Miss Mabel Studio

Miss Mabel Studio

Here you will find art dolls, marionettes, beaded icons, journal quilts, as well as various creatures and creations that inhabit my world. And because I am intrigued by all sorts of creative endeavors, you can never really tell what may end up here. Some of these artistic expressions are for sale, some are not, but all have a story to tell--I believe art is a form of communication--it can shout for joy or can cry, but it all has something to say. So listen with your eyes. All images/art work copyrighted Linda Hansen 2006-2010.

279:long time no see….an update of sorts.

November 23rd, 2013

It has been a long time since I have posted here.  Health and computer woes are probably the main reason (a couple of cancer surgeries and 3 used computers in 2 years).  I was not idle but just could not come up with the energy to fuss with the camera, edit photos etc.  I did get a new smart phone and have been posting photos regularly on instagram under MissMabelStudio (what else?!).  Below though is what had been occupying my time lately.  I traded a friend for this bjd body.  It is a volks 10 (?) body with junk cast twigling limbs.  She is in very rough shape but all the better for me to take a dremel too.   DSC_1397



She was cleaned up, sanded, sealed and then I painted her to look like brass and wood.  So far I am pleased with the results but far from done.







I was lucky enough to find a vintage coo-coo clock.  I took it apart and the brass gears were marvelous.  One day and a sore arm later I had taken out enough of her back and was able to insert the guts of the clock into her.  She is far from done.  She is sitting on my desk awaiting more time from me as it is the holidays and I work retail so I believe enough said.










278: no one is looking

June 19th, 2013


I suspect that this will go out into the ether and not get seem except by spam-bots but I will continue to slog along (and I renewed the domain for 5 more years ;0)  Scott, Mimi and I went to Portland for the Quilt Convention.  After we got back Scott had some extra days off (and his sewing machine was in the shop getting a tune-up so he could not sew) and some time, so we redid my “doll” closet.  My Dad and his wife for xmas sent us a $100 gift card to Lowe’s.  I had drug home a “free” dresser and put my doll’s stuff in it..each drawer has  different sizes of doll clothes and accessories.  We put shelves in for storage (props etc) and made the top of the dresser in to a room for my MSD dolls.  Pictured is my Limwha Limho and my Souldoll Fafner.   We then put pegs around the top of the hall to hang chairs on.DSC_1139  DSC_1142



And the final picture is with the lights on.  We put small can lights under the shelf so it lights it up like a room.  I wanted a “stick” light but could not find one that ran on batteries.  I find that I “play” with these dolls a lot more now that they have room.  They were getting neglected as I spend most of my time with my bigger dolls and had thought of selling them but really like them still.  When Mimi moves out I have big plans of taking over her room and making a room big enough for my larger dolls to be in.

277:Kraft-Tex and etc.

April 17th, 2013

Here is link to a project that I did for C&T using their new (?) product called Kraft-Tex.  It is like a combination of paper and veggie leather.  Hard to tear so that is probably why it reminds me of leather.  Mine is the camp journal…too bad you can’t see the details of the writing in it.  I thought it was pretty amusing!

Also please do yourself a favor and watch the movie “Lars and the real girl” DO NOT read what it is about before you watch it…it will give you the wrong impression.  It is one of the sweetest movies I have ever seen.  Nuff said, watch and let me know what you think.

276: tra la la

March 10th, 2013

Made my Dollstown Amy a new outfit.  The made body of the fabric is Tula Pink’s fabric.  The dot and stripes are Micheal Miller.




DSC_2943Her profile just slays me!



275:just some more stuff

February 19th, 2013







Just thought I would  post a bit more stuff.  This is my Hujoo  Freya (aka Praline) wearing a new dress I made.  I found this fabric at work.  It is sushi fabric and I thought it would be funny to make her a dress out of it.  I like visual jokes as you can tell.



Yes, this one is “different”.  I found this resin bird skull at a Steampunk shop in Edmonds.  I had seen a doll on another site done like this (it was much bigger and more expensive).  I dremeled out the back of the skull and put it on an Obitsu body.  She is approx 27cm tall.  I like her a lot.  She has no name yet..any suggestions?


This is a Doll Leaves Bailey.  I bought her because she was cheap (the seller wanted the cash).  My intent was to modd the heck out of her (still working on that idea) but after I stripped her face up off and redid it for kicks I liked out it turned out.  I had bought this wig for another doll but it fit perfectly on her large head.  Dd suggested the patches.  Now I like her to well too dremel on so I guess my plans are on hold for the time being.


I like her without  eyebrows.  Somehow it just seems to fit her.  DSC_0866

274:so so busy

February 16th, 2013


It has been a long while since I have posted.  Working 4 days a week (although it is just 24+ hours) I still feel like I have “no time”.  I do have news though to share:

First: Mimi was accepted for an intern/mentor-ship at the 5th Ave theatre   (downtown Seattle), in the costume department, for an all student production of the Music Man.  It is called the Rising Star Project.  It means though that I am spending a lot of time driving to downtown Seattle and am getting to know the parking down there well.

Second: Noel has been offered an internship position at Amazon.  He is very excited.  We don’t know yet if this is a paid position but it is great for him.  He needed an internship as part of his degree program.  He interviewed a lot and it was hard to see him so disappointed, but now he  sees God’s plan in it all (his words not mine).  It is so hard to be in the middle of something and “know” that God has our best intentions in mind and to trust the outcome.

Below are some of my latest efforts (when I can sneak in some time in my studio):

DSC_0664This is my Zombie Alice Monster High repaint.  She is listed in my Etsy shop.  She was a Ghoulia.

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Another Ghoulia I repainted.  She is “Clockwork Courtesan.”  She has been heavily modded.  The kimono is made out of a vintage kimono sleeve (no I did not cut it off, some one else did.)  She is also in my Etsy shop.


My latest Bjd she is the one on the left.  She is a dollstown Amy.  I did her face-up.  I am getting better but I am still not happy with it.  I love her pouty/puffy upper lip though.  Next to her (dark hair) is a Dolltown human eared Io that I redid her face up.  I am afraid it looks the same as the one before ;0/.

(Note: Scott stop looking at my grammar!  Yes, this means you!)

272:The Grey

January 21st, 2013

Son #2 talked me into watching “The Grey”.   I want those 2 hours of my life back.  Nuff said.

272:more monsters

January 20th, 2013


DSC_0756This a recent repaint of a Draculaura.  She was on my Etsy site for a few hours before she was bought.  Very happy me ;0)


These are mine.  It has been fun working on them.  A lot cheaper than ABJD’s.  Don’t take up as much space and I am not as intimidated by them.  Each has had a face repaint.  Mimi has been helping me by taking off the existing hair so I can rewig it or curling the hair (hot water and straws).


I love how sweet this one turned out.  She is a Rochelle Goyle (a gargoyle).  I cut her hair and Mimi curled it.


The is a Spectra.  I fell for her cheek bones.  Mimi thinks she looks like the lady from Sweeney Todd.  Never seen it.  Cannibalism turns my stomach.  This doll was totally re-wigged.  The hair is dyed Tibetan Lamb.

DSC_0758I have not finished working on this girl.  I am sure she will get more “bits” added (or perhaps taken off LOL) her.  She is Robecca Steam.  I have highlighted all her gears and rivets.  Painted the heart on her chest (under her dress).  Also added a watch gear and spring to her eyes.

I presently have 4 more dolls that will be redone.  The latest one is a severe mod ala steampunk.  I am envisioning a steampunk geisha.  We will see how she actually turns out!  I have 2 sleeves that someone cut off a satin kimono that has lovely embroidery work on it.  It will be used some how in her costume.  These will eventually end up on our etsy site.

271:just having some fun

January 5th, 2013

DSC_0733For Xmas Scott bought me a Hujoo Freya (junkyspot).  I had seen a box made for a doll on a blog (Biscuit House). I bought a suit case from Ben’s to use for it.  I glued in a copy of a Paris Map and added trim.



This is Freya (I named her Praline).  I did her face-up and made all the clothes from vintage hankies and trims.  There are ribbons added so she is tied in (and she has a pillow).  I also made her a bird and ball of yarn for toys.



I wanted it to look vintage and pastel colored.  I have had so much fun with this project.  I an now trying to crochet a dress for her.  I am not using a pattern so we will see how well it turns out LOL.


Lesley Riley is starting a new book project and I will be submitting some art work for consideration.  No guarantees for acceptance but hey, I gotta try right ;0)


270: C&T

November 16th, 2012

I will be demoing at Daniel Smith in Bellevue on the 24th of Nov, 11:00 and 1:30 and the downtown Seattle store Dec. 2nd 12:30 and 2:00.  Stop by and say “hi” if you are in the area.

On another note, I have been doing quit well at re-painting and selling my Monster High dolls.  One I listed on Sunday was sold by Tues p.m. and the owner left glowing feedback.  Feels good.  Now to just squeeze in more time to do more repaints?!

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