Thursday, May 26, 2016

Music has charms to……

soothe the savage beast………..

Is it any wonder why I so often just shut off the sewing machine, sit back, listen to the Zen music that soothes the energy in my workroom, and just watch him sleep.

He’s so calm and just can’t keep his eyes open with the Zen music and me working along quietly. He is very much a part, however sweet he is, of why I have to stop and wait and do get behind. Ask me if I care. ;o~

This is so much more peaceful than the raging world, so I think I’ll enjoy all these moments every time they come around regardless of whatever else is needing to get done. 

The body loves these times, it responds to it very well. ;o)

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Need to sew !!!

I keep tossing out old clothes, things that just don’t work anymore, are old or just never get worn. Those things you buy and either use them to their last viable thread or buy them on impulse and it’s too late to return it. Oh well, lesson learned. I don’t impulse buy anymore.

The problem with getting rid of things, is that you’re supposed to replace them or you know what’s going to happen when you clear out so much stuff that you kind of go “oh oh, I’m in trouble..”…. ;o) and you realize you’ve spent far too much time making your dolls look better dressed. So I’m taking a few days off to do just a little bit of personal sewing.

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This project is in 3 parts, leggings, top and dress. I’m spending the day away next Saturday with a friend, and decided a nice new outfit is in order. Here’s how it’s going to go. The fabrics are all knits, so flowy and girlie, what could be better.

Here is the pattern. A Vogue pattern no less. The price on this pattern is $33.00 and before you think, good grief, I would never pay that for a pattern. I wouldn’t either, that’s why I paid I think it was $3.50. I subscribe to pattern company newsletters, and they offer lots of deals. Whenever new stuff comes out, they offer big big sales for a limited time, so I have collected a few patterns that way. They also have clear outs, and those are even cheaper, $1.99 for some. ;o)

I get sale newsletters pretty much every week, so if you sew, go to McCalls, Vogue or other sites and sign up. Especially for Vogue patterns which are the most expensive.

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I’m going to make the view on the left of the picture above. It’s the leggings, and top, but the back is the same as the front, rather than the straps. Because these are all knits and can easily stretch, I will have to sew the main seams with a stabilizer. This is a narrow clear elastic and while it will stabilize it will also allow the fabric to still give where it needs to.

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The leggings are this colour. I know the colour isn’t “amazing”, but wait until you see how I put it all together.

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This is for the top and the side panels of the dress. The panels on the side of the dress are the same fabric at the top, and the fabric for the dress front and back  is going to be all one panel rather thank separate contrasting  fabrics that the picture shows. This fabric is actually Navy blue, but the picture makes it look more royal blue.

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And this fabric is for the front and back. It’s a beautiful print up close and personal. It’s very graphic and colourful. The top is dark blue/black and graduates to other colours all the way to the purple/yellow at the bottom, that’s why I’m not using contrasting fabrics, there is so much in this.

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Here they are together. I tried to lay the legging and top/panels fabric against where they will contrast when this is done. I can visualize how this will look when it’s done. Can’t wait. ;o)) I’ll be back soon to show where I’m at. Given I have until Saturday, guess I better get with the program…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

More offerings from the Sky

What a treat I got yesterday. I know that the pictures I post here will not give you the full view of what I saw, but I hope you get to see this some day. I referred to this as an upside down rainbow. But in fact, it’s proper name is Circumzenithal arc. It was like having a rainbow smile at me. ;o)

My pictures were with my phone and not the best, but I’ll try to help you see them and then give you a link to see better photo’s. The naked eye view was so much better.

When you look at the pictures, you see a big white ball of cloud. Below that is a dark area and just below that, you will see the rainbow arcing upward. It was so fascinating. I couldn’t make up my mind which picture I liked the best, so I just posted all three. You know how it is with rainbows, you don’t get to see them for long, so had to take the pictures fast.

I won’t try to explain it in my limited understanding, but CLICK HERE to read more about them.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More Granny Power

I had special requests for Grannies, so this is what I’ve just finished working on. Being that these are small, I tried to incorporate just what was needed to get the message across. 

One of them is for someone who is a cleaning fanatic. In this case I made a mini Swiffer out of a real Swiffer and a scrubber in her hand made with tulle. An apron, blue shiny shoes, a string of pearls and a crown for the finishing touch.  And let’s not forget Fuchsia and Yellow hair. Granny is hip…. ;o~

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This granny is for a teacher. She has the expected lace trim on her bodice and neckline. In her hands she is holding the books for the school year, she teaches Horticulture. She also has at the ready her pointer, did you ever know a teacher without one. ? Her hair is lovely shaded of green, fuchsia and blue brought together is a bun on top of her head, her shoes are purple, that power colour. ;o)

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The last of the grannies is a knitting granny. She is also prepared with her pearls and blue hair with touches of yellow, just in case something more stimulating than knitting beckons to her. She has been knitting her scarf, but her shoes tell me she’s ready to get out of the house. And that is all for today. Keep well and I’ll see you soon.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How the sky changes

Have you ever watched the sky, just been conscious of the changes that happen from day to day and weather pattern to weather pattern ???? I’ve done that for years and love to see what happens and what Mother Nature can do. I just thought this would kind of an off topic kind of post from dolls and show you what I see from my workroom window.

I don’t know how I was able to take this first picture. This hawk is almost at the top of the tree across the street, and I’m sure where he is perched is at about 100’ and I’m about 100’ from the tree. But look at the sky, absolutely blue, nothing but the hawk and the tree to contrast.

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This is the end of a huge downfall of rain, but it left a little token of it having been there in the form of a rainbow. But the rain wasn’t over when you look at the sky and how dark and threatening those clouds look, you have to know that lots more rain came down. See that tree, that’s where the hawk was sitting, on the left on the branch just before the top.

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I get to see a lot of rainbows from my window. This is on another day, the sky isn’t so dark and threatening, but the rainbow in this picture makes a complete dome shape. All I want is one little pot of gold, it doesn’t even have to be full, just to have that experience..;o)

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Then there are always those days where I wish I had some kind of power that would allow me to dismantle the emissions on these planes who bless us with chem trails. Yes, this is a chem trail, not a contrail. This hung around the sky for hours and got wider and wider. Contrails are different, they burn off in a few mins, when a plane passes over. This is not a contrail.

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Last night when I was getting ready to go downstairs, something bright caught my eye and this was the night sky over another neighbours house when I look left out my window. Isn’t it beautiful. What’s that saying, red sky at night, sailors delight, red sky in the morning, sailors warning.

Maybe reading this will help. Shakespeare apparently spoke about this in his play Venus and Adonis. “Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field, Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds, Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.”

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This mornings sky was full of fluffy white pillows, a beautiful nature sky. This afternoon, that has mostly filled in, but the sun is still shining and there is a slight breeze. Can’t complain about anything, but be grateful every morning, to be where I am.

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I have one more picture I wanted to share with you. This is a beach area that people frequent with their dogs, and there is a camping area nearby. The water was nearly still, just a lazy little lapping of water on the shoreline, that created this picture perfect scene for us. Almost always clouds in the sky and here they are reflected in the water.

So next time you’re out, look up. You just never know what interesting things you might notice. I wouldn’t have noticed the hawk, the many different rainbows, the fluffy clouds and stormy skies, even the chem trails.  Have a great weekend that’s just around the corner, and I’m be back soon with some doll things to share.

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