Monday, December 10, 2012

Psyche Knot.

The Box

You know, one of those giveaways
where the prize is utterly awesome
and you don't really expect to win,
but you enter anyway,
because you're crazy like that.

You make wishes on your birthday candles
You clap during Peter Pan.
You salute magpies,
(More on Magpies later)
and you enter giveaways for
amazing things,

Well, I entered such a giveaway and the prize
was a doll by M Ann M Creations.

Melanie Ann Mercado
She creates them from papier mache
(I know how to spell papier mache. 
I just don't know how to find the accents)
over a wire armature, with nuts and bolts for joints.
 They are the ultimate paper dolls.

She's also a witty genius in the
 creation of more traditional paper dolls.
See this Can Can Dancer.
Isn't she a hoot?

How about this one?

On the front it reads
'A woman who
seeks to be equal with men

Yes, indeed!

You can see why
 I've been a fan of
her dolls for a while.

Melanie  has a feature
in this Winter's
Art Doll Quarterly.

Each of her dolls have a very individual character,
expressed through their faces
and clothes,
 accessories and furniture.
All made of paper.

Aren't these breathtaking?

So, obviously, I was going to enter a giveaway
 for one of her spectacular dolls

And I won!

Dear me, yes!

So, here is the de-boxing
(which apparently is the proper term
for taking a doll out of its box.)
of this wonderful doll

See the pretty ribbons?
Heck, I would have entered the giveaway 
for the ribbons!
They're now stashed in my ribbon box.

And now, an edible, visual pun.

I see what you did there, Melanie!
Funny and witty and tasty!

Oh! See her?

I was literally holding my breath
as I lifted her out of the box
The pretty shawl 
was in its own little box
and is made of soft, drapey paper.

I an so lucky and so thrilled to have won her!
Thank you, thank you Melanie!
Here are some of Melanie's
own photos of her doll.
It's been very grey weather
and my own photos don't really
do her wonderful creativity justice.

She's poseable, and her head turns.

Little paper sash,

 and her hair done up
in a cute little Psyche knot.

Her name is Jane.
Isn't she lovely?

For Melanie's Etsy shop, see here.

Thank you so much, Melanie.
I was absolutely thrilled
 to have won Jane. 
She's exquisite!

Oh. Magpies?

More on this later.


  1. I love your christmas header. And oh, how lovely! It is great when you win something that is something you really want! And fascinating how they make them of paper! I am very happy for you! :)

    1. Hi there, Laura. I know! I was gobsmacked when I found out I'd won! She's such a lovely doll.

      Oh, and thank you for the sweet comment about my new header!

  2. I can see why you were so thrilled! She is gorgeous! (So happy you've introduced me to yet another awesome doll maker!)

    1. My pleasure! I have to admit, finding other doll makers is as much a voyage of discovery as anything!

  3. What a beautiful doll! Lucky you, great giveaway.. She is a wonderful artist and doll maker..

    1. Isn't she, though? Yes, I'm still pinching myself!

  4. Congratulations!

    What a beautiful doll :) I had a spare 2 seconds and thought I would drop by an say Hi.

    Big Hugs,

    1. Oh! Victoria! Hi there and thank you for visiting. I haven't seen you since Hattie's wedding. And yes, this doll is gorgeous. I keep sneaking a loot at her because I can't believe she's mine!

  5. Oh my goodness! Melanie's dolls are amazing! I squealed out loud when I saw that Marie!
    Congratulations on winning your beautiful Jane! I don't think she could go to a better home *winks* Vanna

    1. I thought you'd like that Marie, Vanna! She's really something and I can see why she'd be featured in the Art Doll Quarterly. Jane's a real stunner, too. It was just one of those amazing moment when I realised she was coming to live with me!

  6. Congrats on all these beautiful dolls you got! Love the last one, reminds me of Jane Austin's characters because of her hair and clothes style:) Cute, cute!
    Can can doll is just marvelous! Such great idea :)
    Had a peek in Mann m Etsy shop - like it!:)Have a nice day!

    1. Yes, Melanie has some real treats in her Etsy store, really shaking up old ideas about paper dolls.

  7. Congratulations, and looking forward to reading more about magpie lore! Love to use the assorted rhymes and verses in my art. :)

    1. Oh, yes, Magpies! Always plural (no one wants to see just one magpie). I need to write that soon. Thank you so much for dropping in!

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    1. She's gorgeous, I have to admit! Thank you for visiting. I know you have your hands full right now.

  9. oh my goodness!!! congratulations!! how exciting!! she is a beauty!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Ann. Wow, Blogger must have hid your sweet comment, I'm really sorry I'm so slow in getting back to you!


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