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Thank you for a great blog sale to both my old customers and the new ones that gave my work new homes!! I have plenty of wrapping, boxing and shipping to take care of so I can't express my gratitude enough!Off to go get the shipping...
Thank you for a great blog sale to both my old customers and the new ones that gave my work new homes!! I have plenty of wrapping, boxing and shipping to take care of so I can't express my gratitude enough!Off to go get the shipping done and then it is back to the studio for Christmas...did I just say that before Halloween?Laurie
about 7 hours ago
This blog is being bombarded by an "anonymous" not-nice person leaving off-the-topic comments everywhere, almost on a daily basis. I think they are trying to get me to open a malicious link. Until this is resolved, I have turned off t...
This blog is being bombarded by an "anonymous" not-nice person leaving off-the-topic comments everywhere, almost on a daily basis. I think they are trying to get me to open a malicious link. Until this is resolved, I have turned off the "allow comments" option. If you know what needs to be done, please email me! I'm trying to get an answer through the blogger help group in the meantime. I'm sorry everyone, for the inconvenience. If you have a blog, please be aware!Happy dolling! ~Rivkah
about 9 hours ago
Last year, on one of our scouting trips to Cheyenne to find out if we'd like to move here, I discovered a little shop called Ewe Count which specializes in cross-stitch. I've never tried that but figured that it would be a nice t...
Last year, on one of our scouting trips to Cheyenne to find out if we'd like to move here, I discovered a little shop called Ewe Count which specializes in cross-stitch. I've never tried that but figured that it would be a nice thing to do in the evenings. Of course I couldn't begin with a true beginner's project, no could I?! I wanted something interesting and would learn as I went. This is the pattern that I opted to get, Golden Watercolor Butterfly by Rosewood Manor, designed by Karen Kluba. The only thing is that I wasn't fond of the original pattern colors so with the help of Penny, the shop owner, I selected flosses that were my favorite shades of blues and aquas.   I started out eagerly but was a bit disappointed that it was looking wrong. Turns out that I was skipping a hole so that each cross-stitch square was surrounded by a thin line of linen. Oops! Luckily it didn't take too long to rip out all those stitches. Round two began fairly well but then I realized that I hadn't centered the linen fabric and wouldn't have enough room for the design if I continued that way. Rip, rip, rip, out went those stitches. Round three was off to a really good start and then I discovered that I started one line too high. This time I only had to rip out that line. That's when my friends told me that I should photocopy the pattern so that I can take a highlighter and mark off the stitches as I went. Duh! That would make it easier to pick up where I left off instead of the intense study every time I picked it up. So now, after a year (most of which did not see any time stitching) here's my progress: I noticed that the linen is leaning a bit towards the left side. Hopefully that will become straight once it's blocked and framed. Of course at the rate that I'm stitching that won't happen anytime soon. Think of this as one of my SLOW projects. It is nice to work on something while sitting next to Steve in the evenings. What slow projects are you working on?
about 21 hours ago
Monkey-Cats Studio Blog Sale!!! Please email me at:monkeycatsstudio@charter.netto purchase any of the works shown below.Include the title and price of the work in the subject line of your email.I will sell the works to the first email re...
Monkey-Cats Studio Blog Sale!!! Please email me at:monkeycatsstudio@charter.netto purchase any of the works shown below.Include the title and price of the work in the subject line of your email.I will sell the works to the first email received for each work."Pumpkin Parade Pauley Squash"a larger work with a fully sculpted pumpkin doll companion and pumpkin lantern 21.75" (to the top of his stem) x 8.25" x 7"paper mache, wood and wire $460.00 plus shipping SOLD ****************************************"Stardust and a Lantern to Light My Way"a larger work with the figure carrying a glass bottle of "stardust" and carrying a pumpkin lantern15" x 10.5" x 8.5"paper mache, glass and wood$490.00 plus shipping***************************************************"Trick or Treat Thomas"a larger work with Thomas carrying a pumpkin lantern and cane.21.5" x 10.5" x 9'5"paper mache, wire and wood$525.00 plus shipping**********************************************Candy CupsA. Witch candy cup SOLDB. Cat candy cup SOLDC. Pumpkin Boy candy cup SOLD8.5" (to the top of the wire) x 3" x 3"paper mache and wire $89.00 each plus shipping****************************************"Wheelie Squash"a speedy little fellow in his pumpkin wheels 16" x 5.75" x 5.5"paper mache and wood$350.00 plus shipping*******************************************"Waving Pumpkin Box"A happy pumpkin boy with arms that gently wave when touched 11.5" x 10.5" x 5.5"paper mache, pipe cleaners and wood$175.00 plus shipping ******************************************Thank you so much for your consideration and for keeping my little engine in the studio running.I would not be living my artistic dream without you!Have a glorious fall season and a happy Halloween!Laurie
about 22 hours ago
Tonight, I will be hosting a Halloween blog sale. I will update the blog at 7 p.m. Central Time with the works that are available. The first collector to email me at monkeycatsstudio@charter.net with the name of the work(s) and cost in...
Tonight, I will be hosting a Halloween blog sale. I will update the blog at 7 p.m. Central Time with the works that are available. The first collector to email me at monkeycatsstudio@charter.net with the name of the work(s) and cost in the subject line will be the collector I will sell the work to. I will have fully sculpted one-of-a-kind originals and several of my sweet little candy cups. I hope to hear from you later today!Laurie
1 day ago
This is the last of my pre-Washington DC output. This pirate was finished up at 9pm on the evening before we left. Again, no formal portrait. He also found a new home in Washington DC. I am working on lots of new stuff and have other n...
This is the last of my pre-Washington DC output. This pirate was finished up at 9pm on the evening before we left. Again, no formal portrait. He also found a new home in Washington DC. I am working on lots of new stuff and have other news to tell you about. So, I’ll be back soon!
2 days ago
Tam Laporte teaches this first lesson of October. One of the other students included a link to this video, a tutorial by Linda Germain on how to make your own gelli plate.
Tam Laporte teaches this first lesson of October. One of the other students included a link to this video, a tutorial by Linda Germain on how to make your own gelli plate.
2 days ago
I've started another project but this one is especially important to me. Steve wants a vest to wear over his button-down shirts but we couldn't find a nice one in the stores or online. Well there's more than one way to skin a...
I've started another project but this one is especially important to me. Steve wants a vest to wear over his button-down shirts but we couldn't find a nice one in the stores or online. Well there's more than one way to skin a cat, or in this case clothe my husband. I went to Britex in San Francisco and found a lovely navy blue wool. That wool still has to sit in its paper bag because the first step is to make a muslin. I did that the other day and tried it out on Steve. It wasn't too bad but I need a few corrections. It'll probably be a total of three muslins before I can cut into that gorgeous wool. It's been a while since I've sewn a welt pocket so that'll be fun. Here's the first muslin along with notes on it:
2 days ago
It is a bit complicated. This was supposed to be #101. I was rephotographing her after the trip to Washington when I noticed that she was damaged. She is torn at the crotch. That is unfixable and probably a result of all the handling in...
It is a bit complicated. This was supposed to be #101. I was rephotographing her after the trip to Washington when I noticed that she was damaged. She is torn at the crotch. That is unfixable and probably a result of all the handling involved with doing a show- the packing, hanging, and manhandling by shoppers. So instead, this is #101- He was one of the last dolls I finished right before I left and he found a new home in Washington DC. I never took an official “portrait”, just these booth photos. And here he is on display.
3 days ago
To celebrate October and Halloween, I decided to offer a little coupon sale. Use code OCT05 to save $5 off your $40 or more PieCake dollie...now is a great time to get that poppet you have had your eye on..:-) CLICK HERE to visit my Etsy...
To celebrate October and Halloween, I decided to offer a little coupon sale. Use code OCT05 to save $5 off your $40 or more PieCake dollie...now is a great time to get that poppet you have had your eye on..:-) CLICK HERE to visit my Etsy shop...Also, stay tuned for my Pfatt Marketplace update on October 10th..this gal will be perfect for Dia de los Muertos!
4 days ago