Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Jane Lefroy Chronicles

April 2015:

 I received Neo Blythe doll, Jane Lefroy.  I LOVE her stock and she has a beautiful face and coloring.  She reminded me of Vinter Arden(who is one of my grail dolls).  I follow some Blythe happenings on Facebook and Flickr and when I started seeing pictures of Jane out of the box I was petrified.  This girl has crazy hair!  She has a TON of hair and for some reason Takara decided to try some sort of weird curliness in her hair.  It starts out smooth at the part and maybe 1/3 of the way down her head then it turns into an absolute rat's nest.  I was afraid to even take her out of the box.

19 August 2015 Jane Lefroy. .  Are you kidding me with this hair?   Holy hell :(

 August 2015:

I finally come up with the courage to open Jane up.  She is beautiful but OMG that hair!  It's very soft in spots but I cannot even run my fingers through it.  I have been doing some research on Blythe hair and I have done a few spas on my other dolls but they seem like child's play when faced with Jane's disaster hair.  I have seen other collectors who were actually able to tame her hair and I have gathered bits and pieces of what they did (On a side note, it is interesting to me how vague some collectors are on their dolly spa process.  When pressed they give a vague description but not much more.  I would be flattered if someone asked me what I did to my doll's hair because they wanted to figure out the same thing.).  I have decided to try and conquer Jane's hair.

JLF 26august2015 After spa 1 Back
25August2015:  Jane's first spa

I gave Jane her first hair wash to day.  I used Dawn dishwashing liquid to try and break up the rat's nest a bit.  I then used a mixture of 1.5 cap fulls unscented Downy and water and let her hair soak in that for two hours.  After that I was actually able to run my fingers through her hair but it seemed to come out of the process very dry still.  I braided her hair and put some rollers in the end of those to try and rein things in.  She is now drying for a day or two before I take the braids out and see how spa #1 went.  I'm positive I will have to do at LEAST one more to get her hair to look anything like I want it to.  Probably a lot more than one more.  I will spend the next couple of days researching what human shampoos help tame dryness and frizz.

JLF Spa 2 Back 26aug2015

28August2015:  Jane's second spa

Second wash.  Dawn, Argan Oil shampoo, 3 hour soak in undiluted, unscented Downy.  Before braiding her hair I used a little bit of leave in conditioner for frizzy hair.  I am very happy with the results ;)

Thursday, April 02, 2015

April 2015!

Wow!  It doesn't seem that long since I have posted.  Life just keeps getting busier and busier.

I have declared 2015 "The Year of Socks".  My goal is to finish at least one pair per month and if I could get 15 done in 2015 I would be thrilled!  I have joined the Socks from Stash group on Ravelry and it's been so fun.  Every month they have a theme so that keeps things interesting.

So far I am on track:


Skyp rib 1

Stashbuster February15


April(in progress):
 Sfs April15 wip

I have also become addicted to Downton Abbey and have been binge watching that, of course, I start watching it now when there is only one season left!
I'm still working my way through the Song of Ice and Fire books.  I'm on Dances with Dragons and that one is taking me forever.

Happy crafting everyone!

Monday, September 08, 2014

September 2014

So I just reviewed my summer to do list and I felt like I accomplished nothing but it looks like I got more done than I thought.  This summer was BORING.  It was a summer about nothing that went too fast.

The kiddos are back in school and I am getting back into a routine.

Here are a few summer knitting finishes:

First up, my "Groovy" socks.  I had been wanting to knit this pattern for a while and I'm pleased with how they turned out.  The yarn is OnLine SuperSocke Neon Color.  It is bright and an odd grouping of colors but I love having wild colored socks.
Groovy socks 8/2014Groovy wip

Next up, two pairs of  Felted Clogs.  One for me, one for DH.  Most of my friends have knit numerous pairs of these but these are the first pairs I have knit.  A friend knit pairs for each of my kiddos and I decided all of us needed a pair.  They aren't the prettiest things but they are warm and comfortable and that's what really matters for padding around the house.
Felted clogs 2014

This fall I have yet another ambitious list of things to get to and hopefully I'll have more time and more motivation for the more challenging things.

Here's the list so far:

1.  Clean out our basement.  I avoid this like the plague but it NEEDS to get done ASAP.  I really need to find a place where I can donate gently used toys.  It seems a shame to throw them out I'm sure someone would get some use out of them.

2.  Get rid of magazines.  I have a borderline hoarder mentally on magazines.  I have some knitting and cross stitching magazines that I need to unload.  I also love home decorating magazines.  I think I should just a make a binder with my favorite stuff and get rid of the rest.

3.  T Shirt Quilt. . .seriously, I have a ton of  t shirts I've been saving and I want to make lap quilts for the family.  I just need to get over my fear and jump in headfirst with this.

4.  Read Dance with Dragons.  I'm FINALLY on the most recent  Game of Thrones book and I'm very excited to work my way through it.

5.  Reach my goal weight.  I have been working this year on losing weight.  Prior to summer I had lost 25 pounds but I put on a few over the summer.  In the spring I found the DietBet site and it really helped me lose weight and I won some money in the process!  I have an attainable goal by the end of the year and I'm thinking of using DietBet again to help me get there.  I start my sixth bet tomorrow.

6.  Knit--I have the sock bug right now and I also am loving knitting clothes for my Blythe dolls.

7.  Stitch--Find time to cross stitch.  Finish 12 Days of Christmas BEFORE Christmas. . .what a novel idea!

8.  Blog at least once a  month.  I have gotten away from blogging but I do miss it.  It's something I do just for me and it keeps me on track with goals and such.

9.  Oh, almost forgot, I would like to win the lottery.  Not an obscene amount of money, just enough to be comfortable.  (Can't be greedy after all).

So that's about it for now.  Back in October if not sooner!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Summer 2014--Edited September 8, 2014

Summer break is upon us again at Casa KiP.

 Here is the ambitious tentative agenda:

1.  Reading--personal(Game of Thrones mostly) and with the kiddos(Kingdom Keepers)--DONE!
2.  Sewing--practice sewing doll clothes.--DONE!
3.  Quilting--finish at least one T-Shirt quilt.--Nope!
4.  Knitting--finish a GoT knitalong, work on socks, work on doll clothes--Nope, Done!, Done!
5.  Cleaning--work on the basement!--Nope!
6.  Travel--hopefully get to visit the cousins and throw in some overnight trips too.--Nope!
7.  Photography--work on getting some interesting doll pictures.--Done!
8.  Stitching--finish my 12 Days pattern and work on some HAED stuff.--Nope!
9.  Work on Smash books.--Done!

That is most of my list and on top of that I need to find some interesting things to do with the kiddos!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rest In Peace, Bailey

Bailey and editing software

October 20, 1996-April 19, 2014 Bailey (aka. BB, B, Grand Buhzee, Grandpa Lemon, Lemon)

Well traveled cat: Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Hawaii, Utah, and Colorado

You and your sister were my first babies and you were my first male cat.  I love you so much and not one day will go by when you are not in my thoughts.

Now go find your sister and learn the ropes or maybe you can come back haunt these two ding dongs you've had to put up with the last couple of years :)

Miss you, my sweet, sweet boy.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A couple of finishes

Winter is Coming Shawl all blocked just in time for spring and the new season of Game of Thrones. I used Twisted Fiber Arts Arial yarn in the Le Cirque colorway. winter is coming 1 Socks of a Different Strips V. 3 I did these for the Ravellenic Games. They use Knit Picks yarn and the pattern is from Knit Picks too. Ravellenic games 2014 a The links are Ravelry links.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Inventory of Finished Objects 2013

Happy New Year!

This is what I managed to get finished in 2013.  I didn't list specifics on projects as all of them are on my Ravelry page.

Numerous Blythe clothes(dresses and hats)
A shawl

Numerous Blythe dresses(a few A-line, Empire, and Party)

A Storm of Swords(Martin)
All Wound Up(McPhee)
Captain Underpants #10
Dad is Fat(Gaffigan)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1(Kinney)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2(Kinney)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3(Kinney)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4(Kinney)
Kingdom Keepers Disney After Dark(Pearson)
Last Breath(Caine)
Black Dawn(Caine)
Bitter Blood(Caine)
Lover at Last (Ward)
Penalty Box(Martin)
Kingdom Keepers Disney at Dawn(Pearson)

Finish 1 round Cathe's Cross Train (12 week schedule)