Friday, 26 June 2015

Experements in doll hair.

Resently I have been facinated with the idea of modifying dolls. I have bought myself a couple of second hand monster high dolls and been trying some things out. 

One of my first experements is in rerooting, I don't have the cash or confidents at the moment to take the plunge and buy proper doll hair but after reading up on rooting and wig making I had the idea to use yarn.

This is my results:

It is a slow process inserting each piece of yarn so I only did part of the head (well cap in this dolls case) to get a feel for prosess and the results. I quite like the results. When I untwisted the parts of the yarn it had a lovely tight wave. The yarn did make for a very thick poofy hair.

My thought on yarn for doll hair:
Can be as long as you like, no limit
Lots of colours and types available
Looks good
Very full/thick, may not work for all looks.

More pictures:

Then I decide to try someting else. brushing it.

I had to work in sections and it took a bit of time to comb it through but it turned out well. The combing removed alot of the fibers so reduced the volume and length of the hair. Actually it removed a suprising amount of fiber and left me with quite a fluff ball.

My thought on this style:
Its so soft
Cute and fluffy
Length is limit to the length of the fibers in the yarn

Then I gave it a quick cut and style. 

Very cute, I like it.

For reference I used a cheap acrylic yarn I had left over from another project.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New year

It has been a busy year and next year promises to be even more eventful. In the new year I move from my beloved sea front flat to a lovely little house in the suburbs. Its going to be hard to say good bye to this home, we have been so happy here for the last 6 years but there are lots of pluses to the new place.

One of the big bonuses of the new house is that I get my own hobby room. I have to share it with the tumble dryer and my wardrobe buy its not a big sacrifice to have a room dedicated to crafts and lets be honest having all my clothes in my craft room could be good.

Its with the expectation of my impending craft room and the normal time of reflection that comes with Christmas and the new year my thoughts come to my new years resolutions. Normally like everyone else this time of year we want to say "this is the year". We set our self goals that by march are abandoned or forgotten, I will loose weight, I will get a new job, I will do this other big thing and so on. Not me this year.

This year I will set my self just 5 achievable goals.

1) Pastel Herb cord
Make or buy a Lolita cordinate based on mint green or lavender. I have had a passion for mint green and chocolate for a while, and lately I have been loving lavender, I must have an outfit based on one of these.

2) Make something to give away
To remind me to show those in my life how much they mean to me.

3) Make something in chiffon or crepe
Materials I have never used before so will be a challenge. Plus I have been longing over a certain favorite skirt for years and lately fan plus friends chiffon lovers line, I need the soft decedent feel of these clothes in my life.

4) The book of old bears
I have far too many teddy bears, over the years I have collected more that any sensible girl should, so I plan to give lots of them away. It feels so wrong to just give them away as most of them hold a memory, so I will make a album of them to remember them by.

5) A place for everything and everything in its place
I will have a clean and tidy craft room, my sanctuary away from the world. It will be organised, every thing will have its place and it will stay that way.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Strawberry jam and embroidery

Late summer means strawberry day, my tea girls and I head out to a local pick your own farm and gather a few punnets of fresh fruit. Then back home to cook up the jam and some scones.

This year not many of us could make it but my self, Mother and Sally had great fun. The farm had raised strawberry beds which was great for Mother on her sticks, so we left her gathering them while Sally and my self went to go get plums and raspberrys. Once we had a bag of plums and 2 punnets of raspberrys we headed back to help Mother finish the last of the 5 strawberry punnets.

Check out this mutant strawberry with leaves growing out of it.

Then back to mine we went, as I had agreed to be host this year. We hulled and washed 2kg of the strawberrys and set about cooking them into jam. There are not many smells in this world that can beat that of a pot of jam cooking away. Mother made up a batch of her fruit scones, while wrighting down the recpie for me, and soon we where ladeling the jam into little jars.

We had thought that 2Kg of strawberrys would not make too much jam but soon realised we didnt have enought 2oz jars for it all. A mad scrabble was on to find any jars we could and wash them, and in the end we ended up storing the last bits in plastic tubs. I got 15 little jars and one tub, Mother and Sally got 17 jars, 2 tubs, and 2 other larger jars all from our one pot.

Sadly the jam did not properly set again this year, we dont have much luck with that, but it tastes amaising. I made some topper for the jars as shown in the first picture and gave 4 of them away to people at work. So far all those that have tried it agree with me about it tasting great but a bit too runny.

I kept a punnet each of strawberrys and raspberrys and over the next few days set about freezing them for later. I need to test Mothers scone recipe and see if it works for me, and f it does make it into a scrapbook page for my recipe book. Still need a successful atempt at making jam before I can write that one up.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Grey floral dress

For my birthday I was given some money so I spent it on materials for a new dress, this dress:

My friend Lou helped me with the fitting as I adapted a pattern from one of my Gosurori books. I think its turned out really good, I am very happy with it. 

The pictures where taken at a picnic we had for a friends birthday last Friday. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Beaded crochet rope spirals

Here is a little something I made this weekend. Two crochet beaded rope bracelets.  

The one on the left is to match my new dress (pictures soon) and the other is just because I love the colours. They are so relaxing to make once you get the hang of it, and once you have a few rounds done.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Tea cup

Its been a long while since I have posted but I have been busy making. I plan over the next few weeks to try and update my blog with all the projects I have missed posting. 

One of the many things I have made or rather decorated is my tea cup. Me and the other girls all decorated some cups on our friend Lou's birthday. It was really fun an I hope she enjoyed the event as much as I did.

I kept mine simple, I like simple. I am really pleased with it, I think it turned out lovely, I really enjoy using it at our tea meetings, makes me feel all special to drink from it. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Mozzarella and roast tomato pizza.

This is quickly turning into my favourite weekend breakfast. Roasted cherry tomatoes and mozzarella pizza. I made it the following week with slices of baguette instead of the flat bread and it was just as lovely. 


Cherry tomatoes, or any small fresh ones.
Tomato sauce or purée.

1) Cut your tomatoes in half or quarters depending on their size. Put in a dish and roast for 20 minutes at Gas 7. They should be super soft and browning a little when done. 
2) Take out the tomatoes and turn on the grill. 
3) Build your pizza. Spread a dollop of tomato sauce over your bread and layer on the mozzarella and roasted tomatoes. 
4) Pop under the grill till the cheese is all melting and bubbly. 
Done, eat.

It does not matter what bread you use, naan bread always makes for a nice pizza base, even a slice of everyday bread will be good, just toast the underside before you put the toppings on. This is lazy morning food, so don't feel you need a proper pizza sauce. A sprinkle of mixed herbs could also work well.