2/8/16

Owl be your Valentine

I'm still plugging away at sewing doll clothing for my grand daughter's doll.... I just about forgot about Valentines day coming up. I wanted to make my grand kids some Valentines for their classrooms.... I whipped up two class sets of owl containers that hold some candy and small toys for my grand kids classmates. I printed out "Owl be your Valentine" and stuck it to the front of each owl. The first 10 were so fun to make.... I thought they would whip up fast. I was wrong. It. Took. Forever. to get them finished.
Or maybe it just felt like that because I wanted to get back to my sewing machine! Here is one of the outfits I just finished.
I not only made the dress, but the Minnie Mouse ears...
bloomers, tights and matching shoes.
Merida approves.
 Taking her picture all the time has made her somewhat of a diva. She is now calling herself a model....
I have five more days left before I am going to be bundling up all of the doll clothing I've made and gift it to my grand daughter. Every day I ask my daughter, "Is she still playing with that doll?" Every day, I am relieved to hear, "Yes." Back to the sewing machine.
big hugs,

1/31/16

Crocheting some Cuteness

After spending hours and hours creating small doll clothing patterns I decided I needed to spend some time crocheting.... I was needing a sense of finishing something-- anything! so I thought some small crocheted winter gear was in order. I used a HDC stitch to create a fun fur trimmed hat.
I used the same stitch to create a scarf... I also made some mittens.
 I created the hat a little big so that it could fit over any fancy big hair the dolls might be sporting.
 Rapunzel has her hair in braids right now. While braiding her hair, I noticed it had a few bits cut off. I didn't realize this when her hair was a tangled mess. So, a trim on her hair is in order one of these days.
That was a fun diversion... now back to the sewing table... literally. *wink*
I've linked up to Janine's "Wool on Sunday's linky party."
big hugs,

1/29/16

Doll Clothing

I tried my hand using some of the free American Girl doll clothing patterns online to modify to fit the 15 inch Disney Animator dolls... it ta-was'nt easy.... blah. Either I made them to big or two small... or the patterns were to complicated and ended up frustrating me to the point that I gave up. BLAH! I wasted soooo much time fiddling around with those...poo. I finally had to just make my own patterns. I do best when I just wing it... why fight it right? With that said... here is some of the doll clothing I've made so far. Rapunzel is showing off a sleeveless summer dress with matching shoes...
 Merida has a short play dress on with matching bloomers, shoes and hair bow. Merida is my pattern doll and normally is butt-naked and is always at the ready to be draped with various fabrics and paper patterns.
 I've made a couple of outfits repurposing baby clothing. I think they turned out pretty cute! I have never sewn on stretchy fabric before and was pleased how it turned out. These outfits were made using two rompers, I think the size of the rompers were for a 3 to 6 month old baby.
 I'm calling these "pajamas" so of course, I had to make matching slippers. I've already given these outfits to my grand daughter for her dolls... the rest she will get on her birthday next month. (February)
All of the clothing I've made so far have openings in the back of each garment because over the head clothing wouldn't work for these dolls since the heads are over sized for their bodies. I would like to crochet a granny-square poncho... but I'll have to think on that some more to try to come up with a pattern that wraps around then snaps and isn't an over the head poncho.
I had better step up my game and start cranking out the doll clothing or else the large wardrobe of clothing I had imagined will end up a few dresses and a few pairs of shoes.

Focus... hmmm... is that a Joann's ad in the mail?
big hugs,

1/19/16

Elsa and Anna

My grandaughter got a Disney Elsa Animator doll for Christmas and has been smitten with her ever since. Have you seen them? Adorbs. She also got Elsa's sister Anna... both cute as a button.
To me, this is a big deal... she has never liked a doll before. She has a lot of dolls and Barbies, but has never toted them around or carried them with her into stores etc. I had asked Chloe if I could borrow one of her dolls over night so I could make some clothing patterns for them--- to which she replied, "No." Which is hysterical because she has never told me no before. I can always get her to say yes... I didn't even try. I'm convinced its love~

I went online to view all the Animator dolls to pick one for myself so I could have it at my house to use to fit clothing patterns to... and fell in love with what I thought was the Mulan doll... sigh... no, it was a Paola Reina Liu doll in her summer dress... but at $80 bucks... I just don't know how I can hit the "buy it now" button and not regret spending that kind of money--- on a doll. But I want it... swoon. Anyway-- back to the Disney dolls. I was determined to get one... I planned on going to the Disney store and shell out the almost $30 bucks for one-- but decided to hit a thrift store on the way. Wouldn't you know it? I found one! What? Yep. I introduce you to Merida. Her original price was $7.99 and it was half off day. When I got to the register the gal said, "That's to much for this doll." And said, "How about $2.00?" Well, of course I said, "Ok." I ended up bringing her home for $1.00-- it was half off day after all. *wink*

I love my little red headed sassy looking girl... albeit she is naked... it doesn't seem to bother her one bit. This past weekend I brought home a second Animator doll. Rapunzel. Rapunzel was a $2.00 find and came with her outfit and her pet lizard. She looks a little bit leery of Merida.... I'm sure they'll be fast friends soon.

 I have a huge tote bag of American girl doll clothing... and of course none of it fits the smaller 15" Animator dolls.... as you can see in the photo before. The American girl doll clothing is to big and baggy. The only thing that fit were the glasses... so for now, Elsa wears glasses.
I tried my hand at making a smaller jacket... "Success"... although, now I have to figure out how to make button holes.. so um, yep, its getting a belt for now.
I have BIG plans to make a lot of really cute outfits for my grand daughter to play with- with her new dolls. I am having a hard time finding small clothing patterns that will fit this size doll.  I've pinned a lot of doll clothing patterns on Pinterest... but they just don't seem to fit. I am determined to make some clothing patterns to fit these dolls! 
Although, I think this one likes to be naked... just sayin'
big hugs,
 

1/15/16

Love.

Last month I bought a super cute wooden "love" sign. I couldn't pass it up for a buck....
 
I knew when I saw it what I was going to do with it-- pull out the metal tape and an embossing folder and get to work. I have a HUGE assortment of embossing folders to choose from and yet I always pull out this one:

It is the best one to give a piece an overall nice cohesive look that hides the seams of the small pieces of metal tape that makes the overall design. Although, I'm thinking the next time I pull out the metal tape I should give another embossing folder a try....
Before adding the embossed metal tape I painted the backside and the sides with black paint to finish it off and it really makes the silver pop. I also wiped down the finished piece with some black paint to showcase the embossing. I lurve it... although, I probably won't hang it in my house. I do have several of these little metal "Love" pieces in my house. This one sits on my computer desk beside a photo of my bestie who passed away... She was 30 years older than me... and yet, I never-ever thought of her as old  -ever. She had a joyous spirit about her and she knew how to love. Maybe that is why I have her photo and the word "love" next to it. The word... and the definition next to it...

Yes, yes... I must get rid of that stack of decorating books. So, 1980's. *snort*
big hugs,

1/7/16

New Year...

new calendar. I really admire people who work in/on an artistic journal every day. Every year I have aspirations of working on an art journal. Creating little doodles and writing funny quotes. They even make special Bibles now that are created solely for art journaling. You've all seen them I'm sure. A-dorbs. I have also seen several examples of where people have used calendars.... well, who doesn't have one of those? It was on.
I grabbed my dollar store calendar and some cheap water color paint and gave every page of my calendar a different wash of color. I had to reinforce the center of each calendar page with some washi tape to keep the pages neatly intact in the book. The dollar store calendars are made with super cheap paper...
 But alas, you have to know your limitations-- and your attention span.
The appeal was fading fast...
I pulled out a couple of my favorite stamps, a bow to stamp on family birthdays-- can't forget those. Also a pig with wings... because lets face it that is down right funny. I wrote in birthdays, anniversaries and other special upcoming events...
and now? Now, I'm over it. I realize the prep work of each page is done and the fun part is the adding of the glitter pens, paper do dads etc... but I'm over it. I am however delighted with the colorful calendar pages-- so it isn't a total loss.
How on earth do people do this for an entire year?
big hugs,
 

12/30/15

Paper Wreath

I have wanted to make a paper cone wreath for a long-long time.. no time like the present right? I didn't really overthink this project and just used the materials I had on hand. The book pages I used for each cone were a smidge on the brittle side but in the end it all worked out. I like the yellowed color of the books pages and didn't want something pure white as I was planning on hanging it on a stark white wall. (if it turned out) I like to address a new craft endeavor with the attitude, "If it doesn't work out, I'm just going to toss it out." No pressure... just give something new a try. Actually the book I used was my glue pad for my hot glue gun. I pull off the front and back covers of a book and then I place my hot glue gun on the book--- and as the hot glue gets a page messy, I just tear it off and toss the hot glue mess in the trash. Works like a charm.
I premade a lot of cones ahead of time and then just glued them on one at a time in place. I thought I made enough cones... nope, it took a bazillion, a bazillion and one actually.

The first round of cones went down easily enough. I not only glued it to the round of cardboard base but I also put a spot of glue between each cone to help keep them uniform in shape.
The next row of cones were placed on the wreath while being mindful not to cover up each opening of the previous cones. It took a little bit of fiddling with the first two cones, but after that I figured out where to hot glue it so it was uniform. I kept adding cones to each round of the wreath...
 
The center was a little harder as the cones didn't want to fit so nicely together. I used the same size cones as the previous rows, but the remaining rows I squeezed the cones at the base to create an almost boxed end which actually made the cones a little narrower while keeping the same cone shape.

As you can see the wreath turned out, so it is hanging on my fireplace and not in the trash. I love it. The only down side is it is fragile and I suspect a dust magnet....
big hugs,