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the teacup incident
Boulder, CO
Hello, you've landed on my journal of small pleasures. Here you'll find me exploring paper crafts, vintage finds, local interests and more.
Interests: creating soft toys, sewing, photography, writing, thrifting, nature, hiking, travel
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Thank you Anne! Happy Thanksgiving to you too :) To:
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on The Fancy Doll Style Book at the teacup incident
Last week as I beavered away sewing doll coats and hats while watching the 3rd season of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, I imagined what it would be like to work in a couture salon making dresses and hats for ladies in the 1920's. In a flight of fancy I mentally... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at the teacup incident
With the holidays and winter on their way the look on the street is all about layers. This is the perfect season to dress fancy! No need to let your doll collection suffer from seasonal stagnation. A few small changes to their attire will give your dolls a beautiful look... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the teacup incident
Thank you Lynne! Ellen does discuss her ideas with conviction. Raspberry pink hair will do that for one's confidence, don't you think?
Meet Ellen Finch, event planner, fashionista and eternal optimist. Ellen loves to plan and throw parties, especially weddings. She's known for her elegant extravaganzas which always include something pink in the decor, because Ellen sees the world through rose-colored glasses. She strives to look confident and party-worthy at all times... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at the teacup incident
I'm in Colorado and haven't got an answer yet either. (sent first request last night, second request today).
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2015 on Start Small / Dream Big eCourse at A Beautiful Mess
If you had told me two years ago that I'd be opening an Etsy shop to sell my handmade toys, I would have wondered if you were delirious. I had just started sewing again after years of paper crafting, enchanted by all the artful softie makers I was seeing on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at the teacup incident
It snowed here overnight so the dolls are especially happy to be wearing these faux fur accessories today. They are all available in my Etsy shop. Charlotte and Lucy show off the white fur hat and shawl set and Marguerite and Eleanor model the plum fur set. The hat and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at the teacup incident
Thank you very much, Simone! I am keeping the faux fur (and all my supplies) hidden in my craft room so the kitties can't play with my materials. I fear they'd love it too much and drag it off to their lair under the couch in order to lay on it and lick it. They have plenty of cat toys so they can learn to leave mine alone :) To:
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2015 on Perseverance at the teacup incident
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing went the way you expected it to? From small problems like doll pattern issues to big failures like our home heater conking out on bitterly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at the teacup incident
Thank you Claire! I love the Bright Bazaar blog and Will's sunny outlook. Did you see he's moving to America? It will be fun to see what he captures in his style on this side of the pond. I'll be watching for your review :)
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2015 on Inspired by: Books at the teacup incident
Hello Rachel, Thank you for your kind comments! My grandma was the type to save her best china for special occasion but my parents were quite social and loved a pretty table loaded with china and silver. You have it right - use what you love every day. If it makes you happy to eat mac and cheese on your grandma's Lenox china, do it! Enjoy your weekend! Kind regards, Sharon
Fog and snow make me want to wrap the world in a bright sweater and serve it chai tea. As fall winds down and the colors seep from the landscape I like to plump up my photography with pops of color. Playing with color is my antidote for the winter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at the teacup incident
Thank you for your kind comments, Nancy. You made my morning brighter!
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2015 on Inspired by: Books at the teacup incident
Thank you Anne. I'll have to pop over to your blog and see what books you're reading. I can always do with a few suggestions :)
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2015 on Inspired by: Books at the teacup incident
My inspiration bookshelf, one of several. This shelf is full of creative sparks. I have another one devoted to doll design. Chilly weather and the approaching holidays bring out the bookworm in me. Whether I need a lift from winter's chill or ideas to spark holiday cooking, books are my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at the teacup incident
Thank you for your kind comments, Anne.
Thank you Anne :) Ellie is the perfect-looking Halloween kitty even though she's neither scary nor a scaredy cat. Max is more apt to hide at first when people come to the door.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2015 on Happy Halloween! at the teacup incident
I am thankful for kitties, chocolate kisses, pumpkin waffles, and the clocks rolling back tonight. Have a fun Halloween! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at the teacup incident
Mabel wears a new 100% wool coat in heathered aqua, grey and cream plaid with a wool felt hat in soft brick red, accented with a plaid band. This stylish doll clothing is entirely handmade. It features a partially lined doll coat with turned back cuffs and a teal grosgrain... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at the teacup incident
Flowers are getting scarce as my garden winds down for winter. But I still appreciate a fall bouquet, no matter how tiny. This one is in a lusterware creamer. Happy Wednesday! Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at the teacup incident
With fall's beautiful weather ending soon, the Garden Party Girls are endeavoring to enjoy every colored leaf and sunbeam. Its a chance for them to greet new friends and old and have a gossip among the last of the dahlia blooms. Everyone wants to show off their fall clothes and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at the teacup incident
Thank you for your comments Simone. The first design takes the longest to work out but is also very satisfying when it fits! The template can then be used many times with variations added to spice things up. For instance, use a different material, add trim or buttons, or try other colors. I like your ideas: adding accessories such as a necklace, brooch or bag will certainly add charm to the doll!
Thank you Anne! Its a lot of fun designing clothing for dolls. This coat and hat set sold last night which is inspiring me to start another plaid coat set today :)
A doll coat cut from a scrap of plaid suiting fabric found at the thrift store. If you enjoy fashion, designing clothing for dolls is a fun way to play "Project Runway" in your own home. With just a small investment of time and money you can create a whole... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at the teacup incident