Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Garden Photo Shoot

Hi Charlie. Hi Phyllis. I hope you don't mind that I slipped into your garden for a few minutes today.

And Then A Skirt

After the crocheted corset set was complete I decided to make a simple, coordinating skirt from a fabric remnant.

It's based on a rectangle that is 3X the circumference of the hips. To the basic skirt I added a ruffle that is about 2X the width of the bottom of the skirt. Narrow hem on the bottom, elastic casing on the top and the doll has a pretty little wardrobe addition.

Frustrated by the limitations of artificial, indoor light I decided to take the doll on an outdoor "photo shoot" at a nearby garden. More on that in the next post.

While She's Here. . . .

While my daughter was away on vacation I was trusted with the care of her brand new resin ball jointed doll. She had received shipment of the doll only the day before so I consider that quite an honour. She's a 43cm "Asleep Eidolon Coral". That's her company default name. Her "given" name has not yet been chosen.

While the doll is with me I've taken full advantage of the opportunity to make clothes and to play around posing and photographing her.

First I made a crocheted bodice/corset/bustier. I'm very happy with the way it turned out and will be using the pattern again....and again, and again!

Then I came up with little bikini panties to complete the set.

The bodice is a little scrunched up while she is in the kneeling position because the doll's upper torso it tilted forward a bit to provide balance. Yes, she holds these poses unsupported!

....more to follow in the next post.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Chicken LaBOMBba

How to make Chicken LaBOMBba.

Step one: Send common sense out the door. The presence of common sense will ruin this recipe.

Step two: Spend a helluva lot of time preparing dressing, stuffing two chickens, trussing them, seasoning them perfectly, and putting them in a glass pan. The choice of pan here is very important. Do not substitute a metal cake pan or roaster!

Step three: Heat glass pan and chickens to 400 degrees F.

Step four: Pour room temperature chicken broth over chickens. Wait a few seconds and. . .
BOOM! Chicken LaBOMBba!!

Warning, this is not a trick to be tried at home. (Dangerous as hell and WAY too much mess to clean up afterwards!)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teeny, Tiny Progress

Sorry about the grainy pictures. My camera is misbehaving and I'm not sure how to get it back on track. I suspect someone has been messing with the settings (coughJordoncough) and I'm not digital camera savvy enough to know where to make corrections.

Anway, I hope you can see the images well enough to see what I've been up to lately. Considering the hours I have poured into this project it really does seem like a tiny object. Let me tell ya though, this is stitch for stitch as much work as a full sized human sweater. It's the February Lady Sweater being done 1/4 scale with laceweight, handspun yarn and very fine knitting needles so that it will finish up in a size that will fit a 16" doll.

It's not finished yet, but Delilah tried it on to confirm that yes, all is well and it is going to fit. Now to make it longer and add sleeves.

And here's how I accomplish this miniature work. Lots of light and lots of magnification! I have to take out my contact lenses (they're not working that well for me lately anyway), put on my glasses, turn on a bright lamp over my shoulder and knit with my hands under a magnifying light. THEN I can see what I'm doing! Dropped stitches can have tragic consequences though.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

In Need of Sneakers

Another little outfit, sewn from socks, for Delilah .

She really needs a more casual looking pair of shoes, doesn't she?