Sunday, December 20, 2009

If you REALLY want to get in the Christmas spirit.....

You have to check out Mary's blog. http://maryropelatoartdolls.blogspot.com. Her new Sunday song of the week is AWSOME!!!!!!
I think I will probably listen to it 100 times before Christmas.
I have been sick and not really in the Christmas mood and then I heard (and saw) Mary's youtube
video, and it really cheered me up!! Way to go Mary...lol

Friday, December 18, 2009


"MERRY CHRISTMAS"
~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~
I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

I feel so blessed to have met so many wonderful people (through blogging)
whom I now call my friends.
I am somewhat of a shy person
and I don't make friends easily.

You have all been so friendly and kind,
and I will treasure your friendships always.

P.S. Harvey and Lucy are my Kitties...lol

Friday, December 4, 2009

Two Wonderful Awards











I just received two wonderful awards from Rose at Elvin Slippers .
If you want to step into another world please visit this blog. It's so magical.
Thanks Rose.

The rules are as follows:

(1) Thank the person giving the awards
(2) Copy awards to your blog
(3) Place a link to their blog.
(4) Name 7 things people don't know about you.
(5) Nominate 7 bloggers
(6)Place a link to those bloggers
(7) Leave a comment on their blogs letting them know of their awards

Ok so now 7 things you don't know about me!!

(1) I LOVE to Belly dance.
(2) I make jewelry
(3) I ride Harleys with my husband
(4) I have been married 38 years
(5) I hate to mow the lawn
(6) I have two best friends
(7) I can stuff 22 pieces of bubble gum into my mouth...lol

New Blog Award Recipients:

Mary Ropelato of Mary Ropelato Art Dolls
Please visit her blog because she is an up and coming new artist. Her blog will blow you away!!
Such beautiful sculpts, detail, and colors.

Denni of Denni Doodles Creations
Please visit her blog because she has the cutest Raggedy Ann Creations you will ever see!!

Rita of OOAK Fairy Fae Sculpture
Please visit her blog because she has the most wonderful sculpts ever.

Jess of Little Dirt Lane
Please visit her blog because it is like eye candy, and her Raggedy Dolls are just beautiful!!

Debbie of They Never Grow Up Nursery
Please visit her blog because it is filled with beautiful Reborns and all sorts of tutorials and tips
for making beautiful Reborns.

Leslie of My Own Little World
Please visit her blog because it is so warm and welcoming. Be sure to check out the I Love Lucy
You Tube clip on her blog, it's so funny!!

MichelleK of MichelleK Art
Please visit her blog because it is so hauntingly beautiful filled with beautiful OOAK sculpts.

This has been so much fun, thanks again Rose!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I probably won't be around much this week because I am going to be sooo busy, so I thought I would celebrate early. I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!! Wishing you all the love of family and lots of good turkey!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I just love this picture!! Can you just imagine what is going through this kitty's mind...lol

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday tip of the day

When making a pattern template for a cloth doll, simply use a clear transparency sheet. Out line the pattern onto the sheet and then label the pattern (write on the rough side) using a slick writer pen found at most hobby stores. Cut the pattern out and add some two sided tape to hold the pattern to the fabric.

The transparency sheet patterns will last a long time. You can make many patterns with one package of sheets. When not using the pattern, store them in plastic baggies.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday tip of the day

When using store bought make up to blush your clay sculpt, apply lightly in layers to achieve the color you want.

Then with a stiff brush lightly pounce the color into the wet clay.
(I only use polymer clays for this, I don't know how it works with other kinds of clay.)

Then use a soft conditioned paint brush to smooth the clay, or leave it for a textured look.

When baked the makeup will lose some of it's original color but will be baked into the clay and is permanent.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Come and See!!



The story is... I deleted my Bonnets and Booties Cloth Doll Creations blog a while ago and then I decided to start it up again, but I had to use a different address.

So here it is: Bonnets and Booties Cloth Doll Creations

I have a lot planned for this blog. I have a new doll line I am going to be starting in cloth, and I am going to make a prototype to use as a giveaway. The prototype is still in the planning stages.

I have never had a giveaway before, so give me some ideas on how to plan it !!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Merry Halloween??????

I found this vintage graphic, and I found it odd that it says MERRY Halloween.....
Who says Merry Halloween? My Husband just told me he heard it called Merry Halloween once
in the early sixties. Do any of you say Merry Halloween?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Boneyard....

How many of us have a stash of sculpted pieces and parts lying around here and there waiting for their turn to be created into something beautiful. I am a perfectionist, and if there is something wrong with what I perceive as perfection, then off to the boneyard that particular piece goes. I have so many more than pictured but didn't want to bore you...lol

I am left with a dilemma...I can't use them, but I can't force myself to throw them away. So
the stash gets bigger and bigger. Maybe someday I will do a piece with all the sculpted parts
incorporated into one big sculpt. I'll have to think about that one....


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall colors in my own backyard


A big snow storm is coming in a few days so I thought this might be the last time the leaves will be on the trees in beautiful fall splendor.

We call this the "Mound". When we planted on the mound we didn't realize that we would have every fall color.

We still aren't done with it. We plan on having a small granite bench on top in the corner and some steps leading down the back.

The Grandkids love the upward path.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mary Ropelato Art Dolls

One of my favorite artists Mary Ropelato, has been a friend and customer of mine for over two years. She started sculpting two years ago and her dolls are truly a work of art. There is a beautiful darkness about them. Her eye for detail, proportion and color is phenomenal. She has taken the last few months off of sculpting because of her pregnancy. Now her baby is almost three months old and she is getting back to sculpting. Please visit her website and view her dolls.
Mary Ropelato Art Dolls
I also have a link to her blog located under Wonderful New Artist's Blogs.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wonderful new award

I just received a wonderful (Your Blog Is Over The Top) award from Abi Monroe from An Angel At My Table. Please visit her wonderful blog, it will just make you feel good!!

The rules are: Answer the questions with only one word, award six people the award and notify them that they won...

1) Where is your cell phone? near

2) Your hair? blond

3)Your mother? beautiful

4) Your father? caring

5) Your Favorite food? steak

6) Your dream last night? none

7) Your favorite drink? coke

8) Your dream/goal? happiness

9) What room are you in? computer

10) Your hobby? bellydancing

11) Your fear? flying

12) Where do you want to be in six years? here

13) Where were you last night? bed

14) Something that you aren't? tall

15) Muffins? chocolate

16) Wish list item? money

17)Where did you grow up? USA

18) Last thing you did? eat

19) What are you wearing? robe

20) Your Tv? flat

21) Your pets? cats

22) Friends? daughters

23) Your life? great

24) Your mood? good

25) Missing someone? mother

26)Vehical? Ford

27) Something your not wearing? socks

28) Your favorite store? Roberts

29) Your favorite color? pink

30) When was the last time you laughed? today

31) Last time you cried? Um…

32) Your best friend? daughters

33) One place that I go over and over? Roberts

34) One person who Emails you regularly? Michelle

35) Favorite place to eat? Chinese

The six people I pass this on to...

Connie McBride Johnson Clothmatters

Crystal from Ethnic Cuddles

Shannon Anderson from Anderson Family

Brenda from Brendi Dolls

Denni from Denni Doodles

Sabriam from Eden’s Little Ones

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ready to sculpt again...

Well my doll show is over and I did pretty well. I sold 4 Reborns out of the 6 that I took.
I came home and put everything back where it should go,
and I cleaned the house and got all of my sculpting supplies out and ready to go.

I have had so many ideas floating around in my head I don't think I will ever get around to sculpting everything I want to .

I found some of the new Cernit at Hobby Lobby and I bought it up real quick. I am anxious to try it. I have heard so many good things about it.

I may put a few of my cloth dolls on eBay.

So many ideas, so few hours in the day...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Linda Walsh interview

I am very honored to have been interviewed by Linda Walsh for her I Love Crafts and Craft Blogs, "Get To Know The Artist/Crafter Series" portion of her Blog. Here is the link if you would like to take a peek:
http://ilovecraftscraftblogs.blogspot.com/

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Blog ~*~ Featuring Reborns

Hi to everyone,

Sorry I haven't been around much but I have been getting ready for The Cross Roads Doll and

Teddy Bear doll show in Salt lake City Utah.

The show date is October 10th at the Utah State Fairgrounds. I have been concentrating all my

efforts in creating Reborns for the show.


I didn't do the show in April, so I am really getting excited for it.

I sold out my Reborns at the last show I attended, so I thought I had better get a lot done.

So please feel free to click on the Reborn picture above

and it will take you to my new Reborn blog.


Till next time, take care...

Friday, July 17, 2009

ADO Elements Challenge

Please let me introduce Tempest. She is a new sculpt for the ADO Elements Challenge. I chose the Element "Air".

She was so much fun to sculpt. She is Asian.
She is sculpted from Puppenfimo. Her hair is Imported English Mohair. She is sculpted down to the hips and her lower arms and legs are sculpted also. Her head is stationary. Her eyes are hand sculpted and hand painted.

Her arms and legs were wrapped in a bubble yarn the color of stormy clouds. Over the yarn I covered her arms and legs in a sheer glitter tulle. I was going for the effect of storm
clouds, sheer on outside and stormy on the inside. She has a wrap around skirt made of a special occasions sheer netting with hand beaded trim.

Her hair was styled as if wind blown. This sculpt is pose able at the elbows and the knees.

Tempest seemed to come together quite easily,
as I laid in bed at night and sculpted her in my
mind for about a week before I even started her.

This the first time I have participated in an ADO Challenge and I found it to be very fun. I hope I can take part in more challenges during the year. Thank you ADO for this opportunity!!

Please visit the ADO blog to see a list of all the participants.

http://artdollsonly.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My daughter's new BMX video

This is my youngest daughter Michelle, she is 26 and just had a baby 11 months ago. Her husband filmed the video. She at one time was sponsored by women of Freestyle BMX.
She has been riding BMX for about 10 years.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Some of my other babies...





These are my clay and fabric bunnies. I only make them once a year, around Easter. They are all OOAK whether clay or fabric. The hand-sculpted bunnies are 2 to 3 inches, and the fabric bunny is around 21". Just thought I would share my other babies.



Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Design disaster



This is one of my first Photo face designs.
As you can see the body design
was a total disaster. I never sent her to eBay,
she was given as a gift.

The face design was O.K. but the arms ....oh my!

Designing patterns does not come easy for me ....lol. Sometimes it takes me weeks to come up with a design that I approve of.

I have lots of patterns in the designing stage. One is almost ready to go. I'll post more when I am farther along.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Where it all began

I began making dolls 30 years ago. I started out making cloth dolls. Unfortunately,
I didn't take a lot of pictures of my first dolls, and those few pictures are put away somewhere...so all I have are pictures of my latest designs.

I remember making a lot of Mop dolls, and primitive dolls. My favorite were the baby dolls. It took me years of making Miss Martha dolls when I decided I wanted to make my own patterns. I have boxes and boxes of patterns that I have designed. I made so many cloth dolls that I think I got burned out. That's when I decided to try sculpting.

The first doll pictured above is "Marzipan", a pattern I designed that uses a photograph
transferred onto the cloth face. She is about 21 inches and stuffed with high loft fiberfill. I made the wig. She has been sold.


The last doll pictured is "Margaret". Same pattern,
different face.

So there you have it.... The 30 year history of my doll making, through my last few posts.








Monday, June 8, 2009

Crazy about "Reborning"


As you can probably tell I am crazy about all kinds of dolls.
Along with sculpting, I also love to "Reborn".
I have been Reborning for about 7 years.
I mainly sell the dolls at local doll shows, and local shops.
There is just something about these kits that are so endearing when they are Reborned.

I started out when you would take a play doll, like a Berenguer and take it all apart. That was a lot of work. Now the kit comes all ready to paint. It is so much easier. I have a hard time deciding which dolls I am going to work on next, there just aren't enough hours in the day.

It is really strange, I have searched and searched the internet for Reborn artists who blog, and I have only found a handful of them.
I thought there would be hundreds.

I guess the last type of doll I have to blog about is the cloth dolls that I design,
but that will be in another post.

The doll that is pictured has gone to live with her new mommy. Her name is Hayley, and I created her in 2008. She is 19" long and 6 pounds. Genesis Paint was used in her painting. Since then I have switched to air dry paints. I came down with chemical Pneumonia from the solvents and acetone I was using. I also use clear cap wigs or paint their hair because I have carpel tunnel so bad. So there you have it...
Now on to more doll making...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My first "Love"


I started out my sculpting career with Life Size babies.
From there I went to Faeries, Miniature dolls, and everything else in between.

I feel like now is the time to return to my First Love.
I am feeling a real strong desire to sculpt my life size babies again.

I have found a polymer clay that I don't have to mess around with. I can use it straight out of the package. My old hands can't take the mixing and kneading anymore. Even with a food processor it still is too much.

The picture above is my very favorite sculpt. "Sweetness"
She is 20", and 7 pounds. Her hair is imported English Mohair.

Dolls Magazine, to my surprise did a featured article on her.
I received the magazine, opened it up and saw her picture. I was so
happy.

I have been inspired by the many gorgeous sculpts I have seen over the past few weeks and months.

Of course I will still be making my miniatures every now and again.

There is just something magical about holding a One-of-a-Kind, hand-sculpted, life size baby in your arms.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The creation of a Blog Award


As most of you know I am new to blogging,

and I have to tell you I have fallen
in love with the concept of blogging.

By no means do I claim to be an expert
in blogging, but I do know what I like
to read, and look at.
I have done a ton of reading blogs,
a whole lot of looking at pictures,
and content, and much pondering of
just what blogging means to me.

I think blogging means a lot of different
things to a lot of different people.

I want to give back to my fellow bloggers,
who I now consider my friends.

So, I have created a new blog award.

It comes with a creed that includes my ideas of what
blogging means to me.

I think I get it now.

I have found out that being a blogger is much more
than just networking and trying to sell my dolls.
I realize now that blogging is a network of sharing,
and gathering new friendships. I have met many
wonderful people who really care
about their fellow bloggers.

The rules are simple:

Upon receiving this award,
simply pass it on to (one) other person,
and tell why you gave this person the award.

I will start out by giving this award to
Joanna Thomas. I have admired Joanna's dolls
for many years now. Her warm and wonderful blog,
her exquisite dolls, and Joanna the person
exemplifies what blogging is all about.

http://joannathomasdolls.blogspot.com/



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thanks so much Patricia for such a special award. I truly appreciate it. Please visit Patricia's
Blog for a special treat as her blogs are all lovely. A truly talented lady.
www.woolytales.blogspot.com

I am passing this special award on to 3 people:

Patrizia Cozzo
http://patriziacozzo.blogspot.com/

Alena-Eliseeva
http://alena-eliseeva.blogspot.com/
Ayala Art
http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

These are all wonderful sites, please visit them if you get a chance!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

I've been Tagged

I've been tagged by Marcie Hart a One-of-a-Kind Fine Art Doll Artist. http://marciehart-aworkofhart.blogspot.com/.
Please be sure to visit Marcie's beautiful blog. This blog is filled with charm, and warmth, not to mention beautiful Art Dolls. My Favorite doll is Ryanne. Please be sure to check out this beautiful doll.
Thanks so much Marcie, it has been an honor to be Tagged.

These are the rules for the 'Tag'
1)Name and link back to the person who tagged you.
2)List six things 6 (un) important things that make you happy.
3)Tag 6 bloggers and let them know they're "it" by leaving them a comment on their blog.

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

(1) I am an optimistic person, so just about anything makes me happy. But the most important thing that makes me happy is my family.
(2) My pets make me happy.
(3) The first snowfall makes me happy.
(4) Spending endless hours sculpting my dolls makes me happy.
(5) A drive in the canyon in the fall makes me happy.
(6) Being Tagged on my blog makes me happy...lol

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

These are the (six) bloggers I have chosen to be Tagged:

(1) Patricia Cabrera
http://themagicalmarionettetheatre.blogspot.com

(2) MichelleK Art
http://michellekartdolls.blogspot.com/

(3) Essie
http://vanessies.blogspot.com/

(4) Rita
http://ooak-fairy-fae.blogspot.com/

(5) Debie
http://piskies-and-poppets.blogspot.com/

(6) Mina
http://sugarbabycreations.blogspot.com/

I hope you will stop by and visit these wonderful blogs.

** Please Remember "YOUR IT" **

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Best present ever

For Christmas this year my husband surprised me with a Canon EOS Rebel xsi camera. It is the best camera I have ever owned.
For Mothers Day he got me a Macro lens for taking pictures of my
miniatures. I should be getting the lens Friday or Saturday. I can't wait. I never thought I would ever get so excited about a camera lens. I have been playing with the new camera since Christmas, and now I think I have the hang of it.

Every time I take a picture now I have to run to the computer and
go to the sites I have saved that teach me how to use the camera...lol. I am really not a good photographer, so this camera lens is a must!! It will do all the work for me, all I have to do is press the button...well not quite, but it will help...lol

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Asian Inspiration


Well, it's that time of year again.

Every year about this time I get in the mood to sculpt Asian children...don't ask me why...lol
I have spent hours and hours looking for just the right picture to give me the inspiration I need, to sculpt what I have in mind.

For me it's not the pose or surroundings, it's the face that seems to give me what I desire.

I have been like this for as long as I can remember.
My moods dictate what it is that I desire to sculpt.
Sometimes the moods last for one doll, sometimes for many dolls.
Has anyone else had this happen to them.

I guess that's why I don't take commissions anymore...if I am not in the mood to sculpt what was commissioned, then the sculpt just sits there waiting for my mood to change.

This is the picture that jumped out at me...in fact it shouted and screamed at me...lol
The doll I am planning will not look anything like the picture, it's just the face that gives me
the inspiration. Hopefully this picture will be the one that helps me produce a good number of sculpts..


Monday, April 27, 2009

Fingernail Tutorial


This tutorial will be a step by step guide on how to make a realistic looking fingernail. This technique can be used on any size doll.
The first thing you should do is to gather your supplies. You can use any type of Polymer clay for the actual finger, but I suggest that you use a translucent clay for the actual fingernail.

I use Prosculpt translucent for the nail, and Cernit /Sculpey for the finger.
Matte eyeshadow in shades of mauve for shading and blushing.
An Orange stick for shaping the cuticle.
An Exacto knife, or very sharp clay scissors for shaping the nail.
A large crochet hook size H for life size baby fingers.
For miniature dolls use a knitting needle size 2.
An assortment of miniature brushes, and a small Maxine Mop.

For the next step, I take the large crochet hook and I take a small amount of the Translucent Prosculpt. I then roll the clay into a snake and place it on the crochet hook. Next, I start to flatten and stretch the clay along the hook. Flatten and stretch the clay until your clay is almost see through. Move the clay around the hook until it is almost touching underneath.

Take your crochet hook and place it in the oven at 250 degrees for 10 min. Sometimes I use a heat gun for 5 minutes, making sure to hold the hook with a washcloth so as not to get burned.

Cool the crochet hook completely before you remove the clay. When the hook is cool, gently pry the clay off the hook by lifting at the edges all the way around the clay.
This is what your clay should look like when taken off the crochet hook.

This next step is probably the most important part of the whole process. Either take your Exacto knife or a pair of clay scissors and cut the desired length you want for your nail. Use small snips of the scissors to keep the clay from cracking. Remember to cut the nail long enough for shaping.

After the length of nail has been determined, trim the nail on either side, and round off the corners at the top of the nail. Determine how long you want the sides of the nail to be. When the nail length has been determined gently clip the bottom of the nail into a "V" point. This point needs to be as sharp as possible.


Next, take your Cernit/Sculpey and roll it out to the length size of the finger you want.

Now is the time to sculpt the finger and shape the nail bed with the Orange stick. Make sure the sides are sculpted deep enough to allow the clay to come up and around the sculpted nail.

Now is the fun part!! Take your baked fingernail and with the pointed end, slide it under the nail bed and push down slightly, but not so much that the point comes back out of the clay. Now gently push the sides of the nail down into the soft clay. Now sculpt the sides of the finger to come up over the edge of the sculpted nail.

You may have to re-sculpt the cuticle at this time. Just make sure that the base of the cuticle isn't too puffy at the base.

Now take your miniature brushes and use a small amount of Mauve matte eyeshadow and color the creases of your finger. You can also shade the cuticle and nail base at this time.

Now you can bake your finger. I bake mine @ 250 degrees for 10 minutes. You will have to decide what temp and time you will sculpt your finger because everyone will sculpt differently and sizes may vary.



As soon as your finger comes out of the oven, and as soon as you can handle it, take your darker shade of Mauve eyeshadow and rub a wash of this quite heavily onto your nail. only go 3/4 of the way up the nail and stop. By leaving the wash off the top of the nail, that creates the tip of the nail, and the color will be perfect by using the translucent clay.



The next step is to take a soft cloth or a dry q-tip and gently rub the excess eyeshadow off the
nail. This will leave a very natural color.

When you are making a full hand, do each finger separately and add to the palm, smooth, pose, then shade and bake.

If desired you may apply a light varnish to the nail. When you do this gently tap the brush on the nail so you don't take the color off.

This concludes my fingernail tutorial. I hope this will help in making realistic fingernails.

(copyright 2009-2010) "All rights reserved" 
All texts and images are the sole property of Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls. 
This tutorial is for personal use only, and any reproduction for the sole intent of
sale and distribution is strictly prohibited.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fingernail Tutorial coming soon



Hi everybody,

I have decided to make a fingernail tutorial. I developed my own technique back in 1997.

I am still working on the tutorial and I would like to share it with everyone here on my blog.

The doll pictured is called "Sweetness" and features the fingernail technique. She was featured in both Dolls Magazine
and Doll Crafter Magazine.

The technique is very easy to learn and produces a very lifelike finger and toenail.

It can be adapted to fit any size doll, even miniature dolls.


The next two pictures are close-ups of the finished fingers and toes.
I am going to use a life size baby finger for the tutorial pictures
so the detail will show up better.
I will post the tutorial as soon as it is finished to my liking. This is my first tutorial, so wish me luck....lol

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

In the mood

I thought I would show you where I create my sculpts.

In my old house I used the kitchen table to sculpt and my house was always in a mess. In our new house I have a room dedicated to sculpting.

I have this thing, that before I can sculpt anything, my sculpting room has to be clean and clutter free...lol. I guess that's a good thing.

I am gearing up to start on a new doll, so I have been in the mood to clean. I guess it's not so difficult if I keep up on it.

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