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Plushies Plan

October 28th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

Aranzi Aronzo's The Cuter Book

I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to make plushies that are to scale with BJDs and other dolls. I picked up a book and this is definitely giving me ideas about what I need to do. I’ll be spending quite a bit of time developing the pattern I need. I can’t wait. It should be a fun project! FinishingFishie’s baby mobile gave me a bit more confidence about making my own plushies. I have a very cohesive and strong vision of exactly what I want. I can’t wait to post the pictures of the prototypes.

In the meantime, I am still struggling with health issues. It means more trips to the doctor and possibly consultations with a surgeon. I really wish I was healthy.

 

— Rosey

Planning for Doll North 2012

October 20th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

Melly

 

Warning! This is a doll-related post. Flee for your life if you’re not interested. 😉 Regular scheduled posts will resume tomorrow.

Anime North is a wonderful convention in May and there is a mini-con called Doll North within in. I’m preparing to have a table and stuff for sale next year.  I was thinking about a bedtime/slumber theme with pajamas and nighties but I’m now leaning towards making play clothes in colourful prints. I haven’t quite decided or finalized the theme of the clothing sets yet. I have decided to make puff quilts and custom stuffed toys. Decisions, decisions! I’ll need to start in December to get a leg up.

— Rosey

Miniatures Finds

September 20th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Miniature Finds

There’s a store in downtown Waterford called Tradewinds. The store is beautiful and always interesting to visit. The store owner has such a wide range of stuff that I often find jewels here and there to take home. After my dentist appointment when I found myself alone (which is a rare, rare occasion), I decided to pop in. Lo and behold, I have found goodies. Everything came up to $20.56 including tax.

The Breakdown:

Hutch – $8.99

Mandolin – $5.99

Treasure Chest – $1.99

Birds – $1.99

All in all, a great deal! I’ll be painting the hutch shabby chic white. I haven’t decided quite yet. The mandolin and the treasure chest are going in Chanterelle’s bedroom or living room. The birds are for my last Unicorn Project.

I aim to finish a magical cottage diorama (bedroom, living room, kitchen) for my Pullip- Chanterelle. I want to design a Parisienne apartment for my Blythes (bedroom, living room, kitchen, and possibly balcony/terrace). This will all be done in the future sometime.

I’ll definitely visit Tradewinds again in a few months. Tradewinds is located in downtown Waterford right on Main St.

— Rosey

Upcoming Blythe/Pullip Carrier Custom Project

September 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Avocado Hatbox Purse from Etsy

I got this from etsy.com yesterday. Yes, I re-iterate – Etsy is a dangerous site. I will be customizing this soon when I am done two projects I have on my plate at the moment. I am planning on beaded felt-appliques to glue onto the carrier as well as other personal designs. I also hope to make a custom fabric interior along with a cushion inside if it’s needed. I want the inside to match the outside aesthetically.

I’ll be working on this alongside Dorothy. Right now, I am almost done a labour of love for a friend’s baby shower and the Last Unicorn Project for a magazine submission. There will be pictures of both probably at the end of October depending on the magazine’s deadline and the baby shower is at the end of October. I still want to keep it a surprise for my friend.

The diorama project is shelved indefinitely. My studio has to be finished so I have the space/room and also my incredible printer out. I can print out custom wallpaper for my dioramas, along with other cool stuff. I think I’ll have to wait on it for a while and just continue to make clothes in the meantime.

— Rosey

The Cloak of Doom

September 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Cloak of Doom

It’s done. The cloak of doom- beading and white tree embroidery is done. Just need to sculpt the hooves and horn. All the sculpting will be done after Natalie’s in bed. It’s finally getting done!

— Rosey

The Last Unicorn WIP

September 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Pullip Cloak Detail

My current project involves beading/embroidering this lavender silk dupioni cloak. The dress is done already. I still need to do the horn and hooves. I’m kind of speeding through this because I realize how much I miss my embroidery art. It’s as if I need to only have a small diversion before I get back to my first love. I hope to embroider stars on the back of the coat when the frame is beaded and done.

I’m itching to really start on Dorothy, then Hansel and Gretel, then Snow White. I want to finish this project asap. I still have the County Fair to prepare for.

Oh, the husband is working on  a proper gallery page for me. If you are interested in any of my work for purchase, the gallery will be up soon. The only piece of work that’s spoken for is Swan Girl. Everything else, I will eventually sell once I’ve made enough work to hold an exhibition. Ack, must finish this project first!

— Rosey

When Something Goes Wrong

August 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § 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.

Juggling Act

August 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § 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.

— Rosey

The Last Unicorn Project

August 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § 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?

— Rosey

Blythe Project

August 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § 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.

— Rosey

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