Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Pirate Needs a Matey, Arrrr!

Just completed: a custom order of a Pirate's Lady Love - so FUN!

Tee hee!  This comely lass on the left is the custom order.  She'll be saying fare thee well, to Mr. Sea Star soon as she heads off to her new home with her one true love.

It was really fun to come up with her lady pirate costume, complete with bloomers, panniers and a bustier!  Take a look:

Red-striped bloomers and a blue bustier

Special request: Gone With the Wind book tattoo

Even her peg leg has special trimming

Tri-corn with skull and marabou feathers

She's a vision!
I hope my customer will be as pleased as punch!

P.S, There's a new ship load of Little Pirates that have landed at Guardino Gallery in Portland, and they can also be found at the Bush Barn Art Center Holiday Fair in Salem!  Ship's ahoy!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Spanish teacher gets inspired

I am teaching high school Spanish this year at a charter school.  So many challenges!  Having begun in October (the third Spanish teacher the kids had had since September,  things were quite rough in the beginning.  After a big Day of the Dead project, some of the kids are starting to turn things around.  One student made a calavera pillow, inspiring me to make some calacas myself!  Here is my work in progress:

Very happy with my progress!  (Happy to find the time to work on it at 3:00 a.m.!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Getting puppety

My BBG buddies are off to the four corners of the world right now.  I'm home, missing them, but keeping myself very busy.  I've been working on some dolls and puppets for the video I'll be doing with a young man I met at the Salem Art Fair earlier this year.  He's a puppet maker, sort of in the style of Jim Henson's Muppets.  When he came across my booth he brought up the idea of a collaboration.  The story line so far: his muppet alien monster is getting therapy from Freud (being played by my Leon Trotsky doll).  There are dreams and nightmares discussed, involving mean teachers, ballerinas, etc.  Here is Mean Teacher #1, finished.  Notice in the detail shot, even Jesus is looking kind of crotchety in this classroom!  Must be a tough bunch of kids!  (Can you tell I've been subbing lately?)

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Mean teacher #2 (based on one of my real life 4th grade teachers!)  (She's still waiting for her classroom to be ready...)

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Frida and Diego will be playing the parts of Alien's mother and father.  This is the first time I've made a cloth and clay hand puppet!  I may be tweaking Frida's costume a bit, and Diego is waiting for the tailor to finish his gray suit.

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Shadow boxes have also been painted for scenery.  So far our filming schedule has been pushed back several times, but we'll get it done one of these days, and when we do I'll be sure to post the video here!  In the meantime, some of these characters will be going to the Corvallis Fall Festival this weekend.  If they sell... I guess I'll have to recreate them for the next time we schedule filming!

xoxo  lulu

Monday, September 8, 2014

In which my Blogspot becomes my website

Hear ye, hear ye!  After finding that my old website had many glitches, I will henceforth be using my blogspot here as my website!  Please notice the tabs above, so handy dandy for navigating to my different galleries.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Letterboxing Milestone!

A quick post regarding my new favorite hobby: Letterboxing! Who would have guessed that my sweet hubby would be so interested in joining me on my treasure hunt adventures.  We started going every weekend, and sometimes (even frequently) during the week!  Very quickly, I was able to reach a big milestone: FINDING MY 100TH LETTERBOX!  (Two weekends ago!  Who knows what number I'm at now?!)

Oh, the fun of it!  Deciphering clues, hunting, finding, enjoying the creativity of others, carving my own stamps, hiding boxes, learning the history of places, communing with nature, and of course - sharing it all with Rob, Ollie, and Rattie! 

Hiking trails I haven't been to before
Seeing the most beautiful places
Who knew a walk along the Water Treatment trail would yield such views!
Found a letterbox!
 Ollie approves of this fantastic find.
Sometimes we come across strange and threatening creatures along the way. Ollie is curious but  Rattie is very suspicious of Seaman.
Some letterboxes are hidden in the most delicious places!
From a page in my log book
Rattie on the lookout for pirates approaching the island.
A super creative series of boxes by Spaceship Passengers began with this find.
Another one of those strange, wild (and gigantic!) creatures you may find along the way. 
A couple of my hand-carved stamps hidden somewhere out there.  Want to find them?  Check out ukulele lulu on
If you want to know more about letterboxing, please visit, and join the fun!

xoxo  lulu

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Very Special Patchwork Pony

The horsey that was previously shown in progress, completed in July:

Several vintage kimono fabrics, as well as contemporary Japanese fabrics were included in this beauty. along with very detailed hand stitching.  I fell quite in love with this horse.  Alas, it has gone to live in another home, but happily with a friend so that I will be able to visit!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pippi Longstocking and other doll news

My Pippi Longstocking doll was completed in July, but I am behind the times.  Here she is!

Pippi is another tall doll, over 3 feet tall!
Pippi's long stockings are mix and match
Yep, she has the coolest boots ever.
Pippi's toothy grin says it all.
That's so Pippi!
Pippi loves her Patchwork Pony!
I think Pippi would have loved hanging out with Pirate Prudence, but Prudence has gone to live in a new home.  We will miss her!

Several other dolls found new homes during the Salem Art Fair:

Miss Paris
Miss Madrid
Miss Tokyo
We miss them all, but are quite happy for them as they continue their lives' journeys.

Marie Antoinette, Dorothy Gale, and The Little Match Girl are on a trip to California.  They were sent to be considered for publication in Art Doll Quarterly.  Fingers crossed!

That is all the doll new for now.  Adieu!
xoxo  lulu