Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Today, after fidgeting and fussing and trying to figure out how I was going to find the perfect silk for Bebe's second dress and bonnet, I decided that I would finally make the journey to Grass Valley to visit Fabrics on Mill Street. I've been told time and again that Fabrics on Mill Street was the store I would find what I was looking for, but taking that long drive down Highway 49 was not something I was looking forward to.
Earlier I'd learned that the one good quilting store in our area was closing due the owner's retirement, and as the ladies and I were discussing fabrics, the subject of this store once again came up. So I broke down and took a little drive. Incredibly I found a parking space right in front of the store, and this was a good thing since a mouse crossing a busy street can prove hazardous. I was skeptical that I would find what I was looking for, which turned out to be white silk Dupioni Shantung, and I feel smart just saying that name. I was looking for a variety of fabrics for several projects and this wonderful lady, Susan, finally came to my assistance and taught me so much about fabrics in the brief forty-five minutes I was in her store.
For a long time I would search Internet stores looking for material, and while swatches looked pretty, I had no idea what I would be buying because I wasn't familiar with the terms. Radiance is a cotton/silk blend that is so beautiful, and next to Ultra Sateen, which is also a cotton, the richness and "glow" of the fabrics are undeniable. I also am now able to identify Dimity, Pima Pique, and Voile, all of which are cottons. Natural fabrics are the only ones suitable to miniature dressing, but little does the public know that I'm also planning on sewing doll clothing for a Daisyette, which is a Daisy only Bleuette sized.
Another wonderful thing is that now I have the fabric to send to my seamstress (no I won't sew this time) to make a dress for the 7" Claire Jolie (Wendy Lawton), who will become my Marcella for the Raggedy Ann and Andy miniature marionette theatre I have long wanted to make. How tall will the theatre be? About 7 or 8" tall. The marionettes will be 2 3/4" tall. If you'd like to see what I've done with miniature marionette theatres, do visit my website at www.zhibit.org/houseofmissymouse
And, the happiest news is with the perfect silk in paw, Bebe Balancoire's trousseau, and treasures in her presentation trunk, will be well on their way to completion.
...and I am a material mouse!
Miss E. Mouse
Friday, March 19, 2010
Miss E. Mouse
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I also attached a photo of the "real" trunk so you could see the comparison of the two. The tiny one needs a handle atop, some hangers and of course the tiny doll and her wardrobe. How tempting it is just to sit and home and keep working, but my mind needs a rest today...at least for a few hours.
Miss E. Mouse
Monday, March 8, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
A couple of weeks ago I attended a doll show and found the most amazing childrens' wooden puzzles from the 1930's. The colors were bright, all the pieces were there, and all of the four sets, but one, had the colorful cheat sheet to build the puzzle by. I didn't think twice and handed over all my dolly dollars. For a very long time, practically since I began making Etrennes, I've wanted to make miniature wooden puzzles. This was the time and now I had the perfect pieces to work with.
It took me three tries to make one, but I finally had great success with this darling one of children playing school. These puzzles are so charming and colorful that I'll be making two more to sell once I make little boxes for them. Now how did I do it? I'm not telling. But, I did use my miniature scroll saw and tugged at my tail a few times in frustration. They are so cute! Only 2 3/4" x 2 1/4". Here are two pictures to show you. One was put together by me, and you can see Bleuette giving it a try. She gave me two thumbs up and on we go!
I've enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles since I was a little mouse. My first one with more than twelve pieces was a Mary Poppins puzzle and by the time I was ready to put it away, I could put it together in half an hour! It was of Mary and drifting down with her parrot handled umbrella and the other nannies being blown away to the clouds. I've always loved umbrellas, too, but that's another tail to tell.
I have not forgotten Bebe! She's been very patient as I continue to make her little accessories and is delighted to sit and swing for hours. More of her soon!
Miss E. Mouse