I’ve been doing more sewing and crafting lately, so I guess it’s time to return to my blog. I didn’t want to bore you with all the soaping stuff since that’s not really the focus of this blog. But since Ballyhoo Bath has turned into my day job, I’ve been spending more time crafting as a way to relax.
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I’ve gotten active on swap-bot.com again. The photo above are some Dotee dolls I’ve made for various swaps. A Dotee doll is 3-6″ with a face, hanger and tail. Fun and quick to stitch, and fun to receive from swap partners.
I’ve also spent the last few months learning to make dollhouse miniature furniture and converting cigar boxes into little rooms. Here’s a little chair and flower I sent for a miniature swap…
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I made the chair by printing out a map of my swap partner’s state, then used my electronic paper cutter to cut all the pieces and glued them layer by layer until the stack was thick enough to build furniture. Easier than it sounds I guess. But I love making and sending these little chairs made of paper and glue. I’m considering yet another Etsy shop for the miniature stuff I’ve been making.
Another of my favorite swaps is the one for wacky holidays. You choose 4 non-traditional holidays and send your partner something for each of those days. I happened to have an extra handmade tophat to embellish for “Mad Hatters Day” as well as extra vanilla beans for “pumpkin cheesecake day” and a few other items were sent along. I really like putting those swaps together.
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My love of miniatures was spawned by my Real Puki dolls. My 2nd little dollie arrived from Fairyland via Denver Doll Emporium. Here’s a photo of her arrival – all naked and unpainted – meeting her new sister. Parker is the pink haired one, and the new gal is named Paisley. (inspired by the song “Paisley Park” by Prince, because admission is easy – just say you believe!)
She has gotten hair, clothes and a paint job since that photo was taken. She also has a living room, bedroom, garden and several other little rooms in progress which I don’t have pictures of yet. Now I see that new little dolls have been released by Fairlyland. So I need to sell a ton of soap this holiday season and treat myself to one more dollie. Or open an Etsy shop and sell furniture for these babies to fund my dollie addiction.
More crafting as it comes to me. ‘Til later!