Oh. Oh. It's just so hard to know where to start. As an elementary school English teacher employed by a dispatch company in Japan, March always involves a dip in work and pay for me. This year has been a whole 'nother experience. My contract year and the days I had to show up to … Continue reading Sally and the bumpy ride.
Here I am working my way through a doll-clothing book from cover to cover. The book is はじめてのドール•コーディネイト•レシピ (First doll coordinates how-to) by Dolly Dolly books. ISBN978-4-7661-1982-4 (1,500¥ new) The projects are: a dress, medium length shorts, pleated skirt,blouse, tank top (for knits), bloomers, socks (for knits), tote bag, and tailored jacket. Included … Continue reading Work the book: First Coordinates
With the New Year came my first trip into Tokyo for Fukubukuro! LUCKY BAGS! The concept is simple: With the New Year stores put together items from the store into bags you can't see into. The idea is that the contents of the bag are "worth" (priced individually) more than what you'll pay for the … Continue reading Lucky Bag Inspiration: Classical Style
It was about a year ago I brought home a Living Dead Doll, Hush, from my local Hobby Off and opened her baggie to be assaulted with the stench of nicotine. I wrote about scrubbing and scrubbing to remove the nicotine stains. Eventually I got her down to an ivory white. She'd never be the … Continue reading Here I am. Little Me.
I've written before about how handy-work can be quite an effective form of meditation for those of us with minds that sometimes fight meditation. The repetition of movement, the precision needed, and the concentration used helps clear my head. It’s not that I don’t think while doing this, I do, but it’s a quieter thinking. … Continue reading Acrylic Yarn: Squeeky self-care.
My friend Ebony rocks. She really does. You should go check out the looks she serves up on Instagram. I'll wait. I can't even tell you how essential she is to my life here. Not since art school have I had someone in my neck of the woods who was not only an amazing friend … Continue reading The dress with EVERYTHING.
One of my finished projects this summer was Little Dead Riding Wolf. You may have noticed that I never show concept sketches. It’s not how I work. It’s never been. With dolls as with creating dance costumes I start with a very hazy concept, maybe gather some inspiration, and let the tools take me where … Continue reading Little Dead Riding Wolf
Where have I been? I've been doing my summer thing. I've made a lot of stuff, done some social things, and visited America for 12 WHOLE DAYS. And now, with my day job lurking beyond this weekend it's time to start catching all of you up on my projects. First up we have a work … Continue reading Power Puffing
I HAVE FINISHED IT! Last I updated about Melody, as far as my searches show me, I'd given up on dying her synthetic hair. I'd pried her head off and started rooting. MY GOD, that was arduous. The heads of Disney Animators are about the size of softballs. Towards the end I realized that the … Continue reading Melody, complete!
Doll shoes. Pesky little doll shoes. Ever After High dolls have SLIGHTLY larger feet than Monster High Dolls. Sometimes. Not always. Sometimes they can swap shoes and sometimes MH shoes are just too small for EAH. This is what I have learned. After buying some MH shoes. So, I turned to one of the EAH … Continue reading SHOES for Wednesday