Where did the time go??

I have been so busy, I’m afraid that sewing has taken a back seat. Started a new vegetable garden, and have been trying to get our bacGardenk yard into shape. We’ve had oodles of rain so everything is growing great. That includes the grass and weeds. This is the second year I have noticed Canning Labelsstrange new vines that are growing into my trees, hence the need to get out do something with the yard. This is a picture of the new raised beds. That is lemon grass coming out of the far box and cucumber behind it.

I had some plums earlier and made plum chutney and jam. Then the berries started showing up in the stores and with the low prices I bought a lot and made enough jam for the next year.  I’m still looking for the perfect salsa recipe for canning. We got a 20 pound box of tomatoes at the farmers market and I canned them all. My slicing tomatoes are also doing well.  It was so much fun designing the jar labels. It was a break from the computer art work I usually do. By now your wondering if I did do any new patterns, aren’t you?

I did get a couple of new dolls. First is Paola Reina. She is a 12.5 inch play doll with rooted hair and the sweetest face. She is child, maybe 8-10. I love her body and how easy she is to sew for. She is as pretty as Dianna Effner’s Little Darlings and you could have 6 of these for the same price as the Little Darling. They can’t share clothes without a lot of adjusting.

BLOG photoI also got some slim 18 inch girls, the Toys R Us Journey Girls and a Madam Alexander My Style. My other 18 inch girls, but just aren’t made anymore and really seem to be more like the American Girl body with the big shoulders. I just buy dolls I like and American Girl just wasn’t my cup of tea. I like the Journey Girls body the best and think Toy R Us does a nice job with the accessories. So I have added the Slim 18″ dolls and my new Paola to my collection. It’s sad that Robert Tonner will be discontinuing his most of his Wentworth line. He had some pretty faces, unlike Antoinette who to me is very manish in features. I guess for those who repaint the face it was great.

I would like to know if you are planning or have bought any of his new line. I fear that Agatha Primrose is too small. Easy to display, but hard to sew for. She looks to me like a young teen but still Barbie size. I think she is very pretty and I love the open mouth. I wish he had done bendy knees for Anne Estelle, although I don’t like the legs of Patsy and I do guess that would be the option. It is very costly bringing a doll to market.

Last but not least, is the new style. Yes it is just one style which I did for multiple dolls, well two for the big girls. I hoping it won’t take me so long on the next pattern set. This is the pattern called Flower Girl. It has a sleeveless dress with matching coat. It is on my Little Darling. She shows off the front of the coat. I used a linen type cotton fabric and lined it in matching broadcloth. The flowers are crocheted and I had them from back when I did design kids clothes. The dress is sleeveless so it isn’t a problem with sliding a sleeve into a coat sleeve. Simple, but with lots of possibilities for dressing this up or down. I can see the coat in velveteen for the holidays with a traditional taffeta dress under it.

I guess it is time to start thinking about the Christmas pattern. Who should I do it for? Suggestions!

Almost organized

Weekend fun on GeorgiaYes, I really hate filing. It seems no matter how hard I try to come up with a system and how much time I spend I can never find what I’m looking for. It seems this is how I lose then find photos. Today after a doll photo shoot while also baking bread, I resolved to upload the pictures from my camera and then file them so I would know where they were. I have been working on my “new” filing system since the beginning of the year and it is slowing coming around to organized.

While sorting the new photos and filing them I found more photos I thought I had lost in the computerElla with Gerogia and Patsy. I ended up cutting my photo session short so get some more sorting done. Maybe by the end of the year I will have found all my photos. I have a list of missing stuff, so I can take more pictures, the only problem with that is I also need to find the doll clothes. That has been another sorting project I am working one. If anyone has a good way to store a lot of doll clothes samples let me know.

You can see one of the photos I found of Georgia from Tonner’s Mary Engelbreit doll line of a few years ago. She is wearing the BID Weekend Fun outfit. It fit her perfectly. As I mentioned on my Facebook page I bought a Patsy/Anne Estelle and a Parnilla Ghastly doll. A lot of people said that the Patsy body is the same as the Engelbreit body, but I didn’t find that the outfits I made fit Georgia/Anne Estelle very well, or at least not well enough that I would feel comfortable recommending the patterns for her. Although this one I called Ella did work great. This also fits BID, but I haven’t taken pictures of it yet. I really need to get organized!

My Emily

Emily's ShortallsReally, isn’t my Emily is the prettiest little girl? I never really think of her as a doll. She is so life-like. I finished this short-all outfit for her a few weeks ago, but just haven’t gotten around to setting up the kitchen photo studio. It is really an all-day project and I like to have a few outfits to work with before I go to all that work.

I mentioned on Facebook that I just got a Patsy/Anne Estelle doll off Ebay. As a few people told me she is close in size to my Iplehouse BID but not all the clothes I tried on her, fit well. She also could wear some outfits that I made for Leeann/Petite Ai, but not all. So I guess I will also be going thru all my outfits to see what fits her and take some pictures at the same time as I do my picture for Emily.

I really think Emily reminds me of a child from the 50’s and Pasty is from the 30’s or at least that is how I envision them. I have a great book by Dover of spot prints and there are little girl’s dresses pictured that I have always wanted to make so I have picked out 3 that I will be doing for Patsy, and maybe see how they work on BID.

I guess I picture Emily in a Dan River plaid dress with full petticoat or a pleated skirt and white blouse with knit vest and tame. Maybe I can work on those ideas soon. I would love it if you have some suggestions as to what  you would like to see me work on. Sometimes I get designers block and it seems like I have been suffering from it for the last month or two. Guess I had better get back to work now.