It has been a while since I made some apple head dolls so here goes again. I will make some witches as the apples take on a quaint wrinkled appearance as they dry. First I peeled and cored the apples. Then I cut eyes, a nose and a smiling mouth into the apple with the pearing knife. Next I made a mixture of lemon juice and salt and soaked the apples in it, rolling them round in the mixture so that they were all coated. This helps to preserve them and keep them from getting too dark. I will now wait for them to dry. They will shrink and turn yellow and in a couple of weeks they will be ready to work with. I will show you more pictures as I go along,
The apple has dried wrinkled up and has a smile. I added some Spanish Moss hair and two cloves for eyes. She looks pleasant but 'witchy'.
Above are a couple of finished apple head witches. I have made them in shades of brown, yellow and green at the request of my customer, Judy, to match her dining room. Judy must feel like she is eating in a spring garden.
I am delighted to say Art Dolls Quarterly have published a picture of my doll 'Sweet Sixteen' in their Spring Issue. I am scrambling to get as many dolls as I can in my Etsy shop so that I can make the most of this opportunity. The picture below is of dolls in progress. They have to be finished, photographed, and listed and I am trying to get all this done by Feb 1st when the magazine hits the book stands. Wish me luck!
The most popular items in my shop at Christmas are Tree Top Angels. I have lovely customers and one of them sent me the above pictures of how her angel looked on top of the family tree. The tree must have looked beautiful in the charming bay window. Thank you Mary!
ART DOLL QUARTERLY
I was thrilled to get notification from the lovely magazine 'Art Doll Quarterly' that they are including a picture of my corn husk doll 'Sweet Sixteen' in the Gallery section of their spring issue. This issue comes out in February and I cannot wait to see it.
The picture on the left is of this one of a kind art doll. She is very graceful which is largely due to the natural flow of the leaves.
CORN HUSK DOLL MAKING CLASS
This summer I had the pleasure of teaching three young friends how to make corn husk dolls. We choose the ideal location, outside in the backyard so we could make as much of a mess as we wanted. First we soaked the corn husks to make them nice and pliable, then the heads were made leaving extra husks at the top to make fancy hairstyles later. A simple body with arms was formed and then the husks were wrapped around the body to form a long skirt. The girls had great fun decorating their dolls with dried flowers. This adventure was one of the highlights of my summer.
I was honored by a request to design wedding cake toppers for a groom's cake. This was to be a surprise for the groom who is very proud of his Mexican heritage. His mother requested that the groom be down on one knee, playing a guitar, and wearing a sombrero. The pictures below show my thought process as I designed these one of a kind corn husk art dolls.