Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mouse in the House

Penny is not afraid of a mouse...even when 
it is as big as a cat!

I made the dress Penny is wearing for my swap partner (HouseofHarlow) in the January Blythe Kingdom swap.  Penny hated to see it go, because she thinks it looks fabulous with her hair!  I agree!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


On Friday we had snow.
On Tuesday and Wednesday (today), it was over 70 degrees.
Candy doesn't know what to make of it!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Be My Valentine

It's not even February yet, and my girls are already exchanging Valentines!

Friday, January 25, 2013


Not too long ago I came across a Blythe forum called Plastic Paradise.  Have you heard of it?  I understand that it has only recently returned to cyberspace (I don't know the details, but apparently Blythe Kingdom was a spin-off from it, and then PP disappeared.)  In it's current incarnation, there has not yet been a swap, so I called upon my Craftster experience and got one started.  The swap (called simply "Our First Swap") is open for sign-ups RIGHT NOW, so if you are a Blythe owner looking to make and share Blythe clothes, accessories, and related items, I invite you to come to Plastic Paradise and join us!  Sign-ups close soon, though, so hurry!

Candy says, "I want YOU to join our swap!"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Rainy Day

The weather isn't fit for dolls today...we're staying inside.

Friday, January 11, 2013


Claire is such an avid reader!  She always has her nose in a book.

Currently, these are the books on her "to read" list:

1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
2. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Ina Rilke
3. The Bielski Brothers by Peter Duffy
4. Christine by Steven King
5. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
6. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
7. A Month of Sundays by Julie Mars
8. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
9. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
10. Swimming With Giants by Anne Collett
11. Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett
12. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
13. Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
14. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Lucky for her, I've just used her list on my questionnaire in the book swap at Craftster; I will be receiving one of these from my partner, and hopefully I will get a partner who has one of these on her list that I can send to her (and read first--and share it with Claire!)

Monday, January 7, 2013

One White Dress

One of the major surprises I had after purchasing my first few Blythes (aside from the surprise of seeing how huge their heads look in the box when you first get them), was that some of their clothes and props can actually stain the parts of the doll that they touch.  Whether you call it "bleeding" or "color transfer," the fact is that plastic used for the arms and legs of Blythes very easily absorbs pigments if left in contact with anything colored for more than a short time.  After seeing it happen to my dolls, I realized the best thing to do is to dress them in white when I'm not taking pictures of them wearing something else.

I made pretty Christmas party dresses for them from the pattern at Puchi Collective, and I like that pattern so well that I now plan to make each of my girls a white dress from it.  I've just finished the first one, and I custom-made it for my very newest doll, Penny.  She is a Cloud Nine Bowl Blythe that I bought for myself with the money I received at Christmas (thanks, Mom!)

I added one inch to the length of the skirt so it falls just below the knee, and I embroidered her name on the skirt.  I think it's obvious why I chose the color orange for the embroidery and the ribbon at the waist!

Penny has the most beautiful orange-y hair; it's actually several shades of orange mixed together.

It won't be long before all my girls are ready to post together in their white dresses.  Each one will have her own "signature" color for the embroidery and ribbon.