Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Adventures!

Hi again, it's me.

Many years ago when I was learning about what venues were best suited for my work my friend Joyce told me about Roger's Gardens. I guess I had heard about it before but when she said something about it my memory was triggered. Roger's is in Corona del Mar, CA. it's pretty amazing and that's putting it lightly. 

Each year the stellar cast of designers go to work and create a Halloween boutique. They build the walls and hang the fabric, I am pretty sure Eric and Sylvr conjure magic spells for enchantments as well. 
 This is a video of the crew setting the stage.

It's pure magical. Each year they choose a new theme and selected artists are tasked with creating original works of art for them.

These are picture from Roger's Gardens.
 This is the entrance to the Halloween Boutique. It changes each year to accommodate the theme.

Another delightful entrance to a room filled with wonder!

 This is the Art of Scott Smith displayed fabulously!

Deep breathe in...... AHHHHHHH! Don't you love it??

This year I was contacted to be part of the Halloween Boutique! Can you imagine? I was quite elated to be considered. And then panic set in!

You guys, in the past Wendy Addison, Joyce Stahl, Tina Haller, Scott Smith, Will Bezek, Nicol Sayre, Bethany Lowe, Debbie Thibault , and Vergie Lightfoot have had their one of a kind Halloween work displayed in the shop!

I am so happy to tell you that you will be able to purchase several of my pieces at the opening on September 2nd.  The theme is Grimm Tales. "Imagine a forest, dark and enchanted…branches creak and leaves rustle as trees close in, obscuring the path home.  Wander deep into the shadows and you’ll find frightful folklores, fantastical stories and chilling tales.  These bedtime stories will give you nightmares, and you’ll discover that not all fairy tales end happily-ever-after."- Roger's Garden

 With the theme left pretty open for each artist to interpret, my first piece is a seemingly normal Prim Pumpkin.  She was laying in a field and witnessed the fairy godmother lift her wand and grant Cinderella her wishes. A little of the magic spilled over on to the field where the pumpkins were growing. This wise, lovely pumpkin took shape... with her wand in her hand.  Midnight came and went, but my pumpkin just grew in enchantment.
This one was not so lucky! She was captured and put under glass by the Evil Queen.  The Queen keeps her on a shelf of curiosities among skulls and aviary. 

 In every good tale there is a someone like my Poison Apple Peddler who spins her magic and creates apples that contain both good spells and bad.  Unfortunately she hardly remembers which one is which anymore. 

I hope if you are in California, you are able to stop in and see my babies! Please let me know if you do. I know Roger's Gardens will not disappoint in the display that they create! It will bring our piece to life. Info for Roger's Gardens

Thursday, July 14, 2016


A tribe of like minded people is so important and the idea that we can connect with our tribe online widens our scope so greatly.  As a person that is mostly an introvert, finding my circle is an evolution. It's a practice in who I will link hands with in times of jubilee and times of trial. I've made bad choices of who I consider trustworthy, and this has lead me to trust less at times and also it gave me a standard to go by. My heart now knows that the challenging experiences were a measure of what I will allow in my life and what I will not. 

I've been making dolls for 9 years now! Can you believe that? And, in my journey as a doll maker, I've identified with other artists that I call my tribe.  I am always seeking. But I tell you this,  as you seek please know you DO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY. I was looking at an online class last year and I contacted the artists leading the class to see if she thought it would hold any gems for me and she told me that sometime we as creatives have to do what ever we can to find our community, to the tune of $300.00.  What she was saying was, no- the class was not really for me but if I bought the class I would be give access to the community. So, I am hear to tell you, if your attempts at connecting FEEL wrong or pushed or if you have to pay money, that is not finding community, it lining someone's pocket book. 

Finding your community will be an individual journey. One that is as awesomely odd as you are! It will be like a recipe for a cake that when baked will be the magic morsels to aid you as you transverse you creative path. 

One of the great assets of my life as a doll maker is Art Doll Quarterly magazine.  Art Doll is a vessel for creatives. The editor and all of he people who work on the magazine hold space for us, our ideas and our energy. They process our creativity and then coupled with their creativity, they produce an inspiring publication. ADQ tills the soil for us, we offer seeds or sprouts and then when the magazine is produced, it's a floribunda of inspiration and knowledge. I am grateful for ADQ. When I write for them and share my work I am always overjoyed to see my words swirl out into the far reaches of the world for other to read.  This year my work was selected for the cover of the Fall issue, due out in August.  I hope you can take a look at a copy. I think this is quite an honor and I am so excited!

My community of bliss seekers continues to nourish me. This circle is food for my soul.