Babies on eBay

April 25, 2007 at 5:29 pm (Uncategorized)

Ooh, a very talented young acquaintance of mine, Emily Jameson, has listed four life-sized sculpted babies on eBay. Check them out here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZemma*laurelQQhtZ-1.

(Edit: Her auction is over now, but she sent me some pictures to post so I can show them off. I expect some great things from Emily in the future.)

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New event calendar

April 24, 2007 at 5:58 pm (Uncategorized)

There might be a better way to do this, but I’m still learning my way around here, so I’ve created a new page on this blog — you can access it at the right — with a list of craft events around Kansas City. I’ll probably only write about the ones I want to go to myself, but my goal is for the list to be as complete as possible, so check it often to see if there’s something you’re interested in that I’m not.

For example, this weekend I might go to the Kansas City Pet Expo, because I’m thinking about getting a new cat, and both my sister-in-law and best friend are also looking for new pets at the moment. That’s not technically a craft show (although you could probably clean up if you had a pet-themed craft business) so I won’t be listing it here. However, if you happen to be in the neighborhood of Sedalia, Mo., this weekend and you’re interested in gourd art, check out the Show Me Gourd Festival, which has for its theme this year “Gordgeous Groceries.” I just can’t pass up a good pun like that.

P.S. If you know of a show or if you’re a show promoter, post a comment and I’ll add your show to my list.

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Easy Breezy 2

April 19, 2007 at 3:02 am (Sewing and costuming)

My kind and wonderful husband was good enough to take some pictures of my dress dummy, Niente, wearing the pieces of my new blouse. These aren’t sewn together yet, except at the side seams, so don’t judge that, please, but it gives you an idea of how the fabric reads. (Also, please try to ignore my messy bookcase behind her!)

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The gray fabric reads much too blue in this picture.

I’m starting to think that maybe plaid wasn’t a good choice for a blouse that will be gathered at the top, but I’ve already cut it out, so I guess I’ll have to make do. When I cut out the pieces for the top, I thought, whoa, this is way too big! But when I put it on Niente, it fit just perfectly around her bust. Sigh.

The yoke is crying out to me for some delicate black lace to go around the edge. However, I haven’t got any in my stash and am reluctant to go buy anything for a blouse that is essentially a prototype. And I already bought some black sequins to use for this project. So maybe I’ll stick to Plan A.

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Trollflings

April 16, 2007 at 5:57 pm (Uncategorized)

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Here’s a doll artist I’m keeping an eye on. Amber Matthies makes the most adorable little guys she calls Trollflings. Part troll, part elf, her tiny polymer clay figures are all cute. I’d advise you to get one now, while her prices are still reasonable. This artist is going to be “discovered” someday. Visit her website to see more of her work, or her Etsy shop to buy or find out where she’s going to be exhibiting.

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An easy breezy summer top

April 13, 2007 at 9:41 pm (Sewing and costuming)

I love studying historical costume, but I have a lot of trouble making the actual outfits. I’ve decided that part of the problem is that I don’t have really good sewing skills, so, for practice, I’ve decided to make myself some street clothes.

I recently bought some patterns for some simple, breezy summer tops from Simplicity. Yesterday I refurbished my dress dummy, Niente, and got started on Simplicity 4589. I’m making view E, which is the one shown in the cover photo. It has a great little round yoke at the top, which I plan to embellish, and it reminds me a little of my favorite nightgown.

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According to the back of the pattern, my measurements make me a size 22 (proof positive that pattern sizes are different from off-the-rack sizes; I’m approaching a size 12 in off-the-rack!) but due to my busty figure, that probably means the shoulders will be too large. Usually I measure a pattern and adjust it before I cut any fabric, but this pattern is kind of weird, being gathered at the top, so I’m just going to go ahead and cut out a muslin of the yoke. If it’s close enough to fitting, I’ll go ahead and cut the fabric, then adjust it as I go along.

I have the perfect fabric to start out with; it’s a yarn-dyed gray and black cotton check that makes me think of the cotton shirts my mom used to make for my dad. I don’t really do little-girlie styles, and this is a girlie top, so I’m hoping the masculine fabric will class it up a little. I also have some embroidered motifs on order which I’m going to place at center front on the yoke.

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Spooky crafts!

April 13, 2007 at 9:19 pm (Uncategorized)

Hey, I just found out that there will be a Halloween-themed show in St. Joseph, Missouri, October 5-6. It’s going to be at the spooky Wyeth/Toodle Mansion (wherever that is; I’ve never been to St. Joseph). The show is a benefit for a cemetery that was vandalized last year, but I hope they’ll make it a regular event. I’ve always wanted to exhibit at a Halloween-themed show, but I don’t think I could produce enough inventory to do it this time.

[Edit:] My doll club hopes to exhibit at this show. It’s a juried show, which means they keep the booths to the Halloween/autumn theme, and only handmade, American stuff will be exhibited (no imports from China). Booths are only $55, which is good for a juried show.

For more information, e-mail halloweenartspooktacular@hotmail.com or visit http://www.halloweenartspooktacular.org/.

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Apples and Pears

April 12, 2007 at 4:20 pm (Sewing and costuming)

In the last six months, I’ve lost nearly 40 pounds due to health concerns. Naturally, none of my clothes fit anymore, so I’m going to have to buy or sew an entire new wardrobe over the course of this year. In anticipation, I refurbished my adjustable dress dummy, Niente, yesterday, and after considering my new measurements, I realized that my general silhouette has changed. I’ve always thought of myself as an hourglass figure, but as I’ve slimmed down, I’ve turned into more of an apple (top-heavy) body type.

So I got online yesterday to look for information on how to dress an apple, and discovered that there was some really crummy info out there (I don’t care how much you want to distract from your waistline, tapered pants under a top-heavy figure will make you look like a lollipop!). So I wanted to share with you the best site I found: http://fashion.about.com/cs/tipsadvice/a/figurefixers.htm. It also includes info for pear-shaped, or bottom-heavy, women.

Another great resource is Zaftique.com. Besides offering some really gorgeous clothes designed for real women instead of scrawny models, they categorize everything according to body type, so you can search for all the dresses recommended for an your shape (click on “Z-fit shopping”), and use them as inspiration for making your own clothes or shopping. I’ve only bought from these guys once, and I wasn’t disappointed with my purchase, but that’s as far as I can go in recommending them as a vendor.

I’ll share my sewing adventures with you in this space, but in the interests of keeping my posts short, I’ll end this one here.

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Miniature Fantasies Annual Show and Sale

April 11, 2007 at 5:27 pm (Uncategorized)

One thing I’d like to do in this blog is to create a calendar of doll, costume and crafting events in the Kansas City region. One of my favorites is the Miniature Fantasies show. It’s a small, high-quality show for dollhouse dolls and miniatures. I love going just to look at all the gorgeous minis, even though I don’t craft or collect in that scale myself. You never know when you’ll turn up something useful for dolls in a larger scale, though, and I have some kind of weird love for miniature pottery.

This show used to be in early March, and I occasionally missed it because apparently I don’t start thinking about going to shows until late March. However, they have moved the date back to May 4-5, which ought to improve traffic. This year they’re at the Intrigue Park Place Hotel at 1601 N. Universal Ave. in Kansas City, Mo. Check out their website at http://www.miniaturefantasieskc.org/About-Us.html.

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Hello world!

April 11, 2007 at 3:36 pm (Uncategorized)

Ahem. ::taptaptap:: Is this thing on?

Welcome to my new blog. I have big plans here, so I hope you’ll watch this space for further developments.

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