Friday, July 28, 2017

Paper Doll Collaboration 2017 - Music

The end of July snuck up on me! I just finished peeling wallpaper off in yet another room of my house.  This summer we have: built a deck, painted a bathroom, painted a bedroom, bunked the boys (which involved peeling wallpaper, painting, and redecorating), and peeled the wallpaper off the last bedroom.  Painting is forthcoming.  Aside from this, the kids and I have been having a blast.  My husband is super close to finishing his Master's degree so he's been pretty busy, too.

I'm barely keeping up with the blog!!

This month for the collaboration project, the theme is music.

I enjoy music but I'm not a musician.  And I really can't stand classical music.   I've tried.  It just is not for me.  Regardless, I saw this belt and needed to draw it! And I thought a retro 40s-ish hairstyle had a nice curl that resembled the violin belt.

For more music inspired fashions, check out Paper Thin Personas, Pop Culture and Paper Dolls, and Miss Missy's Paper Dolls!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Eclectic Wardrobe of Joesphine - Page 18

Today's another installment of Josephine.  I'd like to say I have some grand inspiration for this set. I don't.  There was a stash of fabric swatches on my computer that I had forgotten about & that was the inspiration for this set.

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My other inspiration was the apple set from a while back.  In putting the Josephine book together, I'm trying to add more mix and match options.  Some pages have been easy, others have not.  I have one more page to add and then I'm going to print the book & see how it looks.  I'm also still picking away at the At the Beach companion book.  It's slow going....

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tween Fashion Friday - Faye

I cannot believe how fast this summer is going by!! It's already time to start shopping for school supplies....

We live in Massachusetts and there's a group here called the Highland Street Foundation that sponsors free Friday programs all summer. It's a great way to sample the rich cultural experiences here in MA.  The boys and I have been to several museums (we're here today) and it's been great!

Today I have a spring/summer-ish set. I love pink & blue together like this! I really wanted to draw some ruffles so I threw that in there.

Tuesday should be a Josephine, barring any catastrophes this weekend!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Ecclectic Wardrobe of Josephine - Page 17

Anyone else watch Game of Thrones?  My husband and I watch it (so do my parents).  I read the first few books and encouraged my husband to watch it. Took a couple of tries, but now he's hooked, too.

Today's set is not specifically a Game of Thrones set but definitely inspired by it.  I'm totally on Team Daenerys :) The costume designers for Game of Thrones are amazing, but the costumes for Daenerys and her inner circle are far and away my favorite.  In the season premiere, Daenerys and her translator/friend/etc Missandei are gorgeous AND practical!! (You can see some images here -- I didn't check for spoilers, so enter at your own risk.)

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So Josephine isn't Daenerys.  But she'd fit in just fine!

Another influence for this week is the new Wonder Woman movie.  I enjoyed it; my husband did not.  I do have to agree with him that it was a bit over-hyped, and yet there's something about it that I really loved.  She's a super hero with heart, which sounds really trite and condescending and that's not what I mean at all. She cares.  It's about resolving conflict not seeking glory and I loved that.

Anyway, today's Josephine is all practical armor.  And I thought rose gold would be a nice change from shiny silver.

Let me know what you think! This one was fun -- it also took WAY longer than I anticipated so it's going up a little late today.  Look for more on Friday!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tween Fashion Friday - Laurel

It's been a rainy summer here in New England.  Not so terrible that we can't go outside, but just enough to be a nuisance. I have very active sons who love being outside.  As a family, we try to go to state parks & low-key hiking.  Camping....well, not so much.

Today's set is inspired by our outdoor adventures.

There are some practical pieces in this set - like those hiking boots - and some that would be pretty useless outside.  On a bit of a side note, if you like that mountain pattern, it's available on actual, real fabric here.  I've been trying to take some of my original pattern designs & put them on fabric.  I'm not great at sewing, so I've never actually used my own fabric! The samples I have are really nice, though, so maybe I'll learn to sew sometime!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Eclectic Wardrobe of Josephine - Page 16

First up, I did not mean to be absent all of last week! Over the fourth of July holiday, my husband, my father, and I built a deck on the house.  It was more labor intensive than I was expecting!! So basically, I didn't anything last week because I was too sore to draw or write or pretty much function.

And then I got a cold.  Talking has been...challenging.

And then I had a root canal Monday.  Which is exactly as much fun as it sounds.

Not that any of that is an excuse.  I really should get ahead on my drawing!!

Today I have another Josephine sheet.  This one is a bit futuristic but also something that I think could be worn today.  The colors are really bright!  I think the blue-green top from sheet 13 might mix with this set, though I confess, I haven't tried it.

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It feels a bit like it's out of the 5th Element.  That's a crazy, fun movie that still holds up well, I think.

I will endeavor to stay on schedule now! That root canal is getting a crown in about ten days, so there might be a little lull around that.

More paper dolls on Friday!