Hello there fabric fans! I hope you’re all having a lovely Easter, albeit a little chilly here in the UK. We’ve had a restful weekend here at Monster HQ, and Mr Monster has been beavering away producing a logo for my new line of creations. I’m planning on having them made up into labels to sew to each little Miss.
I had a little trip to the craft shop yesterday and like the Magpie that I am, I gathered some lovely, shiny, pretty, and colourful bits and pieces for some forthcoming members of the Dollface Collection so keep your eyes peeled over the next few days.
Both Mr Monster and I are unashamed fans of anything to do with Oz. We were both spellbound by the original as kids, terrified by the Wheelers in The Return to Oz, and the Mr has been to see Wicked on stage on many occasions. It was inevitable then that we would be drawn to the new movie featuring James Franco as The Great and Powerful Oz, and the gorgeous Michelle Williams as Glinda the good.
Date night was declared and after a cheap and cheerful trip to Frankie and Benny’s we headed to the posh bit of our local cinema to have a cheeky glass of wine and some complimentary chips and chocolate in their plush leather seats; making it quite worth the extra few quid they charge for the pleasure!
It was an odd film in some ways with some great nods to the style of the original, quite cheesy with some proper hammed up performances. It gives the background of how the wizard comes to be in Oz and the transformation of the good witch Theodora played by Mila Kunis (a particular favourite of Mr Monster) into the evil, green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West who was the stuff of our childhood nightmares.
It was an enthralling couple of hours heading back to Oz and I highly recommend a watch while it’s still in the cinema. Rather fittingly, the story starts with a black and white James Franco working as a dodgy magician in a circus sideshow in the early 1900’s. With my current sideshow starlets project on the go, it was rife with inspiration for me and I found myself trying to work out how costumes were made and coming up with new ideas for the remaining dolls of my Ten-in One. The film quickly moves into glorious technicolour once the wizard crash lands in Oz. He meets three of the four witches of the land, all very different, but all beautifully outfitted and with defined characteristics.
It got me to thinking that one day I might like to make them in doll form. A little Oz of my own, good vs evil played out in fabric. I’ve got so many ideas of projects I want to work on, if only there were enough hours in the day!
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!
Mr 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!
Today is my 31st birthday, and last night Mr Monster presented me with an early gift. Check these babies out!
At the weekend he heard me casually comment to a friend that I had always wanted a pair of Doc Martens, and that I wasn’t allowed patent shoes as a child. Connecting those things up as well as realising that I’m a colourful kind of gal, he bought me these amazing hot pink patent boots. I adore them and can’t wait to get out and about in them.
Unfortunately I’m a bit out of sorts at the moment. I’ve been ill for a few weeks now with coughs, colds, and muscular aches and pains. I finally relented to the insistence of friends and family telling me to see a doctor and am now on the road to feeling myself again thanks to some antibiotics and the order to rest.
Normal monstering action will resume shortly, but for now I just wanted to take the chance to thank my Mr Monster for all he’s done for me over the last little while. Besides my lovely birthday boots, he has had endless patience and compassion for me whilst I’ve been poorly and despite work going crazy for him this last couple of weeks he’s been racking up husband points galore. Going to the shops to get the food I fancy eating, sleeping on the sofa so I can have the bed to myself (although I suspect my incessant coughing has had something to do with that too), keeping everything going behind the scenes, and stroking my hair to sooth me when I get frustrated with the fact that my body feels like it’s falling apart. I’m a lucky little monkey to be able to call him my husband.
I’ve shared a lot of wedding snaps with you here on the blog, but now that we have our official photos back from the very talented 88Photography and Ruth Garner Photography, Mr Monster has made us a little website where if you like, you can have a flick through our memories. Just click on the image above to take you there!