Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gasp...I Took The Weekend Off!

My kids asked me to take the weekend off. I've been working 18 hour days usually 7 days a week for several weeks in a row and I guess I looked like I needed the time off!

I did sneak a little work in on Saturday morning before they got up but they'll never know. The rest of the time I surfed and cleaned the house. And man did my house need to be cleaned!

My son and I spent Saturday night watching "Back To The Future 1, 2 & 3" back to back. That was awesome! Those flicks are just the best and we had a great time taking about paradox and alternate realities. Because we are geeks and that's how we roll!

Here are some creative things I did over the weekend. I've been feeling that my studio just isn't fun. I get a lot of work done there but I don't enjoy my surroundings and as an artist (sort of anyway) I need visual fun. I adore toys and felt food and plushies and anything Japanese so I am slowing making some fun "Studio Friends". So take a peek, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Since I finally had some free time and I really don't know what to do with myself unless I am doing something I thought I'd sew up some quick fun friends for my studio. I got this doll pattern from "Martha" it's a "Black Apple Doll Pattern". http://www.marthastewart.com/article/black-apple-doll?lnc=38f9cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD

I used the pattern instead of making my own because I'm a crazed perfectionist and would have spent weeks designing something. It was just easier all around to use a free pattern and tailor it to what I wanted. I made her smaller than the original pattern and completely changed the face and hair for a more Japanese Kawaii doll.

I also made her out of felt. I have drawers full of felt and my sewing machine is evil and hates me right now. Believe me the feeling is mutual! I love felt, it's so easy to work with and the colors are fun too.

Here's how she turned out. I took pictures at night so it's a little hard to see her face. It's too cloudy today to retake so I'll do it at another time. I just adore her! My son's girlfriend wants her but I said I'd make one for her as a gift. Her dress is a little plain so I think I'll add more on whenever I have more free time.

This was the second friend I made for my studio. Isn't he cute?
I've had this pattern forever but never had time to sit down and sew it up. I think it came out super cute. It's a free pattern by Jenny B Harris. I did the flat version but the pattern has pieces for one that will stand up on it's own too. So quick to make and adorable too! Here's a link to it: http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/05/softie_scotty_d.html

Well my studio was completely clean until I decided to play with felt and then this was the result.
Hmm...my Pepcid and my evil hair color box are in the picture, didn't realize that when I took the picture. Guess it's time to clean...again!

9 comments:

AndreaLeigh said...

those are adorable! i see your pepcid... i must take that with me where ever I go as well.

Jemjoop said...

Awww they are so sweet.

MLB Studios said...

Your new studio friends are adorable! It's SOOO important to make your studio a welcoming, warm and completely you kind of place! It took me forever to figure that out and I'm still adding to mine. We'll get there!

Kitschen Pink said...

A tidy house is a sign of a boring life.... that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! Plus if I ever tidy my workroom it takes half a day for me to get started on anything which might mess it up - that's another good excuse - I have lots of them! Great dolly! t.x

Patty Mooney said...

Very cute! I bought some woolen sweaters at a Goodwill thrift store one time and felted them, then cut them into a doll pattern. I hand sewed it because I don't have a sewing machine, and it came out just adorable. It's so much fun to do and brings people such joy when you give your handmade gifts away.

Nothinglikeit said...

Those are both adorable! I love the blue dog!

Robin

Felt-o-rama said...

What cute new friends you have :) Looks like you've been having fun!

Betty said...

I'm happy you took a day off. You deserve it. I love that doll, it's adorable.

I finally started a blog myself. And I am loving it so far.

Debra and Chuck said...

I love the little blue dog!! too cute.

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