Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I finally had a bit of time this afternoon to play like a kid and make Honey her first set of clothes. I loved how she turned out.
Yesterday, Doodlebug and I made a dress for her new American Girl doll. While in the sewing room she found Honey stuffed in a bin on the sewing cabinet. I thought I had her hid pretty good but I guess not. Doodles pulled Honey out of the bin and fell in love with her. I may be making me another sewing room friend and Honey may be finding her a new pal to spend time with. We will see how long the old Marshmallow can hold out.
I do love how Honey’s outfit turned out. I made it by one of the patterns that comes with the doll kits from Weir. I must admit, the pattern drawings look a bit old fashioned but anyone who has made doll clothing before knows, a basic pattern is a basic pattern. I did like the simple style of the dress. It has the sleeves and bodice all in one piece. Simply stitching the yoke piece in and flipping under or, as I did turning it to face out, adds a neat touch. A choice of bright colored fabrics can make an old fashioned pattern look in style.
I think my favorite accessories of Honey’s are the socks and for sure the Chuck Taylor’s. I found the little sneaks at a craft store. I do have the shoe pattern to make the little Mary Jane’s but I really liked the bit of pizzazz that the striped socks and sneakers add to her look. Her socks are made from a bit of recycled knits.
I am sure I will have to give Honey up to Doodles when she sees her in the new outfit. I am looking forward to making a few more outfits for sure. If I do find that I enjoy making them and playing dress up with dolls again, I may make several and post them in the store for sale. That will be only if our doll trunk gets a bit too full in the near future.
Making the doll and the outfit has been great fun. I do have plans for sure for making two more dolls but that will be my limit for making these types of dolls in the future. They are very sweet, loveable pals for our little ones but a bit too time consuming to make, at least for now.
I do have a doll pattern that will share for free before long that I designed many years ago. It is made using a bit of new fabrics and recycled kids clothes. They are pretty cute kids too. I will post those up here very soon.
Blessings to you all!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Waiting patiently for an awesome hair do and a hip set of clothes. I had a few hours last night of down time and was lonely in my sewing room so, I made "Honey." I named her that because she is pretty sweet. Now I will have some one to talk to while in my sewing room alone. At least that way when one of kids walk in and asks, "mom, who are you talking to?" I won't have to say, "myself." I can said, "I was chatting with Honey." I know it makes them a bit uneasy when they hear me talking to myself, especially when I answer back. LOL
I had been wanting to get my hands on one of these Waldorf dolls but they are a true hot commodity. I just don't have a trigger finger that can compete with some of these online shoppers and I never could get one into a shopping cart so, I decided to research making them and see if I could make one. I've made dolls in the past so, I thought it may be great fun.
After sifting through a few web sites, I ran across a blog called Echoes of a Dream and found the basic construction directions and took the gal's suggestion from there and ordered a kit from Weir Dolls. That was a very smart thing to do. I ordered the 16" kit and with in a couple of days it was here. Trying to find just the right types of materials can be a bit time consuming and not being certain exactly constitutes a true Waldorf doll, the kit was the best idea.
The kit came with everything one needs to construct the doll except for a doll sculpting needle. I recommend getting a very long sturdy needle. When ordering the kit, there were many options from selecting the hair, fabric flesh tones to having your body pre-sewn and even pre-constructed heads. Each option was a small extra fee. I wanted to make mine from scratch. The kit contained bobbins of flesh colored thread, embroider threads for the eyes and mouth and the sclupting floss, stuffing and body fabric. The floss used for sclupting the head is durable and strong. I would like to find out what type of floss that is. It would be handy to have in the sewing room for other projects too. It is totally unbreakable and just what is needed for sculpting the head. The directions were very easy to follow and only a few lines left me in doubt. So, I went to the web and looked at a few construction sites such as the Echoes of a Dream and The Silver Penny. Both places really simplified things for me.
Let me say before I continue, "my hat's off to the gals who make these and sell them on line!" Yes they are a very simple doll to make but with all the sculpting and hand stitching, it is a very time consuming project. These gals who are making these and selling them on line sure earn their price. I think it took me about 4 hours to make my gal, keeping in mind, that is without the hair added. Personally for me, I didn't think that was too bad though, since I had never made one of these dolls before. I also too probably spent too much time admiring, the sculpting and plumping process of the head. I guess that is the artist in me.
It was so much fun to make the Waldorf doll. I don't have any plans of making very many of these in the future. I do have a feeling if my new sewing room friend is to remain in my sewing room, two more of these sweeties will have to be made. No way will Doodles and Buggy leave Mamaw's pal alone in that sewing room. "She would get lonely." I do think it will be fun to make a couple more for the grandkids and then just put the pattern away and see what the future holds for the family. Mamaw, may need to make some more someday, (fingers secertly crossed).
I am looking forward to making clothes for my new little one. The patterns for making basic clothing were included in the kit. I can't wait to make her a bright colored outfit and finish her hair. It should be great fun and maybe will help me practice my sewing skills on a smaller scale. When sewing a few baby sizes recently, I became a bit sad. I really starting thinking how big my munchkins have become and so quickly. You lucky mom's and grand parents who still have little ones under foot, slow down and enjoy them. You'll blink and they will be grown. I need to spend more time with my not so little people before they are all grown up. We are going to have dinner with them tonight, I can't wait. OK, I got off track there.
I'll share the few photos of Honey during her transition. One thing that I did realize after finishing her and then looking back at photos of other's bodies, I overstuffed her chest/neck area. Next ones for the gkids will be stuffed properly.
The construction of the head at first glance was a bit iffy but following along closely step by step, this is what happens.
The stocking knit tube that comes in the kit for the inner stuffing of the head is so durable. When I first opened it, I didn't think it would be that strong. It really has lots of strength. I would love to know more about this stuff to for making other types of doll heads.
For me the real fun part was stretching the 9X9 square of fabric over the sculpted head and seeing the face really start coming to life.
Folding and pinning like this made the tiny stitching so easy. I used a tiny quilting needle to close up the fabric up the back of the head and neck. I know that I didn't quiet do it as the instructions showed; however, folding it for me like this seem to cut down on the overall blulk in the scalp area. I did trim some of the excess off before I started turning and stitching.
I was very pleased with the stitches. I started thinking, I may have missed my calling. Maybe I would have been a better surgeon. Just kidding, I get a bit fuzzy even at the sight of my own blood.
I think I will make the crocheted crown cover before I do add the hair. I just like the idea of all this being covered.
The head was fun. I enjoyed making it. I just love the little button nose. I was very happy with how it turned out.
Now she just needs a little blush on those cheeks.
The body well, I have room for improvement there. Overstuffing at the shoulder area isn't a good idea. When making the ones for the gkids, I'll keep that in mind.
When I finished stuffing and she was complete, I almost wanted to use a few sculpting tricks I had learned when I was in my teens from sculpting Cabbage Patch babies, before they became Cabbage Patch babies, and that was to make a nice set of little buns and knee and elbow dimples. I didn't do that though because I thought I would hold the doll true to the Waldorf construction directions. I can always add them later if I want to.
Making this doll sure reminded me of how much I do love doll making. It is one art form that can be so time consuming but the end results are always rewarding, much like the same feeling I experience when I finish a painting.
I do have a very special one of a kind sculpted art doll that I will share photos of one of these days. He needs a few special pieces of clothing and accessories to complete him. He is a real treasure. He is hanging out in my sewing room too. I'll share him soon.
If you are considering making one of the Waldorf dolls I say, "go for it!" Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I love trying to make new things. This was a fun craft.
Until next time, blessings and hugs to you all!
Oh, stop by the online store front and give us some feed back. Lily Field Designs. We would love to hear any and all suggestions. Thanks for those of you who have already pointed out a few things and areas of concern. We have corrected those. We have many new products lined up and on it's way. Now that this process is beind us, on to some more entertaining work.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
We are not sure if we should dance or just sit still and keep our fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly with the first few transactions. We are using Zen Cart in conjunction with PayPal and it has been quiet the undertaking to get this all set up but we felt it would be well worth the effort...or at least we say that now. :-)
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As for now, we will be taking things as they come and hopefully all will flow as it should. Please be patient with us. Also, be sure to click on the Girls catagory and surf through all the listings. There are several pages. Now please don't think that we have forgotten about the little guys. We will be posting up boys clothing in the near future. Please keep checking back.
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Blessings to you all!
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Friday, June 11, 2010
I was really glad she picked this one because it was the very first Happy Kid dresses that I made.
She really was striking a pose here for sure. She is my DoodleBug for sure and I am her "Marshmellow", without a doubt.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
In the meantime, I have been using the time to create images, doing some screen printing, sewing, making labels and hang tags. I have been staying pretty busy. I also have been reading a book that I really recommend if anyone is thinking about undertaking a creative at home business.
This book is wonderful with pointers that cover the business side as well as good practical tips to help the creativity flourish.
I must say I have also been blessed with the support of family and friends who offer not only encouragement but good ideas and I love the phrase, “have you ever thought about…” and “what if you…” and better yet “wonder if…” Those words are like music to my ears because I know they will be followed with some pretty good ideas and it really keeps my creative juices flowing.
I have also been blessed with a very dear friend who runs a crafty at home business herself. It is called Doggie Duds by Deb. Be sure to check it out her site if you get a chance. She has some very sweet things for our fury friends. http://doggiedudsbydeb.com Deb has been like my online business coach. She has been at this for a bit so, she has really given me good tips and pointed me in good directions. I am so grateful for her help. She and I have known each other since first grade and just a few years ago, reconnected. I am so lucky that she ran across my paintings on line and dropped me an email. Oh I better stop before I tear up here. Thanks Deb you have been such a wonderful friend. Deb also is a wonderful artist as well. Check out her blog too http://southerndetails.blogspot.com/ Become a follower and watch her work. She is very talented and she also paints animal portraits. If you have not guessed by now, she is indeed a real animal lover. She even fosters pets until a good home can be found for them. A true humanatarian, she really is.
Well, this time before the store is to open, we have created what we call the “Lily Field Design’s Happy Kids.” Those were all those round things in the photo from my last blog that were screened and hanging on the rail in the barn. This is what they have turned into…
This is our very first Happy Kid. She was just so much fun to create. Since she was born, I have hand painted the faces on so many now. You know how when someone smiles, it is natural to smile back. Well, my face hurt so much on the days when painting the Happy Kids because all I could do was smile.
This is the Lily Field Designs' Baby. We will be doing more of these and these will be screened on 6 months to 2 toddler.
I laughed as soon as this one was finished. I thought for sure I recognized some one in this one. As it turns out, I think I painted a self portrait. The only thing my mom said, when I showed her this was, "you hair was never quiet that long." It wasn't.
I just love the curly tops that I have done. They are so much fun. I never quiet know which way the hair will go and I just let the brush work and I follow along.
Today, I will be busy getting all of the current inventory sized and tagged. I am looking forward to seeing the UPS guy soon too. I can't wait to open the boxes of little customer gifts that I have coming. Also, all of our packing and shipping supplies are due to arrive today too.
Well, we have quiet the summer storm brewing outside this morning and it is lightening so, I am going to say good bye for now and post this blog and shut down my computer.
Hope everyone is having a blessed day! Blessings & Hugs To You All!!!