Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Girlies

Sally Ann

There, there sweet blog, I have not abandoned you.  Just been so very busy and you seem to get lost in the shuffle. 

Just wanted to show off some  new girlies and let you know what I've been up to.

Looks like a couple of my gals will be going to California as I'm excited to be part of The Dollmakers show at the Cactus Gallery   Lots of my friends and dolly buddies will be showing as well.  Be sure to visit their blog for updates on the show and the work available.

I've also been working on the Artists Lending Support facebook page.   This is a beautiful story of the collarboration of aritsts and members of the ALS community working together to raise funds and awareness of a dreadful disease.    If you are an artist, I encourage you to get involved by donating a piece of work to raise funds for ALS research and support.   All the details are on the fan page or you can contact me directly if you'de like to get invovled.  

Julie Ann

I've also been working my fanny off making new dolls, taking care of my little family and trying to enjoy the spring weather.

Things are good in loopyland:)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Turn that Frown Upside Down

Why is it these silly little sayings we learned as children stick with us and through time?  I believe it's because they are simple truths, things to live by.

Baby Lacey wishes everyone could be happy, healthy and kind to one another.

Through a very bizarre and strange sequence of recent events  which are not important here,  I have been introduced to some amazing people through the ALS online community.  ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease is a disease in which muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord (motor neurons) die, resulting in rapidly progressive paralysis and death usually within three to five years of the onset of symptoms. Most cases of ALS are of unknown etiology and appear as sporadic ALS. About 5 to 10 percent of ALS cases are familial.  This group of people work diligently to help those with ALS and to help find a cure.   I can't tell you how inspired I have become by reading these peoples stories, their struggles and their sheer depth of strength and will.

  Kenneth Alber who is suffering from ALS has a wife and children and though in advance stages of the disease is still able to live at home with his family.   He sounds like a real man's man loving rock and roll and camping and might I add, quite attractive:)  He is the creator of the Kiss my A.L.S  sticker, which I particularly love!!  As the disease progress's and more medical attention is required it becomes harder and more expensive for Kenneth to remain in his home and not have to go to a medical facility.

You may wonder at this point where I'm going...I'm getting there:)   Baby Lacey is a special dolly.  She is available in my shop and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Kenneth Alber Foundation
I encourage you to click that link if your interested in making a donation on your own to help keep Kenneth in his home with his family.

Listed are some  of the sites I have visited and as a result have been, first brought to tears and then motivated to do something or help in any small way I possibly can.   Please explore these sites and I hope you will find ways to do what you can for the people suffering from this dreadful and life sucking disease.

Again,  I urge you to visit these sites.  Big things can be accomplished in small ways.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Okay, I usually try to keep things light and focused here on my blog but today I must speak out.

Yesterday I was notified by a fellow artist that a woman on facebook is selling my prints and claiming that the work is hers, that she actually created the dolls and did the photography.  Disgusting huh?  But wait there is more.   Not only is she doing this with my work she is doing it with many many accomplished artists work,  claiming they are all hers and copyrighted to boot.

Are you feeling ill yet....wait there is even more!!!   She claims to be raising money for ALS patients.   So she is stealing artwork to raise money for a charity.  How a person like this sleeps at night is beyond me, but apparently she does.

I don't mean to sound petty but I just cannot sit back and watch this happen to my own artwork and my fellow artists.   The woman's profile on facebook is ShawnaMarie Weatherford   You would have to be friends with her to see the fraud, but above is a screenshot of whats going on.

I've written a cease and desist letter to the person and I've reported her to facebook.  As of yet all the artwork is still there and available to purchase.   I encourage anyone and everyone to report her to facebook.

What I've learned.   Honestly I feel in a teeny bit responsible as I have not safeguarded myself from this at all.   From this day forward my images will be watermarked and low resolution.  I highly suggest y'all do the same.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A New Look and A New Website

So does it look and feel a bit more roomy in here?  Things laid out and looking fine?  Oh you noticed.  Well that is all due to my very dear friend and amazing web designer Phanie Marie.  

You may remember I told you about her work for me on business cards and post cards, well now the lovely lass has spruced up my online presence too and I could not be more than thrilled.    A word of advice, if you stink at graphics or web design....hire someone to do it and I would of course recommend none other than Phanie.

And now...drum roll please,  I'm unveiling my new LoopyBoopy webpage.  Isn't it beautiful?  Thanks again to Miss Phanie.

I'm just so excited about my little spaces on the web at the moment.

One more plug for my dear friend.  Check out her darling little miniature shop MinetoMe.  Miniaturist just blow my mind and Phanies work is no different.  Teeny tiny is really hard when working in polymer clay and these little sculptures are just so adorable.  Be sure to check out the scenes in the teeny!   I really think you'll enjoy this as much as her design work!

Thanks again dear Phanie, for making loopyboopy look so good!!!