De-Clutter for More Productivity!

Howdy, howdy, Internet-Land! I hope all is well with you on this 27th of August! It’s hard to believe summer is soon coming to its close. I think I really need one more camping trip here in the near future! Let’s see ~ I guess I’ll start with a quick re-cap. The last two weeks have been filled with work, physical therapy twice a week, doll clothes sewing, and two back-to-back doll shows. Whew! What a whirlwind. Now that I had some “regular home weekend time,” I needed to work on some long awaited projects around my house. I have lots of dolly ideas, but my brain wasn’t feeling too creative because I knew I had so much “property” work to do!

So ~ I made my list and set to work! I knew these would be fairly big jobs, but my brain works sooooooo much better for fun when I get rid of the “clutter” of “have to do” type jobs. The first one was to tackle the wildly over-grown foliage around my back deck & shed. Over the last two summers, I had a plum tree on the hill behind the shed fall/slide over onto the roof. It was then accompanied by a mass of blackberry vines. With carpal tunnel surgery and a bad fall onto my knee, it’s long been awaiting my attention! I’m happy to report that I have this GIANT task done with the scratches and slivers to prove it! I cut back & hauled out all the berry vines as well as cut down the tree. I still have one portion of the main trunk to cut out, but will get to that part when I can hold the handsaw again! (…and I mean HANDsaw ~ not hand-held power saw!) Here are “Before” & “After” pictures!

Now the berries are easy to reach, and boy, are they ready! I didn’t cut all the vines up from the wall, as they are loaded with yummy, organic berries.

The next job was not nearly as taxing, which was a very good thing! At work, we can get big bunches of clear plastic bags to use as garbage bags. They come all bunched up in a giant bag and need to be folded, or else they take up a large amount of space. I got THREE full bags all folded, sorted, and put away, leaving lots of nice space in my living room. That left time to sort out laundry, and then mow the lawn.

It’s AMAZING how getting all that done freed up my brain. I’ve had a bunch of these weighing on my mind for quite a while, and it feels so good to get things out of the way. The next project is one I’ve been wanting to do for all you guys. I had tried to work on it a couple different times, but with so much on my mind, it just wasn’t coming together. Now that my mind was cleared of all the gobbilty-gook, it was free and clear again. So, now I am pleased to introduce a brand new BJD inspired paper doll, El! She is pretty much the paper doll version of the ball jointed doll I am currently working on sculpting. Now that she is officially on paper, I think my sculpting will also make smoother progress. El is a smaller doll, fitted with her clothing to a horizontal 8.5×11 size paper. I hope you enjoy this new design as much as I enjoyed finally seeing her emerge from my imagination! She will also be posted on the “Free Stuff” tab for easy access. Oh! And don’t forget ~ the Slim 1/3 BJD Lacey Gown & Corset Pattern pieces will only be available through the end of this month, so be sure and get them saved to your files! Have a great week, and I’ll “see” you next time!

El BJD Paper Doll 1

El BJD Paper Doll 2

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Accomplishing “Stuff”

Greetings & Salutations, Internet-Land! Well, it was a pretty rushed, yet productive week last week. I managed to get a few new items all sewn & finished out for the Resin Rose BJD Event, and had a really good time. It was fun to meet new people and see some previous friends. My lovely Ada wore her new black & gold gown, Aurora sported the red huntress outfit, Dai wore the new colored lace gown, and Rain met the crowds with his new face-up! Now, on to the next event, which will be the Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show this coming Saturday. It will also be at the Monarch Hotel up in Clackamas, OR. I’ll post the link for you:

http://dolls4all.com/portland-or/

I will have a table and look forward to seeing some of you there! Also remember ~ the pattern pieces to the lacey gown are over on my “Free Stuff” tab through the end of this month. Now, here’s a few pics to sign off for tonight. Have a great evening!

Sometimes Life Is Complicated

Hello, Hello, friends in Internet-Land! I have missed you! As it says in the title, I’ve had a few “life happens” events over the last month or so. My facebook friends will know that early in July we lost a family member unexpectedly. As I said there, I am so thankful that God is merciful and good. We are all well here, and moving on. In late May, I had a bad fall and did a number on my knee. It is still in the mending process, so I have had many hours spent in the company of health professionals. Then, we spent a week in July with our church’s Vacation Bible School program. All that to say ~ most of my creative time has not been for my own pleasure.

I am, however, managing to work in a little time on projects for an up-coming event next weekend. I will be hosting a table at the Resin Rose BJD Event up in Clackamas, Oregon. Here’s the link to the event’s website:

http://resinrosebjd.com/index.html

I’ve managed to get a couple more coats done, as well as this new gown & corset set. I will also be selling printed copies of the pattern at the show. For those of you who visit me here, I have a treat for you. During the month of August, I will post the pattern pieces to the gown in my “Free Stuff” Tab. I still have some projects to complete, so had better get back to work. Just know that though I may not “know” you in person, I think of you often and hope you are well! have a great rest of your weekend!

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