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What’s On Tap?

December 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

What's on Tap


I am slowly joining the Zombie sick masses. This is a long range forecast for projects. Dorothy is almost done. I could have finished the piece tonight but I’m feeling sick. Husband said go to bed the same time as the baby. I can’t blame him because apparently, I look as sick as I feel. We’re heading to Toronto this weekend so I need to be in good shape for that trip.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do. I’m slowly realizing that I’ve come such a long way in my embroidery work. I started this year and it has been more successful than anything I’ve done before. I was a successful eBay artist for a while and it was financial success as opposed to what I’ve accomplished with my beading embroidery.

I am coming to a point where I need to get over my fear. My main fear is having a stack of unsold and unwanted artwork. I don’t want to be that crazy lady with hundreds of paintings that no one wants. It’s an irrational fear but it’s mine. My husband said it doesn’t matter- just keep producing the work because I love what I do. I’m starting to think that maybe he’s right.

I’ve decided to be more serious about my work. This means I will need to devote more of my time to it. This means something must be pushed off my current plate in order to make time. I’m also planning out a custom storage solution to keep my beads and stack of felt in order. I’m committed to finishing at least 10 pieces in a year. Wish me luck.

What I’m Finishing:  Dorothy

What I’ll Be Working on Soon: Hansel and Gretel, Snow White

What is Next on the List: Alice’s Tea Party, 12 Dancing Princesses, Sleeping Beauty… the list goes on.

Any creative revelations lately dear readers?

— Rosey


Aboveground and Dorothy

December 8th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Dorothy WIP #4

Dorothy is progressing…. slowly!

I dropped off my artwork yesterday at the Aboveground and also indulged in art supplies! I couldn’t help myself. I got two wooden canvases, tiny paintbrushes, a tombow dual brush set, ink pens, and varnish/gloss. Oh, and the adorable zippered kitty pouch! Thanks to my friend Fishie who gave me a GC. It helped with the financial damage of the day. 8D



December is gonna be busy. I’m still working on a Secret Santa embroidery gift. I should really get on that now.

If you want to check out my work, it will be shown at the Aboveground (it’s right beside OCAD in downtown Toronto) for a month:

  • Above Ground Art Supplies
  • 74 McCaul Street
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • M5T 3K2
  • Canada
  • Monday – Friday 8:30am – 7:30pm
  • Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

— Rosey

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

October 26th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Dorothy WIP #4

I’ve been dealing with epic migraines and various health issues recently. I haven’t been able to do anything creatively in a while. Today was the first time I had an afternoon to myself to get a post done. Normally at this time, I’ve been curling in fetal position drowning in pain. Every time it rains, my head breaks open to allow a monster screwdriver to stab into my brain. That’s how my pain feels like.

I’ve had a chance to work on Dorothy for a bit and I hope to get this piece done before Nanowrimo. I also want to get mini projects done during Nanowrimo for breaks.

So many ideas and so little time! I hope the rain lets up.

— Rosey

Insanity vs. Genius

September 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Little Red Detail Example

There is quite a fine line between insanity and genius. I stride it on a daily basis. Just because someone can spend their whole life creating sand from rocks, doesn’t mean it should be done. Unless you are happy smashing rocks against other rocks continually and repeatedly ad infinitum?

I thought I was insane when I spent over 1000 seedbeads on the wolf’s teeth in Little Red. Did it pay off? I think it did. It gives the piece more character and depth. I often find myself asking whether I should bead something because I can. It’s all about taste and editing. Does it add more to the piece as a whole? Will it make a difference? The worst possible outcome is you or someone else looking at what you’ve done and saying “That was just totally unnecessary.”

I’m repeating the same procedure in Dorothy/Wizard of Oz. I know the beading adds a level of dimension and texture to the bricks. It’s insane but I do believe it’s worth it to achieve the look I am aiming for.

Dorothy Beading Detail

In the end, the fine line is all about perspective. Do you want to fall into the majority category or minority? With producing work, I tend to lean towards the majority. My britches aren’t big enough to do the minority thing most of the time. I like producing work most people can understand and appreciate.

Now I ask you, how long do you think it will take me to finish the Yellow Brick Road with Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on continuous repeat? 🙂


— Rosey


Dorothy WIP #2

September 27th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Dorothy WIP #2

All the gang are here! The applique process is done and it’s time for my favourite part- beading and embroidery detailing! I’ve been doing really well progress wise with this piece.  The Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow are in dancing poses. It’s a play on the words “Ding Dong!” which I will be embroidering/beading somewhere on the piece.

I’m also still writing on the side. I write all day in snippets and I’ve started a plot chart. I’m onto plotting chapter 7. I hope I can post some sample characters or even excerpts in this blog when I finish. I can’t believe the amount of work I’m getting done despite wrestling with migraines on a daily basis and running after a 1.5 year old.

I hope your day is as productive as mine!

— Rosey

Dorothy WIP #1

September 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Dorothy WIP #1

Back to my bread and butter! Whoo hoo! After this, I am determined to do a rectangular piece of Hansel and Gretel. It feels good to be back to what I love doing. Beading and the details are what brings me the most joy though but this is danged close enough. I will start on the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow tonight. I hope to also add a flying monkey in the top left corner.

What are you working on?

— Rosey

Juggling Act

August 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Where I store my works at the moment

I am trying to juggle three burgeoning projects in my brain at the same time. I’ve stated numerous times before, I have creative ADD. It’s just in the blood. It’s running rampant right now. I’m still working on the magazine submission and I’ve been painting props this afternoon and will again tonight once Natalie is in bed.

I’m also going to be starting my niche project ahead of schedule. I couldn’t help myself since I’ve found the perfect box! I’ll be doing a niche post tomorrow or Tuesday with an update. I picked it up at Mary Maxim in Paris yesterday. It is pretty perfect scale wise for my Pullip. Her head barely touches the top which I’m okay with.

In the meantime, Dorothy is still bubbling in my brain and is ready to be started. I picked up my yellow beads for the yellow brick road. It’s ready to be started once the magazine submission project is done. I don’t think I’ll be finishing the Pullip Niche soon because I’m pacing myself with my spending. I need to wait for next month to make the miniature furniture order and yet a bit more afterwards to make my Rement order from eBay.

Of course while all of this is happening, I have the novel rewrite in the back of my mind. I’m just bubbling away with ideas I jot down here and there. I need to do comprehensive character sketches, plot outline, etc. before I even begin to start the writing process.

— Rosey

The Last Unicorn Project

August 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Chanel - My first Pullip

Chanel is my early Christmas present and she is a Pullip. Pullips are wonderful dolls with tiny jointed bodies. Most owners tend to swap out the original body for an obitsu one. This trend is also prevalent in Blythe owners who swap out the original for a pure Neemo body. Because I just plan on having one Blythe and one Pullip, I’ll be keeping the original bodies. I am very tempted to make Victorian style cases for both of them but that requires my studio in the basement to be done. I want to display both beautiful girls in custom niches. It’s basically transforming a wooden box with a latch into a little dollhouse/niche. It’ll be a DIY project I want to do in the future- perhaps when I take time off near Christmas?

Anyway, Chanel will be my model for my Last Unicorn Project. I will be sculpting hooves and a unicorn horn. Her outfit will be in lavender. I’m going to start her outfit as soon as tonight. I think I’ll need to make an elaborate skirt which is short in front and long in the back to show off her hooves. I need to recheck my fabric because I am certain I have lavender silk dupioni for the over dress and froths of cream fabric for the underdress. This dress will definitely include embroidery and beading.

On the embroidery front, I also have Dorothy’s hoop waiting to get appliqued. I’ve re-tweaked the design to showcase the colourful characters of The Wizard of Oz. I hope to work on it intermittently while I’m getting my Last Unicorn Project underway. I still have to go to my framer and get Little Mermaid, Rococo Cinderella, Little Red, and Swan Girl framed for the County Fair.

This summer, I feel like my creativity/energy/motivation is diminished. The volatile weather has turned me into a crippled zombie. I suffer from weather-triggered migraines and this summer has been exceptionally dismal. Every day is a battle and a challenge to get things done. I consider it a good day when chores get done. Since I don’t know how I’ll feel at any given day, I set little tasks and allot more time to get things done. Most of my creative time is spent at night after the little one is in bed and sometimes if I’m lucky when Natalie naps. However, in most cases, I feel so sick I need to nap when Natalie naps just so I have the energy to run after her. Fall is almost here and my migraines are fairly gone in the winter. I’m a perky bunny in the winter time while my husband who enjoys his sunshine, turns into a SAD zombie. Natalie looks like she’s taking after her father because her favourite place is “Owww-shied” (outside). What ever will I do when winter blizzards snows us in?

— Rosey

Blythe Project

August 22nd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink


I’ve been invited to do an online magazine submission. I was hoping to do a Pullip project but I don’t know when my Pullip will arrive so I’ll be using my Blythe. Givenchy is a custom Blythe I bought off Yahoo! Japan Auctions. I will be doing a fairy outfit for her. If my Pullip arrives on time, I’ll make something for her too. I will be naming my Pullip – Chanel. Two of my fave designers of all time. I just can’t help myself.  This means my hoop Dorothy will be on hold for a bit. It is prepped and I may do the felt appliques in the meantime.

— Rosey

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