Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hues of Oz Creative Challenge


Not only is red my favourite colour (alongside black) but ruby is my favourite hue of red, so of course, when I signed up for the Hues of Oz challenge, the ruby slippers were my inspiration. Instead of ruby slippers and a little dog named Toto in the land of Oz though, I've created a little cat named Ruby in a graveyard... as is my wont. ;)

If you head on over to Olde Baggs N Stuffed Shirts blog you can hobnob with our wonderful Celebration of Oz hostess, Oma Linda, and the other Hues of Oz  participants.

Whilst you're mingling, you may run into the spooktacular Holly, of Holly's Horrorland. Holly hosted a red themed creative challenge earlier this week and I had been busy working on a little doll in red that I was very excited about (Hint: Her name is Lydia.), but alas, just as she was almost finished, a careless slip of the Quickunpic resulted in me inadvertently and tragically eviscerating her.

Much colourful language and a slew of self-pitying, melodramatic declarations followed in the wake of this calamitous event. Dolly requires a complete body transplant, which requires much disassembly and reassembly, and as I just didn't have time to finish her this week, I'm cheating and having Ruby stand in for both challenges. So, after attending the Hues of Oz gathering, hop over to Holly's March Creative Challenge and keep the festivities going. 


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  1. ya know.....I'm really loving Ruby the cat......she's got some Ozian Style goin' on. This is so very cool. I'm sorry about Lydia but I'm sure you'll reincarnate her and she'll come out to play at some point.
    Thanks so much for coming to play in Oz with the rest of the Ozian loving crew. You done good. And so Hues to you my dear, Oma Linda

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    1. Thank you, Oma Linda! :) I loved being part of the Hues of Oz fun!

      Yes, Lydia will come out to play as soon as I've had a chance to... um... resurrect her! ;D

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  2. The blog hop sounds wonderful :)

    I LOVE Ruby, great fabric! A cat in a graveyard....perfect :)

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! :)

      I bought the fabric a couple of years back. I absolutely love it, but unfortunately, it was just a remnant. I doubt I will ever find any more of it, so I have been using it sparingly. The colour just felt perfect for the ruby slipper theme.

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  3. Every wonderful magical tale MUST! have a spectacular CAT! Ruby is Fab! cool and Groovey!!!
    Happy to visit your "party"....... xoDebi

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    1. Thank you so much, Debi! :) And I absolutely agree that every wonderful, magical tale really must include a cat! ;D

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  4. Ruby is a beauty. I can hear her purr all the way from here, telling all who care to listen, "I'm the wonderful Ruby in red hues of Oz."

    P.S. I hope Lydia's body transplant goes well.

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    1. Thank you, Magaly! :)

      My work table currently looks quite charmingly macabre littered with tiny, disembodied heads, eyes, and torsos. ;) Hopefully Lydia will be as good as new very soon.

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    2. Ah,yes!. The dollmaker's chamber! We all have boxes of limbs and heads and jars full of eyes....

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    3. Ha! Yes, it gets all very mad scientist-y! ;)

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  5. Omg, Ruby is sooo, sooo kewt!! I could cuddle her all day long :-)

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    1. Thank you, Maynard! :) Ruby actually reminds me a lot of our old cat, Sabrina, who was quite a bit chubbier than Phoebe. I think I was channelling Sabrina as I made Ruby!

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  6. I love Ruby! And oh no, poor Lydia ... eviscerated! Although I bet she would have loved that, even if you didn't. I'll be looking forward to seeing her when she's been resurrected. ;)

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    1. Thank you, Insomniac's Attic! :) I suspect that you're right about Lydia quite enjoying her evisceration. She kept right on smiling through the whole ordeal! ;D

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  7. Awesome cat!
    red is one of my favourite colors too ;)

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    1. Thank you, Zombydolls! :) I adore red, so it made this Oz challenge even more fun for me.

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  8. Love your Ruby! And I am obsessed with Oz so I'm excited to see what the other bloggers have done.

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    1. Thank you, Jessie! :) I was only just thinking about you. I hope everything is going well and that the morning sickness has settled down a little for you?

      If you've got the time, definitely go check out the Hues of Oz offerings by other bloggers. They're fantastic! I love the way people interpret these challenges so differently. All the creativity is very inspiring!

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  9. "but alas, just as she was almost finished, a careless slip of the Quickunpic resulted in me inadvertently and tragically eviscerating her."

    Hilarious post, Emma!

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  10. Oh my gosh *hands over mouth, big eyes* That poor little doll! All that batting spilling out. How awful! I hope she's better now! :) The cat? The cat is a big, red piece of gorgeous! Love him!

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    1. Yes, I can joke about it now, Rhissanna, but believe me, I was not chuckling at the time. The little accident was accompanied by much choice language and impassioned ranting, I'm afraid. ;) She's currently in bits in a plastic bag, awaiting her surgery. *sigh*

      Thank you! I'm so pleased that Hues of Oz inspired me to make Ruby! :)

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    2. I feel your pain about a broken doll. I've done it (which is why I now use an armature, every time) and it's just soul-sucking and miserable. Oh. Lydia? As in ''have you met Lydia"? As in, "you can learn a lot from Lydia"?

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    3. It was one of those silly things where I was trying to use a seam ripper to pick out a loose thread that was trapped in a seam, and somehow, I slipped and ended up stabbing her right in the belly, which was covered in red tulle and tore open. Luckily, Ruby was available to stand in for her. ;)

      Oh no, not that Lydia, although that Lydia would have been absolutely brilliant! I actually had to look up those lines, as I wasn't familiar them. 'Lydia the Tattooed Lady'... what a great idea for a dolly!! No, my Lydia was Lydia Deetz, in her red wedding dress, from 'Beetlejuice'. :)

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  11. I love your cat Ruby! She is special! I hope dolly's body transplant works well ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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  12. I love Ruby! She looks right at home there with the gravestone. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lexa! :) Yes, every cemetery needs a cat!

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  13. OOOHH What a WONDERFUL CAT!!! UH OH, WATCH OUT!!! Kim is right behind me, reaching through the screen into the OZ Graveyard to grab that Cat before you notice!

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  14. Ooohh... sooo sweet... I love it...

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  15. Oh how utterly adorable, as is her profile shot, great spooky stage set!!!!! Oma's party has been awesome, I think I'm the last to leave LOL ohh, I better check out Holly's too! Gotta fly x

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    1. Thank you, Sunshineshelle! :) Yes, Oma's party has been awesome, and I'm not surprised that you're the last to leave... Aussie chicks have stamina! ;D

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  16. Aaaw, how adorable! I have no idea how you did it, but you managed to give her her own personality, she seems to be so alive...if it makes sense. :) And, of course, I love the fabric, such anice pattern and a rich shade of ruby red.

    Can't wait to see Lydia too, I hope her transplant goes well! ^^

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    1. By the way, I can totally picture a bag version of Ruby...;)

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    2. Thank you, Lynoire! Yes, I really love the fabric too! I've got quite a stash of fabrics and this one came to mind instantly when I thought about ruby slippers. Ruby's nose is embroidered with a metallic thread, but unfortunately the photo doesn't really capture the sparkly goodness of that.

      Lydia is waiting patiently for surgery. Poor lamb! ;)

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  17. I just love your work. It is perfect. Your inspiration is amazing.

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