Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Slow Morning

Me: "Sofie. Sofie? I think I'm about ready over here."
Sofie: "Hmm? Oh, aye."

Me: "Sofie? We're actually shooting over here in the studio."
Sofie: "Hmm? Oh...but of course. I wuz jus lookin' at all the snow out there."

Sofie: (sighs softly)

Me: "My...that was a good sigh. Anything wrong?"
Sofie: (sighs again) "I guess not."

Me: "I know whatcha need. Sunshine!"
Sofie: "Oh, but that sounds grand. I'm jus so tired lately."

Me: "Yup. It's what happens up here in NY state. No sun equals naptime."
Sofie: (smiles) "Aye, a nap would be lovely right now."
I snapped a few more photos before I let Sofie take a nap.  That reminds me. I've gotta go take my vitamin D! I'm getting sleep too. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Too Busy to Post?

Gosh! I can't believe I haven't posted since September of last year. I guess the saying, "time flies when you're having fun" is true. In October, I discovered Liberty Jane Patterns, a wonderful website filled with patterns for the larger dolls like AG, Karito Kids, BFC Inc. and they just recently added Ellowyne Wilde by Tonner.

I purchased several patterns for Karito Kids since the body measurements are closest to my larger BJDs. I made a pair of UGG style boots, a tank top and a fun slouch sweater. The patterns are easy to follow and I love how much encouragement they give to seamstresses new and old.

In November, my sister-in-law mentioned her desire to create a diorama for her daughter's AG for Christmas. I started surfing around YouTube and discovered another fabulous and crafty mom/daughter/grandma crew known as My Froggy Stuff. Beware...this trio has so much creativity, you may never want to leave them. I made a backpack, several purses and have a very long list of "GOTTA TRY THIS" accessories for my doll family.

December came and went, each day I checked on my new favorite sites and dreamed about what fun crafty things I'd make if I could clone myself.

January began with a reorganization of my patterns for clothing, shoes, wigs, furniture and accessories. This led me to finally finding out a way to make wefts uisng the bags and bags of loose mohair I've created from wig-making. I tried sewing wefts using methods by Antique Lilac and glue methods shared by Scargeear on Deviantart. Now that I have a good lot of wefts, I  need to figure out the best way to make a wig cap.

This was easier said...er...typed than done. I tried making a hard wig cap, silicone wig cap and cloth wig caps. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. I love how they all look, but I need to find the best combo for my Etsy shop. Here are a some results from my experiments.

mohair on the plate pattern (above)

silicone wig cap with applied mohair (wefts)

silicone wig cap with applied mohair (no wefts)

cloth wig cap with silicone band and applied mohair (wefts)
Whew! The journey's been long, but I'm learning lots. I hope I've inspired you to try something new.