Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sneak peek for TDIPT Mercantile tonight!

This is Rose. 
I have worked very hard on her for over a month, 
but I think now she is ready to make her debut!
She is 16 1/2 inches and adapted from a pattern by Deanne Hogan. 
It will be hard to part with her.
She goes up for adoption tonight at 

Thanks for looking!
xx
~Annie


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Studio clean out

I read a post on my friend Dixie's blog about cleaning out your studio in the new year. This really struck a cord with me  because I have been living with a less than perfect studio condition for the last 2 years.
For a number of years I had an entire room to myself for my studio. Then child number 4 came along, and though we kept her in a crib in our room to begin with, eventually she got too big and needed a room of her own. So I gave up half of my studio. It was awkward, working in a little girls bedroom. I began to be afraid to use oil paints because of the fumes and things like that.
But alas, the oldest daughter moved out of the house to get her own apartment, and the little one was able to move into her own room and I had a wonderful room all to myself again. 
But I never fixed it up as a studio the way I wanted to, maybe because subconsciously,I dont know... I knew she would be back. LOL!And she was...
SO...
I gave up the studio while the oldest daughter moved back in and enrolled in the local junior college. Now I have a studio corner in my bedroom.
It sucks.
But there is a happy ending to this story.
My oldest daughter got engaged(re-engaged actually) on Thanksgiving. It was very sweet, her fiance' proposed to her in front of the whole family at Thanksgiving dinner. And we have a date,  September 21,2012!
Yay! We are all very happy about this, and inside I am also beaming because
I will be getting my studio back!
Hurray!
So that is why Dixie's proposal about cleaning out the studio really appealed to me.Most of my art supplies are in boxes in the basement, buried and hard to get to. So for me, cleaning out the studio also will include the stash of stuff down there. But for this month I began with my small work area.

And it did make a difference. I didn't find anything that was a surprise, but it was great to just see the top of my work table again.
However, there are still piles.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Alice

I am making an Alice in Wonderland doll this week.

Why is her head so round? I don't know.
She needs some hair, I agree. 
But alas, She is oil painted and will take forever to dry.
I even used an alkyd white-mixed with just about everything.
That does speed up the drying time, but only a little.
Ah! I do love oils!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Zendoodles

I was really not feeling well over the weekend, some sort of bug I think. I just didn't feel well enough to accomplish anything.
So I wrapped myself up in a blankie and just did some doodling in my sketchbook.

These are called "zendoodles" in today's art world. But back in the day they were just doodles that covered every notebook and folder I owned in highschool! 
LOL!

xx
~Annie

Thursday, January 12, 2012

PDF Patterns in my Etsy Shoppe

I spent a good deal of time the last few days converting most of my doll patterns to a PDF format. 

They are now available in my Etsy Shoppe as E-patterns. 
This is such a quick and convenient way to buy new doll patterns. 

The pattern prices are a little lower, and there is NO shipping fee!
I have it set up so that as soon as I receive payment I will send the pattern file to you. 
You will never have to wait more than 24 hours, and in most cases it will be sooner than that. 

I am in the habit of checking my mail several times a day.
So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and have a look at my 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Inspired by Izannah Walker

I know it seems every one is making this type of doll, but I couldn't resist trying my hand at it! This is actually a mold for an Alabama Baby doll by Deanna Hogan. I just decided to turn her into an Izzy instead. I got some fabric yesterday for her dress, which HAS to be red! I will be working on dress and unders today.

These pictures are before her head and shoulderplate have had a crackle applied.

Monday, January 2, 2012