Thursday, December 31, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thanks so much to everyone and for your advice!!! Going into the wigging was the scariest part of the whole thing but I think it came out the best! So thank you so much!
And now that I have the Mrs. of the Mansion hopefully she'll agree to help me out with a future post.... showing you around the mansion so far (there's still not much so don't get too excited...)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
First of all, here is a swap I was involved in through my Miniatures group, All Things Mini. The theme was Addams Family Halloween!! haha - how perfect for me right?!? So I got to work thinking about what I would make (you had to make one for each person in the swap). So my thoughts landed on the last scene of the first Addams Family movie. Its halloween night and the family wants to play a game! Of course!! Wake the Dead! So here I have created a tomb stone, rule book and dirty shovel so every one can join in.
Here is what was created by the fabulous Cate. Look at all the Things!! I think I will have him coming out of Gomez's closet (as if he's been playing dress up!!)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Calling all doll makers....... I need a bit of help.... I have no idea how to give her hair!!! Ack!! Where do you guys get the hair that you use? Any good tutorial videos out there for this? I found one but it didn't quite work with the doll hair I had (it was very stiff and just bad).
Well, this is my first doll attempt... its been really hard to keep her the right size and proportion.... not quite sure how you guys do these ... and so beautifully.... and so quickly!
any advice would be great! PS. Morticia requested I add the black bar.... she's so modest :)
Friday, October 30, 2009
But Rosanna has asked that I go ahead and share what I made for her since I'm supposed to post all the Swaps tomorrow on Halloween!! (which I probably will do at midnight - hehe - can't wait!!)
So without further ado, and with you seeing this for the first time along with Rosanna, here is was I made for her.......
Rosanna and I participated in the "Up from the Basement Swap" by swapping with each other. You can see what she made for the Addams Family a few posts back or see Rosannas post here :) Rosanna told me that her favorite Halloween characters were pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. So that's what I made for her... and I made it coming up from the basement.... oooOOOOoooOOOOoooo
Here you can see a back view, which I personally think looks kind of graceful and elegant ... haha. He comes complete with pumpkinhead, leaf hands and feet and completely wrapped up in his own vine :) He's made out of polymer clay with a wire armature.
Also, his head is removeable for two reasons... one reason would be if Rosanna wanted to make other heads for the body with different expressions, the other reason being if she wanted to put just the head by itself as a carved pumpkin in a scene. Also he is detachable from the stair case, which she can also use anyway she chooses.
And there you have it. Sorry it didn't get to be a surprise in the mail Rosanna but I hope he gets to you very soon as he is supposed to be around for Halloween!!! Oh well :)
To see all 6 of the Swaps together, please go to my Clue Blog. I will be posting it tonight at midnight!! Happy Halloween Rosanna and all my fellow bloggers out there!!!!!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Ara: All the dolls that died while waiting for me to build them a house.....
(I actually just bought some of those skeleton garlands everyones been talking about and dumped them all in a glass jar for storage... didn't even think it would look weird ... haha)
Rosanna, you are a genius!!! I would have never though of using sequins for the spider bodies!! They are just too adorable!! And can you believe those tiny stitches - and can you believe it - the floss glows in the dark - perfect for the moonlight!!! Rosanna, thank you so so so so much for this lovely swap. The Addams Family and I are just over the moon about everything :)
And in case you were wondering if the Addams Family would be able to put this to good use...... well of course!! Who doesn't love a midnight picnic under the moonlight:
PS. Stay tuned to my Clue Blog for the Halloween day reveal of all the Swaps. (Provided they all arrive in time!!!)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It's a horrible picture as they wouldn't stop their evening walk to let me take a better one.
Well today Murph informs me that he thinks its rather unfit for him to bring his new bride home to live in somebody elses house while its being worked on (meaning the Addams Mansion or Bentley Manor).... So I agreed that as a bride I would have been frustrated with that situation too. SOoo I have promised to build them their own little cottage. Its in the works right now. I gave myself a time limit so I wouldn't dilly dally and actually finish something!! I will upload pics of their cute little house when I get it done!!
Hope everyone's doing well! -ara
Monday, September 28, 2009
Hope everyone is doing well..... hopefully I will be able to pick back up on my blogging soon! Hugs!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
ADDAMS FAMILY FUN FACTS:
The Addams Family was originally a one frame cartoon drawn by Charles Addams in the New Yorker.
Photo of Charles Addams
When the Addams Family was originally created, none of the characters had names.... they were given their names for the creation of the television series.
Addams Cartoon, Property of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation
Charles Addams got to name all the characters, except he wanted Pugsley's name to be Pubert, which the network found to be too sexual sounding so they changed it to Pugsley. That is why the baby in the second Addams Family movie is named Pubert.
Image from Orignal TV Series my MGM Home Entertainment
Carolyn Jones, who played Morticia in the Addams Family tv show, was once married to Aaron Spelling.
Image source unknown
More trivia and fun facts to come down the road...... Thanks again everyone!! Hugs, Ara
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Not only does Ripleys have a bunch or weird looking creatures (like a skeleton made of half monkey and half fish - The Figi mermaid), the museum displays things in a really interesting way.
So here is my version. He is the Elusive Closet Monster..... and he is really confused on why he's stuck in this display case!!
The contest has not been judged yet but all entries have been submitted so I figured it was safe to post him up! Anyone have an idea for a name?? :)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
She made me this lovely cabinet of items that will be one of the centerpieces for the basement! Its got potions, scrolls, toadstools, (and my favorite) the most perfectly worn stack of books on the bottom shelf! I ALWAYS see Grandmama with her nose in a book. She just loves these! Below you can see Thing checking out the cabinet.... I think he likes the Bat details on the top!! :)
She also sent me these lovely objects to work into other cabinets and parts of the basement. Wednesday has claimed the wooden box of spiders (but being a good sister she shared the rats that were also in there with Pugsley! Also Grandmama has been practicing her curses with the skulls Kate sent. She's been chasing around Murph trying to curse him into a pile of firewood for her cauldron!!
And here are the other lovely bottles she sent. I am trying to think if I have time this week to mess with some Michael's hutches so I can get these guys a home!! They're just too cute not to be on display somewhere!! Look at the little skull top on that bottle!
And last but not least Kate sent me a Halloween issue of American Miniaturist with this article in it! It - is - so - incredibly - perfect!!! for the Addams house. It has this wonderful how-to article for making old distressed siding for houses. I will be studying it like crazy and trying to replicate it on the Mini-Mansion!
Thank you soooooo much Kate!!! You are so amazing and the whole Addams Family thanks you (and me too of course) for helping me on my poor neglected project - haha! You are inspiring me to get a few more things done on it this week! My pretty things need a home!!
Off topic: here's a pic of me from this weekend. My hubs took me on a surprise date....
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Anyhow today I was watching this episode and to my surprise the opening scene was of Gomez finishing building a dollhouse.... complete with King Kong on the chimney. But as you know the Addams Family 'plays' in a different way than we would. If you have a week stomach beware of the pictures below.... yes ... that's a wrecking ball!!!
And here was the closing scene, Gomez and Pugsley added a bit of pyrotechnics to their play time :)
Happy lunch time everyone! -Ara
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Remember that hole in the back of the organ and we were all wondering what made it? Well I don't know what made it but something has certaintly made itself at home there.... just look:
Do you see him? Look closer:
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The challenge is to go to where your photos are and to open the forth folder and find the forth photo and post it to your blog and explain a little bit.
So here goes:
This is one of the photos I took of our puppy Audrey while trying to come up with a Christmas card. In the photo my husband is tapping on the background to make her look behind her and up (like Santa is coming)! I got a lot of fun ones... maybe I'll show those around Christmas time :)
I pass this on to anyone reading this that wants to do it!! I was just itching to do this one because I loved seeing what everyone came up with! So please except the challenge and show us a piece of your photo collection!!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Speaking of... now that things are getting back to normal I just had to jump on the bandwagon and make one of these wonderful cans that Marlies has a tutorial for on her blog. Morticia needed one for the conservatory.....
It's a lovely tutorial that I was able to play with in between the craziness of the weekend! It was too much fun... you have to try it :)
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Whoo hoo!!! Thank you Kate and Tabitha!!! Kate was so gracious to send me a copy of the ever so popular magazine that so many of our blog friends are in, along with several mirrors and frames for my dollhouses!! There is even one to match the frame I used for Gomez's bedside table... so now morticia will have a matching one on her side! And I just love the big lumpy gold framed mirror too - that will have a center place at Bentley Manor :)
Tabitha sent me some of her skull beads to try out her wonderful cadelabra idea! Don't you think it will look perfect in the Mini-Mansion?? I hope I can do the idea justice!!
Thank you both for the wonderful gifts. Now continuing on with chores.... and pricing garage sale stuff.... gosh I have a lot of junk!!!
I am hoping after this weekend to get back into gear! We're having a garage sale this weekend and the whole house has been turned upside down!
Set 0f Origianl TV series by MGM Home Entertainment
But the amazing thing is that the room where the dollhouses are is shiny and clean!!! Just waiting to be messed up by a good days work!
I also plan to get some plans down on paper for Bentley Manor... its been soooo neglected.
Anyway... off to get my thoughts/plans in order!