Monday, 21 July 2014

Half-Cut...

Lawn left 21.07.14

Lawn right 21.07.14

...the lawn, that is!

And now I've gone and broken the mower ...

Broken mower handle 1

Time for a glass of wine, I think...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Days Out and Doll's Things...

You know I have an interest in dolls.  Not all dolls - in fact I'm not very keen on baby dolls, although I did buy one today.

Well, I actually wanted the wardrobe...

Doll's Wardrobe from Charroux

Doll's Wardrobe 2  from Charroux

...but the baby doll came with it.

The doll was a bit strange, with dark markings which seemed to be inside the vinyl.  I worked out that this was mould, collected on the inside.  It's an anatomically correct boy doll that drinks and wets, and you obviously have to feed it the water in a bottle, and it must have been left damp. (Hardly suprising!)

I took it all apart, washed it as best I could and then soaked the parts in a weak bleach solution for an hour...

Baby gets cleaned up

...and now it's drying...

Baby body, drying

After a day or so (hopefully the weather will be warm and dry) I'll try getting the last of the moisture out with a gentle going-over with the hairdryer.

Some bits are still slightly discoloured, but I've done all I can.  I don't even like the thing!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Knot Your Favourite Way of Joining...

Well, I always like to splice my yarns and then sew in the half-thickness ends a bit.  I find this is a good way of joining and, if you do the splicing over a good few centimetres of length, you are extremely unlikely to have any unravelling problems.  This is the front of a little bunting flag I made this morning.  The yarn was spliced in the third round of the crochet and I defy you to find the join!

Turq bunting flag front

This is sock yarn, so is a little fluffy.

I made the socks using a separate ball for each sock, so I didn't have to splice in the second sock, although the splicing method is perfect for socks.

Here is the back of the bunting flag...

Turq bunting flag back

Eagle-eyed knitters with lots of experience with self-striping sock yarn will, of course, know that the splicing took place just under the final 'e' of the word 'here' in this photo...

Turq bunting flag front

...because there is a sudden change of colour.  But you will not see the join.

However, today I came across this video, showing how you can use a special knot to join your yarn, and it will be very secure - although the video-maker (Clara, I think) does advise against using it for socks, as these take a lot of movement in the wearing.

See what you think!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

WOWW

The latest (and last for a while, I think) dress for the Les Cheries dolls...

Yellow-red

...a rather fetching number using a yellow mercerised cotton and a mixture one, with yellow fading into red.

Yellow-red close

I've also got a new Barbie, well, two actually, that I bought at a Brocante on Monday (it was a holiday here, for Bastille Day).  Apparently these Barbies are called 'My Scene' and were brought out to compete with the Bratz dolls. They are the same size as Barbie except for the larger head.

I already had the green dress made and just had to finish it off...

Turqoise-green

Turqoise-green, close

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Rhubarb and Custard

No, not this...



but this...




...and, in fact, not EXACTLY like that, as I used nectarines instead of rhubarb.

As usual, I followed the instructions as well as I could (considering I had to substitute some of the ingredients) and even so, I feel the pastry was a bit too brown...


I haven't tried it yet, as it is still hot out of the oven, but it looks as though it will be quite good.  I say that because I tasted the custard part before it was cooked, and I tasted the nectarines (baked for 10 minutes with soft brown sugar) before I put them in the pastry case) and they both tasted fantastic!  Since the pastry took a little bit more effort than my normal shortcrust, I'm just hoping that it will be OK too...

No calories, I guess, since there was no mention of them in the recipe,,.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Les Cheries

Corolle do a line of dolls called Les Cheries. They smell of vanilla and have appealing little faces.  They're not cheap, but they are sweet.  I have two of them at present.

I've been designing some clothes for them, and this primrose-coloured dress and hat set is my first attempt...


I thought it turned out out rather well so I made a second set, in a lilac-y mix...


Both sets will be for sale in my ETSY shop The Dolls Outfitters in a few days time...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Gift Tags

A friend who makes cards gave me some left-over printed paper and card.  The card will be used to sew buttons on and the paper I've made into tags to put prices on things to sell at brocantes and craft markets...


...mostly 'normal' sized tags, but when what was left was not enough, I made little ones...


Just got to punch and string them all now!