'm not entirely happy with the end result... but I guess he is a character! His annoying, squishy face and the fact that he was originally meant to have red hair, reminded me of a certain bizarro potato faced acting-challenged cop in CSI MIami - hence his nickname of "Horatio Jnr"! He will be going in the post to Angela Rousseau tomorrow and I will be getting Deena Maurus's doll from Helen shortly. Will keep you posted.

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Say goodbye to Horatio Jnr... sorry, I mean Aiden!!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Congratulations!!!

Yay!!! The draw for the winners of my 2 "Mature Beauty" Art Dolls was this morning and I am pleased to announce that Lauren, in red, will soon be on her way to Anka Bizjak Gale, and Nicole, in mint, will also be on her way to Esther Verschoor. Congratulations to both of you, I hope you love your dolls as much as I did making them and a huge and heartfelt thank you to all the very sweet and special people who made donations to help Oxfam's excellent work over in Haiti, you are all stars! :o)