Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #93

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #93

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pink Lace for Easter

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Well, a few days after Easter and I’m finally getting around to posting this. 

It’s my Easter dress!

Pink all over lace dress for Easter.

I used that over all lace fabric I bought as SAS (see A Quick and Pink Craft Haul).  I wanted something pink and floral this year and while thinking about that I got the idea to use lace.

Ribbon roses on neckline of an Easter dress.

I made little roses from ribbon to decorate the neckline.  It took a while because not only did I have to make each one by hand, but I also had to re-learn how to do it.  It’s been a while since I last made them. 

Funny thing is that the last time I made ribbon roses was also for an Easter dress (see Time for Some Catching Up).  Actually a lot of the design for this dress was inspired by that dress.

I added little faux pearl beads to the center of each rose for an added touch.

Ribbon at the waist on a pretty pink dress.

I used a wide ribbon the same color as the roses as a sash around the waist.

Short sleeves on a pretty pink dress.

The “sleeves” are made solely from the lace, so they have a sheer appearance.  I originally wanted to make a section on the front of the bodice with just the lace, but I thought that might be a tad too revealing.  Not to mention too complicated and time consuming to complete in such a short time frame.

Ribbon and lace on a pink dress.

Instead of hemming the edge of the lace of the skirt, I added ribbon to finish it.  It helps to balance out the top.  It wasn’t exactly the easiest thing I’ve ever sewn.  Those who sew lace and netting a lot would understand.  And I think I would recommend using clips instead of sewing pins.  The pins mostly got in my way and snag the ribbon.

Now for the accessories, because why make a pretty dress without completing the outfit?

Beautiful flower head band for Easter.

I made a pretty headband using the pink and white flowers I bought from SAS.  I actually had to make it twice.  The first time it looked pretty, but I realized it didn’t look as pretty on my head which is necessary for a “head” band.  So I took it apart and put it back together again.

Simple and pretty pearl necklace.

I also made a necklace of faux glass pearls to help tie in the headband and stuff.  I bought these pearls ages ago at Joann.  Makes for a simple yet pretty necklace that I can wear with just about anything, super plus.

Pretty pink purse to match a pretty dress.

Since I bought a ton of fabric, I whipped up a matching purse too.  It’s simple little bag with a flap, similar to several I’ve done before.  The flap closes with Velcro.  I normally use snaps, but I was lazy this time.  It’s so much faster to use Velcro, at least when you use a sewing machine.  I made a larger ribbon rose to finish the bag.

Ribbon rose shoe clips to match a pink Easter dress.

Speaking of larger ribbon roses, I made a pair of them to make the final accessory, shoe clips.  Because my cute white shoes needed a little something to tie them in with the rest of the outfit.  I made them just like the shoe clips I made last year (see Lace Rosette Shoe Clips with a Twist and Tutorial).  A simple and cute way to finish off a pretty pink outfit.

Here’s the updated list:

  • Dress
  • Accessories
  • Jeans
  • Baby
  • Little dress

Two down, three more to go.  I’m running late with the next two, but I should have them up soon.  Look forward to it.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #92

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #92

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

A Quick and Pink Craft Haul

To prepare to tackle some of the projects on my current craft list, I needed to make a quick trip to the craft store. 

Specially to SAS, mainly because I noticed they were having a clearance sale.  :) I was just going to buy some lace and some basic sewing items.

A very pink craft shopping haul.

But I came back with all of this.

Pink allover lace fabric.

This beautiful allover lace knit material, $2 less per yard.  It is perfect for one particular project.

Lots of pink ribbon.

To go with the lace, I bought ribbon in two different widths and thread.  Don’t worry, they don’t look it in the photos, but the colors match nicely.

Pretty roses and other fabric flowers.

I also got some matching roses and some bunches of white flowers just because.

Cute and cheap faux pearl beads.

I found some baggies of small faux pearls for 99 cents, in white and pink.  Great for embellishing clothing and for doll pieces.

Pink fold over elastic.  Good for hair ties.

And they had fold over elastic for 75 cents a yard.  Yep, the same elastic used for those hair ties that sell in stores for about $3 for a pack of 6 ties.

Pretty pink floral print fabric.

In addition to the lace, I bought this pink floral print simply because it was cute and half price.  Thank you clearance sale.

Tiny snaps, good for doll clothes.

I made sure to pick up a pack of tiny snaps.  With all the dolls clothes I’ve been making, I keep on running out of snaps.

A very pink craft shopping haul.

And I grabbed some glue gun sticks.  They sell large one for about 15 cents each.

I think I did pretty well this trip about not buying a ton of extra stuff, but who knows what will happen next time.  For now I just need to get cracking on my next craft project.  Look forward to it!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #91

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #90

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Up to Forty

Craft Project List #40Almost immediately after finishing my last craft list, here’s another one for a good reason too.  I’m got a time deadline.  So here it is:

Craft Project List #40

  • Dress
  • Accessories
  • Jeans
  • Baby
  • Little dress

Most of it needs to be completed in less than two weeks!!  Better get cracking.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #90

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #90

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Felt Coats for Dolls, for Winter?

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The final project on my craft list is another doll clothes craft.  Yay! Doll clothes!

Three cute little doll coats made of craft felt.

I made three doll coats using craft felt.  I know, it’s March, but it’s still a little chilly at night here.  Also, if I didn’t make them now I may never get down to it.

Anyway, I made one for one of my larger ball jointed dolls and two for each of my smaller dolls (you can see their reaction on the doll blog).

Cute little doll coats made of craft felt.

The pattern for them is based on the one for the doll sweaters I made before (see From Socks to Doll Sweaters), just with some added pockets and collars.  Plus, they are slightly larger because felt doesn’t stretch like socks.  I used tiny faux pearls as “buttons” on the front and back of each coat.

Cute little doll coats made of craft felt.

To personalize each one, I decorated the tiny pockets.  For this one, I made tiny bows from felt.

Cute little doll coats made of craft felt.

And on this one, I added some scraps of lace to the pockets.

Cute little doll coats made of craft felt.

They look so adorable in their tiny dolly coats. :)

Cute little doll coats made of craft felt.

My larger doll looks cute too.

Cute little doll coats made of craft felt.

Her coat is decorated with little hearts cut from scraps of the felt.  Adds an adorable touch to it.  I’m thinking of making her a matching hat with hearts too.  Maybe next time.

Here’s the updated list:

Five down and out, and just in time too.  Time to start on the next list.  It will be up really soon. :)

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #89

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #89

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tiny Blue Lace Dress for A Doll, and a Tutorial?

It has been a while since I made anything for my ball jointed dolls, and one particular doll has been waiting a long time for something to wear.

Cute blue dress with lace for a ball jointed doll.

This is Yuna, a 1/6 scale ball jointed doll that I got last November.  Until now the only thing I had made for her to wear was a sweater (see From Socks to Doll Sweaters) to pair with a borrowed dress from one of the other dolls.

But now she has this adorable little blue doll dress to wear.  It is made from a scrap of blue cotton left over from a Halloween costume (see Halloween = Tulle) with a little bit of lace. 

Cute blue dress with lace for a ball jointed doll.

I decorated it with tiny pearl beads and a tiny rosette and ribbon bow.

And for those who have ball jointed dolls this size or similar sized dolls, I have a little treat.  I made a sewing tutorial for this dress on my doll blog.  It includes a free downloadable pattern.  Feel free to check it out.

Blue doll dress with a lace headband and a bag.

In addition to the dress, I whipped up a simple little felt bag and a cute lace headband.  The bag is made the same way as the felt doll purses I made last summer (see 5 a Week: Cute Felt Bags for Dolls with a Tutorial).

Pretty lace head band for a doll.

The headband is just some lace with a bit of elastic at the back.  Super easy to whip up and super pretty.  I think I want to make some more, for me and my dolls.

Cute blue dress with lace for a ball jointed doll.

Overall, it makes for one cute little dolly outfit.  And there are more to come later.

Here’s the updated list:

Four down, just one more to go.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #88

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #88

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bodyline Blouse Review and Re-do or a Lacey Makeover

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A while ago I bought a blouse from a Japanese site, Bodyline.  This is the third one I have bought from them (see Catching Up – A Wee Bit of Online Shopping).  I could not resist it.  The prices for pretty much all of their stuff had dropped drastically.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

I manage to buy the blouse (it’s l157 in off-white) and 2 pairs of tights for about $34, that’s including the shipping and about the same amount I would have paid before for just the blouse. 

There were a few snags.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Tights too!  Because the lace was that bad.

The tights are nice with a pretty color and texture, but one little problem.  They don’t fit.  The legs are too short for me, surprisingly.  But I have plans for that in the future.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

Anyway, there is the blouse to deal with.  It is a pretty design with a cute but large collar, and the fabric is decent.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

It laces up nicely with ribbon in the back to adjust the fit.  It fits me well, so no problems there.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

It has detachable sleeves so I can wear it as a short sleeve blouse in warm weather…

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

…and have long sleeves in the winter.

The problem is all the lace, that awkward ruffly lace. 

In the product photos it looked more like a lace used in some of their other blouses which I totally love.  This blouse was cursed with a lower quality lace.  And the gathering of the lace and it’s placement only made it looker cheaper, at least to my eyes.  Time for a little makeover.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

First I snipped off the lace from the collar.  The collar is quite large and the lace only emphasized that.  So did the rather large ribbon bows which had to go. 

I then removed the lace from the sleeves and from the front.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

Here’s the interesting part, instead of replacing that old lace with something new, I reused it in different ways.  I took some of the now flat, unruffled lace and pinned it down the front of the lace in slightly overlapping rows.  Much prettier to look at now.

I also cut some of the lace into thinner strips of lace to use along the edges of the collar and the short sleeves.  Thinner lace is more discreet on a large collar.

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

After sewing down all that lace by hand, I remade the ribbon bows into smaller and cuter bows (see my video tutorial for making simple bows if you don’t know how).

Reviewing and altering a Bodyline blouse l157.  Because the lace was that bad.

And now the finished blouse.  It is much better, prettier and easier to pull off.  I just need a pretty new skirt to pair with it, but that’s for another time.

Here’s the updated list:

Three down, two more to go.  The next one should be up soon and it will be super cute.  Look forward to it.

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Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #87

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #87

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #86

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #85

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.  A very late one at that. :(

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #85

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #85

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pretty Pill Organizer or Another Way to Store Craft Supplies?

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Here’s a nifty idea that I have been dying to try for months.  Decorating a pill organizer to make it cute or pretty.

Decorating a pill organizer, use it to store craft supplies?

I got the idea from this video on YouTube.  There’s other ideas there too, but this one stuck out at me.  I almost immediately got a pill organizer from the dollar store and……let it sit around.  Just gathering dust.

But let’s finally gather the supplies and do it. 

Decorating a pill organizer, use it to store craft supplies?

I used some gems and flat back pearls, lace, scissors, and two types of glue.  Aleene’s tacky glue and Aleene’s Jewel-it, my favorite glues. :)

The Jewel-it is specially for the gems since that’s what it is designed for, and it does a great job.  The tacky glue is for the lace because it just needs a good strong glue.  You could probably use a glue gun too if you are in a hurry.

Decorating a pill organizer, use it to store craft supplies?

Anyway, I just glued the lace around the organizer, being careful not to block the lids for the little compartments.  Oh boy, is that a bad shot.  These photos were taken on a rainy day. :(

Decorating a pill organizer, use it to store craft supplies?

Then I added a few pearls and a large gem in the center.  I could have added more, but I wanted something more subtle.  You could also decorate with bows, ribbon, flowers, etc.

Now the final step is to fill it, but I’m not going to fill it with medicine or supplements though that is a good idea.

Decorating a pill organizer, use it to store craft supplies?

I’m using it for craft supplies.  These organizers are perfect for storing things like jewelry findings and snaps.  Keeps them secure and neatly organized, in the cutest way possible.

Here’s the updated list:

  • coats
  • hearts
  • organize
  • blouse
  • outfit

Two down, three more to go.

Give it a try: