Helia and Lily – Monster High Cleo De Nile repaint and redress

Meet Helia and her little friend Lily. They go everywhere together! This doll and her pal are now listed over in my Etsy shop. Here’s a link and a couple of pics :)

Helia and Lily

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Thanks for stopping in :)

~awsumgal

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Adventures in Konmari :)

Good morning readers!

While I am working on a number of doll projects right now, (Stenciled Drum Cases, a Syb rescue and a Monster High Cleo repaint, all of which I plan to blog about here) I want to talk about something totally off topic that my sister turned me on to. The Konmari Method!

This is not new, Marie Kondo has been working her magic in Japan for many years. It’s just new to me! She is the author of “The Konmari Method – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” It’s a delightful little tome that helps readers identify and organize the things in their lives (some extrapolate to relationships as well, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish!)

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The basic premise is that, category by category, you go through all of the things in your life and keep only the ones that spark joy when you pick them up and look at them. You cannot do this without consciously looking at and considering each item. So it does take time. Marie suggests that you start with your clothing because it is not rare or difficult to replace, and do mementos and photographs and the like last when you’ve had some practice.

I’ve been doing this for a while now. Bit by bit, which isn’t really recommended. It’s best to do and entire category at once, but time constraints and decision fatigue get me, so I’m tackling what I can when I can. I’m happy to report that the areas I’ve completed have not returned to their former chaotic state, and that getting dressed in the morning is fun when everything you have sparks joy!

The other pillar of this method is the way things are stored. Google Konmari folding methods and a wealth of hits will pop up. At first blush it looks as though this will take huge amounts of time, but although there is a time commitment at the outset, keeping it going really doesn’t take much. As one who often resents the amount of time and management dealing with all of my “stuff” sucks out of my life, I find this much better. The time saved in no longer having to look endlessly for something to no avail, going out and buying another, and then finding it the next day (no doubt while looking for something else) is significant!

The preferred methods of storage hinge on being able to see what you have. Clothing is rolled, or folded to stay vertical and not piled atop each other. I’m already finding that I have a much better handle on what I have and what I need. No more buying the same thing over and over only to wonder why I have 12 black tank tops. Or whatever, I don’t really have 12 black tank tops, but I think I had 6 white ones, lol!

One word of caution though: Don’t do other people’s things.

Mostly they won’t appreciate finding that you’ve thrown out or donated something important to them. Don’t do other peoples’ things even if they want you to. Don’t be tempted! It’s not just about tidying your house. It’s about identifying what brings you joy and what is important to you. You can’t accomplish that for someone else. They have to manage their own “secret life of things” as I like to call it. If you have children in your home, you can guide them. Very young children you’ll have to decide for, but as children get older they may happily join in. Or not :/ There are lots of discussion groups and online forums with much more and better advice than I have on this aspect of Konmari.

Being able to fill your space with only the things that bring you joy allows you to appreciate them. Maybe you’ll find you’re much happier with less quantity, better quality in the things you choose to bring into your home. The added side benefit is of course an orderly, calm and efficient life of “things” in your world.

So run out and get the book :) Here’s a link “The Konmari Method – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up”

Konmari On!

~awsumgal

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New Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case listing on Esty

Good day dolly fans!

I have finished a mini replica dancing skeleton and skull head drum case for 16 dolls. This is a miniature of the drum case carried by Madonna in the film Desperately Seeking Susan. I have made this before (twice  in the last 10 years!) but each is slightly different due to the hand painting and finishing that goes into it after airbrushing with my custom stencils.

This has been made by the same method I used before, which I lay out in some detail in a previous post. Here’s a link if you’d like to check that out.

Skull Case Blog post the first one anyway, there are several!

It has a pink 100% silk interior, both top and bottom and the top has a useable elastic edged pocket. Top and bottom are padded.For added fun, a few paper accessories (just like in the film) are included, just to get you started! :)

Here is a link to the Etsy listing

Skull Case on Etsy

Here are a few shots of the just finished case…

 

 

 

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Tiny Porcelain Babies get fixed up :)

Some time ago, I found these adorable tiny porcelain baby dolls and some vintage looking clothes at my local thrift store.

Even though I don’t usually go in much for most porcelain dolls (there is a fairly big population of mediocre quality examples) these little babies were just too sweet to leave behind. They were comfortably housed in a woven wicker type stroller. and were wearing very well made matching crocheted outfits. I could tell they needed restringing, but I was up to the challenge, some home they came with me!

Well, I finally got around to giving them the time of day! First I examined what had been done originally and I was a little dismayed to find that whomever has strung them before me was playing fast and loose with the glue they used. Oh well, no matter. It was a small thing to gently pick it off with a dull knife.

 

When I had liberated these little cuties from their crocheted outfits I found that one of them had a tragically broken leg! Again, I’m not worried! I have a plan to fix that!

These babies have no markings, so I don’t know who made them, or anything about them really, except that they’re cute. Oh and this funny little babe was in there too :) He has rather unfortunate features. I may repaint him!

I assembled my bits for the job of restringing. I’ll use cotton embroidery floss in white, pink seed bead stops and Jewel It glue. This glue retains some flexibility when dry and I have had good adherence experience with it.

The broken leg will have to be repaired before stringing of course, but I’ll test my intended method on the babe that isn’t broken. I’ll be placing cotton felt discs in between the joints so they don’t wear on each other.

Seems to work. The joints hold pose. When the glue is dry I’ll cut The threads closer to the tie.

To fix the broken leg, I’ll insert a LA doll clay leg top. I’ll poke a hole through for stringing while it’s still wet. I don’t want to disturb it too much when it’s dry because I don’t know how well the clay will hold onto the porcelain. As a result I don’t really want to take a drill to it!

While the clay was drying I soaked the little christening dresses and the little day dress in some Oxy Clean to see if I could bring them back to life…

These items were all white (or were supposed to be – they were actually pretty yellow!) so I wasn’t worried that the Oxy would hurt them. Some items can’t even withstand getting wet, so proceed with extreme caution when handling vintage and antique items. I tend to baby sit whatever I’m trying to clean and check on it frequently to make sure the item isn’t being degraded.

Back to the babies! I spent some time degluing them and cleaning up a few scuffs and they look sweet!

They’re so cute! After their clothes were cleaned (and rinsed well) and dried, I dressed them and put them back into their giant wicker pram. They look comfy cosy in there :)

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for joining me!

xo

~awsumgal

 

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Merry Christmas!

Peace and best wishes for 2015!

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