Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reconnecting

Hello Lovelies, it has been a long time since I updated this blog ... a lot has happened in my life ... a lot of upheavals ... a lot of change ... although it was quite painful and took me deep into my depths as it unfolding ... I learnt a lot about myself and about where I want to go in life.

I have been starting to create a new series of art dolls based on the journey I went through as well as dabbling in art journaling.

I would like to expand my blog to include not only doll making, but, other expressions of art as well!

Bright Blessings,
Kathleen

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Whimsi-Ghoul

Recently I was asked to create a new style of WhimsiGal along the lines of a Spectre for my good friend Renata from Newcastle Ghost Tours!

The brief also required that the doll have a face as well!

This proved to be a welcome challenge for me as I love a good challenge ... don't you??


I also got to play with "country-style" fabrics such as calico, muslin and lace ... and of course, where would one of my dolls be without my trademarked boobs??



Miss WhimsiGhoul also contains a Spectrolite Crystal Chip (Iris Moonstone - used to reduce anxiety/stress, relaxation, dreaming and spiritual awakening) ... just because it sounds like Spectre!!



"Miss WhimsiGhoul" will be raffled off as part of tomorrow night's tour of the Newcastle Civic Theatre

For more information please Renata on her webpage
or visit her on Facebook


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Introducing ...

Crystal Guardian





I drew the design for this "doll" a few years ago ... and let it gestate in the back of my mind until I "happened" to notice the effect of one of my polymer clay faces resting on a heart shape ... is it a heart with a face ... an Angel or a Crystal Guardian instead??

Originally, I planned to create an Angel ... but, the name "Crystal Guardian" came to me instead when I added the crystal chips to the fringe.

I have created Crystal Guardian in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Introducing ...

"Henry"

He is my next Animal Totem to make an appearance!!!

I have named him Henry as his silhouette reminded me of King Henry VIII

Turtles are often seen as a symbol representing Mother Earth.

I like the fact that turtles are able to carry their homes with them wherever they go ... and it reminds me that I am also connected to my "home" wherever I find myself ... all I need to do it is to stop, ground, breathe and find my centre ... and I am there.

Watching a female Turtle coming onto the beach to lay her eggs reminds me of slow and steady progress towards ones goals ...

... and when Turtle is swimming there is a sense of freedom, agility and grace.




Thursday, April 26, 2012

Introducing "Green Man"

Welcome to my second "WhimsiGuy" ... The Green Man!!

In general The Green Man represents the cycle of growth in spring.

He is usually depicted as a sculpture or drawing of a masculine face that is composed of foilage, with branches, vines, leaves, fruit or flowers growing out of his eyes, nostrils, or mouth.


His features have lent themselves beautifully to being backstitched!!

... and as a mini wallhanging, the centrepiece is 12x12cm and 27cm with the beads.

Close Up of Green Man's face, showing bead embellishments.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Welcome

Welcome to all of our newest WhimsiGals fans!!!
I am having a giveaway on my Facebook page when we reach 500 fans of a "Botticelli Venus" Brooch ... one of my latest creations - valued at $55 AUD


Venus has been hand stitched on 28 count evenweave fabric - over one thread!! Which means there are 28 stitches to each inch of fabric!!

Gorgeous!!

Stunning!!


Here is the same design worked on 14 count green Aida Cloth.

So if you are on Facebook, why not hit the like button and be in the running - yay!!


We can also have a WhimsiGals Blog giveaway when we reach 150 followers of a $25.00 gift voucher to spend on a WhimsiGal of your choice!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

News Flash!!!

It's OFFICIAL!!!

I will be a stall holder at the November Mind Body Spirit Festival in Sydney!!!


If you are planning to visit ... I would love to meet you in person!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Checking In

Hi Everyone,

I am happy to say that I am past the "worst" of the cancer treatment ... and that I am slowly, but surely regaining my strength and energy!!

I lot has been happening over the last few months and there is still more good things to come.

I have been creating Custom Dolls - not just the small wearable ones, but larger versions that you can hold in your hands, use in meditation or altar work.

This year I have also designed quite a few new WhimsiGals as well as my first WhimsiGuy - Pan: Greek God of Flock and Field


He is creating quite a buzz wherever he goes!!!

I have also begun creating some more Totem Animals too ...


"Seahorse"

I have plans to create Turtle, Dolphin, Fish, Eagle just to start with!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Creative Irons in the Fire

Hiya Everyone, it has been a few weeks since I checked in with you!!!

I have started the second stage of my chemotherapy - 12 weeks of Paclitaxel - six down ... and six more to go, woohoo!!

One of the side effects of this particular medication is peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerve endings in my fingers and toes) which may or may not be reversible ... so, the last couple of weeks have been interesting getting used to "numb" fingertips and toes!

But, despite this I have found that I can still use them - Blessed Be!

I signed up for Jane Davenport's "Supplies Me" online course which is proving to be a lot of creative fun!!


... I also created a new WhimsiGal named "Fleur"

... and the most exciting news yet, I will be having a site at this year's Art Bazaar held in Civic Park, Newcastle NSW on the 3rd of December ... Holy Cow, I need to get cracking on some new ideas, so that I have lots to show off!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Belly Dancer and Shrine Doll

I am feeling really nourished creatively this afternoon ... as I have been able to sit down and work on some WhimsiGals!!!

 This is a major acheivement ... as I have not been able to use my left arm post surgery for very long before it would tire out!!

So today I have completed two of my latest Belly Dancer dolls - yay!
(LOL ... well I made the prototype in April this year)

Top stitching the legs and belly


These are the prototypes for the Belly Dancer doll ... she is a little cheeky with an "actual" backside ... but no breasts like my other dolls.

What do you think of her?

I am planning on making a few in some other colourways ...

What do you think about a Belly Dancer bottle green?



I have also been working on some Beaded Faces ... I am so glad that my hands still know how to bead!!


Shrine Doll

I am also thinking about making some Shrine Dolls for sale ... I initially designed it to represent my "Hero" game piece when I participated in Barb Kobe's "Creative Journey" game a few years ago.