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May 31, 2011

Thankfulness

Cutest of the cuteImage by Eyesplash via Flickr    I'm just ready to go to sleep for the night and I thought I'd drop a quick blog post before I do. Tomorrow I'll be starting on another doll. And you know, I can't even express how happy making these chibis makes me. The need to be creative is so strong in me, and when I'm not creating I feel quite useless. Even if I'm doing plenty to keep me busy, there is still a part of me that must do something new. Create something that didn't exist before me.
    I feel so very lucky that this time in our history has provided me with the means and an avenue to pursuit my artistic tendencies. I'm so grateful for places like Etsy, eBay, FuzzB and others. Without them, I would have had to stop years ago. Because I am able to offer my items for sale, it allows me to pay for the supplies and time that it takes to make them. That's HUGE! That's like loving to eat ice cream, and with every bowl you eat, the action of eating it provides you with another one.
    I also am so grateful to the wonderful women who have supported me along in my sculpting career. Not only have they encouraged me to continue, they have been my muse in so many instances when I felt like I had lost the proverbial "it". I have made more friends since I've undergone this adventure than I had in my entire previous life. Now that's really saying something. And these are real and true wonderful friends, who I would have any of them over to my house for dinner.
    It's easy to feed the part of you that gets down and ungrateful. But even with all my overeating, that part of me has been getting smaller and smaller. I have been blessed with such a wonderful life. The only regrets I have are the people I have hurt. Nothing else.
    And on that note I wish to say, "Good night" and "Thanks for reading".

xoxoxo Maddy
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May 30, 2011

Chibitude Chibi Peep :o) Available for $75 on Etsy

My newest Chibi Peep :o) Available for $75 on Etsy
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This adorable item I'm offering for sale is called a chibi. A Chibitude Chibi to be exact. It is a representation of a lovely little fantasy race that lives in a place called Kiki Valley. Her name is Mikokodo.
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xoxo Maddy
I hope you like the new chibi and look
forward to sharing move with you very soon!!
If you forward this to 10 people you will meet the love of your
life and a wish will be granted!
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The Final Inspection MILITARY




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THE FINAL 
INSPECTION
The soldier stood and faced God,
 Which must always come to pass.
 He hoped his shoes were shining,
 Just as brightly as his brass..
'Step forward now, soldier ,
 How shall I deal with you?
 Have you always turned the other cheek?
 To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
 'No, Lord, I guess I have not.
 Because those of us who carry guns,
 Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
 And at times my talk was tough.
 And sometimes I've been violent,
 Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
 When the bills just got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
 I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
 Except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
 But if you don't, I'll understand.

 
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
 For the judgment of his God.

 
'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
 You've done your time in Hell.'

 
Author Unknown~
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It's the Soldier, not the reporter 
Who has given us the Freedom of the Press.
It's the Soldier, not the poet, 
Who has given us the Freedom of Speech.
It's the Soldier, not the politicians 
That ensures our right to Life,  Liberty  and the Pursuit of Happiness..
It's the Soldier who salutes the Flag, 
Who serves beneath the Flag, 
And whose coffin is draped by the Flag.


Chibitude Start of Summer Sale!!

It's time for Summer and
we need room for more chibis
to be born.

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All of the Chibitude Chibi items in my Etsy Shop that are pictured here are on sale for only $35 until June 4th!

Come and take advantage of these great savings. Some as low as 50% off.
   
Sale Until June 4th Kawaii Chibi Creature                                                           Chibitude                                                           Figurine                                                           Polymer Clay                                                           Hand Made                                                           Kitten
Sale Until June 4th Kawaii Chibi Creature                                                           Chibitude                                                           Figurine                                                           Polymer Clay                                                           Hand Made                                                           Dragon
Sale Until June 4th Chibi Chibitude Hand                                                           made Felted                                                           and Stuffed                                                           Mini Bear Kuma                                                           Critter Cutie
Sale Until June 4th Chibi Chibitude Hand                                                           made Felted                                                           and Stuffed                                                           Mini Dragon                                                           Ryu Critter                                                           Cutie
Sale                                                           Until June 4th                                                           Chibi Handmade                                                           Felted and                                                           Stuffed Heart                                                           Door Hanger                                                           with Hand                                                           Tatting
Sale                                                           Until June 4th                                                           Chibi                                                           Chibitude Hand                                                           made Felted                                                           and Stuffed                                                           Mini Dragon                                                           Ryu Critter                                                           Cutie
Sale                                                           Until June 4th                                                           Chibi Fairy                                                           Figurine                                                           Polymer Clay                                                           Hand Made OOAK                                                           Cutie Hanging                                                           Ornament or                                                           Necklace
  
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xoxo Maddy
I hope you like the new chibi and look
forward to sharing move with you very soon!!
If you forward this to 10 people you will meet the love of your
life and a wish will be granted!
Just teasing...Please forward to anyone that you think might be interested! :o)

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May 22, 2011

Test image

This is a test. My images are not appearing on facebook when feeding from my blog. I am thinking that it may be because the images I've been using lately have a space in the file name. The image below has NO space in the file name. Let's see if it will publish to facebook in the blog post :o)
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Jessica of True Blood is Finished

I had a lot of fun making this doll. And learned quite a bit through the steps. I will tell you some of the things that I learned while making this little doll. But before I do that, I'll share some pictures.
Here is a finished picture of Jessica.
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I love the way that her eyelashes came out. I used a dark brown for her first layer of lashes, then a lighter brown for a second layer, and then an even lighter brown for the last layer. I think this looks very good on a red head.
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Her little shoes were obviously  made from polymer clay. I used Studio by Sculpey clay for them because the color of this clay is so vibrant and I didn't have to mix it. I learned that by putting a light layer of Sobo glue on the baked foot it made the Studio by Sculpey stick nicely. :o) That was a good thing.

Her barrette was made simply by printing out a lovely pattern, gluing it to cardstock, and then covering with packing tape.

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Her curls were fun to do. I used a straw cut in little pieces and straight pins to hold it in place.

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When I was finished I used Freeze It hairspray to style and shape the curls. Not all of them went in the direction I liked so I re-curled them using a paintbrush handle, some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, and my Freeze It.

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In this picture you're looking at Jessica's hair with a part that runs from ear to ear. Don below her hair, that is loose hair that I ratted together in my hands to make that shape. The reason? To glue across the part. There's a reason for that too, which I'll show you in the next pictures.

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Here, the ratted part is glued on. The reason that I did this was first to add some bulk to her hair style and also to have an area to needle felt into.

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To pull the front of her hair back into her pretty hair style, I twisted it and then needle felted it down.

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Once that was done I used needle and thread to secure in place.

I had a lot of fun making this doll. Thanks for hanging out with me :o) xo Maddy

May 20, 2011

Dress is finished

Little Jessica's dress was a challenge sewing those tiny gathers, but it was worth it because I think it's such a cute dress. I wish I could wear something like that. There's a scary thought...LOL Anyway, here's an updated pic. Next comes the wig. :o)
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Jessica's paint and body

Moving along at a fair pace now. Jessica's eyes have been painted, and her thread body has been completed. There is a little tightening that I'd still like to do on her shoulders.This was my first time making polymer clay shoes to overlay the foot. I like the way that they look, although for next time I need to make the feet a little smaller to account for them.
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Face is sculpted

Here's her face before she went into the oven. I virtually painted her eyes and makeup to see how she'd look. I'll be honest, I'm really super pleased with her mouth and fangs. I didn't know if she could be cute this way, but I think that she is!!
Jessica's fangs

Teeth for Jessica Hamby

Jessica is moving along slower than the others because I have new things to figure out. First of all....fangs. I've done tusks on animal chibis, but never fangs. So this is my first hurdle. They are sculpted and in the oven right now being baked. Here's a picture of them. That's my index finger in the picture, so you can reference the size of these little teeth.
Jessica's teeth

May 19, 2011

Chibi Kitten up for Adoption on Etsy




Kawaii Chibi                                             Creature Chibitude Figurine                                             Polymer Clay Hand Made                                             Kitten
$55.00
This adorable item I'm offering for sale is called a chibi. A Chibitude Chibi to be exact. It is a representation of a lovely little fantasy race that lives in a place called Kiki Valley.

Each collectible is sculpted out of clay by hand and by me (the creator) using the highest quality polymer clays. The colors are custom mixed and various techniques are used which are unique to my items.

Chibitude Chibis may be cleaned by lightly dusting, or wiping with a moist cloth.

Chibitude Chibis are strong, but you don't want to throw them around wil... read more
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xoxo Maddy
I hope you like the new chibi and look
forward to sharing move with you very soon!!
If you forward this to 10 people you will meet the love of your
life and a wish will be granted!
Just teasing...Please forward to anyone that you think might be interested! :o)

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, or have been sent this message on error, please send a blank email to maddy@chibitude.com with unsubscribe in the subject line.

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copyright 2011 chibitude



WIP True Blood Jessica Hamby

Starting my next wip today. First Lunch of course. But afterwards I'm ready to go. Got my clay mixed, my head armature created and my desk cleaned off.

This is the character that I'll be working on. My first vampire.







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May 18, 2011

Chibitude Update


It's been almost a month since a chibi's been born. But not to fear.....They are still alive and well and making lots of fun around the house being excited for summer to come. While I had a little break from my custom orders this little purple dude asked to be adopted. So here he is. I hope you like him!!! xoxo Maddy
Kawaii Chibi Creature                                         Chibitude Figurine Polymer Clay                                         Hand Made Dragon
Kawaii Chibi Creature...
espiritmaddy $45.00
This adorable item I'm offering for sale is called a chibi. A Chibitude Chibi to be exact. It is a representation of a lovely little fantasy race that lives in a place called Kiki Valley.

Each collectible is sculpted out of clay by hand and by me (the creator) using the highest quality polymer clays. The colors are custom mixed and various techniques are used which are unique to my items.

Chibitude Chibis may be cleaned by lightly dusting, or wiping with a moist cloth.

Chibitude Chibis are strong, but you don't want to throw them around willy-nilly... read more

May 17, 2011

Check out this amazing find from Etsy.com!



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Do not purchase. :O)

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May 16, 2011

WIP Glee Brittany Kawaii Shimai Style




Watch Brittany's progress in her photo album on Facebook:
Brittany's album

May 8, 2011

Lookie what I just discovered

25mm Classic Top Bow Ankle Strap
http://www.jujusdollymall.com/cgi-bin/dept?dpt=H&srch=DW&tier2=29

If you visit the link above and scroll down to the 25mm Classic Top Bow Ankle Strap section....there's one of my dolls there. From a loooooooooooong time ago. It's the little fairy with the golden hair standing with her hands on her hips. I wasn't looking for her at all, just shopping and browsing and imagine my surprise when I saw her :o) If you click on the picture you can see a larger image. :D



May 7, 2011

Custom Order Glee Character Kawaii Shimai Style

 
This is a posable Kawaii Shimai (Cute Little Sisters). If you'd like to keep involved with my work, please subscribe to my channel and sign up for my mailing list at my website. http://chibitude.com

If you'd like to see progress pics on most of my newer work you can "like" my Chibitude Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chibitude/110956632275828 Not only do I post the pics, I also sent out notification when my items go for sale.

The Star of every Japanese Horror Movie


Santana's complete Cheerio costume :o)


Santana Updates


May 3, 2011

My Garden Progress 5

I put fresh seeds in the disks where my Roma's died. This is the pucks after a full day in the house, and just in front of a sunny window.


May 2, 2011

My Garden Progress 4

Crap! I think I am going down hill. All the ones with either no plant or a dead plant are my little Roma tomatoes. They're not working. The big plants are the regular tomatoes and even though they don't look as healthy as they did, I think they may survive if I act fast and do the right thing. (what is the right thing? I do not know, but will try to figure it out). The skinny ones are my onions, and they were looking good but now they look like they're on their way out too.
My mother warned me to be sure to acclimate these plants to the outdoors (because I'm in Florida) and not just throw them outside because it'll fry them. Well, I fried them. Because I'm so used to Florida, I thought it was a cool day, but for little plants who are just being born, I don't think that 80 degrees in the shade is cool.

I'm going to bring all of these back inside tonight and see if there isn't some way that they'll come back to life. Mom sent me some plant stuff too. I will read about it and see what I can do tomorrow. Bonide #543 8OZ Ready-to-Use Tom/Blossom Set