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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

•´ ♥ ☆ ♥ `• Blythe Doll Custom Fun, Studio, & Group Shot •´ ♥ ☆ ♥ `•

Hello Friends!

So this past weekend I finally got some work done!! Yay!! :) I was super excited, considering everything’s been pretty hectic and crazy, AND I’ve had an overabundant amount of lazy in me lately. I finally got a LOT done, and in one weekend…

It all began in my studio…below is a view outside of my studio window:

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The studio is in need of cleaning and organizing, as per usual…lol…

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I love those trees out there. They are really beautiful. The other window not pictured only has a view of my front lawn and the neighborhood.

So, I’m super behind on a dolly that I’ve been creating for my niece, Caitlin. Meant to be a Christmas gift for her, but lots of things came up, including buying and moving into our house, but I still feel like it’s a bad excuse. I mean, if I had just started working on her earlier…but anyway, so below is the WIP (work in progress) pic of her dress. No pattern used. I pinned the fabrics and pieces to the doll body, designing her dress as I went. Using patterns has always irritated me for some reason. I guess I love complete freedom, and granted: there is a lot of freedom with patterns, you can edit them, rearrange them, and add to them in various ways, but I like combining the design process with the cutting, pinning, and sewing process. It holds my interest longer that way and inspires me more, too.

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Below is the dress in the front middle with my pin tomato, as well as my new unnamed EBL girl and my uncustomized translucent dark-haired beauty: I’m thinking of making the latter into a little vampire or cat girl. Not sure which yet…

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Then, once her face was sealed, lips were glossed, and dress was done, this is what she currently looks like (she still needs her eyelids done, so her eyes are not ready to be put in her faceplate just yet…):

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Detail Shots:

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And, the last pic for you all tonight is a group shot of all the dolls currently in the Kitten Carousel Dollies studio. The only one NOT pictured below is Caitlin’s doll we just saw above, since she isn’t able to stand at the moment. Haha.

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Goodnight and be well, my friends and pals!! xoxo – Macey

+*Mystery, Intrigue, & A New Video!*+

Hello Lovely Stars!

In case you missed it, I uploaded this new video:

I also uploaded an origami crane tutorial video & a baby lips review video. So check them out when you have time, but wait…don’t forget to finish this blog post! XD

I wanted to talk with you all today about mysterious things, or as Coffey Chat’s Shannon Coffey likes to say…”Mister-y.” If you watch her videos, you know how to say that properly. I’ve gone on what I like to call a tangent…

Anyway, so mystery and intrigue…we all love it, want more of it, and try so hard to get it, right? You may be saying, “No, what are you talking about, MaceyLou??? I am completely confused!” Don’t fret about it. You may not even realize you crave mysterious things. I’ll shed some light on the subject first before I get into the meat of the conversation. Answer the following questions:

  1. When you were a tiny little one, did you get curious about a lot of different things? {yes or no}
  2. Have you ever eves-dropped on anyone? {yes or no}
  3. Do you like the idea of having a secret door or compartment in your future dream house? {yes or no}
  4. Have you ever gossiped with anyone, EVER? {yes or no}
  5. Do you enjoy reading mystery novels//thrillers or have you ever enjoyed reading them in the past? {yes or no}

If you answered “yes” to any or all of the above questions, than AH HA! I told you that you secretly desire mysterious things!

Now, on to the meat of the conversation…

Mysterious things draw us in, but they leave us wanting more. Not just mystery novels // thrillers do this. Mostly every good book does this. They pull you in, keeping you wanting to read, just so you can find out what might happen next. There is this curiosity inside each of us {I hope I’m not the only one…} that makes us this way. We want to learn more. We want to be in the know about things. We also don’t want to feel left out.

This is also how T.V. shows real us in. They keep certain details and facts from us until the last minute or the last episode in the series, when they finally spill. They’ve got to keep us on our toes. I may have mentioned this in the past, but I’ve been trying to write a novel. I haven’t worked on it in months. It can be very difficult to keep that “mystery” thread running throughout a story. A story is best if it constantly makes the reader ask questions and want to find out more, keeping him or her reading and reading, until finally they finish the book.

I’m finding it difficult to keep the mysterious ambiance going.

Are any of you writers? Do you have creative blocks like this? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!!

-MaceyLou

Adventurous Friday #1: Cherokee Dam & Beach

Hello Lovely Wonder-things,

Today’s blog post has been published so late, I know. I’m so sorry, but I think you all will enjoy this short and sweet photo/art representation of our little adventure.

We went to the Lake by Cherokee Dam. It is not too far from Jefferson City, TN. Just a little drive.

1} A Fisherman’s shop that was on the way there…

2} The signs pointing us to the beach & lake…

3} We’re here!!

4} Me playing around on the swing set in the park area where all the trees are.

5} Well, we got super hungry walking and acting silly and playing around…so we got Hibachi Chicken!!

We also took lots and lots of photos of squirrels, so I cut a jumping squirrel out of a photo and made a pattern of him. I put a color behind the pattern to soften it. I think it would make a lovely tote bag pattern! <3

BEFORE EDITING (only cropped):

AFTER EDITING {Made into a little pattern}:

Any thoughts on my pattern I created? He sort of looks like a little fox, doesn’t he? :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou