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Friday, February 10, 2017

Japanese Doll.

I became quite curious about this new trend of remaking dolls, erasing their faces and giving them new clothes.
And the other day I came across a used doll in the store for 2 dollars, so I decided to give it a try.
The first person I saw remaking dolls is a lady from Australia, and her company is called Tree Change Dolls. She likes to erase all the make up from the dolls, and give them a more child like appearance. So I follow her instructions to erase the face, wiping baby oil followed by nail polish.

Next I draw the new eyes with a pencil. What I like to draw is more anime style faces, with the big eyes. So that what I went for.

Then I used my acrylic paint to finish the eyes. Since she is my first doll and I am not very good with paintbrushes. one eye was bigger than the other.
After the eyes were dry, I had to decide on her clothes. To follow the style of her eyes, I decided to make a Japanese inspired outfit. I didn't have much of the fabric, so I had to adjust here and there.
The doll comes with those huge boots and she does not have feet. So I used clay to make new feet and sewed new shoes, trying to resemble tabi boots.
I placed her hair up and made little kanzashi flowers for her hair. The only challenge was to make it very small, so I made in the same way but using tweezers.
I found a beautiful ribbon to make her obi, and tied the obijime as best as I could, because it was so small.
After that, I could play with my doll the way I wanted.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chocolate Cake Mousse, or chocolate mousse cake?

We are in the middle of a snow storm, and I know later on I will have to shovel. So for a little motivation and rewarding myself in advance, I decided to make some chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse inside.
I first made the cakes in my Half Sphere Silicone Baking Mold. After cooled I used my melon ball cutter and made a cavity inside.
I made a simple chocolate mousse with whipped heavy cream mixed with melted chocolate and placed a scoop in each cavity.

Last I covered with melted chocolate.
After all covered they looked like this.
A few minutes refrigerated they were ready to eat.

I made an extra so my son could cover with regular frosting and sprinkles.
They all looked very tasty.
And should give me enough strength to go outside and clean up.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pill dispenser for my earrings.

I love my little earrings but lately they have been scattered all over my bedroom table. Then they get mixed up and end up getting lost.
So when I got a visit from my mother-in-law, she bought a lot of vitamins and we were looking for smaller containers to combine them. When I saw the weekly pill dispenser, it looked perfect for my earrings.
The slots looked a little big, but that was the only model from the Dollar Store. So I made a little division with cardboard and the space could be doubled.
The big letters still made it look not very appealing, and I discovered they could be scratched off with a penny.
After all clean, even though it had little scratches from the coin, it looked nice.
And for the final touch, also to cover up the scratches, I used my Emoji stickers.
A little fun way to organize little things you like.