Ooooh Darlings — such exciting things are happening in FineHandLand! For starters, check out the current issue of Art Doll Quarterly:


Isn’t that a beautiful doll on the cover? It’s by an Italian artist named Elisa Fenoglio. Check out her website — she’s crazy talented.

There are lots of other fabulous dolls in this issue. I absolutely love Leslie Molen’s Tiger Moth:


All of Leslie’s work is spectacular. Check out her website and blog.

I’d like to share some of the other dolls from this issue with you, but I keep going to the artists’ websites and not being able to find pictures of the dolls that are in the magazine. I guess you’ll just have to go out and buy it yourself if you want to see them. (It’s available at Barnes & Noble and Joann Fabrics).

Oh, but wait — I said that exciting things are happening here. And while being inspired by other artists is always tremendously exciting to me, I actually have something concrete to share with you. Just look at who’s on page 85:


That’s right! It’s Bernard! Remember him? My very first art doll!

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Oh Bernard, I’m so happy for you. You’re such a handsome fellow, and now you’re a model in a magazine. But you won’t let it go to your head. You’ll just keep on being your same sweet old self and stitching away at that stocking.

I think I’ve come a long way since I made Bernard — I’ve definitely developed more skill at sculpting, and my costuming is a lot more sophisticated. But Bernard has a very special place in my heart. After all, he introduced me to the beautiful world of art dolls. He sits right on my work table and keeps me company in the studio. I’m just so tickled that the editors at ADQ decided to publish him.

There are other exciting things happening here too — there’s a website in the works, and something really big (for me) on the horizon that I’ll tell you about soon. So don’t go away!

Ta-ta until next time Darlings!

Oh — and one more thing — I’ve actually entered the 21st century and opened a Twitter account. You can follow me at @herfinehand. I haven’t tweeted much yet, but you know: baby steps.