Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Last custom doll for Christmas

This is a replica of a lovely person on their wedding day, the dress material should be more blue and less purple, but otherwise I'm really pleased with this - its a dress shape I haven't tried on a doll before but I think it works. This is the last of a lot of custom orders I've had for Christmas, just some drawings to do now!

Monday, 21 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

This is Ellie's sister, my first sale on folksy - hopefully the first of many!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Una the Lullaby

Lullabies are friends of Rose Lullaby Dolls, they cuddle them when they are sad and tickle them when they are happy.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Puppet doll portraits

This is Julie Storms brother in law, I had fun creating the wispy hair on top of his head!

This is Erica

These are of Tracilee's Dad and his wife - I'm so pleased with her hair!

These are of lonelystranger with a 'geeky' kind of skirt and her best friend who's favourite colour is blue.

There are more to follow - I've been busy!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Ingrid again!

She's a runner up! India Knight, Times columnist and judge gave this lovely quote about her -

Wonderful. I love her elegant, slightly nerdy look – amazing what you can do with a Barbie (gold star for sorting out her crazy figure/features). Again, lovely attention to detail, full of wit and charm – really delightful.

Being a runner up is fab, but being a winner would be even better, and the people's choice prize is open until Thursday - so please click here and heart Ingrid!!!!!!!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Being a working mum...

It's hard! Martha has broken her arm and then caught a stomach bug this week, now I've caught it from her. I've got so many orders to complete by the 10th and an exhibition to prepare for and then more orders to do after that, but I've been out of action for 3 days and am going to have to cut down on sleeping to make my deadlines...
Once you've got a child you just can not rely on definately doing anything anymore - there's so many possible scenarios that will prevent you. Pre child If you were really ill you couldn't work. Post child,  if I am ill, Martha is ill, my husband is ill, or a childminder or childminder's child is ill then my work probably has to stop. She's wonderful but oh my trying to be a working mum is hard.

More custom orders

These two are of Pete Seeger and a man who's written a book on him - bought for the author by his wife to say well done on getting published.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

My upcycle christmas entry

This is what I created with the ingredients I posted a few days ago, I'm rather pleased with her, what do you think?

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Wonderful feedback

I just love getting feedback when customers receive their puppet dolls, I get real 'job satisfaction' from knowing that people love what I make for them.
The two little Scottish girls who I blogged about a week ago have arrived at their new home and their owner left me the most wonderful message, the best quote from it is "Robyn is clearly an artist working with mysterious magic". What a brilliant quote! hurrah for lovely customers.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Folksy/Sue Ryder Competition

I recently discovered a great website called folksy which is sort of a british etsy, they're running a competition to make something awesome from charity shop finds, the items will be auctioned in aid of sue ryder, and a winner picked by some great judges, including Wayne hemmingway, Louise Roe, India Knight and Antoni&Alison and the winner has the chance to use their london flagship store window as a showcase - this is a picture of the raw materials for my entry - I'll post the finished article when it's finished! 
The materials are... 2 scarves, 1 doll, 1 broken necklace, 1 ball of wool - all from a charity shop, and from my stock, masking tape, hot glue, pva glue and tissue paper.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

A portrait of a lovely couple

This is a portrait of a couple of nearly newly-weds, a wedding present from the bride's sister - I was a little intimidated by making something for such an important occasion! The bride is a knitter and the groom is a book worm, so they have a couple of books and some knitting needles in a ball of wool. I loved making her hair from embroidery thread, although it was pretty fiddly, and I'm rather pleased with his hair, I think I've captured it rather well.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

I made a treasury out of my favourite etsy faces...

Treasuries on etsy are limited in number, you can only make one once the total number falls below 333 (they are up for 2-3 days and then expire) then you have to jump in VERY quickly to claim your spot. The idea is a member curated gallery of items, and some are chosen to appear on the front page of etsy, which is very good publicity.
I spent quite a bit of time finding the faces for my treasury, and playing around with the colours and composition - I hope you like it, you can see it in its full glory here for the next 2 days, and the more of you that visit it and click on the items the further up the ranks it climbs - so please visit and click away!

Two custom 'puppet portraits'

These are 'puppet portraits' of two little scottish girls who are best friends, such a lovely subject.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Custom doll

This is a puppet portrait of my customer's boyfriend, Jorden. He's been lots of fun to make!
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