Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I had so much fun doing this giveaway. I plan to do many more in the future so don't be sad if you didn't win this time as there will be plenty more chances.

Before we get started I would like to say a big THANK YOU to you all for entering and leaving such wonderful comments. I really appreciate them. They always make my day and so do you!

So here goes.........

Getting all the names ready

names are all in the bucket

and the first magnet goes to....


next up it's...


the third magnet goes to...


and last of all it's...


CONGRATULATIONS!!! Please send me your addresses and I will get your prizes out to you straight away. Thank you all again so much for participating :)


Sorry group, it's been another tough week in finding a photo to share. I have been having a lot of trouble with back pain this week so I have been pretty held up with that. I have started acupuncture treatments to try and help witch I have high hopes for. I have heard a lot of good reports from people who have had similar injuries to me with this type of treatment. I can't remember what it feels like to be normal anymore, so fingers crossed that this treatment works and gives me some relief.

Anywho, I just took a couple of shots of my craft room. I have been trying to finish off some unfinished pieces that I have lying around so I can get them up on my Etsy shop.

My very small and cluttered painting desk smooshed onto the end of our computer desk

I am looking forward to one day having a whole room to myself for my art

It's funny how much stuff you accumulate with art

I also bought myself a new pair of uggies on the weekend as it has been so cold at the moment. I love them, they are so warm and comfy!

Monday, June 29, 2009


Hi all! I hope your weekends were all wonderful :)

I am just here to remind everyone that today is the last day to enter my first blog giveaway. Tomorrow I will be drawing the names out of the hat and announcing the winners on my blog. I can't tell you how excited I am!!!

If you haven't entered yet, please feel free to. Everyone is welcome to enter and there is actually 4 chances to win something!!

Just to recap - I have four hand painted mixed media magnets to give away. All you have to do is click here and leave a comment on that post. It is very quick and easy.


**Please do not leave a comment to enter on this post**

Friday, June 26, 2009


My heart is sad today as the world has lost two truly magnificent people.

I did not grow up with Farrah Fawcett, but I did watch her long struggle with cancer, and it broke my heart. She seemed like a wonderfully strong and caring person who inspired a lot of people.

Michael Jackson was a legend and will forever be one. I remember learning his dance routines in our lounge room with my brothers from videos of his concerts when we were little. I could never get the moon walk down pat though. I have always loved his inspiring music and his unmatchable talent.

R.I.P Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett.
You will be missed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


The word for Illustration Friday this week was drifting. I had sooo many ideas running through my head with this one, but this is what ended up coming out onto paper -

Drifting on a sea of dreams, hope and love

I am having so much fun with IF. It is great for stretching the imagination and tempting you to try new things.


Entries for my blog giveaway are still open. Everyone is welcome to enter. Good Luck!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


This week I have a cute picture of Alex and Annie (our budgie) together. Annie often comes and sits with us if we are watching TV or playing a game on the couch. She is a lot more social then her friend Iggy (our other budgie), but that's because we have had Annie a lot longer then Iggy so she only had Alex and I to play with for quite a while.

That white thing on Alex's knee is Annie

How sweet are they

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I was so lucky to receive two blogging awards this week!

THANK YOU so much Maria for this awesome award! I am so honored to receive it from someone I truly admire. Maria does absolutely beautiful artwork so go over and check out her wonderful blog here.

For this Kreative Blogger Award I have to share 7 things I love. So here goes...

1. My beautiful partner Alex who I could not live without.
2. My family who has always supported and been there for me.
3. Art and creating.
4. Beautiful sunny days.
5. My two little budgies Annie and Iggy.
6. Being an Australian.
7. Lime jelly.

I now get to pass this award on to 7 other people whose blogs I love (such a hard decision).

My painted things
Linda Fleming
Bumble Vee
Mary O. Martin

Come on down girls and collect your awards! There is no obligation to take this award, it is totally up to you.


My second award comes from my lovely Mum - Serena Lewis. Who has always been the biggest support in my life. Not only is she a fantastic mother but a wonderful artist. Check out her awesome artwork and blog here. THANK YOU!

The rules for this one is to post it on your blog and give it to others. I would like to give this one to all the blogs that I follow (I am sure you know who you are) so please feel free to take this one and pass it on.

Friday, June 19, 2009


This is a quick little sketch I did today for my Illustration Friday entry. I haven't had much time for my art this week as Alex is on holidays from work. Hopefully I'll do a little better next week.

New found wings unfolded


Don't forget it's not to late to enter my first blog giveaway. Just click on the giveaway icon at the top of my sidebar to go to the post so you can leave a comment. Anyone is welcome to enter.

Good Luck!

Thursday, June 18, 2009



I just wanted to pop on quickly and share with you a couple more of my dolls that I have listed on my Etsy store.

I hope you like them :)

Monday, June 15, 2009


Hi all! Hope you all had a great weekend.

I had a really nice weekend. I got to see my friend who I haven't seen in ages who is about to have a baby, and Alex and I bought bicycles.

My friend lives at the Gold Coast which is about an hours drive from where we live. The weather was perfect and we had a beautiful lunch at a nice restaurant with a view of the water which was great fun. I made a raggedy doll for the baby and painted a mixed media canvas as well for the babies room. Melissa seemed to really like them both which I was happy and relieved about. It was great catching up with them as I haven't seem them in ages. I can't believe next time I see her she will have a little baby girl :) I am so happy for her!

This is me and my friend Melissa

Alex and I also bought bicycles on Saturday which we have been wanting for a while. I haven't ridden a bike since I was about 13 so it took a few minute to get the hang of it again, but after that I was off ridding the streets like a pro (not quite, lol). I forgot how much fun it is and now I'm addicted. We plan on going on a few bike trails around the area, but at the moment I am still a bit weary as to how my back will cope. I made sure I got the best bike for my injury that will put the least amount of stress on it as possible. So far the only pain is in my butt cheeks as i wear in my bike's seat, lol.

Me and my new bike

Alex and his new bike

Thursday, June 11, 2009


This is my first entry into the Illustration Friday group. The subject for this week was "craving".

She craves to be on a tropical island as she does the housework

It is a mixed media piece done on a 5"x7" flat canvas. I used Acrylic paint, card stock, pages from an old book and gel medium.

Thanks for taking a peek :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Yay! My very first giveaway!

I am so excited to be giving away four of my original hand painted mixed media magnets. Each magnet is a separate giveaway so you have 4 chances to win something.

All you have to do is leave a comment in this post to be in the draw.

They were each created using a flat 4x4 canvas, acrylic paint, card stock, gel medium and a magnet. They have been fully varnished for protection and are signed on the back.

I will be drawing the 4 winners at the end of the month - 30th June 2009

I am happy to post anywhere in the world so feel free to spread the word. The more the merrier!

These are the four magnets


Here are some more photos of my work in progress from my previous post. It is not quite finished yet as I have been only able to do small amounts of work on it each day because Alex was home for a four day long weekend, and we have been busy with other stuff. Hopefully I will get a chance to finish it this week.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Hi everyone!

Boy, the weeks fly by so fast at the moment. Before I know it it's Monday again and I don't have any photos to share :(

I did however manage to russle up a couple that I thought were cute. I took them a little while ago but wanted to show where I started with my dolls.

This is one of my first dolls I made. I got inspiration from De over at Bowles-n-annies. Her dolls are so sweet!

Another firsty. I think she is really cute! The face is inspired by De again

And here are my dolls today. At the moment they hang out in my sewing room.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Yay! I finally got to buy two things that I have been wanting for ages now.

The first is a treadmill that Alex and I bought at the start of the week. I have needed one for ages to help with my whiplash injury. It has been really hard to stay fit since the car accident as my back and neck causes to much pain when I do normal exercise or play sport. Walking is just about the only thing that I can do, but even walking the streets causes to much pain to my lower back due to the uneven roads and paths. I have been wanting one for ages but needed to wait until we had some money. Finally that day has come!!!

The second is my new Canon Pixma IP4600 printer that I bought yesterday. I have been wanting one to do my own prints of my art at home to sell. I was finding that the photo shops that were doing the prints before weren't getting the colours correct and, honestly the staff didn't seem to know much about anything. The prints would be so dull and nothing like the colours I had used. I just wasn't comfortable selling work that I myself was not happy with. Now I can do it all from home and guarantee good quality prints.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


I am so obsessed with mixed media art at the moment. I live and breathe it. Which is a bit scary sometimes when I can't get to sleep because it's all I am thinking about. I know it is definitely something that I want to pursue and hopefully make a small business out of someday. You will probably notice a few changes around my blog and my Etsy store as I find my feet and try new things. My blog name is no longer Raggedy Ruckus but, Dolls-n-Art by Michelle. You will probably notice a few changes with my artwork as well as I find my niche in this crazy, fast moving art world. I am so excited about these changes and can't wait to begin my new journey.


I have been working on a new mixed media piece and thought I would show my work in progress. I am quite happy with how it is taking shape so far. I am even a little nervous to continue just in case I wreck what I have already done. I will keep going though cause it obviously needs to be finished.

Stage 1 - I glued down different designed card stock with gel medium and then seal with the same gel medium

Stage 2 and 3 - I painted the background using washes of acrylic paint and then started painting my design onto the piece

It is an 8"x10" flat canvas and I am using card stock, acrylic paint, and a graphite pencil.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Hi everyone! Hope you had a nice relaxing weekend :)

I couldn't think of anything to post for this weeks photo. I have had a lot of other stuff on my mind lately. In the end I decided to take some pics of the art around my house to show you. You can probably see from the pics that my favourite colour combo is Aqua, dark brown and orange, he! he!

These are some Chinese symbols I painted for myself years ago. The top one reads harmony, the second love and the third prosperity

Mum painted the matching clock for me and the painting of the flowers

Mum also painted me this butterfly painting for my birthday a couple of years ago

Alex's Dad gave us these photos he took. He is a very talented photographer

Another one from Mum that sits in my art room to keep me motivated. The tags on the wall are from my lovely little brother Aaron (he is becoming quite the artist himself), and the rag doll is one of my very firsts
I'm sure you can tell that I thoroughly enjoy having such a talented artist for a Mum :)