Monday, December 2, 2013
May I start by saying Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas from my home to yours! I cant wait for all the yummy cookies and other goodies..mmm ; ) my favorite part of the holidays...
SO! I'am sad to say that I'am coming up to the very last show of the year for me : ( You should definitely come out and see me! I will have one of a kind gifts for that perfect some one. ; ) I have some new items and new dolls that will be at the show also. I'm excited for this show and I'am hoping to do well! Hoping LOL. The show is in Dekalb,IL, its Saturday December 14th, at the Dekalb Winters Farmer's Market. The address is 158 N. Fourth St Dekalb, IL 60115 from 9am to 3pm. It would be great to see you all there! I'am hoping that there will be a good turn out this year.. I have my fingers crossed! OH! Also I have been doing very awesome on my Etsy Site Spilledpaint, the sales have been rocking awesome GUYS! That is definitely just to great! Thank you Thank you!! Right on! You guys rock : ) I will post a link to my Etsy's and I will be writing (or typing) Soon! and getting some new pictures for you guys too and what a busy month! stay safe my friends.. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a wonderful holiday season.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
We have been planing this Madison trip since the first and all the hard work I put into the costumes was so worth it! Having everyone see their costumes and their face'es light up and then seeing them with makeup and all was even better! The complements we got was shocking and We loved it! This last weekend was a BLAST! We had so much and met some pretty great and funny people. So let me tell you about our Saturday! First thing! It was me, my sister Sarah and her boyfriend Matt, my Bestie Duane, and my two cousins Brad and Beth! My sister, Sarah set up the hotel for us, witch she did a Very good job with! I should of took pictures but go figure once again I didn't think about it. We stayed at the Hyatt hotel, it was a great and very clean place, the room was cute and comfy with super soft beds! I loved it!! Here is the link if you are interested for some reason lol http://madisondowntown.place.hyatt.com/
We ran into some already costumed up college boys who were all ready having a good time, That were just full of it and fun to catch a elevator with! So already we knew that this was going to be one heck of a night!
The show didn't start till around 730 and after getting dressed and some makeup, we got out the door around 830..ish.. As soon as we stepped out the door costumes were everywhere! and we weren't even in the show area either. When we got to the gates there wasn't to many people in line, but one of the things that were a bummer and what I thought was lame was you couldn't have any thing not attached to you. not even a foam sword or of course the kings head I made. We lost Sarah's sword but my best friend Mr. Duane got it to stick in my shirt so it "WAS" attached to my costume. I thought it was kinda funny but I mean I can understand why they want to do that.
The first thing we did was of course hit the bars! At first some of the bars weren't to packed.."yet" lol, they had a bunch of different deals with shots and drinks, we were all..right on! We knew it was going to be a good night!!Just walking in, we were catching eyes. I think we had a lease!! 30 pictures taken of us with different people, They just loved our outfits. Made me feel really good and of course everyone else too. We were loving every minute of it, it was too great. There were a ton of awesome and amazing costumes though! We saw a really awesome jelly fish, Couple of cool zombies and a really beautiful sugar skull with a wedding dress. Just loved how she put it together. There were some jail birds that I just had to take pictures with and some Lego guys their group idea was prefect! And that to some to name off. We had a blast and got a lot of drinks in us and had just to fun of a night, plus just being around drunk people made the night some of them were uh...yeahh lol they were diffidently having a good time too.
Now before I get to the Pictures! I want to thank the boys for being so willing (Mainly Matt) for wearing makeup and going with whatever us ladys wanted to do to your face'es...(in a only makeup kinda way..to the ones with dirty minds..yeah..you know who you r..lol) You guys were troopers!
So here is some of our PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rapunzel and her Knight!
^ This is My cousins Brad and Beth!
Mad Hatter and Alice
^Look at these guys! This is Mr. Duane and of course Me!
Mr. Rabbit and Queen of Hearts!
^This is our group Picture! and yes we rocked it!
...you should of seen hime getting his makeup done lol poor Matt
^At the bar having fun is Mr. Duane and Matt.. Look at Matt hes so happy! >.<
We love you!
^Right on Sarah
^Mad Hatter and the Queen at the table having some tea.. Long Island Ice Tea..lol
^These guys were to funny that had to take a picture..If you can see his sign it says
"Ask me about my wood"
And to end this post I left the one of the best pictures Mrs. Beth took and of course one of her favorites.........
Ladys and Gents...Crayon porn....
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Well nice to see you guys again.. or more like nice to write to you again! lol .The last project that we have working on is some pipe cleaner fairy's. They are fun to make...if you don't mind your fingers getting burned from the hot glue! And getting glitter literary all over the place! lol If your not sure what I'am talking about, they are pipe cleaners and porcelain doll heads, and arms. The pipe cleaners get sized and hot glued into the head and arms. Then we use fabric, flowers and well what ever you want.. We like using a lot of glitter.. No fairy is complete without glitter!You will have glitter on you and everywhere else for a day or week lol. But seeing how it does get every, having a glitter throwing party is always fun too.. Specially on men cause its like magical! lol
I wish that I would of thought about it and took some pictures. But of course I didn't. That blows right. My mind, well its always thinking and on the go. Some times it forgets..many things lol.. I do have a next show where they will be at so you can get a better look if you would like to see them and all my other goodies too!! This show is at St.Anthony's Craft Fair! Its on November 15, in Rockford, IL.
I don't think the info will be posted on there right now, If I can Find the info on it check back here and it will be posted.
This weekend we are going to have a blast!! There is 6 of us going to the Freak Fest, in Madison, WIS! Its this Saturday and I cant wait! We have a Mad hatter, Queen of hearts, Alice, and of course Mr. Rabbit of course! Then you have my sister and her ugh girlfriend? lol just kidding my sister and her boyfriend are going as Rapunzel and her night.. the twist is My sister is the night and Mr.boyfriend is going as Rapunzel lol! We are going to have a blast and I know we will for sure!! I'am so glad that the boys are letting us torching them lol.. I will post the site for Freak Fest down below! And BE sure that I will be posting the pictures on here of our fun night!! Thanks for reading guys!! Right on you guys rock!http://redrodger.com/madison-freakfest-2013-halloween-information/ <<< The Link I don't know why its coming up white?!?!!?
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
This is totally latest blog in history! I'am so sorry guys :( But let me tell you how it went and oh man, you will see who was in my tent!! Oregon, was a totally a great show. The people were very nice, There was so many people there I couldnt belive it I mean shoulder to shoulder packed. Saturday was great weather. And right now I'am really thinking about added some new stuff to may shows.We had sweaters and T-shirts Sold like crazy!! We had about 16 of them ,and by Sunday we had 2 or 3! So differently something that I'am going to keep making!
Sunday was a rainy day ,but it only rained every now and then. But it kinda worked for us.It was a little cold but, not to bad...when you were drinking coffee and eating a hot mean. The tent has sides so we kept dry. I was lucky because I got right in front of the parade . It was a great to see everthing in the parade.. They had this awesome shows, these guys from Chicago..their show was amazing! You could hear them coming, this beat pop music playing. I never heard that in a parade before And when we could see them. I was freaking fanstic!! It was a drill team!! The boys in front were spinning thir guns, and throwing them in the air. It was so awesome to see. Then they all were moving it and dancing! They have some killer skills! Then before you knew it, there are some kids coming next to this tumbling sign van. When they were in front of us the van stopped and you see these guys run and flip right on top of the fan, the another one..and 5 more! I was just to to awesome. I was like..Right on man!! And even though the rain was pouring.. so many people stayed there, I thought that was just awesome and now I know why they stayyed!
Well... now you ask who was in my tent you...I was star struck when I saw... Louise, from the show "Get out a live" . Her dad and her won on the show! I didn't notice any thing and then it clicked... That made my day... The best thing was she bought a necklace from me >.< Right on!!! Too cool.It was a fun show and I will be back there next year for sure!!
I'am sorry this post was so late.. I will post more.. Thanks for reading.
Rock on my friends
Monday, September 30, 2013
I'am falling in love with the weather right now! Fall is one of my favorite seasons, the colors, the weather and of course Halloween! I'am Excited about the new scarfs that will be out soon. Seeing how its fall weather, scarfs are coming back and I have so many new Ideas! This is the time that I cant keep scarfs in stock, So I'am coming up with a little bit of everything for everyone! Some will be Nuno Felted with different designs, my scarfs are hand dyed, 100% silk, with hand dyed wool that I felt together, to make a beautiful piece! Then I have some other silk scarfs that come in many, many colors..lol
We have some shows coming up so I know we got to get them scarfs made. But some other new items I have are some fall inspired jewelry and some new dolls! To find some of my scarfs and dolls check them out at esty.com/shop/Spilledpaint I wanted to post a couple of different pictures to give you ideas!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Last weekend was a blast at the Greenwich Village Art Fair.We had this show Saturday and Sunday on the 14th and 15th Rockford, IL. Everyone was so nice, I loved how they would come and check on us! they asked if we wanted anything, if we are hungry or need a break. We had free food and breakfast too. We had the greatest experience and we will diffidently be going back next year! The weather on Saturday was perfect, sunny 70's..Perfect! On Sunday it was a rainy day and a little chilly out.
We didn't think that we would see any body with this weather. But! We had our first customer come in right at opening and she got $130 in Art Yarn! it was so great totally made our day! Then we had this lady come up and she saw my Mermaid doll and was like Ill take that. Well alright you really made our day! lol it was just fun even with the rain! We did really good at this show, a truly great experience and I cant wait for next year!!
I couldn't of done it without my cousin Beth! She is a hard worker,she is so helpful, and just a fun person! Thank You thank You!!
Me and Her make the best team ever. Its totally great having her along with me. You rock girl!
I cant believe it! But I'am in the NorthWest Quarterly! I'm so happy.. It was really great to get the phone call and to answer all her questions, I was really nervous, and when I got the magazine I was even more happier!! It was really great to read and see what they wrote and I loved it. My mom went a little crazy about me being in it..lol but that's my mom and I will always love her. I think I'am finally going to where I want to be. I really love doing my art, and that's all I want to do. It has been a long journey and I'am ready to share my art with everyone. I get told a lot at shows that My Dolls can become so much more. Like Anime figures, or cartoon figures for movies and shows in so many different ranges. I cant count how many people have told me that. It gets me very excited to hear that from people. And Believe me I'am working on it!
We always have people coming in and loving all the dolls that they see. Big smiles and just in shock of the detail that I put into them... and no im not exaggerating with that either.. They really do!
That feeling is the greatest! It feels nice to have people come in and love your art, and tell you how talented I'am. Now trying to get big is the next step but its hard to know what step is the right one.
I got this!
Check out NorthWest Quarterly here
Check out NorthWest Quarterly here
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Hey there my blog viewers! I'm excited for this weekends show! The show is the 65th Greenwich Village Art Fair at the Rockford Art Museum! This 14th and 15th you should totally come and see us there! (of course if you are the Rockford, IL area.) The times are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5 on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. The tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. It is going to be a big so and I'am hoping for the best. It is so great though that I have my cousin Beth. She is such a big help with all the shows. I don't know how I could do the shows by myself. Thank you Thank you. I'am hoping that this show goes better then the last one we did. It was so hot and nasty out, it wasn't fun. We didn't do the greatest either but I'am sure it was because of the weather.
Sorry for the lack of post but it has been very busy lately. Lots of shows coming up and seeing how its almost the holidays its definitely going to be busy..well at lease I hope. Lots of new items are being added to my to do list. I wanted to play around with my sowing machine with all the fabric I have around I gotta do something with it! And what came out of it was just to awesome.
I'am so excited about these! A lot of people loved them! It was really fun to make this one, the lace is from a old wedding dress : D Its so comfy, I love the sleeves and I even put a hood on it. I love love love these! I can't wait for winter to wear these because I hate wearing jackets.(Well I can wait lol) And these guys are definitely are warm enough. I have made more of these but this one is the only one that I have a picture of. This one is up on my Esty store. I belive that its in both SpilledPaint and my other one Mariestreasurechest.
Monday, August 26, 2013
One of the things that I love about being in the barn, is that I have so much around me. I have totes of all kind of things, fabric in totes stacked to the top! I could go on and on. One number one thing that I just love doing are my dolls. I put so much love and effort into making them. I make them from scratch with my own pattern to my own technique of how to stuff them. There is so much that I have to do to make them there own but I love every moment of it. I go from even spinning their out of Murano wool the I dyed.
I love how I can create them and make them into what I want. I have what I want set in my mind and then I'am on the go from there on out. Even though my dolls do take a couple days, but if I stay on one I can get them done in no time. People always ask me," do you make male dolls?' Yes I do. I have made many of them. They also ask" Can you make a baby safe doll.' Yes I can do that too. I do go into a lot of detail with my dolls, but if you want to give one to a younger kid, then I don't put small objects or anything that they can swallow. I gave one to my niece a while back, she still has it too and she was 4! She may have a dirty face and a stain here and there, but she was 4! They can be lightly hand washed. just to put it out there.
I have created so many dolls in my life and i know the pattern has came a long ways. I will not give out my pattern because it is something I made. Or something that I don't want copied. like any artist would want. I wanted to post some pictures of my dolls. Not sure if they might be a double from one of the last post I did. But I think I talked.. well wrote enough for today.. Thinking about doing some tips here soon. If you have any thing that you want to know more about leave me a message!
Friday, August 23, 2013
It has been a long week. We have been so busy lately with getting the Esty stores going and all the upcoming shows and getting more stuff made for the shows.. its busy.. But I promise to get more blogs up! I wanted to show you guys some things that I have been working on. And you can find all of these on my Esty stores and I will post the links for every picture so you know where to go!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I have a busy weekend this week! This Saturday, in Waukesha, WIS I will have my booth up in the farmers market by the fire station. I'm very excited about this show because the last time I was there I met so many great and friendly people. Its a beautiful place and a great community. Plus also this weekend I will be shooting my very first Youtube video! My video is going to be about the story behind me and how I started my dolls and what they have become today. Its going to be a great, but fun busy weekend!
I'am going to be spending my time with friends and family then hitting the show bright and early.
I believe that the market opened at 8am but last time people showed up at 7am.
If you are in the area you should stop by and meet me in person and also get to see all the fun things that I will have for sale! Come and check it out, there are fun and very nice people that are there. Its about 2 hrs or so from Rockford, IL area, but the drive really isn't that bad. After this I Have a bunch of shows coming up very soon in the Rockford area. So Stay posted for that information!
Friday, August 9, 2013
I wanted to show you guys what I have been working on lately. With 3 Esty stores now, work is in a full go! I wanted to share some pictures of what I have on there and what I have been doing. This first picture is one of my favorites. I love these earrings. They are very light weight on the ears, and are Sterling Silver so if you have sensitive ears, it wont bother them. These beads are my lamp work. Embellished with matte, with Bella Donna Silver glass..
The earrings bellow remind me of a fall disco ball. They sure are fun earrings. They can be worn all year round, but i personally think that these would make any fall outfit pop and perfect! These hooks are Rose Gold so they wont bug your ears. Witch makes any women happy. The chains are Copper chain, and they are 2 1/2 inches.
The Core in this lamp work bead is a clear core, with a purple and green dot. The hooks are Sterling Silver, so once again it wont bug your ears. These earrings look good with any hair color and fun to show off..these guys are 2 1/2 inches
The earrings below were really fun to make. They are my lamp work beads, with a matte finish. The colors in there are mix Blues, Turquoise and Ivory. In between the glass beads are a Turquoise Bead. These guys are 2 inches long.
One of my most complemented earrings are these guys. They are the perfect flower earrings. Light on the ears and the Stirling Silver really makes them happy. (yeah I know, say that a lot) lol. The beads are my lamp work, with pastel pink flowers and a hint of green. These puppys are 3 inches long.
I love my job, and that is my art, my creations, my dolls, and everything else I can come up with. I love the heat of the torch, the feel of fabric, the calming of spinning but not so much the smell of the dyeing ;-) My art of whatever I create is my life and that is all I do. I put so much love and detail into everything I make. I love coming up with new challenges and new ideas. Getting my hands dirty is the way to go. My shop is my mom and dads barn. I pretty much took it over, well mainly the bottom floor...for now.. That is where I create everything and do my classes.. Its my second home.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Been very busy getting pictures taken and my items on Esty. I have 3 different shops on there. My Oldest one and most well known is SpilledPaint. Witch is my Dolls, Nuno felted scarfs, and Wool. You can check it out at Esty.com/people/Spilledpaint Below are some of the things you will find there.
My 2nd Esty shop is Mermaids Kiss. There you will find all my Jewelry. All of them are handmade and I also do a lot of glass beads, buttons, and other great stuff. You can find that at esty.com/people/marieelizabethcarter
My 3rd Esty store is all my Mixed Media, Paintings, Upcycled stuff, Benches, Sweater monsters and Redneck Wine glasses just to name a few! you can check me out at http://www.etsy.com/people/MarieCarterSP