Mom’s Notes:Sneak Peek! Lenore’s Vintage Dolls with Impossible Embroidered Eyes

Made from a pattern found on Ebay.

Made from a pattern found on Ebay.

So a couple of years ago, I found this woman on Ebay who sells vintage doll patterns. OH MY! I love her collection. Had to purchase 5 patterns right at the beginning. This one has been moth-balled without limbs for at least a year. There was always something else to do, and then something else to buy. In the past couple of months though, I have really begun to get active with sewing and such. (See below for more cool links.)


Bald doll made from vintage patterns on Ebay. These are not button jointed.

Bald doll made from vintage patterns on Ebay. These are not button jointed.

8 inch doll. Small Fry!

8 inch doll. Small Fry!

I wanted to make realistic eyes, and truthfully, I struggle with these. There is this old pattern that incorporates the arched black lash with the three fringed on the end. But the eyeball is to the side as if the doll is looking sideways. (It’s a vintage/creepy clown doll pattern). It looks cartoonish and just a bit off.

Then a year or so ago I found this blog who makes realistic looking doll eyes with embroidery. I found her blog here. Ok..her work is amazing, and those doll eyes are light years from mine. You should check out her doll, and other works too. She’s pretty talented.

Anyway, I tried using 3 colors instead of my initial 2, and it’s somewhat better. These are just starter dolls. I am going to resize the pattern so it will work well with 18 inch doll clothing patterns. Two of my absolute favorite doll clothing pattern sites are Liberty Jane and All Dolled Up. Of course, I can always use the clothing patterns that come with the original patterns too. That small doll came with 4 different clothing patterns.

Not sure where I’m going with these yet. Some will be gifts, and I may sell some others. Hope you enjoy the links.

Now I’m off to begin the Chirstmas festivities with the family.

Merry Christmas All! Lenore will be blogging later this week.


Moms Notes: American Girl Clothing 2012

One of Lenore’s favorite outfits.

Lenore’s favorite black boots with buckles.

“Caroline” the newest historical AG doll. Sporting a more modern look.

Not an exact replica of the Jack Skellington hat, but close enough.

That ruffle was a total pain.

Mom’s Notes: This year, Lenore has asked for an American Girl doll for Christmas. I think the dolls are well made, but still a little pricey for us. Nevertheless, we decided to get her the doll she fell in love.  However, you better believe we are taking our address off of the AG mailing list for the future.

Lenore wants “Caroline” from Santa this year. Caroline is the newest doll featured in their historical line. She’s a gorgeous doll, and her clothing is exquisite, and well made. I couldn’t complain once I saw how gorgeous she is. Lenore is going to love her.

But…it’s not exactly just the doll that little girls love. It’s the clothing. Of course it is. I love the clothing too.

Luckily, Lenore isn’t really into the styles featured in the AG catalog. She likes some of it, sure. But many of the outfits got a resounding “Meh”.  (Thank goodness, because we really cannot afford the official AG clothing to accommodate the doll this year.) Instead, I decided to replicate 5 of her favorite outfits to the best of my ability. The first one is listed above.

I love this fabric! It’s from the Skelanimal collection and was on sale at the fabric store. I made Lenore’s dress for a grand total of $4.50 (this includes the elastic and thread). There was enough fabric leftover to make the doll dress, so I lucked out. The hat is not an exact replica, but I just used the top of a new black sock, and some white crafting felt to make “Jack”. The boots were the most tricky. I found them online for $6.00.

We found bed construction plans too. It’s here. This is the cutest bed. Her father and I purchased the lumber, and we are going to wrap the lumber and plans for under the tree. She is really into building and working with wood these days, so this is going to be a fantastic “father/daughter” project the day after Christmas.

So that’s how I have been spending the majority of my free time these days. I hope to post more of the outfits, but that will most likely be after Christmas, and Lenore will be blogging about them herself. These days she is swamped with school, swimming, and guitar practice.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

Mom’s Notes: Lenore is currently learning the basics to the song “Zombie” by The Cranberries. While she is still working on the original lyrics (there are a lot for her to memorize), she decided to add her own touch to make our big family announcement. The baby is due in March. She is going to be a fantastic big sister. Thanks for letting her share our great news with you.

Mom’s Notes: Looking Back

Baby Lenore


7 yr. old Lenore.

Mom’s Notes: I was just going through some old photos this morning and I came across one of my favorites. Lenore was only one here. It’s so much fun to look back but even more fun to look forward. I miss the baby, for sure. However, I am enjoying the “little girl” right now. She is so much fun, and I’m not sure what I did to deserve this sweet child, but I’ll take it. Some day, my husband and I will enjoy the “young lady” she will become.-But not yet. Today she is still my 7 yr. old, and my husband and I are cherishing every minute. It goes so fast.

My fun girl will be back here on Friday. Have a great week.

Technical Difficulties!

Please bear with me ,as I tame the “Technology Beast”.

Mom’s Notes: There will be a Monday post. It will just be much later in the day. Lenore is set to post a new video of her guitar progress. We shot a video yesterday, but the footage didn’t look right. The plan is to redo the song today in better lighting. This can only take place after her school and practice obligations. So thank you for your patience. We will post as soon as we can. If you did not see her first song “And Then He Kissed Me”, you can find it here.

Thank you.

Mom’s Notes Update: “Annie”-Orphan Costume Complete.

The sweater works here.

She looks like such a sad little “orphan”. Can’t wait until the performance.

Mom’s Notes: This is an update from this post.

I found the sweater at the Salvation Army, and I think it worked out well. She is going to be such a cute orphan on stage. I posted the links to the patterns in the other post, if you want to make this dress. Its was very easy.

Take care.

Wednesday Notes From Mom: Sweet Dress Pattern

Found this fabric for $4.50 a yd. I only needed 1.5 yd. for the dress, so this dress was rather inexpensive to put together.

Mom’s Notes:

Happy Wednesday! Today I thought it would be nice to share a sewing pattern with you. Lenore is going to be in an upcoming production of “Annie”. It’s a wonderful show, put on by some very dedicated volunteers and homeschoolers. We’re thrilled that our girl is lucky enough to be chosen to participate.

Since I sew, I offered to make some costumes. Part of the fun has been the quest for “Depression Era” fabric. I’m looking for replicas of feed-sack material, floral prints and small patterns that look as though they would come from the 1930’s. We came across this fabric on the “Discount Table” the other day, and Lenore fell in love with it. Since it was on sale, I fell in love with it too.

Etsy has some pretty good patterns in PDF, and we chose this one. It’s quick, easy to assemble, and extremely versatile. Lenore’s costume will be complete today, and I’ll be sure to post a picture in a couple of days. She’s going to make a cute “Annie-Orphan”.

I am in the process of making costumes for some of the other cast members as well.  Pinafores seem to be the top choice for the principal cast members. (Lenore is in the chorus). I found this one, and I’m playing around with it. It could work with ruffles and such.

So if you’re looking for some easy, simple dress patterns for the summer, you may want to check these out. I’ll update the progress in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, Lenore is putting the finishing touches on her post for Friday.

Have a great day.

Wednesday Notes From Mom: Fun T-Shirt Project

Mom’s Notes:

Hello Everyone!

It’ the middle of the week, and Lenore is busy writing her Friday post. In the meantime, I want to share this fun T-shirt tutorial I found online. This is fun little project for any age, because there is ZERO sewing involved. My oldest daughter “The Big Sister” is going to make a few of these for Lenore and the blog.

I found she wants to contribute to Lenore’s little writing project, but would rather remain behind the scenes (making clothing and accessories) instead of stepping in front of a camera. That’s cool. She’s just like her mom.

It will be fun to work with her on this project and I can’t wait to see what she does.

Have a great Wednesday, and we’ll be back this coming Friday.

Saturday Notes From Mom: Making Accessories

Random temp. tattoo shot in the “golden hour” evening.

Different lighting, earlier in the day.

Mom’s Notes: I make a good amount of Lenore’s accessories throughout the year. Some of her favorite headbands have nature themes, and you will see them in her photos, as she continues to write. We really try to purchase everything in her wardrobe, well….cheap (temp. tattoos are as common as toothpaste.) It is very rare that we purchase something at full price (it’s usually the end of the season sales for us), and creating  most of her hats/accessories at home with craft supplies and basic sewing skill makes a difference.

From time to time, I will feature a headband or hat that I made on the weekends. I will be sure to include the supply list and shop links. It’s so much fun to make these little girl accessories, and if you want to do the same, I would love to help.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. Lenore will be back here on Monday.

Baby Deer Headband…a huge hit in this house, featured by Big Sister.

Blue birds with tiny eggs. I wish you could see the eggs. They are made from vintage milk glass beads.