Sunday, February 8, 2015

Queen of Hearts

For Valentine's Day, we decided to play with a special deck of cards. It is stacked with only with the Queen of Hearts. After all, none of the other cards matter unless the Queen of Hearts has her head planted squarely on her shoulders!

Our lady's journey into the affairs of the heart began in adolescence. She was a girly-girl, in love with pretty things that made her feel like a princess. So pretty with all of her tender pink frills, surely she would be capable of winning the heart of the handsome prince. She is young and na├»ve to assume her destiny lies in the hands the hands of some imaginary dignitary.

The "game" has not begun. And so... she fantasizes, thinking, "a single kiss to seal the deal and she would live happily every after."

But fate has other plans for her and she soon learns there are many surprises ahead. There will not be one love, but many.

Nor will it be fairy-tale romantic! At times she found herself caught in the mesh of lust. She was more in love with the notion of love and less in love with the prince at hand! She could not see this at first!
Of course, there were those times when she was at odds with Monsieur le Prince....often taking a tumble in love.
Armed with a treasure trove of charms, she always landed back on her feet. Her suitors tossed flowers and sweet words at her. With time (and age), she learned to be discerning. Pretty faces and empty lyrics meant nothing in her search for true love.
And then, one day, she met the love of her life who made her feel like the most beautiful flower ever to bloom. She felt like a princess again. A very wise princess who had learned to accept her prince for what he was and not what she fantasize he could be!!

Throughout all of her romantic adventures, she learned that love may come or may go, but the Queen of Hearts remains the most important card in the deck!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Ripple Effect

This is an exercise in stacked multiples. Start with a photo then repeat, resize and reposition to create a striking new image. Lost in a pile of feathers, she emerges not quite as soft as first believed.

Or maybe a white Indian princess with her feather headdress.

 What happens when you toss a pebble into a pond? Does a lioness appear?

Rolling about in the black petals of a rare rose, she knows how to pick herself up from ashes and move forward. Taking a good look at herself in the mirror and scrutinizing what looks back surely helps.

Might she be the bride of a famous man-made monster? Perhaps she is simply showing the purity of her strength.

And what would happen if she fell into bed head first? Will she know how to hit them over with a feather?

When she speaks, might her message reverberate about the room?

Will we hear the rippling of her song if she sings in the hall?

Terribly organized, it's all so very neatly packed, almost to a fault, with the ripple of laser cut, corrugated silk.

It is, after all, through the simple act of repetition, repetition, repetition that the task is learned and perfection finally emerges.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!!!

On behalf of all the girls, I'd like to wish you all the best in 2015.

Isabela wishes you prosperity.

Gunilla wishes you happiness.

Aayeesha wishes you the best of health.

Lana wishes you inner peace.

Stella wishes you lots of love.

Tyra wishes you a long, productive life. And she also would like to extend her sincere warmest dolly greetings to her new friend...

....welcome to the family, Elle.

Happy New Year!!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


I am very proud to announce that I won the Tonner Pinterest Contest which occured between Nov15-Dec 15. The challenge was to create a look and lifestyle for Tonner's Changing Mood Penelope doll as spelled out in pins. As first prize winner, I am the proud new owner of this doll as well as a complete outfit, "Dancing the Night Away." If you like, you can see the board I created by clicking here. Inasmuch as I have never won anything prior, I decided I should properly document the unboxing of such a gorgeous prize. Tyra and friends were more than willing to lend a hand as they count down to a new year.
 SEVEN (Sorry, just striking a pose as we take a short break.)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Queens

In the spirit of the holidays, I would like to introduce you to the Queen of Christmas....

 It's time to shine with the Queen of Christmas Bling.
 We wouldn't be jolly without the Queen of Christmas Holly!
 No one is more anticipated, than the Queen of Christmas Presents!
 We love the "Elf on the Shelf" but we welcome the Queen of Christmas Wreaths....
 Let the festivities begin with the Queen of Christmas Trees!!!
The holidays are here so it's time to wrap things up!!!
Merry Christmas from all the Queens of Fashion Doll Art!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Crystal Palace

In a universe far away, exists a crystal palace. For 150 years, it has been a very popular place, attracting royalty and heads of state with its fine glassworks. Unbeknownst to many, it is also home to princesses who dress in crystals as fine as diamonds that light up the skies.

Everything is made of crystal including their elaborate crowns.

Sometimes those crowns have a way of distorting their beauty.

Or is it the other way around? Three eyes, two noses, all is not what it appears to be. Does that make it more or less beautiful?

One night the head princess decided to throw a party.

She imagined it would be the grandest event in the universe. Her table, itself made of the finest cut glass, stretched from one end of infinity to the next.

So much to do. So much to plan!

She ran here and there to locate the finest crystal for the event.

She would have others help her, perhaps.

Gunilla, wearing her Baccarat crystal skirt, was thrilled to get the invitation. She brought with her, a majestic urn of crystal.

She imagined how she would dance! But would she break her skirt?

She remembered how Stella left the last party in pieces!

Meanwhile Isabela could not decide what to wear. She knew in any case it must sparkle and shine!

She discovered by smashing her precious crystal, it would take on the appearance of rare gems.

She also discovered that fire would bring about an unexpected warmth to her otherwise icy look.

Even Lana was tempted to give in to this look.The diamonds now resembled gold! Or copper!?! Appearances are deceiving!

But then she thought, "We need not throw stones to be beautiful. After all, that which glitters is NOT necessarily gold nor diamonds." And with that she, and the other princesses went back to their origins. Pure unadulturated crystal crowns that sparkled with natural, luminous beauty!