August 29th, 2011 § § permalink
Chanel - Romantic Alice Pullip
So I was totally gungho in doing this Pullip niche project! I bought the box and have a total list of supplies I bought with a manageable budget. Then I did more research. I realized I was totally in way over my head. I’m a perfectionist and when I start a project, I want the end result to meet my standards. This project will not turn out the way I want it to because there are very little or no playscale items that meet the aesthetic standard I am looking for and because of the previous point, I will have to build everything I want and I don’t have the time, space, and funds to do so at this point.
I will use the box I bought and turn it into a fat quarter stash box. I will be taking pics and doing a quicky tutorial for that. I feel a little disheartened because building a diorama/getting into miniatures is something on my wishlist but I just can’t do right now. I’m caught up in getting back into doll sewing, have the embroidery underway, and want to start writing again. I often feel like I wish I could cell-divide to be able to do all these things. Precious time is also scarce which makes everything even more daunting. The project setback is more of a blow to my creative ego. I hope to be able to do this all one day. In the meantime, I really shouldn’t pile more on my full plate as is. There are days when I wished I lived forever so I can just do everything I want to do. This is one of those days.
August 28th, 2011 § § permalink
Where I store my works at the moment
I am trying to juggle three burgeoning projects in my brain at the same time. I’ve stated numerous times before, I have creative ADD. It’s just in the blood. It’s running rampant right now. I’m still working on the magazine submission and I’ve been painting props this afternoon and will again tonight once Natalie is in bed.
I’m also going to be starting my niche project ahead of schedule. I couldn’t help myself since I’ve found the perfect box! I’ll be doing a niche post tomorrow or Tuesday with an update. I picked it up at Mary Maxim in Paris yesterday. It is pretty perfect scale wise for my Pullip. Her head barely touches the top which I’m okay with.
In the meantime, Dorothy is still bubbling in my brain and is ready to be started. I picked up my yellow beads for the yellow brick road. It’s ready to be started once the magazine submission project is done. I don’t think I’ll be finishing the Pullip Niche soon because I’m pacing myself with my spending. I need to wait for next month to make the miniature furniture order and yet a bit more afterwards to make my Rement order from eBay.
Of course while all of this is happening, I have the novel rewrite in the back of my mind. I’m just bubbling away with ideas I jot down here and there. I need to do comprehensive character sketches, plot outline, etc. before I even begin to start the writing process.
August 26th, 2011 § § permalink
Chanel - My first Pullip
Chanel is my early Christmas present and she is a Pullip. Pullips are wonderful dolls with tiny jointed bodies. Most owners tend to swap out the original body for an obitsu one. This trend is also prevalent in Blythe owners who swap out the original for a pure Neemo body. Because I just plan on having one Blythe and one Pullip, I’ll be keeping the original bodies. I am very tempted to make Victorian style cases for both of them but that requires my studio in the basement to be done. I want to display both beautiful girls in custom niches. It’s basically transforming a wooden box with a latch into a little dollhouse/niche. It’ll be a DIY project I want to do in the future- perhaps when I take time off near Christmas?
Anyway, Chanel will be my model for my Last Unicorn Project. I will be sculpting hooves and a unicorn horn. Her outfit will be in lavender. I’m going to start her outfit as soon as tonight. I think I’ll need to make an elaborate skirt which is short in front and long in the back to show off her hooves. I need to recheck my fabric because I am certain I have lavender silk dupioni for the over dress and froths of cream fabric for the underdress. This dress will definitely include embroidery and beading.
On the embroidery front, I also have Dorothy’s hoop waiting to get appliqued. I’ve re-tweaked the design to showcase the colourful characters of The Wizard of Oz. I hope to work on it intermittently while I’m getting my Last Unicorn Project underway. I still have to go to my framer and get Little Mermaid, Rococo Cinderella, Little Red, and Swan Girl framed for the County Fair.
This summer, I feel like my creativity/energy/motivation is diminished. The volatile weather has turned me into a crippled zombie. I suffer from weather-triggered migraines and this summer has been exceptionally dismal. Every day is a battle and a challenge to get things done. I consider it a good day when chores get done. Since I don’t know how I’ll feel at any given day, I set little tasks and allot more time to get things done. Most of my creative time is spent at night after the little one is in bed and sometimes if I’m lucky when Natalie naps. However, in most cases, I feel so sick I need to nap when Natalie naps just so I have the energy to run after her. Fall is almost here and my migraines are fairly gone in the winter. I’m a perky bunny in the winter time while my husband who enjoys his sunshine, turns into a SAD zombie. Natalie looks like she’s taking after her father because her favourite place is “Owww-shied” (outside). What ever will I do when winter blizzards snows us in?
August 24th, 2011 § § permalink
Givenchy - An Outfit in Progress
This is a personal project and not the magazine submission. I’ll be using my Pullip for the magazine submission. I’ve beaded the dress and will add beading to the belt. I will be embroidering and beading her brown shawl before making deer antlers for her. I wanted a dollykei/mori girl look to her. I hope I can get this project under my belt before starting my submission project which will be inspired by Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn.
August 22nd, 2011 § § permalink
I’ve been invited to do an online magazine submission. I was hoping to do a Pullip project but I don’t know when my Pullip will arrive so I’ll be using my Blythe. Givenchy is a custom Blythe I bought off Yahoo! Japan Auctions. I will be doing a fairy outfit for her. If my Pullip arrives on time, I’ll make something for her too. I will be naming my Pullip – Chanel. Two of my fave designers of all time. I just can’t help myself. This means my hoop Dorothy will be on hold for a bit. It is prepped and I may do the felt appliques in the meantime.
August 19th, 2011 § § permalink
Brantford Twin Valley Zoo
I’ve never had any problems coming up with ideas and being truly inspired. My problem always lay in the execution. Having English as a second language put me in a strange position. I had issues with grammar classes early and to this day, I still rely on someone to edit my work- especially if it’s an essay. My tenses suck. Why? There are no tenses in the Chinese/Tagalog language which I grew up with. I know I need to get better.
I have extensive notes on an encompassing series. I’ve built a world and characters within it. I haven’t really written anything that is good enough in my eyes. I want to give this world I created justice. I don’t think I’m even close to where I want to be writing wise. I am not really happy with my writing style yet. The only way to remedy this is to keep practicing and to get better. I believe it is also important to read. I need to read to continue to improve my taste. In time, with a ton of practice, my taste will match my skills. In embroidery/art, I feel I’m where I want to be. In writing, I know I’m lacking.
I’ve devised a personal writing exercise regime. I will be starting soon. I’m hoping some of what I produce will eventually be used in the manuscripts I’ll write about Nelve. The exercise consists of using an image as inspiration and writing a scene about it which takes place in Nelve. I hope in a few years I finally be ready to write the Nelve Chronicles on my own terms.
August 18th, 2011 § § permalink
Swan Girl Detail #1
Swan Girl Detail #2
She is finished! I think she is more of a personal piece for me. I’m quite pleased with her exaggerated proportions and the white work details. I’ve learned so much in doing the fine details such as the feathers. With each project finished, I feel more confident about my style, colour choices and my skills. I’ve been hand sewing close to four years now. I started with learning to make doll clothes which I still do and yearn to do. I will be working on a magazine submission in the future. I’ve gotten into embroidery just this January and I am in love with the art. I find that with embroidery, the results match my ideas. It’s hit and miss with other pursuits.
On another note, I do like having mini projects in between. I had enough time working on her to figure out what I need to do for Dorothy. Dorothy will be as intense and complicated as Little Red. I’ll be using the same sized hoop. I’m starting it tonight.
NB. I have a writing themed post slated for tomorrow.
August 15th, 2011 § § permalink
I made it as one of Craftster’s featured project of the month! I am so thrilled and honoured! My project can be found here. I am just tickled pink!
This makes me more motivated to finish Swan Girl and start planning out Dorothy Asleep among the Poppies.
August 9th, 2011 § § permalink
Swan Girl WIP #3
It’s coming along as well as I hope! I will be adding more swan feathers then start the embellishment of the ballerina outfit.
I am preparing myself for the Dorothy piece and I definitely need to hit up a bead store either in person or online. I need to buy a TON of red beads.
If anyone is interested in any pieces I’ve done, please feel free to contact me.
August 7th, 2011 § § permalink
Swan Girl WIP# 1
This is Swan Girl which is based of Odette from Swan Lake. I have the swan beak mask on her face. I have yet to sew in the strings that hold it in place. I’ll be adding a crown to her hair as well as braids. There will be beading all throughout the bodice of her ballerina dress. I will also have swan feathers gracefully floating around her. I just need to figure out where I’ll add the words “Swan Girl” into the piece. I like how it’ll look whimsical yet quirky design-wise. I prefer these mini portraits to be more like psychological profiles for these fairy tale characters.
After this, I will be working on another big piece in a hoop. I haven’t decided yet if Midsummer Night’s Titania and Bottom, The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy asleep in the field of poppies, or Hansel and Gretel will be the subject. I thought I’d be doing the former but my brain keeps waffling over what I really want to do. Which subject do you prefer?