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The Dollface Collection

19 Mar

I’ve been searching for a suitable branding for my new style of creation. I was toying with the idea of a total rebrand, but I’m rather attached to my pseudonym now so it’s here to stay. Instead, I’ve decided to give the dolls an umbrella name of their own, so from here on they will be known as

‘THE DOLLFACE COLLECTION’ By The Mistress of Monsters.

Anyone who sees them seems surprised by the size of them, so I thought it would be a good idea to give you an idea of scale by having a photoshoot with my little darlings. Nothing beats the feeling of having an armful of things you’ve made!

The Dollface CollectionMr Monster is busy designing me a logo for the collection so will be able to show you that soon too. I love it when a plan comes together!

I’m Back!

21 Feb

Hello my lovely fabric fans. I’m sorry for my prolonged absence from blogging. I think I’ve been in a bit of a hibernation mode while we have a rotten English winter and just haven’t felt that I’ve had much I want to share with the world. Besides that, Mr Monster and I have been doing a lot of work on Monster HQ, painting walls, building furniture, and generally making ourselves a lovely little home. The upshot of this being that my craft room became the place where IKEA boxes go to die. A total dumping ground, meaning that crafting was impossible. Now that it’s all coming together however, sewing has resumed and I’m going in a bit of a new direction so watch this space for forthcoming creations!

One thing I have been busy with since I last blogged has been my fitness. You might remember that I was shocked in early January to discover that I was technically in the category of being obese, and was feeling the need to take action. A month and a half later,  having also raised over £200 for Cancer Research UK by completing their Dryathlon (no booze for all of January), I am back within the normal range for my 5ft 3 frame. Check this out:

1st Jan                                                   17th Feb                                

Weight – 71.7kg (11st 3)                   68.5kg (10st 7)                    

Chest – 90cm (35.4 inches)                 87cm (34.2 inches)               

Waist – 88cm (34.6 inches)                80cm (31.4 inches)                

Hips – 103cm (40.5 inches)                84cm (33 inches)                  

Thighs – 63cm (24.8 inches)              60cm (23.6)                             

We also measured my body fat at various points around my body ;

Iliac crest – 22mm                                     17mm                                           

Subscapular – 24mm                                 18mm                                          

Bicep – 11mm                                               8mm                                          

Tricep – 23mm                                             19mm                                          

Body fat Percentage – 34.33%        31%

Fat Mass – 24.65kg (3.9 stone)              21.26kg (3.3 stone)              

So my total weight loss may not be amazing, but I’ve lost 36cm (14 inches) from my body, so as you can imagine, my clothes fit better and I feel like a different person. Not bad in a month and a half. I will be continuing my efforts, drinking a lot less, eating better, and exercising regularly. Hopefully at the six month mark I can give you more good results!

Christmas Commissions

18 Dec

I had a lot of fun recently making up a couple of commissions for a chap who’d seen my work at a craft fair in the summer and very kindly kept one of my cards in case he ever found himself in need of a monster!

Without further ado, meet Scarlett Sullivan and the ‘Abominable’ Bartholemew Cox (along with Tilly who’s just sniffing them out to see if she likes them)

Scarlett and Bartholemew

Scarlett Sullivan has an unhealthy addiction to strawberries. Doctors have told her she must cut back or else risk turning red and developing a pointy bottom. She’s tried electronic strawberries, strawberry patches, and even hypnosis in an attempt to kick the habit. Unfortunately the latter just resulted in Scarlett making chicken noises whenever anyone said the word ‘Collywobbles’. She can usually be found wearing her trusty headphones listening to her beloved hip hop music, however it does make her quite unaware of her surroundings and she can often be found bumping into lamp-posts and ignoring advances from handsome strangers.

Scarlett SullivanScarlett SullivanScarlett Sullivan

Needle-felted Strawberries

Needle-felted Strawberries

 

Scarlett Sullivan

The ‘Abominable’ Bartholemew Cox hails from Nevada. His father was a cowboy, as was his father’s father before him. Bartholemew longs to carry on the family tradition but much to his parent’s disappointment, is scared of horses and gets tangled up in his lasso. His passion is skiing, and he ROCKS the slopes! Decked out in his signature cowboy hat and scarf, he’s won every competition in the state. Now, having earned himself the nickname ‘The Abominable Snowman’, he has his eyes set on global domination of the skiing world.

Bartholemew CoxBartholemew CoxBartholemew Cox

Felted Fabulousness

18 Nov

For a long time now, needle felting has seemed like the most mysterious of sciences to me. I’ve admired things made this way on Etsy and at craft fairs; beautiful, intricate works of art with no idea as to how they were made. I love learning new things, especially if it helps me to advance my monsters, so when a needle felting workshop popped up on my doorstep, I roped mummy monster in and we booked ourselves places on the course.

Paper Village is part craft-shop, part craft-community and is a true Aladdin’s cave of delights. A great selection of unusual books and supplies, with workshops covering every skill under the sun. Nothing is too much trouble for the vibrant and knowledgable owner, and Mummy Monster and I spent a wonderful afternoon there yesterday learning the basics of needle felting.

Over a cup of tea and some jelly babies, and along with four fellow newcomers to the art, we turned this

Into this

I really enjoyed the intricate nature of the methods involved in needle felting. It is somewhere between sculpting out of clay, and painting a picture. We started with making a simple round shape and embellishing it with shapes and colours.  I admit I was really unsure of what I was doing at first but eventually ended up with this.

Once I’d worked out the basic techniques I was keen to try something a little more complicated so set about trying to make a bird. At first I was completely lost as to how to sculpt the basic shape, but once I’d formed a spherical shape to get me started, the skills started to click and I grasped the idea of heavily working certain areas to change the shape and add the details. I was genuinely surprised when I ended up with this.

My little bird of paradise has got me well and truly hooked on needle felting and I can see the practical applications it could have for embellishment on my monsters, as well as as a craft in its own right. I can’t wait to get all the bits I need and get going on a few projects.

The others in the group got on well too. Mummy Monster ended up with this little collection

And our fellow crafters produced these little treasures

Fabulous and all so different, what a lovely way to spend a Saturday.

A monster is for life, not just for Christmas

13 Nov

My house is full of monsters. It’s about time that some of them went off to their forever homes so I’m putting some of them up for adoption. They make excellent christmas gifts for that person who has everything, and are a great discussion piece on display on a shelf or windowsill.

I’m running a bit of an informal auction, with a suggested adoption fee for each monster (postage and packing will be a little extra), and am accepting bids for each little creature over on my facebook page. Remember that they are much bigger than they look in photos and each one is totally handmade with love and attention to detail. They are made as child-safe as possible but do contain small parts so are not intended as toys.

So if you fancy owning any of this motley crew head on over to my Mistress of Monsters page on facebook and let the bidding commence!

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