Almost All Hallows and the New Shop

I would like to share this picture of the kids with you from last week. It was taken in the morning before school. The theme that day was to dress like what you will be when you grow up. Here are my babies dressed in their chosen adult roles:

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Here is Emma the movie star (she also wants to be a doctor, a veterinarian and a lawyer) and Jade the CEO of Pumpkin Seeds; although, by the end of the day, he was President of the United States. My….how they grow so fast!

For All Hallows Eve, though, it is another story and I can’t wait to get a picture. Jade, as of yet, is undecided, but wants to be something scary. Emma, on the other hand, knows what she wants….she wants to be a hobo vampire zombie! She even has the plastic fangs!

My new shop has now been open since last Saturday. Still no sales, but I have gotten some Hearts (for those who haven’t been to Etsy yet, that means that your shop or item has been marked a favorite by a member). So, I’m still combing curls and making doll things for two stores now…very fun!!! I have been enjoying watching It is a Doll Thing start out and I feel pride in my Strings and Things!! Here are a few pictures of new listings…one from each store. A lovely hand knit  scarf  and hand dyed wools:

Made with my handspun mohair,alpaca & angora rabbit yarns
Merino X and Romney...makes me want to spin!!

Well, I want to get a little knitting done this morning so I’ll wish you all a safe day!!! I’m off to play with Us00 needles and some thread like (seriously!! frog hair) silk !! Have fun today!!!!


New Store Opening It is a Doll Thing

As I have mentioned, I’m really getting into these Blythe dolls. The fun of creating for them has really tooking over. I have a good start with the hair combs, but they just don’t ‘go’ with the rest of my Strings and Things shop. I figured that once I got into doing more and more doll things that the store might be getting invaded, taken over and consumed by all things doll. Therefore, I made the decision and am opening a new shop!!! I’m calling the new place ‘It is a Doll Thing’. You can find the new shop at: At the new store you can find clothes and accessories made with Blythe in mind, but will also work for many other fashion dolls, as so many of you well know! I’ll start listing items in the new shop timorrow!! In the meantime, here is a look at the new shop banner…..

New store banner

Strings and Things will continue. I do need a place to keep my yarns, fibers and knitterly things 🙂 I’m so not giving up fiber!!

Have a GREAT day……I’m off to get busy!!

Computer troubles, knitterly things and dolls

It has been an interesting week, to say the least. First, my hard drive has been going. At least, that is what I was told. I do not know about these things. In my total lack of techie knowledge, it works or it doesn’t and I am lucky in the fact the my husband can tend these things for me. Did you know you can clone a hard drive? Who  knew! Well, he did! He had to reinstall a few drivers and what nots, as apparently a going hard drive is a bit like a bruised apple and the ‘bruises’ clone, too. And now, I think my system is back on board…hoorah!

I also had a really cool e mail sent my way by a wonderful knitter who made my French Lace Cuff  pattern( she calls it Poets knitted cuff) and has her knit up of the cuffs for sale in her Etsy store, Frogs’ Attic, which can be found here:  and her blog is here: She makes some really fabulous art and is well worth looking at all the eye candy. But then, who doesn’t like looking:)

I have been making hair combs for Blythe out of wire and beads for sale in my shop…very fun! Here is a peek at a few of them:

adventurine and lapis in this one
Mother of Pearl and Moonstone

Also,  my Etsy store has a whole new look. I have made a new banner and avatar with my combed mohair as a backdrop… I just LOVE how they turned out!!

New Banner
New avatar

And, in the evenings before bed…after all day combing pretty doll locks.. I’m still stitching beads on a Blythe dress and enjoying how it is turning out. Right now I’m sewing the beads on the bodice and here is how it is coming along:


Well, the week continues on and I’m off to get another cup of coffeee before heading to the shop. Have a lovely day!!

Some doll things going on

I’ve started on my first Blythe fashion. I’ve got the pattern sketched out, the fabric cut and the basic pattern sewn…Ta-da…

Dress in the 'rough'

Now I’m working on the FUN part…the embellishments. I absolutely LOVE to embellish!! I’ve started with a beaded edge and by the time that I’m through with the hem alone I’ll have approximately 600 individually hand sewn seed beads. Of course, there is the sleeve edges, bodice and neckline and not to mention the fluffy skirt to use as blank canvas. Here is a peek at the hem so far….

The details really make a dress

Of course, fibers are not forgotten. I’m still doing quite a lot of doll locks and, even though I don’t have time to spin, fleece is still very much appreciated around here.

Zoe LOVES mohair and alpaca

Wishing the world a happy day!!