Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pinterest... but I did find something of note...

I was on pinterest and someone mentioned this book.  Of course, it sparked my curiosity.  I ordered this book and I really like it.  The jacket cover is a work of art.  The pearls are embossed (?) on the paper making them shiny and appear to stand out.

The cover turns out to be the bodice for a dress Jackie O. wore.

I think it is a very interesting book.  I'm not sure if I would have included quite so many current dresses (as I do think some of them are indeed forgettable).  But there was a bogie of 100 to hit, so overall I'm pretty pleased with the book.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Guess I've been away longer than I thought

I bought something to help me on my way (hopefully)

People who bead probably recognize these right away.  They are little flocked triangles.  I can best describe them as reminding me of jewelry boxes, but not as deep.

I figure I'm in for a lot more beading, not less, so I should invest in these.

I've been feverishly trying to work on my daughter's quilt.  Here's the front so far.  All the "patchwork" part of it is done.  Next is quilting and binding.

The yellow balls are quilter's pins and I'm making my quilt sandwich....  (note to self:  Quilts take time and patience; I have neither).

Love the way it is coming along though.  I've heard quilts are like having children, you don't remember the time and the labor once you look at the finished product.  (I'm hoping this is true -- I've only made small quilts in the past.

Monday, April 23, 2012

What I'm working on...

Blogger changed its interface (oh joy), this is fine, but I was used to the old one...

I've been spending lots of time working on my daughter's quilt.  I thought the back was all finished, then my husband said "is that long enough" -- on closer inspection, it probably did need to be longer...  Ughh.  I realize quilting takes 2 things (I have neither) -- patience and precision.

Ok, so here's where I am on the quilt.  This is the back... Yeah, it's double sided!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I've been spending way too much time on Pinterest and Flickr and

Making my daughter's quilt.

But, on the doll news front (which I don't usually broadcast) --

Marmite Sue has her new RESIN doll.  Congrats to her.   I know many have tried...

Also, I remember looking at a doll a while back, she reminded me of that fashion doll -- I think it was Tonner who made her and she was full figured. Ahh yes, the name was Emme.

Anyway, I love these dolls... of the full figured genre.  If you scroll down to her January post, you will see the doll I'm talking about.

This just in, Ficon Doll just released a new doll, Leonie

Ficon Doll-- Leonie

Friday, April 20, 2012

I'm trying my hand at beading...

Or should I say Adriana's (for scale) -- I tried that beaded collar from the craft book!

It looks a bit creepy with just her hand, but I wanted to show the scale... Ehhhh??? I'm not too thrilled with it but on a black dress as part of a permanent collar, could be interesting.  I won't rule it out...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I am working (although not quickly enough)

I've been spending more time on Pinterest (than I should) and I'm also working on my daughter's quilt -- so my free time is limited.

But, I've been beading away (You can hardly tell) -- but I must have added another 100 or 2 to this dress and check out the shoes.  To me, they are very Manolo-ish.  They look great with this outfit (thanks N).

She's laying down (on a glass topped table that has shells and coral below) --- My terrible photography includes some flash "lights".  More charm ;)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I know I'm kind of late, but I needed to pick up a package at the post office

We have the worse post office ever, when I complained that I get my mail after 5:30 pm each day, I was told that they cut back staff and it (delivery) might be later?????

Yesterday, I'm pretty sure I was home when the mail lady left a slip (We missed you, please pick up your package -- tomorrow!)  ahhh crap.  I was just at the post office yesterday.  Another trip.  It about 5 miles or so from the house (involves going over a bridge) and taking local roads -- see where this is going... painful.

Now for the big reveal... what's in the mail....

Much to my surprise.... It was not what I expected (at all) -- but, I will share as it is somewhat blog related.

I ripped it open in the post office and thought (awwwwhhh!)  It is a work of art in itself, just not what I was expecting...

I think I did really well capturing this cover as it is a hologram of the metal Skull he is famous for and his actual face.  It is non other than Alexander McQueen and probably one of the greatest of all time designers.  I will always love Oscar de la Renta (for his classic design), Chanel (for timeless design) -- and McQueen (for over the top/ out there design).

I'm pretty sure my daughter once met Mr. McQueen in Paris.  That's another story all together.

Too cool.  Most of his collection is in here, some, I didn't see but it is not a complete collection of all his works... My favorite is in there:

I think George at JamieShow did this and the Lady Gaga shoe as doll shoes.  Bless his heart.

RIP, some times genius has its price.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Doll shapes... Waif like.... vs. Not so waif like

I suppose that Agnes and Adriana are somewhat waif like in that they have slightly boyish figures.  I never really gave it much thought.  I had to post this photo of one of my favorite dolls from Flickr

Skene on Flickr

On the flipside, there's another doll I love by dust of dolls!  (I couldn't remember the name of the company -- had to google). Their Puns.  I like the proportions.  Something about them just looks cute!

Puns by Dust of Dolls

I really liked the Dollstown Dolls, Momo in particular -- but I changed my mind when I read about their ankles.  Upon closer inspection, I did notice that their ankles are rather large -- Said to be for stability?? Other dolls don't seem to have those...

So, now I pay closer attention to the "little things".

I have some "surprises" coming up... Dollwise.... I'll keep you posted....

Monday, April 16, 2012

I was reading a craft book, yeah, must have been bored!

I went to the library with my daughter and I had time to kill, so I went to the craft section 742.xx (something like that... dewey decimal system...alive and well).  Anyway.  I was looking at this book and viola something that caught my interest.  It is a how to on making pearl collars??? what you ask?  It is beaded collar (their's was made of pearls -- I thought, I could make one of these for my dolls using seed beads -- I have a TON of beads)....

Here's a photo of their version:

I never really thought about it, but you could make a lot of derivations -- I'm interested.

Hmmmm.... I'm sure I could make something similar -- I'm just not sure for which dress.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ok, I admit it, I may be addicted to Pintrest

When I first discovered Ebay, I spent hours on there looking at stuff (and buying) -- My husband would go by (and there I was.... on Ebay) -- it got to be a joke with the postal people (Luckily, I moved -- and also I gave up Ebay (for the most part).

A few years ago, I found DOA (Den of Angels) -- again, I was on there all the time -- seeing all the ball jointed dolls, outfits, accessories, it was like a kid in a candy store.... Volks, Supia, Bobobie, Dollstown, on and on.

Then I moved to the doll boards -- again, pictures of dolls, dolls for sale, outfits, you see where this is going.  There was Barbie, Gene, Sybarites, JamieShow, Tyler, bjds, Avanteguards

Then it was Flickr.  All of the above and custom dolls!

Then a while back (on the boards) someone mentioned Pintrest (I had heard of it on the radio) but I didn't understand it.  I went on (and truthfully, without joining, it is not that interesting) -- now I've joined and I've loaded in a bunch of my interests.... (mostly dolls, doll stuff, some quilting, and various other stuff), I've started following other "Pintresters" -- probably not a word (yet) and I can't believe it.

There is a woman on there that is me.... Well, I should say, her interests so closely mirror my own, I'm somewhat amazed.  Also, I thought, quilts and miniature furniture -- those 2 must be mutually exclusive, but nope, there's a guy who has those as boards also.

It's funny because my daughter said something to me last night.  I kind of chuckled, but the more I think about it, the more I think hmmm....  Her comment was, there a school of thought that says there are no new ideas, what ever you (or anyone can think up) has been thought up in the same or another form before.  (They may or may not have acted on it.) -- Deep....

I think back to the quilt I thought I "made up in my head" -- Ok, take these batik squares then frame them with some black calico fabric -- I saw a similar one on line and "pinned it" to my Pintrest board...  I thought back to when doll makers have "come up" with ideas for dolls (and I've seen them before -- I always wondered if they had seen them (consciously, or subconsciously) before...

I was just looking at the orange feather dress I made, I realize now, that Enchanted doll has a similar one they made perhaps years ago.  It is also orange or in the red family, it has feathers for the skirt portion (although their feathers are so delicate) and the top well, it is beaded.  (their dress is much more professional/gorgeous) -- But I'm sure I must have seen that dress but yet, I did not consciously remember it when I set out to make a feather dress (the funny thing is I started out with yellow feathers -- and thought it looked too chicken like).

Speaking of chickens, what came first, the chicken or the egg?  Are all ideas just out there and we come up with what we think are our ideas... and they really aren't??  That brings me back to my addiction to Pintrest -- It is like Flickr in that you see soooooooooo many new things, the cool thing about Pintrest is that you can link back to the original site and read more about it, or order it if it is a product, or see original stuff if it is someones!  This is definitely going to be the major marketing tool of the next generation.  (It is like Flickr or Facebook people, get on there!)  If you are a doll maker, a costume maker, or a casual observer... Try Pintrest!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Can't avoid the "Asian influence" --

I saw this fabric and I couldn't resist.  It reminded me of something... What I thought.  Then I remembered a few years ago in NY I bought these "cherry blossom" appliques -- Now to find them....  I just know there is a dress in this (somewhere).

How will I have time to make anything now that I've found Pintrest???  I remember hearing about it on the radio, then I was on one of the fashion doll boards a couple months back and someone was saying how they were addicted to it,  I went on... eh?  Not that interested.  My daughter explained as more people get on it, it will be more interesting... Ok.  The only thing that "bothers" me is you can't "pin" from Flickr -- some of the best doll artists are there and they don't have other sites, I can't pin them!!!!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ok, I thought I had "seen it all" -- I went on Pinterest...

This might "one up" my Flickr days.   I found a doll on there by Cindy M McClure -- as I don't have rights to it, I did not post here.  If you google image Cindy M McClure bjd -- you will see it.  You can click here for :  Google image search

Oh, I like the ballet theme and the costuming of this doll.  I didn't think there was yet another artist out there that I had yet to have seen.  Usually, through the boards, etc -- my attention is drawn to these bjd creators... Hmmm.

So, now Pinterest has my attention.  I love seeing what is "trending".

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Crafts and Stuff.... Nothing to do with dolls! ;)

(Also in my "free" time -- aka late at night -- I'm working on a quilt for my daughter).  For me patchwork quilts are toughest at the cutting phase.  I'm mostly past that, so I'm happy, but I need to choose and cut the "background" -- that's a little tricky.  I have yet to have made such a large one.  Generally I stick to baby quilts...

Here's a look at that so far.... These are the front panels (the color in between is the existing bedspread) 

The back will also be a patchwork (just to have more fun (and work) -- It will be strips separated by the background color.

The material is batik -- 100% cotton.  (My favorite is the black piece -- near the top of photo)  You can see see moose, elk, bear, and a coyote!  It's from Alaska!  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's a WIP, but here's where I am

I cut and stitched a new blouse, I cut out the "applique" -- I need to finish stitching it on and then I'm going to attach the collar.  The finish work will take the longest, but I wanted to show what I've been working on.

I do also have some new fabrics for my next project (I will be really getting going in the fall) -- Here's a peek!

Looks like upholstery, it's not..  Think suits (and perhaps a bedspread or two).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


If not for the fact that I spent most of my day at the hospital today with my mom -- I would have posted earlier and had a photo!!  Tomorrow....

I've been working on "one of the dresses"  -- guess which one -- (or see tomorrow!)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Finished one....

Surprise, it's the orange feather dress! Tah dah!


Yes, I'm proud.  With everything going on, I managed to finish a dress.  It is actually a 2 piece.  The top is organza with beads and the bottom is organza with feathers!

I'll need to accessorize (shoes, etc....)  Soon.  Soon.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Surprise....I'm also working on the coral dress again

I finished up (a bit) on the coral dress.... I know, I hop around more than the Easter Bunny...  I must have trouble focusing everything is shiny thing...  So, here's where I am on the Coral dress:

For the bodice, I want to make it from a stretch mesh and applique a painted coral from the skirt fabric onto it.  All is well, except I've misplaced the fabric paint.  Ugghhh.... here I go again.  Too many projects at once.

I also want to make a "peasant" dress -- what that will entail, I'm not too certain, but I've sketched something out and I'm going to scrounge up fabric from my craft area -- should be interesting.

A couple years ago, my daughter did a photo project, it was with a portfolio theme of "fairy tales" -- the characters were "re-imagined".  I made a dress for Alice -- Alice in wonderland -- I want to try to recreate something like that for a doll -- I'll see how it works....  Neither Agnes nor Adriana are the "right" age for such a dress.  I remember wanting a Dollstown doll and had I gotten one, it would have been perfect for Momo!! (That Dollstown Momo was just so cute)  -- If you are unfamiliar definitely google Dollstown Momo.

Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately) -- I need to put some of my dolls stuff on hold and work on a quilt for my youngest daughter.

Friday, April 6, 2012

I was killing time today and came across this!

It is the first ceramic one that I have come across, so I had to have it!

It has a small chip on the leg -- there were no more...  Want it anyway!  Of course it would be on the side I'm photographing!

The white spot on the rear leg is the chip....  

Hey my CP (crappy photography) is what makes my blog "charming" -- ;)

It is the perfect size.  Why didn't I just photograph the other side you ask??  Well, worse than the chip is this giant paper sticker that says this container is not suitable for food consumption... It is all over this thing... really who would have used this and for what type of food???  I think it's original purpose is to put soaps or bath beads...   Adriana loves it (or I should say I love Adriana in it!)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

This is where I am on the orange feather dress....

More "progress" -- I've added feathers... there are a total of three rows.  Long, then medium then short feathers.... I still need to trim the feathers and the bodice needs work... I got to working on this and well, I know I have others that need to be finished, but I must have a hard time focusing (Oooohhh, shiny thing.... and I'm on to something else.)

I will finish the beading on the yellow dress, it was late at night and my eyes were too tired for that so I figured I'd work on something else.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I'm still working... I've been cramming in a lot, but I actually found

some free time and Adriana helps take my mind off things, so I finished the waistband of her skirt, added a hook and eye closure and started staking out where I want the feathers -- so they lay correctly.  I have the feathers sorted into 3 sizes.  I'm starting with the longest.  They will be placed mid-skirt and cover the tail of the skirt.  Then medium and then small to hide the top of the plume!

Now that I've started applying feathers, I'm not sure if this is a scene out of follies bergere or something I saw my grandmother dusting with (the old feather duster) -- either way, I rather like it thus far.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

As promised... My most "unique" fashion doll

I remember reading that she might have been from the French caribbean islands -- when they saw fashion dolls and attempted to make something similar.  Is it an antique? -- I have no way of knowing. At the very least, it is a primitive leather fashion doll.

She is quite primitive -- really a great doll though.  I got her at the Florida Fair grounds.  I remember the guy didn't take credit cards and I didn't have enough cash... -- I "found" a check I had stuck in my purse for something else (I thought it was fate -- so I bought her) -- never regretted that moment.  I think she was $100.  I really wanted her, I didn't even barter, I said "I'll take it." -- then the guy got nervous -- he said "what do you know about the doll?"  Honestly, I answered "Nothing, I just like it." -- He thought I secretly knew he had some kind of treasure and wasn't saying, but my reply set his mind at ease.

I really don't know anything about this doll, other than I like it and the stitching is very similar to french fashion dolls.... where the seams are placed, yet it is very primitive.  She does have applied thumbs and applied ears.  She eyes are inset under the leather.  Her pate is like a muslin material.

She' a petite beauty with separately stitched fingers.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Giving some thought to "fashion dolls"

This came up because I'm on a quest.  To find my fashion doll "collection" if you will.  There are many talented artists out there.  I love, love, love the work of so many of them...  I have to save and wait and save and wait, but in the end it will all be worth it.  The doll I'm working on getting now, I've been saving since November.  Once she is acquired, I will work on the next one.

I have to chuckle when people say Barbie was the first fashion doll.  Well, yes and no.  The first American fashion doll that was mass produced is probably accurate.  Even so, wasn't there Jan and Kitty Collier and some others??

I'm not a "fashion doll blogger" so, I really don't get wrapped up in who came first.  Speaking from my own experience, I owned Barbie (and Francie and Kelly (I think that was her name and it wasn't the little doll they have now-- it was in the Barbie family) and Tammy -- not Mattel) as a child -- I loved those dolls.

I digress....

Back in the late 80's I became somewhat obsessed with antique fashion dolls when I walked into a store and there I saw it... A headless doll.  I knew I had to have it.  I asked the woman and she apologized for not having a head.  I wanted it any way.  So it started.  (This was back before EBAY when you had to find a person who specialized in dolls, etc.)

Here's a pic of that doll now.  (I keep her under a bell jar on a dresser).  I searched in vain for a head for years -- news flash more bodies survive than heads -- so there are a lot more of them looking for heads than the other way around!  So here she sits, but she is always an inspiration.  I think of the finery she must have had at some point.

Amazing detail... individual stitched fingers, stitched toes.

She's got patches/repairs to her but her kid is taut and well stuffed (I'm assuming cork) -- They don't make 'em like this any more.

I was also thinking of another "fashion doll" I have.  I once saw a similar one in a magazine -- I've never seen one before or since...  

Please revisit my blog, I'll try to get some photos of her posted.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Had a thought... about butterflies???

Don't know why -- and I'm usually not the type -- I had a thought/dream for a dress that involved butterflies....

It wasn't a childlike butterflies all over type of thing, it was a sheer material with square/quadrants -- each one "trapped" a small butterfly.  My thought was how would one make the butterfly?? feathers? painted? embroidered? -- some other method??

I'll sketch this and leave on the way back burner....

As I sketched it (fast and dirty -- the only sketching I can do)  When-- I thought maybe the little butterfly should look like it just landed and it is perching on the fabric...