Monday, 21 April 2014

Thought You Should Know

    I'm a dork through and through. More than once I tried being cool, but it froze my heart and it felt like I was wearing my underwear back to front. So I'll just be a dork through and through.

© Michael Leunig

Just Did This

Melissa Gaggiano illustration

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Leggy Lola For Sale

Leggy Lola by Melissa Gaggiano
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    As promised earlier in the week my latest doll creation is now available in my Etsy store.
    I am rather excited by the design developments of this doll. She has sewn in shoes and extremely long legs, giving her a cartoony look. Leggy Lola is a very sweet candy girl. I hope you like her as much as I do.

Pink Nation Station

    Yoo hoo! I am proud to announce a new photographic piece which can be bought at my Red Bubble shop. It is for the love of pink hair. Check it out here.
Melissa Gaggiano Photography
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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fab Finds 6

It wasn't an intentional thing, but it just occurred to me that today's Fab Finds have a retro vibe. Well, let's roll with it...

    We have here something for the lomography enthusiasts. Can you imagine how people were manipulating photos before we had Photoshop. Well, you can check it out here in this 90's video on polaroid manipulation. Fun stuff! I'd like to give this a go if I still had a polaroid camera.

    And for a laugh, here's something that Anne Hathaway and Jimmy Fallon did a while back. It is old and still a hoot.

    One of my favourite makeup artisans - Doe Deere has collaborated with her friends to make a Jem + the Holograms music video audition. Their makeup and costumes are amazing and outrageous [in a very, very good way]. It makes for a nice 80s cartoon tribute. Fantastic effort ladies [Shana is my favourite in this]!

Lola Complete

Lola doll design by Melissa Gaggiano
    I wasn't expecting that, but I got the Lola doll finished late last night. She'll go up for sale later this week at my Etsy store. Stay tuned...

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Tastes like Cherry Cola

    A couple of months ago I came up with a new doll body template. She got made but then just sat in a bag without hair, face or clothes to compliment her. The poor thing! All she had were a pair of mix match shoes on her feet.
    Then one incredibly boring day this week I decided it was time to do something about this unfinished doll. That's when I realised that I had a spare felt wig left over from my mermaid collection - solving the problem of the hair. Next came the face which all got sewn on while watching The Notebook [the first time I've been able to watch this film without blubbering].
    And now I am working on the doll's outfit. I found this hairy, swirly, rainbow,yarn, and I have been crocheting the skirt. And to top it all off, my eldest has christened the doll Lola. World meet soon-to-be-dressed-Lola.
Doll design by Melissa Gaggiano

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Lost Girls

Melissa Gaggiano illustration
    Just finished this illustration. I was inspired by two things: my daughters and the story of Peter Pan.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Fab Finds 5

And now for my fab finds. Take it away... Fab Finds.

    Cat Rabbit, one of my favourite Australian artisans, last year collaborated with Isobel Knowles to create a sausage dog installation. It is a gorgeous design which will immediately make you go 'Awwwww! Cute' and 'Oh my god! I'm never eating a sausage for the rest of existence'. For those of us who missed the original installation we have this sweet video to enjoy...

    This is something of an oldie. It is such a brilliantly useful share, so that is exactly what I am going to do. Share. Another one of my favourite crafty bloggers, Jennie [A Little Vintage Doll, makes unique dolls via a combination of paint, hand and machine sewing. What makes her machine sewing so unique is her drawing style. You see Jennie is able to make her sewing machine stitch in an organic, doodly hand drawn way. A while back Jennie provided an instruction guide on her blog on just how to do this. Click here to find out more on this one. Drawing with a sewing machine! I'm telling you, it is up there with unicorns and rainbow lamas.
© Jennie - A Little Vintage Doll

    I don't own a smartphone or a pad so was a little disappointed [Please! No tears. Really, I'll survive] in not being able to get in on the instagram trend. Coz wow! Instagramers get to have fun with their quick snaps by adding creative filters. Wanting to have a little fun of my own without buying a mobile phone I went searching for a program that would allow me to use these fun filters from the comfort of my computer. I didn't have far to look because the first product in my search that came up was Pixlr-o-matic. This is a visually fun package, easy to use and gives you the choice to use online or even download [for free]. I am going to make good use of Pixlr-o-matic during those blah moments.
Melissa Gaggiano Photography + Pixlr-o-matic = fun fun fun