2015 Woodland Art Fair


(Click the pic above to be taken to the Woodland Art Fair web page.)


In exactly one week, I will be setting up my space for the Woodland Art Fair in Lexington, Ky. This is my 2nd year participating in this event. I had such a warm reception last year and am really looking forward to the weekend! In preparation, I’ve been working on new pieces and will have a good selection of wonderful little people and critters available. Today I’m working especially hard on some sweet sculptures to share during the Woodland Art Fair.

AND…I’m really looking forward to the food. Is that wrong of me? If it is, I guess I don’t want to be right! Crank and Boom ice cream, my current obsession, will be available during the fair as well as Goodfella’s Pizza, which is a little slice of heaven! So if you stop by my booth, don’t be surprised if I’m in the middle of my blackberry buttermilk ice cream! Oh, it’s to die for–like the last bite of blackberry cobbler, when the ice cream is melted.

These are some sneak peeks of the pieces I’m working on today (and will be working on this weekend!).

If you visit, I’ll be in booth 219–the same location as last year. I’m near the bandstand. On the map below I’m in the upper left hand corner. Just click on the map to make it bigger or to be take to the Woodland Art Fair map page.


Work in Progress! It takes a lot of little steps until they are complete!







Creating New People.

I’ve spent this week working on & designing new dollies. I love this part of the process, when things are still fresh and new and there are so many possibilities. It’s exciting to see what was once a blank sheet of paper become a template, with just a hint of the creature that is waiting to be born. It’s exciting to see a square lump of clay take form, become plump cheeks or a tiny lip. One of my favorite details on clay dolls are earrings. It’s such a small thing but I think it adds such charm to the overall doll. Perhaps that’s what’s exciting! Although in this stage, everything looks so bland, I know what these little pieces can & will become. I know what that tiny dollop of clay on the earlobe will look like in the end. And I usually can’t wait to see it finished!

Here are some of my new woodland inspired creatures in the making.

Rowena & Ronnie – A Halloweeny Duo


Most kids like candy in their trick or treat buckets. Ronnie likes corn. Then again, Ronnie’s a raccoon.

Meet Rowena & Ronnie. Rowena is 14 inches from head to toe. She’s 17 inches counting her pointy hat. Shes been made of muslin & stuffed with fiberfill. She’s been hand-painted & sanded a couple of times, giving her a lovely, aged patina. She’s been sealed with a combination of glossy & matte sealers so that she may be lightly dusted after display. Rowena has an embroidery thread loop attached, making her suitable for hanging. She can only sit with assistance.

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Rowena’s face has been painted with a variety of media. Her nose & bottom lip have been needle-sculpted by hand. Her hands have been needle-sculpted as well. She sports brown painted gloves & brown boots with tan socks & grey laces.

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Rowena’s blouse is made of white muslin. It features hand-gathered sleeves & hand-stitching around the neckline and back. It is finished off with tiny, black buttons at the neckline. Rowena’s skirt is made of 100% cotton. I just love this Moda print! It’s perfect for whimsical Halloween dollies. The hem is hand-stitched with contrasting black thread. Rowena’s hat is made of brown wool. It has embroidery thread accents & is held in place with straight pins.

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Isn’t Ronnie just the sweetest? He’s been made of muslin, stuffed with fiberfill, hand-painted, sanded, aged & sealed with matte sealer. He’s 5″ tall & is attached to Rowena with embroidery thread. He can be removed & displayed as an ornament if you wish to cut the embroidery thread & retie him.


Rowena’s curly black hair is 100% mohair. It has been applied with light glue for extra security & needle-felting.

Rowena & Ronnie are available on eBay. They will end Sunday, August 2nd. Click here to view or bid on this sweet pair.