Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Little Detectives....

  Well that was 2013! I hope that those who celebrated Christmas had a truly magical knees up - I know I did.

  During the run up to the festivities I treated myself to watching all 6 of The Thin Man movies (well who wouldn't!) I simply adore Myrna Loy and William Powell, and although they made a total of 13 movies together it was their wit, charm and sophistication as martini drinking husband and wife team Nick and Nora Charles - along with their smart little terrier Asta - that had audiences captivated. They were the perfect couple, their marriage was fun and romantic, they were super stylish and appeared so in love.....I was asked recently who I'd invite to the perfect dinner party - why Nick and Nora of course!.....I still want to be Myrna Loy when I grow up.
 
 
Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nick and Nora in The Thin Man 1934


"If you can manage the bread, I'll whip you up some scrambled eggs".....After the Thin Man 1936
 
 
Publicity shot for The Thin Man Goes Home 1944
 
  I also dipped into Myrna Loy's autobiography 'Being and Becoming' which I've had on my book shelf since I was about 18 (I'm quite a fan) It will come as no surprise then that Myrna and William's affection and friendship for one another lasted from the moment they met on 'Manhattan Melodrama' in 1934 until William Powell's death in 1984.  Myrna Loy said of their screen partnership ..'From our very first scene together a curious thing passed between us, a feeling of rhythm, an instinct for how one could bring out the best in the other...a kind of rapport. It wasn't conscious. If you heard us talking in a room, you'd hear the same thing.'


My Christmas reading, plus an old Picturegoer magazine featuring Myrna Loy as Nora with Asta. 

 
 ... It was the sharp and beautiful Nora Charles that was really the inspirational starting point behind my latest three dolls...... And lets be fair Nick couldn't have captured those murderous crooks without Nora!

  I am calling these elegant ladies 'The Little Detectives' and although they are not yet quite finished I thought I'd take some snaps of working progress alongside the stylish photos of  Nick and Nora.



Working progress of three detective dolls inspired by Nora Charles. Top right picture is my little boy creating his own outfit for one lucky lady. 

 
  This next outfit is quite possibly my favourite of Nora's outfits and worn in the first of the comedy detective delights The Thin Man 1934. I was so inspired by her matching hat, skirt and neck tie that I created a similar 1930's ensemble for the first cheeky creation.



'The Thin Man' 1934
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oh that beautiful Myrna nose!



 
 
Three little sleuths in the making!







                                                             HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Merry Christmas......

  'Tis the season to be jolly Fa la la la la la la la la!!!!

  I'm going to take a short blog break over the Christmas period but can't wait to show you what is inspiring my new dolls, paper dolls and illustrations in January. I have made up some doll bodies, added wire to their bendable legs and framed their pretty faces with merino wool hair. They are smart 1930's/40's ladies with an air of Nora Charles about them. I also have sketches galore and several new illustrations needing a lick of paint.

  For now though may I wish all my followers a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. x
 
 
My tree is up with a little help from Alpine Peg



Christmas flapper tree toppers!
 
 
Myrna Loy (aka Nora Charles)

 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Flapper Tree Fairy.....

 

 
  With the excitement of Christmas just around the corner my working hours this week have been slightly in favour of Christmas shopping and yuletide plans. It's amazing how we all moan about early advertisement then suddenly before you know it it's here - and you're less organised than you thought! Also spent a lot of time this week packaging up Pip dolls and goodies then toing and froing to the post office - almost every other day!  Its so lovely to have had lots of sales these past few weeks, I was thrilled to reach my 300 sales mark in my Etsy shop. Thankyou guys!
 
 ...Anyway! Here's another Christmas tree topper to add yet more sparkle to you festive d├ęcor. This one has a definite flapper feel with her sparkling bejewelled head scarf, kiss curls and feathered fan. I'm stitching up a second one as we speak and hope to get them both in the shop by next week. Unfortunately this means that if you are overseas it won't get you in time for Christmas. I'm so sorry this is the case. There's just never enough hours in the day to get as much done as I would like.


This little 20's starlet wears original 1920's rhinestone and beaded headpiece, vintage green chiffon bodice - to which I have stitched more rhinestones. The bottom half of her costume is 1930s gold lame fabric and her fan is made up of vintage feathers from an old 40's hat to which I have added star sequins. Her legs have been painted white with acrylic paint then given a coat of matte varnish. 



Sweet little wand and tinsel pipe cleaner wings - reminiscent of those cute kitsch tree angels of the 50's and 60's 






 


  Don't forget you still have time to purchase some Pip Christmas cards if you're in the UK. I'm planning on making Friday the 13th my last day for posting, but will make exceptions here and there should you make a purchase after this date.

  Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and is starting to feel positively festive! x
 
 

Monday, 2 December 2013

Circus Paper Dolls in my Shop

  Just to let you know there are 6 sets of Showgirl Milly paper dolls now up for grabs in my Shop

  Here is a snap of my original sketchy idea for Milly and her cute little circus wardrobe - I did this in bed one night at about 1.00am, unable to sleep because I was thinking about clown costumes and sequinned tutus!


 
 
 



I have backed Milly on some thicker card and stuck a wooden craft stick to her back. I have then added additional stars, pom poms and feathers to her costume.