Thursday, July 29, 2010

Website LIVE!!!!

3...2...1!!!!

The website is finally finished and live!!! Please go check it out and let me know if you find any broken links or typos :) It would be much appreciated.

www.TheMushroomPeddler.com

I can finally announce my secret project... Introducing Shelly, the Pond Turtle.

She went from this concept-


To this finished prototype -

Her first ordering period will be from August 1st - September 1st 2010 as both a basic and full-set doll. Please see her page at the website for more details- Shelly's Page
More photos, pricing, and details will be added on August 1st.

*Happy Dance*
7...6...5...4... almost :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Random

Just a post to give you an update...
I worked some more on the prototypes for the secret project and nearly have a second prototype finished. I am trying to think of all the ways to make the most of this project so I am experimenting with some new things. My goodness it is hard to talk about this without saying anything to give it away lol I guess I'll just be quiet about it for now.

Continuing to work on the web site and it is coming along really well. Just adding content and photos for the most part...9...8...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Getting Closer

I worked on the secret project yesterday and finally have a fully finished prototype *dances* I am so excited and it is very difficult to restrain myself from spilling the beans and showing photos to everyone. I have to wait though. I promised myself I wouldn't announce it or show photos until the web page was at least done enough that I could launch it with at least some information there lol
I worked most of today on the web site and it is getting closer to being ready to go!

Countdown has begun... 10...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Update

Worked more on making molds today. While waiting for the silicone to set, I worked on some fun jewelry I am making to take to my table at DragonCon. If you are going to be there this year, please come say hi at my table in the Artist Alley :)

I might go back over to my workshop after my husband gets back from work if I can swing it. My 9mo baby has a cold though, so I might just call it a day and spend time with the family tonight. I seem to be gone an awful lot lately.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Random

Just thought I would post a couple more photos of the unicorns :) I should have more updates tomorrow after I get back from work.

Blank baby unicorn doll-
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With hair and tail-
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With a Littlefee from Fairyland dolls-
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14" (approx. size) Unicorn
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Casting

Today I got up extra early (at about 6am) before the kids were up and headed to work. I got a lot done. I usually head over around 9am after breakfast, but my hubby offered to watch the kids and let me go early :)

I worked on my secret project and cast several of the pieces involved with it (sorry, no spoilers *grins*). I promise it will be worth the wait. Something totally different than my other projects, though still doll related.

I hope to have it done and ready for opening sales by DragonCon in Georgia this September, so I am working hard on it and also on several wing orders.

Speaking of wings, I plan to have several sets for sale at my table in the Artist's Alley at the con in addition to other fun things, so please stop by and check out my wares if you plan on being there.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Onward

Well, I am just about the head in to the workshop.
I found the perfect place about two months ago to create and cast my dolls at. It is about 1500sqft and has two offices, a large warehouse room, two bathrooms, and a loft *Yay for space!* I can finally stretch out and get some serious things done... but have fun at the same time of course. I was doing everything in my little condo up to that point and with three little children, that wasn't ideal at all. This is much better :)

I am thinking about getting a bunch of tables and chairs and having a doll meet up there sometime. If I do decide to do that I will announce it here.

Anyway, off to work on my secret project *evil laugh* Betcha can't wait to see what it is. Something totally unexpected and unique I can assure you.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

About time for an update!

Hello everyone!

I know it has been forever since I last posted anything. I apologize for being so silent.
I have been posting small updates at my DeviantArt.com account http://themushroompeddler.deviantart.com , but I plan to start posting here at least a few times a week as things move forward.

Just a quick overview of the last year or so...

I finished the prototype for the large unicorn (about 23" tall). Tada!
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I love her a lot and am happy with her looks, however I have found that the large pieces of resin are difficult to cast and quite heavy. It makes her unable to stand and fairly awkward to pose which is not at all up to the standard I am going for.

I became pregnant with my third child early 2009 and had to stop casting until after the baby was born (Oct 2009) to avoid the resin fumes. As soon as I could I jummped back into making some decisions about where I wanted to go next with this business.

That said, I have reevaluated what I would like to do and have decided to do a smaller version about 15" tall. She is much easier to cast and can stand on her own! Yay!
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I felt that not only did making her smaller make easier to cast and pose, but also it would put the cost of purchasing her closer to a price most people could more easily afford.

I also created a baby that is the perfect size for her (about 3ish inches tall) which is available to order at Etsy here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMushroomPeddler
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I am working on perfecting the smaller lady unicorn and will begin selling her as soon as I have her to the standard I am going for. I am also working on a couple of other fun projects that will be talked about in the coming months so please stay tuned :)