Creepy Doll Art

creepy doll

Meet Creepy Doll.

If you read yesterday’s blog, you know that one of my Ardmore Dog Day’s Flea Market finds was a creepy little doll. This morning, the creative bug bit–for better or for worse–and I decided to make a Creepy Doll mosaic and painting.

All of the mosaic pieces entirely came from this month’s JJill fall catalog. (I love JJill’s clothing.) Anyway, I started clipping Creepy Doll’s face with the models’ faces, forearms, and shins. For diversity, I chose every skin color imaginable.

But then I really started feeling creepy for cutting up the models. I don’t know, but a little Edgar Allan Poe anxiety fluttered across my heart. I started imagining those models jumping from the Creepy Doll mosaic and seeking vengeance while I slept. So, I pasted khaki clothes over the models instead. Irrational? You bet. But whatever.

doll mosaic

Creepy Doll mosaic–enhanced saturation via PhotoShop Elements.

Next, I pasted Creepy Doll on to another page and used a black LePen alcohol-based ink marker (à la Hobby Lobby) to trace CD’s face cracks. I was going for a 1-dimensional look, so I filled in Creepy Doll’s face with acrylic paint. The paint color that I chose makes poor little Creepy Doll look a little jaundiced to me…what do you think?

Meanwhile, Creepy Doll began to grow on me. She has such pretty blue eyes and a bow mouth. The cracks in her face gives her a certain vulnerability; not to mention, she resembles a human baby.

Now I want to get back to the Dog Day’s Flea Market this weekend to see if she’s still there. I could rescue Creepy Doll from the fate of a cruel, loveless life!

Jaundiced Creepy Doll

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Post preview: I want you to see all of the photos that I took from the Dog Days Flea Market. If you scroll through the entire post, you’ll see the following vintage photos: phone, phonograph, pink and white Arvin FM radio, kerosene lanterns, milk glass, wooden cabinet, crackled doll, Suzy Homemaker toy oven, Coca-Cola tray, Volkswagon Beetle, and toy clowns in a toy theater.

vintage phone, rusty record player, kerosene lantern, pink and white Arvin FM radio

Ardmore, Crepe Myrtle Capital of the South

On Labor Day, I went for a drive just to get out of the house for awhile. The wonderful fall-like weather has been unusual for early September, but it is perfect! By the time I got to the Tennessee state line, I remembered that they were having the Dog Days Flea Market in Ardmore, Tennessee. I changed directions and headed toward Ardmore. 

So when I got down the winding hillside, I learned that I needed $2 to park at Dog Days.


I hadn’t brought any real money.

But I did manage to find 8 quarters in my coin purse.

I was set.

The flea market had some really great stuff like old lanterns, vintage toys, iron skillets and stuff, rusty signs… The good stuff like on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. On this day, the flea market wasn’t too crowded. I was told that most of the hoards came through yesterday, which was great! It’s hard to do much browsing when you constantly have to say, “‘Scuse me, ‘scuse me.”

vintage kerosene lantern

Old kerosene lantern and is this mid-century milk glass??

I saw some reasonably-price cast iron skillets (woohoo!!!) but the owners couldn’t take checks. So, I moved on. I bought a lime green bowl (a Fiestaware knock-off) for $.68–the rest of the money in my coin purse.

A man ahead of me had a bass fish wall-hanging that he’d bought. (Now, I wonder why that guy needs that?!?)

old wooden cabinet

Would you make something fabulous from this old wooden cabinet or leave it as-is?

Send me a comment in the blank, below and let me know what you think. We bloggers l-o-v-e feedback! 

vintage doll with cracked face

This doll may be a little creepy, but her face looks like a mosaic–which I love!

I talked with a lady yesterday who told me this was the Easy-Bake Oven of her generation:

vintage Suzy Homemaker toy oven

vintage Suzy Homemaker toy oven

Sign of their times–Suzy Homemaker!!!

people casually browsing flea market

Vintage Coca Cola tray

Volkswagen Beetle

Punch bug!

Punch and Judy Clowns in vintage toy stage Creepy clowns

Praying for you, Houston!

consider_lillies_of_the_field_edited-1I have at least one loyal reader who lives near the Houston area. I won’t mention any names, but I just want to thank you, Dear Houston Reader, so much for following my humble blog and taking time to read my stuff.

I also want you to know that I, along with people all over the country, am praying for your town and the other areas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Just like when Hurricane Katrina hit, the whole country is tuned in to the drama that has unfolded in your town.

It’s only a little thing, but our congregation is going to take up a special collection next Sunday. The funds are going to go to a church in the Houston area to help out. We’re really trying to be like Jesus and show love and compassion to the world around us.

Anyway, I just want you to know that I appreciate your readership and am praying for your town.



Fun with Hand Lettering Book

ABCs_handletteringLook what I’ve been up on this rainy fall-esque day!

I checked out this great library book for those who are into hand lettering. The book is called Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists by Jenny Doh. It gives a brief bio about 16 artists and demonstrates a few of their techniques.

I tried out some of the artwork by Flora Chang (even her name sounds artsy!) and Jessica Swift. That’s as far as I got before it was time to pick up Princess Buttercup from school.

Here is how I did my Ds:


I used the same concept to spell out my initials, SR.

I’d love to know what you think.

Which are your favorites?