Friday, October 24, 2014

A Halloween Party!

It's that time again!

Time for 
A Fanciful Twist's





Yes, I will be taking part!
This is my first year as a participant.

Come back tomorrow for
fun and games and prizes!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Witches in Fiction: Crafting Blooming Howls

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For
Witches in Fiction 2014
Crafting Blooming Howls
 (which is up and running on Magaly's blog
and is full of all kinds of good things.)
I thought I'd post a timely tutorial.

How to make a teeny witch's hat, like this one,
sported by Willow Wind Moon here.


You will need the following:-

Felt
Lace
Thread



You can add to this,
buttons or beads or bells
tiny ribbons, little roses
bats, skulls, bows

First, measure how TALL you want the hat to be.

 Mark that distance along the top and 
down one side of your piece of felt
and cut out a curve to make a cone shape.

See?


Like this


Cut a piece of stiff lace twice as long as the curved edge

Gather the lace along the top edge.
(Even if it's already ruffled, it will still need gathering)


Pin the lace to the curved edge, making sure
the lace is pointing up towards the top of the cone.

Like this.


See  how the lace is pointing towards the tip of the cone?


Pin it! Pin it! 


Whip stitch the lace to the curved edge.


Sew the two ends of the curved edge together.


Then, sew up the open seam.

You can either oversew it, or use cross stitch.


Join the two edges of the lace.

It will now open out and form the brim of the hat.


Add pretty things. 

Or scary ones.

Or both.



You can now make anything into a witch.


This bartlett pear, for instance.


Or a disdainful doll.

(This is WIP Roseblood, 
and thank you, Magaly, for the use of the name.)

If you find this tutorial helpful in any way
and make a witch's hat, I'd love to see pictures!

!!! GIVEAWAY !!!

To celebrate Witches in Fiction 2014 and the release of Blooming Howls,
I'm offering this Gloomy Tea Set and Red Witch's Hat

To take part, please follow my blog!

For a second entry please
(I know, I sound so needy)
and mention that in a comment.




The Gloomy Tea Set is available
in my Etsy Shop


Meanwhile, hop over to
where 
is now in action.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Getting ready for the dark nights...

Firstly, 
here's a dark knight.


Feel better?

Secondly,
(to bring some of you up to speed)
I'm co-writing a novel
with the writer, B.R. Marsten

 B. R. Marsten and I would be delighted
if you could pop over and have a (free) read.

We'd love to know if you can read it on your device,
and if you enjoy it.

What's it about? 

It's the picaresque adventure
of a woman of low repute,
Mabel Bunt.
I'd insert a picture of Mabel here,
but all I have are rough sketches.




That's ok.
 Mabel is a pretty rough kind of girl,
living in a changing world;
a world that has corsets and daggers and masks.



(Yes, there'll probably be a doll, too.)


Thirdly,
I'm having a lot of fun with my 


I'll be making them all the way to Halloween!

I've had a couple of lovely people 
commission a dolls' tea set,
which is a delightful idea.



I'm open to all kinds of suggestions,
and if there's something special you'd like
just let me know.

Hot tea and a book to read.
That's one of the best things
about long dark nights.








Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Good news, everyone!

Well, all kinds of exciting things have happened!

 (And I don't mean getting stung on the foot,
 by a wasp, in the shower.
Because that happened. 
And yes, by definition, it was exciting.
but not in a good way.)

I did another book cover!



This is the second novel about
B R Marsten's charming, pragmatic

It's as witty, intriguing 
and darkly funny as the first,
with Oliver doing the terrible things he does;
cleanly, calmly and wearing a nice suit.





To celebrate the release of 
 B R Marsten is giving away 
for free. 
Free!



is available here, on Kindle.

You don't need a Kindle
to read a Kindle book

Just add to your laptop/PC/smartphone
and you're all set!

Go read about the 
wickedly adorable Oliver!

(and maybe I'll get to do another book cover!)

Other exciting stuff.

I finished my third conjoined twins,
Helena and Hermione, 
and have a commission for another.


I also have a commission for a two-headed raven!
I know! 

I have four Vampires to make.

I learned to insert lace!


Lace in position.
(Note pintucks!)


Lace sewn in and
background cut away.


Matching lace on hem.

This is for a doll in a Jane Austen type night gown.


And finally, I made these!


Little Halloween Dolls' Tea Sets.


These are altered dolls' tea sets
with paper clay skulls
and gloomy, gothic
monochromatic paints
all sealed and lacquered.

on Etsy. If they're sold out,
I'm making more!





Just don't drink out of them!






Monday, July 28, 2014

Just a quickie and the Giveaway Winner.


The winner of my Alice giveaway
is Niffy, from



I sent Alice off to Canada.
She was very excited!



Also, my dolls have been featured in an 
online art magazine!


I had a wonderful photo session
out in the garden
to get some nice photos



Alice-Liddell-inspired Alice.


Alice and camomile tea.


And,
I've been really, really busy making dolls.
I have all kinds of commissions
and ideas.

I'm so happy!


Gothic Lolita Conjoined Girls.


Poppy


Willow Wind Moon

And lots more.

I also won these!


This is from a giveaway organized by 
a shining beacon of the Blogiverse.

Thank you so much, Magaly!

The wonderful Morrigan earrings
and the Meditation Finger Labyrinth
were made by Eliora.

You can find more of her work in
her Etsy shop, 
An exciting place which is full 
of crafted items which are
literally enchanting.





Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mad Tea Party 2014: White Rabbit and the Wicked Alice. And a GIVEAWAY!

(I'm worked my way through the
Mad Tea Parties.
If I didn't get to yours
please let me know in the comments.)

Giveaway Draw will be on
Saturday 19th July.


 Welcome to the Mad Tea Party 2014

Please come in, take up a seat.


There's plenty of room,
lots of tea
and if you're lucky, 
you'll find a clean cup.

Did you remember to bring your Alice mask?

Do you have a selection of cakes
ready to throw?


If every guest could please
put on their
Alice mask, 
then we can begin...


Today we are going to tell the tale of 

White Rabbit
and the Wicked Alice!

It's a very frightening tale...


Keep those masks on!


Good.

Once upon a time, the White Rabbit
was coming home from a busy day
at the Duchess's.


He was late, of course and in a hurry, 
so he didn't notice a 
huge human child following him.


She'd followed him right down
the rabbit hole.

Poor White Rabbit!
He took to his heels
and ran as fast as he could.


The White Rabbit 
ran through the Great Hall
past the glass table
and through the little door.

He thought he was quite safe, 
as the little door was too small 
for the big, scary human.

But the wicked Alice found 
a bottle of Drink Me!
And a bottle of Wonderland Drink Me
can do very strange things.




It made the wicked Alice very small.
and now she could get through the little door
and chase after poor White Rabbit.


Now do you see why you have to
hide behind the mask?
It's a very scary story!


White Rabbit had pretty pink rabbit eyes,
but he couldn't see very well with them.

He saw the wicked Alice shrunk small 
and though she was his housemaid,
Mary Ann!

He sent her to his home,
to  get the Duchess's gloves and fan.

Instead, she stole another bottle of Drink Me!
She drank it all! No please or thank you!

It made her grow.

And Grow

AND GROW


 The wicked Alice was now a HUGE monster,
breaking poor White Rabbit's house.

And when he bravely went in, 
to rescue the Duchess's fan and gloves
Alice made a grab for him!


Poor White Rabbit was terrified!

The monster had to be chased out of the house,
but she was too big for any of the doors.

And she'd drunk all the Drink Me 
and that just made her even bigger.



So the White Rabbit
and his friends
threw little cakes through the windows.
The greedy Alice ate them all up.

The cakes make the monster shrink in size!

When she tried to sneak out,
the brave rabbit and his friends
chased Alice 
far, far away!

THE END


Hooray for the 
Brave White Rabbit!



And that is the story of the 
Wicked Alice Monster
and that is why, on
Mad Tea Party Day
we wear Alice masks,
and throw cakes at each other.



Thank you, everyone
for joining Miss White Rabbit 
and myself
for this year's
Mad Tea Party.


and her Alice party mask
is now on Etsy.

I'm offering a giveaway 
of a little cloth Alice doll,
made specially for
the Mad Tea Party.

She's a work-in-progress and
I will be posting photos of her
throughout the day,
so come along and join in the fun.



Work-in-progress pictures.


 WIP 1


WIP 2


WIP 3


WIP 4


WIP 5


WIP 6


WIP 7


WIP 8


WIP 9


WIP 10


WIP  11



WIP 12


Usual rules for a giveaway.

Follow the blog.
Make a comment.
Done!



This giveaway is open to everyone.

Thank you so much,
Vanessa,
for another chance to
join with friends at the


If you're having a Mad Tea Party too,
I'm on my way there.