Wednesday, 29 August 2012

I'll Just Go Hide in a Hole Now

I'm still plugging away at the pieces of Subtle Memory. It's kind of nice seeing it all finally come together... but I still have quite a long way to go.

Because of that, even though it makes me want to crawl up in a ball and hide from the world, I've changed my mind yet again and have decided to wait until I get home to put up the collection instead of doing it piece by piece like I thought I would.

I've realized that it's just not practical to try to send things out from here, learn a new postal system, buy all new packaging materials (which I would then either have to leave here or figure out how to cart home), finish messing about with the storefront (which turns out to be much more complicated than I'd originally thought -.-), and figure out substitutes for the materials I left at home on top of everything else.

I really should have thought this all through before this trip and am quite disappointed in myself for it, but there's really nothing that can be done about that now.

So, I'm just going to keep working and hopefully the extra time will allow me to add some of the things I had originally wanted to have as part of the collection (maybe I should just wait until April and pretend I meant 2013 the whole time :P).

On a happier note: While taking a break from working on the tops, Jonas got a new dress. :) She hasn't had anything new (that she gets to keep) since the dress that inspired this catastrophe, so it felt good to make something new for her.

Jonas - Bisou Ai Bonbon
I really need to re-suede her arms. :/

It's very simple and a bit lopsided since I tried to sew it fast, but I think it came out fairly cute. ^^

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Napkin Art

I went out for dinner with my boyfriend and some of his workmates and caught myself drawing on my napkin while they were talking.

I've never been able to figure out just what it is about paper restaurant napkins, but they always seems to provide a spark of inspiration that is difficult to find elsewhere.

Many a family dinner out with my grandparents when I was little found my mother running to the dollar store or borrowing pens from the waitresses until she decided to carry packages of pens with her.  She tried making me carry them, but I would inevitably forget - every single time. Lucky for me, my boyfriend already carries pens at all times, because I still do it. ^^;

Anyway, this is what came of the evening:

Napkin Art

Her face is a little lopsided - the result of poor planning - but I think I might spend some time cleaning it up in photoshop and maybe giving her some legs. I don't think I'll colour it though... maybe I can find someone else who will. :)

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

New Look

I hurt my wrist a few days ago, so I haven't been able to sew as much as I'd like.

Instead, I've been spending some time redesigning my blog. I will admit that I'm going to miss the brown and green and especially the flower, but unfortunately, it was very difficult to modify to fit the other pages I want to use.

Hopefully this one isn't too terrible. My eyes have a difficult time reading high contrast things, so I lowered the contrast a bit. It might be difficult for people with normal vision to read, however, so please let me know if that is the case and I'll try to fix it.

The mobile version has a white background, so that should be okay if you're reading on a phone, but it might have some other bugs, so please point those out to me too! ^^;

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Lace and Stone

The lace has arrived! :)

Unfortunately, it's a bit bigger and lower quality than what I was originally using. Some clever stitching can hide the inconsistencies, but the size is another matter.

It's not that much bigger, but it's enough to make it look out of scale with the Bisou Ai tops... :(

Subtle Memory - lace comparison
Old lace on the left, new on the right.

I might have enough of the old stuff at home to finish them, so I might see if someone can mail it to me, or I might wait.


In other news, we went on a trip to Greystones recently and I managed to get a few photos before it started raining. The coast and beaches were really beautiful and the town was super adorable. There were a lot of nice places for doll photos too, so I hope I can go back one day soon.

Greystones, Ireland

Beach - Greystones, Ireland

After exhausting the waterfront, we wandered through the residential areas of the town and ran into the African Savannah.

Greystones, Ireland
I kept expecting an elephant to come strolling out of the trees. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. :)