Home-Time Catch-up

Oh my goodness, I don’t know where to start or leave off….

Mr. Hackensack is a delight!  I love his jovial face and looks so fun next to Charlotte!  They are the same height, with Oliver perhaps a few centimeters taller.  They seem to be in a decent scale to each other, although Ollie has very thin and short legs for his rotund body.  His skin is quite yellow next to Charlotte’s perfect white, but I try and tone it down with some blush to those fat cheeks.  Much more on this union later.

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I fixed the little broken Halbig head.  Whomever tried to fix her before used pink FROSTED nail polish.  It was a bear to get that off, and I still have a bit more to remove that I can see reflected in the light. Otherwise, the repair was clean, I re-enforced the crack on the inside with modeling goop made for repairs and will use the same goop to fill in her chip on the cheek.  I will then blush her up to cover, but it will probably still show and I don’t really care.  When I have time, I will attempt to carve a body for her, or find one on eBay.  Her head is smaller than Miette’s, but I think she would make a perfect younger sister, size wise.

Evie Olive.  Oh what a wonder she is to my heart!  I removed her faceup, cleaned her up (trucking is certainly dirty) and started on the new faceup.  I worked her in peach tones, getting her eyebrows in a ash brown and her lips a darker reddish colour than the pink she had before.  I loved the end result and with the beautiful new eyes and wig, she just really came together.  I am not 100% though on the faceup, as sometimes I still see too much “rusty” tones and would like more pinkish).  I have sealed this one very well, so I will think on it for awhile.  It suits her, so maybe it’s just the artist’s eye who never see’s things as finished.

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The wig is adorable, easy to care for, but will crush easily in the back when she lays down.  I am not sure how that will work in the end, but her wig is staying one quite well so far without glue, so perhaps now and then I can refresh the style with a wash.

The eyes, well, what can I say?  They are fabulous.  I am so glad I forked out the excess money on them.  They not only have the most incredible depth, but seem to suit her as though they belong to her, being a part of her.  I see Evie in those eyes.  I think they are called Hand Glass Craft, or some order of those words, they are made, I believe in England, but I don’t have the info handy.

Here are the few things I bought when I was out on the road:

DSC06557 Sand pail set (with beach ball and goggles) for the beach, panda shoes, pale blue shoes and boots (I plan on making a pale blue winter coat), darker blue shoes, and a set of antique tiny real shell buttons.  All are for Miette and Charlotte. 

For Hawaii, Evie has a beach chair, pail set, bathing suit, towel and grass skirt!  I can’t wait to take photo’s of her on the Hawaiian beach!

Lastly – Evie’s room.  I did spend a lot of time with the scrapbook papers at Hobby Lobby trying to decide on a wallpaper design and colour.  I found a couple that I liked, but not enough to say THIS IS IT.  I couldn’t decide on whether to make all of the panels in the same wallpaper, or have coordinating patterns and colours.  I couldn’t decide on whether to go with a design, or a child’s print.  So I gave up and decided to think on it some more.  Perhaps when I can shop without feeling like I need to get home and fix dinner for Husband, I can take all the time in the world to pick out the right colours.

DSC06620 I really don’t like the dark blue paint, and I want to blend everything well.  I also want to find a rug.  Perhaps I ought to start with the rug as that will probably be the hardest to find and go with the colours in the rug.

Next two days are the last with Husband, so I won’t be able to get too much into any doll play until later in the week.

Miette's Crochet Dress & Wig Adjustment

I finished Miette’s crochet dress.  I knew I needed to figure out a front panel and a closure. 

I decided to use a contrasting thread:

Then I discovered that I had NO buttons that would work, I had enough white buttons, but they didn’t look right, the brown buttons I had, I didn’t have 8 of, so when we went to Walmart, I was hopeful, but they didn’t have but a few selections and nothing that would even remotely work.  So I looked at the beads, but the wooden ones were too large.  Sigh.  I bought the silver heart beads until I can find a suitable set of buttons.

But a good thing was that Walmart had clear craft glue, so I went ahead and re-did Miette’s wig.  I had reduced it from a human size wig, down to a size 8-9 then down to 7-8, then down to Miette’s size all by darts and stitches.  I peeled it off (I always glue wigs on) and went into the truck stop restroom and washed it in hot water to remove the glue.

After I removed all the stitches, I selected a row of weft about 2 inches up from the bottom and careful cut between two wefts.  I then basted all around the edge to gather and then glued it to her pate, leaving an edge all around that would then be glued to her head.   Her hair is now much thinner, much easier to brush and it lays nicely in a more realistic way around her.  I put her cap on and a rubber band to hold the hair down while it dried.

I had also just washed my hair, funny, we have nearly the same colour!  Mine is still damp, but dried, it is so close!

We are now heading to Texas, deliver tomorrow and then head to the Yard.  We are not sure, but after a couple of days there, we may be sent to Colorado with a load.  Home time is around the 9th….so maybe, just maybe we will soon be there!

Musing, Miette's Blanket and Hawaii

Can’t seem to get far on this blanket for Miette, but I do like it.  The pink should go well with her trunk.

Yesterday I wrote up a very long and detailed post about my feelings and ideas about my companions.  I got really deeply involved and through the writing, I felt a great deal of relief and purpose.  I saved it in my documents, as I am not ready to call it a done deal yet, but somehow, by writing it all out in black and white, I could see some clarity that I really needed to see.  I plan on pulling it up at night when all is dark and quiet and reading it, see if there is any other feelings I need to address and then I will post it here.  What was really cathartic about it, was that I started my asking myself what I really wanted out of having a companion doll and let the whole thing flow from there.  I itemized what works, what does work and so on.

Another thing I really want to do when I get back to the apartment is to sort every single doll item I have, decide what to keep, and assign it to a specific doll as their own item.  I want to create an inventory list, including their clothes so that I can decide on what clothing or item I may want to create or find for them in the future.  Since I can’t see everything I have back at the apartment while on the truck, I often feel spaced-out as to what to make, what to look for.  I want these items to be a part of the doll, a part of their personality and suited to their personal style.  I feel I have been too hodge-podge about it for too long, ending up with stuff I have never even used.

I want to revive my companion doll website with each doll, their stats and their personal inventory.  It will be a place I can keep these detailed records and make it easy to find.

In other ideas, I am beginning to think about who will be the one to go to Hawaii with me.  I want to make them a bathing suit and some summer clothes.  My daughter is at the halfway point in her pregnancy, so it won’t be long now! 

Recent Finds

A brown human hair wig for Evan.
Shoes for Miette, and a white pair but the photo was too blurry.  If they don’t fit her, they will fit the children.
Wig and shoes were VERY inexpensive.  Found at eBay seller:
Ice cream for the children.
Pink Poodles for Miette to train in the circus.  They are 4 inches tall, so if they are out of wack in scale, they can go to the children or Olwen.
Ice Cream and Poodles were VERY inexpensive, found at eBay seller:

Lace Hat for Miette

I made a lace hat for Miette.

I am slowly working on her blanket.  I ripped up the second one, I just didn’t like it either.  The one I am making now, I like the best of the three, I am doing an alternating knit two, perle two and instead of ribbing, doing a double seed stitch.  It creates a  softer fabric than the other two I started.  Her wig is driving me crazy, as I really want to re-sew it to a better fit.  I made the wig from a human size human hair wig originally for Evie, so the tuck is huge in the back neck area and while it “looks” ok, I can feel it when I handle her and she can’t wear a bonnet properly.  I would cut it down and re-sew it now, except I forgot to bring wig glue.  Sigh.  I also have a few more pieces of the wig at home, so that if I need to add a weft to balance what I remove, I can do it all in one get go.

More Miette Wardrobe Enhancements

My mood has improved somewhat.  More Miette wardrobe enhancements:

 I think this was a Boneka chemise.  I added butterflies and put pink bows around their necks.  Miette clapped with joy.  She thinks there can never be enough lace and bows.

I had a homemade vintage hat that was a bit too big, so I added lace and gathered the top to make more of a bonnet style hat for Miette.

And the last of the sewing yesterday, I had a wide piece of lace that I made a petticoat for her,  floding over the top edge and threading with a white ribbon to tie in the back.  This was a vintage piece of lace for back in the day that women made slips to wear under dresses.  I believe it is from the 50’s or 60’s. 

I am still wondering and thinking on my companion situation.  It fluctuates, there are times I am within seconds of a decision to reduce the herd, and other times I feel I shouldn’t.  There are times when I feel that the 10 inch ones are the only viable companions for both the truck and the future, but then I think that I have too many 10 inchers!  Sigh.  “Round and ‘Round I go, where I’ll stop, not even I know.

More thinking needed.