Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Whole New Level of Details :)

I have been spending a lot of time dreaming up new ideas and then working away to find ways to bring them to life...

One of the first things was to design a larger size body.  I wanted it to be very slender and floppy, like our Jewelwings, Sprites and Pixies, but also much taller.  To be closer to the configuration of a 10-12 year old child...long spindly legs and arms with large feet.  As I played around and came up with the style, I realized this larger size gave me more creative freedom to play around and create new ways to bring more little details to them.

This is what I came up with...introducing, our newest body.  

She stands 17" tall.  Her arms and legs are thin and long.  Her body is slender as well.  

Next, it was time to play around with the little details.  

I wanted to figure out a way to make her arms and legs bend naturally at the joints.  I also wanted it to look pretty.  This is what I came up with.

She not only has knee and elbow dimples...they are also functional, acting as moveable joints. 

It also has the added bonus of giving her leg and arm definition.

Her legs and arms can now bend freely but still look pretty when they are straight.

As for other small details....

How about right and left feet.  

...and of course butt cheeks 

These details will be on all our large size dolls going forward.  This means if the doll is 16" or bigger...he or she will have these same details.  We will not be adding these to our other sizes...Jewelwing, Sprite and Pixie. 

I cannot tell you how excited I am to bring have been able to dream this up and finally bring it all to life.  Hopefully you all will agree these are some awesome additions.

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 2014

It's been a while since I had the time to sit down and put together an update of all that is going on.  I have been trying to find the time to do this, it seems for oh so long.  OK, so since I have the time this morning...better get started...

We are off to a great start this year...Things are steadily rolling along.

Many of you have already met ZiZi.  She was brought on to help run the shop for me so I can have the freedom to design and create.  She makes sure things keep rolling at the shop and things get done on time.  This is no small task, trust me :)  When someone is out, or does not get their work done, she has to step in and finish it.  She is pretty amazing for taking this all on.  Over time, you all will get to know her she gets more settled in her role, she will begin to be more active online.  You all are gonna love her.  She's pretty wonderful.

We added a few new sewing mamas to the team.  They are still training, so it will take a few weeks before they are totally up to the task,  it takes a few weeks and a lot of sewing to be ready to make items for us.  Based on what they have done so far, I can say they are both extremely talented sewers.  They will be fantastic additions to Team DFH.

On the book front, the paperback copies have all bee shipped out.  As for the hard cover copies, our publisher ended up being a bit behind on time estimates and it has added a couple weeks to our finish date.  Right now, we are on track to have them received, all printed and ready to ship out, by the 27th...we are sorry for the inconvenience.

If you follow along on the FB page, you are already aware that we are working on new items to add to our offerings each week.  With the addition of ZiZi to the team, I look forward to being able to design some new items as well as make some alterations to a few existing items so we can add them one by one.  Wait till you all see what I have in store for you :)  I am pretty excited.

We have some other really big things coming down the road...but I will save those for another blog post :)

For now, it looks like I have covered all the things I needed to go over today.  It's now time for me to get to work :) You have yourselves a wonderful day...

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mystical Mama Gaia and Wee Baby Tahra

Deep in the forest dwelling amongst the moss covered rocks and earthy tree roots, Mystical Mama Gaia lives with her sweet baby Tahra.

Mama Gaia is a guardian of the forest.  She watches over all manner of flora and fauna.

When an animal or plant becomes ill or weak, she is there helping to nurse them back to health.  When a new youngling is born, she is the first one present to welcome the new babe to their world.  She takes her tasks seriously as she loves all the living creatures in charge.

Her task is not an easy one especially for a mama of a wee one.  As we all know, wee babies are quite a task all on their own. There are always things that must be done for the forest as well as Wee Baby Tahra.  So she does what many other mamas do every day...she does the best she can each day.

Mama Gaia was born with a dragonfly birthmark and wee baby Tahra seems to have been born with it as well.  Perhaps this means she too will be a forest guardian one day when she grows up.

Wee Baby Tahra is a busy little one.  She loves to snuggle with mama.  She always has a great big smile.  She love to coo and make sounds as though she is talking to you.  It is apparent that this little one, some day will have lots and lots to say.

So, how, you ask, does a sweet earth mama care for her youngling while also carrying out her very important forest tasks?  Well, she wears her in her leaf sling of course.

She can bring her everywhere she goes.  Wee Baby Tahra can nap while mama works.  When she is awake, Mama Gaia can wrap the sling around her back and Wee Baby Tahra can ride along and see everything mama is doing.  She can feel and hear mama all around her all the time and mama knows her sweet baby is safe and cozy.

Some day, Wee baby Tahra will be too big for the sling.  She will want more freedom to roam the forest...away from mama but not too far at first.

There is no doubt that Mama Gaia will find some way to watch over her little when that time comes.  Until then, she will enjoy wearing her wee babe.  She will enjoy this precious time to snuggle and cuddle her as much as she can today and each day.

Mystical Mama Gaia and Wee Baby Tahra are the second addition of our Special Edition Elementals group.  They are going to be sold via auction in our Hyena Cart store.  The auction will go live today (2/3) at 6:00 pm central (7:00 pm Eastern) It will run until tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9:00 pm central (10:00 pm Eastern)

Here is a link to the page...