Tuesday, August 16, 2011


My latest project is carving wood dolls. Here is the head of a Queen Anne inspired doll. I learned how to insert glass eyes by talking to doll carvers on the dollcarving group at Yahoo. To set the glass eyes start my making a whole in the wood to insert the eyes then fill around it with wood filler or paper clay. I was told you can also use a two part putty called Quickwood. The paperclay works fine because it sticks to wood. Paper clay sands nicely and leaves no hard edges.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

He Unfolds a Rose

I use a rose in my doll art logo because it reminded me of the great beauty that God has created. I loved roses. They are very delicate but yet the thorns that protected them are so strong. It reminds me of the strength God has given us to endure pain. As women we bear children and endure a pain that is soon forgotten after that child is born. It reminds me of my struggle to create art. I make mistakes which add frustrations when I try to use a new painting medium or recently a carving knife. A month ago I started learning how to carve a doll in wood. Carving is such a labor intensive craft without the right tools. Still with the right tools there is a learning curve that must be mastered but not without causing pain. Will ever understand how wood reacts to carving knives? How am I going to get a face to develop in block of wood? God works through me to create anything. It will take patience and time to develop this new skill. So I remember the rose. . .it doesn't open by itself God is directing it. He will direct me and guide my hands in the right time. He will lead me to the right tools and how to use them. He led me to a carving group on Yahoo. Many of the artists are very willing to share tips and info. I love how God can open doors at just the right time. I love this poem. I hope anyone who reads this blog will be blessing by its message.

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design,
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I,
The flower God opens so sweetly,
In my hands would fade and die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I'll trust Him for His leading
Each moment of every day
And I'll look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.

For the pathway that lies before me
My heavenly Father knows
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments
Just as He unfolds the rose.

~Selma Swanson

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Carla is FINALLY completed

I worked on Carla for over a year. I wasn't working on her a year but she sat in my studio. . . . while I altered prom and wedding dresses and who know how many jeans and hunting jacket zippers I replaced while Carla patiently waited for clothing. It took me a long time to photography her. Believe it or not I took TWO photography classes and still feel flustrated taking photos. Oh well I am not a photographer but I present to you Carla Goodnews in her red shoes!

Carla Goodnews wears her pretty red shoes and she is an Izannah Walker inspired doll.

Carla is a OOAK cloth doll with a paper clay head that was painted in watercolor painted as well as her lower arms, lower legs and buttoned red strap shoes.

She has painted corkscrew curls in front of each exposed ear and short curls framing the back of the head, and bulging painted eyes and painted mouth with hint of a smile.

Carla wears an vintage style off-the-shoulder blue printed cotton dress, cotton batiste under garments, and crocheted bonnet.

She has a gusset weighted bottom so she will sit nicely on a chair or wall shelf without a doll stand.

She has a body covering made from cotton ticking.

I am thrilled to offer this wonderful hand crafted doll who needs a loving home.

She will be a wonderful addition to any primitive doll collection
25 inch tall.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My dolls are going to be in Doll Town

Check out the new Doll Town, starting Feb 26th. One of my dolls "Precious will be on the front page! I am so excited to finally get another venue for selling my dolls. The dolls need a home. So please support me and the other artists on Doll Town.