Sunday, March 31, 2013

a hat for Mabel..

She has earned it. The poor patient creature has a pitiful and extremely selfish seamstress.. Who, instead of making doll clothes for Mabel, insists on sewing and crocheting things only for herself. *tisk* *tisk*

My sister Marguerite and her doll friend Emaline over at Miss Emaline's Circle of Fashionable Friends are hosting a Winter Craft-Along! ( I'm sure you know from the post prior to this one.)
This March month has been a fun one to dream up things to craft for one so small! All winter I've been making The Aimee Hat to sell in local shops and in our (rather bare at the moment) Pretty Wit etsy shop. I thought Mabel could use one.

Made from Jamieson and Smith Buttercup Spindrift.
Thank you for looking! Take a look at the other winter doll Projects!
Good day and Happiness,

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Miss Olive's Opera Hood

Hello Friends! I wanted to post about Miss Olive's knitted Opera Hood that she has made as a part of the Winter Accessory Craft-Along put on by Miss Emaline's Circle of Fashionable Friends

She used this pattern from the oh-so-fashionable Godey's Ladies Book:  Opera Hood

 I love this description on the pattern:
 This front is intended to be rolled round, and tied underneath the chin. It will be found extremely simple, and most comfortable, not only for leaving a theatre or ball-room, but for traveling. It has the further advantage of being by no means unbecoming.

Olive purloined this rounded safety pin from me and uses it as a shawl pin. I must say it is quite pretty and effective!

 It was a very chilly and windy day and I (the photographer) was chilled to the bone while she was warm and toasty...and stylish to boot!

It is made from 100% wool yarn by Jamieson and Smith in the color Turf. Olive's dear cousin Emaline bought it for her in Mendocino last year and she had been hoarding it until she found the perfect project.

The pretty white tassels are made from Lion Brand sock yarn in off white.Tassels will ALWAYS be all the rage in Olive's Mind.

 Olive was quite creative and found many ways to wear her new Opera Hood. 

See? She even found a way to make it look like a Bosom Warmer (or Bosom Friend as Miss Emaline likes to call it!)

Now all she needs is an Opera Dress (Unless she will be sitting where it's not so, shall we say...formal)!

 Well, thank you Emaline for hosting this fun event! Can't wait for the next one! 
We hope you are all having a beautiful Spring!
♥Genevieve (writing for Miss Olive Wright)

By This I Know Love: Pray for a Miracle

Hi friends! Just wanted to show you this post from our friends. Please pray for their little sweetie! She needs a miracle! 

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By This I Know Love: Pray for a Miracle: Our foster baby is in the hospital and is not doing well.  The doctors today gave us the facts.  Right now she needs a miracle.  PLEASE pra...


Thursday, March 14, 2013

flaming red hair

I love red hair.
I love songs about red hair.
("flaming red hair")

I really, really love red hair.
 (Consequently, my awesome sister got me this Merida Barbie for Christmas. "Oh yes!")
I want red hair.

So, I got some red henna and henna shampoo.
 And Gen and Aimee caked much green gooey stuff all over my head of hair...

 And here's the results.
Not exactly "flaming red hair" because my hair is dark brown and henna doesn't lighten it, it just brings out the highlights... but it's oh so much fun!

My cuddly sheep sweater from old navy (LOVE).
Boots from my Aunt. ♥
Kilt, vintage Aljean.
I always wonder if I should wear my kilt... Then I think, "why NOT wear a kilt?"

Tried different settings on Picasa for even more red. =]
Next time... I'm going more red... hopefully... if it works. :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Little Dorrit hilarity

"Mr. F's Aunt" as she is called...
A remarkable Dickens character. Ha ha!!

This is one of the best parts in the movie... and apparently in the book... :)

She is SO funny! Before we even knew how Dickens described her in the book, in the movie we thought she looks JUST like one of these dolls: Silver sister pincushion doll from Babes from the Woods. and This one too! (I love them to death! So well made and SO funny and cute!)

Gen just finished the book and what do you know... Dickens specifically describes her as a wooden doll!
It goes as follows...
 "an amazing little old woman, with a face like a staring wooden doll too cheap for expression, and a stiff yellow wig perched unevenly on the top of her head, as if the child who owned the doll had driven a tack through it anywhere, so that it only got fastened on."

“The major characteristics discoverable by the stranger in Mr F.'s Aunt, were extreme severity and grim taciturnity; sometimes interrupted by a propensity to offer remarks in a deep warning voice, which, being totally uncalled for by anything said by anybody, and traceable to no association of ideas, confounded and terrified the Mind.”

 "Mr F.'s Aunt, who had eaten her pie with great solemnity, and who had been elaborating some grievous scheme of injury in her mind since her first assumption of that public position on the Marshal's steps, took the present opportunity of addressing the following Sibyllic apostrophe to the relict of her late nephew.

'Bring him for'ard, and I'll chuck him out o' winder!' 

Flora tried in vain to soothe the excellent woman by explaining that they were going home to dinner. Mr F.'s Aunt persisted in replying, 'Bring him for'ard and I'll chuck him out o' winder!' Having reiterated this demand an immense number of times, with a sustained glare of defiance at Little Dorrit, Mr F.'s Aunt folded her arms, and sat down in the corner of the pie-shop parlour; steadfastly refusing to budge until such time as 'he' should have been 'brought for'ard,' and the chucking portion of his destiny accomplished.”

“You can't make a head and brains out of a brass knob with nothing in it. You couldn't do it when your uncle George was living much less when he's dead.”  - Mr. F.'s Aunt

She is so funny. And a very cute Lady, but seriously terrifying as "Mr. F's Aunt"! Ha ha ha!!!
But I have to say, if you haven't seen Little Dorrit... use your discretion. It is rather dark and I think way too scary! So we just fast forward all the scary parts and it's a great movie. :)

Well, there's a smile for your day. :)
Happy March!