kittytoes: (Kat doll)
2016-04-20 06:51 pm

Me and a bit more me

I made a blog post! Not too deep, just a recap of what I've been up to. Sometimes it helps to take a moment and realize I have actually  been checking things off of my list...

I really do intend to blog more. I feel a unsure of my audiences and I want to keep it an open space for my art but also maybe babble about dolls? I dunno. I miss doll babble in general.

Things here are quiet and Spring feeling. We spent Saturday with my parents and that was really nice. They invited us out to dinner and a movie.  The Jungle Book is very good! And I generally don't go for 1.Disney 2.computer animation 3.animal movies so that's saying something. They did a very good job of making Shere Khan terrifying and keeping the animals pretty animal-y. King Louie was odd though. No medical news about Mom, yet.

I spent the afternoon at a friend's house and we had a lovely lunch and chat and it woke me up a bit. This weather has everyone peeping out their doors and stoopin' or meeting up in the park with a bottle of wine. All good things. I feel like I need to start making regular dates with friends. Now that the kids do their own thing, I don't see the momma pals often enough and time keeps getting away from me. It's almost May! I'm not sure how.

I need to buy some cloth napkins and I want to buy some ceramic tumblers from my other momma pal. I need to up my summer hosting game.

Nothing else. I got a new shirt for tiny Mat that is exactly the sort of shirt actual Mat wears all the time. And tiny Kat has new pants like a pair I have an new hair like I have and they have tiny phones now so they can worry about trying to stay "in the moment" with each other. :P Did you know the grey in Mat's beard are from the real thing?? I'm so gross.

meta

Happy Wednesday. Come over. Bring a doll.
kittytoes: (Kat doll)
2016-01-28 10:34 am

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newbarbie
Barbie has new bodies! Here's the Time article about it. I think it's pretty great, though I do not understand why Mattel is not a fan of joints for Barbie. I mean, I get that this is a huge retooling and jointed limbs for all ofthe new bodies would price them waaay up (the basics are only 9.99!), I just hope they go there someday? Maybe. I think most fans are just excited about new hair and skin colors and cute clothing pieces. I mean, this looks like a pretty comprehensive overhaul and that is good. It's weird to me that they don't cite Monster high as an influence. It must have been, right? I am excited about new shoe possibilities and I bet the petite clothes fit Blythe.

(Also do not read the comment on the Time article. Wow. I have honestly NEVER understood the vitriol spewed at Barbie, but now the comments for "fat Barbie" make me just want to turn off the computer and run away.)

I think Imma get that bloo haired gal. With this and girl heroes with lightsabers, little Kat is pleased with the world.
kittytoes: (Bowie pierrot)
2016-01-20 02:04 pm

climb on out

The long weekend was long.

We had plans to get out and get drinks and go dancing with friends Friday night but my bestie had agreed to sit with the boys and she was sick and exhausted and I felt her relief when I said we'd cancel. Toby hadn't been sleeping well all week and he was still sniffly, so I felt the pull to stay home and baby everyone. I think it worked.

We spent went out both Saturday and Sunday searching for a kitten to adopt, but came up empty handed. Saturday we checked the adoption centers at a few Petco/Petsmart stores. Sunday the boys spent most of the day with their uncle at Dave & Buster's (a big restaurant/arcade) so Mat and I tried some shelters. It was fun to drive to new parts of the city, but that's a lot sad animals and disappointment. I remain steadfast in wanting a very young cat for Vincent's sake and I want long hair for my own. I have begun to poke around breeder sites a bit. I dunno

We almost spent Monday at the art museum, but Gideon had a lot of homework to do (sigh) so Mat and I just spent the time planning dinners and got groceries for the week. We tend to fly by the seat of our pants with meals and shop daily, but that's not ideal. I made granola bars for the week and we got caught up on Downton and finished Hemlock Grove and read. All good.

We even had some snow! We had just been seriously contemplating what a winter without snow would feel like and we had flurries on Sunday. There is a huge storm forecast for the end of this week. I'm excited.

I have been at the bottom of a blue funk lately and I need to stop. I think it has been a lot of things swirling around but mostly I think it's the tipping of the scale away from creating and towards consuming. I need to make and to share. I need to check things off of my list. I am also fighting off Toby's sick with only limited success. Mat says my curls fall out when I get sick which is funny and also true.

I think I have a fever right now maybe?

I need to put a hat on my flat hair and get back to painting.

Uncle Nosferatu! WIP

finally winter paint water drinker
kittytoes: (trece)
2015-10-28 03:07 pm
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A meeting of myths, monsters, and legends

Saturday was our annual Halloween party!

I haven't talked much about it here because I have been so preoccupied with the house that I sort of let the party just come together on its own. We asked friends to bring snacks or drinks and we bought a few things the day of, but otherwise there wasn't much party prep. The house was already decorated and our costumes were sort of deliriously easy this year. The theme was myths, monsters, and legends. Toby planned on being zombie Michael Jackson from Thriller since *last* Halloween, he had the outfit and just needed a wig. Gideon decided to be Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, so we thrifted two dress shirts and a suit jacket for him and Mat brought home a small lab coat. I sewed half the lab coat to half of the suit jacket and did the same with the two shirts. I gave him a piece of fabric as a rough ascot and he wore a top hat we had and uniform pants. Mat was Bigfoot and he just bought a costume because buying that much fur would be way more expensive than a finished costume. I wanted to be Medusa, so I bought a boatload of rubber snakes that I wired and painted black and just wore a black Victorian dress because I liked it. I bought a good makeup kit and some sealant last year and they came through again this year. (Best Halloween purchase ever.)

The last minute cleaning scramble was real and I finished everyone's makeup with literally no time to spare, but the party went off without a hitch. My friends are all amazing sports and they brought food and looked great. The weather was perfect, around 60 degrees, clear and crisp, so we were mostly set up in the alley. The kids played a scavenger hunt to find printed pictures of cryptids hidden on the block and otherwise roamed in a creepy gang. They are getting so big. My kidless friends boggled that these were the same kids from last year, as they have begun to grow taller than some of the adults. There were littles in the mix too, which meant that I had to keep them from roaming too far. I honestly have begun to wonder if they'll ever not want to party with the olds...

I've made some mental notes about things I'd like to do for next year. I think we need to switch out some light bulbs inside the house and make it moodier. This year everyone wanted to see the new rooms and stairs, so it worked out, but I think we can do more to make for a creepy atmosphere everywhere. We might do an ocean theme next year, so lighting could be huge. I wanted to get some spotlights with moving filters for outside this year, that would be the perfect excuse to. There's always more.

Anyway,pictures!

Myths Monsters and Legends

Thissssssssss way )
kittytoes: (eddie)
2015-10-26 03:43 pm
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Punky Pumpkin

Pumpkin Patch!

We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch earlier this month, and it really is one of my favorite family traditions. Pumpkins and sunshine and apple cider doughnuts go a long way to making a great day. Gideon is almost as tall as me now and Toby knows his angles. Otherwise, nothing changes. <3

Pumpkin Patch! Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkin Patch! Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkin Patch! Pumpkin Patch!
kittytoes: (Candybird virgin)
2015-05-12 11:56 am
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doll baby

Brothers

Brothers

I have never had any trouble turning Gideon into a doll. He has big puppy eyes and super straight hair and he translates well. I have realized, though, that Toby's face is a changeable thing and he is in constant motion and his eyes are not quite hazel and not quite brown and his hair is not straight but not wavy... I can't catch him the same way. A friend said that Toby is like a real life emoji an it's the best description of him I may have ever heard. I considered a Pukifee Pongpong for obvious reasons, but that sculpt is really just too fey.

So, Toby doll is just serious. He is trying not to be caught in a lie or he's about to toot. I need a lighter wig and a whole wardrobe and to make his freckles darker, but  he's in there a little. Real Toby likes to be little, so he likes doll Toby a lot. He sings songs and refers to himself as "The little TT" because it cracks me up every time.
I have to get him a little iPad so he can play Minecraft and ignore Kat doll when she calls him.

Tiny TT

boys

boys
kittytoes: (trece)
2015-03-24 03:19 pm

second verse, same as the first

I caught Toby's cold. I keep getting sick and it is STUPID. It is just a head cold, but it is making me sleepy and grumpy and blah blah blah the same.

We had snow Friday and now it is gone again. The tortoises are home from the cold room but it has been too cold overnight to let them stay out full time. I think we woke them up last year just in time for snow, too. Hopefully this week stays warmer.

I finished the golden animal costumes, bird fox and horse. I brought them in for a test fit and all seems good except for the wings -- I need to make the closures on them more secure, which I thought might happen. I have to make the briars next. I'm anxious to move on to other things.

Still no word from the principal, though I did attend the school budget meeting on Friday. I didn't have my questions answered, but I feel like I have a lot more information now. It is a frustrating situation all around. I think I'll write her again, some sort of response would be nice. I may also move to phase two of my plan, which is to reach out to other parents who have kids in the program...

We had friends over Saturday and talked more about opening an after school program. It is either the best idea ever or insane. Now we're talking about making it STEAM and Spanish integrated which would be amazing but probably totally beyond all of us? I dunno, dream big. We are all watching small programs fill to bursting overnight because the area is ripe for the picking. Of course, sometimes talking about the reality of these things makes you want to hide under your *other* dreams of just going full ARTIST and letting Mat finish his PhD.

I dunno.
I'm grumpy



This is great. Mat's got an appointment to finish his arm with Seth this summer. I need to figure out what I want next. Shoulders, I know that.

I commissioned a girl in Italy to make me a few knitted things for Kat doll and they arrived and I am so happy that now I can dress her up in sweaters and a hat and legwarmers before it gets too hot for that. I want to take pictures. My studio is a glitter mess.

Gideon has a grey and black striped knit hat that he loves and wears all the time and he left it at a parkour gym over the weekend. (Did you know those exist? It seems they do.) I need to call around and see if I can find it, it makes me sad that he lost it. I like hats.

**update! One text later and it is found! I love momma pals that know to grab lost hats.**


I need coffe and to dry my hair or put on *my* hat and go get Toby. I hope your Tuesday is passing quickly if it is as lame as mine seems to be.

xo
kittytoes: (Vincent Victor von Fluffnstuff)
2015-02-18 12:21 pm

up down sideways

Long weekend was long! Made longer by a snow day. Even longer by kids skipping a half day today because Toby is a bit sick. Long weekend has not ended.

Friday the 13th was nice. Valentine's was fun. Monday was awful. To tell the story, I'd have to talk about frozen pipes and towed cars, but it is all resolved now, so why do that? I felt like we spent the day teetering on real disaster so mostly awful was fine in the end. Bonus: we cleaned 1/4 of the basement.

We also discovered iMovie. Toby and I made this:


Mat and the boys made this:


Friends are visiting this weekend and we are going to the Lego art exhibit at the Franlkin Institute.  We also absolutely *must* get to the Ritz to see What We do in the Shadows (Successfully funded!) Now I need to go clean and take some pictures and feed some kids.
kittytoes: (trece)
2015-02-12 09:33 am

lub dub


All music videos from now on until forever can just be dancing that makes me want to cry, thankyouverymuch.

I feel as though I have fully escaped the ocean of illness. My time is spent doing as opposed to staring. I am making golden animals for the play. I am also making a troupe of dancing briars and I'm excited about that. I am going to play with using foam and incorportaing a trick to allow the dancers to make roses appear. Gideon is in the dance, so I have all the info I need plus a willing(?) model.

Mat and I have decided that Friday the 13th is much more our speed than Valentine's, so we'll go to breakfast tomorrow and maybe do some thrifting. We might try to find Dracula Untold to watch (I expect it to be awful, but that is ok). Saturday we'll have a house full of boys. Maybe we'll make our own pizzas and watch Goonies.

I have been trying to wrap up a quick sewing job before a big exciting painting job, but I'm out of practice and ugh, knits. My machine is also awful. I have my MIL's here but got annoyed with it and put it away. I think I have to try it again.

I continue to giggle over Mat and Kat dolls. I want to get them iPhones, but I need to make sure they don't neglect their together time. Also, shoes.

Happy Thursday.
kittytoes: (Candybird virgin)
2015-02-09 11:34 am
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this earthly vessel

So, I succumbed. On Tuesday of last week I was walloped by the flu. I had one *awful* night and a few days of achy exhaustion. I felt much better this weekend, but I somehow strained my lower back yesterday, so I'm nursing that a bit now. Generally, I'm just feeling like my body is not cooperating and that has me a bit low, but I think it is all the same viral annoyance.

Ain't nobody got time for that.

I cancelled my costume meeting last week, so that's back on for tomorrow. The boys have 3 half days this week and Friday we have a report card conference for Toby. Valentine's day is Saturday, we have one of Gid's friends staying with us for the weekend, and the boys have a 3 day weekend. We are also currently watching MIL's dog while she is in Florida with new boyfriend. Sadie is easy, so we don't really mind, but goddamn, how do people live with short haired animals?? She was stinky and obviously a bit dirty, so Mat gave her a bath and that made the shedding worse for a bit, but I think it leveled out. We just have to vacuum a million times and I keep telling the boys to stay off of the living room floor. It's only until tomorrow. Toby loves to take her for walks, so that's cute. I really want to take a picture of her with Vincent, but Vincent isn't sure he wants to get too close. Sadie does no react to him at all, so he's been testing out how close he can get while she is sleeping, but man, I want them to cuddle.

Anyway, I did finally take these pictures of us dolls! I have to tame Mat doll's hair a bit and I might actually blush them some more? I do have to make me some more clothes. They're funny.

Mat & Kat

Us )
kittytoes: (trece)
2015-01-14 11:51 am
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woooo


  • I need to start getting up earlier. Mornings are a bit too rushed for my liking and I just wanna sleeep moooore no matter when the alarm goes off. Better to think I can catch another half hour of snoozing at 6AM rather than 6:30.

  • I adore my kids, but one thing they are absolutely incapable of is rushing. Once you tell them to hurry up, it's like you asked them to pretend they are moving in slow motion.

  • This my belated Christmas gift from Mat, a gorgeous Blood Milk necklace made with cast owl talons and mouse bones. *love*

  • Cast owl talons and mouse bones 😍 Thank you Mat for my gorgeous @bloodmilk necklace!

  • Hey alright! NYT names Philadelphia #3 in the top 52 places to visit in 2015. We're right behind Cuba(?) and ahead of Yellowstone. We want to road trip to Yellowstone. Guess we have the right idea.

  • Hilarious. Skeleton dollies anonymous, indeed

  • People are freaking out over this video and I think that is stupid. I love it. I also love this whole album from Sia.


  • Mat had the great idea to move Gid's drums to the basement since we've been incapapble of figuring out how they will fit into his future bedroom without meaning he will be living with just DRUMS and a bed. This means we have a lot more work to do, but it needs to be done. Our basement is a creepy old nightmare! He'd actually love playing down there and it makes the most sense for sound insulation.

  • Nobody puts baby in the corner.

  • Still in love

kittytoes: (Blue bird cat)
2015-01-08 10:22 am

brrrrrrrrrrrrrat

I am cold. I just want to sit and huddle and think about being cold. But I've got to get things done. I've gotta host a party tomorrow! We made it just a Friday night dessert family party to keep it short because this crowd gets antsy quick. They don't like to linger in our wee house. Mat's brothers are very tall and always in a hurry to go somewhere else to drink beer. Or something.

I'm going on a neat date! A one man production of Frankenstein in the Mütter Museum! It is going to be amazing no matter what becuase we'll see parts of the museum I haven't been to before. Also because it's a date.

Favorite doll

So, this wee thing, Baby soldier Gaikochu, is my new favorite thing ever. He is made in super small runs so I have been stalking the seller on IG and was able to score both a glow in the dark(!!) one and a cream one. (I ordered him on my Birthday! He arrived on xmas eve!) I lightly customized my GID one to look more like Lemon and the pair of them make me very happy. I think his name is Basil. I do sort of want other colors now though. I also need to take more pictures of my dollhouse...

Baby soldier Gaikochu! 😍 @skulltulala #skulltula #gaikochu #sofubi πŸ’‘πŸ’‘

#studiouoo #lampenico #bonewalker #lemontheskeleton #skulltula #gaikochu #sofubi Even better 😍😍😍 #gaikochu #skulltula

[livejournal.com profile] bleodswean We also now have 4 pose skeletons and the dog and the coffin set. XD I want to dress them and let them live in the monster house.  Some might have to be servants. I have a problem. (skeleton doll hoarders anonymous)

I hope you are well. What's for dinner?? I should put something in the crock pot but I don't want to go shopping. It feels like -5 out there.
kittytoes: (Blue bird cat)
2015-01-07 12:26 pm

it is cold


I sort of want a Klaus Nomi doll.
kittytoes: (Vincent Victor von Fluffnstuff)
2014-11-14 04:50 pm

Feeling Friday


  • I have been sick. Sick sick sick. I actually think it was the flu. I feel better today, meaning I have not been slumped on the couch at any point.

  • It's cold! I like it. Long coat, scarf, gloves. Yes yes yes. It is not fun to also have a runny nose and be sleeepy, but I'll take it. It went from 65 to 35 this week. Ok.

  • My hair is having an identity crisis still. I think it'll be ok. I have realized that I do not want bangs and that is HUGE for me. Curly curls and center part are sort of where I'm going. Think Amy Irving in Carrie. I'm at that length right now, even though I always imagine longer will be better. Then my hair gets big and then scraggly and then I do not think so anymore.

  • This means I need to keep my brows on point.

  • Do you curl your lashes? You should. I didn't know that until a year ago.

  • I need new boots. I wear my shoes until they crumble. My problem is that I need a few pairs of boots to satisfy all of my boot wants but I am cheap and want one cheap pair to be them all. I might get these or these. I want these but they can't be the one boot. Maybe they will be a gift for me later.

  • This weekend is Matty's birthday. He's my favorite person in the whole world, but that boy will NEVER give you a straight answer if you ask him what he wants to do. I hate guessing because I feel like "I want to see people/go somewhere/ do nothing" are the options and they are quite different.

  • I have to clean, regardless.

  • I finished the crocodile! He's going in to rehearse with it next week. We'll see what she says. I hope it's not too big, but it sure is funny on tiny Toby.

  • Big Hero 6 was pretty great. It was wonderfully full of science and people getting really excited about science.

  • I want to see Birdman.

  • Did anyone else watch Over the Garden Wall? IT IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS. Watch it this weekend and come back to talk to me about because ugh. I loved it. Wirt and Greg are Gideon and Toby.

  • I dunno what else. Happy weekend!

  • 😍

kittytoes: (Blue bird cat)
2014-11-04 12:49 pm

Neat TV alert!

Over the Garden Wall is a miniseries airing every night this week on Cartoon Network, it is also on iTunes and on the CN website. We watched the first 2 chapters last night and were absolutely delighted by it -- the music and art and voices are incredible. (Each episode is only 11 minutes long.) It is silly and creepy and moody, perfect post Halloween viewing.

over garden
kittytoes: (trece)
2014-11-03 03:29 pm

Halloweek

Halloween!

We had a wonderful Halloween. It's always such a whirlwind, trying to make all of the things and doo all ofthe things and watch all of the movies. I think I was much more relaxed this year, but this past week did get nutty. I was sort of terrible at managing all of my pre party time, but the important things got done. Like the boys' costumes!

✨Doctor Who ✨ #tobyisalwaysincostume #doctorwho #Halloweencostume

Toby's was the 10th Doctor! Everything was store-bought so that was easy. (He's already worn the heck out of that suit) I made him a Tardis trick-or-treat box becuase I had a really hard time not making him anything.) I found the idea online but theirs used rigid felt which my craft store was all out of, so I covered a small box with layers of regular felt inside and out instead. I wanted it to be sturdy because they always get a serious haul and I'm sure he's going to want to keep it after Halloween. I'm happy to report it totally held up! It may have helped some people ID him too, even though he did get a few "are you Harry Potter?" questions. He wanted me to cut his hair to look more like David Tennant's and was so happy with it being "up" all day that he wanted it styled again on Saturday. He's gonna be an insufferable teenager.

πŸ’€skeleton KnightπŸ’€ @ninjachicken03

#doctorwho #skeleton #skeletonknightgideon #Halloweencostume

Gideon's was a skeleton knight!  It was totally his idea, and I left the construction up to him and Mat. We started with a store-bought costume and Mat built fun foam armor to wear over it. Gideon had the idea to make it look like he had been run through with a sword, so we cut one of their old toy foam swords in half and attached it in the front and the back. After everything was put together, shaped with heat and fitted, Mat sealed the foam with white glue and water and then used rub n' buff to give it a metallic shine. I used acrylic paint to age and rust everything and I added blood splatters and drips to the sword. Finally, we aged the actual costume with the airbrush on the "chain mail" parts and I tore and painted the hem to look like mud and blood splatters. We bought skeleton gloves which I had to take in to fit properly and then I painted them too.

I finally caved and bought a good set of face paints and had the wherewithal to try them out for the first time the *night before* Halloween. I learned a LOT about using them and I'm so glad I did it, because we had to get up at 5 the next morning and do it again for school. I used Wolfe paints with a sealer on top and I was totally impressed with how well it wore -- he made it through the entire day of school PLUS trick or treating without touch ups! Really impressive. He actually had a skull half mask that looked great on, but he couldn't wear it to school and his make up help up so well, we didn't use it for trick or treating. This was the first year he had friends who opted to not dress up and he was a bit disappointed with the too cool for Halloween energy, but he was happy with his costume and all he got a lot of great compliments. We went trick or treating with his 2 besties (one now attends a different school) that were totally dressed up all day and are just as goofy as he is and that helped a ton.

Trick or treating was fun! I never know why parents don't want to go, we always have such a great night. Our neighborhood is pretty amazing on Halloween. Most people sit outside to hand out candy and within 20 minutes, they usually have overflowing bags. There's a yearly block party nearby that everyone winds up at and a lot of adults get dressed up. I was a last minute Bride with pleated leggings, my grey biker jacket, and a silver spray streaked updo. Mat wore a mask and cloak and we went with a friend who was an amazing No Face from Spirited Away. He even had chocolate coins he handed out -- he stayed quiet and freaked a LOT of people out.

If you need us, call Mat's phone πŸ‘ΉπŸ’€πŸŒšπŸ‘» Friends

 🍭🍬🍫

Onward to los Muertos )
kittytoes: (eddie)
2014-10-07 11:52 am

eat it

Momentum is a good thing.

We didn't get to see Box Trolls last weekend, but that's because we went shopping and visited friends and then went apple picking. Movies can wait.
We went to an amazing local shop to get things for our Day of the Dead party. Eye's Gallery is a South St. staple and owned by the local mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar and his wife. It is totally covered with art and absolutely filled to the brim with neat stuff. We got some papel picado banners and big sugar skull molds. I already got paper mache skulls and masks from the craft store to paint, so I actually think we have everything we need. We also went to a new orchard for apples and really liked it. They only have apples, so it was nice to not be overrun with pumpkins/pumpkin picking. We have a lot of apples. But we also have one of these so the kids make short work of them. They can and do eat whole apples with the skin, but when you offer someone an apple spiral, it is literally impossible for them to resist. They also get to have snacks in class, so I find them to be much easier to eat without drip/mess/core garbage. I also have some recipes planned.

Speaking of, I'm trying to change the way we eat. I don't think our habits are too terrible, but there's lots of room to rethink and improve and I've started using the All Recipes app and I love it. Our problem is that neither of us really love to cook and we both hate shopping, so often we put off deciding on meals till mid day and Mat  buy things on his walk home from work. That doesn't inspire creativity. I've found that I do much better when I have a good stock of ingredients and I can make the decision to try something new with things we already have. That's where the app helps -- I can search for recipes and then save them and it even has a grocery list option, so it makes it easy to keep track of what we do need. We also have a farm share, so that helps force us to try new things also. If I plan a bit ahead but leave room to try new stuff, I find I like cooking much better and can manage our busy after school/work time much better. I need to tackle breakfast next. I think I want to try some oatmeal bar recipes to have a quick grab option for the boys instead of cereal. Hot breakfasts will take more work... mornings are hectic here.

I've been trying to take a Halloweeny picture every day, but haven't quite succeeded. I've decided I'm ok with that. As much as I love October, I'm trying to keep this one low stress. So far, so good. I even redressed some dolls! Future pictures...

The tiniest game of Halloween eye spy Love is surprise skeletons!

Hay Eye's Gallery

#31dayshalloween Butternut squash muffins making me feel all fall and cozy
kittytoes: (eddie)
2014-10-03 10:50 am

a neighborly day in the beauty wood

We've been sick. We, meaning Gideon, then Mat, then me. It's just a head cold and bit of fever, it hasn't really grounded any of us, but it is sure making me sleeeeeepy. Toby doesn't get sick. He licks everything and is always dirty so he has a pretty badass immune system. Also, he always has a deep raspy voice. At open house, his teacher told Mat she loves his deep masculine voice. Ha, what?

I am editing pictures as I type. I sent the doll off to Australia! I am nervous and excited. I had to pack her without her crown or cape on, and I braided her hair, so I'm nervous about her being displayed correctly. (I included a note with instructions, I think it is pretty straightforward.) I also made a custom stand I'm stoked on, but I'm worried about that making the trip too.

Custom base them bones...

Trece

These are just quick phone pics. I have better shots that I think I'll put up closer to the show.

I have another Calavera Blythe on my table that I'm hoping to finish by next week and sell directly. I have some fun ideas for her, I think she'll  glow in the dark and in a lantern. We'll see if I can make that work. Also! I had another idea for a custom Blythe, on a chubby body and covered with tattoos. It's super cute in my head.

October is like a shot of adrenaline for me.  I spent yesterday cleaning the studio so I can reset a bit and it is glorious. I've also decorated, of course. We've officially announced to friends that the party will be on Dia de los Muertos and everyone seems really excited, which is great. I am thrilled that I do not have to worry much about costumes for me and Mat and can focus on the boys for Halloween. I'm even gonna make friend craft nights out of decoration prep, so we'll make papel picado and paint some papier-mâché skulls and won't need to do much else besides cook/bake. This year the boys' Halloween costumes are even easy. Gideon wants to be a skeleton knight so I am sort of leaving it in his/Mat's hands and I'll help them build/paint whatever is needed. (Not sure if we're buying or modding or making armor yet.) Toby wants to be the tenth Doctor Who, so he gets another suit and a sonic screwdriver and he will wear them both out far beyond Halloween, so I don't mind buying it all. (He wanted to be the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz until he realized that if he was the Dr. he'd get a "real" sonic screwdriver and a new suit. He's been wearing his *other* suit and using a flashlight.) Dr. Who is his new obsession. It's all about the fashion for him.

I want to go see the Box Trolls this weekend and I want to watch scary movies. Have you seen the opening for the next season of AHS? AMAZING. It's all so on the nose that I'm worried I won't like this season. I probably will though. I am easy to please.



Last weekend we went to a sewing birthday party for our friend Rodney (at a sew shop, and we made fanny packs, it was totally amazing) and I met an atist who is working on a small stop motiong film. Why aren't I? Let's address that, world.

I hope you are well. It is Friday and it is October, there's always that. <3
kittytoes: (eddie)
2014-09-24 09:38 am

turning


  • I should be painting, so after you read this, let's both pretend I'm doing something more productive.

  • It's Fall. That is good.

  • I had my 8th wedding anniversary last week. I actually feel a bit disconnected from my wedding as a huge milestone in our relationship which is probably weird. When we got married, we had already been together for 6 years and had Gideon and a house and a car... it was a beautiful wedding and I love that Mat is my husband, but I don't think it changed anything for us. Which is great, of course. We also planned the wedding in a few months so the date became a matter of convenience and wasn't otherwise significant. (Halloween is our first date anniversary and that is so much more special to me, but I was *not* going to have a Halloween wedding.) Anyway, I do think we should enjoy our moments, so we made a point of buying each other little presents and we saw Cirque Du Soliel over the weekend and went to breakfast on the day of. It was lovely and definitely better than, uh, not celebrating? Being married is a big deal I guess. :P


  • My present to Mat was another Jake Waldron eye. If you're like me, and love tiny things and creepy things, find this guy and buy his stuff before he hits the big time. This is my third piece from him, each is incredible and he is super nice. He's also showing in that Halloween group show I'm in!

  • This amazing little eye was my incredibly selfish anniversary gift to Mat. @jakewaldron you never cease to amaze! This is a collection I can never display together because I want eyes and tiny faces in every room of my house...

  • Mat gave me a dolly! A Yeolume, which is adorable and it was so much fun to get a new kind of doll. I need time for proper pictures. She's very much like whatever falls in between a Pullip and a Blythe on the imaginary scale you'd put them on opposite ends of.

  • My doll for the Halloween show is almost done. I think despite my growing panic, she'll be done in time. (I have to get her off to Australia by the end of the month.) I need to build in a tiny bit of time to really step away and make sue she's exactly what I want to show. I still feel odd that my art is on top of an existing product as opposed to something I created entirely, but I'll get there. If painting skeletons on dolls gets me there, than so be it. I am hoping to sculpt a tiny friend for her -- here's hoping I have time.

  • #wip #melancholykitties #Calavera #blythe

  • I'm late to the Chelsea Wolfe party, right? Pain is Beauty So so so so so good for my mood/the weather/ the season. I've been listening to them all right from the website. It is also on amazon Prime.


  • Leonard Cohen's new album is on NPR First Listen

  • Also good, in a John Malkovich kind of way.

  • Also good, in a gorgeous lady momma woman hero kind of way.

  • Ok, I really do need to paint. Hopefully I'll have finished pictures soon.

  • Happy Fall, friends