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Meet the Finny Dolls

In Fitty, handmade, Sewing on February 21, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Well, we finally had some time to make some extra things on the sewing machine that weren’t for us.

We overhauled our Etsy shop and called Eleanor’s Room because we plan on filling it with things that Eleanor likes…

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So far, we’ve filled the store with a handful of these dolls we started making a couple years ago.  We call em “Finny” dolls.  I won’t say why but you might have a guess.

 

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This first batch came out skinny and long-limbed.  Much like our prototypes, though they were a tad chunkier.  One new thing we did was add a removeable skirt for each.  Because if your daughter is anything like mine, she likes to be able to dress her dolls.

The good thing about having had a few of these to play with for a while is that we’ve been able to see how they hold up over countless trips to various places like parks and movie theaters.  And after spilling drinks and spreading raspberry jam over them, I have to say a trip through the washing machine does wonders and is completely safe. I would treat them as you would any favorite shirt. Stain remover and low tumble.

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They have eared hats instead of hair which also makes them easier to care for. No tangled mess for your little ones to get tied up in.

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They each have their own pattern of clothing picked out by Eleanor. The material we used is mostly cotton blends with a fleece or flannel thrown in here or there. Some recylced, some new. This shop is also part of the giant goal to zip through all that hand-me-down material I have gobs of. My hope is that I will eventually have it down to one bin of material that I already have plans for.  And possibly a few pieces to inspire just because they’re pretty.  I often get commissioned for various random jobs so I usually need some supplies handy.

 

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We decided to embroider each face. We kept it simple, while still having some personality.

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Some have longer legs than others…

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Some make their own clothes…

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And they each have at least one face and a name. This one is Dolores. She likes blues…

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Visit the shop here:  Eleanor’s ROOM.

They make great one of a kind gifts!

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas- Day 12 – December Daily Album

In scrapbooking, Uncategorized on November 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

You didn’t think I’d make it through all 12 crafts without getting scrappy did you??? Ha! Well… I actually didn’t get too scrappy yet. But the scrapfest is inevitable due to this self-given prompt.

So for those of you who aren’t wrapped up in the Scrapbooking community like I am… especially around this time of year… you may not know what “December Daily” means.

This whole December Daily thing was started by Ali Edwards, a very talented scrapbooker among other things… So if you want to join in and are clueless, she has some kits to get you started on her site: Aliedwards.com

I have nothing new so far myself.  I’m aiming to jump into my stash and make most of it a kind of organic whatever I can find type thing. But I may grab a few festive bits here and there.

The idea is to document the month of december… daily…  with some kind of story. Even if you sat on the couch all day and watched “Elf,” you should include that. I don’t think there are any problems coming up with material to scrap because it’s the busiest month for most and there are usually at least 9 different parties to attend.

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Well, I hate to admit this, but I’ve never actually finished a December Daily album. I’ve started them… had the best intentions… but for some reason… they just never got to the point of being display worthy. To be totally honest, most of my own mini albums never get finished.  I only finish the ones that I make as gifts. I must need that “deadline” to actually make things happen.

But this year, I’ve decided is the year! And I think the key is organization. In past years, I’ve waited until after the holidays to even think about this album. So this year, my last craft for the 12 Crafts of Christmas will be the first step to making my December Daily a reality!

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I probably would have used another old book… but they all went to my Advent Calendar… lol.

I found this plain Kraft Binder that I never used. I believe I got it from Close to My Heart. But they have them at any craft supply store in all kinds of sizes.

So I’m looking at this binder… and I just didn’t want to do what I usually would do which is cover it with fabric, so I slept on it.  The idea came to me at 6am to paint it like a Christmas door… so I got up and got started.  Lol…    coffee is always made at that time anyway because I set it up the night before for my husband to just push the button in the morning before he leaves for work. So I got to work in my Christmas Owl jammies mommy got me for Christmas last year… and I got my cup of coffee and started marking out where I wanted  to cut holes for the top part of the door. I know I want to make the first inside page something that can peek through the cover.  Haven’t exactly planned it out yet, but that will be for another post. This is strictly a cover post.

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I did end up using some fabric for the side. So… a little won’t hurt. But I think overall, I’m keeping the color scheme cool. I did a blue berry wreath on the front instead of a red one. Mainly because I had blue paint handy.  So after I saw the blue and white I mentally decided on a blue, grey, white color palatte for the rest.

 

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So there’s nothing really to tell here because all I did was paint it so far. But I did a video of the painting if anyone wants a tutorial on how to paint an old white door with a blueberry wreath on it.  heh…  Well, not necessarily a tutorial because I don’t know anything about painting except that I like to do it.

So I used Golden Acrylics: Zinc White, Cerulean Blue, and Mars Black. A couple of Artist’s loft brushes, a sponge, and my fingers.  I may still add some green holly leaves perhaps. Haven’t decided if that will wreck the coldness of the cover.  We shall see!

Oh, and I also used an exacto knife to cut out the holes it the door! It wasn’t hard. The album is like a chipboard.. so didn’t take long to break through!

Anyway, thanks to all who have followed us through our 12 crafts!  We hope this has inspired someone to get crafty this Christmas!

Here is my painting vid to music. I like to listen to music when I paint so I figured I’d stop talking for this one. Lol. I was listening to Band of Horses and Andrew Bird while I painted this… but I don’t think I’m allowed to use their music for my video. haha… But I do reccomend doing your own painting while listening to them.

God Bless! Happy December!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 11 – Bible Backpacks

In Sewing on November 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm

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This is my favorite sewing project so far! I think it’s because of my obsession with school supplies and accessories of the like..

And I also think this would make a great gift for a lot of friends of mine..  heh…

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So this fabric I found at Hobby Lobby was perfect for our Bibles. I’ve already made some other stuff out of it, but I still had some left.

This project is really simple and takes about 20 minutes to make.

You will need:

  1. Fabric, one or two choices.
  2. Interfacing
  3. Elastic
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Yourself
  6. Cookies
  7. Twix
  8. Coffee

Items in italics are obvious, but I didn’t want to insult you.

Anyway, our Bibles are 7.5 x 6.5′.

So I cut my material as follows:

        2 pieces background fabric- 7.5 x 4′

        2 pieces pocket fabric – 6 x 4′

        Interfacing, 1 piece 7.5 x 4′.  1 piece 6 x 4′

        Elastic pieces – 7.5 – 8 ‘

 

Here are some links to materials:

Elastic – This is the exact stuff I used.

Interfacing – Makes the project more sturdy – (optional). I also see this at Walmart all the time.

I got the material I used at Hobby Lobby. They probably still have it. lol.

Janome Hello Kitty sewing machine – I got this machine for Roo not last Christmas, but the one before. I also had a $50 gc from Jo-ann fabric, so I got it for $100. I say this all the time, but I am still amazed at this machine. I mean, you just can’t get a machine that cheap that is as sturdy as this one. I’ve made soo soo many things on it and have not had one problem. Not one! It’s heavy weight which I like…  I alsolutely hate the brother machines and the new singer machines that I can pretty much toss across the room because they’re so light. They actually fall off the table while you’re sewing because they can’t hold themselves down.

So anyway, my point is… Janome so far has been a great brand for me. lol. Well, for Roo… when I finally give her machine back.  hahahahahhaa

But I highly reccomend this brand for a really good inexpensive machine! They have a variety of Hello Kitty ones now… they are all on amazon. So you can’t go wrong. Some are less than $100.

So here is our process video to learn how to make these YUMMY pen totes… highlighter cozies… Book buddies…  BIBLE BACKPACKS! It’s really a Bible frontpack because that’s where I put mine… but I guess you could also put it on the back.. Just hate the whole…not laying flat thing..  hahaha

 
We hope you have fun making these for all your friends!
Or making these for all your books! heh…

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Enjoy! And have a blessed week!!

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