Saturday, August 31, 2013

Who's the Daddy?

The ever thought provoking C, recently brought up the concept of "Fantasy Dad's" on her blog, something I was not familiar with, and it has got me thinking. Now my head hurts because I try to avoid that whenever possible ;o)

I never got the chance to know my own Dad and my Step-father and I never had a warm or even particularly friendly relationship, so the role a Father plays in most women's lives has always been a little bit of a mystery to me. Sadly, in this era of the Single Mother I think more and more people of either sex are experiencing that gap. The Press have also firmly planted the idea in our heads that there is a Paedophile round every corner and so men are generally mistrusted around children, whether related to them or not. Many a Fantasy Dad was created in impressionable minds through the TV screen of our youth but now Operation Yewtree has revealed them in a sinister light. It's a sad state of affairs and frankly one that only men can redress.

Thankfully, I had my wonderful and loveable Grandfather, George, in my life and his equally endearing brothers, Alf, Stan, Hugh and Tommy. They came from an era where even very young men donned uniforms and risked, and often lost, their lives. When I think of those men they seem innocent somehow, they rarely swore or drank. Rarely lost their tempers, hardly raised their voices - let alone their hands - in anger. Am I misremembering them as saints? Hardly, they had their fun and their vices but still they seemed wholesome somehow, and all believed in shouldering their responsibilities and doing what's right. Have we lost all that? I hope not.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cult of Doll

Grace Garton (Little Black Crow Studios) and I are setting up a new art doll project called Cult of Doll and looking for members to get the ball rolling. It is a long term project with actually quite minimal commitment required from most members but hopefully every two years we will have put together a really wonderful online collection of art dolls and weird and wonderful stories to boot. You can read all about the project here: and if you sell dolls on etsy then also check out our new etsy team here:

Because we need to create a unified theme and design for the Almanac (a biannual collection of the members work) membership applications will have to be vetted to make sure we have a diverse yet coherent thread running through each publication. Prospective members must be comfortable with writing some kind of back story for their doll, however short, as the aim is to produce a rather odd story book, a Grimm's Fairytale compendium of art dolls if you like ;o)

Sound interesting? Then we would love to hear from you, drop a comment on the Cult of Doll blog or apply to join the etsy team.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Rowan, finished doll

Here she is finished :o) She will probably go in the shop tomorrow when I have gotten some shipping quotes.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Getting closer to a completed doll...

It's funny, but right from the start I have always imagined this gal was going to be a brunette, until tonight when I tried this cream lambswool on her on a whim... now she is blonde and called Rowan. One of the best things about doll making, you never know how they will turn out.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Witches are starting to gather...

I made Tituba last year but finished her too late for a Halloween sale... for some reason my witch dolls only seem to sell before Halloween online (back in the old days of doing Craft Shows they sold all year round, go figure?) so I decided not to relist her again until late summer. She is back in the shop and and two new witches will be joining her shortly (well, as soon as I finish them... we all know how that goes!)

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Still working on them, thinking about what kind of hair to give her :o)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Coming along...

This was taken while I was working outside last weekend, they have come a long way since then and are now partially clothed... more WIP pics soon :o)