Monday, 26 August 2013

A Crafty Day

So here I am!
It's not often that you'll see pics of me myself as I'm not friendly with a  camera. But I thought for once I'd pop in to say hello face to face :)
This is me behind my stall at the Kitchen Table Crafts and Vintage Nostalgia Fair at the National Waterfront Museum Swansea this Saturday just gone. We had a fun day with lots of lovely things to see and so many lovely finds.
Of course, after spending my last few weeks making all manner of peg dolls it was my older dolls that proved to be more popular this time :S So I spent a lot of time yesterday photographing, editing and listing all my new little lovelies.
Mr Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett are already on their way to the lovely Emma :) And I have lots more fun little peggies ready for new homes. I hope you like them, and you can find them all here -
Jack The Ripper
The Cheshire Cat

Monday, 19 August 2013

5 Days To Go - Things To Do

Just 5 days left until my first fair of the year at Swansea National Waterfront Museum J
I have lots to do and lots to organise before Saturday and I’ve got myself organised with a big To Do list.
It looks like I’m going to be a busy girl, but at least most of my new little peg dolls are almost ready.

Things To Do :

Make 2 tiny top hats – for Sweeney Todd,  and Jack The Ripper
Make 2 witched pointed hats
Make 1 tiny razor needed for Mr Todd
Make 1 Long knife with blood needed for Jack
2 pairs of fairy wings to attach when I find them (put safe and now missing :S)
Make 1 broom
Paint 2 pumpkins and 1 pie for the witches and Mrs Lovett
Tear and dirty up 2 asylum dolls
Add blood and gore to the zombie
Silver leaf 2 pairs of demon horns
Dress 3 more pegs dolls – Black Cat, girl demon and Lady
Wig 4 more dolls – Black Cat, Girl demon, Boy demon and Lady
Write up all the missing tags
Pack everything
Badly paint my nails
Drink a Lot of wine
Get very little sleep
Turn up early for the fair and set up :S

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can........

Monday, 12 August 2013

The Best Kind Of Mess :)

I’ve no idea what’s going on with Blogger but I’m having some troubles, so I hope this one comes up ok :S
I couldn’t even add my photos last week but I’m gonna make sure you can see the ones I have for this week.
After getting back on track with all my dolls I’ve had a week of finishing what I can before going totally nuts and making as many peg dolls as I can ready for my upcoming fair at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea on the 24th of this month. I managed to sculpt 24 of the little blighters in one night after finishing work. You should have seen me. I was like a demon with a  mission and I’m not even sure if I even had dinner (although Hubby would have shouted at me so I’m sure I did). I was there laying on the floor surrounded with clay and eyes and pegs and everything I needed and I got them all done J It’s the only space big enough for me to spread out and work.
Now, of course, I have to dress them all :S
I have two weeks to get all 24 of them dressed wigged and ready. Do you think I can do it?
I’m not too convinced, so have set myself a deadline for dressing them for next Wednesday as if I don’t start giving them hair by then they’ll be bald!
So far I have all the sculpting finished including a couple of pumpkins for two witches and a pie for Mrs Lovett. I know who each doll is and where I want to go with their costumes. All the dolls and their arms are painted , varnished and glossed where appropriate. And I have all of the little petticoats made up and pieces cut for trousers and shirts for the boys. I’m in a bit of a daze as I don’t think I’ve stopped all weekend!!
My Hubby Cris has been helping me get them all drilled for joints and has even been cutting arms for me. He didn’t even complain once. And he’s promised me help to get them all labelled and ready next weekend too. What a dear he is <3.
I’d be really stuck without him. Especially as I know how much he supports me and that he’s not even going to mind too much that I’ll be sewing as soon as I get home and he’ll be cooking dinner for two weeks (I hope – Please????).
Tonight I’m going to start on the three boys I’m making, Sweeney Todd, Jack The Ripper, and a little Demon, as well as my female White Rabbit as she needs a shirt and waistcoat too. If I can get those four done in two days and a few other things I’ll be ok. I think! :S
And this weekend coming my needle won’t leave my hand.
Part of me is secretly hoping I can meet this challenge I’ve given myself and another part is trying to hide under the bed clothes.
Come on Tasha! You can do this!!! ??? !!! :S

Monday, 5 August 2013

What A Difference A Week Makes

Last week I was stuck in what seemed like a never-ending circle of unfinished dolls. Every one I started needed something I didn't have and had to order. And the longer I had to wait for things to arrive saw me starting more and more.
But this last week has changed everything for the better. My long awaited lace from China finally arrived and was perfect for Lucrizia Borgia. Nelferch, the Lady of the Lake, has her lace too which I'm now beading. And my Alice Bunny and Hatter are almost done.
My chimney sweep is still waiting for his hat. And I have one or two other little things to do. But it's been a good week for getting things done.

This morning I realised something that I hope this new found purpose and getting things done phase I have will help with. My next Craft Fair has snuck up on me and I now only have three weeks left to get a load of things done. First is that I have nowhere near enough peg dolls to take with me :S

In a mad panic this morning I ordered up more clay as I know I have only a very little left, and my brain is swimming with ideas for who I should make.
On my notebook in front of me is a list of twenty little guys I'd like to see on my table at Swansea Waterfront Museum on the 24th (come say hello and meet my dolls in person), but whether or not I can get them all made is another question.

My poor husband is going to have to put up with my doll factory style of mass sculpting and having heads drying all over the place. And if I'm very lucky I might be able to get him to help me with the arms. The poor guy does have to put up with a lot.
It's my own fault of course as I should be more organised. But my brain has been busy with custom orders and the dolls I wanted to make for so long. I'm sad they'll have to be put to one side for a few weeks but there's not a lot I can do now. I don't tend to take all of my largest sized dolls to fairs and try to have good variation in the rest. I've been so lucky that so many of my little guys have been finding new homes so quickly :)

Before my clay arrives I have one more special secret commission to do that I just can't tell you all about just yet. You never know who will be spying around the corner that shouldn't know what's happening :)
And hopefully I'll get to finish my latest Alice Bunny and Hatter so they can come to the fair too.