It has been so long
Since I used my Live journal account. I still do dolls, but my world has been dominated for the last year with dolls 14 cm and under. Especially a little nekomimi version of my cat Cordelia.
Everyone wants to be a Princess...
She even has her own section on a doll photo-story forum.
I got my first doll house-a 3 story Victorian for my 54th birthday, last year.
Cordie's House
So much has changed in my life since this time last year, that I hardly know where to begin. First of all, I am healthier than I have been in years. I still can't do everything that I want to do-but I am getting there and best of all, I want to.
This website showed me the way to change my life for the better. I was going to say it changed my life-but it didn't. I changed my life-I just got the tools and information from Sparkpeople-for which I will be eternally grateful. I am richila there as well. I have discovered that it isn't huge changes, but tiny changes made consistently over time that make the biggest difference in my health. I now apply that philosophy to everything that I truly want to accomplish in my life.

Gotta go get ready to see Brave with my hubby..


I am so excited. I got my 50,000 words done. I still have a lot to write to finish the novel, but it is the first time I have written this much in years. It felt really good and I am going to keep plugging away at it .

Almost finished....
but I am too tired to add the hook and eyes tonight. Once I do that and hem the sari, I will really be done. Then a few more pictures, take it for the inspection of my sewing sensei and I can put it in the mail. I have learned a lot from this and best of all, I have patterns that fit my JID. Woo Hoo!!!!!!

A closer look at the choli.

Yes/ No Meme
Stolen from pookapest 


1. You can only answer "yes" or "no."

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages/comments you and asks. And believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Even then, you are allowed to refrain from answering if necessary.

3. It's harder than it looks, but NO explanations! Just don't!

4. A change to the rules - add one of your own at the bottom of the list.

Meme behind cutCollapse )

working on a choli and salwar for a swap
I must be out of my mind. I decided to make a choli, salwar and silk sari for a JID for a swap. The choli came together easier than I thought -4 darts, but it fits beautifully on the first prototype. I make pants for dolls all the time so I didn't bother with a prototype for the salwar. I didn't plan for the calves and thighs of an Iplehouse doll. She has these ittybitty feet and then wham dancer calves-the first pair of pants are being redone for my tiny Shriara (pictured in my icon). So I redrew my pattern and the second pair fit!!!!!!

salwar for swap with prototype choli The salwar are not quite as full as they should be, but they look pretty traditional. The links below give you an idea of what I am making.

choli I am particularly pleased with how well the prototype fits.  I need to put the choli that matches the salwar together and hem the silk for the sari and the outfit will be ready. I may send hoop earrings along with it, but I don't know if her doll's ears are pierced.

Jake's Girl

Hi Jake, I was trying something different with my hair and got carried away.  Dar'mate says she can fix it for me next week. Miss Aernath sent me this pretty shirt, but Mstya said that you aren't supposed to close up the shirts she makes. I think it looks very pretty over polkadots. What do you think?

I just realized that I never posted pictures of my Benny
on my LJ. Here she is Leila.

I just love dolls with books.

Writer's Block: School daze
Do you have negative or positive associations with the beginning of the school year?

I have positive associations with the beginning of the school year.  As the daughter and grand-daughter of teachers, it was always a big deal in our house. Every year there were new clothes, shoes and school supplies. To this day, I love new school supplies. New pens and pencils and a pile of composition books to write in. A brand new lunch kit and backpack that matched, always made my heart sing. As a child who started reading at age two, school was a dream come true. A place where I could ask all the questions I wanted. (Some years were better than others.) Added to all that is my August 30th birthday, the beginning of a school year starts a new year for me in more ways than one.
Today, I am a teacher as well. The beginning of the school year is always a time of hopes, dreams and renewal.  This is one of my favorite times of year. New students, new lessons, new things to  teach and to learn, it is a time that always brings me to reflection and thanksgiving.

Cordie as a nekomimi
After I painted the ears, I painted in the tabby lines on her forehead and under her eyes. I love the fact that Blythe patterns work for the obitsu bodies. I modified an empire dress pattern to make her a jumpsuit.

I love her fluffy tail.  She is so tiny that she fits in the front pocket of my purse,wrapped in a silk scarf. She is a great travel doll.  Looking on Flickr, I discovered that she will fit into the Re-ment Petit Mode clothing. So there is a box of Re-ment  in our future. It also means her little obitsu buddies won't have to sit around naked. I think one 12" by 12" cube will be plenty big enough for the obitsu bunkhouse.

Obitsu Fever
It all began with a love of cats and the fact that I own a cat ear headband. A friend who did caricatures of people as animals simply asked me, "What kind of cat are you?" I have three drawings of myself as an ocelot. Yes, at heart I am a nekomimi.

This is my cat, Cordelia. After seeing many doll nekomimi on the internet, I decided to make an anime style doll of my cat. First, I looked for tiny cat ears, I found and ordered them from Mimiwoo. I have ordered an orange wig from Audrey's and noodle roonie for the tail from ACMoore. I got a 23 cm Obitsu body and head used on a doll marketplace. While I was finding the wig, I found 2 others for anime characters I had been thinking about, and bought them. After playing with the obitsu body, I am sure there will be others. The body is so posable and I can get a body and customizable head that takes paperweight eyes for $40.00 or less including shipping. For someone whose doll collection consists of an artist carved Hitty and Asian ball jointed dolls-That is a very heady feeling. I will still be buying my Planetdoll minis-my girls still need boys, but I think obitsu will be my choice for silly dolls and dolls I make for students.  One of my joys is creating dolls. At an obitsu price, I can make many more and make them tiny.


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