Basking in reflected Fame

As the Wise Man says

“If you can’t be famous yourself then live vicariously off the fame of your friends”

Sophi Stocat and Family

So here I go, basking shamelessly in the glory of my good friend Doreen.

Doreen is the sort of person who can turn her hand to any craft and produce something stunning. But her main specialty is dolls.

Not just the regular kind of dolls, but Fantasy Dolls.

The kind that take you out of this World and into Worlds like those of Tolkien and CS Lewis.

So when she emailed me to tell me she’d been published in the Australian Dolls, Bears and Collectables Magazine I was pretty excited for her.

Then I bought the magazine. And she wasn’t just published …


She was featured in it!


A five page spread with photos.

How cool is that?

The Fae-Ologist

If you like the photos I’ve got here just go visit Doreen’s website  Rivendell Studios and allow your mind to be blown.

The Fae-Ologist on the right is studying a tiny 1 inch tall fairy (made in perfect detail) with genuine cicada wings.

Doreen loves to create all the props for her figures. From the hookah being smoked by her Alice in Wonderland caterpillar to the hand woven rush basket and snow shoes for Olaf (above)

Her latest creation is a mini-me caricature of a musician friend of ours called Ian Bland. He asked her to make it for the cover of his next CD.

Being Doreen she threw

Ian Bland and his best friend

herself into the detail; taking dozens of photos of Ian to model a perfect likeness of him. She even scanned one of his trademark Hawaiian shirts and then scaled the pattern down before printing it on cotton fabric so that the doll could be dressed authentically.

And you can see from the photo of them together what a good job she made of it. Needless to say Ian was rapt. And whilst I’m on the subject of spreading the love, if you’d like to hear some of Ian’s music he has some sample tracks from his current CD available over on he web site here.

If I wasn’t such a clutz with a sewing machine this would absolutely make me want to rush out and create my own fantasy figure. But fortunately for my sanity I do know my limitations.

But how about you? Are you all about scrapbooking and card making? Or do you have a fabric side to you too. At the risk of making me gnash my teeth at your multi talents let me know what your creative outlets are in the comments below.

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5 Responses to Basking in reflected Fame

  1. Maggie August 31, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    I’m not very good with a sewing maching but I do love knitting especially for babies. It’s something I can carry with me and do anywhere and i love the feel of soft baby things.
    Your friend Doreen is amazing. I went to her site and I just loved the amazing dolls she’s made.

    • karooch August 31, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Hi Maggie
      I guess I can claim to be a crocheter although I don’t do too much of it anymore. And I used to make embroidery and cross stitch pictures back in the day. So maybe I do have more than papercrafts in my personal kit bag. Thanks for making me think.

  2. Antoinette September 1, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I’m in awe about Doreen’s work, magnificent! And yes, I also know my limitations :)
    As much as I love digital scrapbooking ánd creating digital graphics, my first love is drawing (using the old fashioned pencil and paper). Too bad that the computer is taking up all of my free time, I haven’t drawn in years.

  3. karooch September 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I would love to be able to draw Antoinette. One of the many things I wish I could do. Seona enjoys drawing though. She’s another one I can live vicariously through :)

  4. Haily Pillins September 7, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Wow. Powerful indeed when it comes to arts. Not all people are given this kind of gift. Just a blessed person. I love the pieces he got there. I do have passion in arts but I’m more into paintings. Thanks for this.