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Happy February, Faery Friends!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Hello Faery Friends!

Just wanted to share with you a slideshow I made of my favorite faeries from the last couple years! Let me know what you think!

As always, I will be listing new faeries each week. If you come by and see everything is sold, don’t worry, new faeries will arrive for adoption in a matter of a few days. If you haven’t already, visit my Facebook page, Click the blue Facebook button down and to the right of the screen, where you can sign up for notifications of the latest faeries available, and see what I am working on each day!

Click Fullscreen to see all of the faery magic up close…

Thanks to all my collectors, fans and friends who support me and allow me to continue to do what I love, which is to create magical faeries to send off into the world and hopefully bring joy to all who come across them!

Bright Faery Blessings,
Liz Amend

November Greetings…

Friday, November 27th, 2015
Hello Faery Friends!
We are nearing the close of another year, and the beginning of a new one. It’s at these times many of us reflect upon our lives–where we are, how far we’ve come, and where we’d like to see ourselves in the coming year.
This artwork made me think of all the people I know with so many wonderful ideas, intentions and dreams who simply put them to the side, as if they are silly or unimportant in real life. So they simply watch life going by, as if confined to a tower, with only a window out into the world. Many of us spend our days, years and a good part of our lives in this way, feeling as if we are capable of so much more, if we only knew the secret to making our own dreams come true.
The secret is simple: We are our only captor, the key is in our own hands. Whatever you feel separates you from everyone else or that keeps you from doing all that you have only dreamed of doing, brush those thoughts away like so many cobwebs. Those ideas that you aren’t good enough, aren’t prepared enough, aren’t whatever enough? Those ideas are false and stealthily destructive over time.
There is never a right time and you will never be fully prepared to undertake any dream, adventure or goal. Time is passing away and opportunity gone with each sunset.
Each day you have a choice: Continue dreaming from your tower window. Or take your key, unlock the door and pass through into your imagined life. It is never too late to step unto the path toward your dream. When it seems too hard and you are about to give up, remember in the middle of every fairytale, the hero continues on, even when it looks like all hope is lost. We cannot know when we will achieve our happily ever after, it is ours only to stay courageous, and never give up.
I pray your path is long, full of discovery, and challenges! I pray you stay on your path even when it is difficult–especially when it is difficult!
There is magic, wonder and possibility for all who choose to see life as such. Now–this moment–is the most magical gift you will ever receive. Use it wisely and unlock its potential and simply take your first step!
Bright Faery Blessings,
Liz

That Magical Feeling When Someone Believes In You

Friday, January 30th, 2015

I once had a collector and friend who commissioned an entire scene for one of her bookcase shelves. This was several years ago, and I cannot find even one photo now of the finished project, unfortunately.
The scene had a rock formation on one side, that had an arch to walk through. One side of the scene was day the other night. On the night side, there was a fountain where a faery walked the stone edge, like a child does on a balance beam. The fountain was fed by “water” coming through at the base of a big tree, at it’s roots. There was a moon and stars, peeping through the silhouettes of other trees and it was perfectly magical.

I somehow got it boxed and shipped to her, even though it was pretty large. It arrived in once piece, and it slid perfectly into her shelf, with no problems. I had worried that I had measured incorrectly.

Whenever I doubt myself, I remember this project. And how I never would have attempted it, had it not been for this friend. She said she wanted a scene for her faeries she collected, and asked if I could do it. At first, I told her no, that I couldn’t. She insisted, and she told me that I could do anything. What a wonderful feeling!

Since then, I have met many people who have become friends, who support me and believe in me totally. Keep those kinds of friends close to you, they are rare gifts. The people who believed in me when no one else did, well, those people will always have a special place in my heart!

Discover YOUR Life’s Purpose

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Hello Faery Friends!

I had to share this neat video! (Link Below) People ask me all the time what I do. Sometimes it’s hard to explain. Especially to people who don’t understand the art doll world or why on earth anyone would be interested in faery creatures or anything make-believe. If I think they won’t truly appreciate what I do or understand, I just tell them that I make dolls. They think that I am a housewife doing crafts to sell for extra money. How quaint, I can almost hear them think to themselves.

But then when someone asks me what I do and I know they will understand, I can answer: I create something from nothing. I try to conjure magic in a world that can be scary and dark at times. I make “make-believe” real again and I remind people to dream and use their imaginations. At the very least, hopefully, I make people smile.

Remember, many songs, movies, books, paintings, sculptures, started as a little idea, or a fleeting thought–perhaps scratched out on a napkin or scrap of paper. It’s those little ideas that someone decided to give their time and passion to, that evolved into the great works of art we know today. There is a thing only you can do, a gift and talent only you have and it may not seem like much to anyone else, but you owe it your time and your energy. heart emoticon

Bright Faery Blessings,
Liz

http://youtu.be/vVsXO9brK7M

Happy January, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

I hope your year has gotten off to a wonderful start! My resolution is to get more organized this year! I think I am actually doing it this year, too! So far so good, at least!

I am so excited with all the new followers on my Facebook community page.

The Fantasy Art of Liz Amend on Facebook

We are nearly to 1,500 followers! AMAZING! Once we’ve hit that mark we will be doing a giveaway of a little toddler faery as a thank you for everyone’s participation! As always, I am tickled pink with all the likes, shares and wonderful comments you all leave! Our little page is growing each day, simply due to your participation and enthusiasm, so thank YOU!!!

I have gotten a few emails asking were are the faeries on my website that haven’t sold. Well, you are not overlooking them, more often than not, they are all sold. As soon as I list new faeries for sale on my website, they get snapped up within hour or two. This is why I encourage you to like my Facebook page, and sign up for notifications so you will get notified when I post. I often will let everyone know what day and a time estimate of when faeries will be “flying” in to the website for adoption. I always post links to my website here, along with several pictures of each faery.

Unfortunately, I am just one artist, I am also a wife and mother and though I am an full time artist and am in my studio for several hours each day, alas I can only create so many dolls each week.  They are hand sculpted from scratch, as I like to say. People ask where I get my doll parts, well, I don’t buy anything but big blocks of polymer clay, which must then be conditioned and skin tones mixed and then sculpted into whatever faery I am imagining at the moment. This is what I mean “by scratch.”

I hopefully will get to the promised videos and tutorials that will better explain the process and show beginning artists some tips and tricks on how to get started in making one of a kind art dolls.

Please enjoy the rest of you January, and I hope all your hopes and ambitions for this year come to fruition!

Bright Faery Blessings,
Liz

To My Collectors, Fans & Friends. A thank you…

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Just wanted to share with all of my faery friends a thought I had on my morning walk:

This morning was cool but not cold and though it had rained overnight only the occasional raindrop hit my umbrella. As I passed by some kids on their way to school, I saw a small box with no lid, sitting in a parking lot.

When I was a kid I was always turning boxes into dollhouses or other things, (the box always suggested its other use, besides simply holding objects).

I smiled to myself this morning, because I knew that my 12-year-old self would have taken that box home right away and transformed it into something else, something magical. I would have torn apart my room to find yarn, pom-poms, glue and glitter.

As I walked home I had that quickening sensation I always get when an idea for a new creation occurs to me- that burst of creativity and excitement that has been with me for as long as I can remember, my constant, invisible companion. It has seen me through good times and bad. It’s helped me make beautiful things and sometimes simply big messes.

I guess when people think of artists, this is what they think of, a person possessed with a singular idea and compelled to make it real. I don’t know what it would be like to not have this urge multiple time each day, I knew this about myself before anyone decided to give me the title of Artist.

I DO know what it’s like to NOT be able to create. It stinks! I have had a handful of other jobs over the years, all of which I was pretty good at, worked hard at, and earned a living at. But none allowed me to do what I love, to do it daily, and receive daily affirmation and encouragement for what I do.

The affirmation and encouragement are an important part of my continued progress, as artists always have times when they doubt their talent and their path. And I am so fortunate to receive so much encouragement from YOU! <3

I periodically try to express, as best I can, how truly grateful and blessed I feel all the time, to have such wonderful collectors, fans and friends.

So since I haven’t said it lately, thanks for coming along with me on my artful journey!

Bright Faery Blessings!
Liz

What’s Your Favorite Fairytale?

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I get so much inspiration from fairytales and fantasy novels! One of the reasons I became a doll maker was to make the characters I loved in books come to life!

What are some of your favorite stories and characters? Perhaps I will use your favorite as inspiration for my next sculpture!

Have you joined my Facebook page yet?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

If you already have, you know that I post a couple of times a day with updates of my current projects and interesting things I am currently working on.

I also post lots of pictures of my works-in-progress, pictures of my special orders for my collectors, pictures of my furry helpers, and I give sneak peeks of things I will be offering for sale here on my website.

Since so many people wait anxiously for new faeries, I often post on Facebook whether or not I will be listing new faeries on my website, so if you “like” my page,you will get a heads up on new things and when to watch for them.

My page is: The Fantasy Art of Liz Amend
Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fantasy-Art-of-Liz-Amend/134940633196161

Hello September!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

It is still VERY warm here in Nonesuch Hollow, me and the faeries are taking it easy in these last sweltering days of summer!

We are all looking forward to cooler weather and all the excitement that autumn brings!

I will be posting pictures of September’s Mini-Faery Giveaway tonight. Be sure to enter once a day through October 1st, I will be drawing a random winner then.

Happy September, everyone!
Liz

August Mini-Faery Giveaway!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The winner has been drawn for August’s Mini-Faery Giveaway…

Congratulations to Sunny Richmond! Waiting to hear back from you with your address so your faery can “fly” home to you!

I hope everyone will enter again, once a day through September. Winner will be randomly drawn October 1st and announced here on the website and on my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fantasy-Art-of-Liz-Amend/134940633196161

Thanks so much everyone who entered, and thank you for your continued interest in my art!

Bright Faery Blessings,
Liz