And … here’s the final Susy Goose Skipper doll furniture set I’ve been refurbishing in turquoise blue and gold. I’m loving this color combination. Available now in my Etsy shop.
I’m still recuperating from a bad cold, so it’s a good day to stay inside and catch up on some crafting. My magnetic doll brooches were getting low in stock, so I made a bunch. My cat really wanted to help with that project!
My 1:6 scale Japanese style fans have been selling briskly lately, so I made about a dozen more.
Now my fingers are covered in glue, so it must be time for lunch!
Last fall, a production designer contacted me and asked if I would sign a release so one of my products — the vanity tray and bottle set — could appear in a national advertisement.
I had no idea what kind of ad it would be, but today I discovered it was a tv ad for Andersen Windows. You can see my trays and perfume bottle sets in two scenes — on the end table in the living room of a dollhouse, and in the bedroom. I also recognized items in the dollhouse from other Etsy shops. So cool!
Below is a link to the ad on YouTube and a couple screenshots where I’ve highlighted where to find my product in the scene.
To go with my OOAK Barbie doll for the 2020 GAW Barbie Convention charity auction, I’m making a simple backdrop, as previously shown here. Since the theme of the convention is A Knight to Remember—and I’m making a princess doll—I decided she also needed a throne. I found this vintage doll chair in an antique shop. From my research, I believe the chair was made circa 1910-30, possibly in Germany. The chair was well made, but a little worse for wear. So a makeover was in order.
After some sanding and a couple coats of gold paint, I embellished it with some brass stampings. Then I made cushions covered in royal blue crushed velvet. Here’s the before and after.
I wandered into a local Dollar Tree store on my lunch hour this week, because … you never know what you’ll find! And I scored these adorable little erasers shaped like Dr. Seuss books. At first glance, you’d never guess they are erasers, and they’re the perfect size for Barbie and friends. At just $1 for 6, it’s a cheap way to build up Barbie’s library.
I’ve been working on my auction doll for the GAW Barbie convention. The doll has been repainted, and the outfit has been made, but before I take photos, I wanted to create a backdrop to go with the doll. After Christmas, I found a faux window frame on clearance at Michaels. I decided attach it to a floor with L-brackets. Then the doll can stand on the floor and the whole thing can either hang on the wall or sit on a surface.
To make the floor, I started with a square of plywood. I picked up some edge banding veneer to make the hardwood floor at Menards. I simply cut “planks” to size with scissors, and then ironed them onto the plywood square with my iron. So much easier than using popsicle sticks! Once the flooring was ironed on, I used a stain marker to get the color I wanted. Now I just need to seal the floor and assemble.
From now through December 3, save 20% when you spend $95 in my Etsy shop. And, as always, free shipping when you spend $35 or more (US only). It’s the perfect time to buy your favorite doll a Christmas present!
Hankie Chic Sale
I sew. My sister knits. We work in the same building, so we usually grab a quick lunch and then head to one of our favorite craft stores to get some exercise. Ok … shop. I look for beads, lace, fabric, etc., and she looks at yarn.
For the last couple of years, she has volunteered to go with me to the GAW Barbie Convention. So this past year, I told her she should make something for Barbie to sell out of our room. She started knitting these adorable throw blankets. One happened to end up in my box after convention and I just love how it drapes on the furniture and adds that something extra to my dioramas.
Now, we’re making them available in my Etsy shop. There are a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns to choose from. Check them out!
I’ve been crafting again today! I found some new findings that — combined with washi paper and tassles — make the cutest fans for Barbie and friends. Take note of the super cute cat and goldfish fans! Available now in my Etsy shop.
Last post of furniture today. Two more pewter chairs that have been repainted and recovered. Can be purchased individually or as a set.