June 1st, 2012 § § permalink
The big bad road test is looming and I began to wonder what I will be doing afterwards. Anime North and Doll North are in my rear view mirror.
Having done doll sewing again made me realize how much I enjoyed it. I want to get back into it full time alongside my art and writing. I won’t be doing sales. This is just a personal venture. If I am satisfied with the results, I will auction sets.
Art, writing, and sewing updates will be posted here as always.nIn the meantime, I have a road test to pass.
I hope you are all well!
May 29th, 2012 § § permalink
Chii from Chobits
I am back from Doll North 2012 and I am pleased to say I have won Best In Show!
This is what I have been slaving over the past few weeks. I have one more huge thing to deal with before I will get back fully into the swing of things.
Art, writing, and doll sewing are in the pipeline. I hope you all are well and coping with the summer heat.
May 1st, 2012 § § permalink
2012 is underway. I find myself floundering. By this time last year, I have been extremely bitten and consumed by the embroidery bug. It was all I did in 2011. Health issues have stalled/stopped my creative engine. Snow White and Hansel & Gretel have been stalled indefinitely on my embroidery shelf. I still have the giveaway in progress as well. Taking care of my two year old has also consumed much of my time. She is much more mobile now. With my projects stalled, I began to pursue cooking/baking and it became my outlet for much of this year.
At the moment, I find myself needing to focus and narrow down what I want to do. Doing embroidery full time is no longer doable. I just don’t have the time and the dexterity. My hands are starting to get tired. I want to limit myself to three works a year tops. I’m not abandoning it but I am going to be more choosy about what I’ll be working on.
I want to finish writing my novel. I’m stalled at 45000 words. I’m halfway done. I need to finish. I’ve set a personal deadline of August.
I want to pursue art again and this time in digital form. I want to create digital art. I have a tablet but I never felt comfortable with it. My husband recently got an Ipad and I really enjoyed making art with it. I like seeing where my fingers go. It’s the closest to traditional art I’ve ever experienced. Using the tablet forced me to divide my attention between the blank slate and the screen. With the Ipad, I just need to look in one place. I want to produce enough art again to restart my etsy shop.
I want to sew doll clothes again just for myself. I have a stack of books I want to explore and there are designs/patterns in my sketchbook unfulfilled.
On a personal note, I also have my road test coming up soon. I need to pass that first. This is the week after Anime North for which I need to finish 21 octopi, a cosplay entry, and a cosplay. Yes, I’ve been really busy. I hope to surface for air when I pass my road test.
I hope you all are well! Have you also somehow lost focus in your creative pursuits? I’d love to read about it.
April 11th, 2012 § § permalink
Asiago Crab Souffle
I am still cooking/baking. It is my holding pattern for bad days when I’m suffering from migraines. I’ve figured out souffles and can make them! I’m still working on macarons.
As for Doll North stock, I have 4 octopi done. Not decorated but done. I hope to have five colours available: blue, pink, lavender, yellow, and mint green. I hope to have 5 of each making the final total 25. I also want to make Yo-SD swim sets which include a starfish clip, donut innertube, and a bathing suit. It will all fit in well with the sea theme.
I bought a bright green fuzzy shag fabric to use as my main presentation/tablecloth. I will bring all three yo-sds to model and octopi will populate the display! I also hope to bring two giant octopi I am making as presents to friends as props. It should be a very bright and colourful display.
Be well, my friends! I hope you are enjoying the emergence of spring.
February 26th, 2012 § § permalink
Shelby's New Eyelids
I’m getting there recovery wise. I should be back to embroidery, sewing, etc. by next week. In the meantime, I’ve been overdosing on Mass Effect 2 and playing with my Blythes. I just redid Shelby’s eyelids. I’m so happy with the new lids. I also replaced her faceplate and redid her faceup with a more subtle look.
I am going for a post-op appointment sometime this week. I hope to stop by Chapters and pick up a book or two on plushies. I figure I’ll need them to help me figure out what I need to do to make my Coraline doll better.
I hope you are all well!
Are you as anxious as I am about spring being around the corner?
February 6th, 2012 § § permalink
Mini Puff Quilt
Mini Puff Quilt
Mini Puff Quilt
It’s done! It measures about 5″. I totally overstuffed the puffs. Next time I know I need even more rows- possibly seven across and down. It serves as a perfect lap quilt for Blythes and Pullips.
How was your weekend?
January 24th, 2012 § § permalink
I asked my dear friend Fishie about what type of blog posts she likes to read. She said she’d love to see some fail pics of projects. I am going to deliver on that account. I’ve bought a Simply Guava Blythe for my very first customization project. I’ve pored through the Puchi Collective Tutorials for months! I should be ready! Ha ha no. I wasn’t.
I managed to get her head open no problems. I managed to get her scalp off without much issues. I did crack/chip the lip of the plastic inner scalp. I hope it’s not vital in the long run. I was grunting and sweating by the end and it’s not even the most difficult part. Armed with my precision screwdriver set, I tackled the task of removing the eye mechanism. The entire house was flooded in blue from the creative, acidic cusswords I shot off like the rounds of a machine gun. Thank goodness I did this while Natalie was asleep.
Eventually with a lot of force and crying, I got that eye mechanism out. I think it took forty minutes because I didn’t want to break the damned thing. The weather didn’t cooperate for redoing the eyelids or faceup. I did managed to do some lip carving which was really enjoyable. I sanded the faceplate down as well as the eyelids. I managed to get a nice coat of paint and basically what I wanted for the lids here:
Eyelids Version 1.0
I was fairly satisfied with the way the eyelids looked. Then I glossed it. It smeared but it looked like burnt lace. It still looked okay to me. Then I placed everything together and put the eye mechanism back into place. I wanted to change the eyes into sleep eyes. I did so but it still wasn’t closing right. I then realized I had to cut a cube out of a part of the eye mechanism. Cusswords ensued because I had to take the blasted thing apart again.
In the frustration and process, I managed to scratch the eyelids. This means I have to repaint them OVER again. In retrospect it’s probably for the best since I can do better this time around. I also took out the eye chips I’ve painted and decided they weren’t good enough. I was totally right. I repainted them over again the the change is remarkable. I finally achieved the results I wanted! Below are the before and after pics. The left is the crappy first version. The right is the version I accomplished last night. I’m so darned pleased with the results.
Blue Eyes Comparison
Lavender Eye Comparison
Blue / Pink Eye Comparison
Green Eye Comparison
I’ve learned so much from this process. I also find myself enjoying it immensely. The learning curve is brutal but I love it and am planning to save for another Blythe for my birthday. I hope the weather clears up soon so I can continue with my eyelid and faceup repaints.
What are the recent mistakes you’ve learned from?
January 13th, 2012 § § permalink
Snow White WIP #2 - Whitework
The whitework is taking so much time but I’m really loving the subtle effects. I hope to get all the whitework done soon so I can start on the black lace of the background.
There was a big storm yesterday and migraines galore. I’m still plugging through though and managed to make a bit more headway into my Blythe custom. I’ve carved the lips and philtrum. I’ve installed the handpainted eyechips I’ve finished a few days ago. Lacroix is coming along and it’s taking a while but it’s getting there. I’ve already told myself not to go too fast. There is no rush.
What are you working on? Are you enjoying the snow?
November 27th, 2011 § § permalink
I’ve posted in previous entries that I would love to start customizing Blythes. I’m making a to-do list and trying to figure out what exactly I need to do what I want to do. I’ll be using Christmas money to buy the base doll for starters.
- Base Blythe Doll (after Christmas from eBay)
- Blythe Eye Chips (from Cool Cat)
- MSC (from Jules)
- Wig from Leekeworld
That’s about it. I hope to this girl customized by spring. She will be a blonde or a redhead with short hair. I haven’t decided yet. I want to carve her lips and do her faceup myself. Right now, it’s just in the planning stage. I know I’ll be taking my time and I’m in no rush. This project will be in the backburner.
November 18th, 2011 § § permalink
I got these fabulous two charm packs and they will be used to make doll-sized quilts and outfits. I’m pretty excited! I’ll be able to start on this project in December when I’m supposed to be “taking time off.”
I also have excellent news! I got accepted to do the Staircase Showcase @ Aboveground Art Store. I’ll post more info in the coming weeks. It will be a showcase of my beading embroidery work!