Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What's on my Desk Wednesday

 This is what's currently on my desk. (aside from a mess of other things that I would prefer to ignore! LOL)

Looks kind of odd, doesn't it? If it helps this is only part of the project.  It's a cowboy hat brim. :-)  

A few years back I was approached about doing a custom outfit for an American Girl doll. Due to circumstances beyond my control the order fell through and never happened.

Before New Years I was contacted by the original customer asking if I could still make the outfit. 
 Needless to say I needed a reminder.  She sent me this adorable picture and I remembered right away. It's Applejack from the My Little Pony cartoon Equestria girls.

I agreed and we set a price. (She also asked me to make 2 additional 'ponies', but more about those later)
I set about searching for the  perfect pattern pieces to recreate a similar outfit.  I found most of them pretty easily on my favorite pattern site: Pixie Faire
They have a huge collection of patterns for not only American Girl dolls, but about 20 other dolls!  (some which will work perfect for BJDS!  Ellowyne Wilde patterns fit Minifees perfectly and BFC Ink patterns fit JID dolls with very little alteration!)

Anyways, back to the hat.  I found a cowboy hat pattern, the problem I found was that the crown of the hat was made up of SEVEN identical parts!!!! Now I get that they did that to make it easier to sew, but it looked, well, it looked like it was sewn from lots of pieces.  I wasn't really happy with it.  So I started doing a bit more internet sleuthing and found a pattern for a cowboy hat for a small bear that used a single piece to form the circumference of the crown.  Much better than the 7 pieces used in the other pattern. So I printed it out and set to resizing it to fit the American Girl heads.  I *think* I have it figured out! LOL
Next up was the brim.  That's what I am working on now in the first picture.
After talking with my customer we decided to go with a solid firm shaped brim as opposed to one with a wire sewn in for shaping.  So I cut 2 matching pieces and lined them with cardstock. Once I get the crown done, the brim piece that is currently solid will get trimmed and the center pieces adhered to the inside layer of the crown (before it gets a lining).  Then the other brim piece will get glued in place and shaped while it is still wet so the glue will cure in the shape I want.
While I can freely admit that I am having a hard time getting motivated to do much these days, this is for sure an interesting project and should turn out really neat once it's done!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I've gone to the dogs!!!!

I love finding things that aren't designed for dolls and being able to repurpose them.  Today's find I am sharing are some adorable Christmas Tree Ornaments I found at a local craft shop.

Aren't these little pooches just adorable?  They are perfectly sized for 1/4 scale dolls. (Adult dolls that range from 15-19")  The 'breeds' I found were from left to right: Lab Mix, Yellow Lab, Newfoundland and a Maltese. I think last year I found a few different breeds as well, but they are packed and I can't recall what they were.

Since they are so perfect for the 1/4 scale I have decided to make up some doggy accessories and will be offering them in my shop shortly!

I started with the Maltese as I thought she was just so cute. She got a permanent pink collar with silver heart tag.  She will also come with a matching pink leash that is the perfect length for strutting around town.

She is pictured here sitting in the lap of my JID girl Mari.

All of the dogs will come with that permanent collar with choice of collar color as well as tag shape, either Silver Round or Silver Heart.

In addition to the collar and leash, each pooch will arrive with full food and water dishes. (I mean every new puppy needs food and water!)

I also found in my stash some elastic cording that made the PERFECT chew toys!!!

I am considering adding a pet bed to the grouping as well, but am not entirely sure about that.  Any one have any suggestions?
Right now as the sets stand each listing will run $15 plus shipping.  They will be more expensive if I add a bed, but I might also just offer those as add-ons. *shrugs*

I hope to have these listed by the end of the week!  (Once I do, I'll come back and add a link!)

On the left is Ethan Richardson.  He owns a small hobby farm just outside of town and can be found at the weekly Farmer's Market.  He recently adopted this adorable Newfoundland puppy, but hasn't quite come up with a name for him.  On the right is Mari. She and Ethan recently started dating after meeting at the Farmer's Market.  Mari is currently fostering the adorable Maltese while she waits for her forever home! <3 p="">
Ethan is a Wilde Imagination Rufus Rutter and Mari is an Iplehouse JID Tatiana

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wigs...from yarn

So, wigs from first thought when I heard folks were making wigs from yarn was Raggedy Ann, certainly not what I wanted for any of my dolls.  But then I saw the end results and was totally confused.  How on Earth were these magicians turning regular cheap scratchy  yarn into soft luscious locks?  I mean the colors looked like the hair came from the yarn but there had to be some shenanigans going on right?

SO I started doing a little research and came upon several videos on Youtube.  Including this one.  Holy smokes, was that it? Really, that was it.  I HAD to try it!!!  And well low and behold I had several skeins of yarn in my stash from another project (failed project, half finished project, set aside project....yeah I might have a problem with buying supplies for things I *intend* to do...) So I tried to follow the video, but my yarn just pulled apart, leaving tiny little nubbins, like 1/2" pieces, not good for wig making.  Needless to say I was frustrated and just put the yarn away for other things. (See that's what happens. lol)

But last month, I got a wild hair to try it again.  This time I went and watched more videos, and more videos...then I caught something I had previously missed.  The yarn being used was Acrylic.  I grabbed the yarn I had tried before...100% Cotton.  Hmm could this have been the issue?  I figured it was worth a try.  I grabbed a skein of a pretty burgundy yarn and my thickest curling iron (since I no longer own a flat iron). I followed the tutorial above, cut lengths, tied them onto a thin metal rod and brushed, brushed brushed and brushed some more.

The yarn unraveled, and floofed up, and filled the bristles in the wire brush I was using.  I was still unsure how this pile of fluff would turn into anything resembling hair.  But I figured it wouldn't hurt to keep going.  So after I finished brushing out the entire cluster I yarn I used the curling iron and pulled the yarn through it.

OH EM GEE!!!!  It worked, it really worked!  The once twisted, then fluffy pile of yarn had turned into the smoothest, shiniest "hair" I had seen!  I mean it was gorgeous!  I trimmed the hair from the knot tied on my metal rod and applied glue to the cut end to create a weft.
And then got into making more and more and more. The yarn I had chosen to use came on a small card and held about 20 yards of yarn.  At that point I had no idea how much yarn it would take to create a wig for one of my 16" girls.  After I finished that card of yarn I left it to dry and got to work making a wig cap.  (again you can find loads of tutorials on Youtube for that too)  The following day I got started creating my 2nd ever wig. (The first was a dismal failure!)

I couldn't believe that it had worked! I had unbelievably created a wig that actually looked good AND fit my dolls head! The yarn was so soft and really had a very realistic look and feel to it.

My next thought was to play with a variegated yarn I had in my stash.  And I had had it for EVER, like 15 years I think!  It was a color called Camouflage, that ranges from black, to brown to a couple shades of green.  I bought it eons ago with the intent to crochet a top to wear, needless to say that project NEVER got finished either. lol

SO I set to work creating wefts from this unique color pattern, and it was looking really intriguing! I wanted to try something different wig wise and thought I would give bangs a try.   So after making loads and loads of wefts I set to work making yet another wig cap.  Once the wig cap was dry I got to attaching them to it.  The bangs were a little confusing and I still don't think I quite got the hang of it, but a few hours later the Camouflage wig was finished.  It's...unique. lol  

This wig definitely has a bit of a bee-hive thing going on. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. *shrugs*I am however, loving the colorway!  The green is actually pretty subtle.  I will be attempting another wig with this yarn in the future as well as using different solid yarns to create a high and low-lighted look.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome 2017

What a crazy year 2016 was, right!  Sadly for the 2nd year in a row I blogged a whole...ONCE! Yikes, not good.  But last year was a pretty wild year for me with lots of ups, downs and changes both big and small.

But I am back with a plan and a mentality this year.  I cannot promise to blog daily, because yeah, I already KNOW that isn't gonna happen.  But I gave the blog a little update, and I'm ready to give it a go.

So if you've stuck around, well I am eternally grateful! =D<3 p="">
For the 1st post of the year I am going to show off not only a new doll I got last year, but my 1st attempt at patterns for her.

This is Mari.  She is an Iplehouse Tatiana. She arrived in late summer and I just fell in love with her.  Her character is still in development, but here's what I know so far.  She's 30, single-ish (she's seeing a lovely fellow who owns a hobby farm outside of town.) and owns a small knick-knack shop.  She sells a little bit of everything from locally made soaps and candles, semi precious stones and shells, to some antiques and collectibles. She's a bit of a magpie and loves shiny things.

 Her parents left town when Mari was just 19 to go live in a commune.  Mari worked doing odd jobs to pay her way and eventually set aside enough money to open Mari's Mercantile.

She's a bit of a free-spirit herself, but is more grounded than anyone would have expected.

Mari was my first doll in this size.  She's a touch bigger than all my other ladies, and for some reason this size hasn't inspired many pattern makers, nor seamstresses who create modern everyday wear. (the formal wear and fantasy realm is well covered though. And beautifully I might add)  So I needed to venture out and attempt to make some patterns of my own.
I took a Barbie lingerie pattern I found for free online and enlarged it. It still needs a little adjustment but all in all I am happy with my first true pattern for this lovely lady!

I hope you will look forward to seeing more from me, Mari and the rest of my 1/4 scale gang!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BJD Lounge Pants Pattern

Hi Friends!

Been over a year!  I won't bore you with the details, or make promises that I most likely won't be able to keep. lol  If you haven't unsubscribed, Thanks! 

Eventually I do plan to get back into more regular blogging, although I doubt I'll do it daily.  But in the meantime I will pop over here to post patterns and such that go with Youtube video tutorials I have been making.

This first set of patterns is to make Lounge Pants or Pajama Bottoms in 3 sizes: Tiny (fits a Pukifee doll), Medium (fits 16" female fashion dolls and Slim MSD BJDs) and Large (fits 17" Tonner Male dolls and Evangeline Ghastly)
The patterns are designed to print out on a single sheet of regular 8.5" x11" printer paper.  As long as the 1" square in the center of each sheet prints out properly, then your patterns are correct.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Valentine's Day is coming!!!

   And what better way for a lovely girl to feel even lovelier...than a pretty set of lacy lingerie!

I have several sets of lingerie available in my Etsy shop including this gorgeous set with red hearts in black lace.

Each set is made from stretch lace which should allow it to fit a variety of 16" Fashion Dolls and MSD sized BJDs such as my model Lena who is a Large bust Active Line Minifee by Fairyland.  This set will also fit other similar sized dolls such as Ellowyne Wilde and Delilah Noir.

These are just a few of the colors I have available, with more colors and styles coming every couple of days!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Character Bios---Lena Markum

Lena Marie Markum is a 22 year old College Senior.  She is in culinary school, with dreams to one day open her own Cafe with her best friend Abbie Dupree. Lena is an only child who is doted on by her parents.  She doesn't see them very often as they live on the West Coast and she chose to attend school on the East Coast.  But they keep up via weekly phone calls and frequent emails.

Lena has what she considers boring brown eyes and needs glasses.  So she can generally be found wearing her contacts instead.  She likes to play around with her appearance and has many different colors of contacts including aqua, dark blue and her personal favorite: PURPLE!

Lena's hair is wavy brown in color, but she has a collection of fun wigs.  Her current favorite is a lovely burgundy shade.  But she can often be seen in her rainbow colored wig or her cotton candy colored wig as well.

One of the first things she did after turning 18 and graduating from High School was get a tattoo.  She has loved peacocks since she was a little girl and chose 2 facing peacock feathers as a 'permanent necklace'.

Her tattoo was done by Ban over at Ban's Boutique , she is amazing artist.  Not one for being overly modest, Lena takes great pleasure is showing off her artwork. Lena's tattoo is her pride and joy. 

When Lena isn't at school or at the little coffee shop she works in, she can often be found at home reading, playing on the computer or spending time with one of the girls 3 cats.  She also enjoys hiking, horseback riding and just spending time outside.

Lena is a Minifee BJD by Fairyland, with face-up and custom tattoo by Ban's Boutique.