Tuesday, February 2, 2010

How Bout A Tuesday Tutorial~Pattern Making & Ramblin

Hi ya'll ! Hope this post finds ya'll in GREAT spirits =0}
I got some good news to share !!!! I sold 3 dolls today !!!!
Wooot Woooot. I am soooo excited. I stopped at the lil indoor flea market/Prim Store on my way home and showed her some more dolls and she want's me to bring in at least 6 dolls by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning to sell on consignment. She said she has been gettin' lots of requests for prim black dolls and told them to check Saturday that she would have some in then.......So what am I doing besides sittin' my patootie down to sew ? lol Yea I gotta'  blog to my Prim Pals first dangit lol. Thank goodness i don't require much sleep lol. I work everyday this week =( Then I get my every other weekend off. Yipppeeee...except it goes to dang fast ! I got Ms. Hetty all finished up. She is one of the dolls I sold except the lady wants her in red and wants me to stitch the name Dovey on her sack. Then I sold 2 rabbits I got sewed up from a pattern I drew up Monday. That's the tutorial I'm gonna share with ya's....more on that in a minute lol. I also want to ask if you all would add myself and my family in your prayers. I don't want to go into details because I want to keep my blog a happy place but I have some things that are heavily weighing on my heart and mind and adding unneeded stress. Hubby and I've been puttin' on a brave face for the kids sake and prayin' that things come out o.k. in the end. Sorry to even put this out there on a public forum BUT I know Gods power and I know prayer can and does work ! Maybe not the way we think it should come out, but God knows what's best for us even if we don't understand it at the time. Anyway thanks ya'll for readin' my ramblin' thoughts and for prayers. Now on to a happier note.....
Here is Netty all finished up.....

I think she turned out pretty darn good. And thanks for ya'lls input about the face. I left her faceless. I really like her like that too ;0}


O.k. now on to the tutorial......
I am NOT very good at making my own paper patterns. I've tried to draw a few in my time and they usually end up gettin' tossed ! I have trouble gettin' it drawn proportianlly right. I just can't get it to match well lol. So I usually just take scissors and cut out the fabric and go from there. But who want's to take the chance of wastin' fabric ? And what if I wanna' make another one just like it ? Well this is how I improvised in trying my hand at making a pattern.....

First I drew half of a head shape on computer paper.....

LOL lookin' at that pic just now it looks like I used part of my hand and thumb !!! Just noticed that hehehe....hmmmm maybe I'll try that next time !

Then I folded the paper in half......

And cut the shape out so both sides of the head would be the same.


Then I did the same for the body......


And this is what lil Bunny Foo Foo looks like tryin' on different leg styles lol ....


Here He is all sewed up...... I got him painted a chocolate brown and he has corduroy britches and a homespun shirt. I forgot to take pics of him all dressed up. Maybe next time.


Hope ya'll find this usefull. So far it's been the easiest way for me....
Until my artistic skills pick up lol.....OR I can convince Jess he needs to be my pattern drawer. He did such a GREAT job on the cardinal pattern for me I know he could draw me up some Prim Dollies lol. Pretty Pleaseeeeeeee Jess......with maybe a new xbox game in the future on top ???? lol {wink}

I also wanna' share a few work pics with ya'll so you can see what a work day consists of for me......

See all those lovely stacks of bread ? That's just part of the bread we sort through and stock our store shelves with in a day. We check dates, look for holes in the packaging and mark each one so customers can't buy from us and take it to the grocery store to get full price for it. Believe me people have done this ! We check 3000 plus items a day, stock shelves and wait on customers. No wonder I'm so pooped when I get home huh ? lol I can't believe I've been doin' this for 8 and a half years...It's sure took a toll on my poor ol' back and feet but I'm thankful I have a job.
Ohhhh I almost forgot to share one more thing. I drove past my fav barn to see if they had changed their message yet...... I really enjoy reading the messages they put up. Soooo I drove by and......


Nooooooooo.........no message ? =(  Hoping they have a new one up soon. I did get a better pic of the cross to share....


Isn't this just beautiful ? I wish it was next door to me cause I just love lookin' at it. Well Prim Friends Lost is on.....Loveeeeee that show ! So I better get goin' so I can watch it. Till next time my Prim Friends.....Huggs n Blessins

14 comments:

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

OH I love your doll that you did..with no face..they are becoming my favorites and I have some wonderful patterns that I must get going on...love the photos you share..take care and I always put my blogging buddys in my prayers.:)

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

You go girl!!! How are you going
to get them done when you are working so many hours???
You need a helper...if it wasn't so far, I would be right over! Love your doll, I think they look good without faces...

Bear Hugs~Karen

Janet - underthewillow said...

Wow congrats on selling your dolls at that shoppe TJ! The bunny is gonna turn out mighty cute too!

Whatever it is that's troublin' you and your hubs, I hope it all turns out ok.

Janet

Country Prims said...

Good morning-congrats on your sales-the doll and bunny look lovely-thanks so much for the tutorial. I could hardly get to bed last night as I was so keen to get started on making a prairie doll!! Hope she comes out as good as yours:) ~Shazy x

Pam said...

Good morning girlie! First off prayers going out to you & your family! Congrats on selling your dolls! You do an awesome job...I wish we were neighbors because I'd pay you for lessons on the sewing machine...lol! I've still been sewing by hand...guess I won't ever get good on the machine if I don't use it...lol! Wow! I'd be beat if I had to do all that work at work...my back couldn't take it! I hope you have a great day!
Hugs,
Pam

Carmen C. said...

Your doll is awesome and you know how I love the bunnies ;) I most definately will keep you & yours in my prayers sweetie and there is nothing wrong with sharing that, I hope all turns out in good way! That is a GREAT idea for the patterns to fold the paper, I made a prim pear pattern once & it was lopsided so now I know to FOLD ;) Darn those barn owners, hope they get a new message up there soon, it looks bare without, lol!!!

tattered 'n torn prims said...

congrats on your sales and orders!! LOVE your dolly too!! Way to go!!

I've got ya in my prayers!! Take care!!
Stacey

Robyn said...

Your doll is adorable! That is great news that the prim store wants more to sell.
Prayers are comin your way! Hang in there!
Hugs! ♥

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Love your doll and thanks for sharing how to do the bunny! You sure do alot with working too!
Rondell

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Woot woot!!!! Congrats on selling your dolls!!! The newest one came out awesome.

Can't wait to see the rabbit all finished up.

Mary

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

I love the doll and the bunny too.
~Janet

The Old Cupboard Door said...

It's no surprise your dollies sold, they are fabulous. Thanks for the tut! I'm trying to sew more but it seems like soooo much WORK, and me no likey work when I'm crafting. Oh, I love that red barn with the rugged cross!

I've added you and your family to my prayers and expecting a good report on your situation, whatever it might be. Isn't it wonderful that even we don't say it, God knows the situation and has just the right answer. He's really AWESOME!

peggy said...

I love your dolls. In all my years of making dolls, I have never made a faceless doll and for a while they were all the rage, and now I see they are back and just beautiful (yours are). I enjoy your blog so much!

Angie Berry said...

Well, first of all I just want you to know that I will be praying for you and your situation. There is so much power in prayer and I feel honored to be praying for you!

Now on to the fun stuff... WOO HOO!! Congrats to you to be selling your neat projects at a prim store! I absolutely LOVE the way Miss Hetty turned out and I would buy her in a heartbeat!! You did a wonderful job! And your little bunny is so cute too!

Your job is a lot like me working at Hobby Lobby. Constantly moving, bending, stretching... all the things my body hates after awhile. I come home all pooped out too! But I only work 2 days a week, I just don't know if I could handle it all week long. I have much respect for you and for doing it soooo long too!