Sweet Amelia

It’s been two weeks since I received my sweet Amelia! I want to thank Jessica for letting me adopt her NRFB Jane Lefroy. I made a post about it the same day at Blythe Kingdom but then I got very busy with the usual routine and delayed making this post on my blog. First, I didn’t want to just copy what I wrote on my BK post and second, I wanted to try to tame her hair. Hard task I tell you! But I will show in the end the current state of Amelia’s hair.

A side note: with Amelia’s arrival I decided to create a Flickr account to keep all my photos of her together. That’s me, keeping things in order with folders and boxes and baskets! Anyway, for the ones interested, this is my Flickr.

Amelia arrived on my husband’s birthday but he was sick and we didn’t have much of a celebration. I actually felt a bit bad all day because I was so obviously happy while he was in pain. Yes, not very nice of me but I couldn’t help to feel happy about having Amelia right there. As I was deboxing Amelia and  carefully getting her out of all that plastic and taking some decent photos of the whole process, both my children were trying to ‘help me’. It was messy. First comment my husband made looking at my Blythe doll was “Disturbing.” while I had a smile from ear to ear. Haha! I guess it could have been worse!

Let show some photos that I managed to take:

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Deboxing!

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And some more plastic!

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Amelia’s complete stock.

I found the whole deboxing process very stressing. Of course my circumstances didn’t help but still there was so much plastic and tape everywhere! I felt like one misstep and I was going to damage my sweet doll. After that part was done it was better.

I love the colors of her stock and I think it is very lovely but I don’t particularly like the fabric of the inner dress. It feels very weird, like it’s made of plastic. The outer part of the dress is nice, soft fabric, and a bit heavy with all the embroidery on it. The panties are so cute and stretchy, so much nicer than some I’ve seen in other girls. The shoes seem to fall very easily though. Also, I don’t like the stand. It just doesn’t feel secure enough but that might be because of all her hair. She has a loooot of hair. Which leads me to the next photos.

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Out-of-box hair.

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Current hair.

For somebody that is getting her first Blythe and isn’t used to dealing with doll hair, getting that hair is very intimidating. So far I washed her hair 3 times, combed it very slowly and carefully after drying. It still feels dry in the ends and frizzled in many parts. I think she may need a small cut but I’m not sure, so for now I will let it be the way it is.

For a while I was thinking very seriously if I wanted to leave Amelia as she is or if I would like to send her to someone to be customized. I like her the way she is but I would rather have her face matte instead of shiny. However, after the first few days passed I noticed two little marks on her right cheek. Up close they look like tiny holes under the shiny finish. It’s all smooth, you can’t feel them. So I’m very inclined to have her customized. Still thinking about it.

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And now to finish this post on a good note, I’d like to show two little dresses I made for Amelia, without patterns, one a mix of crochet and sewing and the other one just crochet. The first one you might recognize it from a previous post: it was meant to be a skirt but I decided that it looked better as a dress. lol I’m going to eventually write the pattern for the crochet dress and then share it here on my blog. It may take a while to write it down but I will try to do it as fast as I can! I have several wips but I will leave that for another day.

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Amelia is home.

Small bits.

My normal every-day-life as a mother and homemaker (this word is so weird to me, it just sounds funny) doesn’t leave me with a lot of free time. But I get so many lovely moments with my children that I feel grateful for having this opportunity. Just now my cute baby boy ran to me, hugged me and ran away again giggling! Sweet, sweet moments. ♥

The little bits that I get here and there have been spent crafting things, mostly for my doll. These past few days I managed to make a hat – or beanie? – for Jane (lets just call her that for now), two scarves, sew a lace trim to the skirt and start a tulle petticoat to use with the skirt.

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I hope that the hat will fit Jane’s head. I made the band to measure about 26,5cm but I don’t know if it is deep enough. It didn’t take me too long to make it, even with all the interruptions. It was made with Carol Simply Soft yarn and a I hook (5.5mm). If anyone is interested in knowing the pattern I can write it down, but only after I test it on my doll. I want to make sure it fits right! So if anyone is interested, just say so on a comment!

The scarves are actually as simple as it can be. The thinner one is only a crochet chain but the yarn gives it enough texture. The yarn I used was Homespun from Lion Brand. The wider scarf was weaved with four strands of the same yarn. I also love the way it looks and how soft it feels! I’m starting to think that I should have made them bigger but they are easy+fast enough to replicate. I may still embellish the hat too.

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Sewing the lace trim to the skirt took considerably more time because I did it by hand. It gives me more joy to hand sew things than to use the sewing machine, which is resting with its cover on, making me feel guilty for not using it!

 

I like the way the skirt was looking but I felt like it needed something else, so I made a petticoat out of tulle. I’m debating if I should sew it to the skirt or just leave it separate. The skirt is still in a work-in-progress state.

I also spent some of my free time looking at lace trims in Ebay. I found a couple of listings that looked promising without being very expensive but bidding wars took most of them away. I did won one auction with quite a lot of lace trim, a mix of modern and vintage. I look forward to see it with my own eyes but it looked quite good.

Right now I’m waiting for my doll, the doll shoes that I bought a while back, a stock white shirt, the lace trim and some yarn from Knit-picks. My mom also sent me a package from Portugal. I wonder what she sent me!

I’ll finish this post by wishing everyone a lovely Valentine’s Day!

A newly discovered love

Even though I have started this blog adventure with crochet in mind, I always knew it would not be limited to that theme alone. My focus tends to flow around several suspects. And every once in a while I find something new to be the center of my attention.  So while reading posts about crochet around this blog world, I have discovered a little (or maybe not so little) doll called Blythe. I have Olive from Knotted things to thank for this discovery and I’m very happy to have found her blog!

This doll was completely unknown to me till November of 2015 and since then I’ve been reading quite a bit about it. There are many articles that tell the story of this doll, so I won’t be going over that. Instead I will show the little one I will be receiving in the mail in the next few weeks (I hope!). Her birth name is Jane Lefroy and she was released last year, in March.

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I haven’t decided on her name yet. I think it’s between Alma and Amelia. Both names suit her very well. The thing I love the most is the hair, color and shape, but I really love everything about her with one small exception. I’m not particularly found of the orange color of one of her eye sets but that may change once I have her. For those that don’t know, these dolls have an eye mechanism that allows us to change between four colors (two looking front, one looking left and one looking right).

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I have been busy looking around Etsy and sundries groups and have already bought a couple of things for my doll: a few socks, a cute dress, some stock items from other Blythe releases and shoes. The shoes haven’t arrived yet!

Clothes

I haven’t gotten a lot of things for two reasons. One, most of the clothes I like are quite expensive! Ouch! Second, I plan to make clothes for my doll and there’s a buuunch of things that I want to try between crochet and sewing! Maybe some knitting too (eventually).

I have to confess that crafting for her is actually one of the things that attracts me the most about this hobby. I have a few free Blythe patterns to try, a few patterns that I bought (for myself) to adapt to the doll size but mostly I want to design my own patterns, after finding my style. I think it is going to be a tough thing to do since there are many awesome designers for Blythe that have wonderful clothes and one has to stay away from their own signature! In the meantime, I’ve cut and started sewing a little skirt but I’m only going to finish it once I have the doll, because I want to be sure that it fits like I want it to fit. Here’s how it is looking right now:

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Now all that is left is for my doll to arrive! Does it show how excited I am?  *giggles*