Try New Things!

Hello my friends!

It is officially Fall and I am unusually energized. I decided to design and create one-of-a-kind dolls for play and display. I have been a doll maker for more than 20 years. I know how to knit, crochet, sew, felt.. I like trying all kinds of art mediums. I crocheted this Harry Potter inspired doll and handfelted his Sorting Hat. He is now in safe hands with his “Mom”.

I used to make costumes and stuffed animals for my children and I forgot how much joy it gives me to create things with no boundaries nor time restrictions. I have friends that are so unbelievably talented in so many things. I have a friend that fully redecorates the rooms in her home every season and Holiday. It’s like a showroom everything is stunning! I have a friend that sculpts lifelike babies in miniature and human size. These baby dolls look so real, I am in awe of how fast her magic hands are. I have a friend who enrolls her children in almost every extracurricular activity they want to try and she drives them everywhere, she’s a real life supermom! These women are my heroes. They all work so hard and they are the most beautiful people I have the honour of having in my life.

For my next chapter, I will share, with you, all the things I have learned about arts and crafts. Winter is on the way so my goal is to introduce some new hobbies and ideas for you to pass the time. There are so many beautiful projects I want to try and my art studio is fully stocked!

And… Let us begin…

Creative Blocks

As an artist it is difficult to explain what a creative block feels like.  Last year was probably one of the toughest years I’ve had to pull myself through. Health took the forefront and now I can hardly remember 2021 at all!  I was losing my vision and that was depressing.

Of course, my doctors have it all sorted out and I feel like I’m patched up and ready to rock.  I’m sure artists can relate that during times like this creativity is almost non existent and THAT is tragic.  I was blessed enough to have family and dear friends who helped me mentally and emotionally.  I feel like I am 100% back to the real me.

Getting back to my creativity has filled my heart with happiness. My family filled my workspace with cabinets and storage, everything is within reach.

I guess the purpose of this post is if you ever get into a funk the easiest thing is to seclude yourself so please reach out to someone. Take care of your mental health it is just as important as your physical health. Find a good listener someone who you know will make you smile. If you know someone is having a difficult time have patience, be kind and listen. Listening to someone can make a world of a difference.

Much love,

Stiletto

How to Make a Baby

I’ve had some questions about making reborn dolls by many who would like to start to learn a new art form. I’ve been making dolls for many years and I love sharing some tips that I’ve learned along the way.

I have a few dolls I’m working on so I will try to share as many basic tips as I can. I hope you do start a new art form or hobby. It’s nice to let it some creative steam.

You’ll find my finished dolls on my Instagram page under @punkiepiebabies

Creases & Wrinkles
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I will be hand making dresses and will be adding some details for some special babies. I’m pouring all my creative skills into the next few dolls. I’ll record as much as I can to share with you.

My site has always been a mixed bag of my interests from trying new recipes, gardening, painting, sculpting, sewing.. I felt it is time to just show everything I can do and share when creating my special dolls of 2020. If you’re new to this, I create realistic looking baby dolls for medical, mental therapy and collecting purposes. All my dolls take weeks to months to complete and I only use top quality products and supplies. All hair is rooted into the dolls head and lashes one hair at a time. I also do something called micro directional hair rooting. This means I root the hair in a pattern of a swirl into the crown of the doll head one hair at a time. I practice and try different techniques all the time. I think that’s why I enjoy making these dolls so much. There is no one way to make these dolls. I urge anyone who is interested to try it. I’ll share more soon

5 Day Countdown…

It has been a very full year already! It has been an incredible rollercoaster ride but I figured I should take you with me.

I have been working on an international doll show for that over 2 years. I’ve had my share of challenges through this journey but I didn’t give up and I am now 5 days away from a new piece of Canadian history! As a Doll Maker and craft doer I’ve been self taught in everything I have done in my million years of life. I’ve made quilts, stuffed animals, costumes for my kids… I have always been interested in how things are made and adding my flare when I give it a try. After my bout of health recovery and a note from my doctor stating I could never return to work, I felt like I needed some kind of purpose in life. My family was my motivation for my career but those few words and a disease telling me I could no longer have the lifestyle I lived was utterly devastating. My family members, as supportive as they are, were also going through their own kind of mourning and loss of who I used to be. It was a reality that was so hurtful and they struggle with it daily. Basically, I was given a lemon farm and I had to figure out what to do with myself.

After getting through my loss of normalcy as I had known it, I found myself alone in a quiet house and I had nothing to do. Aside from dishes, laundry and mopping I spent most of my time in bed with my laptop. It was 2010 and adjusting to my new world was going to take some time to get used to. Of course my depression was in full effect but YouTube opened my world of isolation. I didn’t have a lot of friends, by choice, I didn’t want anyone in my home and I just couldn’t cope. After watching videos of quilt making and clothes making I stumbled upon a video made by the Secrist company where they were demonstrating how to sculpt a baby head, lips and eyes. I continued on and binged watched everything from painting to rooting hair and I was absolutely hooked. I accepted that my days of having an actual baby were dwindling so I devoted all my time to creating these lifelike looking dolls.

I’ve been doing custom order work and practicing my craft paying attention to fine details for over 10 years and I finally found my “voice” through my artwork. I met the most amazingly talented fellow artists and have many customers/friends who appreciate what I do. After many years of creating, I want to give back to this loving industry and community.

After 2 years of planning my partners and I created the IAC Doll Show. The first one in Canada and the most anticipated in the reborn doll community. Many world renowned artists not only live in Canada but have supported my vision for the entire venture. I will give back to this community and the people who have supported me.

As my favourite Disney princess sings:

“…no matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true”

I hope you all have a fabulous week and I will update you as the countdown continues 🥰

SS

5 Day Countdown… so I bought stuff

My Doll Artist World

It’s that time of the year where I slowly slip away into winter hibernation. Although I’m on a type of “retreat” I keep myself busy with sewing and craft projects to preserve my sanity.

I’ve always loved dolls, yes some have creeped me out, but dolls of all kinds have continued to intrigue me for many years. I would find fabric from my mother’s sewing scraps and create clothing for my Barbies and baby dolls. My dolls were my life then and was a small interlude to what I create today.

It wasn’t until many years, kids’ costumes and stuffed animals later that I discovered a different world of dolls. I found ball-jointed dolls… I followed artists on YouTube one of my favourites was Forgotten Hearts. This artist moved from intricate fairy sculptures to ball jointed dolls. I admired her transition to ball jointed porcelain dolls. Absolutely stunning work!

I did manage to sculpt some pieces and still enjoy sculpting to this day.

It wasn’t until out of necessity for my sanity did I found solace in the world of reborn dolls.

A reborn doll can come in many forms, from taking a premade doll and transforming into a new version to creating dolls from factory produced vinyl dolls. What amazes me about this 3D artwork is the realism many artists have created with paint. These dolls are hand sculpted by artists and turned into a replicated baby ( I purchase all my supplies from MacPherson Arts & Crafts ) Over the years there have been dolls created as dragons, elves, fairies, werewolves and monster dolls to be painted and reborn to the artists’ imagination.

Some dolls have been made to look so real they have been mistaken for real babies resulting in car windows being smashed in an effort to rescue an actual child! People suffering from Dementia, PTSD, emotional and mental suffering have all praised these dolls for helping them get through some very difficult times.

Forming strong bonds with my customers and knowing that I’ve helped them with my artwork in some way reinforces my passion to create the most realistic looking baby dolls I can create. I’ve met many friends during my journey and they have also joined in on the Doll Artist train! Learning to work with my hands has brought a primal yet much needed therapeutic value to my life and I can wait to share how I transform a piece of vinyl into a lifelike baby doll!

More soon!

SS

P.S. Below are some dolls I have created. Enjoy! ☺️

Punkie Pie Babies

A Day in a Mom/Artist Life

*CLICK FOR NEW VIDEO* Trolling for Pizza and Chicken Wings

I’ve been keeping busy and playing with creativity both through my artwork and digitally. I’ve got my team in place for the event planning and I’m stocking up on supplies for my Christmas dolls and decorations. Yes I’m Canadian and I’m jumping right into Christmas!

I thought I’d upload a video before I head out into the cold day for some grocery shopping.

As it goes.. mom/artist life has no breaks!

Hope you’re all keeping toasty warm on this chilly Fall day!

SS

Bullet journals & Heffalumps

2017 ended with a lot of promise and a lot of planning and like every year previously, I have to start with a new planner.  Now I have always had a journal where I would write out random thoughts, short stories, poems, ideas, etc. but I noticed that over time and as I found myself disciplining my thoughts more to tailor towards my goals, I found that my journals were feeling more like a “security blanket”.  I was reading back through my writing and it was becoming more random and sadly I was even writing less frequently.  I can freely admit this was most likely due to depression from fighting SJS, but I also feel that my writing instruments were getting a little outdated and boring.  I came across the one bullet journal video and then before you know it I ended up watching a string of youtube videos for the entire day.  I did some research on some different dot paper notebooks, art pens, art markers.. I placed my Amazon order, stalked it and waited impatiently for my new bullet journal adventure to begin.

Yes, I am a gadget girl and I do use my iPhone calendar for appointments, alarms etc. but guys, there just isn’t anything in this world that can ever compare to the power and magic of the pen to paper.  I am and always will be a writer they are my favourite tools in the world.  Since I’ve been using the bullet journal system, while adding some creative touches of my own, I’ve managed to be a lot more productive and inspired in my artwork as well.  I kept my creative energy flowing and decided to move into a new studio with bigger space and amazing lighting.

Since I’ve been doing some much needed redecorating, I decided to include some of my art dolls into my room decor.  Now, reborn doll collecting is a fairly new so displaying them is left in actual baby furniture, etc there are no stands for them.  So I found a pillow in the shape of an elephant. I was so excited to find it because who doesn’t want a heffalump pillow?!

It’s definitely the right time for big moves!

SS

 

Getting more creative

I’ve been sick lately which has forced me to slow down on a few time sensitive things such as poster and media, designs, target dates.. it was getting to be a bit much. I guess this cold is somewhat of a double edged sword.

I get a lot of questions about my dolls. I used to be really stand-off-ish with everyone because I really wasn’t confident in my work. Like most artists I know we are our own worst critic but it wasn’t until the last 3 years that I finally let go and embraced what I’ve learned and continue to learn about my craft.

For the next part of my journey I’ve decided to get a little more artsy fartsy. Now this won’t be just a road of making and selling dolls, I’ll be documenting more if my personal journey as an artist. So let’s begin tonight.

It’s 1:43am and I’m waiting for the paint to dry while watching Netflix on my iPad. The house is nice and quiet and there’s only one light coming from my desk lamp. It actually reminds me of my childhood. When I was in either grade 1 or 2, I loved the Disney version of Pinocchio. There was a picture of Geppetto working in his workshop at night looking up at the sky wishing for Pinocchio. Haha I guess it’s eerily very similar. This took s very strange turn. Maybe it’s the paint fumes 🤷🏻‍♀️

More soon!SS

Feeling comfortable

I can’t say how happy I am to finally be able to enjoy my artwork. I love what I do! I’ve been slowly building my doll collection, yes I’m probably going to be one of those women with a bunch of dolls. I did promise myself to not get crazy and go over 10 dolls in the entire house… ok well, I promised my boys.

It’s the beginning of the Christmas season and I can already hear the sound of crunch time. I have a few dolls to make before Christmas and few of my own I want to complete.

A couple of events happened over the last couple months that would’ve left me jaded about 5 years ago, but today is a very different day. I felt validated and self assured that I am on the right path. It’s funny what they say. When you feel adversity or opposition from others, it says a lot more about them than it does about you. I’ve learned that you do choose your future and things may look bleak but it must look that way temporarily in order to achieve what you deserve. 2018 is coming up fast and I am extremely excited! There will be lots of meetings, planning, coordinating, but my goal is worth it!

Let the Christmas songs, sweaters and Santa pictures begin! 🎄

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