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.  This 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

I’ve Been Busy

Sorry I haven’t written recently. I’ve been busy with 21st/17th century pursuits. I finally finished the dimensional drawing of my doll-sized 17th century embroidered casket. Here’s a cool X-ray image showing some of the 161 pieces. It took me about 1 1/2 weeks of working 4-5 hours a day to get this far. The program I used was SketchUp Mark, a free CAD (computer-aided drafting) program. The learning process was slow … Continue reading

21st and 17th Century Issues

21st Century Issues: My new digital mini table saw came last Saturday. I was upset to find that the box rattled. When I opened it I found bits of broken black plastic inside. A support piece under the table had broken off. So I am waiting for FedEx today to pick up my broken saw. However, checking out the saw and reading the manual made me really happy and itching … Continue reading

A Finish and a Fix

The other day I started trying to get a handle on all my unfinished projects and gave up. My solution was to just finish something. Anything. So I finished my Huret’s slip. Sorry the photo looks like a mug shot. With her kid body, it’s hard to get her to stand straight in her stand, so I just photographed her lying down. I love how the slip makes her skirt … Continue reading

The Gathering

It is no mystery to me why the 2003 movie titled, The Gathering, was a horror movie. I do not enjoy horror movies and I do not enjoy gathering. Cartridge pleating is such a neat, orderly, precise process. But for some applications, and for most ruffles, it’s just too much. Since I had hand sewn 6 feet of ruffles for the 42″ circumference slip for my Huret, I just had to break … Continue reading

Getting Back To It

I’ve been slacking lately.  I took the period between Thanksgiving and New Years to stay busy with stuff other than dolls, sewing, embroidery, and designing my mini casket. And since the New Year, I have been working a lot on the boring, tedious end-of-year accounting work my real job requires. Also, I decided to make myself some new clothes. I’ve started to bore even myself with my EVERY DAY wardrobe of … Continue reading