Sunday, June 14, 2015

cat art doll , Fiona ....... by sandy mastroni





cat art doll ........ she has a black tail too , hard to see in the photos
This is Fiona the cat
You can see the REAL life Fiona on this blog ........sprocketsinside
Beth has a beautiful PHOTOGENIC cat .... her name is Fiona
so this doll is for Beth , visit her blog !!!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monster doll {{{ special order }}}





Monster with baby monster
the monster is 17 inches tall , the zipper mouth opens and closes . the baby fits in the pocket { mouth }
it's hard to see in the photos , but the big monster's nose is a separate stuffed sewn on piece
SO much fun to make monster dolls !!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Art doll , a new one for Etsy {{ SOLD }}, Sandy Mastroni



A new art doll in my Etsy shop
Her name is Clara
*** update ** ........ Clara just sold , she will be on her way to England soon . This doll was a lot of work but I really like her so the plan is ... to make another somewhat similar
thank you Cheryl for buying her

Monday, May 18, 2015

My cat Buddy { in my studio }


I cleared up the mess on my table so I could get to work and make a new mess , I turned around , came back and there ..... was .... Buddy !




" Buddy , I have to get to work . Could you find another place to sit ? Go look out the window , go bother your sister { Holly } "

 No ..... this is good , I'll just stay here



This is a good spot


" Well , I have to move you , I will put you in my bed , make a tent for you , a nice spot to take a nap "

and then .... that sad sad face

This is Buddy . He's with me ALL the time .  Some cats are the best , most lovable , sweetest cats ..... Buddy is one of the best { ever }
If you ever thought about getting a cat ............ get a cat ...... now . today .... ha ha

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bird art ..... whimsical art doll , Sandy Mastroni , Etsy



a whimsical bird ........ the head , the wings , the legs are all sewn and stuffed separately and sewn into the body by hand .... I made a little fabric flower { with an old pearl in the center } ....... Oh , and I put on an antique finish , so the brown antiquing paint goes into the crevices.... This bird is in my etsy shop !

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

art doll head , sandy mastroni {{{ etsy }}}


art doll head ......... she is in my Etsy shop !!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

three little kittens . three art doll cats ...... by Sandy Mastoni


 This is Christine .... I made a fabric flower for her { with a pearl in the middle } , and she has a necklace too 



This is Linda Lou ....... I made a fabric flower for her too , her dress is linen , lace collar with an old button.



and this is Beatrice ..... painted in off white , old lace at her hemline , with a fabric flower { pearl in center } , lace and old pearl button collar
don't forget to click photos to see larger image

Thursday, March 19, 2015

new cat art doll { a fabric sculpture } sandy mastroni etsy


Here is the start of a new cat doll ...... it never looks very good in the beginning , I admit that I don't have to spend a ton of money on " supplies " , it's the TIME , it is labor intensive . This is just a strong cotton fabric { a curtain panel } and of course the stuffing ... I use a dense cotton stuffing { like they used to use to stuff sofas } Upholstery stuffing , and clean rags  { cut up soft blankets }
her head , the legs and tail have been stuffed separately and sewn into the body by hand

 then I paint her all black



black acrylic paint

a little sanding ..... then I dry brush white acrylic paint



a little color

 start the face
and then I put a coat of polyurethane on , let it dry well  and I love adding the antique finish , I brush on " Folk Art " antique medium . letting it get in the crevices .  Rub it off




and .... here is Cecilia . She is in my Etsy shop .

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

art in progress ...... Mister Rodrigo ..... by sandy mastroni


what am I doing ...... I have no idea


maybe this will be good


after stuffing and sewing all the pieces into the body , I paint it all black , and I want to throw it out , just throw it in the garbage can and start a new doll ,,,,,, but ,,,,, I keep going

 I still don't know .... but I keep going


 and then ....... maybe ..... maybe this could be good


 maybe



liking him more now , so I keep painting him , and so I put a coat of polyurethane on him , then an antique finish that I rub on and wipe away { I use Folk Art medium }



and Mister Rodrigo is done ......... on my wall , hoping to find a new home

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

three art dolls , and a story about my oven


This is Claudia Anne .... she has a blue fringe trim at the hemline



This is Cookie ..... with her stripes and polka dots


This is Claudia , I put a gauze fabric at the hemline

I made these three ...... for my friend in England to look at , for her to decide if she wants any of these dolls .
also

OH .... I've had so much going on here , house stuff !!!!  problems , but they did all work out okay .
One night last week I turned on my oven , walked away , and when I came back , it was beeping like crazy , I could not shut the oven off , and the stove was SO SO HOT . It freaked me out , scary ..... so my husband shut the circuit breaker off , we put fans in the windows and the oven cooled down . well ..... so.... we needed to get a new range , since this one was 17 years old . and all the other appliances were 17 years old too ,  we went and bought a new washer , dryer , refrigerator and a GAS range { I've always had electric }
but the problem was the driveway and walkways were solid ice  { under the snow } ..... so we spent a day chopping ice and shoveling .
the other problem was clearing a path in the basement , { I have SO much stuff } , clean out the frig , clean and move stuff in the kitchen so they could get the new stuff in , we have a small cape cod house , so things are tight
I'm getting used to the gas stove .... I wanted it because I've also been getting into using a cast iron skillet ! {{{ I like it }}}}
I made THE best  eggs that night . I've been cooking for over 40 years and I never could make eggs , so I made my husband very happy finally !!!!!!
When we went to the small appliance store { not a big place like Home Depot } .... when we walked in , the first thing I saw was a beautiful AQUA range . I WANT THAT ONE , I said ..... but then I realized it was just for display , a beautiful old aqua range from the Fifties ....... oh ...... so ...... just get the basic boring , VERY basic nothing fancy appliances . just plain white , so boring ..... but even though ........ I'm grateful , they are clean and new , so that's good
anyway this real life stuff exhausts me .... I haven't been working and that makes me NUTS ,
Hoping to post more on this blog , I love Pinterest , I don't like Facebook , I don't know what good Flickr does me ........
but I just want to thank you for visiting and I hope you will come back again !!!