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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lil Miss Scary

You'd probably guess that two weeks out from a huge show I'd be working on making sure I have enough stock. Normally so would I, but I got an idea for a new doll in a new size. The plan was to get through the show and start sketching something new once I was in my post-Horror Realm withdrawal.

The idea gods had other plans. I spent the last three days designing and crocheting a new doll. Unlike the smaller pieces, I won't be making "sets" of these, each doll will be one of a kind. I got a few shots of the doll in-the-making and when she's fully accessorized I'll post a final shot.




After doing some quick math to decide how many stitches I needed to get the right sized head, I got started at the top of the doll. Once I attached button eyes I knew what the rest of the doll would look like.

Here she is a few hours later, with a cone for a body and  a single leg poking out  from her skirt. I'm not thrilled with the way the ruffly skirt came out, but I figured out how to do it right next time.

The boots were done somewhat freehand. I kind-of remembered a technique I  learned from a book six years ago and guessed a bunch. I love the way it came out, and this photo was taken simply to celebrate the cuteness of those tiny feet! 

And here she is, mostly done! After I took this pic I  added a  cool skull bead necklace. I'm probably also going to make her a messenger bag. 

It's entirely possible that I'll do another one of these in the next few weeks, and I'll post if if I do. I'm also about to drop the prices on a bunch of dolls and jewelry (I'm heading to that part of the page next), so if you've been thinking about buying something now would be a great time, right?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I swear I've been busy making things!

I know, I know. I said "crocheting without blogging about it" and just dropped off the face of the planet. So the quick catch-up:

I moved. I'm happily re-transplanted back in South Side. It's nice to be home. Moving and unpacking and various things filled up May.

I thought I needed to make a lot of lace. Maybe not so much. But I didn't figure that out until I had made the lace so that covers June and the first week of July. Proof:

I think I have three yards of this....
I made a bunch of these with different colored stones.
I have at least six yards of each of these...
Then I got some wonderful pattern books from my aunt in the mail and I started making bats.
And they were so fun to make, I made a bunch of them and had to turn them all into necklaces so I could sell some.
Like this.

I also channeled my inner plastic canvas crafter to make a new open/closed sign for my bookstore.

And then I remembered that it was six weeks away from Horror Realm and I turned this:
Into this:
And made a whole bunch of these:

And some of these tiny ice cream cones for necklaces:

And that brings us to tonight, when I decided to spend a chunk of my evening giving everyone an update before I picked up my hook and yarn again.

After Horror Realm I'll be going through my stock and getting new items posted for sale. If you see something you like in this post, you can send me a message (orders@perfectfishdesigns.com) and I'll post a link for you to buy it. Otherwise, everything here that doesn't sell out at Horror Realm will be available to buy  at the beginning of October. After I get all of that done I'm going to start designing some new, larger and slightly different dolls. I'll try to collect a lot of  photos as I'm working this time. Recent programs like Instagram make it easier for me to get good shots with my phone and post them quickly.
But for now, I'm off to make some monsters....