Aug 9, 2013

Are they too much?

I've had a lot of people looking at the Highlanders this week, thanks to all the great ladies out there posting about them, but nobody's buying. Is it because everybody else is as broke as I am . . . or are the prices too high? I'm thinking of dropping the prices a bit. Would that entice anybody to buy? $125? Still too high? I'd love feedback, if anybody's willing to comment.


Aug 7, 2013

Hunky Highlanders

Trying to spread the word about my new Highlanders, so if you know anybody who might appreciate them, please share the link to my Etsy Store: Here's a picture of Duncan, who's already been sold. Isn't he a bonny wee lad?

Apr 16, 2013

Hot Scots, Hunky Highlanders or Bad Lads . . .

Finally got some pictures shot--rough though they are--of my new line of Highlanders for ladies who love a man in a kilt! I'm working on three new ones now and soon will have them up in my Etsy shop. Their faces are embroidered, their accessories made of real leather, and their sporrans really are wee pouches suitable for love tokens! And yes, they're anatomically correct under their wee kilts.

Let me know if you like them, eh?

This is wee Jamie with awesome lace-up boots and a Jacobite shirt. 
Above is Drystan, wearing Viking shoes, arm bracers, and a Celtic cross.

This is Dirk with badger-head sporran and, Viking shoes and tree-of-life charm.

Apr 2, 2013

Nina's Homespun Raggedy Ann & Andy

On a completely different doll note, I whipped up a pair of dolls for my grandkids at Christmas inspired by the classic Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, but with my own homey twist. I'm thinking of putting them in my Etsy store as a special order (not these, but custom ones, if anybody's interested). I think they're very sweet. I can't help but smile when I look at their faces.

Marie Antoinette

Got a commission this month to do a Marie Antoinette in the style of dolls I was doing back in 2007 with painted faces and painted and gesso'd muslin costumes. I like the style. It gives the dolls an arty, sculptural look. Under the skirt is an oak pedestal custom made by my husband, who's a woodworker in his spare time (which he has little of these days now that he's selling cars at Mazda of Roswell). Anyway, I thought she turned out quite well. Took a couple of quick pictures last night because she's shipping out today.

Mar 28, 2013

Highland Hunks or Hot Scots?

Though I haven't been blogging, I have been making dolls. At the moment, I'm working on a new line. Can't decide whether to call them Highland Hunks or Hot Scots--but they're inspired by the half-naked he-men on the covers of Highlander romance novels. You know: buff in a kilt. I don't have pictures yet, but they're cloth dolls with embroidered faces. I'm going to put up samples in my Etsy store and offer them on order--your choice of hair and eye color, costume, etc. I'll also put pictures here, once I've got them. So, look for them in the weeks ahead here or on Etsy.


Jul 3, 2012

New Queen Anne Inspired Cloth Dolls

I can't believe how long it's been since I've posted, but I've been working on a new collection of dolls. I've decided to go back to basics--to create "dolls" again instead of "figures." I've created several in the style of a Queen Anne/Poppet from the 18th Century, only in cloth instead of wood or paper clay. Instead of painting their faces, I'm using embroidery. I've just posted them in my Etsy store, if you'd like to see them all. Below are a couple of examples, which are currently for sale.

Mar 11, 2011

Sir William Wallace--the Scotty

Here are some pictures of the figure I did for Bohogirl--my version of Sir William Wallace as a Scotty dog.

Dec 10, 2010

Duncan MacPherson

Here are some photos of the dog I just finished on commission, using the client's family tartan: the ancient MacPherson. The client hasn't seen him yet ... Duncan gets delivered tomorrow ....

Dec 4, 2010

Dogs in Kilts.

Well, dang. It's been a long time since I posted on the old blog! But I'm still here, still working ... although, between writing the books and looking after the puppy, I haven't had much time to work on my art. But (and this is a good but) ... I'm back at it and taking things in a slightly new direction. I'm doing dogs! Well, at the moment I'm doing Westies--inspired by my Robert and a conversation I had with the wonderful lady who grooms him (hi, Gilda).

Just before Thanksgiving, I did one (Capt. Hamish MacTavish) for the annual fundraising banquet of the Westie Club of Greater Atlanta. (He's the one in the busby hat--the big black bearskin hat like the Palace Guards in England wear.) After the banquet, we drove up to Asheville, stopping to take a little walk and do a little poking around. I stopped in a couple of places and got to talking (rare for me, since I'm a terrible introvert) ... but I sent them some photos as follow-up yesterday and guess what? At least one of them wants to carry my dogs--most notably Jackie at Boho Girl Designs, who makes exquisite beaded jewelry. Jackie has a Scottie named Sir William Wallace (Wally for short) ... so how could I not be charmed? I will probably make a Scottie and a Westie (or two) for her to carry on consignment. Her shop, by the way, if you're driving out that way, is located in The Main Street Shops, 44 Chevy Drive, HWY 515, Blairsvilee, Ga. 30582. Or ... you can visit her website at

Anyhoo ... here are some pictures of my Westie Highlanders ... all hand-sculpted and one-of-a-kind. I will do commissions in your own clan tartan. The cost runs between $400 and $500, plus the cost of acquiring the tartan.

Captain Hamish MacTavish (sold)

Colonel Malcolm (reserved)

Duncan Forbes of Culloden ($500)