Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dolls and Crafts: Inspiration

Just a couple days ago, I extended my work area in our bedroom...  It's a small space with just a table and 2 shelves, but I'm decorating it with memories and trinkets that inspire and make me happy.
It is a work in progress, as I love updating it according to my needs.
No matter how big or small it is, I find it good to have one...  Keeps me busy and productive.
This past week I made doll clothes inspired by stock dresses of two Petite Blythes, Kitchen Queen and Itsy Bitsy Ladybug.
Darla (Simply Chocolate), Ingrid (Rachael's Ribbon) and Laila (French Trench)
in Petite Blythe Kitchen Queen inspired dresses
The aprons are removable and each have handmade patches and simple embroideries that coordinate with the prints of the fabrics.
 Kitchen Queen - Apple
Kitchen Queen - Flower 
Kitchen Queen - Strawberry
Blanche (Kiss Me True)
Next, I call it The Crafty Ladybug's Souvenir Costume inspired by Petite Blythe Itsy Bitsy Ladybug
The outfit consists of a shirt and a skirt. I crocheted a ladybug hat and made a matching backpack.
Thank you for reading and stay inspired!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Dolls: Meet my Lottie Dolls

I really admire dolls and my selection is a mix of almost everything.  Last year I came across Lottie dolls by Arklu in one of the toy shops here and started mine just earlier of this year.  I was only able to take photos of them today because of so many reasons but I'm glad to share their photos now ;p ...  At first glace, Lottie dolls reminded me of my Licca-chan dolls by Takara because of their hairstyle, fashion, eye gaze and child-like rounded face.  But as you go over the details of the doll you will notice the differences.
I find both pretty and they look cute together!
Notice that Licca-chan is taller than Lottie, which for me, makes them more like sisters or cousins when they stand beside each other.

Meet my Lottie dolls...
"Autumn Leaves" Lottie Doll (credit: Lottie for doll's description)
Lottie loves Autumn and especially the changing colours of the leaves on the trees. Wrapped up warm in her coat, hat, scarf and boots, Lottie explores Harley Wood with her dog, Biscuit the Beagle, kicking her way through all the crisp, colourful leaves. Getting muddy, kicking leaves and building dens is just so much fun!
(Note:  Biscuit the Beagle is sold separately)

"Branksea Festival" Lottie Doll (credit: Lottie for doll's description)

Summer has arrived at last! The sun is shining and the sky is blue as Branksea prepares for its annual Festival. Lottie is excited and is looking forward to live music, face painting, storytelling, and arts and crafts. Will the good weather continue or will the celebrations be spoiled by rain?

"Pandora's Box" Lottie Doll (credit: Lottie for doll's description)

Lottie is volunteering at Branksea Animal Shelter, helping to look after the homeless cats and dogs. One day a cardboard box mysteriously left outside the front door with a hungry and frightened Persian cat inside. They decide to name her Pandora. Unlike the Greek myth, where a box brought unhappiness, here the arrival of Pandora is a cause for joy and fresh hope. Lottie helps to nurse Pandora back to health and make sure that her furry coat is kept clean and fluffy.
(Note: Pandora the Persian cat is sold separately)

I love that these dolls have good balance and can stand without the aide of doll stands.  The clothes and accessories are beautiful and of good quality.  The face is naturally pretty without make-up.  The price is reasonable.  I plan to add more in time but it's good to take things slow and wait for future releases...
More about this dolls on their official site.

Dolls and Sewing: Collecte des Amulettes 2

Hello every one, here is another batch of doll clothes following the same concept as I did from my first.  I like it to be a mixture of modern and vintage.  To make it modern, I chose separates of shirt and skirt.  Then I combined laces, plain fabric with dainty-printed fabric and flowers for a touch of vintage... I also crocheted hats to complete the look.
Emily (Prairie Posie), Jade (Punk P) and Faye (Very Vicky)
in Collecte des Amulettes
Collecte des Amulettes - Post Stamp
Collecte des Amulettes - Cameo
Collecte des Amulettes - Form
Thank you very much and enjoy the rest of the week!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dolls and Sewing: Collecte des Amulettes

I'm thinking of having a small sewing space inside of our bedroom so I can still work on my projects while watching our son when he sleeps...  But before that let me share what I've sewn, I made doll clothes combining hand-stamp images with fabric paint, laces and fabrics.  My friend showed me a photo of a dress and she would love to have a similar one for her doll.  I got hooked with the idea so I decided to make more with the same concept.
Kayla (Royal Soliloquy), Genevieve (Alexis Emerald) and Abbey (ABE custom) in Collecte des Amulettes dresses
This is the one my friend liked, the concept is similar with one in the photo she showed me but I have to tweak it with the materials I have.
Then, the following are inspired by the idea...
I'm going to make more...  Thanks a lot and have good weekend ahead!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Crafts and Dolls: Water Mill Bakery - A Weekend Project

It's another long weekend since today is Victoria Day.  I love having long weekends because it gives me enough time to work on my hobby...  
It's been a year and months since we moved in another country, I've been missing my miniatures so I decided to put up, again, the only one set I was able to bring...  The Water Mill Bakery.   The Water Mill Bakery is a play set from the cute critters Sylvanian Families.  It is one of my favorites because of its nice details and I also love displaying miniatures about food especially the ones that were gifted by friends and those I made.  Each piece reminds me of a good memory.
On the first day, I cleaned the structure and added wallpapers and lined the counters with patterned papers.  I like adding personal touch to my sets because for me it looks nicer.
Then, I made an undercounter rack out of fuse beads for additional storage.  It's a good way to save me from buying a ready made one.
Here is the finished setup with my Petite Blythes' Emma Jane and Jasmine...
I hope everyone a great week and thanks again for reading!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dolls and Sewing: Simply Retro

Hello every one!  I hope we all had a Happy Mother's Day!
I had a good one even if I miss my family from home...  But I'm thankful with technology, we were able to have a nice chat.
Since last weekend was about Mother's Day, I decided to sew doll clothes inspired by how my mom dresses when she was young.  I made two styles, first, the blouse and skirt.  Second, the blouse and pants.  The lines were simple and very chic, colors were so vibrant...  simply retro!
Next, I will make doll clothes mixing fabric and stamps.
Thanks again for reading, I hope every one to have a good week!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dolls and Sewing: Snow White for a Blythe doll

This weekend I made another doll outfit inspired by one of the famous fairy tale princess, Snow White.
I chose Heather (Rosie Red Encore) to be Snow White because of her rich red lips.
The details on her dress top is hand embroidered with beads and ribbons.  There are heart sequins on her chest and sleeves (symbol of Snow White's pure heart in the fairy tale which the Evil Queen wanted as proof that she's gone forever).
I crocheted a headband with oversize ribbon that shaped to appear like a top of an apple and decorated it with leaves and fabric flower (to represent the famous poison apple for Snow White).
I also crocheted a cape which can be removed from her dress.
A closer look of the dress.
Thank you for reading and I hope every one a great weekend!