Sunday, May 19, 2013

The next project day 2

Well day 2 of the next stage anyhow...

Having spent 12 months making the lace as can be seen in earlier blogs, 3 meters has been attained and the work begins...

Day 1 was spent cleaning up the seam lines, adding the breather holes and generally preparing the skirt mould.  This one is a little different to the first, and I found it a little tricky to attach the lace, particularly the 'petticoat' layer of narrow lace.

Now the pirouette!

 I have put a makeup applicator next to the doll here to give some indication to her size...she will shrink to about 1/3 once she has had the 2 hot fires.  The sponge is used to pounce the wet porcelain into the lace.
Finally for today...I love the colours of Autumn...this pic was taken in the park near the Tamar Yacht Basin at Royal Park.  This is a popular place for locals and tourists alike with a 10 km boardwalk from here on the eastern bank to another popular park on the western bank.  There are several branches off the walk into the Gorge and city center and is popular also with the dog owners and sporties with playing fields and parklands and foodies with restaurants and bars in the precinct.
More lace next time...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A day of finishes

Yesterday, I really did make some progress.

A stint in the shed was not successful, but answers have been found (I hope)

The yellow silk scarf is now 6 pins past half way!

And Bella is complete - for my part at least!

 She will be fired today, and  I can bring her home next week...

I must admit if 'first times' all come up like this, there would be even more crafts in my box!!

I have been playing with more cross stitch of an evening...trying to clear my box full of kits, bought many years ago, before lace!

This one was a 2 part deal, but I have no intention of doing the second one.
Maybe I can find someone who would like to work it :)
It is a Dimensions kit, called the Star Gazer.

This is the 2nd wizard I have worked and there are 2 or 3 to day!

My next sewing project is a baby dragon in the garden in stump work!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums, 

and to everyone else - have a lovely day too :)

Friday, May 3, 2013


First of all, 'Bella' fired beautifully!

I could not believe how long it took to add these small amounts of paint...back to the kiln, then the finishing touches...

...highlight the lips, finish the fingernails and eyes and tone the hair...I honestly do NOT spend this much time tizzing me ...Maybe that is the problem?!?!?LOL
 Next week, I may just get to start on the doll with my handmade lace!

At around 4.30 pm on WEDNESDAY afternoon, we had a mother of all hail storms across Launceston.  Colin was lucky...the storm hit while he was shopping, but he did have to drive home in the aftermath!

This picture was taken outside one of our stops at 8.30 AM THURSDAY morning!

The garden in the side street looked gorgeous - as if it had been snowing - but I did not take a photo. 
Then the garden in the area where we worked looked appealing, but alas, I did not take a photo.
As we were leaving, we spied this scene...I had to take a photo!  Note the garden edge too...It has NOT snowed in Launceston for at least 30 years, so this really is a rare sight.  Besides, our 'snow season' (in the nearby mountains) is usually August/September!
 Finally, I am working on a quick little project for our State Lace Guild AGM...the committee has challenged members to make a flower for a display - we are hoping there will be some "spares" to share with past members, giving everyone a pretty, lasting reminder of the event.

I have finally made a start on mine...Miss Sox is overseeing the project!
 "I'm not touching it, honest Mum!"

I think it is time to rejoin Miss least it is warm there!!

Hugs and loads of lovely lace making time to you, my bloggy friends :)