High heels + glitter = why didn’t I think of this before?! I was looking at a Val Zeitler collection (Attic Treasures, I think) in an old issue of Haute Doll and I saw some awesome red glittery shoes. I had a pair of cream-colored Dale Rae heels that I bought, intending to paint them or glue fabric to them or something, but glittering seemed like such a better idea.

~ glitter ~

I painted them black first, then glittered them a little section at a time. I went with Martha Stewart hematite glitter, since it’s a pretty neutral shade. A pair of peridot-colored shoes sounds awesome though!

~ more glitter ~

Before & After

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Scans of the Kimono Lolita pattern from the February 2007 issue of Haute Doll (Volume 4, Issue 1), click ~here~ for the PDF. Pattern designed by A.J. of Obsidian Pearl. There are a few reported fit issues, so be sure to do a muslin mockup and check the measurements before starting. This pattern was probably the first thing I ever sewed for my doll, and it came out looking very professional. The only thing it really needs is a petticoat or underskirt. I’ve also found a great post on As the Resin World Turns that shows what you can really do with the pattern.

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Bound Books for BJDs Version 2: Thread-Bound Books

This method is a little more complicated than my other tutorial, Glue-bound Books. It requires a few more supplies that may be harder to come by.

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Gothic & Lolita Bible Vol. 42 CoverIn keeping with my New Year’s resolution to put new stuff up on this site every week, here’s some scans of the pattern instruction pages from the Winter 2011 Gothic & Lolita Bible. Just click ~here~ for a higher-res PDF, perfect for printing out and scaling for dolly clothes.

Angelic Pretty fur muffler & Juliette et Justine ribbon headband

Baby, The Stars Shine Bright fur beret & Chocochip Cookie necklaces and comb

Innocent World jumper skirt

BTSSB stickers!

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Fabric Haul

From Quilt Bug in Esperance, upstate New York. Most are just fat quarters, but that’s plenty of material to make a nice full dolly skirt and a matching bow. I need to learn how to make some shirts from non-stretchy material, but collars and cuffs seem so hard.

Fabric01Yellow ochre/mustard Japanese-inspired print. Best worst color ever.
 

Fabric02The Caroler by Mary Engelbreit for moda, pattern #18048. Very whimsicle.
 

Fabric03Strange cross-stitch style font. The print is kinda too large for doll scale, but I think it’ll look neat and graphic in the end.
 

Fabric04So cute! Ecru bows on a navy background.
 

Fabric05I think this would make a cute apron for Noa. Supporting Cast #2307 by Ro Gregg.
 

Fabric06Tiny deer on a dark yam-colored background. Woodlands by Erin McAllister for Benartex’s American Folk Art Studio #4331.

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Cherub

Another cute design from a package of Morinaga caramels:

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I have a love of packaging designs and graphics – here’s a scan of the inside of a box of Morinaga chocolate sticks:

The individual packs inside the box have the same animals, but done in embroidery. The original 300 dpi image is here.

 

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I have to admit, I had to look up what Mori Girl fashion looked like as I had never heard of it before. It’s insanely cute, and perfect for my pink elf Noa. I got my swap items a few days ago and snapped some pics on the root ball of the overturned tree in the backyard. The items were made by PoeticSoul on DoA, and they’re lovely…it’s a shame Noa doesn’t have a faceup yet.

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I ordered a fat quarter of a fabric designed by Kristopher Bel and it came in today! The quality is dynamite, and the fabric weight (quilting cotton) isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  I’m handsewing a little party dress for one of my dolls, I will post pics and a pattern when I’m finished. I can’t wait to order some more fabric, I just have to come up with a design.

spoonflower corner

A few more photos under the cut.

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I finished up this painting just in time for Hampton Photo Arts’ Thank You show at Ashawagh Hall. I started it as soon as we found out we were having a boy, and finally finished it right before he turned 3 months old.

6 x 6″, acrylic on canvas.

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