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Hello Welcome to HomespunDolls blog page. I am a self taught doll artist who creates fantasy art dolls. All of my little ones live and work in a little piece of my backyard called Elftown. During their creation they all have their own personal story that is told just for them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do making them.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Alister for hubs grandma Barb


I completed this fancy old man for my husbands grandma for Christmas. He went to her home this weekend and he seems to like it there.

Monday, December 5, 2011

new commission



Just finished up this little pixie I was commissioned to do for a Christmas present. Her name is Trixie Pixie. Now only 3 more commissions to complete. Tonight I will start the cowgirl pixie and her snail.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Getting ready for Open House and Down Home Christmas arts & crafts sale






I will be at The Gallery on the Square Dec.1 & 2, then at Down Home Christmas Dec 3rd here in Pocahontas. I've been creating some new dolls to take with me. Here is some pictures of the new ones.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artisan Denizen -- Art is where we live: Interview with Art Doll Sculptor Kim Matheny

Artisan Denizen -- Art is where we live: Interview with Art Doll Sculptor Kim Matheny: The following interview is serendipitously related to two topics of great interest to me personally: literature and art. These wee little ...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Olive the pixie




Ive been thinking up lots of new little ones for Christmas lately. This is one that I just had to do. A little pixie girl so excited to get her first kiss that she makes a mistletoe head piece to wear. I wanted her to look impatient and excited and confident at the same time, lol. I also wanted her to barely be looking up, like she wanted to make sure the mistletoe was still there. After sculpting her little face, I couldnt help but laugh at her expression. I immediately pictured her with red hair and a fancy dress waiting for that kiss.
Sometimes I make a doll that I dont want to part with, this is one of those dolls. I cant re-create them and unfortunately I cant keep all of them. So Olives been listed, but if she doesnt sell then thats more than ok with me. :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Augustus Pinderton 1863



I just completed a commissioned art doll from the Civil War time period. They preferred he not be dressed in uniform so he is dressed in his day clothes. He is sculpted of polymer clay over a wire armture, standing alone at 8 3/4 inches high.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Little Woodland Christmas Elves And Open House at the Gallery on the Square


Last night was the first Open House for the Gallery on the Square here in Pocahontas. It was also the first really cold windy day for us here. Jean the owner of the Gallery and a wonderful artist friend and I were concerned with the bitter cold that no-one would show. Boy were we wrong, people started coming at 5:30 and we didnt even have the punch bowl filled. They continued to stream in until past closing time. It was a packed house at times and we were give out by the end. It was so worth it though. We met lots of really nice people from right here in town and elsewhere. Some of the paintings found new homes and one of my little dolls, Mosely the Tree Sprout did too.
I completed Holly and Berry late Wed. night just in time for the show. A lovely lady had requested a Woodland Chrismtas boy and girl to display during the upcoming holdiday. Holly and Berry are the little elves who go out into the deepest parts of the forest to fetch the best presents they can find for their family. Holly enjoys wrapping the nuts and berries they find while Berry delivers the gifts.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A goblin and a Sprout





Its only a couple of days until Halloween but Ive already been playing Christmas music. I had it in my head that I would do a series of 3 Goblin door-keepers. I have completed 2 counting this sleeping goblin and Ollie. I have the head done to number 3 and he is a cranky goblin for sure. But right after I finished his head I had the urge to do a new type of fae. A little sprite, dressed as a tree root with only his face and hands showing. That is how the little sprout Mosely came to be.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ollie the Goblin Door-Keeper ready for Christmas!



Im working on a series of 3 goblins for Christmas all door-keepers. I'm using antique door hardware still attached to a piece of the original door. Ollie is the first of this series and for a goblin he does a pretty good job of door-keeping. Not all of them are so attentive.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Cranky Jester & his Sceptor



I completed the Cranky Jester but he didnt seem complete. His poor face was frowning and he was trying to tell me he needed something. When I thought of course a Jester has to have a sceptor. As soon as this was finished I looked to the Jester and now there was just a hint of a smile.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Felix the Dancer & the Art show



Busy Busy thats what I have been :) I did a clay doll sculpting demonstration during the Rock N Roll festival here in town. We had a really good turn out and I met alot of very nice people. I sculpted 2 different doll heads but due to the rolling they did on the way home they were destroyed. I did sculpt a dancing goblin named Felix. I loved making his wrinkled face. Currently I am creating a cranky lil Jester, I have him complete and dressed. Now I am working on his sceptor to see if that will put a smile on that cranky face.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Darbin the Goblin Time Thief is in the Nov. 2011 issue of Dolls Magazine!




Wow! To the umpteen zillionth wow! I submitted Darbin in the Steampunk category a few months ago. I hadnt heard anything and figured they must not have liked him. When I opened the mail box today I seen the Nov issue of Dolls. I glanced through it on my way into the house and there he was! My Darbin in all his finery! So exciting, I called all my family and friends, messaged his buyer to let her know. Im going to be doing a festival this Friday and Saturday and you can bet that magazine will have a special spot there! Here are some pics of the issue!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pumpkin Boy



I sculpted pumpkin boys head out of polymer clay over a walnut covered with masking tape. His arms and legs were something new for me, I used epoxy putty. I wanted them to look gnarled and viney but be strong enough to withstand shipping. I got what I was looking for and it was easier to do then I thought it would be. I used regular hardware store putty (loctite) which sets up very quickly. Its not something you can get that smooth seamless look with but it is perfect for a fustic rough look. It also took the paint rather well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mildred Witch and her man Jack Pumpkin




Poor Jack, breaking off a marriage proposal to witch just wasnt very smart. Broken-hearted Mildred turned him into a pumpkin and has kept him near her ever since. 50 odd years as a pumpkin has turned Jack into a rotten old gourd.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Peck the Butterfly Collecting Goblin



Finished a custom order for a butterfly collector last night.