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.
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
I roam the Hobby-off (a used toy/hobby shop) with no real plan in mind. Sure, first I scope the dolls but then I just wander the figures until something speaks to me. This isn’t unlike the time shortly after my first move and job change within Japan in August of 2004. I hadn’t planned to … Continue reading Chibi-Raven
Over a year ago I bought two kinds of fake fur when lining and updating my vintage coat. Last summer, when making a Gothic Emily Doll for my friend Emily I saw a capelette pattern at Yuzawaya while I was trim shopping. It looked like it'd be a great way to use up my black … Continue reading Capelette: I’m ready to be extra at your funeral.
I'm doing fairly well with the "finish it" goal of February and so-so on the frugal one. Diana Prince, the groovy boutique owning super spy WW with no powers, is almost finished. Removed the Barbie lining of her jacket and I relined with leftover kimono silk from my own jacket re-lining project last year. She … Continue reading Diana Prince pt 2
The day after I wrote about craft as meditation the world decided to throw me a curve. Someone I had once been friends with has done something I can’t stomach and legal action against him has thus been thwarted. I blocked him. I posted the information and screenshots I’d received as proof of his actions. … Continue reading Color Blocked to fight crime: Diana Prince part 1
I haven't been around because illness took me DOWN. After two rounds of antibiotics, more nasal steroids, and the joy of three days in a row without kerosene fumes I'm almost better. Welcome to Finish-it-February, wherein I try to be frugal by focusing on finishing projects instead of starting them. Of course, as soon as … Continue reading Heads up! Finish it February!
My plan, after being diagnosed with conjunctivitis on Sunday, was to rest as much as possible on Monday (which I don't work) and return to working at the elementary school on Tuesday. I'd still be contagious for two weeks but could prevent spread by washing my hands often/not touching my eye/ touching no one and … Continue reading Finishing the quilt: best laid plans
Let’s move along to finished projects I should have told you about ages ago. My Aggretsuko Blythe! Just in time for the Netflix Christmas Special!! Her face just wasn’t right last time. I realized that it was because I’d given her lips. Red pandas have mouths that pop out from under white fur. That issue … Continue reading Aggretsuko!