I have been working on a set of 5 short sleeve button down shirts for the MH guys. After almost 3 weeks they are all finally ready for my customer to choose her favorites. Once she does I will add snaps if she wants, as well as faux buttons. She asked for green plaids and I found 3, plus I added a light brown/blue plaid and a great red plaid. (which is my favorite!) I used a vintage Ken pattern that I reduced and altered to fit. For the most part I've got the pattern to where I want it as far as looks go, and it honestly doesn't take too long to sew them up...that is IF I can stay focused on sewing.
Staying focused seems to be a big problem for me. I think the problem is that I really really like facebook, it's pretty much the only way I keep in touch and chat with friends. Moving up here to NY has been, well honestly, lonely. I've only met a few of my neighbors and while they are all really nice, there isn't really any one I hang out with, have coffee, go to lunch or go shopping with. For the most part I don't really mind very often, but back in GA I knew there were folks around if I wanted company doing those things. So these days FB is truly my social network, and I enjoy every minute of it, but it is SO easy to lose track of time. A few weeks back I started treating my day more like a work schedule and turned off my laptop by 10am so I could get to 'work'. That worked really good until things like doctors appointments and maintenance people fell into my schedule. And I'm the kind of person who, once they fall out of a routine, find it incredibly difficult to get back into one!
At least I know that even if we lose power I can still sculpt and sew by hand as long as I have light. I can also prep clothing to be sewn once power is restored. Of course God-willing we won't lose power, but at least I know I have things I can do if we do.
I have decided that I am going to change my focus with my Monster High clothing. I am going to start creating pieces that are designed around each characters individual personality and style. Yes I think this might require a bit more work, but I think it will also really open up lots of avenues, especially if I can showcase how my items mix and match with each characters stock clothing.
I have started compiling 'files' for each of the characters with ideas of where I want each line to go. I have some really great ideas, as well as other collectors sharing their input as well.
I still plan to create custom order work for anyone who wants it, as well as some non-specific pieces also. But I am very excited about this new idea and can't wait to finish up my custom orders and really get down to it!
Of course in the midst of all the sewing there will be food as well. Once again I am well behind and just didn't get my monster-ish foods done in time to list for Halloween. :-( Although that is one nice thing about Monster High, those items will be in demand year round! So I'm not stressing over that too much.
I think I about had a craft-related stroke when we moved up here. Not only were we at least 30 minutes up or down the mountain from the nearest WM. But the only craft store was Michael's. Now don't get me wrong I LOVE Michael's, but they don't carry more than a few (read: TINY selection) of Fat Quarters. I have to drive 45 mins to a hour to get to JoAnn' or Hobby Lobby. I about cried the day I discovered that.
So it was a happy day indeed when I discovered that our WM's still have pretty respectable fabric departments! Although I really don't need any more fabric, I often come home with a quarter yard of this or that! :-) (Thankfully a quarter of a yard makes a good bit of Monster High sized clothes!)
media towers for $20 each. They are almost 3 feet tall, a foot wide and about 8 inches deep. They come with 4 shelves, although I decided to just use 3 in each. The bottom 'shelf' of each one I have turned into a mini Diorama. That way I can enjoy having a couple dolls down at eye level. In this one, I used a picture from a magazine, mounted onto cardstock as wall art. The red bench came from the Dollar Tree, as did the green lamp on the left. The bucket of flowers is made from a clear hairspray cap I painted with nail polish on the inside. the flowers are made by me, from wire and hand painted punched paper. The books, oh the books... Can I just say that I LOVE books everywhere. These particular books came from Hobby Lobby. But not in the miniature dept. as you might expect. Nope these are part of a new line of jewelry making charms! They have 2 different sets. The Classics set which includes: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Romeo and Juliet. The 2nd set is the Fairy Tale collection, which includes: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Snow White. They retail for $4 a set (but are often on sale, as well as being able to use coupons on them! Don't forget if you have a smartphone they take the coupons electronically now too!) They have really nicely designed covers and gold edged 'pages' (which I'm pretty sure is just chip board). But these are a great way to add filler to book shelves, desks or where ever. They do have a simple eyepin in the spine of the book, but mine came loose with a simple gentle twist.
Also in the room is a grey kitty I've had for ages that came from one of those Toobs filled with plastic animals and such. While many of the Toobs are less than ideal for miniature work, the cats are pretty decently sized for 1/6th scale and work really well for 1/12th. The Dog Toob is darn near perfect for 1/12th. They also make several building/landmark sets that I'd like to pick up for knick knacks and such.
I'll try to get a few better shots tomorrow to show off the other details in this mini room as well it's neighboring room. Thanks for hanging in there while I babbled. To everyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy, please stay safe and try to stay dry! HUGS