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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 Hanna!
Toggle Commented yesterday on Taking A Creative Break at the teacup incident
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Its mid-August and I am craving a creative break offline. I am taking a few weeks off from blogging to enjoy the summer and play in my studio. My shop will remain open and you can see what I'm up to via my Instagram feed. I will be back here... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at the teacup incident
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Note: this post originally appeared here in February 2016. I find vintage fashion illustrations entertaining to look at. They clearly show their era in the fashions but often in a fun and colorful way. The ladies in the illustration above look ready to cut out and place in a tableau.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at the teacup incident
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Over the last few months we have been working with a landscaper to renovate part of our back garden from a weedy mess to a relaxing space. Late snowfalls over the past few years destroyed the evergreen border we planted 15 years ago against the fence. Drought and invasive insects... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at the teacup incident
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Sometimes when I sew my dolls I imagine what it would be like to have tiny doll helper sewing alongside me. In my imagination the dolls have lives of their own so why not imagine them with their own sewing station? This idea might also entertain any creative children in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at the teacup incident
Thank you Kim!
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Meet my latest handmade doll, Megan Blair. Megan is an interior designer with a penchant for moody colors and dramatic accessories. She is known for wrapping powder rooms in bold floral wallpaper, adding velvet and silk to the living room and painting kitchen cabinetry dark grey to add drama. She... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at the teacup incident
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I love making fashionable dolls with whimsical personalities. I achieve this via a mix of unusual colors and patterns. The finishing touch for a pretty doll is adding an eye catching hat. I've made over a hundred hats in my doll making career. I use felt, straw, and a variety... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at the teacup incident
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New in my shop: handmade doll Millie! She is one of my 16" Sweet Friend dolls designed for little girls and collectors alike. Millie wears a blue and green floral cotton dress with a removable yellow dotted apron and two tulle skirts, one white and one yellow. Her arms can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at the teacup incident
Thank you Anne! Have a lovely weekend yourself!
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2017 on Coconut Cinnamon Ice Pops at the teacup incident
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Note: this post was first shared here in 2011 Its been blazing hot here in Boulder this week which has me thinking about ice pops. I usually make simple fruit pops for dessert or afternoon snacking. However when guests are coming I I like to make these decadent treats. Creamy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at the teacup incident
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Tassels are a big accessory trend right now. Here is an easy way to make your doll a tassel necklace using embroidery thread for the tassel. See below for my step by step directions on making the tassels which I found on the Sweet Lulu blog here. For each tassel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at the teacup incident
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New in my shop: doll "Allison Daniels" who owns a fragrance shop where she creates custom fragrances for her clients. She also has a line of candles, bath and body products. Best sellers include her smokey rose candles, lemon-ginger bath salts and blackberry lime body lotion. She keeps a large... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at the teacup incident
Thank you Kim! Yes, the flowers are redverbena.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2017 on Today's Snapshot at the teacup incident
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Sometimes a good quote is all you need to help set your intention for the day. We are in the midst of a big landscaping project. Late winter snows over the past few years took their toll on our garden, destroying trees and shrubs along one side of the back... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at the teacup incident
Thank you Anne!
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Handmade dolls Maybelle and Suzi decided to go antiquing this week. They wore resort wear outfits from PinkGingerKitty for their seaside jaunt to a nearby town. Maybelle is wearing a modern navy floral set while Suzi chose a sweet light blue daisy set. Maybelle fell in love with a sailboat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at the teacup incident
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Happy Independence Day from Boulder, Colorado! Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at the teacup incident
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New summery doll resort wear has been added to my shop. These pretty florals look great on my Garden Party Girls and can be mixed and matched to your heart's content. Switching the jackets on any two resort wear sets gives you additional clothing options for your doll. These dolls... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at the teacup incident
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After the holiday I will be adding more handmade summer resort wear to my shop. These outfits are so fun to mix and match, giving the dolls a casual look that's perfect for summer. Each outfit comes with a free wood bead necklace, while supplies last. Happy 4th of July... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at the teacup incident
Thank you Kim! Happy 4th to you too!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2017 on Off to Scotland! at the teacup incident
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Doll Isadora left this week for her new home in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is looking forward to learning about the history of this ancient city over tea and scones with her new owner. She can't wait to see a real castle and try cock-a-leekie soup! She's dressed her best in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at the teacup incident
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Doll "Frances" comes with a dark pink felt hat and coat. Additional choices include: 1. Aqua jacket and matching hat 2. Straw hat with blue vintage flowers 3. Pink wrap top, daisy patterned pants and wood bead necklace. Dolls give us a chance to play fashionista in a fun and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at the teacup incident
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PinkGingerKitty shop is newly stocked with summer resort wear! The Garden Party Girl dolls look adorable in these wrap jacket and palazzo pants sets. The jacket ties in back with a bow and the elastic waist pants sit at the waist of my Garden Party Girl dolls for a seamless... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at the teacup incident
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Note: parts of this post first appeared here in March 2014. The heat is on here in Colorado, just in time for the start of summer. Inventing toys takes a lot of creative energy and some afternoons my brain needs something edible to spark new ideas. Smoothies make a wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at the teacup incident