New Monster High Wig, New Hair Colours and Moving Count Down

Even with less than 10 days until our cross country move, I still make time for doll stuff. I can’t resist taking time to play! I’ve been working on a new size 5 Monster High wig and it is now available in my Etsy shop at http://www.stephanieasmith.etsy.com . I was wanting to share a during picture earlier, but with packing…here is in process and finished pictures, I am very proud of this one!

In Process
In Process
Brunette Frost Wig from far away....
Brunette Frost Wig from far away….
Brunette Frost Wig
Brunette Frost Wig
Brunette Frost Wig close up
Brunette Frost Wig close up

I have also been working on a custom order for glorious bright pastel shades. These are for wonderful fellow in California, who I very much hope will like them!

Bright Pastels
Bright Pastels
Bright Pastels Peach and Pink
Bright Pastels Peach and Pink
Bright Pastels Blue and Green
Bright Pastels Blue and Green

I hope that everyone enjoyed the eye candy. I am going back to packing and hoping to squeeze a little more doll time out of the day:):)

Getting There

Well, in a total effort to get ready for the cross the Country move from Georgia to California in a pick up truck pulling a 6 x 12 foot trailer with my husband, 2 teenagers, myself, a dog and two cats, I have been committing the ultimate destash. All this is going, going, gone tomorrow.

Destash Mania
Destash Mania

But, although, I am doing a total reevalution of our belonging while packing, I do make time for dolls. I have some orange suri alpaca doll hair drying and multitude of pastels colours drying as well. I have these lovely green ones finished for a custom. The lady who has ordered these lovely lock is making a mermaid. I hope she sends me pictures when it is done. Love seeing!!

Green Mermaid Hair
Green Mermaid Hair

And, so many exciting things to talk about! To add to the glorious excitement, I have finished my Blythe reroot! So glad that I could get this done before we go. I still want to add her eyelashes. Mainly so I don’t lose them in the move. Things always dissappear when moving! But here is my damaged girl in progress one step closer to fin…..

Maddy Close Up
Maddy Close Up

Maddy
Maddy

I was going into this thinking Prairie Faery theme, but now she says that her name is Madelaine and her friends call her “Maddy”. She likes Bonfires at night, going mudding in the Spring and fishing all year round.

I find all the time that a doll will develop its own personality when customizing. It is always an adventure to get know who she or he really is going to be when you are done.

Well back to packing for me. Wishing you all well!

California or Bust

Yes, that is right. We are moving to California next month. The decision was finalized last night and we plan to head to a sweet little house in Northern California the first week of October.

House in California
House in California

This puts us one giant, from the East Coast to the West Coast, step closer to our dream of moving to Oregon. Our plan is to stay at this lovely abode for about a year and move off from their to the beautiful state of Oregon.

We will be driving across the Country with kids, dog and cats pulling a trailer full of our lives behind us in the truck It should be quite the adventure!

I will be leaving my shop open during the cross country trip and mailing any purchases made upon our arrival to our new home between homes. Of course, I plan to comb beautiful alpaca locks during the ride. I should get quite a few locks ready to go during our road trip. Beautiful long alpaca fresh to offer upon our arrival!

Vintage Sewing Machine Fixed and Reroot

First, to begin where I left off, my old DeLuxe is now working fine. The problem with the feed dogs and tension was actually not a problem at all. My sewing machine has an unlabeled feature. Where the stitch length is regulated is a reverse placement. My husband asked me what does this do:

Stitch Length Regulator
Stitch Length Regulator

I went to demonstrate how it changes how many stitches per inch and was amazed that it started feeding the fabric to sew forward and now it works great as I am not pulling the fabric in the opposite direction that it was trying to sew. In my defense, if they had stamped a little ‘R’ somewhere it might have been a help.

And, in other news, my Blythe scalp has arrived! I have started rooting the hair and can’t wait to see how it turns out. I am not sure if she will still be a Prairie Faery when she is done. The closer my Blythe gets to the finish, the more she says that she would like bonfires at night, fishing trips in Summer and to go mudding in Spring. What a wild child she will be!

Reroot in Progress
Reroot in Progress

Very Old Sewing Machine…needing a bit of work

Well, the Side Winder is really great and I filled many a bobbin. All set to go! I got out my Kenmore and now it does not want to stitch either. All dragging and miserable and, yes, I have been oiling it. The only thing that I can think of is that something got misaligned when I removed the side to peer in and see what I could about the bobbin winder not working.

So I remembered that I had a another machine. An old DeLuxe made in Japan model that I think was made in the 50s. I had to fuss with it a bit and the great people at wefix yahoo groups was a big help, of course, as I did not even know how to thread this old gal. One of them had even made a e booklet up about them. Here is a link for those, like me, that need to know: http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/manuals/ha-1-ib-wgh-instruction-manual.pdf

And here are some pictures of my machine so you know what one looks like.

Top of DeLuxe
Top of DeLuxe
Face Plate of DeLuxe
Face Plate of DeLuxe
Front of DeLuxe
Front of DeLuxe

Please diregard the open foot pedal. It is back together now, but when I first went to use it the cord was lacking much of the insulation on the wiring and I had taped it. When I went to plug it in, it ran full out without use of the foot pedal and the only way to stop it was to unplug. Apparently, when you tape the wires, they need to be taped seperately. If you tape them to where both wires going to and from touch, it will do that. I have them taped seperately now and the machine is now controled by the foot pedal once again. Whew! Was that ever exciting!

I do still have a bit of experimenting to do with the feed dogs and tension, but it looks like I am nearly reay to sew. I can not wait!

The Side Winder is Here

Just arrived and I had to try it out straight away, of course!

Smaller than I expected, but it is so tiny and cute. It reminds me of one of my daughters make up cases.

So Tiny
So Tiny

The insides are pretty simple and straight forward and it runs on either batteries (not included) or a plug in cord (included) Here is a look at the workings:

Side Winder inside the box
Side Winder inside the box

Now do be prepared. When you hit the start button, it will take off crazy fast. I was not prepared, so on this first go, it pulled the end of the thread that you lace through the bobbin to start it right out of my fingers. Very unexpected!! I will be ready for it next time.

Side Winder in motion
Side Winder in motion

The bobbin is full. A little uneven, but I am sure as a first time ever user that might be expected.

Side Winder full bobbin
Side Winder full bobbin

And that, my readers, is my first experience with a Side Winder. Overall very nifty!