Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Valentines flowers and lots more sewing

Well I am doing very well here and making the effort to blog more regular, so I do hope someone is reading this !!??.  Valentines day has been and gone, and I got a card and chocolates and these lovely flowers that still look really fresh.

I went to Dewsbury market with a friend  last week, using my free bus pass for a long journey for the first time, up to now I have only been using it to nip into town. Anyway it was quite a good market and had a large haberdashery stall where I bought these pretty laces, which lend themselves beautifully to making dolls clothes and were very reasonably priced. The lilac lace has glitter on the picot edges but hasn't come out on the photo very well.
Last week I have continued to make good progress in sewing for and stocking the shop, and was working on the American Girl doll range. 

 She's being very good here holding on to all the pieces I have to sew up yet.
Here is a little hooded Jacket in a lovely fine floral corduroy fabric. So I do feel a very positive productive feeling this week, got a lot done. and here are some of the finished articles!
American girl doll at Dottie's Doll's Clothes
dottie's doll's clothes
If you want to see the rest you can look here in my shop.
Today I popped into town for a few household supplies, it was a lovely sunny morning, still cold but so nice to see the sun showing itself.  I came home and did some chores, then got out my fabrics teat I have recently bought to make a start on a custom order for a customer.
Any Ideas what it's going to be? I'll give you a clue it is a charector for what, if i'm not mistaken was one of Disney's first cartoon feature films.  If anyone wants to know I will tell you in my next blog post, might even put a photo of the finished product on . 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Busy sewing and stocking up the shop

I know I havn't been on for a while, and that I keep saying I will post more regular, but then... things get in the way...even though I have been retired now for twelve months.  I still do my bank nursing one afternoon a week, and enjoy keeping my hand in there, but do you know , I honestly don't know how I managed twenty hours a week before, I think its that now that I know I have more time I probably take life at a slower pace, and sometimes have to with the fibromyalgia, so it does seem to take longer to get things done.
  I have had a lot of problems with my laptop, with a computer virus, then having to have the laptop wiped , then problems getting back on line, so as my laptop was very old, and had to have a plug in mouse, plugged in battery all the time and now being wired into a usb lead to go on line, I decided to treat myself to a new one, well a reconditioned one actually, but good enough for my needs.  Then I lost my shop from on line due to technical difficulties with my webmaster.  So all in all I have had a few problems, but I am now back in business and busy sewing to replace stock that I sols coming up to Christmas.
Have you noticed my son's bike has gone from behind the kitchen window, sold since he finished uni.

I was asked several times for custom orders to fit the George doll which apparently is Annabell's brother, and the same size as Annabell, so I decided to add a new category for this doll.

I have made a few essentials and added them, and hope to add more soon.
We have had a lot of snow lately and it seems to lay around the estate where we live for a long time, it has just started to clear this week after having it for about 5 weeks now.

By the summer of this year This space outside will hopefully look very different, I am planning on having a little hut outside, an eco hut with insulated walls and electricity wired in, which I can then use as a sewing room, then I can move from the kitchen! I am so looking forward to that!  But first I am to have a new kitchen so the following photo is a before photo, and I will show you an after photo when it is all complete.
I did the tiling myself in this kitchen, it was my first attempt at tiling so I don't think I did too bad really, but it will have to come down when they put my new cupboards  and work surfaces in so I have decided to have a complete professional job this time.  I am very much looking forward to all these changes and will keep you posted.  Bye for now.