Sunday, February 28, 2010

It's a Miracle...ok, a small miracle

I actually finished a doll today. Pay no mind that she was supposed to be my AUGUST challenge doll for our doll club. Poor thing just kept getting pushed to the back burner. I used Patti Culea's pattern "Silvery Nights Angel."

I thought about making her a fairy instead of an angel, but can't decide what to use for wings. So for now she's just a lady doll.

Her face is paperclay over muslin, painted with Messy Mix and acrylics. I used little scraps of Tibetan lamb for her hair, glued in place like a puzzle. She's not really standing on her own, I just Photoshopped the pole of the stand out of the picture. Now I've got to think of a name for her. Time to check the big list of names pinned to my studio wall.


Healing Woman said...

She turned out fantastic!

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

Deanna, she's absolutely stunning! Such a beautiful face!

NanaGo said...

Deanna, I have been asked to enter the Treasures of a Gypsy challenge this year. I am NOT a "Doll" maker but Pamela seems to feel my skills could prove rewarding if I enter. I live in Canby Oregon and would like to chat with you on your past experience with this challange before I confirm my entry. Are you available for this? thank you

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

Finding time to finish everything is a challenge! She is lovely!

Mary Louisa said...

She is so beautiful, gorgeous. You have a wonderful talent. Mary Louisa

Shashi Nayagam said...

She turned out beautiful!

Diane Costanza Studio said...

She's stunning! Your dolls are so so charming.

Anonymous said...

Wow...that is a truly beautiful doll. I have been struggling with just where to put my energy and I find myself unable to give up the doll making bug. Mine are all punch needle felted, there is something about their faces that is gentle and soft that way, but it is currently difficult to finish them at any reasonable speed. I am sure you have as little time as I do to chat, but I would like to have a chat with you sometime if you are up for it. Blue Heron was a place, here around Seattle on Bainbridge Island, so I thought you were closer... anyway, keep on doing what you are doing . amazing. susanne/aka/drsuze/aka/sophadavenort

Molly Martino said...


She's very pretty & natural looking. I'm offering a name suggestion for you to ponder.
"Tiana" which is of Russian and Latin origin. Short for Tatiana and Christiana. I think this doll looks as if she could be of Russian decent. Maybe it's just me?

Good work!

Deanna Hogan said...


Thank you all so much for stopping by and leaving comments. It feels like I've been working on this doll forever.

It really is a struggle to find the time to be creative - and then to be in the right space mentally to be creative. My free time is becoming more and more sparse, so when I have a moment to create, I feel pressured to do so. It shouldn't be that way.

I named my hobby/craft business after the blue herons that live around here (Astoria). They're my favorite - elusive, graceful, fun to watch when you can catch one unawares. That, and I couldn't think of another name at the time.

Susanne (Sopha) ~ are you in the Seattle area? Do you belong to one of the doll clubs up there? It can be a bit of a challenge to get people together to talk dolls, art, whatever. But I really enjoy it.

I'm on vacation for the next week and a half, and I hope to get a couple more dolls done. I hate to have all these unfinished projects, and wonder if I'll ever get caught up. I think my ADD works against me in this regard.

Molly ~ I like your suggestion for a name. It suits her.

Mary ~ I'd love to talk with you about the Treasures of the Gypsy challenge. You have nothing to lose by giving it a try (well, just the cost of the treasures and postage). But it's a unique challenge, and will stretch your skills and imagination. Drop me a line ( and we can talk more.


Michelle said...

As always she is absolutely beautiful Deanna....truly amazing work that you do....cheers Michelle