Thursday, December 30, 2010
Finished a pair of blue and orange slipper socks for DH as a Christmas/BD present.
Then finished a pair of red and white (as per ordered) for DS. Those a bit large on him, but he luffs em anywho.
Hoping I can swipe them for just a few minutes to get pictures! Mine took 3 days to make but these two pairs each only took one day.
The pattern is found at: YarnGear Loom knitted socks
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I taught myself to knit about 4 years ago. Always one for challenge, I started off with baby sweaters and hats and mittens. Never a scarf. I felt like a simple scarf would be too boring and not hold my interest or the pattern would be so involved that I wouldn't be able to concentrate on it.
I found a drop stitch pattern that was simple enough but not boring but not too complicated! PERFECT!
I am so happy with it! I used Lion Brand Homespun Acrylic/Polyester Bulky in the "Lagoon" colorway.
The scarf is currently available at my Etsy Shoppe. Can arrive by Christmas if purchased by Dec. 21.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This outfit was made using an adorable pattern by Darsky.
I used worsted weight acrylic yarns in yellow and teal.
The top has velcro closures and a yarn ribbon bow tie at waist; the pedal pushers (or capri's or clam diggers) have an elastic waistband.
This set will fit the Madame Alexander 18" slim bodied dolls. It is a bit tight on AG dolls. The top would fit well, but the clam diggers would be too small. I will adapt the pedal pushers to fit AG as well make several pair as shorts, pants and bell bottoms.
This is featured and available on my website on the doll clothes page. Click image to see a larger version. Custom colors are always welcome!
Monday, November 08, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
See complete details in his listing at my Etsy Shoppe. Price Reduced.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
I don't think I have ever had so much trouble making a doll. My goal for this gal was to use only "on hand" supplies.
I repainted the "lazy eye" and it looks a lot better. I love her green eyes.
No lace trim so I had to hand crochet a lace edging.
This was a pattern for a draft dodger doll. I changed things around a little bit. Her hands aren't sewn together and her dress and pinafore are adapted so that she can be dressed seasonally.
I would really love to offer her and 4 dress/pinafore/bloomer sets as a complete set. Would that be of some interest? Maybe offer the clothing separately? Your comments and ideas are welcome!!!! Let me know! She is available at my website.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
My first two quilts were fun until the customer started hounding me daily inquiring as to the progress. After that, I swore, NEVER AGAIN. Twenty-one years later..... I am doing this for myself, without even thinking of pre-selling, or even selling. This one is for ME. A simple pattern. I am thoroughly enjoying the process. And this go around, I bought the cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter. The first 5 of 35 blocks are complete. I won't sew the rows together until I have all 35 and can arrange them how I like.
I will get some pictures today of one of the blocks.
My sewing machine is now working over-time and loving it! Dolls, doll clothes and now quilt blocks. My last Brother lasted 18 years and was still going strong, until the fire. I decided to buy the same (or near same) model again 3 years ago. No bells and whistles, nothing fancy.... a "Getter Done" machine, The Brother IS2125I.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Now on to the clothing.... decided on a maroon dress and maroon and white gingham pinafore and bloomers.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Very unhappy with her embroidered eyes... Black thread on a black fabric... BORING! I found this wonderful blog with instructions on making polymer clay eyes for cloth dolls and setting them in with fabric eyelids. I am really excited to give this a go. I think she'll have green eyes!
Then I need to get her dress, pinafore and bloomers done. Today?? Probably not.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
This pair was made with small children in mind. Hand painted features in non-toxic acrylic paint, sewn on wig, no buttons.
The 36" dolls are incredible! Always wanted a huge dolly growing up. I still need to add hair to one; stuff, paint and add hair to the other one. Their clothing is already made and ready for button accents.
See them here: http://hollys-dollies.sweetwatercreations.com/raggedies.html
With the sound of thunder, I shall sign off here....egads the horse and chickens will soon be sprouting gills... but the garden is looking fabulous!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Visit http://hollys-dollies.sweetwatercreations.com/doll-clothes.html to see handmade knitted, crocheted and sewn doll clothes!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
While shopping for templates and graphics, I saw some really nice sets, but they were a bit pricey for me right now. Then I realized I could, with some effort, create my own web set. Is it worth saving $30-50? I could use that dough for advertising the site and gaining traffic. Creating my own set will take quite a chunk of my time, but we can call it sweat equity!
The plan is to gather the images I want to use for the site and make a rough penand paper sketch of the layout design. I was going to tell the site name, butI think it should wait for the debut! Then I need to decide on ad/listing rates. Being as this is new with little to no traffic, the rates are going to be exremely low. Still researching the beginning rates.
Going to work on a traditional Raggedy pair today. The sewing machine is getting dusty!
Be well, go out and make it a good day for yourself.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
But there comes a moment when I walk in to start working on a custom painted model horse or a sewing project and say "Enough of the mess!" I think we're at that point right now! I am starting to sneeze from all the dust, supplies are scattered everywhere. An unproductive studio at best.
Are you a crafter that lets her/his studio become a disaster area? Or do you keep things tidy at all times?
Today is clean up day here. Quite a few UFO's in the to finish box. That is my reward for cleaning up - grabbing a UFO and getting it done!
Cheers to the messy studios and Kudo's to the well organized studios... someday.....
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
On the model horse site, I've been needing to add individual pages for each horse. Procrastinating too much.
Today I got the gallery page, home page and all but one Appaloosa page done. Tomorrow, if we don't go fishing, I will get the bay and one other color done.
On the dolls site, I haven't updated anything. I WILL get Chloe's pictures taken and put her on the soft-sculptured page (need to make and add a button to the main page). I received two new patterns today in the same style of doll as Chloe, named My RaGgEdY AnNiE and Tommer. "Riley" is being stuffed, maybe get her finished tonight??
Found some adorable fabric with frogs on it, and so want to make a little boys outfit - one of these dolls is just going to have to be a boy! If Tommer's clothes will fit Riley, she'll be a boy!
I finished up the dappled grey arabian mare. She turned out so pretty. I am going to *someday* re-do my Andalusian Stallion now that my dappling is much more better!
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
We are having the living room window replaced this morning while we are gone. The wind storm that took the greenhouse propelled something into the window. Thankfully it only went through the first pane of the dual panes....replacement to the tune of $178 and some change.
Going to take a doily I am working on with and Charlie is going to take some school work and drawing materials.
The house is a mess, dirty dishes are stacked in the sink, the floor needs vaccuuming....oh well, they wanted a free day yesterday and I am beat. I am going to try to not worry about it.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Me being the lazy bug I am, decided to go with the free US shipping. Wasn't quite sure how to do the 25% thing. Then there was the talk about not wanting to use the word "free" in the shoppes and how Google finds these things. Didn't quite understand all that (haven't had my first cup of coffee yet this morning!), but thought I should just play follow the leader on this.
Would love to hear others' sales ideas! What are you doing special in your shoppes/websites/blogs? Plans for Mother's Day? They better not take me fishing!
Saturday, May 01, 2010
I bought this about 2 years ago. Never could get the hang of this, but... well.... I loved this rooster. I struggled and struggled for nearly a year. Then I discovered a great cross stitch forum where I learned a lot of hints and tips and was instructed on adding a thread grid to the fabric. Doh! It works wonderfully! I still have little free "quiet" time to work, but I am working on it daily for at least 10 minutes.