Monday, 29 October 2012

Dolls and Dragons.. Lots and lots of Dragons

 Hiya peeps! Well it's been a long time... too long really. And where have I been?.... well that would be telling wouldn't it! ;-) More importantly what have I been doing? Well that would also be telling wouldn't it.... and that is indeed what I am here to do.. in fact.

After what I can only describe as a very fallow time of non productivity and then many, many false starts at getting creative I have recently been overwhelmed with enthusiasm and more ideas than a human body can take!

During the fallow times I took to creating fabric dolls, sharing one day a week with my sister, during which times we would chat, sew, drink tea/coffee, laugh and sometimes laugh so much we would cry. These were gentle times but so important in getting me back to being creative, designing and gradually loosening up the rusty old cogs of making and doing.

I am now endeavouring to keep my muse amused in the hope that she will stay with me for a while!
So my first offering on the table, so to speak, is actually one of my very latest projects. I've had it in my mind for some time to create a sewn Art Doll... not just a soft toy (nothing against soft toys... some of my best friends are soft toys! :-}  ) but something with a bit more spirit to it. Hence we have my FIRE ELEMENTAL doll -above. I'm hoping to make WATER, AIR & EARTH dolls too.

Below are the face and hands of the water elemental doll, my next creation. They are sculpted from polymer clay and have just been cooked, but as yet are unpainted.... so watch this space to see how she turns out!

I have just opened up an Etsy shop  - As the Crow Flies Art - as an outlet for some of these creations. My FIRE elemental doll has just been listed. 


Who's this little cutie you may ask. Well its another little polymer clay experiment. I've got a thing for Dragons...... all shapes and sizes, colours. I just love 'em! 
Well a while back I'd made the little faun coloured dragon on the left. I bought some strong magnets and made him into a little fridge magnet dragon. I'd had quite a few compliments about him so I decided it might be worth while making a mould and making him a few brothers and sisters. So the rather glitzy looking blue dragon is my first copy. I'm going to experiment with various colours and finishes. So expect to see dragons appearing in the shop some time soon! I'll have to sculpt some more too.... so much to do... it's lovely!

I'd just thought I'd show you some of the little sewn critters I made when I was crafting with my sister.
One of my favourites is the little moon gazing hare below. I'm nutty about hares as well as dragons.
I gave her a little bell too, cos she's called Harebell - like the flower!

 Here are a couple of little hand sewn dragons... I told you there were going to be lots of dragons. They are both for sale in my Etsy shop too! I had so much fun designing these little cuties. I think the red one below was influenced by Smaug, the dragon from the Misty mountains in the Hobbit. All he needs is a pile of gold coins and he'll be happy! Speaking of the Hobbit, I am sooo looking forward to the film, which I believe should be out at the end of the year! I've watched the small You Tube films that Peter Jackson has posted about the shooting of it and they look like they are going to be as good as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Check them out if you haven't already!

Well I guess that was a little flurry of creations for you. I'll be back with a follow up on the Water Elemental doll shortly. 
I've also started posting on my other blog Enchanted Moon Illustration with some recent paintings, feel free to check them out. Bye for now, have a great week. Jen x x


  1. Gosh you have been busy! I've just hopped over from the Enchanted moon and here are more treasures to admire! The dolls look amazing, I love the little details you're so clever.
    Jess x

  2. Thanks for the lovely comments Jess. Yep I think I'm back in the groove. I've just got to keep it up now!
    x x