Come join me "upstairs" from the Studio, a place to relax and talk with friends. Here you'll find clips of my stuff, woolgathering about the animals in the family, news about shows and events and links to other sites that I find too good not to mention. Pull up a cushion and have some cake( there should always be cake) and tea, and lets discuss the amazing world of Art in it's many forms!

CottonWoolBaby Studio

CottonWoolBaby Studio

Poetic thought

Windy Nights
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?

Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

Welcome to my blog, my name is Mary Esther Ward and I am an artist living in Northeastern Pa, USA.
My current artistic passion is making Soft Sculpted figures in all different sizes.
I have experimented with a lot of mediums but so far this process is my favorite. I'm always trying to learn new things, and hope to showcase some of them in the blog process. I'm new at this but so far it's been lots of fun meeting other talented bloggers and keeping up with their  creative processes.

Here's my giveaway doll, a 10" OOAK "raggie" with handpainted face and wool hair.
She is signed and dated on her foot.
This giveaway is open to all bloggers.The event runs from Jan.31st, 2011- Feb.17th 2011.
To participate, leave a comment and make sure I can contact you if your name is drawn on the 17th, and so that I can visit your blog.
The winner will be notified by email, and posted on my blog.
This Event will be closed to comments at 5PM, EST today, Feb 17. so that I can choose a winner, which will be announced tomorrow!
Thanks to all who participated, it's been great fun meeting all of you!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

One World One Heart Giveaway

I'm happy to announce that I'll be participating in the last annual One World One Heart Blog Event that will run from Jan. 30th -Feb. 17th! See the sidebar for details and stay tuned for giveaway details.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My January Fun project

In these sometimes dark and dreary days of Winter, it's important to give ourselves a break from the grind. The Holidays are over and at least for me, some hard work lies ahead before I go to the Covention in the Spring.
A few years ago I started a purely fun project, a life sized jointed mannequin that I don't intend to sell. Now, for me that is saying something! I just wanted a big doll to dress up and maybe model some vintage clothing in my shop occasionally. Even my playthings sometimes have to earn their keep.
Of course I got busy, ran out of time and money to indulge my whim, and Macy was put aside with one arm still to be built and only one leg attached. Also, human hair is expensive, so she had to wear a hat...

She sat in the corner of the spare bedroom until I decided I could spare her some time during the after Christmas rush when I had a few days just to play.
Also, an idea had been perking about taking her to a small Doll Show In NJ in Feb. Last year my friends and I took some dolls and were thrilled to bring home some first place ribbons.
So she has been "resurrected", and I steal a half hour or so a day to work on her. 
My ongoing problem with the scarcity of flesh colored felt has been solved, thanks to an Etsy seller, and I'm happily anticipating the delivery that will allow me to finish Macy's arm. Our big obstacle will be her hair, since my faithful Etsy hair dealer is not only "On Vacation" but moving, which in my experience could take months.
SO... will Macy go to New Jersey with a stylish hat? Will I finish her arm in time? Will the mailman ever arrive?
Stay tuned for the continuing story of  "Macy Goes to the Doll Show... Or does she???"

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ADO 2010 Ornament Swap

What a fun exchange this was! The idea was to receive the name of another Artist on the Art Dolls Only Team and make them an ornament in the the form of a doll, 4" or larger, to hang on a tree or stand on a tabletop.
I set to work and produced an Elf child who of course had a mind of her own and resisted a lot of attempts to remain within the measurements of what I had in mind.

 She made the trip to Florida safely and was happily welcomed.

My Christmas treat was this little girl from Grace of LittleBlackCrow.
She is so original and full of feeling.
She measures about 12" from the tip of her star to her base.
Can't wait for next year!