Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Underneath is Pumkin, also from BB, which I got for $8.00 plus postage by taking one of their 2nd quality heads only. I have two sets of limbs yet from my original eBay order so I am glad to be able to buy just heads. Today I found a good combination of doing what needed to be done on the dolls and being able to rest in the recliner and crochet. I read the other night that dolls sent in for the cuddle therapy program need to have a blanket so I have started to crochet blankets to take a break from pocket peace pals.
It is almost seven in the evening and I cannot see what I am typing. Will put in corrections in the morning.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
I am surprised how many tiny jobs the dollies involve. And how much they need that is missing from my life. Today I wanted to redo the bodies for the two new dolls Crystal and Candy. I only had pink thread on the sewing machine but the bodies (old ones -cheap - from China) were white. Werner asked if he could bring me anything from the drugstore so I asked for white thread. They sent him home with nylon thread because it is transparent (and slips and slides through the machine so all the tensions go out of whack). Once I had in my mind the use of white thread I could not make myself resew the bodies with pink and that destroyed my only whiff of peace. Dumb I know but I seem stuck with this person.
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If you look very closely you can see in the right hand corner of the right eye I have the eyelashes in. They are only clamped in between the eye and eye socket but went in fairly easily. Next job is to glue them in place. I am debating what kind of glue to use. . .
Hm, in this photo one eyebrow looks a lot higher than the other. I am hoping it is only the result of camera angle. Will brighter lips draw the attention from this goof?
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
It is amazing that my old eyes let me goof even with hand-sewing. I am hoping that with morning light I can do a better job with the machine.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
This morning my learning experience was to put the glass (really acrylic) eyes into a head. I tried about an hour to get the first one in Crystal (on the right) until I figured out my knife was not sharp enough to cut a good line in the vinyl around the socket holder. Using one of our new steak knives I got a larger hole and was finally able to get one eye in. I wondered if all the eyes would be this hard and could I really do it. After lunch the second eye did itself and it slid in perfectly. When the mail was opened there was a package with Candie's eyes so I felt the universe was telling me to get with the program and I was able to get both eyes in place easily. It was not as easy as it looked on the video tutorial but I was able to get them in place and fairly evenly. I like looking at these two faces to note how differently they make me feel. I do prefer smiles!
While shopping for groceries Werner got the fabric softener so Blaze and I had beauty session brushing her hair. I fussed with her hair a long time, not wanting to follow the style others used in her advertising (pigtails on top of her head) but finding it too thin to do much else. Tomorrow we will try a shot of the new style if it comes out good. Today I found all the work with the dolls involved so much gathering together things out of the household. Slowly but surely I am getting the implements I will need for others.
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Friday, March 27, 2015
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Also I have been looking at videos by Ana Brandt who photographs babies and new moms and she wraps her subjects in loosely knitted fabrics so clothes are not distracting from the child. I tried making a knitted piece using the loom I got in winter but the yarn jumped off the pegs too easily. I got out my biggest crochet hook (one I had bought years ago to crochet stripes of muslin for outdoor cushions) and it creates a marvelous look with thin yarn - almost a netted effect.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
One glance at the floor and you can see the bamboo rugs came a day early and we were able to get them down today. We had fears we could not move the metal shelf but we were able to scoot it the 1 1/2 inches it needed. Below you can see how the rugs fit around the shelves.
Afterwards I was so tired I felt I did not have the energy to breath. I came in, not for food at noon, but Tylenol. I was in such pain I forgot this stuff does not help with fibro. I had hoped the pain was plain old muscle screams but it wasn't Still I am delighted with the changes in the way the floor looks for only $150. including shipping. It feels secure under shoes and bare feet.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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It was supposed to rain yesterday so I taped all the wires higher on the walls so that if water did leak in they would not be lying in the puddles. I woke to a beautiful sunny day and I was discombobulated all day. This peace pal was a pal and the only thing I accomplished.
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Monday, March 23, 2015
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Monday, March 9, 2015
I took photos of the works by Bill Elmore to send to his brother as documentation so I am posting them here before my computer hides them from me.
This needs to be re-shot but I did not want to remove the backing to get the glass off. Bill framed it himself.
This one was in a Christmas show at CityArt in 2004 and I bought it there.
I knew this would happen! The computer hid yesterdays's photos and would not put both days photo in one entry.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
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Ah, I got the Bunny-girl to stand up, This time I put rounds of cardboard inside the shoes so the soles would be flatter. Here she is wearing her collar (which covers the weird stitches of her neck!). The blue light of morning gives a wrong color mixture. She is very white.
Here is the addition of a tail and the backside of her new collar. In the morning I undid it and worked that extra collar in with gathers. I wanted the tail to show so I sewed it on the outside. The pattern has NO tail but what's a bunny without a tail?
Finally I made a Peace Pal Doll the right size - 7 inches tall. What you cannot see here are her earrings! I tried knotting her hair and it did not take that much longer to put in each hair in separately. Am thinking of using torn strips of fabric as hair. . .
As I was talking to Harmony on the phone I found out the Sea Ranch knitting group has been making these dolls for a year! I am eager to see how theirs look to check if I am doing it all right. I ran out of tan yarn last night so ordered more on eBay. They have so many other kinds of yarn it is like shopping at a new store. I had a ball . . . of yarn!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
I got her done in the last minutes of sunshine on my photo table. I didn't even have time to stand her upright so you can see more than the bottoms of her feet. Oh, I just realized I had forgotten to put a rabbit tail on her! Back to work! More photos tomorrow. Just what you need to look forward to - photos of a crocheted rabbit.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 5:16 PM
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
http://www.knitting4peace.org/ and the doll patterns are there for both boys and girls. I am having no luck finding the parts of the website where they give the patterns to crochet the doll to help you find out how to make these. I did find the section how to knit a doll and there I found out the doll must be under 8 inches. On the boy pattern it states that the dolls must be under 7 inches. Any this means I must curtail myself, actually count the rows and not do the doll by feeling alone.
I hope that by tomorrow I can show you the Easter rabbit girlie. I am making her shoes tonight.
I hope that by tomorrow I can show you the Easter rabbit girlie. I am making her shoes tonight.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 5:40 PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Nothing I can show you! I started on a new Easter rabbit and then I thought I had better check with Mary Rose. She is the only other one at the Coast Highway Art Collective that crochets. I wanted to make sure she would be okay if I made dolls and animals with her medium instead of beads. Not only was she okay with the idea she told me about a group that knits for peace. They make quilts and blankets for children and among other things they make Pocket Pals, tiny dolls to deliver peace and blessing to others. I am very excited about this project and hope to find out more this evening (when I do research) instead of physical work because by then I am worn out and hurt so much.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Monday, February 23, 2015
I just realized the other day that Easter will be here in a week and a month. So I had to try out crocheted eggs! Successfully making this one now I have plans for a basket, eggs and a little yellow chick. I get all these great ideas and then lack the time or energy to complete them all. We will see what I can accomplish.
I did try a second egg but for some unknown reason (I did it Saturday night) I made it bigger when I should have either made it smaller or the same size as the blue one. To me it looked like a duck egg so I put these ducks with it which really emphasize its wrong size.
Yesterday I worked on my little doll which you can see on my brand new blog at (let me find it again!drat!). After much fussing, here it is. http://janesdollydaze.blogspot.com/
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 11:18 AM
Sunday, February 22, 2015
I tried out my idea to make a small bird that was not round like a chick. I think I did it though I do not like these eyes! I may have to make it again just to put better ones in. I was going for little black beady eyes but these are too big and all wrong. I am amazed that I can see the loose thread in the photo! I really need to get my eyes checked.
This is the mouse I made first. I used the mouse-shape (up ended) for the bird. This feels too fat for a mouse but maybe making him fat makes him cuter! The tutorial did not have whiskers on it. I think the shorter whiskers are better and will trim the other side to match today. Also I hope to remember to unravel the yarn in the whiskers.
One shot of the mouse with the latest turtle with attitude.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015
I also like the golden shells even though that yarn is roving and rather thick. I only have a tiny roll of it left from the hat, so maybe it is good to give it to the turtles. I love the high humped shell shape but it is not very realistic. . . On YouTube I found a tutorial of a turtle with a highly decorated shell in turquoise, orange, reds, yellows purples but it had the same shape. Hm. . .
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 9:25 AM
Friday, February 20, 2015
I so easily get enthused about a project and then when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of making the things I run out of energy to follow my flying heart. By the time I have a new day and its dose of energy, something else has captured my attention.
Maybe the Universe is giving me a message about this, though. Yesterday a package with two balls of green used on the turtle body arrived. I had forgotten I had ordered that weird green. Maybe this is why?
Also in the mail, I had bought a doll on eBay not really knowing its size. It turned out much smaller than I thought so I will not be going down that road! Thankfully I only paid $4. for it so that part feels okay. I am crocheting a body for the body parts. Soon I can show what is keeping me from the turtles! a key chain baby?
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Monday, February 16, 2015
The stack of squares for the afghan continue to pile up. The bluish hues tell you I took the photo before the sun got close enough for a golden shot. I am enjoying seeing how the patches get better as I repeat them. That encourages me. I am at least capable of learning!
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Friday, February 13, 2015
The yarn came from Amazon just in time for me to want to do an afghan in the popcorn flower pattern. This stoke of luck made sure that I had enough green (sage green on the cone) to do the whole piece in one color. The yellow cone assures me that that color too will be a match. I have so many different yellows that I could not match them even at my best. I feel so rich with the white cone and its matching greens and yellows. The flower is rather hard to make as it is so tight to get the 8 petals on on the magic circle middle, but I am getting better at the job. I am open to seeing how many squares I can make before I either get tired of them, have too many hand cramps or want to start another dolly.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Monday, February 9, 2015
I have been working (crocheting) on my entry in the May "celebration of home" show at Gualala over this stormy weekend. I have done the Hello Kitty twice. The first one was too big. I am trying to break up the blackness of the strap without giving up and tucking it underneath. I feel I need a hint of it for the realism but I wish I had known that some strollers have a pink belt.
The stroller was delivered by UPS during the storm on Thursday so in the journey from the truck to the house the box got so wet I had to open it to get things inside to drying. That got me jump started with seeing how everything fit together.
This pillow I had planned to use turned out to be ugly and the flower granny squares, though colorful showed up too amateurish so I redid the pillow with white popcorn flowers. I am very happy with the new flowers. I plan to cover this and put it away but we will see if I get new ideas before May.
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Monday, February 2, 2015
Also my computer seems to be meeting halfway. I can find the photos and sometimes have the option of making corrections.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 4:53 PM
Last Friday I finally got the bloom loom from China via Amazon. It smelled so moldy I threw away the instructions and box. I washed the plastic parts in a Clorox solution and dried them in the sun. Now they are okay. I am eager to try them. That is why last night I was watching tutorials on YouTube. All of this is so much easier on my old eyes. I even noticed that I missed some dusty places around the house that I did not see last week! That is good too!
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 12:28 PM
Friday, January 30, 2015
Underneath the chair I show the bakery haul. I have been crocheting foodstuffs (am I that hungry on my diet?) along with the butterflies. Today I want to make new boots for Kitty, the girl. I need that pale yellow yarn now on her feet for Oreo cookies and I think red would be a better color to carry out the bright colors of her clothes and hair.
On this version of Hello Kitty I doubled the threads on the whiskers and feel that looks so much better. Seeing this photo I see how necessary the red boots are. Her feet here look to be part of the bakery stuff!
If this computer program would allow it, I would whack off the top and bottom of the photo to fit the interest area better. No such luck! Time to return to crocheting. I am getting angry with the computer!
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