Sunday, October 31, 2010

Line Pricker

Happy Halloween!

Okay, I can't exactly claim much credit for these awesome Jack-o-Lanterns.

My participation was limited to cutting the tops off the pumpkins, gutting one of them, and pin pricking around a printed design for the owl one. My very talented daughter was responsible for all the rest.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


I've had so much fun today working on these little doll jeans. When done they looked okay, but they didn't have that lived in look that I wanted. So.....I set to work with a pumice board and the result is the pair you see on the right.

New vs vintage

Softer, with more personality, and more of that comfy, loved and lived in look.

While time consuming and not "easy", these little jeans were not horribly difficult either. If they had been I wouldn't already be making plans to make at least two more pairs! I figure the two LittleFees I have on order will, at the very least, want a pair each in black.

I need to find better buttons. Those ones, although the right size, are a poor substitute for the metal buttons found on "real" jeans.

2 Pairs From a Sleeve

I almost got two little pairs of jeans from just one sleeve of a lightweight denim shirt I picked up at a thrift store.

But I noticed later, while reading the directions through thoroughly, that I had to cut a 8" x 1.25" bias piece for each waistband. For that I had to move on to the upper section of one of the front pieces. Still, I estimate that I could likely get at least 6, possibly as many as 8, pairs of teeny, tiny, detailed little jeans from the one shirt.

Friday, October 29, 2010

They Shall Be Clothed

You may remember that I was waiting for a 43cm Asian ball jointed doll, a Narae that I had ordered way back in May. Turns out there was trouble between the artist and the company he was creating the dolls for. I eventually requested and received a full refund. I then took that money and ordered two smaller dolls of an entirely different style.

The two new dolls are Fairyland LittleFee dolls in the Ante Elf, and Leah sculpts. I've ordered them in the "basic" version meaning they will come without clothing or wigs. Just the naked doll with it's face painted (referred to by collectors as a "face-up") and with default eyes (eyes randomly selected by the doll company).

I have a very specific look in mind for each of these dolls so I've gone ahead and ordered wigs and eyes for them. I've also started sewing for them.

Here's their first outfits, matching but not identical. I sewed the little dresses and bloomers from three men's dress shirts I found at a thrift store. The lace and trim on each outfit is different, and I reversed the placement of the solid coloured fabric.

The dolls won't arrive until some time around Christmas, so I'll have to wait until then to photograph the outfits modelled by the resin girls they were made for. I have a pattern for jeans, a casual top, and pyjamas too. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to find patterns for a few knits too.

Haven't been this impatient for Christmas to arrive for years......make that decades.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Desert Mesa Retreat

I spent the October 15/16/17 weekend here;

slept each night in this room;

looked out on this view;

and spun during the day, and into the evening with these friends;

I had such a good time that I'm going back next year.

It's the Desert Mesa Spinning Retreat held every fall in Cache Creek.

A Toe Away

The distance from my house to the Vancouver airport is about the length of a toe. I know this because a round trip, there and back, turned out to be two toes.

Knitted sock toes that is.