Today I have a new shop order of Adialana from Kae's shop at Eden Enchanted. I think she's adorable. I also have another doll inspired by Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. This doll is Fracnes Pevensey, a 16th centry female magician who was really only talked about in a footnote, but who intrigued me, so I made a doll of her.
I went looking for more resources of children's book reviews today and came up with two very well done sites. I highly recommend them if you are interested in current children's literature. They are kidsreads.com and teenreads.com.
Two new dolls from gryphongrl's Shop at Fractured Fairytales. The first is a doll inspired by a nursery rhyme from China (she can be seen on the Children's Literature Requests page and the nursery rhyme can be read on the Children's Literature page linked from there). The second doll was a mystery doll request. I think she is adorable and I love the puppy!
New Shop order! I got this amazing doll of Adialana from FairyFlo's shop at Eden Enchanted. I love her so much! I think that she is just amazing!
I've also reorganized the Forum Goodies page so that children's literature dolls have their own page and Adialana dolls have their own page. It makes things less cluttered and shows off the children's lit and Adi dolls better.
There is another new contest entry on the Contest Page for the Literary Ball Contest. This one is Jim from Treasure Island!
Check out the Contest Page for a great new entry of Death from the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman.
Today I have a new stamp from Fractured Fairytales as well as a magic lamp (that I can't figure out how to use - oh well!). I also have a new doll. It's Wendy from Disney's version of "Peter Pan". I love Wendy. She's one of the best literary and movie characters ever and I think that Disney did her really well. I just had to make a doll of her! I've entered her in Eden Enchanted's Challenge 20: Movie Mania.
I found an interesting question today that was asked in political phone polls from 2000-2004. I would love to hear what people think. If you want, please answer the question in my comments. If I get enough answers, I might post later with the results. I think it's an interesting question and would love to see what people think (and not just because of the Oz theme, that's just how I found it).
Question: You live in the land of Oz, and the candidates are the Tin Man, who's all heart and no brains, and the Scarecrow, who's all brains and no heart. Who would you vote for?
I got this awesome spellbook and wand set in a private auction at ChynaCat's Shop. I love them! I wish her shop was open for more orders right now, because I would love to get a magic box to go with them!
I took the "Which Greek Goddess are You?" quiz and it said I am Hestia! Yay! She was always my favorite goddess. I remember asking if I could do her journal when we had to write the journals of Greek god in fifth grade, but the teacher made me do Artemis instead (there really isn't enough material with Hestia, she didn't cause or get wrapped up in much trouble).
Apparently the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity has decided that there should be a sequel to J. M. Barrie's masterpiece Peter and Wendy. The book was written in 1911, based on a play released in (I believe) 1904 and also written by Barrie. It's an international classic. Who hasn't heard at least some version of the story about Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up? The book is a jewel, one of my absolute all-time favorites. It is full of imagination and fun, topped off with a healthy dose of pirates, indians and mermaids. What more could any kid (or honest adult) wish for? The story is self-contained, so I'm not sure how a sequel would work. Disney did a reasonably good job at it with their movie "Return to Neverland" (much to my surprise), but even that had some serious short-comings and didn't even come close to the magic of the original story.
The GOSHCC has held the rights to the story since Barrie "donated" it to them in 1928. They have benefitted greatly from this gift, as you may guess. There have been a number of movies, many many publications of the book, many stage productions, and a large number of "spin-off" productions in every media out there. Nevertheless, they have apparently decided that they could do with more money from the sale of a new "official" book. So they are auditioning authors. The official statement can be read here.
I have some serious reservations about this. First of all, they are deliberately trying to create a classic. Every time I've seen someone attempt that, it fails. Classics are almost always unintentional. So I'm rather worried about that. I'm also concerned about their statement that the story will "be placed in a contemporary setting" (quoted from the official statement). If Neverland exists essentially outside of time (in the minds of children everywhere and everywhen), then what is the point of setting it now other than to plunge the story into the mess that is adult thinking on the appropriateness of everything in children's books? I mean, if Peter and Wendy had been written today, can you even imagine the uproar it would have caused? There are indians (native Americans) who are portrayed as rather savage and uncivilized, there are pirates that randomly kill each other, there are cruel mermaids, there are children trying to kill each other (and nearly succeeding)... I mean, you publish something like that now and your book is going to be burned on every street corner no matter now many experts say it's wonderful! And yet it works beautifully in Peter and Wendy. The book is incredible. Barrie didn't worry about stereotypes or violence, probably in large part because of when and where he was living and writing. The book has been read and studied for so long now that people have realized that it isn't horrible for the things I mentioned. Modern publications get little such consideration. Look at Harry Potter! Nevertheless, Neverland feels real. It manages that because Barrie really knew the way children think. Talk to a four year old the next time you get the chance. Barrie's statement that Neverland is really just a map of a child's imagination is dead on, even today. I remember playing pirates and "killing" my little brother, how about you? Yet children today are not supposed to think about such things (despite the fact that children do think such things and likely always will - read Bettelheim if you want more detailed discussion of this). We don't really care what children do think when discussing books, we just care what we want them to think. So why try to write a sequel to a book that really gets it when you know that either the sequel is going to miss the point and not have a prayer of holding up to the original or it is going to be crucified hourly? I don't see why we need to do that to Barrie's wonderful wonderful wonderful book! It's such a gem, why try to write a sequel? Why don't we focus on trying to write new stories that get it just as well without causing international incidents?
Then again, maybe GOSHCC will pick a genius who will write a fabulous book with all the magic and wonder and meaning of Peter and Wendy that won't get burned. Maybe. I really hope so, but I have trouble believing it's going to happen.
Why can't we just celebrate classics as they are without poking them with sharp sticks all the time? Flaming sharp sticks?
*sigh* Oh well. Sorry for the long rant. I just felt like sharing this bit of news and my opinions on the matter. That's what blogs are for, right? At least, that's what Michael keeps telling me...
This doll was quite a challenge. I really wanted to make her, but she really didn't want to be made! I tried two bases before this one, and both attempts were awful. The base I chose is a little too happy, but I did my best. I like how the dress turned out, even if it doesn't really work practially. It fits the description. The doll is another character from the book Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Her name is Maria Absalom and she has been dead for a while. She is summoned by Jonathan Strange in a dream and this is the way she appears to him, briefly. The diamonds on her skirt are the ones that her father conned the King of Denmark out of. I like her red hair especially. I think it turned out better than I could have hoped! In general I'm pleased with her.
For the reference of my players, the Dungeons and Dragons Page has been updated. It has your updated descriptions (except for Teves...) as well as The Prophesy, an updated list of NPCs, and a second Map.
There are two new entries on the Contest Page!
A few new things. The first is a shop order from Glo Worm's Shop at EE. It's an adorable fan! I love it! Then I have three new dolls. The first is Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" as a mermaid. The second is Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" in her blue peasant dress. The last one is Cinderella from Disney's "Cinderella" in her silver ballgown. There is also a new entry in the Literary Ball Contest up on the Contest Page.
New Movie Lesson:
- Don't piss off prostitutes
New TV Snippets:
I bought this adorable bear from lovelyleti78's shop at Fractured Fairytales!
I was apparently in the mood for animated movies today. I made four dolls of heroines from animated movies! The first is Anastasia in her empress gown from "Anastasia". I like how the crown came out. The second one is Audrey from "Atlantis: The Lost Empire". I like the hat! Then I have two more Jasmines. Why I keep dolling her I really don't know, since I'm not that fond of her! But I do have a lot of pictures of her in different outfits. Anyway, the first one is Jasmine in an outfit from "Aladdin and the King of Thieves" and the second one is a portrait of her in an outfit she wore in some publicity material. I like the first one, but I'm still not happy with the portrait. I just can't seem to get portraits to look right!
Hollay, a super nice member from EE that I've been talking to made me this fantastic avatar! It's goldilocks! I love it so much! It's just so cool! Thanks Hollay!
I have entered another contest. It is an "Unsung Disney Princess Contest" at Something Dolly This Way Comes. I've made Princess Eilonwy! I love her.
This portrait doll was for a mini challenge at Fractured Fairytales. It was a bit of an experiment. I like some aspects of it, but overall I'm not that thrilled with it. There is also a new gift on the Gifts Page from FF.
Today I have a new shop order and a cute gift from Loopy for entering a Fractured Fairytale Member Challenge. I love the cameo rings! They are from GawthEyce's Shop at Eden Enchanted.
There is a new contest entry for the Literary Ball Contest. Check it out on the Contest Page.
There is a new contest entry on the Contest Page. Check it out!
These are two sisters from a Scottish fairy tale called "Kate Crackernuts" that I love. The fair-haired lass is Anne and the dark-haired lass is Kate. They are stepsisters.
No news or new dolls or anything today, but I had some fun taking random quizzes my friends found. Heather found this interesting quiz that broke down your "linguistic profile". Strangely, like Heather, I didn't get any midwestern!The next quiz I got from Viv. It broke down what kind of girl you are. I got a mix between academic girl and progressive girl. I'm not shocked.
Your Linguistic Profile:
70% General American English
10% Upper Midwestern
I am a hybrid of:
Click on the pictures below to read more:
Today I have two new challenge entries and a literary doll. The first is a postcard for my wonderful brother, Donald. It was for a challenge at Fractured Fairytales, but I really hope that Don sees it and likes it. I had fun making the brother/sister bracelets (even though I doubt he would actually want such a bracelet, hopefully he will appreciate it). Hi Don!
The second doll is based on a picture by Amy Brown and I think it's cute. The last doll is Miss Wintertowne from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, which I am in the process of reading right now. She is wearing the outfit described for her in Chapter 8, but the doll is from Chapter 9. I don't want to explain more because it could be a big spoiler. Sorry! Anyway, the sopha is from Pisces Design.
Babsy won my services over at Fractured Fairytales in an auction and asked for a doll of herself in this outfit. I had a great time making it! I hope that she likes it!
I made this doll for a forum challenge. It's an April Fool.
There is a new entry for the Literary Ball Contest! Check it out on the Contest Page!
New Dolls! I was on a comic book kick today, so they are all comic book women. The first one is Lana Lang, Superman's childhood sweetheart. The second is another Lois Lane in yet another one of her many *many* wedding dresses (although, this time she's marrying Jimmy Olsen rather than Superman). The third and fourth are also both Lois Lane. I really like the sitting one. She turned out very well. The chair base is from Pisces Design. The last doll is, of course, Wonder Woman! I always loved Wonder Woman. This is sort of her silver age costume. I'm not crazy about her newer costumes, so I tend to think of her in this one. I like how she turned out too. Click on the dolls to visit the base sites.
A few new dolls today. The first is a gift for Hollay (a nice person I met at Eden Enchanted). I just thought that her site mascot was so cute that I wanted to make a doll of her! The pink hair was fun. She is not adoptable. The next two dolls are both Jasmine. The first is from a comic strip and the second is an outfit she wore in the television series. The fourth doll is Saturn Girl from the Legion of Superheroes in the DC universe. The fifth doll is Supergirl. Both Saturn Girl and Supergirl are wearing their classic costumes. The last doll is Veronica from the Archie comics wearing a party dress. Click on the dolls to visit the base sites.
Ok, this is likely only interesting to my Dungeons and Dragons players, but I wanted to mention it (since it is a site update and everything). There is now a page of reference information for my current Dungeons and Dragons campaign, Prophesies and Choices. It can be found here and is listed on the sidebar under "Pixie Pages". It will continue to change and grow as the players move through the game and learn more! I'm also going to try and get better descriptions (and perhaps pictures) of the PCs eventually. I hope it's helpful!
There is a new entry to the Literary Ball contest! It's the first one. Check it out on the Current Contest page.
Three new dolls today. The first is Scheherazade from The Arabian Nights Entertainments. The second is Jasmine from "Aladdin" in a formal gown. I'm really proud of how she turned out, particularly the skirt. The last one is the Queen of Hearts from the Disney version of "Alice in Wonderland".
I've been wanting to make some dolls of my D&D character Adialana since I started dolling. For some reason, I've just been too afraid to try it until now! I think it's her hair, I was really worried about her curly hair. Anyway, I've overcome that fear and have two dolls of her now! I really like them. I'd love to try and make Adi on one of Jaeden's Mistress Bases sometime. Still too afraid of that one, but someday it will happen! Anyway, here is Adi in one of her adventuring outfits and one of her performing outfits! Oh, she's an elven bard/wizard, if you were wondering.
The awards for the Seven Wise Princesses Contest have been posted! Check them out on the Contest Page.
I found a new favorite first sentence!
Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable.
- Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede
Two new things tonight. First is a bit of Easter pixel art made for a challenge at Dolls of the Round Table. The doll set is an entry for a Disney Princess Pagent contest at Eden Enchanted run by FaerieDust.
I've entered Hermione from the Harry Potter series in a contest at Ray's Site of Pixelated Doom. I also got a new participation award for the XOXO contest. It can be seen on the awards page.
This is me ready for a sleepover! It was made for another FF challenge. Teddy bear base from Cathie's Crazie Creations
I won an award! My tea party doll won a Judge's Choice award!
I got a new stamp! It's a special Easter stamp made for me because I entered the easter egg challenge at Fractured Fairytales. All my stamps can be found on the Forum Goodies page.
There is a new Wise Princess entry on the Seven Wise Princesses contest page!
There is now a page for dolls and pixel art that I have made for challenges. It can be found Here. I also have a new gift from the wonderful staff at Fractured Fairytales for April Fools Day. It has been added to the Gifts page.
I have a couple of new dolls today. The first is Dorothy dressed up for a ball. She is an example for my new contest! The second doll is a new challenge doll. The challenge asked for an unshaded doll. This is what I came up with. It's a redone version of an old doll. The third doll is Hermione from the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. The last doll is another Lois Lane from an issue where she has magic perfume.