Saturday, May 30, 2015

Some news...and what I've been working on....

It has been a while since I blogged. I haven't been really active in the doll room. I have worked on a commission in 1:4 scale for client whose dollhouse for Ellowyne and Evangeline is just fabulous, - it was a cake commission, you can see photos of it in my Flicker albums. I will do a little post on it when she sends me some photos. I have been working on some picnic items for the dolls. 

As you can see the dolls are having quite a picnic!The hamburgers are glued to the bottom buns, but the top buns are removeable so you place them to the side. The fries are individually sculpted and hand colored , they are not molded into a lump of clay with some lines drawn into the lump of clay on the plate. You can put an individual fry on the doll's hand. All the fries are moveable. If you wanted to, you could put all the servings of fries onto one big plate, and the burgers on one big plate and the plates in one pile for a buffet look. Nothing is glued down.Pretty cool, huh? It took a long time to get these four done, I have alot more burgers done than servings of fries. I need to get more plates. I hope to get these listed on Ebay soon. I have been selling occasionally on Ebay still, for a little quick money, and to move some items out of my collection, since closing down my ebay store. I am still taking commissions on my miniature foods and find it does sell on ebay quicker than Etsy sometimes. I am at the point where I would rather put it on auction than have it sit in an Etsy store forever now, as that costs money.I would rather at this point in my creative zone, make it, sell it, and ship it and not have to store it. It gets hectic to keep track of it--- which brings me to my NEWS.


One reason I haven't posted alot is I have been in the process of closing and finalizing the process of closing King William Miniatures. The website is closed down, and all of the business end of it is done. Since closing the store in 2011, I had been selling off the stock in my ebay store Pumpkin Hill studios and on my website King William Miniatures. Doing that as well as helping my husband in his boiler company LeoPaul and Associates even after closing the store was hectic. Going to the post office five days a week sometimes packing orders for two hours in the mornings is heavy, hard work. Then turning around and packing more orders in the afternoon for the next day is more heavy, hard work- as these were packages that weighed up to 15 lbs. 

So now I have been going through items in our spare bedroom that were taking up space from the leftover stock- taking them to goodwill, throwing them away- or just giving them away to people who might be able to use them. It's a great experience to get rid of stuff. I am also cleaning out a ton of doll and miniature magazines to the point I thought I maybe I should start my own library! I have alot of good miniature friends who will gladly take them off my hands. Sometimes there comes a point when you have to ask yourself if it is 'collecting' or 'hoarding', LOL...I also have already shipped off two large boxes of miniature ribbon, trims, and fabrics to a doll artisan friend that creates reproduction french fashion dolls. These two large boxes of this stuff was doing me no good and taking up a large amount of space. I plan on going to the Goodwill this morning with 2 boxes of items,again! 

Closing King William Miniatures & Collectibles is hard, but for me, it is time. After 11 years, I would rather close it after having been successful and achieved what I set out to do. I have other things I want to focus my attention on, and I have begun to have an attitude now of, 'Been there, done that' ....not to be arrogant but I have been very fortunate in the miniature world and loved every minute of it. I would rather work in it from a hobby and exclusive commission basis than as a total work my buns off every day type of deal. Switching from doll furniture and dollhouses to commercial boiler industry is a stretch but I've been doing it for a while now, lol. and it's energizing and amazing how you can take what you know from one industry to another. We are always constantly learning. I always say were it not for my incredible husband, Chris, there never would have been a King William Miniatures, and I still say it today. 

So I will still be making my 1:6 scale miniature foods.. and posting them on Etsy and Ebay. I am going to still try Ebay food auctions with free shipping and see how that goes. If I get some fruitcakes who demand returns and leave negatives than I might leave off of Ebay but it seems to be working ok right now since I closed the store. Etsy does not get alot of traffic. I like it, but I post items there but rarely get sales even though I advertise the items. So I am going to try the foods on ebay auctions. Since I am going to be focusing on downsizing alot in my home, and storage now, it will be rare when I do sculpt. People would not believe how much out of date and old craft supplies I threw away last week- try two garbage bags full! Paint, clay, you name it. I couldn't believe it. One of my rules is no more hoarding of clay as it goes bad. Not until I need it. I'm going to be sculpting alot soon so I can use up what I have - I have a big project to do that will use up all of my current clays- a vegetable stand-in 1:6 scale!

Sorry to be a Chatty Cathy today...I hope to have more on the dolls soon.Re-vamping and being awol is going to probably be a given for me but I hope to make up for it with pics. ~Lisa

Friday, May 22, 2015

Poppy & Auden hit the rocks at the 'river' today...

My walking routine is back on track and today I hit the four mile mark, well almost.  I took Auden today after fixing his hair. He had that screwed up hair that would not stay down so I finally found time yesterday afternoon and took his head and dunked the glued part in some boiling water and combed it out, let it dry, and then used a small elastic ponytail thingy to pull it back in a more natural hairstyle for a guy. I took some pics of him and Star in the Japanese water gardens and in the previous stream where I took pictures of Star the other day. 

Here they are above at the Japanese water gardens, just before you reach the Japanese tea house.

As you can see, they had a really good time, and Star is beginning to get a tan!, lol.. a great start to Memorial day weekend, they are even dressed in red, white and blue. I had wanted to bring some props to make it look like they were having a picnic, but the garden was over run by kids and people today a little bit , not as much as the previous day I went. It would have been hard to stage them without people running up and interrupting.  The roses were in bloom and I also got some great shots of the roses in the rose garden.

Some of the roses, especially the last pink one, is a true English rose, by David Austin or a 'cabbage' rose. I love those roses , I am a rose nut but have never had the time to devote to raising a rose garden. The next best thing is having a membership at the botanical gardens. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is a great website and is listed as one of the top botanical gardens , I grew up near it and my shop was just a block away from it when it was open in 2009. I use to have a Christmas event every year at the gardens catered with tickets to the Festival of lights that they have for the attendees with private event shopping at the shop afterwards, it was alot of fun. Every other year they have miniature dollhouse displays and also train displays with the lights and Christmas trees which makes it wonderful for doll and dollhouse miniature enthusiasts to see and tour. Plus the catered meal in the beautiful room is also a treat too. I miss that . 
Another part is the conservatory with the orchids.

These were some of the orchids in the large conservatory. Not doll related, but lovely.  I have often wanted to bring one of my lovely ladies to pose near them, those colors just scream to have a doll near them!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Poppy at the Gardens....

I had a great day on my walk at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens today. I am pleased that I hit the three mile mark. Whew! I like to go and spend an hour or so and take my time in the early morning. Today I took a little more time as I took a doll to photograph. I took Starlight Poppy, one of my favorite 2014 Convention dolls.  There are more photos on Flicker and I hope to put some more up on Instagram 

I have always wanted to do some stunning outdoor photos and I think I hit the mark on this one. She looks so cute with her feet in the water. One of the reasons I like Poppy and Misakis over all other dolls is because her feet are flat, like a real person's feet. Her body is like a real person's body, in their youth. The unrealistic proportions of the FR2 just doesn't do it for me, especially their feet. I could never do a shoot like this one of those dolls. Poppy has a natural look about her that brings nature into a photoshoot and makes it believeable. I'm calling the summer pictures on Flicker 'Poppy Junction' in honor of that TV show 'Petticoat Junction', LOL...