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.
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
WEDNESDAY There are updates on the job front...mainly that I have a new one but some down time before it's in full swing. that means DOLLS. Let's take a look at Wednesday's journey. She started as on of three used dolls my stepmother included in my Christmas pack. This one was an Ever After … Continue reading Every Day is Wednesday.
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
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!
Ariel's hair abides. It's magical. I don't know chemically or structurally what makes her red Disney Animator Doll hair so impervious to abuse but I am thankful for it. It doesn't suffer the frizzled bent shape that plagues other matted colors. It bounces back. You soak, untangle, and go. Here are two from the box … Continue reading BoxDoll: Ariel’s Blessed Hair.
We all have a few pop culture references that are so specific that we rarely say them out loud, knowing that they will fall on ears that don’t get them, yet so persistent that they haunt us time after time. One of mine, and I think it too often, is: Jerry: I was under the … Continue reading Not Orphans
Doll magazines have a lot of jargon that I’m just starting to grasp. Dolly*Dolly magazines have a lot of clothing patterns for dolls but they usually refer to the specific doll it was designed for...which means I'm trying to learn about other doll bodies to know what will work on my dolls. One of the … Continue reading SD Jargon & Closet Freak Doll Trunk
Back in America print and magazines are languishing but in Japan there’s a magazine for everything. There is even a four-times a year Bellydance Japan magazine... and I contributed heavily to their MOOK about how to create bellydance costumes. So, it was a dangerous discovery when I realized I could buy used copies of old … Continue reading Dolly * Dolly Vol.4 Ryo Hada doll trunk.