G Street Sucks

Long ago, G Street Fabrics was far, far away. Then they opened two stores in Northern Virginia. My house was smack dab in the middle of them. So I could choose which one to go to depending on which direction had less traffic at any given time. Once upon a time, they were the best place to find natural fiber fabrics and threads, books on sewing and crafts, fabulous trims … Continue reading

Inside Doll-Sized Casket

I have mostly finished decorating the inside of my doll-sized, soon-to-be embroidered, 17th-Century casket. I just need to decorate the insides of the lids. Unfortunately, the outside is still naked. I haven’t installed the hinges yet, but here’s what you see when you remove the top lid and the doors. They are covered with silk tissue taffeta. It was a challenge to work with such thin silk and not have … Continue reading

Neckline Trick and a Thread Loop

I know it’s been a while… I haven’t had a lot of time to do creative stuff lately, and I needed to be quiet for a while. But I did finish my S&H 890’s slip/dress and I have a couple of things to share. First, I promised a trick for finishing the neckline with all it’s tucks. If I turned everything to the inside, it would leave a lot of … Continue reading

Real is Better

I have a confession. When I first started making reproduction dolls, I did so without ever seeing the antique dolls I was copying. Pictures of the dolls served as the standard to work from. Boy, did I get some surprises when I finally got to see the dolls in person. It is amazing to do research into a subject, like 17th century embroidery, and study┬ávolumes of photographs of antique pieces. … Continue reading

I’m Back and I’m Busy

Last week, for spring break, DH and I took Supergirl (SG) and her parents to Disney World. It was super fun, exhausting and crowded. SG fell in love with Mickey’s new bear friend, Duffy, and collected a few. We had adjoining rooms with her parents, and she chose to sleep in our room. The last time she and I cleaned her bedroom at my house, she wanted to get rid … Continue reading

Happy Spring

I’ve got a very busy week this week and next week is Super Girl’s spring break, so I don’t have much time to write. But I wanted to wish you a HAPPY SPRING! And take a few minutes to share with you some of the bunnies who live with me and remind me of spring all year long. So, have a lovely early Spring and I’ll get back to posting … Continue reading

This is a test

On Thursday, I told you that I would finish my Bru’s smock and show it on my blog on Friday. When I hit the “publish” button on Thursday, my blog was sent to my e-mail list and Facebook. On Friday, I finished the smock and posted a blog about it. When I hit the “publish” button, it did not go out to e-mails or Facebook. This is a test to … Continue reading

Casket Update

My next step toward making more doll-sized 17th century embroidered caskets is to finish the inside of my first one so that I can make sure all my measurements work. I ordered miniature marbled paper from Jemma Lewis in England. I requested a mainly pink design, specifically a medium warm pink. I had collected silk and silk velvet in a medium coral pink, so I wanted the paper to coordinate. … Continue reading

It’s All a Blur

Last summer’s mega hit song, “Blurred Lines” just got slammed with a legal judgement for “copying” a Marvin Gaye song. ┬áThis case brings up all sorts of issues about what constitutes art. I am not naive. I know it is all about the $$$. But it also sets a dangerous precedent. Isn’t all art influenced by earlier art? Does an artist ever work in a vacuum? Can a copy/reproduction be … Continue reading

Facebook Fun

I haven’t been on Facebook for very long, but sometimes it can be depressing! Do you have “friends” who constantly post sad or angry stuff? Is your Newsfeed crowded with pictures of injured and/or homeless animals? Luckily, I have found some ways to brighten up my Newsfeed page and I want to share them with you. To make my list, the sites must post eye candy, post often and post … Continue reading