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

 

Looking for Your Feedback! Please?

If you are a regular reader, you may know that I have been attempting recently to start my own business. The problem has been that I go into each venture, each idea, with much enthusiasm and good intentions. But somewhere along the line, something happens and I shelve the idea.

I’ve been working on another idea for some time, mostly in my head. I do scribble down the content and have amassed quite a list. The project? Custom t-shirts. Let me explain:

With my recent increase of watching entertainment (I think to call it ‘watching television’ to be technically incorrect), which includes programming with different languages, I have been watching using closed captioning. It certainly started by watching British television; some of what was being said with accents were down right unintelligible! But once the CC (closed captioning) was turned on, it stayed on.

It has become sort of a game with me and The Kid. Our personal favorite is [SCOFFS]. We repeat it whenever it is displayed. I, of course, win most of the time, as he “watches” while he is engaged with his laptop or phone. But we have taken to actually just saying the word whenever we feel that we, ourselves, are engaged in a scoff.

So, it occurred to me that it would make a very funny tee. It would definitely be an inside joke for us, but entertaining for others. I am sure that we are not the only ones watching television with CC on. And not on because we’re all going deaf, but for the simple reason that we can now really “hear” what is being said.

Black SCOFFSSo, the feedback I am looking for is:

a) Would you buy such an article of clothing?

b) Would you wear it?

c) Would you give it as a gift?

d) What would be your favorite CC description?

e) How much would you expect to spend (does not include shipping and/or tax)?

I am including a short list of CC that I would like to use, but have almost a hundred others. Before I go head first into this venture, I would love some feedback from you!

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 12.16.08 PMI also have to mention that the CC word would be embroidered onto the shirt, not a transfer. And the shirts would be of a better quality than many of the mass produced tees these days.

Thank you in advance!

julie

Cross Stitch: Update

These past couple of weeks since we arrived home from vacation, it has been hard to get back in my grove. For anything.

Well, not everything. I have been indulging my Netflix streaming account and my cross stitch project. I spend long days curled up on the sofa watching movies and making that needle go down and back up.

Here was the last update…

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Here is what it looks like now…

CrossStitch UpdateI’ve almost completed the lower left quarter. For the very first time, I feel like I made real progress. Still a lot to go, but I feel there is real momentum.

I am still in a quandry about the quilt tops and buying a long arm quilting machine have been about every third thought. Would love to hear the opinions of other quilters out there.

julie

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