Re-Arranging

I felt better today, a bit of energy returned and I took full advantage of it.  I really want to start sewing, but of course, I could not as I had Rosey’s room camped on my sewing table.  What to do?

I sat down with some paper and came up with some ideas, which mean some re-arranging.  I have limited space, limited ways to do it.  I had to think about what was practical, how to keep Rosey close to me at night, where I could sew and so on.  The original intent was to put the sewing table under the bedroom window, but it was so cold all winter, I thought it would be best by my side of the bed, where it would be warmer.  But it did take up a lot of space.  So I put it under the window and although that is husband’s side of the room, he will just have to deal with flying threads and fabric.  I will have to be extra careful with pins though.  His bare feet always finds my missing needles and pins.

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I then moved the big wooden wardrobe back to the original spot, which now left my entire side by the bed open.

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I dragged the wooden chest in the bedroom (it has all my yarns in it).  That is now Rosey’s room.  It is smaller by far than my big sewing table, but that’s just how it will have to be for now.  I kept the school room on the THING, but did not put my table table back on as a floor, so the school room is a bit smaller no too.  I want to start drawing again, so I need it.  2013-03-04 006

I had set Olivia’s teapot house on my night stand while working and at the last minute, realising I had no place to put it, thought it would be fine where it was. This all worked out quite well, my doll and knitting books at hand, my sewing boxes and knitting needles handy and Rosey’s bed is close to mine.

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I added two screws to the back of the white cabinet, turned it upside down and hung it on the wall.  This way Rosey can hang a towel from the bars.  I really struggled to find the right things to make the room work, with less space, it was a challenge.  I will be keeping my eye out for something to better surface areas, I would love to find a proper table.  I had to bring the sofa back to the bedroom, since the lounge has been changed a bit now that I removed the wooden chest.  That sofa of course takes up a lot of room.  I wouldn’t mind the sofa and bed, it’s the middle part I think doesn’t look as comfy.

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The flash went out, so the photo is bad, but this arrangement isn’t working for me.  I think of all the things I did, this room proved to be the most difficult.  The issue is how I may be photographing Rosey in it, lacking two walls is daunting.  I have the wall I created with a window, so I may end up adding that when I take photo’s.  I would love a bookcase, but my wooden knitting needle case will have to do.  I was able to put the school items not in use in the case.

Lot’s to think on, I may have to get creative and build something instead of trying to find it.  A proper table and perhaps a nice big fireplace to the centre wall might be the best solution in Rosey’s room and walls for the school room.

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Playing Again!

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I absolutely LOVE this photo.  When I took all of these photo’s, it was just to experiment and I had no other intention than to just grab a few and post a tiny story.  I had no idea’s, I just took pictures to see how the room looked and the lighting effects with sepia tint.  What I got was a playful story that seemed to grow in a way that I did not expect.

Look at that bear!  I found her in a thrift shop ages ago.  I am not overly fond of stuffed animals, but I thought the tiny size would be fine as a doll’s teddy bear.  And she was to be Rosey’s bear, but she is coming out in a way that I did not expect.  The interplay between them makes me light up with playfulness.  How a tiny bear can have so much expression just amazes me.  Today, as I was putting the remaining photo’s together for Rosey’s story blog, I noticed that the conversations came easy and I sensed a direction that this can all go in. 

I cannot help but be influenced by fairy-tales and children’s story books.  These tales are all imbedded in our brains, I am sure.  So there will mostly likely be touches of this story and that, as it really is never truly about the story, but about the relationships.  I know the story of them waking up to all the ‘’stuff’ was a touch of the Little Princess, but it was a heck of a lot easier than finding an explanation for it.  In a way, this is how children play anyways, taking a story they know and ad lib’ing.   I was so entranced with Mary Poppins when it first came out that I insisted on playing Bert the chimney sweep on our school playground.  My friends and I had so much fun making up the story as we went along, it did not matter if it was true to the original story or not.

I see Meredith taking on a strong lead, a sort of parental role over Rosey which will not be easy as Rosey is so much larger than her.  Of course, it is not that Meredith Bear is stodgy, she herself has a weakness for a books and stories and wants to believe in the magic as much as Rosey does.  But she wants Rosey to grow up properly and I see that this will be the contention between them as Rosey has no intention of growing up!

One of the downsides to story telling is finding the right presentation.  I have usually been the narrator, writing the story and bits of dialogue beneath the photo.  That is one way to do it.  The thing is, that anymore, I don’t feel the story is within me to tell.  Playing around with the text balloons is an approach that is growing on me.  It allows the photo to stand on it’s own, even if separated from the story.   It is a bit more free flowing in that multiple conversations or thoughts can happen at the same time.  Today, I discovered another direction, that is the audience participation, by having Meredith Bear do an aside as they use to call it in the theatre.  For me, that is pulling ‘’me’’ (or you) into the story.  I am not just the viewer, but pulled into their world.  I took the above close-up of Meredith Bear to test the camera, but oh, how she came alive in that moment!  I think it will be fun for Meredith to get so frustrated that the direction she is trying to take with Rosey gets shared with the viewer.

But I don’t want to get ahead of myself, I will let it all play itself as it comes about.  That’s the fun of playing with dolls! (…and bears!)

Rosey’s Room Improvements

Today I worked on Rosey’s room and classroom.  I had a big space between the wardrobe and the table that is Rosey’s room, plus there is a weird indent to the wall in the corner as the place where the table is was originally an opening to a bed closet.  So I pushed the wardrobe up to the table and that created another wall.  To keep anything from falling into the indent, I took the wall down from the classroom.

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There you can see the indent and the new wall.  Which ends up being great, because now she has a widow!

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Here is the room full on, as I see it from my bed.  I can sit on the edge of my bed to play.  I no longer have the lovely furniture I once had in this scale, so boxes and tins had to make-do.  It took awhile for me to figure out what to use and not use, I have a lot of antiques and vintage and feel unsure about what to blend up.  My sewing machine makes a nice sideboard/mantle and the box ended up making a kitchen area.  I even made a small bathroom using a toilet bank (flush to drop coin) and a small doll trunk for a table, a bowl for a wash basin.  I’ll put up a mirror when I find one.

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Here is the kitchen area:

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I have since moved the telephone, but I thought it was fun to have the tins and tea boxes out.  This tea set belongs to Meredith Bear as it has bears on it.  I also found a tiny antique bear book, perfect for her too.

Meredith is an adult bear, so I am sure she will take care of the tea, but I will have to make a step stool for her, she is too small to reach this counter!

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But I did think the little stove would be perfect for her to heat the kettle on, but I will have to find a kettle, lol.

The classroom was a challenge as I have no bookcases anymore.  I took a cardboard box and wrapped the small piece of scrapbook paper I had, it didn’t cover but the front and one side, but at least I got a surface for the books to be on until I find or make a bookcase.

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I had a partial map of Scotland, so I cut that out of a brochure and taped it up.  I got out the violin stand and took some of Yorik’s things, like the diploma, calendar and globe and clipboard and typewriter.  I do have two computers, but I don’t know yet about going that modern.

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Here I tested the sepia tint.  I guess the bookcase ‘’hole’’ can be a window.  I found a wooden hanger and thought it could hang there, but I may add a piece of clear plastic and make it a window.  I would love to put up a chalkboard, I am sure I will find one eventually.  Sigh, so many things I already had and had to give away.  I had to really try hard not to get upset about it.

Lastly, I got down a box that had the bicycle in it. 

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Poor Rosey’s feet don’t reach the pedals, but she insists that it doesn’t matter, she wants the bicycle so much. 

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I am not sure the Duchess approves! lol.

All Done

After the tea break, I went back and finished getting everything cleared away so that the process of the one and only adventure can begin.  I feel a odd sense of relief, but I am still wary of how this will feel weeks or months from now.

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I rearranged the top of the wardrobe.  I really hate that we have no storage or closets.  This is ugly and I would not stand for it if I knew this was going to be the place we settle.  For now, it will have to do.  The red bag is what I like to carry a doll in on long distance traveling, it has a mattress and pillow inside and mesh across the top and in the heart.  I think it was meant to be a pet carrier.

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The bears have worn the same sweaters since my childhood.  This is the first time I put other clothes on them.  I always thought of them as masculine, so this feels really weird to see them like this.  But I am leaving it for now.  The pink dress is one I found in Hawaii.  It is a baby dress I could not resist even though my Granddaughter was already too big for it. 

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I was about to toss the teapot house when Olivia decided it was hers.  I can see why.  I had a laugh over that snout out the window.  I think it would be fun to put the bread up on the teapot spout and call him Cheshire Toast.

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I still haven’t fixed up the school room yet, but I made it a bit more presentable.

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I made a quick table (biscuit tin on a miniature pot belly stove), added a cushion to the chair and put Rosey’s dolls there.  I have a lot of antique style and modern style things in this scale so it is going to take some time to sort out what direction to go in with Rosey.  I put the old phone out to get a feel for it.  I can’t wait for Rosey to see her dolls!  I will wait until tomorrow for that though, I want to take a lot of photo’s with my better camera.

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I left the sofa by my desk, so that Rosey can keep me company.  She is playing with the cat I gave her and I think we will soon be off to a good refreshed start.  I am hoping this helps me get focused and not feel so distracted with too many different doll directions.

Overdue Update

I have been ill.  Not the easy, get over it kind.  Hoping to be in a better place in my heart and mind in the coming days.  On the mend with new medication.

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Being ill hasn’t helped me be a better knitter.  Gads this thing was certainly creative but it did not suit Rosey at all.  What was I thinking?

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It suited my Sasha much better, so I quickly knitted up a skirt has she had nothing to wear with the sweater.  I barely made it as I was running out of yarn.  Working with her, I admired as I always do, the fine quality of Sasha’s and the beauty of their bodies.  I love absolutely everything about them except one, I dislike the eyes.  The eyes have always bothered me.  They are lifeless to me.  If only this Sasha had glass eyes, I think she would easily be a favourite.

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I have been going through new-dolly withdrawals.  I really wish it would stop.  I find myself searching endlessly for a doll and even though I rarely find one that catches my attention, I still now and then wonder if it is time to truly let completely go of this habit.  All I have to do is ask myself what would a new doll bring me that I haven’t already got in some form?  I have babies, children and adults, I have small and medium size, I have bears and trolls, I have characters, I have antique and modern, vinyl, resin, china, bisque and wood.  Anything else would be more of the same, just different sizes I suppose.  I think I am grasping at something to spark an inspiration.  New dolls always bring new promises.

I recently bid on a handful of dolls that were dirt cheap and needed TLC and I lost on all of them, two recent ones in the very last seconds!  One by one, I lost.  I wasn’t upset, as I really didn’t need any of them. it just made it feel so much more out of reach.

I still am not playing with the ones I already have, I merely look at them and occasionally change their positions.  Is it because I am not feeling well that the malaise transfers to them?  All I have to do is ask myself seriously, what has this doll that is garnering attention online got that Rosey hasn’t…or any of the others for that matter? 

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I watch and listen and imagine the dolls talking and playing, but I feel as though I am just a spectator.  I can’t seem to harness the stories like I use to.  I often walk by wondering why, when I have all the time in the world to play, I don’t.

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Second Wall, Smokey Eyes and a Purse

Sometimes a person’s head is too foggy to see it right away.  It bugged me that she had three different coloured walls.  Dummy me, why not put contact paper on the opposite wall, and leave our painted wallpaper alone (afraid the paint might come off if removed later)?

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That’s much better.  And since it is just a wooden wardrobe, it can peel right off without leaving damage.

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This is what it looks like outside the camera angle.  I don’t like the look of it in our bedroom, but we haven’t any people visiting and I need a story place.

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Charlotte and Yorik.  I really want to make Yorik a 16th century garment, I just don’t have any fabric that would work right now.  I just realized when I saw the photo, he’s still got a yellow pin holding his shirt closed because I completely forgot to finish it with snaps or buttons.  Sigh.

2012-10-25 055 I also have been meaning to show Charlotte’s purse.  It actually opens up and is lined in silk.  I dream of finding a lovely antique kid leather body for Charlotte and beautifully shaped hands. 

2012-10-25 051 The bears are guarding the royal princess and her staff.  I have got lots of stories about this group in my head.  Someday I will build them a grand palace.

2012-10-25 058 Not a good photo, but her round tummy caught my eye.  Sigh.

2012-10-25 057 Today, instead of adding eyelashes back on, I decided to make the eyes stand out by shadowing them. It was very difficult to do because of her very uneven eyes, but with lots of tiny dabbing with oil paint and wiping off, I finally achieved an illusion of lashes and glass eyes.  When I thought about keeping the lashes, as pretty as they look, I also thought how I dislike the attention they need when dressing and undressing and the potential of crushing them, or the constant single hair caught in them when photographing.  Rosey is not photogenic and few of the photo’s I take of her are good.  But that doesn’t bother me in the least because in person, Rosey’s mottled wooden self is the most beautiful little girl who has captured my heart and makes me sigh a whole lot.

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A Wall!

Still getting over a dastardly cold.  I am in hacking my lungs up competition with the man in the flat below.  His comes from smoking or TB I think.  Wow, I have never heard anything like it, but I am getting pretty good at it myself!

I got an idea late last night while in bed and trying to sleep.  I remembered that I had kept some Styrofoam board from the Ikea furniture and I suddenly knew what to do with it!

First, I had to rearrange the bedroom in order to uncover the radiator behind the door. It’s the only one in the bedroom and the weird thing I have all my doll stuff in was blocking it by 1/3.  So I moved the big wooden wardrobe over and the doll bookcase to replace it and suddenly it all looked much better and was warmer!

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Anyways, while it is already up in this photo, so I cannot  surprise you, I made a wall to further enclose Rosey’s room.

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2012-10-25 007 The wall is taped to the bookcase so that it doesn’t fall.  So while the room has three different wall coverings, it will have to do for now.  The more I looked at it, the more I thought that if I had more Styrofoam, I could build another room on top!  Some day, I will have a whole wall made into one massive dollhouse.

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Not much other news.  I noticed that Rosey’s one eyelash was coming loose.  I had not secured them with permanent glue as I was not sure if I was going to keep them.  I wanted to eventually replace them with softer lashes, but I gently pulled them off and decided to wait a bit before deciding altogether.  It does make her look less dramatic, and I am use to the more flirtatious look.    I do like that now I can afford to take my time with making decisions.   Still pleased to say that I have continued to look at dolls online and not one has intrigued me!  I am still utterly smitten by Rosemarie.