Photography

It’s A Wonderful Dolly World

Hi My Lovely Friends,

This post is for my doll loving readers out there. I’ve done several photos of my blythe dolls, but in this post, I’ll just be showing you my favorite pics so far. I’ve played around with them a little bit in photoshop. I’ve also got a couple photos of my doll from 1995, who is a jewel rider. ^_^ I love her. She is the exact doll I had as a kid.

Anyway, so I hope you enjoy this blog post!

GOLDIE SITTING

These first two pics are of little miss Goldie. She apparently loves Pop Rocks, Balloons, and Wiener Dogs! :3

{Customized by Me.}

GOLDIE

Below is my childhood jewel rider doll. I love this little doll so much! It helps that the colors on her are some of my favorite colors! ^_^Jewel Rider Girl Other blythes

Rogue and Faira would like for you to have a great evening. “Bye!” :) Thanks so much for reading, gals and guys!

xoxo — MaceyLou

What Has MaceyLou Been Up To?

Hello My Lovely Friends!

I just want to take a moment and thank each and every person who reads my blog, watches my videos, listens to my music, or appreciates my artwork. THANK YOU! ^_^ From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you’re reading this right now, you mean a lot to me, and I want you to know that. Because of you, I get to write my heart out. I get to talk about the good times as well as the bad, and there is nothing that can replace that. No matter how long I go on hiatus and no matter what my URL is, the core group sticks with me on my journey. Hopefully this blog theme / template I’ve chosen will stick for a while. Hopefully my URL will finally stick for a while. I’ve gone from blogspot, to wordpress hosted, to self-hosted using wordpress…and I’ve changed URL’s even more times than that. In fact, I can’t recall how many times. I’m hoping this sticks……finally. Haha!

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For the theme of this blog post, I want to talk about what I’ve been up to lately…I’ve been working on many things. First, I’ve finally gotten re-acquainted with Minecraft, and I’m loving it again. I doubt I could play it each and every day, but I’ve been playing several times a week, and it helps that I have lots of friends to play with me and help me find new ways to have fun in the game.

I play pranks…

minecraft google hangout 2

minecraft google hangout 1

In the screenshots above, I basically just confused everyone by flying as high as I could where they couldn’t see me. I got a chuckle out of it, as I looked down at their base like it was but a mere ant hill. Karma came back at me later, though, when someone released an Ender Dragon into the world, which destroyed my house. Lately we’ve been playing on a really fun survival server instead, which I LOVE. We found a beautiful biome, full of flowers, islands in the sky, waterfalls, and rivers.

pretty biome

And here’s a random pic I took of a creeper // zombie romance…I thought you all would love it. Kisses for the Creeper! XD

romance slide

On to a completely different topic…

Apparently on Instagram, I am addicted to showing you guys / gals my shoes…I just realized the pattern today. I have especially mastered the “feet up on the dashboard” pose…

shoes comparison

And I think I’ll leave you all with a very odd collage I just made. I call it “MaceyLou’s World.” I guess it represents those moments where I feel kinda weird and different from everyone else and I space out…this must be what the inside of my imagination looks like! :3 I also am guessing that me and my car race each other around a minecraft-type landscape, with a barbie house to go home to, under a strange but beautiful sky. Ah, yep, that’s what my head looks like inside it! Haha! ^__^

Macey's World

Well, that’s all for tonight. Goodnight, friends! Talk to you next time.

Hugs,

MaceyLou

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….-*DIY Fairy Blythe Wings Tutorial!! *-….

Hello My Lovely Friends!

So I’ve put together a little DIY Tutorial for you. This Tutorial explains how to take wire-trimmed ribbon and create fairy wings for a doll. In this case, it’s for a blythe doll, but the concept can really care over to any doll I think! So first things first:

#1}…Take the wire-trimmed ribbon of your choice. I have many colors of this stuff from years of Christmas gifts. I planned to reuse them for my own gift-giving ventures, but I was needing to create some fairy wings for a blythe doll I was working on. I was wondering how I could possibly accomplish this. Then, I remembered this ribbon! :) First, you want to twist the ribbon to create a bit of a fairy wing-like point like shown below. Use the doll’s body that you are intending it for, so you can get an idea of the proportions that you want to achieve.

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#2}…Next, do the same thing on the other end and create a twist in the center as well. This is where the body will lay on top of the wings.

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#3}…Now do a small set for the bottom half of the wings. Your wings should look similar to the picture below (but, really the possiblities are endless and you can make many different styles of these, I’m sure.):

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#4}…Now put the doll body on top to get an idea of what she might look like…

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#5}…Now, what I did was I cut near the wire-trim edge of a spare piece of the ribbon, so that I could use the scraps to attach the top and the bottom of the wings together:

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#6}…Now, you can take that piece of wire from the ribbon (it will be the same color as your ribbon, so it will match.) ^_^ Take that wire and twist it around the top and bottom wing pieces so they can be one piece:

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#7}…Next, you will have excess wire hanging off the wings, so use this to your advantage and twist it in front of the waist of your doll like a belt. :) This will be how the wings stay put.

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YAY! Now that’s what I’m talking about!! ^.^ Below you will see two different ways to wear the wings. The first one is with the belt hidden inside the dress. On the second example, the belt is on the outside and showing. I didn’t like the way the belt inside the dress looked. It changed the shape of her dress in an awkward way, so I decided to just go with the second look, keeping the belt shown:

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I have a new youtube series coming up on my YouTube channel which will show you all my custom process for my dolls. I’m currently uploading Part One as we speak. My youtube name is “maceyloubrown” in case you wanted to check those videos out! Below are some photos showing some things I’ve worked on lately, some recorded in video and some not:

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Below are some new shots of my studio. ^_^ It’s finally coming along nicely. I still have some cleaning//organizing to do, which you can’t see here because I am really good with the crop tool, lol, but soon I hope to have a fully functional and practical (as well as beautiful) studio! Hope you enjoy these photos!! :)

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Below is a “Lomo” wall I created by taping some instagram photos together. To print my photos from my phone, I used an app called Kicksend. My photos didn’t make it to my house at first, but I contacted the app company and they resent them quick! AND the photos look AMAZING!! Love the quality of these. ^_^

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Well, goodnight my lovelies! Talk to you soon! xoxo – MaceyLou

Where-

→☆♪☆♥○ My Bucket List ○♥☆♪☆←

☆Herrow, Friends!☆

My blog post today is all about my bucket list. I’m organizing it into categories, because I’m weird like that. Haha. :) I’ll also post a percentage level next to items that have been partially completed.

First Category:

Where-

→ Travel ←

I want to visit the following places within my lifetime…

☆ Paris, France

☆ Tokyo, Japan

☆ New York City, NY

☆ California {*Not sure if I want to visit Los Angeles, San Fransisco, or both — but I definitely want to see the Redwood forests!}

☆ Niagra Falls {Some of my ancestors traveled and settled near there…}

☆ Ireland

☆ London

☆ Washington, D.C.

☆ China

☆ Hawaii

☆ Savannah, GA {Again, haha! I love that place!♥}

☆ Chicago

☆ Australia

☆ Italy

☆ Sweden

Next Category:

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→ Creativity & Imagination ←

☆ Write at least one book and get it published, whether by a company or myself; at least on kindle [1st book writing//publishing process is ~ 33% complete]

☆ Be a painter on a regular basis again…{I used to do this a lot, but I’ve not done this in a long time and I miss it.}

☆ Sell my first custom blythe doll

☆ Customize blythe dolls and put them up for adoption on a regular basis. [I’ve customized at least 7 dolls so far…but not put any up for adoption officially yet…]

☆ Create a blythe doll clothing shop [5% complete]

☆ Design and print my own character stickers

☆ Illustrate a children’s book with my mom.

☆ Design and create paper dolls for my shop.

☆ Design a blythe doll travel bag [I already have a GREAT FUN idea for this, just need to figure out the functionality it needs so I know what way to sew it…]

☆ MAKE MORE YOUTUBE VIDEOS {I’ve had an AMAZING response to my videos, and I need to keep making more ASAP!}

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→ Food ←

☆ Get a standing mixer and make a TON of macaroons; Give them to friends; Sell them to some people, too??

☆ Actually enjoy cooking something of my own recipe…

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{^Yes, that is Muse! :)}

→ Music ←

☆ Write at least 100 songs before I die.

☆ Create//be involved in at least 15 more albums before I die.

☆ Have Band photos taken OFTEN.

☆ Help write, direct, and create a music video.

☆ Learn to use keyboards.

☆ Learn synthesizers.

☆ Take singing classes. Get better.

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Well, that’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll add/subtract from this list eventually. Oooh! And I should update the list with pics of each when completed! :)

Xoxo – ♥ – Macey

♥ ☆ .• Our New Home! ☆ .• ♥

Hello Lovely Friendzies!

So, on December 13th, we closed on a house!! It’s an exciting time! But you know what wasn’t an exciting time?…the moving part…but that’s over now, and it’s time to get things organized! It’s also time for a little home-warming inspiration! I’ve been pinning and pinning away on pinterest, which as we all know, means that I’ve been sitting on my toosh not doing a thing in the minutes (*cough* HOURS) that I’ve been pinning. So I thought today, I’d start to tackle my studio. Well, the kitchen is pretty much done, except a bit of clutter left on the far end of the counter, so I’m happy with the cleanliness of that room so far. The living room is like 90% complete when it comes to things being put away. There are only one medium sized box and a small box left, as well as the Christmas tree to be put away. But I’ll show you a sneak peek of the living room later in this post.

First, let’s talk about my studio. It needs a LOT of work! I have lots of nice built-ins, shelves, desks, and even a closet! I have no excuse not to find room for all this stuff! I must focus on deciding what will be housed where…

Studio Clutter to be Cleaned and Organized soon

I have a place for my sewing machine, but I haven’t moved the pull-out shelf yet.

Sewing Machine and pullout shelves

There’s a really pretty light fixture in this room: a floral light fixture fan. I usually hate fans and the light fixtures that accompany them (but LOVE them in the summer heat. haha), but this one I think I like as is for now.

floral light fixture fan

Then there’s the barbie dollhouse. The barbie dollhouse I grew up playing dolls with. My mom found it, and took it out of storage for me about a year ago or so. Maybe 2 years ago now. Trying to decide if I should paint such a sentimental piece, or keep it exactly as it is. I’ve seen what people with the right skills can do by painting a dollhouse exactly like this one, but not sure if I should…thoughts?

Barbie House

On to the living room! I’m only showing you a small part of it for now…gotta keep you in suspense. (Haha, you can actually see additional photos on my instagram page. Just search for: maceyloubrown).

This first photo is of one of the two built-in cabinets in our living room. I definitely want to paint it at some point. Haven’t decided on the color yet, but it will most likely be a light one.

cabinet full of cute things such as a little kiddles lunch box filled with crayons, a blythe doll with big eyes, and pretty books

And below is one of the many pretty fake candles my mom got me for Christmas this past year. (She also got me some exterior Christmas lights and mini candles, too!) These things actually flicker! :)

fake candle that flickers like a real one

On to the dining room…I love our placemats. It’s too bad we are one short though. Got them at Pier 1 for a steal! I think they were 50 cents or 25 cents each a few years back!

Cute Cup With Floral Design WHITE

Oh, and no Macey-fide anything would be complete without something to do with macaroons! Yes, I have a baking book just on how to make different flavors of macaroons!

Macaroons and Cute Cup With Floral Design WHITE

And here’s my hubby, Derek, who decided this was the best and laziest way to socialize (his words, not mine) on his various social networks:

my hubby on social networks while laying in bed his smart phone propped up on blankets

Goodnight everyone! Sleep tight! Don’t let the ladybugs bite! (Did I mention our house is home to lots of ladybugs? haha)

my hubby all cute pretending to be sleeping in bed

xoxo, – MaceyLou

{ Blythe Doll Customs, & Other Girly Things }

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I posted this video:

Let me know what you all think about my new youtube venture, where I create fresh content each week, straight to your screen. :3

I’m excited to share various things with you all, and I hope you are, too! Let me know what you think. You can connect with me in many ways:

Kitten Carousel Dollies Website: http://www.kittencarouseldollies.com
Kitten Carousel Dollies Shop: http://kittencarouseldolls.storenvy.com/
My Dolls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KittenCarouselDollies
Me & My dolls on Instagram: http://instagram.com/maceyloubrown
Me & My dolls on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Macey_Lou
Me & My dolls on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maceylou/
Dolly Blog {Temporary}: http://kittencarouseldollies.wordpress.com/

My Graphic Design // Illustration Website: http://www.maceylou.com

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/maceyloubrown

{YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9QK-JepDjE}

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Love you all!! :) Hope your Thursday was awesome! Stay tuned for more videos & blog posts if you like what you’re seeing…

Tutorials are coming, too! :)

xoxo – MaceyLou

Dollies, Clothes, & Craft Tutorials…Oh My!

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Hello Friends,

It’s been far too long since we’ve spoken. I’m sure some of you have left this blog behind, never to think of it again, and that’s fine. It’s my fault for not bringing you fresh content any longer, but that’s about to change.

Me in Kitty bear hat

I’m happy to announce that I will be doing  regular YouTube channel videos as well as regular blog posts right here on “Macey’s Misadventures.” I’ve really missed it, and the only reason I stopped was because there was a lack of time and inability to devote what little I had of it to this blog. In short, I’m back. :)

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I just want to introduce the new goodies I’ll be serving up, fresh, for you. I will be regularly updating my blog with the details I feel some of you may desire to read about. I’ll also be posting regular videos on YouTube, ranging from dolly videos, to crafting tutorials, to clothing and beauty hauls. All of this is for your entertainment and enjoyment.

Kitten Carousel Dollies header

Your feedback will be critically important for the next few weeks, months, and hopefully for years to come! Let me know if you enjoy my videos or if you have any criticism and/or advice on how to improve the quality of your experience.

Thanks so much friends & dolly pals alike!

Hearts & Stars…

-MaceyLou

Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/maceyloubrown {Remember, the current videos are old. New ones coming within the week!}

Getting Back to Life

Hello,

my readers, if you’re still there…

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I just got over the worst illness of my entire life, and I feel like I should write a little something about it. When you go through a huge life roadblock or a giant life change, it can really open your eyes. I have decided to change, at least as much as possible, for the better.

You know how you get used to your routine and it all seems safe and repetitive? Well, I’d say that sort of happened to me before I got sick. I was used to my routine and I had many stresses to overcome, but I did, day by day, overcome them–for the most part anyway. I get very stressed at work, and I get through it. I always worried about what people thought of me, and I still do. I worry what it will be like once I get back to work Monday after a week of being gone. I wonder how people will act toward me and whether or not it will feel the same. You know what I mean? I guess all I can do is live in the now.

It’s so hard for me to live in the now. I almost never really do it. I think about tomorrow, the next day, the next, and the next, worrying and worrying what will happen next. This is much too depressing. One shouldn’t live that way at all. Each moment should be lived and cherished, but that’s easier said than acted upon, isn’t it? We worry and worry. We try using a planner to “plan ahead”, but the scariest things in life, such as sickness and injury, can’t be planned out in a book. It can’t be foreseen at all.

So, because of all these thoughts that have been swimming in my head since I have been in bed most of the week, with nothing to do but worry, I have some new goals that I feel would be best mapped out on this blog, so I feel all the more determined to accomplish them.

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Goal Outline:

  1. Write more on this blog. It doesn’t matter what I write, as long as it’s all me and it’s accompanied with a visual element of some kind.
  2. Be more crafty and document/blog about the crafts I work on. {Pinterest projects could be fantastic!}
  3. Design more.
  4. Illustrate more.
  5. Finish my novel.
  6. Finish my script.
  7. Create a fresh video for my youtube channel at least once per week.
  8. Be more festive when it comes to the holidays and changing of the seasons and enjoy it all more.
  9. Be kind to everyone as much as possible.
  10. Enjoy life more and get lost in the little moments.
  11. Help others, whether it be with tutorials in video format, blog format, or just helping with chores with family members.
  12. Bake more//make more sweet treats, especially French macaroons.
  13. Write new articles for Paper Aquarium Magazine.
  14. Get more involved in our band’s music again. Jam more.

 

Well, that’s all of my goals for now in general. I hope to put a lot of this in action and show it to you here on my blog. Thanks so much for following me even though I have been away for quite a long time. I hope the holiday season will inspire me to blog more. I think it will because it usually does.

Hearts & Stars to You All!

-MaceyLou

Wednesday! : Blythe Couch Progress

Hi My Lovelies!!

Sorry I’m been MIA lately. I’ve been working around the house, cleaning, rearranging furniture, as well as working on a little couch for my blythe doll.

I saw a cute modern couch on the internet which was very boxy and straight edges. It was also a solid color. I decided to mimic the design, but instead of a solid color, I’m using a blue plaid fabric (from an old button up shirt my husband had). I think it’s going great. I sewed the main pieces so far, and slipped them over the rectangular foam pieces I had.

I still need to attach all the pieces together, and I think I will use a glue gun. I’m not sure though, because I worry about the fabric not sticking well. I also still need to give the sofa a base, legs, and pillows.

  • Couch {pieces not attached yet}

  • Above is Koral on the couch so you can see the scale.

Let me know what you all think. :)

Until next time, readers, HEARTS & STARS!

-MaceyLou

Monday & Tuesday #3 {Hybrid Post: Pins + Tutorial}

Hi My Lovely Star Fishies!

I took an extra day off! I know. Shame on me. But hey, I only got one day off (the 4th) from real world work…Well, I’m back now, and this post is a hybrid Pin + Tutorial post. Latest pins below:

My page contains my pins and will contain all credits for images so you can see where they came from and find out all about them! :)

http://pinterest.com/maceylou/

TUTORIAL:

I know most people by now probably already know how to do this, but this is going be my tutorial. Hopefully it will be helpful to someone. The tutorial will be me showing you how to pin something from an outside website to pinterest

1. First, I’m guessing you are already signed up on the Pinterest site.

2. Go to the top drop-down menu and pick the link shown below:

3. Next, you put the button in your bookmark bar.

4. Then, visit one of your favorite sites and if you find an image you have to save and look at later or share with the world. I chose for the tutorial, an image from my blog as an example:

5. Then, go to that pin it button that you have on your bookmark bar…

6. Next, you will see a block-like layout with a sort of “catalogue” of photos/images you can choose to pin…unless there is only one image on the page. {There will be a “pin it” button link overlaying the image when you roll-over it.}

7. Click the image you want to pin. It will show you a little dialogue box like in the screenshot below. You can name it whatever you like and choose a category above it. If you want to share it on twitter as well, you have that option, too, if you signed up/linked your twitter with Pinterest.

That’s about it! I hope you enjoyed this hybrid post! Thanks followers and likers! Feel free to leave me feedback. :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou