CYNTHIA

26/03/2013

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I recently completed this doll, which I called "Cynthia" as I was inspired by the corset tutorial on Cynthia Howe's website.  It was very quick and easy to make and great fun to decorate.  Look at the "Cynthia" page for more photos

 
 
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Please look at the Guest Album - My friends and I have dressed a range of dolls using patterns from the 1896 era.  We just fell in love with the tightly fitted bodices, huge sleeves and boater hats from this period.  I think they have come out quite well! 

Now that the Christmas and New Year distractions are over, we are planning several new projects to occupy ourselves with.

 
 
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I started this doll in August, and for some reason, just couldn't make progress on her.  After a severe talk to myself, I sat down this weekend and completed her.  Her page (1896 Watering Place Toilette) will be available shortly.

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The Little Mermaid has also been completed, just in time for submission to the Mini Dolllist Story Book page - coming soon!

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Finally, I completed the stitching on the "Louis Box" carpet and prepared it for blocking.  As soon as it is perfectly dry, I will be able to neaten the edges and finish the matching cushion.


WHEW!

 
 
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I put aside the petite point for 1 day and joined Diane Yunnie who was hosting a workshop at her house on Saturday.  We dressed a Father Christmas and intended to make his pixie as well, which was a bit over ambitious! We had a lovely day - just wish we could get Di to have workshops more often!
Father Christmas is pictured here with a few toys from my stash .. I mean.. COLLECTION!
He is standing in front of a Christmas shop front I made several years ago.

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I usually work on my petite point while sitting on my bed propped up by a mountain of pillows.  There is a down light directly above my head, so I can see properly.
Daisy is so determined to be part of the action, that she crawls onto my lap, under the embroidery frame and goes to sleep.  This is what I see when I put the frame aside and look down!

 
 
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"Louis" room box carpet - progress photo
After the completion of the the Teddy Bear series, I leaped straight into making this carpet, while I still on a roll!
This pattern is the same as the turquoise blue one I made originally for Milady's bedroom, but this one is intended for a stand-alone room box I started some time ago.  The plain roombox was given to me by friends, Louis & Priscilla Kleintjens as a Christmas present some years ago and which I never completed - because it needed a carpet and I wasn't in the mood to make one!
Once complete, the roombox will be Narcissa Vane's boudoir, which is a reflection of her love of luxury and narcissistic personality.

More photo's soon....

 

Catch Up

03/09/2012

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I haven't had access to the internet for the past week - so haven't been able to update my activities.  I have been busy though! 
Some time ago I bought a few sets of little oval boxes - there are three sizes where the smallest box is only about 2cm wide and the largest is about 6cm wide.  I thought they would make lovely hat boxes which could be stacked.  I invited Shirley Nixon and my Mom around to play, and we spent the day covering the boxes with pretty paper, lace and ribbons.  We also made a bonnet to peek out of the smallest box.  I was so happy with mine - I made 2 sets!
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I have also made some progress on the petit point rug I'm making for Milady's bedroom.......

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And I've joined the Doll-a-Month Club on the MSAT Doll List, whereby we have to submit a photo of one of our UFO's and make some progress towards completing it every week - now that's incentive!
My first UFO is a lady dressed in a gown from the height of Marie Antoinette era, when the side panniers on a lady's gown were so wide she had to pass through a door sideways!  She needs her arms (with sleeves) a high white wig and loads of trimmings to finish her.