Happy Friday!

Good morning, Internet-Land! I hope your morning is going well. Though, for some of you, it is already afternoon time. In any event, I just wanted to pop in and say, “Hello!” I wanted to get some more El fashions posted last weekend, but was not able to get them completed. I am happy to have two more sets ready. One will be here, and the other (from my facebook page) will be added to the “Free Stuff” tab here on the website. Once these are posted, I have another project to begin today. My daughter is going to Disneyland, and I will be sewing a “Dorothy” dress for her from “The Wizard of Oz.” I guess they have Halloween events during October, so my daughter & her friend are going to dress up for the festivities. That leaves me sewing light blue gingham! I think it will be a fun way to spend the day. Wishing you a fun day as well ~ have a great weekend!

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Black on Black VS White on White

Howdy, howdy, Internet-Land! It’s another weekend with some time to sew and say, “Hello!” I have been steadily making some progress through a very long “to do” list. The first set of items were for a little friend of mine whose parents work where I do. I had told her I was going to make her a surprise, and was happy to have it finished for her. It’s a set of sporty clothes to fit an American Girl doll. The next is a brown pieced jacket to fit a Tonner Matt or Mortimer ~ though it’s a little big on Matt.

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Next is a 4 piece gown set to fit Tonner/Wilde Imagination Ellowyne. Now that I have a resin gal, I think she may be my new favorite for which to sew! She is very well strung, so poses great. This set is composed of the gown, a tulle petticoat, a choker train with snap-on rose button & chiffon strips, and a snap-on choker capelet that snaps onto the train and ties in the back. The strips of the train can also be used as a scarf/hood if wished. I am very happy with how the ruffles turned out. It was a very tedious experiment, and I’m glad it worked as I had hoped! I was surprised at how sewing the white chiffon onto the white satin was just as tiring as sewing black on to black! I have had some collectors order custom items in a lot of black, and my eyes get VERY tired after a while. While working on this gown I found the same to be true with the white. Only this time, instead of being hard to see for darkness, it was hard because the white reflects the lamplight! All in all, it was amusing to me. Still, I love the end result.

The next is still in progress. I need to finish by adding the snaps & buttons. It’s a sport jacket for Tonner Matt.

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I am also working on more outfits for the paper doll, El, so may get them finished & posted later this weekend. I love getting projects finished! For now, I think it’s time to cook up some lunch. Wishing you all a wonderful & productive day!

A Bit of Rest

A very warm “Hello!” to you, Internet-Land!

So, ya ~ had myself some rest this weekend. It seems like sometimes we’re just going and going and … going … and … going …. . The past few weeks have been full and productive, which I love, but I guess I just needed a little bit of time with truly “nothing” on the schedule. And do you know what? I NAPPED! Yes! I had a long and glorious nap on Saturday. It was wonderful. I feel so much better. You know, maybe you should try the same. If you’re normally a very disciplined person and have difficulty “just stopping to nap,” write it in your planner. Make an “appointment” for a good snooze. It’s amazing how much it can help. I had a teacher years ago who always used to say, “My schedule is my boss.” That’s how he kept his life in order. I like that idea, but then also be sure to incorporate things into your schedule that are not just “work related.” Anyhoo ~ enough of that.

My next bit (after the nap) was going through some old bins and stacks of “stuff to sort later.” You know, the stuff you pile away knowing full well you’ll never look at it again. Well, in one of those stacks, I found some rough sketches of a gown idea. It looks a lot like the purple hydrangea gown, minus the blossoms but adding a chiffon choker train. I don’t know ~ white or black? I like the idea of white, but I already have some black that might work. I’m still mulling it over. Maybe I’ll get started on it this afternoon. Here are the drawings I found. What do you think?

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Then, I had a project that was a fun success and an utter failure all at the same time. I finished the sculpt of my own ball jointed doll version of El, and was very happy with my first run. The disaster came when I went to string her together, and the bust just broke into several pieces! It was so very sad. I did manage to get a couple pics of her while rubber-banded together, so you could see her. Now it’s back to the “sculpting board” to try a new type of media that might be more tough when finished.

Lastly, I wanted to leave you with another set of outfits for the paper doll version of El. I will also post the set from facebook on the “Free Stuff” page, so head over there for lots of fun freebies! As always, my wish for you is a wonderful week full of every good thing!

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