Saturday, August 27, 2011

Won't Somebody Pull?

Both want to go for a ride but it's so hot that no one is volunteering to do the pulling.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

First Window

We're in the process of replacing some (most? all?) of the windows in our house. When I say "we" I mean my husband. Any help I might be giving is limited to fetching, holding, and refraining from asking questions or making any annoying comments while he is actually scowling.

The first step took all day. It was the building of the extra sturdy, and hopefully movable, scaffolding.


With that in place he was able to get up close to the second story kitchen window and start cutting away at the stucco. No, he didn't use a craft knife, there was a cement blade on a grinder involved.

cutting out the gyprock

out with the old

When the old window was lifted out I was amazed at how large the hole seemed! If only there was room for a window that large. Unfortunately the window frame takes up a lot of space.


back in for the night

After getting the window out.....he put it back in for the night. Admittedly there were good reasons for that.

First, more stucco had to be cut away and that was a dusty procedure. Second, wasps were being attracted by the smell of dinner cooking. Third, it was almost time for company to arrive for a 30th birthday celebration. (Not mine.....I passed that milestone a couple of decades ago!).

Anyway, after an evening of visiting with "children" and grandchildren he was back at work today.

in with the new

The new window is securely installed, but needs trim work inside and out.

outside lookin' in

Any questions? Well...don't ask ME! Like I said, I was just the hold this, fetch that, keep quiet and outta the way, kinda gal.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Barbie, Barbie, and Barbie

Today the blog post is all Barbie dresses. It's even the same dress, just in different colours.

Olivia's Barbie Dress

Isabella's Barbie Dress

striped drop stitch

These are being knit for my grandnieces. Four down (I have another striped one done) and 2 more to go. The final two, yet to be knit, will be for my granddaughters next Christmas. Shhhhhhh! Don't tell!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

She's Lovely!

Ms Muffet has had her day at the spa!


And I must say she's looking marvellous, even if she had to borrow a wig and a body for her photo-shoot.


And with a beautiful face like that.....


I don't think she has anything to fear from Mr Magoo's squealing "groupies".


They plan to stay another week at Ban Sidhe's resort before returning home I guess it's more affordable than a airline flight for two? I hope they have a safe "landing" and don't suffer too many delays along the way.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Magoo's Custom Faceup!

I considered waiting until he was back in my hands again before I posted pictures, but I just couldn't wait to show you the wonderful job that Ban Sidhe (on Den of Angels) did on Mr Magoo's faceup.


I had decided on facial hair because I want him to be an "adult" elf, not as childish as most RealPukies are styled. She did an amazing job! Much better than I dared dream!


Magoo finished1

It's even more incredible when you realize that this wee fella is only about 4" tall!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Prototype Hooded Cardigan

The past couple of days I've been working on writing up a pattern for a Pukipuki sized, hooded, cardigan.

front, puki hooded cardigan prototype

This is just a prototype. I knit it in cobweb weight, Colourmart 2/28 cashmere with 1.5mm (US 000) needles. I will be sending it away in a swap package. The next one will be one Petunia can keep. I'll try it with the more commonly available Knitpicks laceweight.

side, Puki hooded cardigan prototype

back, Puki hooded cardigan prototype

The crease down the centre back of the hood is just from pressing it. I haven't yet washed and blocked it. I'm really happy with the way the decreases in the back of the hood turned out. I remembered another doll knitter complaining about the central decreases in a hooded sweater pattern she followed, so I took extra care to find a solution that was nice and smooth.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Have a Nice Spa-cation

Ms Muffet and Mr Magoo are enjoying a moment together before the rush of packing for their vacation. Today's the day that they are scheduled to leave for a spa vacation at Ban's Boutique, where they will be receiving custom faceups.

Preparing for Their Trip

Peanut and Pumpkin are feeling a bit sad. They'll really miss their new little friends.


Actually, I think all the kids wish that they could go along!

Missing them Already

Ms Muffet says a final goodbye before storing her cute little body in the Fairyland box and nestling her faceplate in one of the protective pods I bought to keep them safe as they travel.

Ms Muffet's Pod

Mr Magoo is thrilled and can't wait to get going! He's heard that Ban's agreed to work some of her extra special magic on him.

Mr Magoo's Pod

Here they are, nestled into their little pod cases*, supported by clouds of fluffy merino wool. And they are off!

On Their Way

Hurry home you two, you'll be missed!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Summer Swing Dresses

Pardon the poor photo quality here, I was rushing to get a few photos before the mosquitoes chewed me to pieces.

With the arrival first of Petunia, the Pukipuki, and then the RealPukies, Ms Muffet and Mr Magoo, the LittleFee girls, Peanut and Pumpkin had been feeling a bit neglected and overlooked. I have been busy the past few months making all kinds of teeny, tiny clothes for the littlest dolls, but the Fees have had nothing new for ages.

Yesterday I spent much of the day sewing these two dresses for Peanut and Pumpkin.

New Dresses for the Lil'Fees

They are from an Adam-Harris pattern called "Summer Swing". They are completely lined with an underdress that has an attached ruffle.

Pumpkin's new dress

Peanut's new dress