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Welcome, my name is Sylvia Smiser. I am a self taught artist. I enjoy creating one of a kind art dolls and sculpted figures. Vintage Halloween styled artwork and Dia de los Muertos art dolls is what comes naturally to me and what I am most passionate about creating. I am a proud member of the wonderful art groups EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild) and PFATT (Primitive Folk Art Talk & Tea). I am a participating artist at Ghoultide Gathering. I am honored to have been published in Art Doll Quarterly, Dolls magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery and Celebrate 365 Magazine. I am also a Physical Therapist and Mama to 15 year old Boy/Girl Twins. My husband is a wonderful man who is very supportive of my art and together with our two doggy fur kids we make one happy, busy family.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends, I just wanted to say Happy New Year and wish you all the best in the coming year! 

I know I have not made a post all month and I apologize.  I was out of town for a couple of weeks. 

I have had a wonderful December, having taken some time out to visit my family in California for Christmas and enjoy some happy times instead of mournful times. 
In reflecting on 2012 I have been challenged with  heart ache and loss. I think many of us have faced lots of painful life events this year.  Through all the challenges faced in 2012, 
 I have to focus on all of the blessings. 
The blessings after all are what life is all about. 
I hope you take the time to focus on your blessings this last evening of 2012. 
It makes for a much brighter day!

May you all have a Wonderful, Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!
From my heart to yours.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday ETSY style!

Hi Everyone and welcome!  I just have a very brief message to share.  I am currently offering a HUMONGOUS discount in my ETSY store.  It will be my last sale of the year and it will run through Monday at midnight central standard time. 
Just use Coupon Code: CYBER50 for 50% off everything in the shop while supplies last!  
That's right, HALF OFF! 
I hope you will stop in to take a peak and take advantage of the HUGE SPECIAL Discount!
You may find a great deal for you or to give as a gift.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tomorrow's PFATT Marketplace, Christmas ornaments

Hi everyone! 
Just dropping in to give you a quick peak at my offerings for tomorrow's PFATT Marketplace. 
It updates at 10 a.m. Pacific time. 

Please come check them out tomorrow 11/10/12 after 10 a.m. Pacific Time.
Have a wonderful weekend! 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

We Have a Winner!!!!

Tonight is the night we pick the winner and new home for our little Scarecrow!
Thank you all for coming by and signing up! 
We put all the entries in a little antique cast iron cauldron.
Gave them a good stir...
And Pulled a Winner!

Congratulations to...

Krystal Willingham! 
Krystal please e-mail me your address so I can send him on his way to you.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Halloween Adventure, A Halloween Party, and A Giveaway!

I was walking in the woods yesterday morning searching for Witchberries.  
What's that you say? You've never heard of Witchberries before? 
Well let me tell you, you can make the best Chocolate Witchberry Cupcakes from them and the most satisfyingly magical tea as well.  Delicious! 
As I was walking along I found some of those delicious Witchberries everywhere I turned. 
It's the best time of year to collect Witchberries you know.

Suddenly, I heard the most alarming cackle! 
and I had to go see what or who it was coming from...
I followed it through the woods until I came to a clearing where I found this...

Sweet little cottage. 
 I was so enchanted that I thought I would find out who lived there. 
So I walked up to the door and knocked 3 times. 
But there was no answer.
So I went around the back and I found another door. 
But nobody seemed to be home.  
I know this is bad manners but curiosity got the best of me and I had to look in the window. 
This is what I saw.  It was such a cozy little cottage.  Just full of charm.  
I so wish the owners were home so that I may visit and get to feel what it was like inside. 
There was movement! 
And that Cackle Again!!!

The chair at the window began to rock fiercely and I had no choice but to run as fast as my feet would carry me! 

Much to my relief, I awoke with a start.  I was home (Phew!)
I just sat for a moment to relax before the Halloween Party and I guess I must have dozed off. 

Yes, that is what happened. 
Here are my treats all ready for the Halloween Party! 
Wait a minute. That plate was full of brownies...

Oh I see, Eudora and one eyed Jack have arrived.  I think those brownie's are one eyed Jack's favorite. 
He seems to want to blame it on the plate and cups.  
But that is quite alright I can put more out.  There is plenty for everyone. 
This little scarecrow and his crow friend prefer the Witchberry cupcakes.
And the Witchberry tea, but those tea cups sure are ornery and like to play tricks before allowing you to have your treat.  

I'd like to send a special Thank you to Ms Vanessa Valencia of A Fanciful Twist for organizing such a magical gathering of kind spirited folks! 
I always enjoy this annual, wonderful, blogland event so much!!!

I'm so glad you were able to stop by and join us for this small but intimate Halloween Party. 
In gratitude I would like to offer a giveaway! 

You see Mr. Scarecrow is looking for a new home.  He was just fired from his last position for being too kind to the crows. 

If you'd like a chance to win him:
1. leave me a comment
For a second chance: 
2. Follow my blog, by clicking follow, up on the right side of this page
And For yet another chance 
3. follow my Facebook Page 

I will be picking a winner Saturday November 3rd. 

Happy Halloween Partying!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Ornies on EBAY and a Halloween Party!

I hope everyone is doing well on this cool Fall evening.  My favorite kind of evening. Well, I have a lot to share tonight so I better get to gettin'.  
I currently have two Halloween ornies on EBAY.  
The first one is a Ghostie that loves to go trick or treating for lollipops.  
He is hoping to go to a good home, with lots of lollipops ; ) 
Please check out his auction HERE (Lollipop Ghost Ornie)

Next up is this sweet little Character...
He is also looking for a good home.  
Both of these auctions are ending on Sunday evening Oct. 21st.
He is dreading the inevitable FALL, maybe you can catch him and save him : )

Lastly, I wanted to share that I will be participating in Ms. Vanessa Valencia's A Fanciful Twist Halloween Blog party! 

YaaY!!! I look forward to this event every year.  
I hope you will stop in for the festivities and to sign up for my Halloween Party Giveaway. 
More on this a bit later...
Have a good evening!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Eudora the Witch is in DOLLS Magazine!

So much love went into making Eudora.  I really enjoyed picking out the antique fabrics and lace trims to fashion her dress and bloomers.  The sculpting of her face was so natural it's as if I already knew her and I was just getting rid of the excess clay to reveal the kind eyes and the weathered face I already knew was there.  I truly enjoyed creating her. 
So you can imagine my excitement to find out that Eudora was chosen to be in the October issue of DOLLS Magazine! 

There she is...

bottom left hand corner! 

She is in some amazing company!

A BIG Thank You to DOLLS! 
You have made my and Eudora's Dreams come true.

Eudora is still available.  Her auction ends tomorrow night 9/23/2012.

Thank you for stopping in! 
Have a beautiful first week of Fall!
Sylvia : )

Friday, September 7, 2012

Developing new techniques and More Mini dolls for this months PFATT Marketplace!

Hello everyone and welcome back! This has been a month of discovery and adventure for me with my art work.  You see I am a paperclay artist.  It's what I feel most comfortable sculpting with.  However, I keep hearing more and more about polymer clay and how much more you can do with it.  The main drawback for me is that you have to bake it to set.  For some reason that makes me nervous.  Maybe it's the fact that I tend to be on the forgetful side and what if I leave my pieces in there too long and they burn?  There goes all that sculpting work down the drain.

Well, I decided to give it a try anyway.  I set a timer and a back up timer. : )  I've done this only once before, I don't know if you recall my Barnabas Collins Doll? His cane was made with Polymer clay. So this is the first time I make something out of my own imagination with polymer clay. 

I also wanted to make some minis.  So I made myself a pattern for the body added wiring and stuffed them.  Then I attached the heads and costumed them. 
I made 4 minis this time around.  The first two were featured in my last post. Frankenstein and his Mrs. Those I'm happy to report are already in their new castle home enjoying every minute!
The other two will be available on Monday on The PFATT Marketplace.  
Here are some photos, I hope you like these guys! They were so much fun to make and even more fun to play with.  ; ) 

Meet Wandering Wanda and Cyrus the Halloween Circus Cat.

Wanda is so proud of her handmade VROOMstick!

And Cyrus loves to do acrobatic stunts!

Thank you for stopping in! Have a wonderful weekend! 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein's Monsters Minis!

Happy Labor day! 
I just wanted to share with all of you my latest two creations. 
Mr and Mrs. Frankenstein's Monster. 
These are the first two in a series of minis that are between 5-5 1/2 inches tall.  These little ones are part clay and part cloth. Their heads are a polymer clay sculpt, (Just learning how to use this type of clay) and their bodies are cloth over a wire armature.  In this photo they are standing in doll stands but they are posable and can sit if preferred.  
Up next, I am working on a black Halloween Parade Kitty and an Old Wicked Witch, also both minis. 
Thank you for stopping by, you are always welcome here.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ms. Flora of Bone Head Studios is having a giveaway and you don't want to miss it!!!

Flora Thompson is an extremely talented artist and I love her work.  I have been fortunate enough to provide a home to a few of her creations.  Well, here is your lucky break to own one of her ornaments!!! She is having a giveaway!!! So hurry over to her blog Bone Head Studios to sign up for the giveaway.

Aren't these the cutest little bone heads you've ever seen?!  I soooo hope to be one of the winners!
                                                         Have a great evening everyone!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Meet Ms. Eudora Toadtickler and Her Friend One Eyed Jack

Hi everybody, tomorrow, the PFATT Marketplace updates at 10 AM Pacific time, Noon Central, 1 PM  Eastern time.

I have the special honor of being the featured artist this month!!! YAAY! 

Along with being the featured artist I will also be offering Ms. Eudora Toadtickler and her friend one eyed jack you see pictured here. 
She is a one of a kind art doll and her dress is made with authentic antique Victorian and Edwardian fabrics, lace, and trims.
Please scroll down to see all of her photos.  

 If you are interested in her just follow the link below and click on her paypal button.

 We hope you will stop by to meet us! 

Oh no, is that I spider I felt crawling up my leg!

Oh I almost forgot to mention that two of my dolls have been published in the Current issue of ART DOLL QUARTERLY!  I am so excited about this I could burst with giddiness! 

Here is what the cover looks like.  My Barnabas was mentioned on the cover WooHoo!

I hope to see you tomorrow friends!