On the first Friday of every month, I used to post a tutorial. With the start of the new year, however, we’ve decided to change some things up. Tutorials are fun, but mainly in the way that it’s fun to date a succubus. She’s hot and periodically charming, but she’s also going to suck the life right out of you.
To minimize that whole problem, all three of us – which is to say, Ann, Cindy, and Sarah – are going to be taking a bloggier, more casual approach to our posts now, so feel free to read them in your underwear while your blue facial masque is drying. When I have a cool idea, I’ll share it as a “crafting prompt” rather than a tutorial, which is to say that instead of researching, writing, and testing a recipe for 17-Cheese Quesadillas, I’ll hop on here and say, “OMG! Let’s make quesadillas with EVERY CHEESE!” And then you can or you don’t have to or whatever. It’s casual.
This week, my crafting prompt involves The Shining, my friend Joe, and peg dolls. Prepare to be jealous.
My friend Joe – okay, our friend Joe – is an artist we met on art trading web site called ATCs for All. His work is brilliant and twisted and hilarious, and sometimes we fight about who loves him the most (but really, it’s a tie). This past Fall, Joe decided it would be a great idea to get everyone hooked on peg dolls, which are small, plain wooden dolls like these. And because Joe loves me the best (ahem), he made me a two sets of peg dolls, one from The Shining and one from The Exorcist.
Here are Joe’s dolls from The Shining. (Click for a closer look.)
So awesome, right?! The very first day I got them, I put them all on top of a bookshelf in my living room, but then I rearranged them. And then I rearranged them again. Yet no matter how many times I rearranged them, they didn’t command attention the way I felt they should. In a world with vaulted ceilings, the poor things don’t stand a chance. They’re just too small.
Enter this weird, dated house thing, hereafter known as Weird Dated House Thing:
I bought this two years ago at Goodwill because I sensed that it had potential. And look:
I haven’t even done anything to it yet, and already it unites Joe’s dolls and begins to give them the presence they deserve. Imagine how cool it will be after I start doing it up!
“But Ann!” you may be saying. “I don’t think my Goodwill has Weird Dated House Things. Why are you taunting me with this idea when my Goodwill sucks?” Patience, Blue Masque. You don’t have to have a Weird Dated House Thing to make this work. Check out the peg dolls from The Exorcist inside this ordinary shadow box:
Again, Joe’s dolls gain presence just by virtue of being inside this space together. Think what you could do by adding paint and love and bits. (Personally, I’ll be using paint and love and bits to recreate Regan’s bedroom, but I always did love dioramas.)
So! There you go. If you have peg dolls – or if you want to make some peg dolls – you should put them into an awesome environment together so that everyone will be jealous of them.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress on both of these projects. Meanwhile, go say hi to Joe. He blogs right over yonder, underneath a sign that says “Ann owes me some peg dolls.”