The Witching Hour Is Coming Upon Us!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

HECATE- Gourd Doll Challenge Submission for ART DOLL QUARTERLY FALL 2011



     Meet Hecate-The Queen Of All Witches 




     She was conjoured up and created by Lori.  She is flying off to ART DOLL QUARTERLY to answer their call for gourd dolls.   According to Greek legends you must be careful invoking her because she just might answer your call!  Once invoked, the legends say it is hard to be rid of her services.




Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gabriella, Strength From God

     Gabriella was created by Kathy Carey in the cloth and clay style.  Her head and hands are hand-sculpted from Paper-clay.  She is hand-painted and antiqued.  She is ready for spring with a vintage earring and milliner's forget-me-nots ornamenting her mohair-styled hair.

     Gabriella's frock is mostly hand-sewn from vintage fabrics and garments.  She is wearing a slip fashioned from an old dresser scarf.  Her bustled skirt is from a vintage woman's petticoat of white cotton lawn, embroidered in white work, with a broderie anglaise detail.  Gabriella's blouse was formed from a piece of a vintage collar with it's original buttons.  

     Gabriella's wings are made from an antique key-plate.  She cradles a lovely little bark bluebird in  her hands.  A charm which beckons us to "believe" dangles from her hand with a fob made from a vintage button.



"Life is sweet, tender, and complete, when you find the bluebird of happiness."
                                           --"Bluebird of Happiness" 
                     lyrics by Edward Heyman and Harry Parr Davies

Gabriella

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MEET LEYNA, INSPIRED BY THE GERMAN BIEDERMEIER STYLE

    Leyna is a hand sculpted cloth and clay doll. I never use molds. Her head, hands and legs are sculpted from paper clay which has been sanded, painted and antiqued.  Her torso is painted muslin which has been gessoed, painted and antiqued.  Leyna's hair is sculpted from paper clay.  She wears a removeable 19th century reproduction cotton dress trimmed in vintage tatting and adorned with an ornate lace apron.  Underneath her dress, Leyna wears a removeable chemise, pantaloons and petticoat.  Each undergarment is fashioned from vintage cotton fabrics. The clothing patterns are from Dixie Redmond.  Leyna is 17 inches long.
    I have been enjoying the book GERMAN PAPIER MACHE DOLLS 1760-1860 by Christiane Grafnitz.  I fell in love with the Biedermeier style.












Blossom the Duck

Blossom the Duck
April Showers Bring May Flowers-PMA Team Challenge

Blossom, Paper Mache Artisans Team Web Show Challenge

April Showers Bring May Flowers was the theme for our Feb. 13th PMA challenge.  Blossom  our antiqued paper mache duck sets her umbrella down now that the April showers are over and her umbrella is full of May flowers.  Blossom stands on a vintage kitchen strainer.  Her umbrella is full of  vintage millinery flowers.  Check out our etsy shop for more details www.careysquirks.etsy.com

Etsy Treasury

Etsy Treasury
We are pleased to have Blossom receive a little attention!

The Boogey Man

The Boogey Man dances upon vintage organ keys as he celebrates his escape from the Autumn Harvest! He is constructed from paper mache on a wire armature. He wears vintage crepe pants and a hat decorated with vintage ribbon and tinsel. He was created for the Paper Mache Artisans' Webshow and may be purchased at

YIKES...you caught me in the process of dressing.

YIKES...you caught me in the process of dressing.
The witch's body is added and ready for clothing!

Bob & Candy Corn Man

Bob & Candy Corn Man
Bob is always right there to lend a paw when needed...

Our Cats

Our Cats
The cats are getting anxious for Halloween

HALLOWEEN HOUSES FOR OUR TEXAS FRIEND DEE

HALLOWEEN HOUSES FOR OUR TEXAS FRIEND DEE

One of my Top Hat Chickens

One of my Top Hat Chickens
She refuses to go in the hen house but would rather roost in the tree outside of the hen house.

THE STUDIO

THE STUDIO
WE ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE CLUTTERED!

THE CROWS MARCH ON!

THE CROWS MARCH ON!

The Crows are gathering for Galena!

The Crows are gathering for Galena!

Treasures Are A Waitin' in Galena!

Treasures Are A Waitin' in Galena!

POTIONS ARE BREWING!

POTIONS ARE BREWING!

Blimey Bearded Bill

Blimey Bearded Bill
Blimey Bearded Bill has been purchased. Many of our pirates were sold in Galena as the Pirates are the High School Mascot!

VINTAGE INSPIRATION

Our Gingerbread Houses

Our Gingerbread Houses

Will You Be My Valentine?

Will You Be My Valentine?
Back view

He loves me, he loves me not...

He loves me, he loves me not...
We have been working on a variety of  "putz" like houses for a custom order  on etsy.  We really enjoyed the process.  Houses appeared everywhere in the studio!

Thatcher

Thatcher

Jack Frost and Jack

Jack Frost and Jack
This was created as a tribute to our dearly loved Bassett Hound, Jack who passed away Sept. 2008 of congestive heart failure. Jack, we miss you.

Jack & Jack

Jack & Jack
Jack & Jack- PMA Winter Wonderland Challenge