Thursday, 17 April 2014

Leggy Lola For Sale

Leggy Lola by Melissa Gaggiano
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    As promised earlier in the week my latest doll creation is now available in my Etsy store.
    I am rather excited by the design developments of this doll. She has sewn in shoes and extremely long legs, giving her a cartoony look. Leggy Lola is a very sweet candy girl. I hope you like her as much as I do.

Pink Nation Station

    Yoo hoo! I am proud to announce a new photographic piece which can be bought at my Red Bubble shop. It is for the love of pink hair. Check it out here.
Melissa Gaggiano Photography
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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fab Finds 6

It wasn't an intentional thing, but it just occurred to me that today's Fab Finds have a retro vibe. Well, let's roll with it...

    We have here something for the lomography enthusiasts. Can you imagine how people were manipulating photos before we had Photoshop. Well, you can check it out here in this 90's video on polaroid manipulation. Fun stuff! I'd like to give this a go if I still had a polaroid camera.

    And for a laugh, here's something that Anne Hathaway and Jimmy Fallon did a while back. It is old and still a hoot.

    One of my favourite makeup artisans - Doe Deere has collaborated with her friends to make a Jem + the Holograms music video audition. Their makeup and costumes are amazing and outrageous [in a very, very good way]. It makes for a nice 80s cartoon tribute. Fantastic effort ladies [Shana is my favourite in this]!

Lola Complete

Lola doll design by Melissa Gaggiano
    I wasn't expecting that, but I got the Lola doll finished late last night. She'll go up for sale later this week at my Etsy store. Stay tuned...

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Tastes like Cherry Cola

    A couple of months ago I came up with a new doll body template. She got made but then just sat in a bag without hair, face or clothes to compliment her. The poor thing! All she had were a pair of mix match shoes on her feet.
    Then one incredibly boring day this week I decided it was time to do something about this unfinished doll. That's when I realised that I had a spare felt wig left over from my mermaid collection - solving the problem of the hair. Next came the face which all got sewn on while watching The Notebook [the first time I've been able to watch this film without blubbering].
    And now I am working on the doll's outfit. I found this hairy, swirly, rainbow,yarn, and I have been crocheting the skirt. And to top it all off, my eldest has christened the doll Lola. World meet soon-to-be-dressed-Lola.
Doll design by Melissa Gaggiano

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Lost Girls

Melissa Gaggiano illustration
    Just finished this illustration. I was inspired by two things: my daughters and the story of Peter Pan.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Fab Finds 5

And now for my fab finds. Take it away... Fab Finds.

    Cat Rabbit, one of my favourite Australian artisans, last year collaborated with Isobel Knowles to create a sausage dog installation. It is a gorgeous design which will immediately make you go 'Awwwww! Cute' and 'Oh my god! I'm never eating a sausage for the rest of existence'. For those of us who missed the original installation we have this sweet video to enjoy...

    This is something of an oldie. It is such a brilliantly useful share, so that is exactly what I am going to do. Share. Another one of my favourite crafty bloggers, Jennie [A Little Vintage Doll, makes unique dolls via a combination of paint, hand and machine sewing. What makes her machine sewing so unique is her drawing style. You see Jennie is able to make her sewing machine stitch in an organic, doodly hand drawn way. A while back Jennie provided an instruction guide on her blog on just how to do this. Click here to find out more on this one. Drawing with a sewing machine! I'm telling you, it is up there with unicorns and rainbow lamas.
© Jennie - A Little Vintage Doll

    I don't own a smartphone or a pad so was a little disappointed [Please! No tears. Really, I'll survive] in not being able to get in on the instagram trend. Coz wow! Instagramers get to have fun with their quick snaps by adding creative filters. Wanting to have a little fun of my own without buying a mobile phone I went searching for a program that would allow me to use these fun filters from the comfort of my computer. I didn't have far to look because the first product in my search that came up was Pixlr-o-matic. This is a visually fun package, easy to use and gives you the choice to use online or even download [for free]. I am going to make good use of Pixlr-o-matic during those blah moments.
Melissa Gaggiano Photography + Pixlr-o-matic = fun fun fun

Sunday, 30 March 2014


    I am so happy that there is going to be a Jem + the Holograms film. To celebrate I decided to do a Jem inspired Pinspirations spread.
    For those uninitiated, Jem was an 80's cartoon and doll range from Hasbro [the same people who gave us Transformers, GI Joe, My Little Pony]. Jem was a singer with a duel role to play, because when she wasn't performing she was Jerrica the owner of Starlight Music. Jem and her band used holographic technology to change their appearance and control stage lighting. Her nemeses were The Misfits and their manipulative manager Eric.
    And now for some Jem-spiration...


[Never thought I'd be purposely hashtagging something]

Friday, 28 March 2014

Fab Finds 4

And now for my  Fab Finds: Issue No. 4...

    One of my long time favourite craft bloggers, Evie Barrow, has been working on a new series of cloth dolls and has shared a sneek peek. Check it out here. A little background information about Evie: I am a loyal supporter of this gal. When my children were born I commissioned Evie to make each of them a pirate doll. These gorgeous dolls can be played with, but I also intend for these to be family heirlooms.
Evie Barrow - crafter/illustrator/graphic designer/dollmaker

    Photographer, Alexia Sinclair, is a fine art photographer who is recognised for her symbolic and artistic style of storytelling. Her photos have been compared to old school paintings you would find in an art gallery. There are many admirers of Alexia's work, but not all of us can afford to buy a numbered/signed print. Until now! Alexia is trying a crowd funding experiment to finance her next photographic series. In doing so she is selling a limited run [signed, not numbered] of her photo The Cabinets of Curiosity, at a much lower price point, making the work available to a wider audience. To find out more Alexia has all the details here.
Alexia Sinclair Photography

    Technically this is not a find. More of my own creation really. But I'm so excited about what I have started that I wanted to share the news. I enjoy photography. I have a blog folio in which I share my best work. But I wanted to do something more, to ensure that I was taking photos every day. So I started a new blog - Mel's Photo-a-day. The concept is pretty simple - I upload one photo a day. The photos don't need to be technically correct. Just me sharing an interesting image each day.
Melissa Gaggiano Photography