Saturday, May 30, 2015

May Monster Madness






 I went for Steampunk.

The late Victorians were big on
the insect theme



and it's only a small step to
steampunk and animate these little beauties
into creations of exotically beautiful horror.

Here is a selection.


Creatures crafted from
discarded parts.




My friend, Miss Magpie's Steampunk Observer.


Lego Steampunk Scuttler.


Watch-part Insects from



Creation of a clockwork insect.

One of my favourite films
has a spectacularly unpleasant 
altered  flea.

See it here, with its trainer's forceps
adding a hypodermic needle.



The flea's view as it travels to its target.


And here, its mind-altering toxin takes effect.



Here is my own Surveillance Arthropod.

(Right now, it's under your couch,
taking notes in Morse code.)



And a how-to, if you want to make your own.


Thank you so much,
for sharing in
May Monster Madness!

If I haven't visited your blog yet,
I'm on my way.




Thursday, May 28, 2015

What I'm doing right now.


What am I doing?

Well, I'm making a
Mabel Bunt Action Figure.


Here she is, looking unusually introspective,
which probably means Lord Guise 
has said something complicated...



She'll get tavern wench gear, and a tiny sword!

It's a rare perk of being a writer and
a doll maker; I get to make
my own action figures.

No, she does not come with kung fu grip


Read about Mabel Bunt here.


And here is Oona.


She's an interesting girl,
with at least two opinions on everything...


...and rarely agrees with herself.


Also, she's a little intimidated
by all this sunshine...

Anyway, back to this week's commercial.
Everyone's favourite action figure.





Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mad for Hats? Welcome to Mad Hat Day

 Welcome to Debi's

Mad for Hats?

Make your own!


I found a wonderful pattern for 
doll-sized decorative hats on 

I love the pattern, 
but I don't use it for my dolls
because it's not  for commercial use,
which is fair.

But when I got an opportunity
to use the pattern for a Mad Hat
I was so excited!

Here is my 
Mad Hatter Mad Hat!


I took the basic pattern
and loaded up Tenniel's illustrations
into the crown and brim.

I then printed  it out on cardstock
and cut it out and glued it together.
Done!

(Original hat design  on A Field Journal )

I don't know if this image will print for you.
If not, you'll have to try the original blank
version on

But once you have the basic shape, 
you could print out the design on any 
coloured or pattered thin card.



The hat was done and ready for the best bit.


Trimming!


An Alice-style talking flower.


A lacy brim
(This is one of those fancy laser-cut
cupcake holders)


Ribbons and braid.



Anna Lee models for you.


A raven's feather.

(Because they're like a writing desk...)

Thank you so much, Debi,
for this fun party!

Back later to see everyone's hats.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Little Clothy Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood,


with her basket.



Off to grandma's house.



I hope she gets there!


...what was that?


if you fancy making your own.

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring! New things happening!

First of all,
here is my new book!

Ready to read on Kindle
(you don't need a kindle)
and full of exciting stuff!
Mabel Bunt
and the
Masked Monarchs

Hi there!

Well, last year was a wild ride 
and I did all kinds of exciting things.

If it's been quiet here recently, 
it's because my writing time
has been put into writing, 
rather than blogging.


But we'll get to that in a minute.

First of all,
I'd like you to see the wonderful dolls
made with my little cloth doll pattern
by Edie Marie,
over at 

They're really sweet!


See? Lovely hair and such sweet little faces!

If you're interested in the doll pattern,
 it's here, complete with a photo tutorial.
Play around with it to make all kinds of dolls.

Like this fairy,


or a hit man...



Which leads me to my other news.

The hit man above (all 11 inches of him)
is the witty, pragmatic anti-hero of

Ben and I have been co-writing
feverishly to produce our first joint work
which will be going up on Amazon 
this weekend.



I'm so excited!

I did the cover, too!

Who's Mabel Bunt?


She's a girl of indifferent morals 
(and I choose my words with care)
thrust suddenly into a wild world
of intrigue, masks, swords and corsets.



Doesn't that sound fun?



I can tell you, it was fun to write!

I'll give you all a heads-up
when Ben lets me know the novel
is up and running on Amazon.

This will be a Kindle book, initially,
but that's ok. 

YOU DON'T NEED A KINDLE TO READ IT!

Yes, I was shocked too.

If you have a PC, a lap-top, a smart phone,
whatever you can get on to the Internet with,
to read Kindle books.

Lots of free books out there, too.







Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hi there!

I closed my Etsy shop 
for two weeks over Christmas,
and had myself a little Sabbatical.

During this sabbatical
I mostly slept and ate chocolate;
 it was very good and I 
highly recommend having
a little sabbatical if you
can possibly squeeze one in.

I also painted a horse.


I try and tell myself it's actually
a prop for doll photographs,
but it's really a toy for me!

I didn't sculpt it!
This is a Battat horse I bought
on eBay. I think they're sold
at Target or Toy'R'Us.


It was a nice horse, but very yellow
with a frizzy mane and tail.

So I took those off.


Underpainting. Or, how not to paint dapples.


Dapples. Not apples.

I sculpted pointed tips to his ears, a tail-bone
and added some depth to his jaw


(This is the third attempt to paint dapples.)
.
I looked at so many references, and so many horses
I decided that dapples can look any way you want.

So mine look like this.


Then I added a mane and tail.



A suri alpaca mane and tail, 
which is pretty luxury stuff 
for a plastic horse.


Here he is, posing.


He doesn't have a name yet, 
so I'm going to have to work on that.

And he insists I make a lady in a riding habit
so I suppose I better get on with that, too!

(Suggestions for name gratefully received.)




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wings!

I'm so excited!

I finally learned how to make wings!



Proper fairy wings,
and just in time for Christmas, too.



So now I'm making fairy dolls,
because fairies are for Christmas!
(At least, they are if you're British.)

Here's a close-up of the wings.


and she's about to be joined
by more fairy friends.


For a free pattern
to make your own Chloe,

Chloe's wing design came
from Karen at



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