Sunday, July 22, 2012

Venus Mantrap

Meet Venus. She is a custom repaint/reroot of a Monster High Operetta. As Venus, she entices men by her beauty and entraps them in her voluminous hair. Unfortunately, she eats them for breakfast. Her favorite plant, no surprise, is the Venus Flytrap. She respects a plant that works for its food. She is not trying to be evil. It is just her nature. She actually feels quite sad about her "gift," but, a girl's gotta eat.

This is a custom doll I did a month or 2 ago. Time seems to be getting away from me and I can't actually remember! It has since gone to someone in New York, but I wanted to put up pictures before I forgot about her.

These Monster High dolls are really fun to do. I have had time lately mostly only for Blythe, since I started a custom list, but I hope to eventually get back to doing a few more Monster High dolls. They are really fun. And SO bendy.

This girl's hair is hand-dyed shades of pink and burgundy, with natural, undyed silver blond mixed in. It is yearling mohair and very soft. It has been rooted into her scalp and hand-knotted on the inside. It has been washed and conditioned and allowed to dry in long curly waves. I really like how this hair turned out. It is really lush and I think it goes well with her story.

I did her up in a little acid green silk/rayon velvet and silk twill hand-dyed short dress with green tulle edging at decolletage, and a sleeveless burgundy velour jacket with silk organza edging. I altered a pair of the Egyptian girl, Cleo's sandals and gave her those. I think they work.

I can't believe we are already so far into summer! Aaaack! Where does the time go. I feel like I am working nonstop, which is good, but there isn't enough time to do all the things I need to do. The yard is a shambles. So is the house! I have simply put blinders on and keep on making dolls :) Hope you are having a good dry, warm spell and staying cool enough to be comfortable!

Sunday, July 1, 2012


This is Ai-Quen. She is a selkie, which by Celtic legend is a seal who can shed their skin and take human form. Also known as Seal-Fairies or "the Roane." The females shed their seal coat and become beautiful humans once ashore.

The legend says that if a human can capture her skin, the selkie must become wife to the human, but it makes her very sad. If she can find her seal coat, she can return to sea, leaving her husband to cry out for her.

Ai-Quen cannot find her seal coat. She has been very wistful and sad. You can see by her eyes, that she has been crying out for the sea. Poor thing.

Ai Quen is a Monster High Lagoona with a hand-dyed mohair reroot and repaint by me. She has a teal blue dress with netting over top randomly caught in decorative stitching.

This is probably not a doll for everyone, but I actually love this doll about as much as any recent doll I have done. Her fish-face is really attractive to me. Sad, yet amusing at the same time. I like that in a doll. I also love the Celtic selkie legend. I saw a movie a year or 2 back with this theme, and it stayed with me.

Hope you are avoiding the heat, unless heat is your thing, that is :)