Sunday, August 3, 2014

My Newest Dolls

Meet The Mayhem Misfits

My friend Cody purchased these in an ebay auction and then sent them to me. I fell in love with their spirit and energy. It is pretty clear they need help.  Lots of help.
My friend Mary and I talked about a storyline for them.  It involves them taking a road trip of sorts- and they really need a day or 2 at a salon.  Mary sent me a car.  They love their car.

Currently I am working on making a beauty salon and spa for them to visit.  In a future post you will see the salon and spa being built.
It is my intention to put up posts as I am able with updates on the Misfits and their adventures. Once the salon is finished I will begin the make-overs on these dolls.  Everything will be documented here.  I hope you will join us for the fun!

Cheers, PB Ray

Friday, April 25, 2014

Monster High Rocker

Pinkie Manx

Meet Pinkie Manx.  She is the founding member and the lead singer of the band Phit! She started as a back up singer for the graveyard band Tombstone Killers.  Her voice has a sex kitten quality with a feral edge.  When she started writing songs she wanted to perform those songs and so she formed Phit!
She has a collection of boom boxes and stacks of cassette tapes right next to an old school phonograph and LP's old and new in her living room.  On her end table is her MP3 player next to a jar of fresh catnip.  Her home is a reflection of her in every way.  
"I like to drag the past into the present with me," she says as I gaze around her home.  Yes indeed, she has brought them together and what a great mash-up it is. Just like her clothing.
Pinkie wears old and new together. A new self embellished ripped edges tee shirt with a faded black denim skirt and her favorite pair of Victorian shoes with messy shoe polish, glitter and paint splatters. This is not your average grrrl.

Getting started on her face.

Adding to her eyes and lips.

Deepening the colors on her face.

Added shine to her eyes and lips.

Starting on her clothes.  
Still haven't decided on the colors for her shoes.

More detailing on the clothes.

Boom box, cut off hose and shoes all hand painted.

I have started a new series of girls that reflect the punk scene, the Riot Grrls theme and reflect those I admire like Joan Jett, Bikini Kill and Pink. Pinkie Manx is the first of this series.  She will be up in my etsy shop this week.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chocolate Bunny for Dolls

My Version of My Froggy Stuff's Bunny
These are 1 1/2 inches tall or 43 cm.
Made from cardboard and craft paint. 
 I finished mine by adding peach colored silk ribbon.
You can even make your own packaging with cellophane and paper.

How to make these:

And her great blog:

Happy Spring Everyone!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lagoona Made Over As

Marie Antoinette

This is Marie finished.  The following photos show her as a work in progress.
Re-rooted with white mohair, piled high. Net is attached to keep hair neat.

Beginning of face painting and blushing.
Face painting finished.  Mohair curls attached around face.
Beginning of top.  White silk with lace overlay.
Skirt is partially finished.  White silk with embroidery.
Hose and shoes.  I painted the shoes antique gold and pink and added tulle bows with flowers.
Inside of skirt is lined with ruffles.  All of her clothes are hand sewn.  Skirt and top close with snaps.

          "Psst!  Marie, there is small white mouse on your table! I think he is sampling your tart..."

Earrings are antique Czechoslovakian glass beads.
Marie is now for sale in my etsy shop. 
On a personal note:
I am very slowly getting back to my work.  Marie has given me a lift and I am hopeful that I will begin to put some speed on now.
Thank You for all of the support!
Cheers, PB


Friday, March 7, 2014

Black Widow Gown

I am feeling much better these days and have been working on some different projects.  I found some spider web tulle and cut it apart and then sewed it back together piece by piece to make this gown.  The top piece and panties are made from lingerie lace and elastic.  Gown closes in back with a snap.

Frankie loves this gown.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Letters From BlogLand

To all of my Followers, Lurkers, Comment Writers and Searchers out there in Blog Land, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Bright New Year.

This has been a very challenging year for me and for my family, as it has been for many I am sure. 

One of the challenges I am facing right now is Meniere's disease.  I have terrible vertigo and am spending my days trying to accomplish things all while being dizzy and nauseous.  It is not easy.

Currently I am in the process of re-vamping my etsy shop.  I am painting new back drops, painting furniture and making props.  It should return by Jan. 1st 2014. 

Recently I have had several people contact me through my etsy shop. 
Unless it is a short but sweet question or involves business on etsy, I would prefer you did not do this. 
I love it when you use the Comment section here- there is some really good stuff in the Comments on several of the Monster High custom tutorial pages where you can learn more about doll customization.  When you comment, and I publish it, it reaches a larger audience.

Also, unless I have used a technique myself, and can document it here in writing and with photos, I will not be posting what it is that you do yourself for your own customs.  I have my own sense of integrity about things of this nature and will not advise anyone to do anything I have not also done.  One should know what the results will be with certainty before telling you to try it.

Over the last 2 years I have put in a lot of time and energy to make this blog helpful.  My posts have slowed down recently as I have faced the challenges of just finding the time to do the things I need to do, let alone the things I like to do.

Lastly, to those of you who have said Thank You, who have told me they have gone on to do their own custom dolls - you have made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  I am grateful.

If you have photos of your doll customs you want to share, send them here:

Cheers, PB Ray

Yes, I know, not Monster High :)~  But these are some of my other girls ready for Christmas.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Non Doll Post

Dolls are fun.
Today's post is about being human.
The people of the Philippines are in dire straights.
Please Help if you can.
World Vision – First flight with relief supplies was today.
Philippine Red Cross – Emergency Aid
Doctors Without Borders – ‘nuff said.
Habitat for Humanity – To repair and rebuild homes
Thank You.  Every little bit counts.
~PB Ray

Friday, October 11, 2013

A Bit More




 I am at work on a custom Monster High doll and of course more fashions.  Stay Tuned :)


Saturday, September 28, 2013

More, We Want More :)

More Monster High Fashion
Cheers, PB