I started this blog as a repository of doll related blogs/sites, YouTube videos and other stuff that may be helpful to other doll makers and me too:)

I'm new to doll making as such but I have been making and producing hand made crafts all my life. In dollmaking I have found a new avenue for my need to be actively creative.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It's hard to get back into the swing of things......

I took a class called Lady Anise Eugenia Potts with Angela Jarecki last June...a whole year ago....eek.

About that time I was told I had first stage uterine cancer and as a result had a hysterectomy in July 2015. That sorta of took the wind out of my sails. Sheesh. I'm not normally a morbid person but something like that does make you think about stuff.

As a result I haven't done much creating since.

Poor Lady Anise though.

She has gone through many costume changes as for some reason I just couldn't get what Angela had designed for her doll to work for mine. That happens. I don't know if it was the fabrics I used or what.

I did away with her pantaloons and many over layers and tried a different shape for her skirt. For awhile she looked like this......

 I had made her a hot pink jacket which if it had fit somehow it would have been perfect and pulled the whole look together. Alas no matter how much I fooled around with it I didn't like the look. So I took the blouse pattern and the sleeve from the jacket and put them together to get a new look. Then I used the skirt pattern from one of Angela's other dolls called The Traveler and this is her new outfit so far.
Did you notice that I now have labels on the shoe boxes holding my fabric. I organized all my fabric one day. I think I was trying to psych myself back into sewing. 

I think she has a sort of Anne of Green Gables vibe going on now.

I was looking to see if I could find teeny tiny buttons to put down the front of the blouse but the scale was off so I may use some tiny pearl beads instead. It needs something as it looks too plain.

Oh and me? Well 2016 has been an adventure so far I must say.

In March I found out I had breast cancer. I have had two lumpectomys and over the next two months I will be having radiation treatment. The good news is the cancer was non invasive so I will be clear afterwards.

I am determined to finish Lady Anise just so I can get back into doll making again. It's just like any other skill. If you don't practice you forget.

I think I'll start with her hat as that's pretty easy to make.

The Facebook doll club I belong to has some really interesting challenges this quarter.


Here are the guidelines but they are flexible. For example you really don't have to make a Little Mermaid character. Any doll themed around mermaids etc is acceptable. For the second challenge, one of our members wants to do a Mad Hatter Tea Party with cats....that's okay too. The whole idea of the challenges is to get those creative juices flowing and to give you a focus for your creativity.

Anyway that's it for now.

Take care: )

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Find Me On Facebook.......

I seem to hardly ever post on here. I should get my act together....LOL

I am on Facebook as well ......

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A finish at last....

After all the medical drama I've been going through these last months.....resulting in major surgery on July 28th...... it's no wonder that my Creative Muse took a hike out the door.....LOL

I'm glad to say she has come back. Hopefully for good.

I started this doll in May for a challenge at the Cloth Doll Artistry Facebook group.....

I used a pattern by Teresa Pietras called "Lilly: A Fantasy Rabbit".

She turned out better than I expected. I'm a bit out of practice. I just realized that this is the first complete doll I've made since August 1st last year. Sheesh!

I have a lot of half made dolls in progress and I really should get my act together and finish them.

I used a leftover scrap from a fat quarter for her torso and legs but I didn't have enough to make her skirt. The pattern calls for white tulle which I had but it didn't look right. I was sort of stuck and thought that I might have to go buy something. Since I'm trying to use up what I have that wasn't really an option I wanted to go for.

Then I found this small piece of sheer fabric which was the perfect colour. I couldn't believe my luck. I didn't remember using or buying this fabric ever and then I remembered. I won a blog giveaway in July 2012 and this fabric was part of that. I was just enough thank goodness.

Her blingy bracelet is made from a mesh trim that came in a roll. I bought it at Michael's. I think it was called Diamonds By The Yard.

It looks like it has a diamond in each little circle but it's an optical illusion. It has little hollow faceted depressions. 

It's really neat stuff and can be cut to whatever size you need. I used some on the top of her bodice and around her sleeves.

By the way. If you ever use feathered boa for hair DO NOT glue it on. OMG what a mess. I had to take it off and redo it. I had just enough left and I sewed it on with "invisible" thread which is a real pain to use too.

I think I'll call this doll Diamond.

Take care:)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend Challenge......

I've been thinking about doing this challenge at Cloth Doll Artistry as I have this rabbit pattern by Teresa Pietras that I'd love to make.

I won't be doing the rabbit feet though. Teresa offers an option of regular feet and for what I have in mind that seems like a better idea.

Teresa uses minimal soft sculpturing in her doll faces.



I recently discovered Teresa on Facebook......https://www.facebook.com/TeresaPietrasArtDolls?ref=profile

Take care:)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Free Workshop with Daryle Cook of Woodstown Whimsies.....

Daryle Cook of Woodstown Whimsies has started a blog to which he is adding a free workshop for an Angel Shrine Doll.
If you're interested in following along his blog address is.....http://clothandclaydollmakers.blogspot.ca/. So far he has added parts 1 and 2.


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