Friday, September 8, 2017

Blushing on Nevaeh Serenity * Update *





Hi friends,

Ok so I am supposed to be doing my homework but guess what.  I could not focus last night nor could I this morning.  All I can think about is wanting to paint, blush, and detail my babies.  Oh, and hanging out with my family, my son, my daughter and my grandbaby.  I am enjoying it so much.  So I was really focused this morning and did not want to write my 4 papers due by Sunday so I spent a little time working on Nevaeh Serenity's blushing.  So in between dealing with my 4-year-old grandchild, and making food, taking care of my Maltese dogs, etc, I got a little time in to blush.  Don't worry I alway wash my hands, in fact, I am a bit of a germaphobe and Maltese are allergy friendly because I have the worst allergies in the world.  So I wash very well and mostly my husband and son take care of my pups.  They are kennelled while inside anyway or else they would have probably torn up my reborn dolls already.  So I have to make this quick.  I just wanted to share with you my blushing on Nevaeh Serenity that I did.  I am really proud and I have to say I might do just a tad more on her elbows, knees, cheeks, and pads of hands and feet but overall she looks beautiful.  She is not baked yet but afterwards the blushing should be a bit more subtle.  Then I will do more of a focused blushing on sweet little cheeks, knees, elbows and touch up work.





Excuse the soft towel beneath her it's to catch any paint so I can wash it out.  It is dry so none of that will end up on the baby.  So far I have done quite a few layers of paint on her, probably about 10 different layers of the genesis heat set paint.





I am feeling very proud as I think she looks extremely good.  I hope you like her.  I am trying to really focus on a very newborn look for this reborn doll.  She is Nevaeh from Bountiful Baby.  Nevaeh is sculpted by Denise Pratt.  She is really a gorgeous little baby.  I am gonna call her Nevaeh Serenity.  I am making great progress and I hope you like her too!






I gotta get on my homework, so have fun and visit me soon!

Love to all,

Kimberly Stevens

Working on 2 new babies Nevaeh Serenity and Kendal Paige


Vein detailing on head

Vein detail on cute hands


More vein detailing on legs and feet


Hi guys, Sorry I have not been around much, and even though I am technically a grandma to two beautiful grandkids and a mom to 4 children which of 3 are out of the home, I am a college student. So last spring was a nightmare because all I did was study and it was so difficult to go to full time school at a hard university that I only went part time this semester but it is still a lot of work.  I worked my tail to the bone and got an A+ and an A in my last two classes.  I was going full time so I had absolutely no time to work on much and being as how I was just learning to reborn it was too much for me.  But I learned so much.  I am doing such a great job on my two new girl babies and I have plans for more.  I am going to do a boy too, yay!

I also went on vacation to the Caribbean.  We got to visit our timeshare in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for 10 whole days!  It was so beautiful, I will share pictures later!

I ordered some supplies for my next babies as I work on my other two babies.  But I am freaking out because two large storms are coming.  I am keeping my eye on those hurricanes as they should arrive this coming week.  I am in Virginia so who knows what is coming our way next week and I am praying we do not have to evacuate!  As it is, I should be working on a paper right now but I am so excited to make my new babies, I am looking at videos online of course!  I love to watch videos of people as they get their new babies and I also like seeing what other artists are working on.  It's fun to see how people react to their babies and I enjoy seeing them sharing their tips, techniques and watching them play with their little tykes.

This week I found that some artists are doing larger dolls and I can't imagine how some are quite large and lifelike.  But I hope I can do some of the full body reborn dolls in the near future and maybe even silicone but like anything, learning is a process and I must be patient.  It's so hard for me because I have always been a painter so I am super excited for the next project.  Once again I am in school so I have to work hard on a class for my Information Technology Degree with a focus in cyber security.  Strangely all I can think of is painting my dolls!  What the heck?  I know.  It's strange. Especially late at night but I have found it's best not to paint at night because the lighting is too dark.  I will work on getting better lighting in the near future but I am still rearranging my house because I am painting my house new colors!

Strangely my husband likes the idea of me painting dolls so he never ever complains when I order a lot of supplies.  For some reason, it makes him happy to see me happy and he loves that I am an artist (and a good cook).  But I admit I love to see him happy too.  Like tonight when he went to go see "It" with my 20-year-old daughter and her husband.  I was like, no thanks, but have a lot of fun and don't eat too much popcorn!  He smiled like a kid in a candy factory because he is a huge comic, sci fi, and movie buff.  So I hope he enjoyed it.  No thanks on the clown thing for me.  Clowns don't freak me out too much except in that movie.

Anyhow, I am excited to show you pictures of my new babies as soon as I can!  I am going to start doing videos on my progress as well so you can see how I am doing.  I need to share to see what you think.  I am also going to start some videos to help you all learn if you want to make your own babies.  Since I am a mom, I have lots of experience and so maybe I can make some great recommendations to you!  Despite the fact that my daughter says my dolls are "creepy" she really does love them and probably wants one for herself.

Here are some pictures and videos so enjoy and say hi, please!  I love hearing from you all!

Love and blessings!

Kimberly





Friday, March 17, 2017

Glossy Eyes Are So Cute! Love The Lifelike Look!




So I waited patiently for the crystal clear resin from little-windows.com to come.  It finally came.  I glossed two of my babies eyes and honestly they look so pretty when they were finished drying.  It took about 2 full days for them not to be tacky.  But the shine in them is so cute.  They almost look teary.  I followed Kim's tutorial from Custom Doll Baby.



I am not unhappy that I did use the Little Windows resin as per a tutorial from a very talented artist Kim from Custom Doll Baby.  I also used it to polish up the lips, the inner nares and the nails.  Each came out perfectly beautiful.  I was more happy with this Gracie Rose's feet than I was with Celeste's feet. Her nails looked darling after I used the resin on them.  I also had used varnish on Celeste's toenails which looks great but did not cure after two days.  I did have to baby sit the resin in her eyes and I had to make sure eyelashes were already glued in and that the eyes were cleaned up before starting.  I used wedges to help stabilize the head while I carefully brushed the resin into her eyes and onto other areas.



Granted I learned a lot and that my eyebrows are a little too dark because I had to make them match her hair better which meant a second coat of paint (sadly).  But the gloss in the acrylic Pabol eyes and on the lips just looks so lifelike.  I was thrilled when a facebook friend told me that she thought Gracie Rose was sooo beautiful..yay!


Thanks for visiting.  Much love to you!

Kimberly
Snuggle Babies Nursery

Waiting For Supplies Is Paintful


I hate waiting for supplies to arrive, don't you.  I am such an instant gratification person in a way, however, I know that good things come to those who wait so I exercise my patience a lot.  I so want to get them and wish the tools to make reborns were something you could get locally but they are not.  The dollar store actually had more things than any other place.  There was almost nothing at the craft store for me.  My next interesting purchase will be a kit for ethnic skin colors kit from Bountiful Baby.  Yay.  I am so excited.



I ordered these cool Heavenly Illusions rooting needles from a company in Canada.  It took about 7 days for the rooting needles to come.  Shipping wasn't much but the lack of productivity probably cost me a lot.  I ordered cool rooting needles that only insert one hair at a time for a more natural look.  They have rubberized outsides so I look forward to trying them out.  I will let you know what I think of them as soon as I try them out.  I am so glad they are here and I know that Sunday may be my only day for Reborning since I am back in school.
You can get them here https://www.macphersoncrafts.com/en/online-store/hair-rooting/heavenly-illusions-rooting-needles



Other things I want to order...this cool eyeball tool.  I thought of using a nerf bullet but not sure where any are in this house though a year or two ago, I could not stop stepping on them.  I found it at Nonie's Angel's Nursery.  Hope it comes fast.  Going to order it and some extra zip ties too.  here http://www.noniesangelsnursery.com/Reborning_Supplies/Other_Supplies/other_supplies.html

Have fun reborning.

Kimberly
Snuggle Babies Nursery

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gracie Rose Is 100% Cute and Almost Ready To Go

I captured this photo of Gracie Rose while she snuggled in my arms.

~ GRACIE ROSE ~



Messing around and put a bow on a pink knit hat.  Hat does not come with reborn doll. I will be making some as time frees up in different colors.

Gracie is so cute, and so spoiled.  She comes with a huge lot of clothing, binkies, bows and more.  I am so thrilled to finally finish my first doll.  I am not asking a lot because she has a couple small issues.  One is a tiny oblong grey spot on her torso.  The second is a tiny issue in her eye but I am going to put a clear coat of crystal clear resin in her eye to gloss her eyes and hopefully she won't be a problem for any new mommy who wants to spoil her.

I decided to give her a beautiful wardrobe complete with a pretty layette and a gorgeous Easter ensemble.  I think every reborn mommy and collector needs a lot of goodies to dress their reborn baby up.  I think Gracie Rose looks a lot like a 3 month old baby.  She wears newborn to 3 months old clothing.  She fits newborn shoes pretty well and guess what I am sending 2 pairs to color coordinate with all her clothing.  You will find more on my page for Gracie Rose as soon as I can get it up.  But homework comes first and it's my first day back to Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

Later today I will have her listing up on my website with better photos.  I just have to get started on my first day back to college at Regent University.  I have to get my stuff together for first day of class.




She also has this cute mix and match Sleeper which I forgot to put in the picture.



I see a lot of people dissapointed with their purchases and dissapointed that clothing and goodies did not come in their box.  Well, honey, with this girl, the wardrobe is to die for, she is fully outfitted.   She is spoiled beyond belief.  She will have plenty of goodies to go with her so the new mommy should be having a great time with her.

Pretty finger nails and toe nails


Gracie has a small grey oblong flaw in her doll body right about where the appendix is on her left side.  The diaper covers it.  Her hands and feet have a realistic look to them.  Her skin is mottled and pale with a light blushing.


Gracie Rose has a huge very expensive layette and lots of bonus items.


Gracie Rose has two bows, a couple of pacifiers in case you lose one, a pacifier holder (still waiting for it to arrive), 2 pairs of socks and 2 pairs of shoes.  She even comes with a receiving blanket and a nice snugly plush fleece blanket in the prettiest colors.



She also has this cute sleeper but I forgot to put it in the larger picture.


She is not perfect though, as I stated above she has a couple of tiny flaws and it's because I am a brand new reborn artist.  I worked very hard to make her as beautiful as I could for my second doll. I did my best to make her feel snugly and she is all that newborn floppy baby you want to cuddle.  She will need to be dressed and held like a newborn.  Her arms, legs, and head do turn and move so you can pose her.  She would make an excellent therapy doll.

I am excited though because she does have a certain flair to her.  Her big brown eyes warm the heart.  She feels nice like a newborn baby and smells yummy.  She has a scented wafer in her that smells like baby powder.




Her hair is not the best painting I could do but I need to get finer new brushes and work on my rooting so it is less thick.  I want to get lifelike hair on the babies and also do some painted hair.  I baked her hair in the NuWave oven so it should hold up, but be careful because it can scratch off with careless activities.  She should be very carefully moved and held just like a newborn.




Here are some pictures with her in her pretty Easter outfit.  As you can see it also has a cute bolero jacket with lace and ruffles and a pretty sparkly button.




I hope you enjoyed seeing my first available reborn!  I will be doing better pictures of her later today.  If you are interested please email me at kimberly.stevens@hauteswan.com or hauteswanfashionboutique@gmail.com.

I accept Paypal and Credit Cards via Braintree Financial.  If you have any questions feel free to post or email me.  As soon as her resin is done on her eyes and her binky clip arrives she is ready to go.

Shipping is not included in that price.  I would estimate shipping to be somewhere between $20 and 50 dollars.  Shipping can be paid separate or you can email me your zipcode so I can get a quote from USPS.

Have a blessed day!

Kimberly
Snuggle Babies Nursery