Monday, February 23, 2015

Last Night at the Oscars...

I love the Oscars. This may seem silly to you, but I actually think of that telecast as one of the perks of living in the US. Since I moved here, at least I don't have to stay up all night to see the whole thing. It's so much more fun to eat a healthy dinner of veggie stir-fry in front of the TV instead of falling asleep while waiting for the show. I am not much of a night owl to begin with. And as I am getting older it appears that staying up late is becoming more of chore.

Though ripped by the critics, I really enjoyed last night's show. As an artist, how could one not enjoy the tremendous amount of effort put into stage sets, gowns, and music performances. I can't help but feel inspired and happy every time I watch that show.

I am just a bit sad and wish I had been able to see more the movies. It's kind of tough living in a small town where many of the movies are not even shown. How I miss my good old Berlin - living in a big city. I could still kick myself for missing out on Selma on the big screen. I believe it was around this town for about a second. Who cares about Civil Rights? Not too many black folk live here.

It stinks that I only get to see the major box office hits. Don't get me wrong, I loved Interstellar and The Theory of Everything. But life is so much more. Living in this small town I often feel like I am missing out on so much...

So I dragged out my daughter's doll from her room and made her a little carpet. Little Arissa did enjoy the fancy dress but complained about needing more jewelry and bling. I think she is right. We girls do enjoy to wear a fancy gown and dress up once in a while. If we cannot make it to Hollywood we got to bring the glamour and fun here.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bonbon Babies

I just wanted to share some photos of my cute bonbon baby. It's been a while since I sewed one. They are so tiny and cute. This one just fits perfectly in a bunny shaped plastic egg that I my daughter received for Easter many years ago. I am not a huge fan of plastic toys. But this box is really cute and makes for the perfect hiding place for this cute little bunny. What do you think?

I know. I know. We are still a little while away from Easter...I hope you had a good Valentine's Day. I got a big box of chocolates from Belgium. They are so good I have to hide them from myself so I don't eat them all up at once.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Soft Dolls for Baby and Sibling Dolls

It's been a while since I made some dolls for little kids. Hard to believe it's been almost two years since I sent one of these to my baby sister who was expecting her first baby. It's my favorite thing to mail out. Oh the joy of anticipating the birth of a new family member...

 I just noticed I had only one little blanket doll left in the shop. So I forged ahead and made this little sweet pea in the early morning hours. I love the bright green color of this fabric. It's perfect for babies born in the spring. If you are expecting a little one in the family don't miss out on this little cute sprout!

Sometimes an older child may have trouble with the idea of a new addition to the family. Where will my place be? Will this new baby take over and get all of mom's attention? That's why I think it's a great idea to get an older child a soft cuddly doll as a sibling gift. My Waldorf Elf dolls are perfect for that occasion. Here is a bright pink doll I created last week. She has a lovely deep purple hat and would make a great companion for a little girl expecting a sibling.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

400 Instagram Follower Giveaway

Finally it is up! What's up? 400 Instagram Follower Giveaway Celebration.
How and what you can win? One lucky winner will get a $25 gift card to my Etsy shop on Tuesday February 3rd at 6:00 pm. In order to enter the giveaway you must be an Instagram follower.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Smelling Roses

My goal for February, besides finishing more stuff in the basket, is to take new photos of all the wares in my Etsyshop. I think when it comes to online selling photos are key to sales. I am not great with the camera but I think I have a fairly good sense of composition. Now if I could figure out how to use my camera to it's full potential... My big dream is still to be featured by a great photographer.

About two years ago, I thought I had it all - that I was right on the brink of fame. This ridiculously famous photographer had agreed to take some pictures of my dolls. She has made many a doll maker quite famous by taking one or two truly amazing pictures. Then POOF, the sweet deal went away.  Funny how life sometimes goes.

Can't cry over spilled milk. Must keep going. And always when you get a chance: Stop and smell the roses! I was sewing a few doll dresses and head scarves with roses this week. Then I saw this cloth rose in my studio and took some photos of my own. Too bad it didn't really smell. But NEVER underestimate the power of the imagination. I think little Ulla got to smell the sweetest rose ever in my studio this morning...She insists!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

No Hedgehogs Here

I have always wondered whether there are hedgehogs in the USA. I just checked on Wikipedia and apparently they are not native to the Americas.

From Wikipedia:
"A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae, which is in order Erinaceomorpha. There are seventeen species of hedgehog in five genera, found through parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand (by introduction). There are no hedgehogs native to Australia, and no living species native to the Americas. Hedgehogs share distant ancestry with shrews (family Soricidae), with gymnures possibly being the intermediate link, and have changed little over the last 15 million years.[2] Like many of the first mammals, they have adapted to a nocturnal way of life.[3] Hedgehogs' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated rodent porcupines and monotreme echidnas."

Booh! I love those prickly critters. When I was growing up in Germany, our neighbor always took some in for during the fall months as a rescue operation. Frau Possmann would catch the little fellers and weigh them on a special scale. If they were under a certain weight, not sure how many grams, she would keep them in a box in her garage and fatten them up. That's how many neighborhood kids got to pet and touch them. I swear they are the cutest little things.

Have you ever seen or touched a hedgehog? Well, even if you haven't you can still enjoy pictures or this really cute hedgehog fabric. I even made a bonnet to match. Little Wilhelmina was elated when she saw it. She has been reading about Hedgies and decided it's her favorite animal - despite the fact that chances she will ever meet one are pretty slim here...

I am thinking of making her little toy hedgehog to carry around in her pocket.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blue Birds Jumper

Another unfished piece in my basket was this cute little blue birds jumper. You know, sometimes I cut out pieces for a dress, and it just so happens that I don't cut out all the parts. For example, I forget to cut out an arm piece or a pocket or whatnot...In case of this jumper dress I had cut out the apron part but forgot the top. You really don' t want to get to the end of a piece of fabric and find you have random pieces of dresses laying around. Waste not want not, right?

So little Willow was happy I did finish this particular dress, and she got to wear it. She loves the freedom of arm movement one has in such a dress.

as demonstrated in this picture...

I am definitely getting to the end of this lovely cloth. I bought it many years ago when a customer asked me to purchase some for her custom doll's dress. I liked it so much I searched all over the Internet to find more of this sweet fabric. It came in two color ways: blue and pink. I have never found another bird fabric I liked as much as this one. I like the tiny birds, the color, and the quality of this quilt fabric. Almost as cute as the birds that are playing in my front yard around our birdfeeder that my daughter has had trouble keeping full of seeds. It's a constant feeding frenzy out there.

Makes me hungry watching those little guys.