Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Three Sons - Scrapbook pages for each of my boys

It's been a while since I've posted anything scrapbooking related, so it's time to. I got two fo the pages done at last Friday's crop, and the third page I finished last night. My laptop died after I finished it so I am uploading it now before I head to the scrapbook store.
My step-son, Christian, who will be 8 in 3 weeks.

Dylan, who just turned 7 in January.

My youngest, Noah, who just turned 5 two weeks ago.

Thanks for letting me share. Now, I have to get ready to go.
(sewing stitch or scrapbooking adhesive)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

PDR Round 2 is posted!

Here is the link for Round 2:

And here are a few of  my favorite pics:

As I discussed this round with my mom we came up with an idea for a renaissance inspired outfit. As we talked about it I envisioned it in a pretty blue or purple and then remembered this gorgeous fabric I had at least 5 yards of. As I worked on the dress I remembered my distaste for silver and white together but the farther along I went the more I became okay with the combination.

Friday, March 19, 2010

PDR Round 1 - Judge's Review's are posted!

"Lindsey's volunteer outfit by gomunk
We like that this look incorporates the story, but wonder how realistic it is. Would she really have a lab coat, or would she just have grabbed an old pair of jeans and tshirt? The outfit is really well made, and the bright red of the pants seems to match Lindsey’s aestethic, but the black scrub top, while cute, seems a bit dull for Lindsey. The hat is a nice, but pretty unnecessary addition. More photos or a bit of an explanation could have changed our minds."

The votes are not done being tallied yet (there is still a little time left to vote if you can and haven't yet), but the judges have posted their reviews on all of their outfits. I take my review as constructive criticism and can see why they've said what they've said. 
It is true a 10 year old probably wouldn't don a lab coat as a volunteer, but I thought it was something Lindsey would enjoy wearing as she helped and it would make her feel more grown up (what 10 year old doesn't like feeling more grown up?).
I'm glad they like the bright red pants for Lindsey's personality. I think she looks great in red and it's not your average pant color and Lindsey is not your average girl.
I didn't think the black scrub top was too dull. I had another print (black paws on red) that I had picked out initially and had planned to pair it with khaki corduroy pants, but the outfit seemed too bland to me. Maybe the black fabric with colorful cat faces may have been a better choice, but I know Lindsey was partial to dogs, so I took a chance and went with dog face print. No regrets.
The hat is something I should have explained. I thought it would be something great for Lindsey to wear while she would be outside tending to or walking animals. Something fun shaped, fun colored (again, I love Lindsey in red), and something useful.
I agree, I should have taken more photos, especially of the back of the lab coat, or pictures outside. I like to think this is a really cute outfit (it's listed on right now in case you are interested in purchasing it), and I also feel it can work well as a Mix-and-Match set.
So, there's my feedback on the judge's feedback. All in all I feel I did pretty good and I am proud of myself for making something unique and original. 

My outfit for Round 2 is sketched, the pattern to be tweaked is cut out, and the fabric has been chosen and dug out of the Great Fabric Stash. Pictures to come once the Round 2 entries are posted on the 28th.
So, back to the sewing desk...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

PDR Round 1 is posted!

After squeaking in a couple of hours before the deadline, I finished my outfit for Project Doll Runway, Round 1.
This is the doll Lindsey Bergman. When American Girl released her in 2001, she only had one outfit in her collection. So, I decided since in her story she has a love of all animals I would make an outfit for her to wear while volunteering at an animal clinic/shelter in a future/fanfic story.
Here's a link to Round 1 of the competition:
and here's my Picasa: and Facebook: albums for more pictures, details, and descriptions.

Now, to work on something for Round 2...

Friday, March 5, 2010

I think I found my way out of my sewing slump...

Okay, this sewing slump sucks. All of these patterns and fabric are just sitting and waiting and my sewing machine is beginning to gather dust.
I haven't been posting as much on my doll collector forums, just lurking and reading what looks interesting. I'm not losing my interest in AG at all (you should have heard me spouting off AG info at a scrapbooking class the other night, project is now pictured in link on previous post), but I just feel that I don't need to comment on everything. You know, only speak when you have something worthwhile to say.
Anyways....back on track...
Lurking around one of the boards the other day and I was pleasantly surprised to see Project Doll Runway is getting ready to start this year. Yep, it's an online Project Runway for AG collectors. I've kept up with it before, but I've always had too much on my sewing desk to try to participate. This year, PDR kicks off at a great time for me, even though I am backed up with special orders I am using PDR as inspiration to get my sewing creativity back on track.
Here's a link if you want to follow along:
Nothing much going on now, but here is last year's link if you want a better idea of what to expect:

So, after a little consideration I picked my doll. Then I sat down and wrote out different outfits I could make. Next, I dragged out all of my patterns and went through them 3 times picking out items to alter and look for more inspiration. I settled on the outfit I'd like to make, and then today was spent digging though my color sorted fabric stash for the right fabrics. I feel pretty good about my outfit, but am a little nervous since I've never competed in a sewing competition.
Wish me luck! I'll update with pictures as soon as I can.