“I Spy” Mirrors

Today’s reveal is something that I have been working on for some time. It doesn’t hurt that while preparing, it allowed me a lot of trips to thrift stores, something that The Kid and I enjoy immensely. I was collecting toys and trinkets for these mirrors:

dscn4854The vertical mirror was first (above) and then the horizontal one (below) was next.dscn4844The photos may be a little confusing as I set the mirrors up to reflect the other… but the first is in portrait and the other in landscape mode.

I started working on the ‘portrait’ mode first… and didn’t expect to do more than just this one. I had picked up a framed mirror in my travels and thought it would be fun to do this. I looked for small, fun objects and toys and used hot glue gun to attach the items. It was just a hit or miss as to what fit and looked good.

I won’t spend too much time talking about them, they are both pretty straightforward. I will mention that The Kid built the frame for the second mirror. I had so many toys that I needed to do a second one. I am keeping eyes open for more ‘stuff‘ that would allow me to complete a third.

Hope you enjoyed seeing them half as much as I loved making them!

julie

I think most people my age will probably remember today’s topic: paper dolls. I know when I tried to explain this phenomenon to my son, he just shook his head and gazed at me in puzzlement. Paper dolls? Just exactly how did this work?

I recently stumbled across a Pinterest board that had a zillion paper dolls. Past and present, babies to “barbie doll” types and everything in between. My heart settled on a toddler-esque aged doll, maybe a little older, like four. She came with four dressers, a coat and a hat, as well as a birthday cake and a doll. She was found on Marges8’s blog:

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Since I picked her up online, she was already in a digital format, so I imported the image into Photoshop and made her larger. Larger allows for easier creation and management of the doll and her clothes and accessories. I printed her in a heavy card stock but even with that weight it was sufficient for her to stand. So I glued the image onto foam core board. Remembering from my youth, I added a semi-circular for her to stand.

DSCN4165She was cut out using an exacto knife and then carefully colored. I used a new set of gel pens to give her a subtle coloring. The same increase in size went for her clothing and accessories (of course). They were printed on the cardboard stock, colored and cut out. I added longer tabs, since she now had some depth of stock.

DSCN4163I am one of those people who have to have something to do at all times. I’ve recently been re-watching the nineties series “The X-Files” (since it is coming out again next year!!) and want to re-aquaint myself with the first nine original seasons. But I can’t just sit and watch television. I did some patchwork sewing earlier with denim scraps, but when I returned to to the living room, I went back to having to have something to do with my hands. Hence the paper dolls.

So I have been researching toddler and young girls’ clothing from the sixties and have been making more outfits for the doll. It has simply been fun and relaxing! Thus far, I have a snow outfit, a couple of pant outfits, some play clothes and some more dresses. Oh and I added a few more hats. Some outfits include toys and shoes or gloves. All in all, just a fun endeavor. I may scan them into the computer and clean up the lines, then print them out and color them all! I love a challenge and like when it turns out well.

DSCN4166Sorry that the photos are so hard to see, they are just pencil drawings. But wanted to give you an idea of how “cuckoo for cocoa puffs” that I really am! 🙂

As I finish, I will share with you. I’ve almost posted all of the projects that I have finished over the past few weeks, I guess I am going to have to get moving on the ones still remaining in the garage!

julie

 

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