Art Doll Quarterly

I’m very excited to share that the dolls and I are featured in the new issue of Art Doll Quarterly. Here’s a little peek.  The dolls and I are honored to be in such a lovely magazine, full of amazing dolls.  Thank you so much to Jana and everyone at Stampington!

More doll updates coming this week! Hope everyone is having a lovely year so far!

Expect the return of the daily doll starting Friday!! Xo

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Saint Lucy And Saint Odilia Day

Today December 13, is the Feast day of two of my favorite Saints. St. Lucy and St. Odilia.

St. Lucy – patron of eyes has two stories attached to her, one is that a prince wanted to marry her, and was enchanted by her beautiful eyes.  He threatened to call her out as a Christian if she refused to marry him.  This of course didn’t frighten her.  She had explained that she had no desire to marry, she had decided to devote her life to God. The story goes that she tore her eyes out, placed them in a dish and said if you like my eyes so much, take them.  Shortly after, her eyes were miraculously healed and restored, but she was taken to the authorities, and martyred for her faith.

The other story is that her eyes were torn out as part of her martyrdom, and that they miraculously came back before her death.

You can read more here.

Either way, you have a remarkable Saint who’s unbending devotion to God was courageous to say the least.  She inspired me so much I made a St. Lucy doll for the first Carnival of Saints and Souls show, and I did some Wet Plate Collodion portraits of her that I’ll be making into cards this year! She also is the inspiration behind my band Hazard County Girls song, Lucy’s Eyes.

Here’s a photo of the Wet Plate Camera I used focused in on Lucy, followed by the final Wet Plate Image.

St. Odilia is also the patron of eyesight.

Odilia was born blind, and because of this her family abandoned her, choosing to give her to a peasant family rather than have her killed.  Odilia was baptized at the age of twelve, and at the moment she was Christened, her sight was miraculously restored.  You can read more about Saint Odilia here.

I made a Saint Odilia doll for the second Carnival of Saints and Souls show.  Here she is.

As a little bonus here are a couple of my favorite famous paintings of these Saints.

Hope everyone has a Dollightful day xo

St. Lucy by Domenico di Pace Beccafumi

St. Lucy by Francesco del Cossa

Saint Odilia

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Nola Mae the New Orleans Spirit

Sweet Nola Mae

Nola Mae sees only New Orleans. She is consumed with love of the city dearest to her heart. Her truest love is a tree in City Park. She once ate twelve king cakes in one sitting. Her favorite sound is the sound of the ships on the Mississippi. The smell of sweet olive, and butter top her favorite smells. She’s convinced that Mardi Gras is year round, so please don’t tell her otherwise.

If you take dear Nola Mae home, be ready to fall in love with New Orleans, if you havn’t already!

Be sure to play her records by Sweet Emma Barrett, and if you need help getting in the spirit, you can wind her music box, which plays “Way down Yonder in New Orleans.”

Now adoptable through etsy.

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Tales of the Sisters Kane – Book II

It’s true! It’s in the works!

You will finally learn the fate of Wisteria?!

 

You’ll meet dear Magnolia – Who longs to ice skate, but has a persistent and sad ability to melt things.

And much more! I’ll post more details soon! Now back to stitching!

xo ck

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Happy Eleven Eleven Eleven – Meet Poppy the Eleven O’Clock Doll

In honor of it being 11-11-11 I thought I would share my Eleven O’Clock doll from my Timeless Tales show.

Poppy

Poppy…walked into a bit of a disaster at exactly Eleven O’clock am last Wednesday.
She was taking a little walk in a field and watched in amazement as the hummingbirds swooped in and out of sight sipping nectar until their bellies were round and full.
They were so fast she could hardly see what color their eyes were, much less their wings and her fascination with them took a dreaded turn.  She steadied herself between two
flowers and climbed them like a ladder.  She wedged her face between them and held their petals close to her face, left side and right side.  This she thought would be the perfect place to see a hummingbird up close because they would come and drink from both the flowers and be close enough to hug!

Poppy is a loving little doll and wanted desperately to hug or kiss one of these magnificent little birds.  But hummingbirds are like lightning sometimes and when the hummingbird in question darted in to sip the flower his beak poked Poppy right under her eye!

She shed one tear and it froze right on top of the spot the hummingbird had poked her.
Then she lost her footing and fell to the ground.

The hummingbird hovered over her and shed a tear of his own.
He was sorry to have hurt her but even more sorry that she didn’t know the consequence of trying to get too close to a wild creature.

When a doll gets a wound from a hummingbird something dreadful will happen.  Lucky for Poppy that if the doll gets wounded at eleven o’clock on the nose, which in this case it did,  right after the dreadful thing takes place, it will be immediately followed by something wonderful.

So Poppy waited, thinking the worst…like perhaps her eyes would pop out of her head.
She didn’t have to wonder long because in an instant she felt her hands clasp and then watched as they disappeared.  As they disappeared her arms seemed to melt together.

“How dreadful” she thought.  But then the hummingbird, who was watching the whole thing told Poppy that by eleven o’clock the next day something wonderful
was going to happen.  So she decided not to sulk.  After all, her eyes hadn’t popped out of her head and she could still skip and sing.

With that she went wandering through the flowers and at eleven o’clock the next day 30 hummingbirds descended from the sky and encircled the little doll.  They seemed nearly frozen and invited her to come as close as she wanted, but warned for her not to touch them.

So she spent the next several hours gazing into their eyes and taking note of the
way their wings changed colors in the sun.  After several minutes the birds flew away … all but one.

It was the bird who had poked her in the face!

He told her he was sorry and Poppy told him not to worry, that she was really quite pleased with her new arms because they were now ideal for hugging flowers.

So if you take Poppy into your home make sure to give her something to hug, be it a flower, or a little blanket or even you.  And do keep an eye on her if you
bring her into your garden… you might think she has learned her lesson but you never can tell!


© Christy Kane

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Carnival of Saints and Souls II

The dolls and I are gearing up for Carnival of Saints and Souls II !! Here is the poster!

I’ll post all my pieces for the show soon, but for now here is a sneak peek at the face of my

St. Odilia Doll ….. patron of eyesight! 

 

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Works in Progress

Getting ready for the October show in New Orleans… more news about that soon, but here are a couple images of dolls in progress. Now back to Stitching =)

St. Rita of Cascia

and St. Rose of Lima

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