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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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Photos: (top left, bottom) Flowers and people along the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. (top right) A colorful installation at the Denver Art Museum. My blog is on vacation until September 2 while we move my mother-in-law from her New Jersey apartment to an assisted living community here in Boulder.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the teacup incident
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The return of the university students to Boulder, school buses in the neighborhood, and the sun rising later in the morning signal that fall has arrived even if thermometer still says summer. My Garden Party Girl dolls have been gathering at PinkGingerKitty to discuss fall fashions. While they have enjoyed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the teacup incident
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There is a new hat style in the shop for the Garden Party Girls! I call this hat the "folded leaf" because the shape reminds me of a leaf turning up and there are two tiny felt leaves sewn to one side. The hats are made of felt with large... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at the teacup incident
Thank you for sharing your store, NDL. Stores such as these save so much good stuff from going to the landfill and help artists save money on materials at the same time.
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You may remember that I volunteer my time at Art Parts Creative Reuse Center here in Boulder by photographing cool stuff and loading up their Instagram page with my finds. With school about to start here in Boulder I thought I'd remind moms, teachers and home schoolers that thrift and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at the teacup incident
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What adds drama to a doll better than a red straw doll hat? A red hat festooned with white orchids and ombré ribbons of course! Just listed in my Etsy shop, this coral red hat looks great with many doll hair colors. Do you think pink and red clash? Maybe,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at the teacup incident
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A lucky find over the weekend: two colored vintage straw doll hats. I have decorated them for summer parties with my usual floral excess! These hats are slightly smaller than the natural straw hats I posted about last week, but look just as charming worn at a chic side angle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Its always fun to add updated style to your dolls with new doll clothes and accessories. Just listed in my shop: three handmade doll jacket and hat sets that fit my Garden Party Girls. These jacket colors look dashing with many doll hair and clothing styles. The soft red floral... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at the teacup incident
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New in my shop: a soft red cotton doll jacket printed with random white flowers, plus a matching straw hat! Hello August! Summer seems to be slipping by at record speed this year. Since spring my family has been trying to find the right assisted living situation for my 89... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at the teacup incident
Thank you Anne! My summer has been hectic but the little moments spent reading a good book or making doll hats makes the week sweet.
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Summer is in full swing here with blazing hot days. Shade trees, porch swings and cold lemonade are appreciated all day long as we toil away, dreaming of escaping to nearby mountains, lakes or beaches. The Garden Party Girl dolls stay happy in the heat by donning pretty decorated straw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at the teacup incident
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There is a new Garden Party Girl in my shop: Angela Honeycutt. Angela is a flower grower specializing in Persian Lilies, also known as Alstroemeria. She loves their beautiful colors and always carries the latest shades at her farm's shop. Her second love is pretty dresses, particularly those made from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Meet my latest handmade doll, Beryl Swift, available in my Etsy shop. Beryl is a mom to two children, Ben and Betty, wife to investment banker Sanderson, and a travel agent. She specializes in vacation travel for those who seek custom adventures. Do you want to go on a cook's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at the teacup incident
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(Parts of this post originally aired in Nov. 2015.) While I would not say I am an expert sewer, I have learned a lot about sewing soft toys over the past two years. Even though I mostly make dolls these days its nice to look back and see how far... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at the teacup incident
Thank you Anne, for your sweet comments about my dolls. I thought the same thing when I saw that yarn - this would make lovely doll hair :) A friend of mine has a small peacock blue streak in her otherwise red hair and it looks awesome. You could try that instead of doing the whole "unicorn" hair color thing, although that looks fab on some too.
Thank you Anne! The roses and herbs are from my garden, the fruit and cucumber are from the farmer's market. I'm trying to make spa water daily because its so delicious. Even just one slender orange wedge in my to-go bottle of water makes a delicious treat. Try it let me know what you think of them!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2016 on Feeling the Heat of Summer at the teacup incident
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Meet my latest handmade "Sweet Friend" doll: Emerald. Her beautiful green yarn hair inspired her name. Emerald is 16" long, 8" sitting height. Her arms open wide for hugs or may be crossed if she's feeling spunky. She is available in my Etsy shop, Pink Ginger Kitty. Sweet Friend dolls... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Its been a busy start to summer between visiting with family and catching up with friends and sewing when I am in town. While some travel was for vacation, other travel was necessary to aid my mother-in-law who is in failing health. Every time we think we have a handle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Meet Mina, my newest "Sweet Friend" doll! She's a sunny bundle of energy, eager to skip, play and enjoy ice cream with you. Mina is 16" long, 8" seated height and comes with a removable gingham apron and two tulle underskirts. The straw hat shown is free with any purchase... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at the teacup incident
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My dolls are on the Phoebe and Egg blog today! Lisa Press interviewed me about how I started making dolls and what inspires me. Sewing tips are included. Read the interview here. Handmade "Sweet Friend" doll Mina (on left) arriving in my shop tomorrow! Her dress is made from up-cycled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Myrtle wishes you all a "Happy Independence Day"! Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Meet the newest of my Sweet Friend dolls, Lola and Haley. These dolls are 16" long and made to be loved by children 4 and up. They have soft yarn hair and hand embroidered faces which give them lots of personality. Their floral dresses are complemented by removable gingham aprons... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at the teacup incident
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Camille and Jemma are wearing their new summer straw hats to a Civic Arts theater production of "The Music Man". Flattering and dramatic, their new hats make them feel like singing along with the show tunes. These Sinamay (woven abaca fiber) hats are 8" across with a 4" wide crown... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at the teacup incident
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This week I'm in California visiting family and friends. I will be back next week, creating summery dolls and romantic hats! Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at the teacup incident
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New in the shop: Sweet Friend doll "Olivia", in lavender gingham with a floral apron, purple and white tulle underskirts and lavender cotton/rayon yarn hair. Olivia is the daughter of Garden Party Girl, Victoria "Tory" Parker. Both dolls are available in my PinkGingerKitty shop. My Sweet Friend dolls are the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at the teacup incident