Eyelashes

This is of course, late at night and with flash, but I am so enchanted or something about these eyelashes and I don’t know what it is.  In one way, it seems to make her yet older, there’s more there in her eyes, like wisdom, it’s strange.  I think the flash takes away the look, I will try for a couple tomorrow in natural light.

Before without eyelashes:

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I know I can’t be imagining it, but it’s like she looks right into my eyes with understanding or comprehension.

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DSC04687 Is it my imagination?  Didn’t these simple pair of eyelashes bring her a whole new look?  I think it took away the wall-eyed look, made her focus more.  What do you think?

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Tongues, Music and Royalty

Oh my, lots to catch up on.

Pernille’s little dog got his eyes, a pink heart nose and even a tongue:

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And I finally got tiny screws to fix a thrift shop find:

DSC04648 This is a photo holder, but the lid does close. I put a background on it:

DSC04651 Pernille has been listening to Peter and the Wolf all afternoon!

DSC04646 I found a crown for her, and she wants to be a Queen for Halloween.  I went ahead and bought some fabric to make a Queen’s gown:

DSC04653 You can’t see it well here, it is a sheer silky gold and rose print, gold fabric and tulle, gold ribbon and cut glass buttons.  I picked up eyelashes to try on Pernille, which I put on her last night.  It really changes how she looks and I was actually startled by the look.  I am not sure yet whether to keep them or leave her bare eyed, which I actually like.  The lashes give her older eyes.  I will give it a couple of days tryout and get a photo soon.  Then there is black paint to fix up Frank’s dressing room. I have the Hanna Montana case soaking to remove all the girly stickers.  I will then paint it black and I have some accent paint for details.

I am getting better and better at leaving many of the finds behind in the store, but the record player and crown were musts.  I plan on using the gold fabric for Frank’s pink velvet sofa too, although I have no idea how to set about doing it just yet.

DSC04647 Here is Pernille’s wallet with passport and airline tickets.  I want to make an ID for the holder.  I am so tickled with it.

I bought longer screws for her bed, now it is as tight and solid.  I completely forgot to look at varnish though, it slipped my mind.  I do want to give it protection eventually.  Antique white paint for the wardrobe, but I could not find the periwinkle paint for the table and chair set.  So I have lots of little projects to do, photo’s will come as they get done.

More Bed, Clothes and Frankie Baby

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I worked on a mattress for Pernille’s bed last night.  I used a quilted pillow sham.  I cut off the material on the backside, leaving about 1/2 inch around the edge so that I could double it over to seal the inside stitches.  So first, small stiches all around, then the double sealed edge on the inside. This was necessary because I was going to fill it with feathers instead of fluff.  But later, I thought I wouldn’t have enough feathers, so I used fluff and ended up not liking it as much and will re-do it.

DSC04580 I tuffed the mattress and it works just fine, but I think I would rather go back to a feather mattress.  I made the pillow from the left over backside fabric. 

In the thrift shop yesterday, I found the tall cabinet, with 2 very deep drawers for her toys. 

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DSC04584DSC04583 I also found a fun winter hat and matching mittens.  This is great, I can now make a winter coat in red or tan.

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I love these fun shoes. The pants I found in the newborn clothes.

In other news, I found a Hanna Montana case that I thought I could spray paint to make a case for Frank.  I also found a babe with a jointed body, so I could replace the body on the blonde bombshell I found for him.  I can’t believe that after all this time here, I am still ambivalent on whether to do a story with him or not. 

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DSC04594 I like her vintage look.  But if I do stories, I need a jointed body.  I will still think on all this.  If I do fix up the case, it could look like a nice dressing room for Frank. I’ll have to soak off the stickers and find some gold paint to dress up the mirror and to create a luxury look.

More on the Bed

DSC04555 Here is a comparison of the bed I made to the new-old bed.  The bed on the left holds a standard pillow as a mattress.

DSC04556 Here is her re-arranged room.  It’s just an old coffee table, but works to at least get it up off the floor and easier for me to access.

DSC04558 I love her little working radio.  She has her lemon drops and glasses ready for reading.

DSC04563 So cozy!  This is the quilt that came with the bed, it is cream colour with soft flowers squares.  My photo’s were all very bad, taken at night without flash.  They looked better in black and white!  I had really wanted to make the mattress today, but it will have to wait, the time is slipping away from me and Friday is my cleaning and wash day.  Maybe this weekend.

Pernille’s New Old Bed

Her bed came today and I am very pleased.  It is old, needs some minor work, but all in all, a very excellent bed.

DSC04545 The seller sent it wrapped up in two cardboard sheets and brown wrapping paper, the end was open and would not have made it another day.  I was unhappy about that, as I think this caused a few cracks.  But I was pleased to see that the bed unassembled will be easy to take with me to England.  It needs a good polishing and although it came with screws, I need to get longer ones to make the screws fit tight again.

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Last weekend I had found some wooden slats to make a canvas frame, these I used for the bed slats, I forgot to take a photo of it assembled.  I do see there was once wheels on the bottom of the legs, but one leg is missing the end piece on one side, so I would not be able to put wheels on in the traditional way.  I will look at wheel options, although it wouldn’t be necessary.  I may look for metal end caps to make it look better.  The side wood pieces need to be spaced better and glued. 

DSC04549 It is a perfect size for Pernille!  Plenty of room.  I need to make a mattress for her and a pillow. 

DSC04548  I love the look of it.  A good cleaning and revarnish and it will look fabulous.  I may put her name on the foot board too!

DSC04551 Oh, and a handmade (well made too) came with the bed.  It is really nice and thick.

DSC04553 I love how the headboard is high and she can rest against it.

DSC04554 It’s hard to see the scale of it, here it is across the room.

A New Dress

Pernille is set to go into Honolulu with me today.  She has on her new Hawaiian dress that I made, which is in a muumuu style with ruffled lace.  She has her purse and rice paper umbrella too!

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DSC04524 I wanted to show of photo of how the AG shoes fit her so much better now.  I have ordered a few more AG shoes after selling a vintage Japanese jewelry box. 

While looking for buttons to close up the back I found something in my sewing basket that I had completely forgotten as a option on Pernille’s clothing!  A ZIPPER!  I had a zipper that was light blue and fit 3/4 of the length of her dress, wow!  I have sewn for such small ones for so long that standard zippers were just not an option.  I was so happy about this.  I now wished I had grabbed the bagged up zippers I saw in the thrift shop last week.  They were all new, about 20 of them for $2.99.  Sigh.

In other news, Joanie Claire is on her way to St Petersburg, Russia.  What an adventure awaits her!  I am so happy she is going to a wonderful home full of love and happiness.