Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Making Changes...

...to this blog. I really want to make this blog a big part of my social media family, engage with people and hopefully provide interesting content. So that being said I'll be making changes on this little blog.

Some of the ideas I have are to bring back my Friday Favorites. I really enjoyed showcasing wonderful things I found out in the world. 

Another idea is Artist Profiles. This will be difficult for me as I'm an extremely shy introvert but I think pushing myself to do this will be beneficial. I'm going to start with artist friends and work from there.

I'm also going to breakdown my doll making experience. I'm starting on a new doll making journey and a complete change to my business that other makers, beginning makers and/or customers and others might enjoy seeing the whole process. So I'm really going to over share about my doubts, insecurities, issues, pattern problems, forays into positioning my brand on social media etc, branding my work and what that means. And if no one reads it but me then I have a written history of this process which is valuable to me in it's own right. Stay tuned!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Worktable Friday

I made a bunch of body blanks to practice new hair styles on. I used to sew each strand one by one by hand but what a time-consuming task that was, I also wasn't super happy with the result either. The first one has crazy, multi - textured hair like mine and is my favorite.

I have one more tomboy type hair to do then I'll start making dolls. The dolls won't be orange, I'm just using orange bodies for pattern making etc. I hope these dolls I'm going to make will find happy homes.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pattern Making

Artic weather this week makes it the perfect time to sit, make patterns and sew. I've been working on a smaller doll design and finally got my prototype just the way I wanted. I also worked on a new simpler face design for these smaller dolls.

Monday, February 9, 2015

I've Been Sick...

I've had a really nasty head cold that then settled into my chest. I thought maybe I was getting walking pneumonia and went to Urgent Care, just to find out it's only a cold. I felt like an idiot but I was glad I had medical insurance so I could go. I've been struggling with high blood pressure for the last 6 months (that I knew about, but probably for much longer that I didn't know) so I was feeling worse cause the cold meds I was taking were raising up my already high blood pressure. Now I have to suffer through the rest of this cold without meds...yay. Sigh, so just another thing slowing me down.

Anyway before all this happened I was working on a bunch of new stuff. I'm taking Sassy Pack Rat Studios into a slightly different direction. I've always wanted to make dolls for the children's market, so am adding some dolls specifically for children in addition to my other art dolls.
This is one of the doll designs I'm working on. She will be printed on cloth and then sewn. I have a whole fairytale set I'm working on. They will be made from my own illustrations and based on my small felt dolls from last year. If they prove to be successful then I plan to offer custom dolls too.

There are other things I'm working on that are geared toward children. I am still working on soft sculpture dolls for adult collectors but I hope that the children's dolls do well.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Will Be Posting On This Blog Soon...

I'm in the process of re-designing dolls, re-vamping my business and basically getting my shit together. All my time last summer and Fall was taken up with caring for my mother after she was released from the hospital and my own illness. I went to the ER twice in October and was finally admitted to the hospital where I had surgery. Thank goodness for my daughter who held down the fort at home and cared for my mom while I was unable to. I've been physically and emotionally exhausted all Winter and am just starting to feel normal (well normal for me) again.

Here are 2 little felt dolls that I was able to get done before Christmas. 

While I was in the hospital Red and Wolfie sold as did my Black Cat Witch. I'm so very grateful to those buyers! I was beginning to think there was no customer base for my work and was seriously thinking about quitting making dolls. Now I'm more energized and have so many fun things to post soon.

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