Mason Jar Snow Globes are Available in my Etsy Shop

handmade mason jar snow globes for christmas

Every year around Christmas, I make a batch of special mason jar snow globes to offer in my Etsy shop. This year’s batch is now up and currently available for sale, just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Christmas gift shopping sprees!

handmade christmas snow globes in mason jars
Personalized snow globes

I’m currently offering several options that can be customized with a special banner, including a single tree, a set of trees, and my special large “shower of stars” snow globes. I also usually make an extra-special, one of a kind Narnia snow globe each year, featuring the story’s iconic lamp post. This year’s has just been listed along with my other snow globes.

handmade narnia lamp post snow globe in a mason jar
This year’s Narnia snow globe

If you’re looking for a fun Christmas craft that you can make yourself, or are interested in whipping up a batch of these to use as decorations or give as gifts, last year I blogged my tutorial detailing how these are made. Try it out, and let me know how you personalized your own globes!

Pacific Northwest Travel Photography Part 3: In the Faery Realm

I spent last week exploring the national parks of the Pacific Northwest, and shooting photos of Washington and Oregon’s beautiful forests, mountains, and coast. I took so many photos that I wanted to share that I had to split them up into three parts to post through the end of this week. If you missed the first two parts, Forests of Light and Into the Blue, you can find those photos here.

The photos below were all shot low to the ground with a macro focus – from the perspective of “The Little People” – in Washington’s breath-taking Hoh Rainforest. The rainforest provided a lot of wonderful inspiration for the forest-themed art dolls I’m currently working on, and for the story I’m writing about an enchanted forest.

Part 3: In the Faery Realm

fairy tale forest photography of moss and an old tree in a sunlit forest
Mossy Cedar Tree in the Enchanted Forest
enchanted forest photography of green ferns and golden light
The Golden Wood
dark fairy tale forest photography of moss and hollow trees
Fairy Home in the Dark Forest

 

Pacific Northwest Travel Photography Part 2: Into the Blue

During last week’s trip through the Pacific Northwest, I shot so many photos of Washington and Oregon’s cities, forests, mountains, and coast that I want to share! I’m splitting them up into three parts and sharing them through the end of this week. If you missed Part 1: Forests of Light, you can see those photos here.

The photos below were shot in Portland and Seattle, as well as on Oregon’s beautiful rugged coast and Washington’s awe-inspiring Hurricane Ridge. As you can see from our smiling faces, my hubby and I were having a great time exploring all these amazing places!

Part 2: Into the Blue

blue and white horse photography shot on farm in washington
Horse on Washington’s Vashon Island
travel photography of driftwood trees and cliffs on oregon's coast
Driftwood Trees on the Rugged Oregon Coast
hipsters at seattle's pike place market
Pike Place Market, Seattle

Pacific Northwest Travel Photography Part 1: Forests of Light

I spent last week exploring the Pacific Northwest and shooting photos of Washington and Oregon, and I have so many shots of the forests, mountains, and coast there that I want to share! I’ll be splitting them up into three parts and sharing them through this weekend.

The photos below were shot in Washington’s amazing Hoh Rainforest, on the rugged Oregon Coast, and during a day spent on Washington’s Vashon Island. The Hoh Rainforest especially provided a lot of wonderful inspiration for the forest-themed art dolls I’m currently working on, and for the story I’m writing about an enchanted forest.

Part 1: Forests of Light

misty photography of a forest on the coast of oregon
Oregon’s Misty Coastal Forests
photography of sunlight on a mountain river in olympic national park
Cedars by the River in Olympic National Park
enchanted forest photography of mossy trees, ferns, and sunlight
The Green and Gold Forests of the Hoh Rainforest
photography of golden afternoon sun on an enchanted pond and gardens
Golden Sunlight on Vashon Island
fairy tale forest photography with sunlight and green, shot in the hoh rainforest
The Green Enchantment of the Hoh Rainforest

“Little Mouse-Skin,” the Miniature Hand-Bound Fairy Tale

miniature hand-bound fairy tale book

“Once upon a time, there lived a tiny girl on whom had been placed an enchantment, so that in her sleep each night she became a small white mouse…”

In the process of creating my very special “Little Mouse-Skin” art doll project, I began to imagine a story for my doll, a tiny fairy tale to fit the scale I was working on. Thus the short tale “Little Mouse-Skin: A Fairy Tale of Miniature Proportions” was born.

miniature hand-bound paper book of a fairy tale

“When the girl dreamed, her delicate tail curled around herself, she dreamed of her nose twitching in the morning air, of the brush of soft fur, of the smell of the earth and the warm winter sleep in her underground lair. Because of this enchantment, the girl was known to the other inhabitants of the forest as Little Mouse-Skin…”

miniature hand-bound illustrated fairy tale book

Though my art doll set includes a professionally printed copy of the tale, I also dreamed of creating a little miniature version entirely on my own. The story – one of enchantment and surprising transformations, written in traditional fairy tale language – I felt needed a beautiful and unique binding to match. I began painting and photographing my own watercolor illustrations to go along with the story, and spent a long time figuring out how best to scale, paginate, and print my own little book.

"once upon a time" page in an illustrated miniature fairy tale book

“Though the other creatures of the forest came in pairs, from the blind moles underground to the singing birds of the air, Little Mouse-Skin found that there was no creature who made a pair to herself…”

The finished hand-bound miniature book is approximately 2×4 inches and printed on silky heavy-weight paper, the story accented with my own printed watercolor illustrations. The first edition is hand-bound with moss green wax thread and a pink crystal bead, and features unique end papers, hand torn antiqued pages, and decorated covers.

miniature illustrated fairy tale book with flowers and vines

The first edition is currently available in my Etsy shop. If it sells, my plan is to continue to make the miniature books to order, with each one being a little different and truly one of a kind.

“Little Mouse-Skin,” a Miniature Art Doll With Her Own Fairy Tale

It all started with a box. It was a box a new cell phone came in, perfectly white, with three tiny sections which I knew would be perfect to hold… something. A tiny doll? A mouse? A little portrait?

It ended with a story.

“Once upon a time, there lived a tiny girl on whom had been placed an enchantment, so that in her sleep each night she became a small white mouse with soft ears and pink paws….”

I’m always trying to find ways to connect my writing and my art dolls, and for the first time, I was able to use them both to create a very special project.

ooak miniature fairy tale art doll and mohair mouse

“Little Mouse-Skin” is an Entire Miniature Art Doll Set, Complete with its Own Original Fairy Tale

I began by sculpting and sewing a tiny art doll and mouse to fit into the little sections of my box. Little Mouse-Skin, the doll, is about 6 1/2 inches tall, sculpted from Paperclay and painted with watercolors, with tiny jointed limbs and little mohair curls. Her outfit, consisting of a soft striped cotton dress, a muslin apron, a watercolor lace cloak, and a special lace crown, is entirely removable, something I’ve never done with a miniature doll before. Her mouse other self is handstitched from white mohair, with tiny pink paws, a leather tail, and little bead eyes and nose.

miniature handmade mohair mouse with lace crown

The little white box which started me on the whole project I painted with watercolors, adding a bed of grass for the mouse to sleep on and a tiny garland of bluebells.

As I worked on this doll and her mouse, I began to imagine a story for her, a tiny fairy tale to fit the scale I was working on, and the miniature tale which would tie the whole set together was born.

ooak fairy tale art doll in miniature with princess crown

“When the girl dreamed, her delicate tail curled around herself, she dreamed of her nose twitching in the morning air, of the brush of soft fur, of the smell of the earth and the warm winter sleep in her underground lair. Because of this enchantment, the girl was known to the other inhabitants of the forest as Little Mouse-Skin…”

“Little Mouse-Skin: A Fairy Tale of Miniature Proportions” is a Tale of Enchantment and Surprising Transformations

printed fairy tale book "ittle mouse skin" by jordan taylor

I had so much fun imagining the life my tiny girl lived in the forest, and in bringing about the surprising transformations which led to her happily ever after. As I worked on my story, I also began painting watercolor illustrations to go along with it.

My art doll set includes the only professionally printed copy of “Little Mouse-Skin,” a small 5×5 book which is decorated with my watercolors, though I’m also offering a smaller hand-bound version of the tale.

My Little Mouse-Skin art doll set, featuring the miniature doll, hand-stitched mouse, tiny outfit, hand-painted box, and printed copy of the story, is currently available in my Etsy shop.

My Mary Poppins Art Doll is Ready to Fly Away

mary poppins ooak art doll with her flying umbrella

This past weekend, I was finally able to put the finishing touches on my new Mary Poppins art doll, and she is now in my Etsy shop waiting to fly away to her new home!

“Jane and Michael could see that the newcomer had shiny black hair – ‘Rather like a wooden Dutch doll,’ whispered Jane. And that she was thin, with large feet and hands, and small, rather peering blue eyes…” – Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers

 

It was very important to me to get Mary Poppins’ face right – the round blue eyes, the upturned nose, the smug smile and the shiny black hair – “Like a Dutch doll.” That’s why I chose to sculpt her head and hands in Paperclay, which I painted in watercolors and sealed, using extra glossy sealant on her hair to give it shine. If you’re interested in the steps I took in sculpting her head, I go into more detail in this blog post.

an ooak mary poppins art doll sculpted by the free folk

Mary Poppins’ body and limbs, which are jointed at the shoulders and hips, are handstitched, and she wears her iconic navy blue coat and skirt, and black straw hat with a paper daisy. She also has striped stockings, a red silk scarf, and red leather Mary Janes, and her white blouse is made from vintage linen and lace which belonged to my grandmother.

My Mary Poppins Art Doll Carries Her Own Doll-Sized Parrot-Headed Umbrella and Carpet Bag

handmade doll sized mary poppins umbrella with a sculpted parrot head handle

I had more fun making Mary’s umbrella than I did during almost any other part of her creation! I built the umbrella around a plastic and fabric umbrella intended for American Girl dolls. The iconic parrot-headed handle and top spike are sculpted in Paperclay over the original plastic, and the entire umbrella has been painted and sealed in shades of black, silver, and brown so that it looks more realistic. Mary also carries a handstitched carpet bag, which I built around a toggle closure intended for a coin purse. The metal closure is etched with daisies, and when I found it online I knew it would be perfect!

Mary Poppins Was One of My Favorite Dolls to Photograph

mary poppins with her umbrella, an ooak art doll

From the beginning, I’d had in mind that I wanted to photograph my Mary Poppins art doll as if she was flying through the sky with her umbrella. I was actually able to set the scene very easily using a blue ombre sheet, and “clouds” made of extra polyester doll stuffing. I can’t believe they turned out so well!

Don’t forget to visit Mary Poppins in my Etsy shop!