Thursday, May 28, 2015

Some recent goings on...

Alas, my camera, my faithful companion for lo these many years, is no more. It has demised. It is an ex-camera. I've seen the end coming a long way off and just eked it out. In fact, I managed to extract the last photos by holding the power button down to keep the camera on. Admitting defeat, I removed the batteries and started researching cameras. I learned that my current (ex) camera could be purchased new for $700, but I think that's because it's an antique now. Nevertheless, after much hunting, debating, phone calls to family and emails to friends, I ordered a camera and will receive it next week. However, in the meantime I keep reaching for a camera that is no longer there. Like a phantom limb. *sob* I hate the idea of just throwing it away but it's broken. Burying it seems a bit much.

I've been procrastinating working on the play vestments because I'm starting from scratch. If I were merely making miniature vestments that would be one thing, but I'm trying to adapt them with elastic, etc., so they're more child-friendly. I did break down yesterday and purchase the grosgrain ribbon I'm going to use for galloon and some appropriate elastic. Now I need to get the ironing board out and iron all that fabric so I can start drafting patterns. That perfectionist side of me hates to get started because it won't be perfect. Oh well.

In other news:

...Pickles came up to me with that tattling look and said, "I was upside down on a chair being safe and..." Uh huh.

...I made a custom order of a dress and hat for a doll only 1.25 inches tall. I made it to coordinate with clothing the other collector's dolls were already wearing. I can't wait to see photos of the dress on the doll!

The doll for whom I made the dress and hat. (Collector's photo)

Another of the collector's dolls: 1.75 inches tall

...I took this picture of a house for sale in our town (with my phone - hence the poor quality). I shared it with a friend and she then shared the real estate photo.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Two more bonnets...

...and that's it for a while. I'm working on some bears and a censer (always!) but the next "new" projects will be play vestments. I've been collecting and washing appropriate fabric and, frankly, procrastinating, but they'll be coming soon, promise. :)

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Joshua and Zenaida

  We were blessed to be at the crowning of Joshua and Zenaida this afternoon at our church. It was beautiful and my photographs can't do it justice! May God bless their marriage and grant them many blessed years!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bonnets and Another Bear

  I've added a few more items to the shop in the last couple days. First, I finally made some reversible fabric bonnets, the pattern copied from a vintage bonnet that has been in our family for a few generations. I believe it came from Germany. The best part of the bonnet is the sides button to the back so you can unbutton it and lay it flat for ironing! No tucks, pleats, gathers or frills to make your life crazy.

  This first one is made from vintage linen damask (an antique tablecloth) and pink cotton gingham. Heavy-duty interfacing is incorporated so it almost stands on its own. The ribbon is in one piece as in traditional baptismal bonnets. 

  Here's the second bonnet, this one in pink floral fabric and pink and white seersucker. The interfacing is much more lightweight so it doesn't stand on its own. It's very girly, but just as practical as the first.

  I knitted this bear out of sock yarn (washable wool in a fine gauge) mostly as an experiment. I followed the same pattern I've sued for the other bears but I knew it would result in a smaller bear because of the finer yarn and smaller needles. It did; he's shorter by several inches. But he's incredibly cute. When he was done I decided to make him a bow tie. Then I decided he needed a sweater vest. Naturally, he needed some wire frame glasses too. I called him Professor Bear.

I still have a few bears to make and two more bonnets cut out and waiting to be sewn. Busy, busy!