Monday, 8 February 2016

Little Link

© Melissa Gaggiano
    My littlest  has put in a request for a large fluffy sloth and a miniature Legend of Zelda: Link doll. I have chosen to take on the smaller of the two options. But make no mistake, when it comes to doll making, 'smaller' doesn't necessarily mean 'easier'.

    I have begun the doll with armature and wrapping. So right now the doll looks like a headless Egyptian mummy. From little things...

On a Mission

    Let this be your Monday empowerment song…

Friday, 5 February 2016

Keep on Dancing

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Buy "Dance Suit"

    Surely you have felt like dancing on your way to work. If only life was a dance movie.

    I have a new piece of merchandise in my Red Bubble store. Dance is in my blood…

Thursday, 4 February 2016

New Venture

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    I am pleased to announce a new opportunity on my path has opened up. I have a stockist for a selection of my hand crafted dolls. You can scream with delight right along with me now.

    The stockist sells beautiful,sweet hand crafted, locally designed wares. Plus it doubles as a coffee shop. Which makes complete sense since crafters tend to be caffeine fiends. 

    Here's everything else you need to know about the stockist:

16 Bays/ Sue B Design/ Cafe
Shop 7 16-18 Station Road
Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia

    Shout out to Sue B for this amazing opportunity - Thank you!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Up in the Air

    Before I clock off for the night [I am seriously tired], I just want to mention that I've got a new visual product in store, aptly named "Up in the Air". Check it out!

© Melissa Gaggiano
Buy "Up in the Air"

    Also just want to say - Pat Benatar rocks! Today I bought her vinyl for "Love is a Battlefield". Love this song.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Mirabella 2 Mermaid Paper Doll

    I now present to you an updated mermaid paper doll: Mirabella II. She has a couple of marked improvements on the previous model. I hope you enjoy making and playing with this paper doll.

© Melissa Gaggiano

Thursday, 14 January 2016

DIY Doll house Bunk Bed

© Melissa Gaggiano

    There are many wonderful free DIY doll house furniture instructions available out there. Of course when I decided to built a cardboard bunk bed for my kids' doll house I wanted to construct it within one day. So rather than following one of the many gloriously detailed, fancy bunk beds, I came up with my own simple design, which I now offer to you.

What will you need?
  • boxing cardboard [preferably 4mm thick]
  • art knife
  • metal ruler
  • craft glue
  • paint

1. Cut out these pattern pieces on the cardboard.

2. Begin gluing the two ground supports to a mattress bottom piece. Allow to dry.

3. Turn mattress bottom piece sideways and glue to one side wall
[bottom supports to line up with side walls].
4. Glue second bottom mattress piece to side wall [closer to the top]. Allow to dry.

5. Glue second side wall to both bottom mattress pieces.
Ensure all pieces are pressed firmly together and allow to dry.

6. Glue the ladder to one side of the bed. Allow to dry.

7. Now you may choose to paint or draw on the bunk bed to decorate.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Pillow Doll

© Melissa Gaggiano
    On this seriously hot day I continue to play with my sample Posca pens. I experimented with making this pillow doll. She's kind of cute.