Inspired by my Paper Doll Dress pattern……
Living a simple, creative life at a small 1950's motor inn in Bryson City. A Lifestyle Blog.
Inspired by my Paper Doll Dress pattern……
I made a new little nesting doll graphic for some doll dresses…..introducing Li’l Mei (modeled by Li’l Sally, Boo’s Apple Tree House Waldorf-style doll):
You can use my pirate matryoshka tutorial (with download as well) to learn how to transfer image to doll clothes, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants etc. Feel free to use the graphic for your own creations….just remember that it is for personal use only! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! (Click the link below if you have trouble viewing the graphic)
Pair Li’l Mei with some cherry blossom fabric and you’ve got an adorable combo!
My sister reminded me of something the other day…..that we used to have an “crafts” room in our house growing up. It was a designated room where my mother kept her sewing machine and all the other projects she was working on. It was overflowing with silk flowers, fabric, thread, craft paints etc……and none of it was ever off limits. We were allowed to go through any of my mother’s things and use whatever we wanted…..it made us fearless when it came to creating.
Growing up my mother was always making drapes, comforters, pillows, and flower arrangements for our house. I can picture her repainting the kitchen cabinets, weeding 2 acres of landscaping by herself, and sewing clothes for us. She was super woman….and I wanted to be just like her:
She would illustrate everything from handwritten notes and cards to my baby book with little characters. She still to this day sends letters and cards with little cartoons drawn inside them. She draws little cartoon stories with Boo when she comes to visit.
I wasn’t always thrilled about clothing items she made me (that’s me in the center, my sister is on the left, my brother is pretending to be a robot…eek)…but I can appreciate the handmade love put into them.
Who has influenced your creativity?
On our road trip this summer I found some hair accessories in a store that were tie dyed…but they were so expensive I was determined to make a bunch of them myself!
The perfect ponytail holder:
Foldover (FOE) elastic is perfect for accessories because it is extremely strong, it has high elasticity and you can dye it! The biggest plus? It doesn’t get tangled in hair easily…and with Boo’s crazy hair we love “friendly” elastic. It’s also nice that foldover elastic costs about 30 to 50 cents a yard.
First, I took the elastic:
I mixed up a small amount of pink and purple fabric dye in two squirt bottles….
I added a small amount of dye fixative to a bucket of cool water……
Note: This tutorial is only recommended for accessories. Many types of elastic will not hold dye due to their fiber content. The foldover/satin elastic typically has enough natural fiber in it to react to dye.
I took a day trip to L.A. last week to pick up some fall fabrics…so inspired by all these prints…..now I just need more time to sew:
The second I got home from the long drive I knew exactly what I wanted to make first. A 3/4-sleeve fall tunic inspired by Alexander McQueen’s butterfly dresses (after watching some Rachel Zoe this week):
Of course I picked up a few random finds in L.A……some wool yarn for a new custom doll by AppleTreeHouse:
I just finished and listed these limited edition fall “Calico Pony” silk screened dresses. There are just a few random sizes left in the shop right now:
Some new fan photos!
I just LOVE this one of the new Lil “Bleu” Boo collection pieces. How cute is Miss Sydney in her beret and glasses! There are just a few smaller sizes left of this:
I’m 100% positive that Harrison is already some breaking hearts……he’s so adorable in his corduroy blazer and a Lil Blue Boo upcycled hat! I’m not even going to show Boo this photo….she’ll have her first crush!
Lil Blue Boo, Dharma Trading and the distinguished judging panel (Amy, Ashley, Kari, and Rachel) have been waiting in great anticipation for the ugly knit entries! Before the judging starts I want to leave the gallery up for a few days just to make sure I didn’t leave anyone out or mix up any entries!
The judges have a hard job now to narrow the field down to ten entries! These are some amazingly creative entries! Thanks to everyone who participated…I know you all have been waiting in anticipation as well. The slideshow below is just a snapshot of the fantastic entries:
Judging will start next week to narrow all the entries down to just TEN finalists for the final week of voting!
To read the initial challenge and to refresh your memory on the fabulous prizes click below:
Note: If you are competitor and you think I’ve left out something or labeled something incorrectly please email me and I’ll get it fixed right away!
The artist is hard at work this morning…..various stages of her painting. She’s mixed paints with aqua crayons for the effect:
Update: 4 hours later….she’s still at it. Channeling Pollock again and painting on the floor. I’ve entrusted her with a gallon of gesso in the true spirit of artistic freedom.
I’m letting Boo paint over one of my old paintings. The canvas is a foot taller than she is! The plan is to work on it in stages and in multiple mediums, so stay tuned for the finished piece in a few weeks. This is serious art.
I love these pics from 2009: My Little Pollock
….available starting today in my Big Cartel Shop!
P.S. I’ve had requests to silk screen some wovens in addition to knits so look for those soon!
It’s been about 25 years since I’ve used sun printing paper but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while! Who knew there was sun printing fabric?! I made this easy little square pin cushion using 8.5″ cotton cyanotype fabric squares and buttons:
This applique shirt was so simple…
The squares I used are the Blueprints on Fabric(pink on blue) shown below:
In a nutshell, the 8.5″ fabric squares in the kit are pretreated with a chemical that makes them change color in sunlight. I took the squares and pinned them to cardboard backing to keep them in place and laid various objects on top to experiment:
I pinned buttons to the fabric in the shape of a heart: