Thursday, May 28, 2009

A New Adventure!!

Well, I'm off on a new adventure this weekend!!
I'm leaving Miss "P" in charge of the studio while I'm gone, (a very scarey thought)... and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything will still be here when I return!

I'm catching a plane on Friday to Seattle where I will meet up with my good friend Marilyn Radzat. We have both been interested in alternative healing and so we will be attending a 3 day seminar in Matrix Energetics!! Look out Merlin!!

So have an Enchanting weekend everyone! I'll tell you all about it when I return next week!!
Unless I'm absorbed into the matrix...oohh.. maybe I'll just meet up with that yummy Keenau fella in there somewhere!!LOL!
Happy Hauntings, Gail

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I'm a WINNER!!!!

I just LOVE getting things in the mail...Especially when it's NOT a bill!! Sooo....
I was totally THRILLED!! when I recieved an unexpected package the other day. Much to my Delight I was one of the Winners in the SpOOkyTime Jingles Giveaway!!! I won this AWESOME skeleton painting from the very talented Marie Patterson! He is just SpOOkTacular Marie!! A perfect fit for my Haunted decor!
Thanks so much for creating him Marie!
I highly recommend that you all bop on over to visit Maries blog. Also, go check out Marie and all the other Fantastic SpOOkTacular Artists at the SpOOkytime Jingles site. They are a group of extremely talented and fun artists!

WHOO HOO!! I'm off the the crypt to decorate!!
Happy Hauntings, Gail

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Etsy Shop Memorial day sale!!

In honor of Memorial Day and the Spirits of those who have crossed over into the other Realm, I've decided to have a sale on my Mugwort Mourning Ghostie " Lucy" in my Etsy shop.She's getting lonely there by herself!!
This Memorial weekend only! Tuesday she will be back to her original price.
I hope everyone is having a safe weekend!
Happy Hauntings, Gail

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Alice in Belladonna land New etsy listing

I've been in a bit of a creative slump here, but I did manage to finish another small doll for my Etsy shop. To go along with my mugwort mourning dolls, I'm also doing what I call my "Belladonna Babies". And, as you can guess, they will include the infamous Belladonna herb, also known as Deadly Nightshade. This herb was used in the middle ages as an ingredient in witches flying potions, and also, more recently by Sally in Nightmare Before Christmas! I've used the seeds in this case, and they are safely sealed in Alices Blue felt heart inside her little mugwort and wool stuffed body. There is no chance if them escaping their little blue tomb, so never fear! But, poor Alice I fear on the other hand is their fateful victim! Alice resides in her handmade wooden coffin that is lined with red velvet and her red and white striped cushion. The coffin is trimed with German gold dresden trim. She has her slightly crazed white rabbit friend to keep her company. She has little leather rabbit ears that are attached to her blue silk cap.
Alice measures 6" to the tip of her ears, the coffin is 6 and 1/2 " The white rabbit is 3" and has little leather arms legs and ears. Alice is one of a kind and made from polymer clay with a soft body.

Poor little Alice, some said it was ment to be. Others said it was the belladonna in the Mad Hatters tea. Some blamed the cheshire cat, as you can never be sure where he is at. What ever it was, mystery was on hand, that fateful day in Wonderland!
She is avalable in my etsy shop along with her mugwort mourning doll friend Lucy in another listing.

Hopefully this creative slump is temporary, or I may have to borrow Alices fancy little coffin to rest in!
Happy Hauntings, Gail

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mugwort Mourning Dolls on Etsy

I've had this idea for sometime about creating dolls stuffed with the magical herb mugwort. Mugwort was used in ancient times, and still is used in protections spells and for contacting the dead. It is also used in protecting yourself from evil spirits. It provides protection in traveling and aids in Psychic work.
I am fascinated by all things mystical and magical, so I wanted to create dolls incorporating this magical herb. I wasn't sure about how to do the body in order to be able to stuff it using the herb, so... Mary Lent was my first victim in experimentation. Her head and hands are polymer clay and the body is hard stuffed muslin using wool and mugwort herb. She is 7 3/4" tall and her dress is made from a victorian mourning cape and from it hangs victorian mourning beads. Also used is victorian black net with gold metallic threads, all in keeping with the times. I hand sculpted her bone and skull beads. She was the first proto type.
After I finished Mary, I wasn't sure thats how I wanted to do the body and thought it would be much more fun to do one in a casket. As my daughter Kimberly's boyfriends dad ,Vern, (thats a mouth full) ,is a wonderful wood worker, making hearses, wagons, carriages and caskets (how perfect was that) I commissioned him to make me some cool little caskets for my mugwort babies. Lucy resides in the first one. I changed the body to more of a minature type, which is 5 1/2" tall, the casket is 6 1/2". Lucy has head, hands, and legs sculpted from polymer clay and the body is hand sewn from muslin, and stuffed with mugwort. She is removable from the coffin. Lucys clothes are made from an antique pink ribbon that had silver lined beads sewn on. It has vintage lace, vintage millinary net and pink silk ribbons. Mohair curls, hand painted glass eyes.

The interior is tufted cream silk velvet, with the same on the sides of the little casket. The top is removable and held on by tiny nails. Lucy is removable and can be displayed with the top on or the top off the casket as it stands up on it's end. I like this idea better than the first, so the next few I will make will be of this type. The top of the casket has antiqued gold dresden trim for decoration. The poems for them are as follows: "Mary Lent, her little life spent..when into the witches cauldron she went"
And... "One dark gloomy day, little Lucy went out to was a day of dispair, as she ceased to breathe air..and now in her casket does lay"

Both Little Mugwort Mourning dolls are now available in my etsy shop waiting for new homes to haunt! this should get you there, my etsy user id is queenofthefaeries.
I am also working on some other similar pieces using another famous poisen herb in the mixture! so be watching for the next magical batch!
Happy Hauntings, Gail

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Keep Watching!

First,... I am excited to tell you that Victoria Vampire, my doll for the exhibition in Japan, has a new home there! The collector is the wife of a famous Kabuki actor ....How cool is that?!!! I am excited she will be making her new haunting grounds there in such good company!
Next.. a little heads up !
I have been working on a new idea for something thats been brewing in my mind for quite some time. I finally finished something new and fun that I will be listing on etsy, hopefully by tomorrow (friday) eve. Here is a mysterious sneek peek at one of the pieces. As soon as I get them listed (I have 2 dolls) I will give you all the details and photos on my blog for you to see!

And,.. a big Thank You to all, for your support and kind words during the last few months. It's been a big source of encouragement for me and I am touch by your thoughtful and kind comments while I am dealing with family health issues. I am strengthend by your words and kindness as I know most of you are dealing with your own life issues. I send you kind thoughts and blessings to give you strength that we may all find that bright light to guide us on our path!
Happy hauntings, Gail