Ok, I'm on the other side of my annual Thanksgiving breakdown. I don't want to alienate anyone so I save the special joy of listening to my rant for my dear, poor children and husband. I will just focus on the parts of Thanksgiving that I enjoy. I like watching cranberries burst in the pan with the kids. That part is fun. And ignoring prep and trying to focus on things I actually enjoy is fun too, like hanging out with my kids home from school all week and working on projects. And I'm totally not stressing that all the games and origami and art supplies and non-tgiving cooking are making a mess that I need to clean up to get this turkey thing going.
Hoping to have these guys all up in the shop by this weekend!
As I'm slowly waking up from the fog and trying to get wee wonderfuls chugging again, I realized I'm sitting on leftover stock of some beautifully printed patterns from before I went to all PDF. I've put the patterns below up in my etsy shop. If you want the PDFs, the shop on my site is the place to get them. The PDFs on etsy are more because of the fee. Soon I will have my new beautiful wordpress site and my world will make sense, until then, here's the link to the printed patterns.
I hope everyone's having fun starting on their handmade gifts for this year! I'm online trying to find the cheapest place to find all the video games my kids want. Maybe I'll crochet them little video game cozies. Or maybe I'll just make things for myself this year. That sounds like a brilliant plan!
My doll outfit inspiration board on pinterest is filled with 1920s inspiration lately. I love the bobs and the big bows and the loose dresses. I'm headed to the library to check out some books for more inspiration. If I can ever finish spitting out this one paragraph blog post!
I'm trying very hard to stay inspired and stay positive this week. I'm sure everyone is in that same boat lately. And the holidays bring everything into such sharp focus. I liked this letter from uppercase magazine in my inbox the other day. I'm so filled with self doubt about what I'm doing spending my days sewing toys. I found this a little reassuring.
I listed these guys on etsy yesterday and they sold before I had a chance to post that they were up.
I'm feeling very grateful and energized to keep making! Despite not having a plan, an end goal, or any idea what I'm doing, I'm really enjoying making toys right now and I'm so elated to find homes for them. So I'm just going to knock out the obstacles in my way, like not having one single hand sewing needle I like (how does that happen?!), and keep at it. These guys in my to-do basket I'm thinking of listing on etsy next. Them, and the Woodland Elf.
Hopefully there will be more tearful goodbyes soon in wee wonderfuls doll-land.
I'm channeling my manic dollmaking energy. I wasn't sure what my plans were for this holiday season but I'm having so much fun toy-making recently and finding loads of inspiration so I'm going for it and am going to stock my etsy shop with some toys this year! Oh my gosh, I cannot type words. I keep listing what I'm hoping to make and then delete delete delete. I am a commitment phobe today! How about I just show photos.
And this pile represents the huge bag of thrifted items I brought home to make into more toys. I've promised myself no more trips until I get through these!
I made this doll from the Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern, to go to a little blond friend of ours. Our friend Penny is a super talented and creative girl and I was so pleased when her mom said she was loving the toys I've been making because I'd already had this one in mind for her. Never too old for dolls!
Her outfits were all made from recycled baby/kids clothes. I am definitely still loving this process, although it's not always as quick and easy as I imagine it will be. I've probably had as many failures as successes but I learn a helpful trick each time. Once I have it nailed down I'll post some tutorials. Basically I just use the pattern pieces from the clothing in the pattern and start cutting trying to keep as many finished hems and cute details as possible. If my Bernina was up and running I think these would be a breeze but as it is I'm having lots of machine-eating-knits delays. It's worth it though because it's so nice to have soft, cozy outfits for these soft, cozy dolls.
Miss Fox sewing pattern is available in the shop, in time for holiday making! This is the first year in many that I've intended to add a new pattern to the shop and actually been able to pull it off. And this little fox has sat in my sketch book forEVER so it's very pleasing to get her out and into the world. I was so excited to get her done and out that I couldn't take the time to find the perfectly cute name for her, so she's just Miss Fox. We'll leave it up to the future recipients of Miss Foxes to come up with their cute names. Please share them with me if you think of it, I love to see all the toys y'all make!
I made a little sweater for a new KCL doll yesterday. The sweater turned out really well. I know the key to knitting for dolls is to use finer gauge yarn but I always try to short cut it. Here I didn't and I used Sidar Snuggly Spots DK and it was perfect. The pattern I used was a free one I found on ravelry, Huckleberry Friend, for an 18" doll. I shortened the yoke by 4 rows and the sleeves by some (not sure, I eyeballed it) and it fits perfectly.
I posted this pic last night on instagram, after it'd gotten dark, and then my phone died for the day. Woke up this morning to the most likes I've ever received! So fun! I am definitely energized by the feedback. It reminds me of when I started blogging and was very driven to finish new projects to share with everyone. Of course back then everything was so new that it was very exciting... oh my gosh have you seen japanese craft books?! holy cow, did you see this new site etsy?!! But even with everything under the sun having been done before (as it always has but now the internet just knows about it) I am super happy connecting with my people again. Of course nothing is ever as black and white/on and off as this, but I do feel in general that I've spent the last 5 years or so connecting with my brick & mortar community, growing roots in my town, our schools, my neighborhood, and now I'm rediscovering my internet community again. Checking in with old friends, enjoying the largess that is the internet instead of being stressed out by it, and again geeking out over crafts with you all! Fun fun! And I love the blog even more because no one reads blogs anymore! haha. Now it's just us, and I can totally be myself.
While I was having concentration issues with my knitting yesterday I hit the thrift store and now I have another stack of must-do sewing. These woolens I think will fit in perfectly with a blanket/quilt scheme I'm hatching.
And I bought another pile of baby clothes to make into doll clothes. I have high hopes for these. The first top I cut into I totally botched, but I'm refocused now. I really want to make a slew of outfits quickly and I think this is a genius solution. I'm off to see if I'm as smart as I think I am...