Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Illustration: Meranda

           "Meranda" by Debi Cady
          Copyright 2015 all rights reserved 

Meranda is a beautiful, sweet mermaid who lives in the Great Barrier Reef. She is friends with all the ocean creatures, but usually hides from people. She allowed me to paint her portrait as an appeal to humans to make more of an effort to keep the waters of the earth clean - not only to help her and her friends, but to help ourselves as well.

Meranda is now available on many products via my stores at Zazzle , Cafe Press and Red Bubble . I am actually still posting her on Zazzle, with the holiday shopping it has been a really slow process. But I am working on it!

I know it's late, but Ringo & I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and we wish you many blessings for the New Year!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Kawaii Snegurochka & Snow Bunny

I finally got pictures of my 2 new dolls- sorry it took so long, it seems like I've been crazy busy lately!

This doll is inspired by the Russian fairy tales about Snegurochka. She is described as a beautiful maiden literally made of snow. She is usually portrayed with forest animals, most often a rabbit, so I made her friend Snow Bunny. This is a Kawaii version of Snegurochka, with a snowflake lace dress, and she has rabbit ears to match her bunny friend. Her hair is made of snowflakes too.

Snegurochka is approximately 10 inches tall (including ears), and has 13 points of articulation. Snow Bunny is approximately 6 inches tall, and has 8 points of articulation. They are made of Japanese glass seed beads, organic cotton thread & fiberfill, and Swarovski pearls.

Snegurochka will be available for commission on my Etsy shop by next week. I need to make another animal doll so that I can price Snow Bunny- I was writing the pattern while I made her, so I have no idea how long it took. But if you're interested in her, let me know and I'll get back to you on it as soon as I can :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Snowflakes, Facebook and Other Stuff...

It has been quite a while since I've posted anything, I apologize. I've been pretty busy lately. So just a quick update today.

First, I have a page for my Faerie Dust Dolls on Facebook, you can see it here. So if you are on there, please check it out ^_^

Second, It has been a really long time since I have done an illustration. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I won't bore you with them :P Just know that I am working on a new one now, and I will post it when it's all finished.

And, finally, dolls. I have been working on two. One is actually finished, but she informed me that she doesn't want to do her photo shoot until her friend is ready too. Because they go together. So, I am granting her wish. Her friend should be done in a few days, if all goes well, and then I will bombard you with tons of pictures of them both! Until then, here are a few photos of the work I have been doing for their dresses the past few weeks.

Monday, September 28, 2015

My Etsy Shop is now open!

It has taken a long time, but I finally opened my Etsy shop! This shop is for my Faerie Dust Dolls. So if you are interested in adopting one, this is the place to go. I hope you'll check it out, and maybe share the link with others if you think they'd enjoy seeing my work. Here is the link:

Thank you for checking it out! :D

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Gizella's New Look

It seems like, a lot of times, I make something for one of my dolls, but then after its done I think it suits another doll better. That is what happened with this wig. I originally made it for Isabelle, but I think it is prettier on Gizella. So, here is Gizella wearing it - sorry the lighting isn't better, it was really gloomy yesterday when I took these!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Holly Faerie

Holly Faerie is a special little faerie I made for Christmas, but she is really suitable for any time of the year. The holly shrub is an ancient plant that has been used for decoration, ceremonial purposes, and even as medicine, and there is much lore surrounding it. Here is a small sampling of that history:

It was considered by the Druids to be a holy tree, associated with the spirit of vegetation and the waning forces of nature. This was personified in the Holly King, who ruled the year from mid-summer solstice to mid-winter solstice. They used to advise people to take holly into their homes at the beginning of winter to shelter the elves and Faeries (who could join people at this time of year without causing them harm), but to be sure to remove the holly completely before the eve of Imbolc, because leaving just one leaf in the house after that was believed to bring misfortune.

Nine holly leaves gathered on a Friday after midnight were wrapped in a clean cloth to protect against its needles, and tied up using nine knots. It was thought that if you placed this under your pillow, it would make dreams come true.

Christian lore states that the palm leaves of the crowds in Jerusalem turned into twigs of Holly when their cries of "Hosanna" changed to "Crucify him!". In another legend, holly was said to spring up under Christ's feet as he walked - the spines of the leaves were symbolic of the crown of thorns, and the red berries were drops of His blood. Because of this, the holly has been called "Christ's Thorn" or "Holy Tree". 

Holly is used as a Christmas decoration all over the world, a tradition stemming from the early Romans, who sent boughs of holly (along with other gifts) to their friends during Saturnalia (festival of Saturn), which was held around December 17 as part of the winter solstice celebrations. 

According to Pliny the Elder, planting a holly near a house or farm would repel poison and protect it from lightening and witchcraft. He also said that the flowers of a holly can cause water to freeze. 

Medicinally, an infusion of holly leaves was given to treat influenza, pneumonia, smallpox and bronchitis, to name a few. The juice of fresh leaves was used to treat jaundice, and when sniffed was said to stop a runny nose. The berries can cause vomiting if ingested, but they were used in powdered form to check bleeding.

Now, about my Holly Faerie. She is made of Japanese glass seed beads, organic cotton thread & fiber fill, ahimsa silk thread, and Swarovski pearls. She is about 9 inches tall. And here she is: