Deborah's Blog

Happy 2018 Everyone!

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Hi Everyone,

The holidays have come and gone and I am back to work now preparing for the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show and also babies for my site. I will be a busy bee for the next 6 months for sure!

Anyway, I wanted to make sure everyone knows about the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show. This will be one huge show with tons of talented artists from all over the US and abroad. If you can make it, I highly recommend it! I will be there with a booth of babies ready to be adopted and taken home!

General admission to the show will be $10.00 per person, per day, and will be sold at the doors.
No general admission tickets will be sold in advance.
VIP tickets will also be available for those who wish to gain an early entrance to the show on opening day.
​These tickets will be priced at $25.00, and will get the collector into the show room an hour prior to regular admittance.  

SHOW HOURS:

Exhibitors may enter at 8:00 am
VIP ticket holders may enter at 9:00 a.m.
Regular show hours:
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

BUYERS AND COLLECTORS:

Buyers/Collectors are not required to preregister and exhibitors are not required to have show specials, or reduced price rates.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Hope to see you there!

Deborah


 

The Holidays and Some Thoughts

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Hi Folks,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was pretty quiet as it was just me, my husband, and two of my children. We ate, we shopped, and we ate and we shopped some more. LOL.

I am back to painting and creating babies for the International Doll and Teddy Show in June. Things will definitely be slowing down over the next month for me with the holidays. My son from California will be coming for a few weeks so I will be dedicating much of my time to spending with him while he is here. Sales tend to be very slow this time of year with Christmas and all the shopping folks do. People generally purchase babies for themselves where as as Christmas time they are purchasing gifts for others. I am just taking things slow and working when I can.

This brings me to my next subject. I have been creating these babies now for almost 15 years. I have loved every minute of it. It amazes me how much the art has changed over the years. I look back at when I started and how different techniques were back then. I remember struggling for months learning how to do things correctly. I ruined many kits, many supplies. Today, it is still a learning process.  I still love it, but it seems so much darkness has come over the art in the last year or two. Scammers cheating customers, companies copying sculptor's kits, name calling, and the drama! Oh....the drama! It has become almost overwhelming. Then you have those that want to just make a buck so they throw a baby together in a day and sell it for $200. Folks that don't know better buy them, realize how poorly done they are,  and thenthink every artist is doing the same thing or they think folks that do quality work and expect compensation for it are scalping. It is never ending and to be honest it has just been very depressing to me lately and in some ways has caused me to lose my drive. I try so hard to ignore it. I stay away from drama completely. I cannot stand it! I want nothing to do with any of it. But it still puts a dark shadow over the art sometimes.

I have honestly been questioning what my future plans are. I have the big doll show in June in Orlando, Florida that I have already committed to. Beyond that, I really don't know what direction I am going to take. Sometimes I feel it is time to move on and find another passion.  I am not making a decision one way or another right now, but it is on my mind all the time and I will be making a decision one way or another by summer.

Ok, well this baby isnt going to paint itself. So off I go!

Deborah

 


 

 

 

I've Made a Decision...

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Regarding Maylin.

I have decided that the Maylin kit I am working on will be reserved for the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Orlando, FL next June! This will be the only sculpt I will reveal. All other sculpts will be kept secret until day one of the show! That way, all the babies are fresh and new for everyone!

Don't miss the show if you can help it folks! It is going to be big and it is going to be Disney themed! There will be amazing talent from all over the world! Need more information regarding the show? Check out the information right here at Deborah's Darlings by clicking this link:

http://www.deborahsdarlings.com/index.php/doll-shows/international-doll-and-teddy-show-2018

If you have any questions, let me know!

Deborah

 


 

 

 

Dilemmas!

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Hi folks.

It seems I have a dilemma. A while back I ordered a kit that I fell in love with. Once I got the kit in I was suprised at how large it was. I mean, its a baby size, but larger than I thought it was going to be. Knowing how my poor shoulder doesn't handle rooting well anymore and the fact that this baby has a big head, I decided it was in my best interest to sell the kit to another artist that could take the job on. Unfortunately, I have been unable to sell the kit. I refuse to sell it for less than I paid, so it looks like it is mine. I reluctantly started painting it. Everything is going very well. However, in the back of my mind I keep telling myself this baby is not going to look good with painted hair. UGH! What to do! Folks that know me, know that I dont send my babies out to other rooters to root. I have no issue with those that do. Just for me, if I am going to sell a doll as my work, I want the WHOLE process of creating the baby to be MY work. Just me. Once again, I dont think there is anything wrong with those that choose to use another rooter. It just isnt for me. So, as I am painting I keep asking myself what the heck am I going to do??? Well, I really feel I have no choice but to root it. What that means is, I will probably have to root it in segments and with a lot of ibuprophen in my system. I think I will try and root a little, then as soon as I feel discomfort, I will stop. I will move on to painting something else and then come back to it when I feel I can handle it. The sculpt I am speaking of is, Olga Auer's Maylin. It is a darling sculpt, but oh man, she has a big ole head! LOL! My shoulder hurts just looking at it!

My second dilemma with this sculpt is whether or not I will list her for sale on my site or I will put her away for June for the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Orlando. I do not know at this point what I will do. Right now, I am leaning towards keeping her for the show. We will see. At this point, I am just hoping I can handle it. What can I say, NEVER say NEVER! And...I am a glutton for punishment!!!

Wish me luck!

Deborah


 

 

 

Vacation Has Come and Gone

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Hi folks.

I am finally back home, settled in, and ready to start working again.

I spent a long weekend with my sister visiting my mother and grandma's final resting place. After returning from that trip, I took a trip with my family to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  We visited Dollywood and took the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad through the Nantahala Gorge. The theme park is so much fun. I am a big Dolly Parton fan so for me it was just great to visit her park. The scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains was breathtaking and the folks in the mountains were some of the friendliest people. I just love the Fall and it is by far the best time to visit the mountains! I cant wait to visit again!

Today, I will continue to work on Natalie Scholl's "Sophia Grace" kit. This baby was actually sculpted from a real baby of a friend of mine. I cannot wait to get her done and have her ready for adoption. Im not sure on that time frame but hopefully by the end of the week or beginning of next week at the latest.

Talk soon,

Deborah