Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One outfit on three dolls

I made a little romper. It'll go on etsy soon. It's a little loose in the legs on Alice Cherry Blossom (the piggy) but it fits Ringo and Puki Fee Ante perfectly!
  Pukifee Ante Ringo in purple

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays to all who read!  I wish you all the best this season!  Look who was a perfect little poser this morning!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Sewing for Real Dolls

Overalls and Cute Face

Olivia is growing!  She's 7 months old and about 15 pounds.  I made her some overalls today from a KwikSew pattern.  The KwikSew book of basics for babies is great.  The patterns are easy to follow and simple enough to allow customization however you want!

Owl Overalls

Back of Overalls

In other news, I plan on restocking my etsy shop in January.  I have two items done already and more cut out and ready to sew.  I don't imagine it will be an enormous number of outfits, but do keep an eye here for the announcement that the shop is stocked and possibly some sneak peaks as I get a chance to photograph the outfits already completed.

Friday, September 27, 2013

New look

I redressed and rewigged Dollmore's Mong-a. She looks pretty in just about anything!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Andrew by elizabeth's*whimsies
Andrew, a photo by elizabeth's*whimsies on Flickr.

I had a few minutes the other morning while Olivia was napping to finish up this pair of overalls. The doll is actually my Anne of Green Gables, rewigged as a boy.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Cassie by Helen Kish

Finally, I had a minute to photograph this! Cassie is wearing a hankie dress that is made from instructions from Sissy Lingle.  Now I have to make one more outfit for the last of my Beach Girls, Buffy, and I will have everyone redressed.

Cassie - Helen Kish Beach Girl

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Getting bigger!

Same outfit, same baby--she just barely fits in it anymore!  She's up to 10 pounds at this point.  She's doing great!

I'm still not finding much crafting time (no surprise) but I have a hankie dress in the works that is handsewn and I find a few minutes every few days to make a little more of it!  It will fit one of the Kish Beach Girls when it's finished.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Meet Miss Olivia Wren

Well, my long term craft project decided to be ready three weeks earlier than expected!  This is my Miss Olivia Wren, born May 3rd.  She's wearing the last craft project I'll have time for for a while, I think!  The bloomers are from a pattern by See Kate Sew, and the little onesie is embroidered with a motif from Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching Motif Collection.   Miss Olivia is now almost four weeks old and we are getting along well.  She's growing fast, which is good because she was teeny when she was born (only 5 pounds 9 oz).  Hopefully I will have time for craft projects and doll projects as she takes longer naps!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Chicken Run in Progress

Not a very exciting photo, but this is an exciting project! We have been having a new run built for the chickens. My fantastic construction guy is building this to match the duck run with the change that the chicken run will have a solid cement floor to prevent any burrowing animals from getting in (like sneaky minks and weasels). I will finally be able to have some comfort that nothing will eat the girls if they are in here while I am out. As the construction guy said, if something gets into this run when he's done there was no way anyone could have stopped it! It is being lined with hardware cloth (1/2"). I will put sand down in there to keep the girls' feet comfortable and give them something to dust in (I will likely put an actual deeper sand box at one end) and roosts will be added in the corners for them to sit up on. It should be done by next Wednesday or Thursday. I'm so glad to be able to have this done!  The chicken girls turned four a few weeks ago.  They are laying really well for being older ladies. They make an average of 6-7 eggs per day from the 10 girls.

A closeup of the cement floor:

Chicken Run Cement Floor

Spring appears to have finally arrived around here, after a lot of cold weather!  I will have a new spring arrival in about a month; more about that later!  Spring is the best time of the year!


Purple Primroses


Daffodil Bunch April 2013

Daffodils April 2013


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Heartstring Jackie - My Birthday Doll

Jackie Closeup by elizabeth's*whimsies
Jackie Closeup, a photo by elizabeth's*whimsies on Flickr.
This little girl is only 8" tall and is a Dianna Effner sculpt for Jo Flitton's doll shop. She is "Simply Jackie with Green Eyes" and arrived several weeks ago as a birthday gift. I haven't had time to photograph her till now! She is wearing a crocheted dress made by my friend Monique several years ago for Riley and Friends.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Dollmore Mona Doll

Mong-a by elizabeth's*whimsies
Mong-a, a photo by elizabeth's*whimsies on Flickr.

This is "I am Mong-a" from Dollmore, in her originals. She's resin, has blue glass eyes and a blond mohair wig. She is jointed more like one of my vinyl dolls: at the neck, shoulders and hips rather than knees and elbows. I am looking forward to seeing who she will share clothes with and making her some of her own!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Beach Girl Patty by Helen Kish

This is Patty, one of the Beach Girls by Helen Kish. I have had Betsy for years and recently was able to purchase Patty and Cassie. I'm still looking for Buffy. I redressed Patty in a dress I made just for her last weekend from a Rosemary Ionker pattern.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Cute Giggler

Cute Giggler by elizabeth's*whimsies
Cute Giggler, a photo by elizabeth's*whimsies on Flickr.
Little Miss Bobbin has claimed the small birdcage in the craft room as her home! She is wearing a little knit dress from MyHeartforCrochet on Etsy. It's beautifully made and I love the little pointed hat!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A new little dress

This little one got a new dress last weekend. It still needs the snaps sewed on on in the back!

Mia's Babydoll Aga - Dollmore

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Playing with Toys

Playing with Toys by elizabeth's*whimsies
Playing with Toys, a photo by elizabeth's*whimsies on Flickr.
What to do on a cold winter's day? Play with a castle playset, of course! Iplehouse Nami and Byuri are pictured playing with a Playmobil micro set.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rachel by Helen Kish

I have had this beautiful girl for a full year and have not photographed her yet! She needs a different outfit, too, because it's way too cold around here for a sundress.

This is Rachel and she's 16" tall and joined my Classic Kish collection with Four Seasons Fall, Basic Brunette Jo, and Kathy. Rachel came wearing Jo's dress.  My Jo is wearing blond Jo's dress and came that way, so it appears that no one around here has their originals!  There's a full view of Rachel on my Flickr account (click through this photo).

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sunrise in January

This photo does not fully capture the sky's color. This was this past Thursday, Jan. 24th at about 7 AM. It was 0 degrees but I still grabbed the camera!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Princess Gives Me a LOOK

Princess by elizabeth's*whimsies
Princess, a photo by elizabeth's*whimsies on Flickr.
Princess said she wasn't so sure she wanted her photo done! I took this yesterday. She is doing very well and is quite happy that Edward is her new boyfriend. Status in male ducks is apparently conferred by the status of their lady friends, I think. Eddie went from being second-lowest to being the most dominant male duck because Princess is his girlfriend and she is the most dominant female.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Janie in her Christmas Swap Dress

Janie is wearing a dress we received in a swap from Sandy on the Our Little Darlings Yahoo Group. It's beautifully made by Judy LaManna and has a dress, pinafore, petticoat and undies! Sandy also gave me some candy (already eaten!), a gingerbread man in a stocking and a lovely bar of scented soap from Colonial Williamsburg. Lots of fun!


In other news, there has been a lot of quiet on the blog lately because I have had no sewing time!  I have been spending every free minute making my duck run completely covered in hardware cloth and with no gaps greater than 1/2" in diameter.  There was an incident involving a mink (during the day, while we were home) that I am still not feeling up to discussing.  There are seven remaining ducks and the chickens have been on lock-down inside their coop with only supervised run time since Dec. 14 when it happened.   A completely mink/weasel proof chicken run is in the works for the spring, but until then we are making  do with what we have and being very careful.  I cannot catch the mink in my havahart but I'm still trying.  It has been a bad year for predators around here.