Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sailor doll dresses

I made three new nautical/sailor themed doll dresses.  I am really dating myself here but I also had a sailor style dress growing up.

Each is two of a kind and available in my Etsy shop here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Random ramblings on the election

I'm normally not one to write on politics as I prefer to keep out of it.  However, after reading what some people have written and others have said I felt the need to share my thoughts.  These are simply my thoughts so take them or leave them for what they're worth.

Time for deep thought and one can hope deep words about the election results. I’m still shocked and numb by the outcome. What I have to say may upset some, may cheer others on, and may even have no effect what so ever. No matter what I hope we can be adults about this. Any comments trying to invalidate a person’s feelings or general meanness in general will be deleted. Please try to be adult about it unless you want to trigger my INFJ rage. It won’t be pretty.

I’m functioning on only a few hours of sleep, a rather nasty headache, and lots of caffeine. Now many people are probably wondering why this is. After Trump’s win I had a FB friend write me begging me for my number to talk to me in case they got scared. I gave them my number and this person was too upset to call me so we texted back and forth. I dozed off when they did and texted back when they sent me messages.

Being an INFJ or my personality type in general I hate feeling helpless and I felt helpless. No matter what I said or did I couldn’t do anything to bring comfort to this person. All I could do was listen, offer to be there, and try to offer as much support as possible. Those that know me know that I don’t turn away unless it is only in the matter of self preservation. Have people used this to their advantage? Absolutely. This time, however, was not a time of someone trying to take advantage but someone who was genuinely fearful over what could happen to them due to their sexuality and how they identify.

Will it happen? It could happen and that breaks my heart. Could it happen? Possibly. I would strongly urge anyone who is frightened to learn how to take self defense classes. I do not encourage this to promote violence but for ways of protecting yourself from those who might want to harm you.
All I was capable of doing was telling my friends who were scared was “I’ll stand with you”. I don’t want anyone to be hurt or scared. I truly don’t. I’d rather we all help and support one another. I still believe that humans are good at heart and do not want to harm anyone else.

As many know I’ve been on the #nevertrump bandwagon for quite a long time. Even when it came down to the election I still voted against Trump and refused to even consider the possibility of voting for him. For as many jokes of voting for Cthulhu I have made I did vote for a living, breathing, human being. If it were possible to have voted for Cthulhu or Giant Meteor I would have done so. I didn’t like any of them! I chose to vote for the lesser of the evils and I won’t say who it was as at this point it’s pretty much irrelevant.

I do genuinely fear that we are in World War Three. If we are not in World War Three then I worry that it could happen. You know of all those political cartoons of Trump slamming the “Nuke!” button because someone said something he didn’t like. God forbid it comes to that but if it does it won’t be a once and done sort of thing. It will be a nightmare and the living will envy the dead.

I fear for our children and their children. I fear that one day they will curse our names for electing Trump and Pence. I fear for the future of this country that I call home. I fear for my friends and those who live in other countries. I know they are also terrified about what will happen. I’ve been asked “How could this happen?” All I could say was “I don’t know. I didn’t vote for him.”

Is what happened, our deeds, our feelings, everything we’ve done written in stone or in water? How will this effect our country let alone the world?

Dear friends, those there are many of you that I have never met, may never have the opportunity to meet, see, hug, or even chat on the phone with there’s something I want you all to know.

I love all of you.

If you need help or are scared this artist will stand with you and be with you.

I will do many deeds in the future. Many deeds written in water but I want this one deed to be written in stone. Let me have my name and this simple declaration be in stone.

My heart is with all of you.

Monday, September 5, 2016

I made a new three of a kind doll dress for fall/Hallowe'en.  It's made from a modern fabric with a vintage print so it will work well for the 1930's all the way to the 1950's.

The dress is loose enough it will fit the older Pleasant Company style dolls.

It's available in my Etsy shop here.

I'm in no way affiliated with American Girl or any doll company.  These are dresses that will fit these sized dolls.

Friday, August 5, 2016

I made a new dirndl dress made from vintage fabrics.
I made it from vintage cotton, ric rac, and lawn.  The embroidery is all machine done.  It's one of a kind and available here.

Friday, July 29, 2016

I was kicking this idea around late last night and made it happen today.  I need to make a Hallowe'en one so I have an idea but need to work on it.
Prints and more are available here

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I made a new OOAK calico and green doll dress.
It's in the 1850's style but it could also work for early 1860's fashion.  The skirt is very gathered so you could easily have a petticoat or hoops underneath the skirt.

The green ribbon is edged in gold ribbon to help give it a little sparkle.

It's available in my Etsy shop here.

Friday, July 1, 2016

I made two new doll dresses.

I think I’ll have one of the yellow ones be a dress that Maragret Ann Brady wears in the “Dear America” series.  In the book she has a yellow dress and I like the nautical theme of the pattern.
I kind of want to make the pink one in blue to match Nellie’s eyes.

Both dresses are available in my Etsy shop here:

Yellow dress

Pink dress

I’m also supposed to be getting some orange silk in the mail today.  I ordered some so I can make a new dress for Addy.  I think she could look quite nice in the orange.  Hopefully I have the right color thread.  I avoided buying a spool of thread because monitor settings can be different from reality so it’s always better to have the fabric in my hands so I can get some thread.

Monday, June 27, 2016

I completed a new one of a kind doll dress.

The dress comes with a removable apron and both are trimmed with pretty Venice lace.  I added the gold ribbon rosette as a little color splash.  It's pretty straight forward but rather cute.

You can find the dress here in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I completed another new doll dress for my Etsy shop.

It's made from reproduction fabric and trimmed with gold satin ribbon and gold filled beads.  The lace is venice lace and makes for an adorable trim around the neckline.

It is available in my Etsy shop here.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I made a new dress for Rebecca from American Girl.  It's a 1914 style dress and will fit the older Pleasant Company style dolls.
It is available in my Etsy shop here.

On Monday I'll have a sale on all doll clothes in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Upon request I made this simplified blue Edwardian era doll dress.  It's based on the same dress I made the red dress that Samantha wears.  Instead of lace I used cotton and metallic ribbon.

It's two of a kind and available in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

For your consideration is my newest creation for a client.  I've made a Belle Epoche circa 1890's blouse.
It is available in my Etsy shop here.

Friday, May 20, 2016

I've made two new Titanic era tea dresses.  They're both lightly beaded on the top and while I've done my best to sew them down securely they're not for children who still put things in their mouths.
I know it's a long shot, but AG, if you're reading this, please consider giving Josefina some pink in her wardrobe!  She looks adorable in pink!

They are available in my Etsy shop here.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fashion plates strike again!

I made a new dress that I based on an April 1799 London fashion plate.  It was a lot of work but I think it turned out quite nicely.
And a small self portrait just because I like this picture.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

They're back in stock!

I have more versions of the Wisconsin Historical Society Dress A.K.A. Addy's Cape Island Dress available in my Etsy shop!

I also have a YouTube video up talking about the dress and book recommendations for anyone interested in fashion from that era.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I made three new doll dresses that are each one of a kind.  They're all made the same with the same fabric but have different color ribbon trim on them.
It is available on Etsy here.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

We Irish are tough and awesome!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I made a circa 1865 drafted from the same pattern of Addy's Cape Island dress that is based on a real dress from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

I made it in a Christmas fabric that has holly and light gold lines running through it.
You can purchase it here.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

I completed this doll dress late last night.

OOAK dress based on the Cape Isand dress worn in one of Addy's short stories. The dress in the book is based on a real dress in the Wisonsin Historical Society!
It is available in my Etsy shop here.

Monday, February 1, 2016

I made two new Edwardian style dresses.  The blue dress was inspired by Samantha's blue play dress in the book "Meet Samantha."  The pink dress Nellie is wearing was based on a real Edwardian dress from the era.
Nellie's pink dress is available here on Etsy.
Samantha's blue dress is available here on Etsy.