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Thursday, September 30, 2010

I have forgotten how hard it is to design patterns.  I worked on my head today and it is to simplify and change up a pattern I have done (Belle) and yet, it was sooooo hard!  I finally got it actual size.  It is hard to "see" in 3D what I am doing on the flat paper.  Ugh.  I think of people like Temple Grandin and her amazing ability as a person with Asperger's to see this way and can't even imagine it even though I have seen her speak via computer and saw her bio movie and read her amazing, amazing books.  It is a very, very hard thing to do.  Here I am just doing fairly simple things vs designing at the scale she does.  (revolutionized the  cattle and industry with her designs of humane slaughter facilities).  She is amazing with animals. 

So, have gotten this far.  The rest will be much easier.  I am anxious to see what her head dimension will be once together... 

Why do I do this to myself?  I love it.  LOL.  Just like you do.  Love the challenge, just all of it! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Well, I have been working on my new doll.  I haven't had a chance to do more than sketch her but I have gotten the wardrobe together and am still working on finalizing my hair vision.  So fun to be dreaming up a new doll.  I hope to have a chance to work on the pattern soon.  I am getting ahead of myself with wanting to do different things, two head styles, other doll styles...  I am focusing on one at a time though.  I feel like, instead of midwives, we are dollwives and facilitating the birth of each doll we create.  It is really like the doll just comes to life in my head (and I am sure yours too but others as you go) and need to create him/her.

If all goes well, I will be getting the actual pattern started and sewing soon.  It has been soooooooo long. 

I am enjoying my granddaughter so much.  She is almost up to 6 lbs.  Tia is amazing and exclusively breast fed her since the hospital.  So proud of her.

Thanks for stopping by!
Dolly Midwife

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I made it into the doll room today and actually worked.  I sketched out a design which is mostly redesigning my Belle pattern.  I redid her head completely and changed the body and leg attachements.  I really love making this style doll so it was really great to change it up and refine it in my opinion.  It also is a simpler design but hopefully, will have a different look but still same idea of this doll that I envisioned from the start.

I do want to make a baby again but need to find a lycra source so I can make the doll I have in mind.  I want to do a soft sculpt.  I eventually would like to make a photo baby or portrait of my grandbaby Sophia but that will have to wait for now.  I have her to enjoy.  She is so sweet natured and such a joy.

If anyone has a lycra source, I'd love to hear of it.  Also, long mohair skins...   I had a computer disaster a few months ago and lost all my saved sites so have to find them again. 

Hope the weather is cooling off for all of you who are as sick of the heat as I am. 

Thank you Dessa Rae and Pam for your comments.  I am a fan of yours also!


Thursday, September 23, 2010


Oh my gosh, I am keeping my head above water so to speak and actually made it into the sewing/doll room today.  It only lasted literally, 5 minutes but I got in there and sat at the new desk.  (room was finished a few months ago). 

I have a doll I want to make in mind, well, several but I am feeling ready.  I know I've said that before but I mean it LOL.  My daughter is doing so well with the new baby.  She was 3 weeks old yesterday and up to 5 pounds 10 ounces.  Exclusively breast fed so that is impressive : )  She is still going in weekly for weight checks at the doctors.

I am quite simply head over heels for her.  

The older ones are getting into the groove at school and I just had a lengthy meeting at my teenage son's school so I am as on top of things as I ever will be. 

Sooooo Dolls!!!  Sewwww Dolls!!!  I have been out of dolly land for so long, except for my baby doll collector forum where I have been an addict for many years, I am hoping to catch back up on my love of cloth dolls.

I saw Ree's little Witch and she is so precious.  Cinnomon Lane just had the cutest set posted on Face Book!  Thanks to all who left me comments.  : )    I really need to hop on to the blogs and catch up.  I know Jesse you are making your darlings and I admire your ability to make dolls through everything life throws at you.  You are amazing.

I also need to catch up on CDA.  I have been MIA from CDA LOL   hee hee

I got this wonderful email today from a wonderful woman who is fairly new to doll making.  She bought my Little Darling's pattern and sent me these photos.  I am so proud!

I love Fall and it does seem to give me back a bit of my stamina every year so here's hoping I can spend more time in the dolly room!

Love & Hugs,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Popping in to say Hi !   I have a new grand daughter!  She is one week old tomorrow.  Her name is Sophia Isobelle.  It was a scary last few weeks but she is here safe and sound.  Tia's labor and delivery were a bit complicated but beautiful. 

Welcome Sophia Isobelle, 4lbs, 11 oz,    17 1/2 inches long.  A tiny little perfect darling baby.

I am so happy. 

Congrats to your dolls in SD&A Ree!!!  I am so proud of you.

I hope I can focus on dolls again.  It's hard to put this little one down but mommy is doing a superb job.  I am so happy to have her with us now.

Love and Hugs,



Kelly Belle

Kelly Belle

~Grace Belle~

~Grace Belle~

~Jasmine Belle & Her Baby~

~Jasmine Belle & Her Baby~

~Violet Belle~

~Violet Belle~

~Jennifer Belle~

~Jennifer Belle~

Am I cute?

Am I cute?