The studio is in shambles, and I'm talking real, horrible mess here.
I have doll limbs scattered all over the place, to the point where Yulka gets frusrated.
Patterns are piled up on the tables...In the midst of all the usual work, I thought I'd fine tune my patterns, and - (are you sitted?) COLOR CODE the new patterns, so it's easier to work.
Ahhhh, what was I thinking.
New fabrics, tools, doll hair, yarn, batting and the dreaded (And much coveted) office supplies are partly in boxes, and mostly on every available surface. And dolls. Dolls stare at me with horror in their eyes.
Gossiping behind my back ?
But what do I do?
Do I :
try to tidy up?
Do I come up with a brilliant organizational scheme?
Do I wake up early in the morning and battle the mess and win ?
Or, Instead, do I :
wake up early in the morning, (too early, if you ask me,) and decide to make a community board on Pinterest, for fellow doll makers?
And do I stop at that, do you think, or do I :
spam my facebook pages and chase poor, innoent, busy doll makers demanding that they share my enthusiastic whim?
Yes. I knew I'm an open book to y'all.
I am ashamed to say it, but that's exactly what I do.
I make boards on Pinterest.
I nag inncent Doll Makers.
I spend precious time playing with our new kitten, (don't ask.) and instead of completing the poor dolls, I play around and sculpt doll faces and post pics on Facebook and get headaches from being so scattered minded, and then when I get back into the studio, it's already time to get the kiddos back home, and become a responible adult.
Enough about me.
Here's a glimpse of the above mentioned Pinterest board, for your guilty pleasure.
I'm proud to say I saw quite a few Doll Makers took self portraits as a result, and I am sure they'll all pin them there, real soon. (Or else..)
Oh and I'm also working on a huge project - but it is a secret for now. I don't want to spoil the surprise. Suffice to say I spend most nights working on it, and I do believe it is almost done.
It has been a while since I took the time to post here.
The last few months have been unbelievably busy and productive. I found an assistant, lost an assistant (to a long trip to Australia!) and now I'm searching again.
Having an assistant was wonderful and now I really dread the thought of having to do everything myself again.
The studio is a jolly mess again. Undressed dolls stare at me in dismay; Piles of fabric to fold, ribbons to roll back and tuck away, patterns lurking in the shadows of the heaps of 'stuff' on my cutting table.
Meanwhile, the weather has changed and harsh, cold winds are blowing. I sit here, wrapped in an old cashmere shawl, stitching dolls, knitting wigs, embroidering shoes, doll faces, embelishments, while the radio plays softly and my dog lightly snores.
What I really have to do, one of these days, is take a few photographs of my studio.
Just, not today.
It is a lovely, spacious room, with 5 french doors overlooking our huge, old blackberry tree.
The branches and leavs of the Apricot tree, brush against the windows when the wind blows.
I have imported the lovely pink wallpaper from the UK.
It was incredibly expensive but I love it. It has a calming effect.
The white net curtains are very plain, in contrast with the beautiful curtain poles, curtesy of
The shabby armchairs are the result of one hectic afternoon, years ago, in a flea market, on a very, very hot day.
Much like today.
I need three tables. Four, even.
One for my sewing machines,
One for the computer and for when I sew by hand,
One for cutting and packing.
That one, leaning against the wall, was my husband's desk, way back when,
and when I finally find the time to restore it, it will be my son's desk. It has 9 drawers. Perfect for keeping treasures.
What I really need to do, is be more organized. Put things back in place. Fold fabrics when I am done cutting them. Hide the patterns so that my son does not feel the urge to demonstrate his newly found cutting techniques.
I have to roll the silk ribbons, return the wool to its box, organize the wool in the drawers, so it does not get dusty.
I have been incredibly busy these last few days. Boy wonder and Girl wonder, my two toddlers extraordinaire, went back to kindergarten, and I burnt the midnight oil every night, a l l n i g h t.
There are new dolls in the making, but I had to pay attention to a few of the finished, ready to ship dolls.
Agnes, for instance.
Here she is in the previous set of pics:
Agnes is one of my favorite dolls. She is so soft! Her hair is wonderful, her face so sweet and inquisitive, and I love her colours. However, I have noticed that she does not get enough love from visitors in my shop.
I have decided to take new pics. Here they are:
I think she looks lovely, but I know that I am partial and cannot be objective about her.
I need your help.
Tell me what you think and please, be honest. I will absolutely appreciate any word of advice.
Moving on, to something completely different:
Yes, there is a new baby in the hood. Her name is..gasp...Babe.
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Babe is a sweet little 8" /20cm organic waldorf doll.
She has soft, blonde loopy mohair hair and she loves wearing hats.
This is her new hat. It is a soft pale pink hand knit hat.
She wears a soft, warm, pink flannel onesie. She is so sweet that my son, who usually keeps a safety distance from dolls, actually gave her a spontaneous hug today and wanted his picture taken with her.