Monday, February 28, 2011

8/52 ~ Not Your Everyday Alice

Pipos Dali "Alice" (thanks Taryn ;D) makes her debut a tad late for week 8 of the photo challenge. Last week flew by so fast and it was so hot I could not think straight to take photos lol.

And a lomo-ish one just for fun :o)

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's a BOY!

Lalaloopsy are releasing a boy!! Just heard on the dolly grapevine, his name is Patch Treasure Chest and I think he will be a Target exclusive.Not sure when he is going on sale but it can't be far away. How adorable is he and his little parrot XD

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Arty Farty Friday :p

Welcome to Arty Farty Friday!!!! Excuse the name this is what you get when you brainstorm with an 8 year old.

Anyway hopefully every Friday or there abouts I will share some sort of craft project I have been doing. This is my way of trying to actually get something done rather than just dreaming about it.

So this week I have been making a card, nothing flash, don't get too excited. I saw this on Kiki(verde)'s blog and thought how cute is that and how quick and easy is that, even better! I needed a card for my dear hubby for Valentines day and hopefully he will like this one. We don't do a lot for Valentines day anymore being the old married couple that we are lol and if we do do anything like go out to dinner it usually involves three childerbeasts, yeah romantic ;o) So at least this way he gets something that has had a bit of time and love put into it which is sometimes lacking in our day to day busy lives.

As you can see, very simple. Didn't go out and buy anything new, just used what was in the craft box. Pattern is courtesy of Kiki(verde) which you can download :o)


I love any sort of applique and in this case cut and paste! I think I'm still five years old :p

And the finished product, which had a quick swipe of distressed ink around the edges of the owl to give it that old look.

And this is what is on the inside. Awwwwwwwwwwwww lol.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Miniature Monday

Yay Miniature Monday is officially a go!

Okay to get started this is the dollhouse I'm going to be working on. My childhood dollhouse made in the late 1970's by my uncle when we lived back in the UK.

As you can see it's had some rough treatment thanks to the kids (they even drew on it for Pete's sake!). I gave it a paint job about 7 years ago when I let my eldest daughter play with it. I basically used whatever left over house paint we had in the shed so it's pretty awful. I plan to sand it all back a bit and give it a complete over haul.

First thing I want to try and find is some pretty dollhouse wallpaper in like a pale pink and white stripe, and some sort of flooring, maybe a white washed type floor board. Still undecided about the exterior colours, the walls will definitely be an off white but not sure on the roof and door colour whether to go a soft grey or soft sagey green. Or maybe even do the roof in little shingles.

Rooms wise, I think I will stick with the original room design which was bedroom and bathroom up top and lounge and kitchen down the bottom.

Hopefully by next Monday we might have a bit of progress :o)

On an unrelated note, my heart goes out to all the families in Roleystone and Kelmscott who lost their homes due to a bush fire in the past 24 hours. It is just so sad :o( I still can't believe it, it has all happened so fast.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Doll Ramble

I'm feeling at a low ebb in the doll hobby at the moment. Not really sure why. I'm not excited about anything, haven't found new dolls or ideas to squee over. I'm in a sad state :o( Today I am going to give the doll room an over haul and see if that get's the creative juices flowing.

I did get a jolt of excitement the other day when I finally decided on a theme for my childhood dollhouse. I was looking through some very clever miniature artisan blogs on blogger and one in particular that stood out was one for a shabby chic style bakery. I thought that is it! Shabby chic style dollhouse! My childhood dollhouse isn't a set style, so not Victorian like most dollhouse furniture, it's not really a tiny cottage either but I think it will lend itself well to a pretty shabby chic interior.

So my plan today is to make some space on the desk to fit the dollhouse on and to get started cleaning it up, fix the stairs and start planning wallpaper and flooring. I have already spied lot's of miniature pretty things on etsy. I think I'll have a look around some of the thrift type stores here to see if I can find some dollhouse furniture that can be shabby-fied into something sweet and feminine. The thing I love about this is that I am not set in stone with a particular style, so if some furniture is a bit Victorian looking and some bit's are a bit more modern it doesn't matter, as long as it's all white it will work.

My Volks Charlotte is winging her way to me now as I type. I am really looking forward to her coming. I can't wait to see her pretty face and have a solid torso SD10 again! I am thinking of calling her Babette, I have a thing for french names at the moment lol.

I was very tempted by a Volks SD16 Kira on DoA the other week, luckily for my bank account I think she has been taken down from sale now or sold or something. I did pm the seller to ask to see more pics but never heard back, so I am taking this as a sign that I really do not need to buy her lol. Yesterday I went back to Soom to look at the IMda Modigli that I fell for a few weeks ago and low and behold she is sold out! Then, last night I saw a friend on flickr had some nice Leeke mohair wigs and a Soda Cosette dress (that I have always loved) for sale, I shot her a pm and she pm'd back and said that they had all just sold five minutes earlier. It's like the universe is trying to tell me something, don't spend ya money!!! Weird! It's probably a good thing really.

I'm thinking of making regular posts to keep me motivated in what ever craft thing I might be doing. Like "Miniature Monday" will be for any dollhouse/miniature project that I'm doing, another day for atc's or card/paper craft (still thinking of a witty name fort that one, any suggestions?), another day for dolls/toys - which at the moment will be the 52 week photo challenge thanks to aussiedolls :o) (I am really enjoying this btw). I just thought that I enjoy blogging and I am finding with the photo challenge it gives me a reason to get motivated, I have to take the photo each week and post it and maybe that same sort of challenge would work for other hobbies that I am lacking motivation in. For me, I get all too stuck in the planning and dreaming stage of a project and then I never follow through and actually do anything. I don't know whether it's a time constraint thing or maybe I am just a lazy dreamer lol. Well I thought I would give it a go anyway and see what happens, so stay tuned for more regular rambling ;o)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Queensland as they are about to feel the wrath of cyclone Yasi.