Black Friday Deals
Black Friday Deals available now from my eBay, Etsy, Shopify, & Redbubble stores! Link from the Home page to all my shops. Save up to 60% off, including giftable HOODIES!
Re-Stringing a Pin Strung Doll
My most recent doll hospital patient is a tourist doll from Spain or somewhere similar, probably made prior to the 1950s. She came to me for restringing, which seemed straightforward until I took her apart and found she was strung with straight pins. I have never seen anything like it before! So, in case you come across a doll strung this way, here is a tutorial.
Straight pins were used instead of hooks.
Cut a piece of wire the size of the original pins. It needs to be long enough when folded to fit into the limb and then turn to wedge inside. There are no hooks and bars in this type doll so the elastic is held in with the pins. Fold the wire in half and tie on a piece of elastic about twice as long as the distance from the limb to the center of the torso.
Move the elastic knot to the center of the wire and crimp the wire around the elastic so the knot won't slip off.
Poke the end of the wire into the limb.
When the wire is fully inserted into the limb rotate the wire sideways so it stays in place when you tug on the elastic.
Repeat on all the limbs.
Place the limbs in their spots and draw the elastic through the pelvis and torso to the center of the body. Draw each piece of elastic through a bead that fits inside the body.
Test all the limbs and if they are tight enough cut some of the excess elastic so it all fits inside the body. Release the body to its regular position.
The New Shop Page
Head over to the Shop page to see my new design! It has only taken me FOREVER but I finally managed to link my new fine art store to this website. My new website was necessary for me to make shoppable products on sites like Instagram and Pinterest but it doesn't get anywhere near the traffic of this one, my original website. Therefore, I used embedded code to link the two sites, Products I list on my new site will automatically upload to the Shop page here. I am very proud of myself, although it's an automated process on Shopify so it's really just copying and pasting once you link the products properly. It's taken me a month to figure it out with all the new stuff I'm working on however, so I am proud!
Over the past few months I've been learning a new software, taking a marketing class, and I opened my 14th and 15th new shops! I really didn't want to add another thing to my plate, but Jamble made me an offer I couldn't refuse, so I went ahead and committed to it. It is a great option for those of you who need clothing. I have a live sale with prices starting at $1 Friday, November 18th at 2 PM EST and another on December 10th. The first one is women's fall and winter clothes and the second will be men's clothing. Jamble will give you $10 to shop when you use this link to join the sale. Jamble only works as an app so you will need to scan the QR code with your phone to get the app if you are on a computer. You must attend the sale to get your credit, so mark your calendars! Since Jamble pays me to sell on the site I can start my auction prices during the sale very low. Most pieces start at $1! You can also make offers and use Buy It Now outside the sale for the regular price (I only get paid for the live sales).
Still, it's been really exhausting. We were supposed to go up to the cabin this weekend but we couldn't since my husband had to work due to Hurricane Nicole. No one woke me up this morning and I slept until almost 1PM! I feel great now! It shows me how really sleep deprived I was though.
My latest project is designing a line I am calling "Hurricane Camo". This was requested by my teenage son. I started with hoodies and swimwear and now there's a complete line with home goods like bedspreads available from my Redbubble boutique. I will be adding towels and maybe some drinkware soon. The great thing about having teens is how they help me keep up with the trends. Since I added the camo line my website traffic is up over 400%! It's a little disappointing my fine art isn't as attractive, however.
At any rate, now you can keep an eye on the Shop page instead of having to click back and forth between my websites to see my custom lines and artwork, As a reminder, all my custom goods are printed on demand, which means there is no manufacturing waste. They are not created until you order them, so it's the most sustainable way to shop new items and you should be really proud of yourself for being such a responsible consumer. In most cases the wait isn't any longer than any online order as well! I have noticed while walking around discount stores in our town my prices are the same or even less for many items too, which is really something considering you are supporting a local artist instead of a big corporation!
Join my first Jamble Live Sale on 11/18 at 2pm EST and Jamble will PAY YOU TO SHOP! Get $10 when you use the link in bio & join the sale. 50+ pieces of womenswear for fall & winter, about 1/2 NEW!!! Use this link 👉 https://jamblelink.com/show?show=e8mm4J50g3slsJW4PHBt&profile=s2ZUazMWIjgT8saZMbEunMjvUQp1 And ATTENTION RESELLERS ~ Jamble gives me an allowance to shop so I can price low! Make sure to hit this sale if you need inventory. #ateliermandaline #jamble
Canvas Print Unboxing
When you’re selling print-on-demand products like I am, you really need to make sure the finished item meets your expectations. So, I’ve been ordering various things from myself in the interest of quality control. I’ve been wondering how well my digital paintings would print at large sizes and I have an empty wall I’ve been wanting to fill for several years now, so I ordered my Sound, Sun, Storm painting as a 36 x 24” canvas print.
I placed my order on 10/28 and it arrived today, just 6 days later! That’s pretty good for print on demand. The reason print on demand is so much better for the environment is the items aren’t manufactured until
theyre ordered so there’s no waste of products that get thrown away if they don’t sell. But a lot of people are turned off by the idea of waiting for their product to be made. This really wasn’t any more wait than anything else I’ve ordered online!
I’m really impressed with the print, too. I was worried it would be fuzzy or blurry but it’s pretty sharp. I was not sure if digital art would print well at large sizes but this semi-abstract seascape blew up really well. The gallery wrap canvas is great for a high placement like this too because it looks nice from any angle. “Gallery Wrap” is so named because many artists paint the sides of their wrap around canvases so they can exhibit them without the expense of buying frames for every piece.
Sound Sun Storm depicts one of my very favorite places ~ South Beach on Hilton Head Island, looking across the Calibogue Sound at Daufuskie Island. We stay in South Beach once or twice a year if we’re lucky. Now I can see it any time right from my family room! You can order this print, along with many other products from my art website A. Mandaline Art.
New! My Scandinavian Christmas Collection is available from atelier-mandaline.myshopify.com #ateliermandaline #amandaline #amandalineart
My name is Amanda, but my childhood nickname was "Mandaline". I am a mother of three turning my passion for creating into a full-time business.