Monday, April 10, 2017

Charmed Confections' New "Bitter Sweets" Collection and Bethany Lowe's New Halloween Catalog!!!

Hi Friends and Followers of my blog!!

Thought it was about time to sit down and update my page to show you some of the new dolls I have been working on for my upcoming shows this fall.  I decided to call my collection of dolls "Bitter Sweets".  In keeping with the Charmed Confections candy theme, I thought the name suited the dolls.  I'm liking it!  

Last year and in previous years past, I made various dangle dolls ... witches, skeletons and such.  I loved the process and wanted to get back to making a few of them again.  I am super proud of these three.  These dolls are reminiscent of some of my Trunk Monster characters in the past, now with full bodies.  Sure hope you like them.

I am finishing up another on my worktable today.  She is very different, but I am loving the challenge.  I'll post pictures when I finish.  

I am happy to announce all three will be published in the upcoming 2017 August issue of Art Doll Quarterly Magazine.  I am honored and excited to be in the publication once again.  This year's Halloween edition should be a very special one.  I am looking forward to it!

GERTIE AND HER DOLLY


This is Gertie and her skeleton dolly.  I love how her lower legs and hands turned out.  Her sweet Mary Jane shoes were a must and really add a nice touch to her sweet and sour little girl look.





LOLA - THE DAY OF THE DEAD DOLLY

Lola was so fun to create.  I wanted to keep with the ice cream sherbet colors for this piece.  She looks really yummy.  She is holding a picture of her dearly departed (but very much loved) Aunt.




BELLADONNA - MONSTER'S BALL

I wanted to create a clay corset for this doll and Lola (the day of the dead doll above).  Using the same technique as I did on my coffin last year, I was able to whip out a corset in no time.  I am loving the look ... the lacing up effect turned out perfect!  I couldn't be more happier with my attempt.

Belladonna's tiny shoes are adorned with a teeny, tiny skull.  I felt like a shoe cobbler for a few days creating little heels for all these dolls.  My new doll I am working on has high heel boots.  Wait till you see!  :)



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In my last post, I mentioned that some of my Charmed Confections will be able through Bethany Lowe Designs.  Such a dream come true for me that my art will be available at fine retails stores.  I am still having those moments of disbelief that it is actually happening. 

Well, a couple of days ago, I received a copy of Bethany Lowe Designs 2017 Catalog.  Here are a couple of pictures for you.  Seeing is believing!  I'm so honored to be part of the Bethany Lowe family of artists!  This is such a beautiful catalog and the works of the other licensed artists within are simply outstanding! 

If you have a retail shop, you might be interested in becoming a wholesaler of Bethany Lowe items.  You can find them at www.bethanylowedesigns.com.  Request a catalog!





Well, that's all I have to share right now, but please keep watching my blog.  I will be posting about more dolls and another show I will be doing in Napa, CA.  Sure to be a good time!

Until then ...   





5 comments:

Lisa J. Ammerman said...

I love all of these dolls! Such wonderful attention to detail! The Bitter Sweet name is so clever and plays well into your Charmed Confections. I can't wait to see more!

And HUGE congratulations are due....both for your upcoming publication in Art Doll, and for the Bethany Lowe licensing! I hope to see your sweet things in a shop in Omaha!

Keep up the wonderful work!
Big Hugs!
Lisa

Susan Krichbaum said...

Love reading your blog today. You always make me so happy and inspired :) I am so excited for you and your adventure you are on. I know one day I will follow you on the same path, right now I'm jumping from rock to rock over the creek.

I'm excited that we will be in ADQ together again this fall :)

Many hugs,
Susie

Charmed Confections said...

Hi Lisa! I'm waving hello!! Thanks for the sweet comment. I am happy that you like the Bitter Sweets name and the dolls. I am in the process of making a few more for upcoming shows. Even working on a beastie boy! HA! HA!
I'm excited about the Bethany Lowe repros. Keep your fingers crossed for me that folks like them. I really want to do well by the collectors in the hopes that they enjoy them.

Cheers to the upcoming Halloween season! I am thrilled for you about your new Halloween Show!! I think that is going to be a huge deal. Big hugs!! LeeAnn

Charmed Confections said...

Hi Susie!

Your post made me laugh! You jump girl ... rock to rock until you can jump right outta there. They are not going to know what to do without you in their pond. I know you are going to take flight soon and can't wait to see you soar! Believe it and it will be so!! Congratulation on ADQ!! I am happy we will be published together. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's beautiful art!

Big hugs,
LeeAnn

Susan Krichbaum said...

XOXO