Friday, January 23, 2015

Date Night



"Can't you turn that thing off for one minute?  You promised me you would leave work at the office this evening."


"I was just muting the phone so it won't ring while we're in the movie."


"So we agreed on the action flick because the lead guy is totally hot, right?"


"Your treat, your choice, Irene."


"Hey dearest brother, can you hook us up with two tickets to Boom Zoom Doom?"


"Irene you know I just got this job.  If I start giving you freebies I'll be out on my ear in a New York minute."


"Yeah but who transported your footmobile driving behind to the interview?"


"Sorry Irene, this is the best I can do.  I was saving it for my break but I know how much you love chocolate."


"Next in line please."


"Two for Boom Zoom Doom and a large coke, please."


"Here you are my queen.  Tonight is all about you."


"You said nachos, right baby?"


"Two for Boom Zoom Doom, two large cokes and an order of nachos, please."


"Here you are folks."


"Enjoy the show!"


"Who is that?"


"I don't know what could be keeping him.  I told him to meet us at the theater at 7:30."


"Who?  That school-teacher looking redhead?"
"No, her friend."


"You've told me so much about your brother I can't wait to meet him."


"Next in line please."


"Hey Sis, sorry I'm late."


"I had to put out a last minute brush fire at the office." 


"You can hang it up, jack.  Those green-eyed, Smokey Robinson-looking jokers get all the honeys."


"Oh... Hermione didn't tell me you were so ... tall..."



A bientôt!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Gossamer Gowns

As I noted in an early post entitled "Sewing for Skipper," one of the most important things I gained from playing with dolls as a child was sewing skills.  I therefore tend to look askance at "no sew" crafting projects.  Relying on the glue gun not only inhibits the development of manual dexterity, it also inhibits the development of another essential life skill -- patience.  Still I was intrigued when I first heard of Printable Doll Clothes.


Elizabeth, the creator of these enchanting designs has released four volumes of dresses with beautiful colors and textures that you can print, cut out, and then tape together, molding the pieces to fit different sized dolls.  There are numerous helpful videos on her site that give clear instructions for assembling the outfits:


I was impressed enough to purchase a multi-pack with the first three volumes from the Printable Doll Clothes Etsy Store.  Since she was just releasing volume four, Elizabeth generously sent it to me shortly after my purchase.

Christmas morning I finally got around to playing with some of the designs only I decided to print the templates onto card stock and then trace the pattern pieces onto tissue paper.  


I thought the tissue paper would drape better than copy paper and I also didn't want to deplete my expensive color ink cartridges :-)!


On New Year's Eve my ladies queened it over everyone else in their gossamer gowns.


When I get more time I will experiment with printing Elizabeth's designs onto fabric and then assembling them on my sewing machine.


For now however, my conclusion is that for children who are not old enough to handle pins, needles, and sharp scissors, playing with Printable Doll Clothes is a more engaging challenge than coloring and cutting out clothes for two-dimensional paper dolls.


Better still it just might get them interested in learning how to sew.


Best Wishes for 2015!

A bientôt!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

eCommerce

Back in the nineties I read a book about digicash that sounded like pure science fiction.  I was still getting used to using ATMs.  These days you can pay with your phone in many stores.  You don't even need a credit or debit card.  I made the leap into the digicash revolution the weekend of December 13th and 14th when I participated as a vendor in a juried craft show.  Vendors were required to accept debit and credit cards so I bought this card reader at Staples.


Then I downloaded Paypal Here onto my iPad.  Presto!  I was in business.


Here I am at my booth.


I brought a selection of African-style dolls.


I also offered these doll face pins made from paper clay:


I had fun experimenting with all the different skin tones I could make with different shades of acrylic paint from deep:


to fair:


So I made 48 pins all together.


Some of the ladies wore turbans:

  
Some of the ladies wore veils:


And this one tied the knot in an African-style headwrap:

 

In 2013 a former student saw a set like this in my studio and asked for it as a wedding gift.  

 

When he got married on the beach in Florida that summer, he wore the groom and his bride wore the bride pin.  


That gave me the idea to give all my ladies escorts.  This couple turned out to be my favorite:


Unfortunately the show was not well-advertised.  We had very little foot traffic and I only made two sales.  Still preparing for it motivated me to learn a lot of new skills and I have listed the remaining inventory in my Etsy store.  Get 'em while they're hot at Limbé Dolls on Etsy.


A bientôt!



















Saturday, December 6, 2014

Midnight Blonde

I always knew I was a princess in disguise.


Even though I had monstrously big feet, glasses, and unmanageable hair I was determined to find my happily everafter.


I studied screenwriting so I could make movies that would keep people believing in happy endings.  My dreams started to come true when I got the chance to spend my junior year abroad in England.  Just before I left I cut my hair and dyed it blonde.  


I don't know if all blondes have more fun but London nightlife was a blast.


When I got the opportunity to intern with an indie film company, I needed a look that could flow from day


to evening


so I had blonde extensions braided into my hair.


When I had them removed a few months later, my hair had grown out.


Friends referred me to a genius stylist who created this look for me.


It was time consuming to maintain, however, so I got a perm and a carefree clip that I can just blow dry in the morning.


Meanwhile my Prince Charming did finally manifest.  He's always 15 minutes late,


but when he does that hand-kissing thing,


he makes me feel like a fairy tale princess.


Keep dreaming and your happily everafter will show up right on time!

Love,

Clawdia


A bientôt