Friday, January 20, 2017

OOPS!!! I haven't Caught Up!




OOPS!!!  I haven't Caught Up!


Well, if there are any blog lovers out there...I apologize...I haven't posted every post by me here and I should...I will catch up here and try to do better! Here they are in order of posting...please enjoy!


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 Here is a work in progress I have been busy on...my son taught me a new stain technique which is not so harsh and gives a little softer distress...


I weakened the stain a bit and went in sections...much easier to control! A few more tweaks and she'll be ready for a hat









She needs a hat and hair...what kind...thin? curly? big hat ...little hat...decisions must be made...any ideas?












Post 2) Here is another WIP, she is just a big gossip!!! Anybody got a name...?



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 Here is another that has escaped, from where..?.I don't know...yes, he needs his other ear...had to leave for Holidays and will have to add it shortly! For Now I will just call him "VINCENT". LOL!



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Look what my hands made! New Doll!


Look what my hands made!  New Doll!


While playing around with expressions and working on improvement of my artwork (my happy place) this guy came out....he kinda scares me! I was going for old....his smile will show up more when painting him...what do you think?


 Very different than the usual.......



I hope he looks old and kind......have to figure out how I want to paint his eyes...








I have a couple more....Hmmmmm...I don't know what to call them...how about "My Uglies!

Well, I try to add more tomorrow....

My Best 
Always

Carly

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Published Pumpkin Head Doll

Stan the Pumpkin Man



Here is another guy going into my Etsy Shop:

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/BoggyBottomBayou?ref=hdr_shop_menu


Stan the Pumpkin Man
by Carly Smith
Stan is soft a sculpture doll.  He stands 20 inches tall and about 11 inches when sitting.  His little head is soft sculpted into a pumpkin shape and he wears a small felt hat embellished with vintage style tinsel. His facial features are hand painted and his eyes peek out through glass pupils of highest quality and made in Germany.   His body is made of tea stained muslin that has been stuffed and weighted as he is a shelf sitter. 

Stan is a jointed doll in the same fashion that Teddy Bears are jointed. There are five moveable joints allowing him to be placed in many positions. The head, both arms and both legs are fitted with durable fiberboard discs using the lock nut system for jointing.









 His arms are colored with acrylic paint and are lightly wired for posing and holding very light objects. In addition to being jointed, legs are wired too and are very helpful in posing him in multiple sitting positions. His weighted bottom also assists him to remain balanced when sitting. Sometimes, during shipping, the weight bag inside may shift a little and one may have to set the doll down with a little “thump” or “bump” to his bottom to reposition the weights.



His shirt is fashioned from tea stained orange polka dot print fabric.  He wears a colorful ruffled, five layered collar around his neck. He wears a vest made of stained prim osnaburg fabric that has been embellished with hand appliquéd jack o lanterns in much the same fashion as a penny rug. His black and tan checked pants are fastened with a simple jute twine.
Stan sits perched on one of my large prim pumpkins and has two little owl friends that I picked up at a craft show some time ago so the crafter is unknown.

Stan may go home with you for an adoption fee of 225.00.  Travel fare is 15.00



My Best Always,

Carly


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Caleb the Scarecrow is here for sale! Published in Prims 2015



Caleb

Hi Ya'll!  Carly here again and I have with me, one of my favorites!  His name d hr is my first is Caleb and he will be for sale in my Etsy Shop, so come on over to see him later tonite.  In the meantime, if you are interested,just email me at carolynsmith906@gmail.com 

Caleb the Scarecrow
By Carly Smith


Caleb is soft a sculpture doll.  He stands 20 inches tall and about 11 inches when sitting.  His head is fashioned as a scarecrow with raffia hair  Caleb’s  His facial features are hand painted and his eyes peek out through glass pupils of highest quality and made in Germany.   His body is made of tea stained muslin that has been stuffed and weighted as he is a shelf sitter. Caleb is a jointed doll in the same fashion that Teddy Bears are jointed. There are five moveable joints allowing him to be placed in many positions. The head, both arms and both legs are fitted with durable fiberboard discs using the lock nut system for jointing.




 His arms are colored with acrylic paint.  They are lightly wired for posing and holding very light objects. In addition to being jointed, legs are wired too and are very helpful in posing him in multiple sitting positions. His weighted bottom also assists him to remain balanced when sitting. Sometimes, during shipping, the weight bag inside may shift a little and one may have to set the doll down with a little “thump” or “bump” to his bottom to reposition the weights.




Caleb’s shirt is fashioned from tea stained osnaburg fabric.  He wears a vest made of recycled quilt with hand appliquéd pumpkins and a layered sweater look underneath. He wears a colorful ruffled, five layered collar around his neck.  His black and tan checked pants are fastened with a simple jute twine.
Caleb comes with several accessories.  I made his prim sunflower and his two pet crows are from Hilltop Homesteader by Pam Doyle.




Caleb may go home with you for an offering of 195.00 plus 15.00 travel fare




My Best Always,



Carly

Billy Ghost

Billy Ghost for Sale Published in Somerset Studio Gallery 2015




Billy Ghost
Billy is part Paper Mache and part soft sculpture doll.  He is 20 inches tall and about 14 inches wide.   His arms are detailed in acrylic paint.  They are lightly wired for posing and holding very light objects. 







Billy’s head is fashioned as a ghoul from paper clay and hand painted.  His shirt is fashioned from a black ghostly print fabric with decorative trim. It is secured by a dowel embedded deep into Styrofoam inside the paper mache cone in which he sits


Billy is secured by a dowel embedded deep into the Styrofoam cone.  The cone is covered in glittered sheet foam and with a bat lace overlay. The rim of the cone is lined with several decorative trims.  Billy carries a little Mummy in a cone in one hand and greets his guests with the other!

Billy may go home with you for a fee of 125.00 plus 15.00 travel fare.

My Best Always,

Carly





Snowmen!


Just a Halloween  Artist trying to fit in a little Christmas and Winter!
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These guys will be ready in no time...let me know if you are interested...

My Best Always,

Carly

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bunny Update!


Well, he is assembled and his face just needs a little toning...How do you like him?





Carly
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Well...hello there everyone... if you are still out there...I think I'm on my way back! I have been out this past year due to illness... If anyone gets this ...please respond to me here. I've missed everyone and making dolls again after everything, is refreshing!

STILL UNPACKING my studio, but taking a break to make a Christmas Bunny! Of all things! This is the 1st painting (I do several layers) of the bunny's head. Let's just see what this Halloween Artist can do on a bunny....let me know what you think...! Well right now he is wearing a halloween hat...not his.


My Best Always,
Carly Smith

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wow….well, It’s been about a year since I blogged or did any serious Facebook time…never meant to go away…life just got very hard…very hard, indeed.  Last Dec-Jan I had 3 hip surgeries with incision from my knee to my hip! I was in the hospital 3 months. I don’t talk about it much, but want everyone to know I’m still here and why I’ve been gone. I have been healing, pondering life and all that important stuff!  LOL!. During all that time, plans to move to Hawaii were underway.

The last surgery (last January and still healing) got infected and I lost my left hip and the top of my thigh bone…yep, nothing in the way of bone in that area now.  But…believe it or not…I am learning to walk!!!  An extra high shoe presses the leg up in the hip area and it gets braced up that way and the leg stays in place!  I am still in a W/C most of the time, but hoping to develop a walk!

Walked 210 feet one day at physical therapy…plan to do more!  Oh, I forgot to say I am living in Hawaii for 3 years for a project my husband is working on.  He is a Structural Engineer and is away a lot.  It is a beautiful place, I must find a way to go swimming in the ocean!  (you can’t take a walker in the sand and “sand” wheelchairs are not that great, but I’ll find a way)
We moved to Hawaii October 1st., but didn’t see the moving truck until Oct. 31! I am busy unpacking all my studio supplies and all my Halloween treasures.   They are in stacks of boxes that seem a mile high! How I wish they were unpacked and organized with a “twitch” of my nose!  Unpacking and Physical Therapy takes up a lot of the time, but I miss the Doll World!

During unpacking, I found lots of things including some of my published dolls that have NEVER been up for sale before!  The only place they’ve been is to the publisher’s and back. I have other dolls that I am looking forward to finally finishing.  I had wanted to take them to a show, but it seems more fittin’ that they find a good home, as I’m not sure when I will be at a show and just want to load up my Etsy Store….It’s been empty too long!





Introducing Adele, the Sunflower Bunny  from PRIMS Magazine 2
015 Fall Issue (vol. 6 issue 3)

Please come to my Etsy Store  at Boggy Bottom Bayou . Have a look at the dolls on Facebook as they enter my shop FOR SALE!!!


My Best Always,

Carly

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Snowman Challenge!


Snowman Challenge!


We have some exciting news here at Witches of Giggleswick on FaceBook!!! We sre going to have a Snowman Challenge!   Then we will have a snowman sale day! Please see picture above for details!



Game on!  Come on and join the FUN!

My Best Always,

Carly

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Buzzard Named Zeke



Zeke

Thought I'd share some special shots of Zeke with you.





My Best Always,

Carly

Getting Back to Blogging....



Carly Goes PRIM




Please pick up a PRIMS magazine and see all the wonderful primitive art...

I'm in there too! Meet "Zach the Cat"









Let me hear from Ya'll

Sorry to be away so long....

My Best Always,

Carly




Saturday, September 26, 2015

Carly is Back!!!

carly is Back

I will post this here...as I feel anyone who has followed me this far and is still willing...I owe an explanation...some of you already know...Here goes...
I just want to thank everyone who has hung in here with me…and those who haven’t, thank you for trying! It has been one tough road! I guess it is time for a few details and if I start to run on…a few details can seem like a lot when it happens over 3+ years…
The leg (a very high break on the femur) that all has re-broken every time they have fixed it and they have fixed it 4 times (knee to hip cut…sorry to be graphic, but it is a HUGE surgery and I was an RN in another life! Nightmare doesn’t begin to tell it…lets get real!)
I am going to try again to get us going, but I’m going to need your help more than ever…it is going downhill again and I see the Dr. soon. (yes, my Orthopedic, who has credits all over for taking care of the Tampa Bay Rays referred me on up the chain and I have since been with a world class trauma surgeon who has fixed it twice already. What else do you do? YOU JUST keep going…don’t ever quit….because the light at the end of the tunnel is ALWAYS lit (if you will notice….if you turn around…the other end is very dark…yes we have our moments when we quit a little…you can only be SO over- whelmed…but keep going we must!
Anyway…all this is leading to is …OK, my game face is on and we will see what happens…but please don’t give up on me  I must push hard now with all I have or I will be too scared.
OK that is all….let’s keep going…all of us!!!
Now lighten up....!
My Best Always,

Carly