Saturday, May 29, 2010

Molly Makeover Complete....

 Before....



   










                                 After....much better!
                                                                                               

Friday, May 28, 2010

Not having enough time is not an excuse and a sweet surprise....

For those of you that wear makeup, not having enough time to "put on one's face" is NOT an excuse! Suffice it to say that a full face can be applied at that "bleepity bleep,bleep" painfully long 3 minute traffic light that I oftentimes get stopped by on my morning commute to work.
Now for the surprise...IT CAME!!My "Balloon Tying Creations" came!!I ordered it on Saturday the 22nd and got it on Wednesday the 26th!  Paradise Fibers are super fast shippers, I LOVE them!! And what a cute presentation, very handy and easy to use. I love the fact that the patterns are printed on removeable cards. Brilliant! Oh and yes, I've already started the monkey and am knitting him on my dpn's just to stay in practice. I do love the "Magic loop" method but knitting with dpn's is fun too, especially in public. Non-knitters look at you funny.
                                                    Monkey head started....


Have a safe and fun Memorial day weekend!! For all the men and women who have lost their lives in the service of our country, I am truly awe-struck by their sacrifice, patriotism and dedication. And to those of you who are currently serving, thank you so much for your service!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Molly makeover...

I am still in my "doll period" but this time I want to talk about a project that does not involve crochet or knitting.  Here's the story; on my previous forays for treasure at  various thrift shops around town I couldn't help but notice the irresistable bunch dolls all piled up in bins. Such a sad but hopeful hodgepodge of dolls in various states of undress and "hairdo's". Usually I take 1 or 2 home with me with plans to "fix it up" and give it away to a child. Afterall, oftentimes these dolls are still in very good condition. It's usually the hair that's the problem...or lack thereof I should say. But then who hasn't cut their Barbie's hair? No matter how careful you were the sides would be uneven and you'd cut some more ending up with a shorn headed doll.

Then there are the nappy headed dolls that once sported golden, silky locks to style and play with. Sometimes merely "playing" with the hair causes it to frizz, terribly, even though the doll comes with a brush. Naturally one would assume that it can take some brushing without frizzing but alas this is not always the case on some of the cheaper dolls or at least the ones with "cheap hair".

So my latest makeover is an American Girl wannabe called "Our Generation ", which is sold at places like Target for a fraction of the AG price. To date, I have found 3 of them; one was brand new and had been donated by Target because of packaging damage. The other two were more careworn. Both of these had clean cloth bodies and intact limbs and eyes. One had a blonde fro that would have been legendary back in the disco days of the 70's. I already cut most of it off before I decided to blog about this but one can imagine the look, I'm sure.

These dolls have bodies and  faces VERY similar to the AG. And yes, I realize that they are merely a cheap imitations so please, if you are an AG fan I am NOT belittling AG products in any way. And I realize that AG dolls retain their value and etc. I'm simply talking about saving a doll from the landfill and re-making it for some child to have and play with.

The AG and Our Generation dolls wear a size 12/13 wig, something I just learned on the internet. Cruising the internet also proved to be a good way to locate doll wigs as I found a very good brunette shoulder length one from JuJus Dolly Mall. It just arrived today and it looks great. Would rather have had a long wig that can be put in a pony tail but this being my first wig purchase, I wasn't sure about it.

The wig will be glued on using Aleenes glue as per a utube instructional video. Then she'll get some new, handsewn clothes and she'll be good to go.

This is how she looked when I got her...someone was scissor happy.





Cutting all the hair off to prepare for wig. 



DONE! Now, doesn't that feel better?




Saturday, May 22, 2010

So darned cute that I'm SPEECHLESS....

Y'all, where have I BEEN???? How did I miss the adorably cute, clever, whimsical, funny, super fantastic pattern by Cid Hanscom called "Balloon Tying Creations"? The pattern consists of 10 animals that are knit in the round using colorful sock yarns. Shaping is done with simple decreases and increases.

The finished creatures resemble a string of sausages , albeit colorful ones,that one might see hanging in a neighborhood deli but that's where the FUN begins...The "sausage" shapes are then twisted and tied "balloon animal style"to create the fabulously loveable animals we have all grown to love. I am so obsessed with the ingenuity of this pattern and CAN NOT WAIT to get my hands on my copy, which I found at Paradise Fibers.

There are so many cute toy patterns to be found by so many clever folks but once in a while a pattern goes over and above the realm of cuteness to hold a lofty position all it's own. This multifaceted toy is so appealing on so many levels; fun & easy to make, utilizes beautful sock yarn, (particularly appealing to those of us who love sock yarn but don't like to make socks), adorable finished creatures & a wonderful "action" toy for children to take apart and re-do over & over again. Then there's the nostalgic look of the animals. They bring back one's own childhood memories of clowns and balloon animals without the annoying screeching and oftentimes startling popping of balloons.

Y'all have not heard the last of this!! I will be blogging again once my pattern gets here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A moment out of your busy day...

Y'all, I am SO BUSY right now but making lots of progress too. Been working on projects that I can't share right now. Not yet, anyway.

But I can share this...photos taken at our family reunion a few weeks ago...
The Spanish Moss draped trail in the first 2 pictures leads to pristine beaches....GORGEOUS!Along the way the vegetation changes from Liveoaks with Spanish Moss to pines and then opens up to a waterway with brackish water. The trail along the waterway leads to some windswept dunes and on the other side...the Gulf of Mexico.



This picture was taken by my sister, a wonderful photographer! These are the dunes at the other end of the trail.


Trail's end....a beautiful beach on the gulf...

As I look back at these photos and the pristine, sugar white sands I can't help but think about what is lurking in the Gulf. It's hard not to dwell on the oil spill, especially when it is such a tragedy on so many levels. So far we have not been effected very much but the silent killing tide of oil is out there. All we can do is plan, wait and hope.
 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Beach Tote Turns into a Basket...


I LOVE the muted colors of this would-be tote. What turned out to be a basket was once a beach tote, in my mind anyway. The basket is made out of 2 different, but coordinating skeins of yarn that was hand-dyed by my pal Jennifer at Desert Garden Farms and was given to me in a swap by an online Ravelry buddy.

The crochet design was made up on the fly and consisted of an ample bottom gusset. The sides were worked in joined rounds...no seaming at all for this project. I folded down the rim while the basket was drying for looks and in order to reinforce & neaten up the top edge of  the basket.


Monday, May 10, 2010

This was fun...

Talk about fun and laughter, we recently had a virtual prom in the Desert Garden Farms group on Ravelry. I have forgotten how it all started but participants were to upload their prom pictures to the thread by a certain date to be eligible for judging.

Jennifer's husband got the dubious honor of picking the Prom Queen and I got to create and award the prize. Included in the prize package was of course your mandatory tiara, which I found at Walmart, a prom queen figurine, a customized Barbie fashioned after the winner and of course some fibery goodness in a  favorite color of the chosen queen.

My favorite part, other than seeing the pictures themselves, was creating the custom Barbie outfit based upon the winner's dress.

In this case the dress was a classic red one shoulder number in what seemed to be knit fabric. Due to the simple lines of the dress it was easy enough to reproduce for Barbie. My main problem was finding a Barbie that was not platinum blonde and didn't have severe bangs as I was trying to reproduce the hairstyle as well.
 
Here's a photo of the dress I made on a doll that didn't make the "cut". I ended up using a different Barbie with brown hair, which matched the winner much better but forgot to get a full length shot of her.



Here's the final version...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Random Photo Friday....

These pictures were taken by one of my sisters at Fort morgan last week. She has such a good eye for photography...












My Pomp-a-Doodle poodle pattern and Crochet Mittens for All  patterns came out officially on the Coats and Clark website. Check them out, they're FREE!!This is the perfect time to be crocheting small projects now that the weather has turned warm. 
TGIF y'all!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Beer Can Couture in the Redneck Riviera...

Some of you may recall that my younger sister requested a beercan hat about a year ago...Yes, THAT one, the one that gives crochet a bad name or at least associates crochet with the more "kitschy" of fiber arts. But hey, it's all in fun and we had a blast making this hat over the past week while I was at the beach.

Not only was this hat made of cans and yarn, it was also made up of a HUGE barrel of laughs; HUGE!

What started out as a single person crochet project soon became a family affair, with my Dad doing the cutting & hole punch engineering, my Mom and various sisters cheering me on and a wealth of models for the various stages of completion, since I did not have a pattern to follow, due ot the lack of internet connection while I was away.


















My husband, Mr. Witty even got in on the act by drinking the beer, which is not his preference of brands but was the specific brand my sister wanted for her hat. Way to take one for the team!!







Monday, May 3, 2010

While you were out...

Whew! This past week was a busy one for me! Just got back Saturday from a beautiful family reunion at the gulf.

What a terrible tragedy about the drilling platform exploding. This horrific business will effect our beautiful Gulf Coast on so MANY levels for such a long time to come! Not the least of which is that there are currently 11 families missing loved ones!! My heart goes out to the families who lost their dear ones in the explosion.

During my vacation I actually completed one entire project , which I will share later. For now I just wanted to stop by and say "hey".