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We are off to see the wizard or an internet techoNO day

Inspirations abound for me.
1860-1940’s fascinate me. The history of the lives of my genealogy lines and what they wore and what they did…oh, just scrum-dilly-um-shish for me and my creativity.

Lady Iris Jean and her family were from an Era only in memory now.
The sewing manuals From my grandmothers with chapters on trousseau preparation, fine linens for a well to do home, fabric choices and care etc…Ohhh to be off this thing and sewing!

Grandmother Viola's Sewing book

I still think I’m Martha Pullens long lost daughter. Like on a soap, whisked away and she never knew about me. Someday I MIGHT be able to afford her reproduction of her family sewing and heirlooms book. For now it’s still up in the $98 range USED…. New you can forget about it.

So I will just go with my passions and design away. Check out some of my posts on the old ways and designing as well as my battle with techNO nightmares. This AM before the sun came up, Rosetta stone kicked me off their live tutor session when my mic driver decided to take that opportunity to totally disappear!

Un daunted I proceed …

Blammo, well not blammo ….more like… the sound of screeching breaks at 3 am with an adolescent at the wheel,right before it hit’s a telephone pole and power to the entire subdivision goes out… BUT …

It’s happening!

Layers of lace!

I am posting new items in the store through the rest of the day. That’s right folks it’s a head on assault on this key board today. The words NO! are heard frequently (along with a barrage of comments about FiFi’s mother) from my little office. I never talk like this while I’m sewing!

I’m in the zone, Zen like. Time passes, literal hours and I look up and hubby is standing there grinning ready for supper. But I think I’ve put this off long enough. They really are breathtakingly beautiful.

So out of my safe hermitage, life awaits!

Uploaded the pics,went over soundness of construction like 20 times, sized them,check… Now to Package them and weigh the wee packages, … then onto descriptions, print off the books and then that long sot after “GO” button. Fb may or may not get done…I swear I’ve authorized that darn thing twice and it just asked me to do it AGAIN. Oh-NO Mr Bill comes to mind.(Any other old-timers out there or am I the only one here who FULLY understands what that sounds like?)

We ARE getting there! Hang on for the ride, I hope to miss the telephone pole !

Post script: Why can’t I post to the Fb store site? It says I can only post it on the Artist Logo site? telephone poll number one….

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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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Lists of all the lists I need to make!

Anybody ever have artistic block?

I have so many ideas it is blocking me! What to do first, next, ….
I have the day to my lonesome. Hubby’s at work of 1 day and I have about …a ga-gillioon things on my list to do and work on.

The holidays put me into “Turkey mode”. You know that feeling after Christmas dinner? Where you just stare into space and feel peaceful?
The house is still clean from not being here and the studios are spotless.
I took about 20 idea mags with me to design some stuff and still writing stuff down!

Well good grief it’s been 7 days almost and I’m still in the lull of total inactivity. Here is the last thing I did before I left. Don’t like it much but friends oohhed and awwed when I messaged it around. Maybe I’ll put it up anyway. A nice apron dress to get dirty! Oh what fun!
Bloomers though…got them done but can’t figure our how to take a picture of them!

White arpon pinafore/Sundress


Anywho…

Found some awesome old timer Paper dolls from the 1930’s while up in the mountains. We were snowed in for 4 straight days! My one day out was awesome! I just stare at them and wish i had the paper artist gene! Maybe I’ll give it a try for the children’s books. I have the illustrations….Ahwww there I go again!

Now what to do,what to do? A list, that’s it.

I’ll make a list of all the lists I need to make! (That’s so totally Lady Iris Jean )!

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Lace, machines, old fashioned cleaning and Lady Ga Ga

Going to finish those 2 Baby girl dresses today.
Yummy Battenburg lace with some type of soft satin sash and a baby slip with heirloom layered lace skirt to dress up any dress, not just this baby dress.

Yum, Yum lace. Love it and the collection is still growing. I admit the craving and the manageability of it all. Oh I miss that tatted collar I put on that wedding dress. It was so heavenly and delicate!

I have looked and looked for some nice old fashioned aprons to keep grand babys dresses clean looking and can’t find any. Also can’t find any baby girl slips that are made of natural fibers. Ick! the thought of scratchy polyester next to a baby girls skin still just doesn’t sit right with me.

The only one left in my family that remembers what I remember…ironing, vacuuming the ceiling and dusting shelves…says that “that generation(our Mom’s) had the time to do that and we just don’t we have a life”. Hmmmm, yeah….I still do it even working and in the Military!

There is just something special to walk in your home with a clean smell and…a glow…just aren’t words. It’s called spring and holiday cleaning.
I simply can not create unless things are at least ordered in stacks!

Mom …she did contributed to the economic stimulus by hiring someone to do it. I would if I could find someone but haven’t since 2000 when maids stared banding together for the quick clean companies.

Well That new serger is calling my name but the dreads have got me.
No, no computer on the thing but this week my kinetic energy related to electronics has been cursed. Not as badly as usual but still, makes me nervous.

The hand drafting is so easy compared to actually getting a machine to work sometimes. I did take the 1960 machine into the Gromms sewing center and they were amazed at how it looked and sewed. Nice tight seams…picking stitches out of one of it’s work is nie-on-impossible. They just don’t make them like that any more! All metal parts and attachments gallor. The machine guys were fascinated and told me it had been years since they had seen a complete set that looked like new. Mom serviced the thing herself for 50 years…made me so proud!

I was amazed at the things the new serger could do. It’s basically the 1950’s machine with 2 needles and 4 spools of thread. My old one just did straight edging. It was so old they said the serial number couldn’t even be tracked!

As for this computer blog funny for today:
When I hit the proofread button on my posts it says I am BIASED to use the word “Lady”…. Hummm yeah….since when did using the word Lady become politically incorrect and offensive? What has Lady Ga GA done now???!!!

Guess I should go play with the new serger thingy Huh? Something hilarious is bound to occur, I assure you.

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Oldtimer meets the current century head on Day 1

14th centruy gaffing on full sleeve of chemise

Well this is certainly interesting. Sort of like those dreams where you are naked walking down the street interesting and no body is even looking!
It’s been a heck of a 72 hours playing website games. You know the kind where you have 2 pages of passwords that match every website you’ve had to log into since passwords started somewhere around 1993?
And then there are the pages that you have visited just in the last 3 years!

And then there is the figuring out of the dash boards,the settings and widgets not to mention how to link all this together (which I still have to learn 3 facebook accounts later) and…I think I know why people have addictions now…but not to this thing called a computer.

Did you know that this is my 4th post today and yet I can’t find even one of them? Where do they go? Are they on another planet or have they gone into some secret heaven?

Well anyway. store is coming along thanks to a very nice and talented Lady on etsy. Check her out! She blew me away with her Design!

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or check out what she did for me at

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