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More Favorite sites this week and SALES!

Roses, new A/C, reference letters, 2012 Taxes, finishing porch arbor, cutting new stuff, playing with Etsy, website and blog …

May Queen growing faster than we can build!

May Queen growing faster than we can build!

Oh and I met a lady in Town through Etsy that goes to Scotland a couple of times a year. I might have a coffee mate if we can clear our schedules enough to get together!Oh I do hope I found someone with the Gaelic to talk to me with out PAYING for it!

Her photography is amazing and her taste is well, like things I see and notice!

New Dawn "The bad girl" She spans a full 18 feet out now. Hope that arbor holds!

New Dawn "The bad girl" She spans a full 18 feet out now. Hope that arbor holds!

That’s my garden and I hope she wants to use it …Her stuff is AWESOME!

Check her out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KClarkPhotography

I guess I have more LIFE than I can handle! It’s sort of neat and sort of scarey! How did I get here crosses my mind frequently. Then I remember. Right actions , sewing seeds… karma….

New Dawn Rambler Rose

 

 

Okay we have an awesome sale going on now at my favorite store!

Oh and I so needed some more picot edging for those little nickers!

Irish crocheted picot edging

Irish crocheted picot edging

 

Enjoy! The SALE LINK !

http://view.e-marthapullen.com/?j=febd11747d6d067b&m=fe9615707060037b77&ls=fdfe15717166017e7d177170&l=fecf1570776d077c&s=fe3d16737664047e751477&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe5f157072650375751c&r=0

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Neat blog and pics on making your own templates

Just got through talking about making my own templates. This lady has some cool time saving tips! Enjoy! Click on her title to read it ! Always needing to save time while saving money or it’s sort of pointless these days isn’t it?

#89 White Rotary

#89 White Rotary (Photo credit: Jim Belford)

ooobop!

For those of you who painstakingly trace Burda Style patterns from the magazines or for those of you who lovingly trace their vintage or modern patterns to avoid damaging the originals I think I have found a great solution…

Rymans tissue paper roll

It goes under the name of Bleached White Acid Free Tissue Paper and comes in a roll of 25 sheets each measuring 500mm x 750mm and Rymans sell this stuff for £4.99! Though it doesn’t appear to be available online yet, unfortunately.

Up until recently I have been using Burda tracing paper which I have been getting from Jaycotts online, where I get quite a lot of my supplies. It is great stuff and good quality but each pack contains only 5 sheets, size 110 x 150cm for £2.54.

Much like the Burda trace, the Rymans tissue is coated/shiny on one side and matt on the reverse and if you iron it…

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Tools of the trade…What you really need is not this…. Review of my favorite stores latest add

Sew Beautiful
scissors

Do I really need all these?

I look at this and think yummy. But wait a minute I already learned that lesson. Use what you have like the Mimi taught ya. And what about all the folks here around me trying to make a living? Now this on-line store IS my hands down favorite and if I order I do it from them. But I wait for the big sales.There are some free shipping deals here but only a couple may be worth you time as a beginner or intermediate sewing enthusiast.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the add. I tried to remove all the jib-jab.
If …I ordered what their expert is saying… I would have spent all this :
Tools:$147.48
Other stuff:$ 501
That is $ 648.48!!! with free shipping woooo hooo!
I  wish I had had some reviews when I started this deal years ago. I’m such a sucker when you talk about “professional looking” finished products. Lets face it here, a professional couture seamstress are on SALARY (like gets paid not by the piece) and this stuff is provided.  Not the AVERAGE sewer now is she…took me a while to figure THAT out.
Holy mollie folks.
I tried this pen. It does not last long, especially compared to the basting glue for the PRICE. Spent 6.25
Seam tape is also cheap and snipped into tiny squares I have used it on a wedding dress with 50 yards of silk ribbon to be placed before there was basting glue.
The small scissors I got on sale at a local store 5.25
The big scissors ARE a good buy for the quality but I use the small pair so “no go”
The scallop templet? really? I use a piece of card board and draw it out with a pencil and a string and then cut different ones or they come free in sewing magizines.  To make it nice ,I use a piece of scrap paper that I “misprinted” from my printer. Glue it on and write the information on it. Cost about an hour for 6 of them in different ones.
Press and shape board. A definite need for heriloom and lace work. But I got mine on sale at local store for 13.99 (not on sale). Cutting board on one side. soft pad on the other. Us it for a gazilion things.
To lace shape. Trace the loop design on the board on misprinted paper like the design like on the board. Do a web search for the pattern. Stab pin it to my cheap board and viola…saved 28 Bucks and have all sorts of other designs and options.
Uhmmm yeah, another tube turner. not for me.
Construction books, like if you have more than 5…check your magazines or the web. It’s a money grabber.
Fabric? Holey cow. She who dies with the most stash wins comes to mind. I got about 12K of stuff I haven’t used yet. Do love the MP cotton but still haven’t used the 4  pieces of 2 yards from 2 years ago. (hint order on 50% of days or the free shipping days. You CAN count on MP for quality, fast delivery. She is the ONLY one I trust for online orders)
Pleated fabric, good deal.
After pleater, spool holder, thread  and time learning how to use the thing. I figured I’d wasted about $250. Go for the $10, or contact your local stores. There are local folks that need the cash and will do it for you on fabric you have for the same price.
Digital embroidery. So wish I had the funds to do that. I looked at several over the last year. Ends up being like buying a B.O.A.T. (Bale out another thousand) or buying a car. Machine-check, programs-check, needles-check, more thread-check, classes-check….
I have 3 local ladies that bid for my work. They need the cash and I DON”T need to spend all that cash and loose my mind on yet another project. I KNOW I have never met a craft I didn’t like but scattered is scattered.
Those grip scissor are on my wish list for another century. At last count I have 5 pares of large, 4 pairs of small, 3 seam rippers, 3 exacto knife thingys with different shapes and 2 different electric shears. I use the same 3 daily. The electric shears worked for about 1 year. Now I can’t get blades anymore.
Still looking for a decent pair. I learned how to use the rotary cutters (3 different kinds..I told you I have tried a LOT of things). I plan my cuts better and use things more efficiently using those and it is faster than the electric shears.
I love this store, the lady has always been about helping and supporting sewers in the industry rather than herself. In return Karma blessed her. I have actually written her about some of the stuff they are saying you NEED. Also about her recent sell out to another company (my opinion) as I am getting stuff from another company I did not order nor ask for.
No response and that is okay. I realize her job now is to push these nice ladies ideas as is her style, but please young sewers, don’t spend your hard earned cash on some of this stuff.  Sewing is an amazing thing and getting discouraged is easy. Email me if you have questions about what you REALLY need. It is more about techniques not TOOLS.
Check my store for products and my face book for projects in the works:
Or go to etsy, drop down box for SHOPS and type in Lady Iris Jean
Fb: Iris Jean the artist page or Lady Iris Jean store page(still not working too well)
Sewline Glue Pen
Price: $7.95
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#1: Sewline Glue PenConnie Says: “I LOVE THIS PEN! That is why it is my #1 pick. I glue everything on—rick rack, spaghetti bias, ribbon, piping, hems etc. It dries fast and washes out completely. Less pinning!”

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Havel's Small Multi-Angled Lace Trimming Scissors
Price: $10.95
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Applique Scissors
Price: $23.00
Applique Scissors
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#2: Havel’s Small Multi-Angled Lace Trimming Scissors
And
#3: Applique ScissorsConnie Says: “These 2 pair of scissors are a staple in my sewing room. Both pair are the best for trimming from behind lace. With the bent handles you can keep you scissors flat with the fabric. Less trimming accidents.”

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Easy Scallop Adjustable Template
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#4: Easy Scallop Adjustable TemplateConnie Says: “I do a lot of scalloped hems for Madeira Appliqué. This adjustable template allows you more scallop sizes for less money!”

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Shape 'N Press Board
Price: $42.00
Sale Price: $33.60

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#5: Shape ‘N Press BoardConnie Says: “I have this board on the table or in my lap at all times. Not only is it indispensable for pinning lace shapes, it has printed lace shapes you may need. Also it has the tie off guide for a smocked bishop dress which I always use.”

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Fastube Guide with Tiger Eye
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#6: Easy Scallop Adjustable TemplateConnie Says: “I have had fasturn tubes for many years. My problem was making my fabric tube the correct size. With this fast turn guide it is Fool Proof.”

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Monogram Wizard Plus
Price: $350.00
Sale Price: $250.00

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#7: Mongram Wizard PlusConnie Says: “When I want to do a embroidered monogram, I want it to come out right the first time I sew it. You can trust Monogram Wizard to do that. A few clicks and you have a beautiful professional monogram instantly!”

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Martha's Classic Cotton
Price: $12.00/yd
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#8: Martha’s Classic CottonConnie Says: “These are my go to fabrics for sure. They all match and have piping, spaghetti bias, picot edge folded bias trim that all match the fabric. Make sure you make a christening gown from the white. You will love it.”

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Construction Techniques Made Easy with Connie Palmer (DVD)
Price: $39.00
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#9: Construction Techniques Made Easy with Connie Palmer (DVD)Connie Says: “This CD is a must to have on hand while you are sewing. It has some of the easiest plackets. The smocked bishop placket is fail proof. Sew fast and sew smart!”

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Pleated Insert
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#10: Pleated InsertsConnie Says: “I have these on hand at all times. Saves me from getting the pleater out when I feel creative.”

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Rag Snips
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#11: Rag SnipsConnie Says: “I have had these for a long time and didn’t use them because I wasn’t making a rag quilt. One day my hands hurt and I had to clip curves around necks and sleeves. What a relief! Now they stay out on the table all the time. Give them a try you will love them for this.”

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Excellent problems, it’s all about perspectives

Posting bum, here. But… I have been designing and pattern making and fabric selecting, sewing, ironing and writing.

Ironing spilling over into the study!

I HAVE TOO MUCH LIFE!
What an excellent problem! It’s really a luxury problem now isn’t it?
I am so very blessed.

I look at these and think "Wow, thank god I don't have to spin & weave this stuff" like my ancestors just 4 generations back!

I look at these and think "Wow, thank god I don't have to spin & weave this stuff" like my ancestors just 4 generations back!

Spring is almost here and so is faire season. Pictures coming for that in about a week, is my guess. Selling off all my old stock for Faire and going through them all has been interesting. I have lot’s of memories in those boxes . I still have people I met back then in my life. It was a wondrous time to remember, being just 40 and newly married to my soul mate. Living just for the day and the time when he would get home. Uhmmm, memories!

Well, Faire cloths never change! They are historic replication and it’s just not possible to change history. They are timeless. You know…Good quality fabric lasts for years . I still have my original Chemise and my daughters origin chemise for then. Washed and softened so beautifully. Practical, practical, practical.

Gaffed chemise now called smocking

Designing for “fun and pretty”, is challenging for me. This is a time of growing for me in so many ways. A time of reflection and adaptation to the world around me at my age where it comes to just about anything, clothing or fashion in particular. We are all a collective of experiences now aren’t we?

I’m the kind of person that thinks you should only have to buy cloths and tires once and they should last. Never the mall shopping gal when young, I always went for the classics.

Oh there was a time when I went very fashionista back in the 1987 and then again in 1992. The cloths were such beautiful styles and cost enough to require credit (which I knew better than to DO), and then, I had to watch them dwindle away in my closest. I have 3 classic suites that Lady Iris Jean and myself shopped for back then, out of about 7 that we bought. I can STILL wear them and get comments on them.

Classic wool suit now 25 years old

I don’t know if the “classics lean”, came from Lady Iris Jean or my practical Taurus personality. But it’s there and I am glad. So is my husband. I think his experience with paying shopping bills of his ex’s left him quiet relieved when he met me and noticed I had the old time tenants of :

1 – You get what you pay for and
2 – Quality over quantity always.
3 – Take care of your things and they last
4 – Be grateful for what has been given you and
5 – Pretty is as pretty does not as pretty wears

They sewed those cloths folks! That's 1952.

Mediating on it all I think it came from growing up with Grandmother Vi during the school breaks. No electricity, no air conditioner, hauling water and bathing in a trough in the kitchen or dressing room, lined up from cleanest child to dirtiest. Hmmm how about, using kerosene lamps and cleaning/trimming wicks and (my all time favorite) trekking to the outhouse in the middle of the night and removing the chickens so you could pee. My fathers side thought it atrocious. Mother was ashamed but WE thought it all great fun! Damned but KNOWBODY took a picture of the outhouse! What memories that brings!

I have only met one person in all my years that even talked about it all and had the same views. A 60 year old Colonel from Puerto Rico got deployed with me a couple a years ago. We had to live “rough” for 4 days, for several interesting reasons I shall not go into at this time. Our upbringing made us very “seasoned”. We both LOOKED rather delicate bu, we both of us ended up looking rather fantastic compared to our compatriots. Now this was in the 1960’s for me and him, not 1910 folks. The media magazine and movies are very glamorized. The statistics for 1942 in many rural areas of the USA show that only 15% had electricity or running house water.In the 1960’s it was still just 50%!

The camping rough is what the sporty folks do for a weekend or week at a time. Actually “living” that way…, well, it has a way of “growing you up” different. This man and I, who would never have been friends actually bonded. Shocking to say the least…. We were both operating and interacting in the old way. As only one raised in “it takes a village” theology can do.

Great Granmommy May at GM Vi's house

My dear hubby trained for his war and was left in swamps to survive for weeks, and weeks. He has a different seasoning. He left home at 14, and different “camping places” in the 1960’s and improvised hygiene in gas station bathrooms. It’s sort of the same type of planning and logistics to get all THAT done and get to work on time, now isn’t it. He is very proud of his “seasoning”. You have to have a work ethic, and some ingenuity and hudspa to live, survive and prosper like that. I think my favorite story he tells is of not having a car jack and rolling his truck up on a downed log to change a tire. I wouldn’t have though of that in a million years.

Color TV didn’t come to our home until 1972. Our 10 inch black and white was the family prize in 1968! And Grandmother not only did not have a phone until the late 1970’s but also didn’t have a color TV until the late 1980’s.

My mother made our cloths until I was 13 years old and she went to work. We got new cloths for birthdays, school and for Christmas. We got toys from relatives who lived in the city, or hand me down cloths and toys from neighbors.

An actual toy for a Birthday or Christmas? Why that just wouldn’t be practical now would it?

We got dolls and doll bed that mother and an uncle picked up from a second hand church bizarre and were repainted and re-clothed for Christmas when I was 5. When I was 6, I got a store bought Walking Betsy. She died 3 weeks later and I remember the discussion my parents had about the practicality of the money spent only to have my heart broken.

(Damned program says THOSE photo’s aren’t allowed due to a security risk? Well there had to be some computer issue now didn’t there!)

I remember how quiet is was at Grandmother’s house, and hearing Mrs Mackbeth coming over the cow catcher and down the road to knock on the door to tell us that Daddy had “rung up” at her house to check and make sure we had made it safely. The only sound we heard was what I thought was thunder for years. laying in be one night, hot with the cool night air billowing the curtains I again saw the flashes and the rumbles. It rolled over and asked Grandmother Vi why it rained every night at her house. She became very still, “Honey, that’s the boys at Fort Hood. It’s called artillery practice.” That was 10-15 miles east of her place, it was on the land that used to hold our family safe from 1858-1942. I remember her stillness. I understand now.

A REAL old problem, How to get the mule to keep moving to grind stuff!

I can’t really think of any place THAT quite since that time. Even when we pack it in or “biv-wack” in the wilderness, the sounds of the forest are so loud and are really all I hear. We only see maybe 3 people in a weeks time, and it’s not the same calm quiet like living far off on a farm even now.

120 miles in looking at a Million acres of Peace

We lived on a farm when we got married surrounded by goats, cows, chickens and lots of horses and cats and dogs. It was a huge place, with 3 houses full of people who worked the place. There were hired folks coming in by the droves to work, vets to check animals, sales folk to sell stuff…. Late at night, it was quiet but never during any day of the week or on the weekend.

Oh did I mention wild Turkeys outside the windows?

No, that quiet is gone. I think the only place that I have seen it written about or described is in the book Harder than Hardscrabble: Oral Recollections of the Farming Life from the Edge of the Texas Hill Country (Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series)

I read it because my family is in it, including pictures. But there is a place in it were it talks about the lose of actual sounds. Ahhh, Sounds that will never be heard again. I think that quiet sound I am talking about is like that what he describes,… things change. Lady Iris Jean grew up hearing a trendle sewing machine at work. I grew up with the sound of a Singer buzz. My little work shop has the hammer sound of a serger or the hum of a fancy German piece of work!

All that's left of the trendle machine

A hum or a hammer, depends on what I want to do! Luxury problem.

Yes, we have luxury problems these days. Problems like, the dogs are in our yard pooing again and eating the daisies, and the cable company is thinking of not carrying our favorite station…. OMG well THAT just needs a petition!.

Or my cell phone wont’ hold a charge, I’m going down to that phone store right now and making them fix this or else! Or how about we forgot to pick up batteries for the remote control and one of us must get up, walk to the TV and change the channel! Urgh, it’s just AWFUL and we are so put upon!

No, seasoned folks don’t think that way ….much. We laugh, find another way, don’t plant daisies in the front yard, put in a movie instead, and have a cup of tea with the water from the microwave! Ha! Never daunted much, I just pick up a piece of hand work or a pad and paper and get busy.

Pink 1930s sketch

Butterfly pocket hand work

New modren meets Old Battenburg! now how to incorporate that , what an excellent diversion!

I am a bit lazy compared to the last 5 years of go-go-go, but I am enjoying it. It is hard to slow back down without coming to a complete stop. It is an adjustment that I am sure my soul has needed. And it means change in pretty much all areas. To somehow piece my practical side into a whimsical side just for the fun of something is…
Uncomfortable. Oh, poor me!

Yes, life and luxury problems are remarkable and our current perceptions are astounding. So much LIFE! So many options, and not enough time in a day to write a blog about it all. How silly.

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Staring at Lace, conversing with my….. self?

Staring at Lace…I get the design board up to the lace part,and then I just STARE at it.

I have an enormous collection. It started when I wanted to get married in a gown covered in bits and pieces of scraps of lace in 2001. I found one…
It was $3000. I gagged, but was able to stop what followed only because I was wearing it. We went with a more flat style with scraps of lace on handkerchiefs with the date embroidered on them and an awesome Red velvet cape.

Red cape sans lace

But I started collecting scraps and bits, at close outs and at garage sales.
I had a daughter who was going to be of marrying age in a few years, like if, THAT ever happened….

She married at 2 am in Las Vegas in a pin-up girl style and dress in 2009 …BLAST, it was not (I’m too old for that caarap)…Sing with me now,… “I did it mmmyyyyyy wwwaaayyyyy”.

2 much at 2 am

So I HAVE all this LACE. I feel like I’m married to it somehow. I mean…what if it’s the wrong decision, what if I have to take it off, that’s a booger to do. But I get it in placed, and I’ll be attaching it on a sleeve after FINALLY deciding “this tea dyed french 2 inch would look incredible on a frothy soft blue top.”

I sit and pause as the machine starts to whine and I stop mid-stitch and think,
“Oh good grief, you aren’t marrying it for GODs sakes”….see what I mean.

One batch of lace layed out, I have way more...

Then comes…
“Well that’s just too plain, maybe we should improve on the plan”.

Take COVER.

This is a red flag. This is NOT a good thing.
Improving on the plan usually gets me a flustered raving pouting mess…

I like these but...

I like these but...

And I just used these on this skirt

So I keep going. Thank goodness it’s time for a break.

Tea time with SELF

I almost messed with the plan.Thank the powers that be,… it ended before it started. It would inevitably ended up with me staring at the lace again (all 4000 or so yards of the stuff) and getting nothing done.

I say…,” Hay self, why do you do that?
Self says,”Is it because it’s pretty?”
“Na, that’s not it, I mean it is pretty and all but that’s not it.”
“Well, what the hell is it self?”
“Waste?”
“Maybe you are superstitious, and think if you use it …I don’t know something will happen?”

“Na, it’s like eye candy,it makes me smile to look at it…I just love it!”

“Na, that’s stupid. You are just a 2 year old who doesn’t want to share.”

“Yeah, THAT could be it… You never did like to share either.”

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Yeah I have columns!

It’s a slow trudge for happy destiny but persistence seems to pay off.

The computer:
I found the little page for columns.Still no categories at the top and the help desk can’t figure it out either. This is NORMAL for my computer problems. Remember Apple? Yeah, they can’t figure out why my printer won’t connect using an airport…nor how I keep ending up registered with 3 accounts with them…nor…. you get the picture.

Facebook notice to authorize is still right there and I give up for now as to figuring out just WHY…

I think I must have a prayer for patience stuck in God’s cache from years ago…. Geeze but I wish it would clear soon.

What’s up for the week?

Sewing:
My little world
Cleaning the studio after the set of projects just completed. I keep it so nice and neat and pretty until picture and posting days and then I just explode in there! Today I also need to wash some lovely lavender and white linen.

I have a push from the great beyond to do a linen Baby romper and a Madria edged sun dress out of this stuff. It’s just so…yummy is all I can say.

I have some really cool prints and they are so in style right now for the kids but my head keeps thinking about these lovely things so…

Winding bobbins, redoing the project boards I keep in front of me (to decrease my tendencies to go 10 different directions ya see), then some drawing and maybe some more pictures of some adult “Faire” dresses from the old store. Well when things go well anyway. I get tangled up in more ways than one some days as you can see…

Multi tasking doesn't work for me

The book:
I have been writing more regularly. I’m really please with how the characters are coming so alive with personalities sketched by words. This is most fascinating to observe. I know there are lots of software out there to help develop them but they just seem to be developing themselves.

I have an idea why, and it makes me giggle and want to write some more!
This IS about having fun now isn’t it!

I sketched some stuff while watching TV last night as you can see. Just some penciled ideas for the books. I have tended to put this one off in the last week. I can really get into the Zen of creating when I am drawing and the world goes away. I guess, the rest of my life is getting in the way! I have SO MUCH LIFE now, and not enough time to get into that meditative state. I know I can’t force any of. If it becomes an assigned task…I’ll loose the fun. So I think I’ll just be ware of it and see what happens.

Just doodling and trying to figure out how to put Lil’Iris in the snow head first…It’ll come…eventually

My closest spiritual adviser informs me that, as I probably will not become a millionaire by Friday, that,.. it is a good idea to just have fun until Friday and if I do become one by Friday…we can discuss that then.

i.e.: I need to stay in the moment to be productive, to have fun and to create in HP’s world…not My imaginary one:)

The Painting & the dolls:

Percephonee is still with us, she lives on the wall now.

I think I have decided to go with painting the eyes on the dolls. It is faster and I am better at it than delicate embroidery.

I tend to paint a lot in the spring when the weather here is in the 70’s. Most of the U.S. is still in Winter. Not here. From now until the 1st week in May it will be 70s-80s and the studio is lit by the sun that rises and sets totally on the south side of the house. It illuminates the area and colors are vivid.

I’ll also be working on the hair…(another doll part to add to the other doll parts laying every where in this house). I have several of Lady Iris Jeans little dolls and it is neat to see the expression of her in personality in the collection.

Well see you guys on Fb I hope, if I ever figure this thing out!
have a great creating week!…’til Friday.

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Like a small animal on linoleum but at least I’m moving!

I have been extremely busy, sort of like a cat on linoleum. I do get places, there is a whole lot of movement and activity going on I just haven’t posted anything so you can’t see it!

1st off the Book:
I have the forward completed and 3 completed chapters and 3 more in the works and about 40 chapters planned and titled. The ideas for the entire project are so very exciting I really wish this was the year 3000 or, I was Samantha Stevens (I used to wish that a lot when I was little).

Life is just too cool and there are just so many experiences! I also wish I had a whole lot of money to hire out the proofing, illustration and copy … but holy mother of FiFi, I was born under the poverty line and stretch daily to keep just above it. But oh well, more to experience right?
I am having fun fun fun! And ooohh so pleased with my Battenburg finished creation, even without the sash, that I can’t wait to out it up Friday!

Sandra Sue and the Battenburg lace confection

The Illustrations are too cool and I have acquired some computer apps which I thought would might make that part easier…hmmmm. yea. NOT!
Let’s face it guys, I’m just not computer literate and I can’t get the training wheels off that bike. It is exhausting and wastes so much time I could be writing, drawing, painting or sewing.

I was able to settle on a certain style for the eyes of the characters. Which just thrills me to death. Iris Jean had these eyes that were so cool in real life. My daughter has those eyes only magnified x10. I have been drawing those eyes a thousand different ways for 3 weeks! There are “EYEs everywhere in the house! The kitchen, dinning room, studios and even one bathroom! I’ve found the perfect perfect pair and they fit on each project so perfectly!

Which leads me to the dolls, Paper dolls, and kids projects.

The dolls!
OMG! That has been so much fun. As you know, I hand draft pretty much everything. Give me a picture of something and I WILL figure it out and come up with a pattern.

Now this is a secret, some folks think I’m a Genius but I am NOT… there is a reason I HAVE to do it that way……. I CAN NOT follow directions to save my life! BAHAHAHAHAH! Me and a friend laughed until we cried the other day.Here is a really good example!

I made 3 dolls. 1 yr old Baby Iris Jean and 3-5 year old Sandra Sue. I had a Doll pattern that I just loved the look of and thought I would give it a whirl and see which turned out better.

Well the 1st 2 went off without a hitch and got all but the faces/hair completed in about 2 days…all the while I was also messing with said pattern doll.

This pattern doll got her legs put on as follows:
1- Inside out correct placement of toes, so I tore that out and then….
2- Toes pointing backwards correct placement so I tore that out then….
3- Toes pointing next to her bottom backwards!

I gave up and will have to hand sew them on today. I will TRY…but every time I pick her up I can’t stop laughing at the REAL me that no one knows about! (ya know…I think I’ll name her Fifi!)

The Dresses:
Got 3 finished they will go up on Friday in the store. I am really really pleased with the style, fabrics and lace combinations not to mention the dreamy heirloom blue ribbons on the last one.

A major draw back to hand drafting and marking on fabric is every now and then the markers leave residual that will not come out. I have tried several different pen’s, pencils and chalks through the years and the most recommended water marker is what I draft with these days. The little apron sundress was going to be woven with ribbon trims but I found the draft mark had not come out! …

Drafting marks


I could get it out but it would take an entire day and I want to move on so I will sell this one at a discount as a “heirloom blank” with some ribbon and someone else can weave ribbon and decorate it.

The Labels got designed and printed and did not bleed during washing so YEAH! We have got a legit label going on them today.

I just hate uploading pictures (of course I do…it’s on a computer),
but I did get them done.

Mock up Baby Iris Jean

The Doll mock-ups have become my little models and are so cute! Not having my little granddaughter around is hard so I just picked the 1yr old up the other day, and gave a good “Squnch”!

What do ya think?

If you are not into Etsy I will upload to the Fb page for Lady iris Jean so check that out at Lady Iris Jean (Retail/shopping) sight
Or, Iris Jean personal site.! See ya round!

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