Friday, October 31, 2014


Hi All,
I get a pretty good crowd of trick-or-treat-ers in my neighborhood. The doorbell rings regularly between 7 and 9pm. So, I like to decorate my front yard and porch for their amusement. Now, I don't get crazy with the decorations, but I do more than any other house on my street.

Here I am, dressed as a "grave-digger-ghoul-all-around-creepy-guy". This is what I wear to answer the door. (I always have "red-eye" in photographs, but I thought it was appropriate for this picture.)



See the little flying demons fluttering around the doorway? There a bit small. I think next year they'll be crawling around the pumpkins.

Here's a shot at night. Took more, but they didn't turn out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Hi All,
Getting my yard ready for Halloween. I got this idea from the Internet. I wanted to make some little "flying demons" from those $1 Store skeletons. I've seen photos of something like this people have made with feather wings, but I wanted to make some bat wings.

I ended up making 5 of them in an afternoon. The wings were easy -- just some floral wire, tissue paper, glue, and some paint. I burnt the edges with a candle flame. They are hot-glued to the spine and shoulders.

And, I gave them a little tail with some twine. The horns are made from shaping Hot-Glue with my wet fingers. A little dot of red glitter glue for the eyes, and they're ready to fly!

 My plan is to hang them around my front door.

I'll post some more photos of my Halloween decorations in my next post.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Hi All,
I'm back from teaching in Chicago for the Windy City doll convention. Nancy Gawron put the whole thing together and did a wonderful job. This was the first convention in Chicago, and the first convention Nancy had ever put together. It was a small crowd, but everyone had a great time.

Here are some classroom shots from my "Evil Queen" candlestick doll class. I had nine students -- all with different skill levels. Some were beginners and this would be there first or second doll they have made, and some were seasoned doll-makers who had been making dolls for many years.

And, here are the finished (or almost finished) dolls.
(I appologize for quality of the photographs. Some came out a bit fuzzy.)

I think everyone did a great job! Especially the beginners!

Monday, October 13, 2014


Hi All,
 Just got back from teaching in Chicago. I'll post pictures on the next blog.

Here are the finished heads I was working on:

Monday, October 6, 2014


Hi All,
I've been working on some witch heads (and a troll) to take to the Windy City Doll Conference this weekend in Chicago. Here they are in various steps of painting & sculpting:

That's all for now! Back to work......