Tuesday, April 30, 2013

She came!

     YES! She finally did come, even though I only had to wait for four days (it felt like forever!). Unfortunately, she came before her wig, which should be here sometime this week. So, her pictures are all wig-less. The minute she got here, I touched up her faceup, giving her red brows and freckles. I'm still debating on whether I want to send her in to Xhanthi (Jointed Love) to get a faceup or try to get ahold of a Mirwen head still and keep this one around just for kicks. I'm head over heels in LOVE with her size though! When I took her out of her packaging, I thought "Oh my gosh. She is HUGE!" but she is perfect for costuming. I've already whipped up a bodice pattern for her, using the paper towels 'n' tape method. Next, is to sew her some panties so she can dress decently. Hopefully I can get to the fabric store today, I am itching to make new things for her! The clothes that I made for her ahead of time mostly fit-- Except one of the tube tops won't go over her hips! Here are some pictures of her, dressed as Scathatch, The Shadow. I made her armor out of (cheap) pleather-y stuff, and I made her weapons as well.

Here she is! Scatahtch, the Shadow. Excuse her baldness... I only have pukifees at the moment, so she can't share any wigs and her hair won't be in until later this week!



Her beautiful face, with flash.

Without flash. I love her eyes!

Her outfit, made by me.
 



     On another random note, today Nim got her swap package on DOA, she is very pleased! She received a new hat, dress, doll, chocolates, treasure chest and toy! Such a spoiled little gal! :)




Thanks for looking! I might not post about her again until her hair comes, I don't like to post about her without her proper parts! ;)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

More Minifee Woes.

Hey! I'm sneaking in a quick post, I have a VB tournament this weekend. So I haven't been posting because of that! My minifee has not arrived yet... :( Expected delivery by the 27th? I don't think so. I was on pins and needles all day yesterday during our tournament, and made sure to tell my mom to be home when he mail came, otherwise they won't drop off any packages. Oh well! I guess I can wait until Monday.

I don't know why my package went to Florida before coming here, as we are in WA. As of now, she is in Federal Way. We will be going up there for my tournament today, but I don't think that I could pick her up from the post office! :)

Here are some GORGEOUS Luka's I found online to tide me over 'till Monday.


*These pictures are NOT my own*

OK, so I know he's not a girl, but this is the wig I ordered for Scathach, so I thought I'd show you the pictures! :)

Oh! She is so gorgeous! I love her expression here, and her makeup and, well, everything! :)

She is my absolute favorite. I love vintage styling, but this takes the cake!

Thanks for looking! Sorry about the meaningless post, I hope you enjoyed my ranting and impatience!

    

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Picturesque Post

    Hey! Todays post is mostly pictures, the weather is still beautiful here so I seized the opportunity and took my poor attention-lacking American Girl dolls outside! Ever since I got my BJD's, my American Girl dolls have been pretty much ignored. I've only made two AG sized dresses in the past three months! (I used to make two or more a week!) But today, the spotlight is theirs. Most of the pictures I took are of Mia, my only modern AG doll but I snuck a few Narnia ones in there too because they are so pretty in their coronation gowns. The historical AG's will have to wait for another day, I didn't have enough time to take pictures of each of them (4 dolls means ALOT more pictures), even with three dolls I took almost 100 pics! Here are some of my favorites, I hope you enjoy! :)

     The Narnia gowns were made by the talented Misselizabeth on the Agplaythings board, I commissioned them from her last year. All of the modern clothes are a mix of handmade, AG and cheap target brand!
 
 
 
Queen Susan, this is one the best gowns on her... But she looks amazing in all of her things!
 


 
Queen Lucy, this isn't my absolute favorite on her, but she still looks lovely!





Mia, my lone modern girl. She is a tomboy at heart, but likes to dress up every now and again.
 










     Thanks for looking! I hope you liked the pictures, I may or may not post tomorrow, my parents are due back from vacation tonight (late... 1:30am...) so we'll probably spend the day hanging out together, but who knows! I might end up being inspired! :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Minifee!

     Hey! Today I sold my littlefee Chloe, and now I'm going to re-invest that money into a minifee doll! I found a great gal on DOA's secondhand Marketplace, and snatched her up! She is a Luka, and has a cute little tattoo, and a manicure. She also has a cute custom faceup! Her body has cutie bust and cutie legs... YES! I have started to make some clothes for her, mostly leggings and tube-top stuff... But my grandma knitted a sweater for her with a free online pattern. Today I will send out little Chloe, and send the payment for Luka!
 
 
--These pictures are not mine--
 
 
 
Here she is! Beautiful Luka, soon to be Scathach...
 

 
 
Full-shot, and her tattoo!

 
 
This is the wig I got for her, not in this color though...
 
 
I got in in the orange brown ^^
 
Thanks for letting me squee! I'm so excited right now! Best part is, she will be shipping from the US so it won't be more than a week 'till she gets here! :D

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sunshine=Pictures!

     Hey! Yesterday's weather in WA was fantastic! It was sunny all day, mild breezes and in the high sixties. In other words, I could wear shorts and a tee without being cold! Hooray! Since it was nice and sunny, and my brother was occupied in the backyard, I decided to take my Pukifee dolls outside for a photoshoot. I took a TON of pictures, but I won't bore you with hundreds of pictures so I've just picked my favorites! Nim did steal her wig back for her fair share of camera time, I'm kind of bummed that these girls both look so great in this wig... I wish I could take some pics of them together, but now I'll just have to wait. (I'm thinking of getting Nim this wig, but then I'd have to change her eye color, and I don't know which eyes to get her!)

     Enough talk! On to the pictures!



  Azrhei thanking the Lord for some much-needed sun! :)
 
 
 
Nim decided it was warm enough without her shirt on...

 
 
Sun!

 
 
Azrhei sittin' pretty

 
 
Nim looks pretty startled here... Maybe its her eye positioning?


 
 
 
On another random note, yesterday when I came back inside after taking my pictures, I saw this on the floor in our kitchen. BE. Be inspired, be creative, be loving and be passionate! I thought it was pretty interesting, because that's what my blog is all about! Just thought I'd share, thanks for looking!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spotlight on: Antique Lilac!

     Hey! I just wanted to share some amazing work done by the talented Antique Lilac! Her work never ceases to amaze me. She does all types of costuming, fantasy wear and even some fancy dresses! Although she no longer takes commissions, :( , you can still grab some of her work on her for sale page. I've been drooling over her Celtic Warrior Maiden outfits for the MSD's... (Of course, my mind has ben on nothing but minifee's since I got a trade offer for my Littlefee Chloe!) So, if you've never looked at her work, you're missing out! Please check out her site, and drool over her fantastic costuming skills!

     And since its no longer available, I decided to make on for my Minifee, who will get here eventually. Using her pictures as a reference, I started with some cheap plaid flannel-type fabric to make my "first-draft". Since I don't have the doll (yet) I went by the minifee measurements on DDE's page, and made a simple pleated skirt and wrap. I have to order some leather for my Narnia costume, so I'm going to get some for the accessories as well. The underdress was made using a free pattern I found online, and using Antique Lilac's Fairy Skit hem tutorial. The sleeves are grey ribbed knit, to cover her arms, as I will be making chainmail as well. Her over shirt is a loose-weave linen-fabric, which I will be adding embroidery to.

Here is a picture of Antique Lilac's Celtic Warrior Maiden outfit, (Not my picture, hers!)

 
Isn't it amazing?! I love the attention to detail, and overall concept! AMAZING!
 
Here's what I have to far:
(These are shown on my 14" Robert Tonner Narnia doll, she is chunkier, and has really broad shoulders, so none of this really fits her... But she's the closest size model!)
 
Full on shot! Underdress, cape, skirt... I think I might have to make a larger skirt, with smaller pleats.
 
Awesome 4-H pin my grandma gave me, it works really well with this outfit!



Again, sorry about the pictures, my room needs better lighting!
 

 
Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for more progress... And hopefully a better model!
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Nim, being Nim.

     Hey! Sorry about the late post, I was writing tomorrows and got sidetracked... Typical! Anyways, I have a few pictures of Nim, I'm a bit bummed out though... A small girl got into my room and decided to play with my BJD's, and smudged her faceup! So, I'm thinking of trying for a slot with Jointed Love to redo her to look more like her spunky self! You can't really see the damage in these pictures, its covered by Azrhei's (Yep, I FINALLY settled on a name for my Pukifee Bonnie!) wig but Its still really bothers me that she's smudged... :(

Here are the pictures!


Nim decided to be a bit of an artist today, wearing homemade leggings and a top from our pal, Bearpicnic, and holding a paintbrush from something else...


Close-up, I've started learning how to use our camera and I've taken care of some of the blurry-ness issues!
 
And, Nim. Just being... Herself! :)

 
Thanks for looking! If you have any questions, or comments feel free to let me know! I'll get back to you, I promise!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Another AG dress

     Hey! Do you remember the dress I made for Kit a couple of posts ago? (If not, then scroll down a bit, and you'll see it!) Well, I started another one today because I love the way Kit's turned out! This time, I'm using a solid fabric, in a light teal-blue color and it's going to have a sash and functional buttons in the back! I'm leaving off the pockets, and placket and making it more 1940's style. Why 1940's? Well, this year I have the opportunity to attend the Madison Children's Center American Girl Benefit Sale! For those who don't know, its basically a big warehouse sale (held annually) that takes all of the overstock Dolls (and some returns) from American Girl and sells them to benefit the Children's Center. They are usually discounted by 35-70% depending on the doll, so I think its a great opportunity to get some of the dolls I've been wanting, but not for full price. Molly is an American Girl doll from the 40's who has been on my list for a couple of years, and now I'm going to get her! So, I figured I should start making some clothes for her to wear when I do. :)

Without further chatter, here are the pictures! :)
 
 
 
Here's a "full length" shot... I've given up trying to rotate vertical pictures. Sorry about the crappy indoor pictures, the lighting in my room stinks, and its raining here!

 
 
Pretty Kit! this dress still looks pretty good on her, even though she won't get to keep it! :)
 
Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed this post... More to come!
 
 
 
 
 
P.S. I'm so excited! Someone on DOA saw my FS add about my littlefee, and they have a MNF body they would be willing to trade! EEEEKKKKK!!!!! I hope this works out!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cupcakes!

     Hey! Until next Friday, (not tomorrow, the next one), my parents are in the Dominican Republic! They (obviously) did not take me or my brothers, so we are all home and have someone staying here at night-time. You'd think I'd have more time on my hands not having as much schoolwork, no parents... etc... But, I'm watching my two-year-old brother most of this week. Don't get me wrong, he's adorable! But he can be a bit of a terror... And he requires full attention at all times! Even as I'm typing, he's peeking over my shoulder and trying to "play the piano" (that's what he calls my laptop!) Even more good news, my parents agreed to pay me $200.00 for the week meaning I'm $200 closer to my minifee! :D

     Back to cupcakes... Today I most likely won't get any sewing done, so I decided to do some baking. That way, I can watch my brother while I'm in the kitchen and still get something done! I will be making these amazing Reece's Peanut Butter Cup cupcakes that I found a recipe for online. They are a Devil's food chocolate cake with espresso granules infused with a creamy peanut butter buttercream frosting toped with half of a Reece's miniature. Stay tuned for pictures when I finish, I will also post the recipe for you right now, because everyone needs a Reece's Peanut Butter cupcake! :)


Edited to add pictures! Oh, I also decided (last minute) to do a funfetti mini cupcake with cake batter frosting, it worked pretty well!


 
 
Mmmmm! Reece's Peanut Butter cupcakes! (These are my favorite!)
 



Mini Funfetti cupcakes with cake batter frosting... Yum!
 




Enjoy! :)

This recipe is not mine, I found it online.

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes

1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon instant espresso granules dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
24 Reese’s Miniatures; frozen (this prevents them from disappearing into the batter)

For the Peanut Butter Buttercream frosting

Ingredients
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1.5 pounds (24 ounces or about 5.5 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
6-8 tablespoons heavy cream (if using milk, amount will be less)

Directions:

For the Cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and espresso water mixture. Beat for about two minutes on medium speed until well combined.

3. Using a large cookie scoop, distribute the batter between 24 muffin wells; about 3 tablespoons of batter per well. Press one frozen Reese’s Miniature into the center of each cupcake.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly touched. There will be a small sink hole in the top of the cupcakes from the Reese’s Miniatures, that’s okay - you’ll cover that with frosting. Allow cupcakes to cool inside muffin tins for about 10 minutes.

5. Remove cupcakes from muffin tins and allow to fully cool on a wire rack. Once cupcakes are cool, prepare your frosting.

For the Peanut Butter Buttercream frosting

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, cream butter and peanut butter on medium speed until fluffy. Turn your mixer down to low speed and slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar, and continue mixing until well blended.

2. Add vanilla and 4 tablespoons of heavy cream. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add an additional 1 to 4 tablespoons of heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy

3. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and finish with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kit gets spoiled!

     Hey! Today, I decided to spoil my American Girl Doll Kit. She only has a few dresses, so I thought I should make he a sweet little spring dress for our great weather we seem to be having... I used Heritage's 1930's dress pattern on Liberty Jane's Pattern Site. This pattern has tons of different extra pieces for making each dress unique. I used the pockets, placket, and contrasting sleeve bands on this one. Her patterns are great, easy to follow and I learned a few new techniques for finishing garments as well. For fabric, I found this great remnant in my local quilt shop and snatched it up! It only took me a couple of hours to make this one, I've used the pattern a couple of times and this was definitely the fastest and easiest.

     Here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure... :)


Here is a full-length shot... Yes, still sideways. *sigh*

Close up of the fabric, and the cute little buttons!

Here's the flour sack. I Google-d a picture of a vintage flour sack, and freehand sketched the design on a little sack I sewed up.

Pretty shot of my beautiful Kit! :)

 
     Thanks for looking! If you have any questions or comments just let me know... I'd love to hear what you think! :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Back in WA! And a Little Sale

     Hey! I'm back from Kentucky, and I had a great time! The weather was great, sunny, warm but really humid! We stayed in a really nice hotel, and we only played three games (of volleyball) a day, and we didn't start until three pm so I got to see a few things while I was there. (For normal tournaments, we usually have to be at the court by 7:30am... Most courts are 1hr+ away... So this was a nice change!) We drove around downtown Louisville and saw the giant Louisville sluggers, we ate at some great restaurants and had a really fun time! I got to see the Kentucky Derby Museum and try on some really fun Derby hats which got me thinking about making some doll sized ones.... Hmmm... More projects! ;)

     Today I have a sort of sad post, that needs a small background before beginning. My first BJD was a Littlefee Chloe that I bought NIB off of e-bay. She wasn't the exact sculpt I was looking for, but I didn't care (at the time). Anyways, we've had issues bonding, and I've decided that the Littlefee's aren't really the size for me. So, I offer my little Jovi up for adoption before she's even had an introduction on my blog!

     She is in excellent condition, her body has some small scratches from putting clothing on her, nothing that is to noticeable. Her face is gorgeous, and she has wonderful coloring. Her skin has not yellowed at all to my knowledge. She has her box, papers a wig, eyes, wig cap and over 40 pieces of handmade clothing! Here are her pictures:

 
Here is everything in one picture, keep scrolling for the breakdown! :)
 

 
Beautiful girl in her box, not pictured, but her box has a small split on the front seam... It came to me that way.

 
Clothing not made by me:
Two Wicked Stitchery dresses
Hand-knit set from etsy
Monique wig
Wig cap

 
Clothing made by me, not all of it has closures, I usually just pin her clothes on. If you would like, I can add closures to the non finished items before she moves out! The items are all finished on the insides, most with a zig-zag stitch.

 
All of her socks and undies... And pretty things!

 
     I was looking to get $400 for the whole lot, or I would be willing to trade for an A-line minifee girl in either skin tone, any sculpt. (I would also be willing to put up more $$ on my side to make for an even trade.)
 
     If you're interested, you can leave a comment, contact me on DOA (katelauren) or send me an e-mail at: katelauren97@gmail.com
     Thanks for reading! Any questions or comments, just let me know and I'll answer ASAP! :)