Sunday, February 27, 2011

Anniversary Week!!

29 years ago I married the love of my life. We might be older but our love is as young as ever!

Michael took a whole week off which was the best thing he could do. We are enjoying just being at home in the Dollhouse. It has been cold and there is snow on the ground which just makes everything that much more magical.

There is a funny story in this. We wanted to go out and have a nice dinner on Friday, which was the 25th, our actual anniversary date. We got all dressed up and got in the car only to find out it was dead! Mike had left his key in the ignition and it was partly engaged so the battery was flat. So, back in the house we went and I called pizza delivery and we had pizza and champagne for our anniversary dinner! It was really good!!!

For the most part, we have been just sitting around and playing on our laptops. Mike bought me a new MAC Pro and he took my old laptop and has been restoring it back to factory specs to make it usable for him. I LOVE my MAC!!! It is designed to keep up with what I need to do. Mike also bought me the macro lens I wanted for the Cannon. I couldn't help but squeal when he gave me both the MAC and the Macro lens!!!!

What did I give him? Sadly, not much. He bought himself a few toys and he was happy with that. I'm very grateful to have a husband thats greatest joy is to lavish me with gifts but to be honest, I never expected that. I'm happy just to have him in my life. ♡

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Embroideries

I am having a blast making these!! All are machine embroidered which takes a little forethought and special prep work but so worth the effort. The only sad part is I can not offer the scull print pants for sale because I don’t have that fabric anymore. But these still look great with solid black pants or mini skirts.

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The tank top just slips over the head of most Barbie type dolls. It can be made with an opening in the back like the top in the middle picture.

I’ll have many more to share soon!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Retro Full Circle Skirt

This is a full circle skirt with an elastic waist and a zippered top in lovely Spring colors. Full tulle half slip adds a bit of fun. This fits only the early body types of Barbie and fashion dolls. My red-haired beauty here is a mid-sixties bubble cut that I had to give a new face to. This style is well suited for this doll and the era she is from.

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The skirt band is eyelet lace elastic and I took advantage of the eyelets to weave a chiffon ribbon in a matching color, finishing the look with a bow.

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Next up will be some fun embroidered outfits that I’m getting ready for a show next month. My very first doll show ever!!! March 18th and 19th in Puyallup. I am sharing a booth with a dear friend that makes incredible dolls she cast the heads of and paints the faces and then puts them on Barbie type bodies. If you would like to see some of her wonderful creations, look in my favorites Links for “Wildflower Dolls”.

Later!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Ode to Christian Dior

I thought I’d step away from my normal “comfortable” line of designs and do something fancy.  I salvaged a lovely vintage crystal buckle from an old dress that was going to the trash.  It was my inspiration.  The fabric I was amazed to find at a Goodwill!  Five yards of beautiful blue silk linen, for $2.99!!!  Someone was planning a nice outfit.  Fortunately for me, they gave up!!  My lovely lady has white lacy thigh high hosiery that fit perfectly into her matching blue strappy heels.  Her up do was a total accident when I was trying to figure out what to do with her long hair.  I started with a ponytail and slide the band as close to the end as I could, then twisted it and wrapped the end in on itself and secured both sides with a small bobby pin.  The flower is stuck in with a pin.  What you can get away with when you’re a doll!!  All in all, I make it sound like it was pretty easy but it took me all day to finish this!!! 

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  Hope you liked this.  I’ve got a few more surprises coming up!