Time to Begin Again

My family and I have been through a very rough season this year.  I know that I haven’t been posting lately.  It is because I had to work through some things.  I know many people use art to work out their issues.  I have been utterly unable to paint.  It seems I have lost whatever it was that allowed me to do that.  Each time I have tried to paint, I simply go blank and feel guilty that I should be doing something more productive.  This is not my inner critic.  I just don’t feel like it.

I have begun to try something that is utterly new for me instead.  I have always crocheted from patterns, with very little variation.  I had a dream a few days ago of a hat with a face on it, so I decided to try.  It isn’t exactly like the hat in my dream, but here is my new “art.”  I hope you enjoy.  By the way, I opened a shop on Etsy recently.  The hat is for sale there for anyone interested.  AdornWithSplendor

By the way, if any of you have ever made something from a dream post below and tell me about it.  I would love to hear!

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Bunny Revamp Day 5

I won’t be able to post more until the weekend, but here is a start on my doll’s dress.  I did not have a pattern, so I decided to make one.  Also, since I didn’t know how it would fit, I decided to make a muslin.  For those of you who don’t sew, a muslin is like a test garment.  I used an old sheet to make it, and I didn’t finish seams or try to really make it attractive.  The point is to test for fit, and in my case, design.  I am pretty happy with the results, thought I think I will sew the skirt portion to the top before I sew the sides when I do the actual dress.

Here are some pictures of my progress.  I will scan the pattern by this weekend if I can.  My scanner isn’t working.

Bunny Revamp Day 4

I finished the hair.  I thought it would never end.  Lesson learned, maybe doll hair shouldn’t be so thick.  80s hair bands have nothing on my new dolly!  Tomorrow it is time to start clothes.  I have no patterns, so I will just go with the flow.

Bunny Revamp Day 3

Adding some hair has definitely made the doll less creepy.  I think I am adding too much since my doll is starting to remind me off the Trollies with the crazy hair.  I am not done yet, but you can see how I have done it and the progress.

Bunny Revamp Day 2

I am really uncertain what the outcome of this project will be.  I put the face on my doll, and my husband thought it was so creepy, he shuddered.  So, this could be a great technique if you are going for creepy.  Maybe once I complete the doll, it will be cute?


1. I put pipe cleaners into the limbs so that they would be more adjustable.

2. I stuffed the limbs.

3. Sewed the painted face to the disk, then to the doll.

Lessons learned.  Gold lame ravels.  It ravels particularly more than other fabrics.  If I did it again, I would put fusible interfacing on the back of the fabric to help it not to ravel.

Crochet Bunny ReVamped

I finished the crochet along.  I really like how my bunny turned out.  But as I made it, I had some ideas on how to change it up a bit to make an art doll.  I thought I would share my progress, as I go along.

First, I took the pattern for the crochet bunny from lionbrand.com.  I did not make the ears or the tail, and I made all the body one color.  It was Wool Ease, color Blush Heather.  Do not use wool ease if you are allergic to wool.  I had to learn this lesson the hard way.

Then, I took some fabric.  I had some leftover gold lame, which I thought would accent the colors in the clothes I plan to make.  I stretched it over an embroidery hoop, and I painted faces the same size as the face disk I crocheted.

Face Base

Face Base

Painted Faces

Painted Faces

Crochet Along Day 5 – My Bunny Lives!

This may be the shortest crochet along in history!  I finished my bunny.  I would like to do another crochet along in the near future.  I am thinking two ideas.  I could use this pattern and modify it to make a fun art doll.  I was also thinking maybe a week of dish cloths?  Let me know what you all think.  Bit O’ Sweets sent in pictures of her work, and I definitely want to say thank you!  If anyone else has pictures to send in, let me know at grimley_ed@hotmail.com.  If I don’t respond quickly, leave a comment.  I don’t check that address often if I am not expecting anything.