Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Basic Doll Design Done.

I've been working on a small felt doll that I'd sell as a PDF pattern in my etsy shop. Something simple and cute. I've spent some time watching 2 other designers doing this and just love their dolls. They each do their PDFs so well and the finished dolls are so cute that I'm not sure I can even compete but well I'm going to give it a try.

Here's the idea I've worked out so far.
I still need to work out clothes for her. But what do you all think? Is she worth putting out there?

I re-designed an old plush doll pattern that I was excited about a few years back but didn't get much response from so sort of gave up and moved on to other things. Here's what the Original design was. Cute little Kawaii plush doll. I called them "Snarky Girl Dolls"TM and they were based on my then teenage daughter. I still love these little dolls with serious attitude and may revisit this design again one day.
 Here's a larger version of that same design.

I've re-worked her to have moveable arms and legs that sit and a more happy doll face.
Here she is in comparison to my other new doll design that won't be a PDF pattern.

I'd love the hear what you think abut this doll so please do comment.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Lots Going On...

Not getting many dolls done. Been mainly focused on stripping wallpaper in my bathroom. We are trying to hold out till the housing market goes back up but in 3 years we are out of here regardless.

We live in a 4 bedroom house with 2 kitchens, which when my brother moves out this year and my daughter moves out too will be too large for just my mom and me. We may end up renting the house but certain projects we held off on till now need to be tackled.

  • Sprucing up the bathroom upstairs.
  • A complete re-do of my kitchen
  • New carpeting
  • New railing for the stairs
  • Entire inside of the house needs to be painted
  • Work in the backyard
Just had the house appraised again and it's worth significantly less than we paid for it and all the money we put into the house: new roof, new windows, new siding, new gutters, 2 retaining walls in the front of the house, the 4 season sun room, new tub and shower in 2 bathrooms, new sump pump, new water heater, new air conditioner, high quality laminate wood floor in the foyer and the mudroom, new front door and storm door, new kitchen door, new patio door, new privacy gates that lock, landscaping around the sun room, stepping stones into the yard from each gate, new sewer line from house to street, is now gone!

When I think of the money spent and the loss of equity I want to cry. The house has lost $105,000 in value since the last appraisal 6 years ago. Unfortunately to even try and sell we HAVE to re-do the kitchen. The grand plans we had have been scaled down a lot but doesn't matter to me since I won't really get to enjoy the kitchen, it's all done for a future buyer. Sucks but whatever.

I know this is an art blog but other things do happen in my life and on occasion I share them here.
Here's a golden haired girl I did work on this week. She needs clothes and accessories and then will be in my shop.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Worktable Wednesday.

I have 3 dolls on the worktable today. The pumpkin girl needs clothes, the purple haired girl I've decided will be a fairy with embroidered wings and the green girl is a zombie.

It's going to be 80 today so I hope to enjoy some of the great weather and I hope it's lovely where you are too.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Dolls Finished AND Listed In My Etsy Shop!

April was a crappy month but May is slowly turning out better so far. I completely finished 2 new dolls! 2 more have their bodies done but need clothes.

These 2 cuties are actually listed in my esty shop right now! Will they sell? Who knows? We'll see!
After I made Ann I had to make Andy. He was designed and sewn in the last 3 days. Ann has a vintage Ann face embroidered on her apron. Both dolls have embroidered face, hair and clothing details.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Worktable Wednesday and WIPS.

Oh wow two posts in the same week! Anyway here's what's on my worktable today.
I love both of these girls! I have mad love for Raggedy Anne and Pumpkin headed dolls.


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