Sunday, September 30, 2012

Where does the time go?

I cannot believe it is a week since my last post, where does time go?
We have been deluged with rain for the last few days, the first for months so everyone was delighted to see it, unlike the residents of the UK who have had it all summer. What summer?
I am still trying to sort out the department store, and now there are a lot of empty spaces, particularly in the Bridal shop. Once I had moved everything out which had somehow sneaked in there are even empty cupboards. It gave me some space to display the dresses I had made to better advantage.
The Princess Grace dress is from a pattern by Kathi R Mendenhall. I am not very experienced at making this kind of thing but I enjoyed the process. I particularly enjoy making wedding things, like Gill pretty is my thing in the dollshouse.

I have finished the doll for my friend´s birthday, and have now started another, I am having a problem making her stand properly so will have to rethink.
 I am also practising a cat face for another doll in the pipeline which my sister, Gill and I are going to make when my sister comes over in November. This is an advanced doll and we are anything but advanced doll makers so it will be a challenge.
In my head I do have a plan to miniaturise these dolls, but that is on hold at the moment because they are quite complicated enough in full size.
I am missing Gill this week as she is in the UK with her family, still it was worth her going to get supplies!
Hope you are all having a good weekend

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Back to Minis

Being of an economical nature, well sometimes, Gill and  I seem to have collected several ring/jewellry stands which resemble mannequins for the dolls house.
Before they take over our real houses it seemed a good idea to do something with them, especially as the wedding shop is looking very bare after a recent rearrangement.
We did not want to make something which would take days so on a Tuesday club meeting Gill and I decided to dress the mannequins.
This is mine, Gills is very pretty. She is much more precise than I am, so she does the measuring and I can fix most of the things I do wrong with judiciously applied glue, bling or a little bit of something.

We are pleased with them and fully intend to make some more, that is if other things do not come up. Why am I sure they will? Must be my Gemini brain.
Enjoy your mini work!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Have we lost the plot?

Sorry it has been so long since my last post. Life seems to have been very busy, and with the hot sunshine it is difficult to mini as glue dries in a flash, and everything sticks to sweaty palms.
This is just an excuse to explain why Gill and I decided to do something different.
 It all started when we moved out for the weekend of the fiesta, this is because the cats and I hate the noise of the rockets. I wanted something to do which would fit into a small box and decided to make a free pattern for a pin cushion doll. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to make an art doll and have not stopped since. I am now on my fourth. My sister also made one on a recent visit, and we are planning another for her next visit.Here are the ones I have made so far

Firstly I made Emmaline for my Mum from a pattern (Stump Sisters) by Judi Wellnitz. I had forgotten how much I liked beading and got a bit carried away.
My second doll was from Cloth Doll Artistry by Barbara Willis

Finally, there is Gertrude, many of you will have seen her on Gill´s blog with no clothes on, she is from a pattern by Jill Maas. I made her a red hat lady for a charity raffle. I am now working on another doll but she has to stay secret for now as she is a present.

I have done a little mini work, trying to tidy up the shop. However I seem to have two very keen helpers who sense when the door is open and appear to watch and wait for their opportunity to get in there. Perhaps when it is a little cooler they will sleep so I can mini.
In the meantime I will show you my favourite mini I bought at our annual outing to the Andalucia Dolls House Fair.

I call him the Tourist, he was bought from and I think he is perfect.
My late summer resolution is to keep up with this blog, so watch this space.
Until the next time