Sunday, November 4, 2018

We ALL collect to survive

When she said surely that we had creepy, perhaps even unhealthy obsession with dolls, I thought, isn't the sentence supposed to end with a blank, not "dolls"?



I woke up to a post by a fellow Instagram user who happened to be annoyed by a recent post from NYT concerning doll or miniature lovers. I didn't feel as annoyed, though but the idea made me spend my early morning coffee thinking how that article came to be.

I will start and base my opinion entirely on my own doll collecting experience, because I don't know how it's like for others. But I'm sure there is some overlapping happening here and there.

I grew up in a fair-ish world. I had my taste of toys, caring parents and relatives. I'd say I lived a good childhood. But, what got me started with collecting dolls and miniatures since childhood, I can't exactly point out. I just liked to look at and be amazed by how things which were originally human-sized, became small. It's probably for my own peace of mind.

Fast forward to now, at 38, I still own dolls and miniatures. It's not too obsessive, I guess since I've seen quantities and commercial values of collections more than 100 times my own. But I guess the idea of keeping them is the obsessive part.

We all try to keep things. We all try to capture, and hold for as long as we can, some things that make us feel good. When we experience a great feeling or connection, we save it in the folders of our brains as "Great feeling". And as we go on with our lives, we are eventually presented with new things that remind us of that great feeling. Then we try to capture that thing. We buy it, keep it, and thinking, "Yussss! I'll have this great feeling forever!" Feel, capture/collect, repeat.

So let's have a game. Try to think of as much words you can put instead of "dolls", in the blank below:

"Surely some people have creepy, perhaps even unhealthy obsession with _______________."

Books. Clothes. Bags. Perfumes. Money. Houses. Cars. Pets. Canned goods. Hobby tools. Shoes.

Sorry, I know I sound lazy with that super short list but my world is too limited. But my point is, anybody has an obsession with trying to capture an experience in a thing. And I guess, that is pretty much simply because it's a human thing. We live to survive. And for as long as humans existed, we devised survival tactics according to how our worlds operate at the time. Survival started with just water, shelter and food. Okay, air of course. And of course to defecate. It was such a simple cycle. Then our egos told us we need clothes because the weather can sometimes make us sick if we roam around naked all the time. And then tools to protect us from other organisms that threaten our existence. And.. okay, you get the point, right? Fast forward to the 21st century, our survival tactics have developed into complicated layers that are aptly on track with the current world.

But basically, we enjoyed survival too much that we do anything to continue surviving. We collect ways to survive. We collect to survive. We also let out things to survive. It's the process. It's the cycle.

So, I understand if people don't see it in my perspective, why I collect dolls and miniatures, and why I let out/defecate/detoxify through creating, by crafting. Those people had their own perspective of surviving. Their collections might just be creepier than mine! Even the minimalists have collections! They collect an image of themselves as minimalists. They collect ideas of what being a minimalist should be. Everyone is a collector. It's a way of surviving.

So, shall we continue with our game, then?

xoxo,
shasha

Monday, September 24, 2018

Week 4 Sewing Pattern Giveway Winners - Yay! Congrats!




Congrats to you,

and


I will soon be working on your pattern designs :)

Once you receive your pattern, I hope you are excited to grab your sewing tools
and get to working on your winnings right away!

I wish that you find joy making them <3 p="">


And to the rest who have never tired of joining every week of September,

Thank you so so much!



You guys are always there to support my cause,

and I wish you the best of luck for the coming

last draw on our Week 5.


In the mean time, happy doll dress up and doll clothes making, dollings!


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week 3 Pattern Giveaway Winners - CONGRATS!!!


To the winners for week 3,


CONGRATS, you guys!



Thank you so much for continuously supporting my little craft!

I hope you have fun crafting your doll clothes!
I will send the patterns to your email soon...

Super thanks to ALL who participated.
While honing your doll clothes making skills,
don't lose hope to win your dream pattern, ayt?

Thank you all for the opportunity to do this!
You just don't know how much this means to me ;)

So see you on Week 4, dollings!
And wishing you all the luck!

xoxo,
shasha

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Congrats to Week 2 Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to this week's Pattern Giveaway winners!

@le_maison_de_suenos
and
Sophie Eimeren Borja

I am excited to make the patterns you guys wished for!

And of course, for the rest of the candidates, please don't lose hope.
There's still three more weekends of draws.
Also, I wish to inspire you guys to make your own patterns 
because this skill really opens a new door to super fun adventures. 
At least that's what happened to me ;)

Again, CONGRATS to Week 2 winners!
And thank you so much to those who joined.
A raffle draw/giveaway is never possible without your support, guys!

So now we are moving on to Week 3
Those who joined in the past weeks but never won yet still has the chance to win this week.
If you haven't joined yet, grab your chance now ;)
You can also join via this post.
If you haven't yet, please check out the details about this giveaway here.

Guys, don't forget the weekend discounts on my Etsy shop.
For weekend 2, it's still up for the next few hours.
If you're still waiting for new items, like the new hoodies I prototyped last week,
you can just purchase them next weekend when the new discount coupons
are again live.

Hoodie pullover
Hoodie dress
Hmmm... I think I have already mentioned the most important things happening over the atelier the past week.

As for Blaise, am I planning to start designing her clothes this coming week.
I am actually enticed to give her the same outfit she wore in her recent photoshoot.
Do you guys want to win Blaise in that outfit, too?
Lemme know, okies?

Gotta go for now, ayt?/
To be honest, I am feeling excited with all these new things I'm working on.

I wish you an awesome new week ahead!

xoxo,
shasha



Sunday, September 2, 2018

Winners for Week 1 Sewing Pattern Giveaway

Hey dollings...

It's so funny that I was struggling with Instagram stories to make the raffle draws live earlier but yeah, Grandma did it! Haha!


Congratulations to our winners for the week, who were from my Facebook page - Syd Ingram Holley, who would love to have a hoodie pattern for her Curvy Barbie and ฤแป— Linh, who would like a city shorts pattern for her Barbie doll. 

Thanks to all who joined - I hope you had fun, and I wish you better luck for the upcoming weekend draws!

Much love,
Shasha

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Upcoming 7th Anniversary Giveaways!

Hey dollings!

Yes, we are on to our 7th year together!


As I write this, I can't believe that I have already been living the dream life I so longed for since I was a kid.

When I was a child, I would always have a corner in our house, where I am comfortably creating. I made doll clothes, wrote short stories, published (to friends) my own version of fairytales and fables, created posters, sewn hair pony ties, crafted tiny books and later in high school - comic books, and many other things that kept me curious and happy at the same time.

Then I started college and up until I worked 9-5, I felt not me. I felt like living someone else's life. It's because I wasn't creating things that fascinated me anymore.
But in 2011, at 31, I decided I go back to my old, happier self.

Almost 7 years ago, I opened a doll clothes shop in Etsy. I wasn't that skilled but a few trusted in me. I had 3 sales in my first 3 months and that left me feeling disappointed. But this made me even more curious, and thus, I persisted, and the cycle of happiness started again.

Fast forward to today, through all the good and bad times, I felt that I am beginning to understand the balance I need to be able to sustain this craft business - to continue with genuine love, and thus less stress.

As I celebrate our 7th year together of sharing doll memories, miniature ventures, dioramas, doll repaints, doll photography and even selling away old dolls, I'd like to bounce back to you the love I have felt through the years in this craft, which you guys helped me build and flourish. I hope that with these little presents, I, from this little corner of my house, could extend my deepest gratitude through all these years.

First, I'd like to give all of you who have given my tiny creations a space in your hearts and in your collection, the chance to win my 7th anniversary doll, Blaise. She was initially intended to be sold as an OOAK doll in Etsy but I was too scared to sell her.



She once had a very light stain on her face, but I was able to remove that a few days ago and that made me so happy. So happy that instead of selling her, I will be giving her to someone who has never tired of supporting me, and who will treasure her forever. The way to enter this one (of three) giveaways, is just to email me (at ateliernishashaatgmaildotcom) why you want her in your collection. For more of Blaise, I will post additional photos of her in Flickr for your reference. I will raffle the candidates in a live video in Instagram, probably by the 30th of September, to cap off the whole month celebration. She will come in her original Made to Move Barbie body, and in a very-atelierniSHASHA outfit which I will make soon.

The second giveaway would be the sewing pattern giveaway, wherein for the month of September, 10 lucky winners will receive a sewing pattern of their doll's favorite go-to closet item. This will be open to everyone who follows my social media, and all one has to do is comment the said closet item in the giveaway post (you can also comment here if you don't follow me on Instagram, Flickr, Youtube or Facebook). I will be  more than happy to make you a sewing pattern that you will want to create more versions of. This giveaway will consist of 5 (five) draws, each with 2 (two) winners. I am going to draw winners  in all 5 weekends of September. The schedule will look something like this:

                                Accepting of Entries        Drawing of 2 winners per weekend
Aug 25 - Sept 1, 2018                         Sept 2
Sept 2 - Sept 8, 2018                           Sept 9
Sept 9 - Sept 15, 2018                         Sept 16
Sept 16 - Sept 22, 2018                       Sept 23
Sept 23 - Sept 29, 2018                       Sept 30

Schedule based on Manila time



Each lucky winner in this giveaway will need to communicate with me and provide email address where I will send their sewing pattern prize in downloadable pdf format. The winners will receive their patterns the week after the names are drawn. I would like to note though that my dolls are limited to mostly just sixth scale so I cannot make patterns other than those. I'll probably create a separate page for this giveaway for more details. (Edit: linked the page now...)

Last but not the least, I will have all items in my Etsy shop, discounted at 10 percent off in all 5 weekends of the month of September. On September 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30, all items will be at 10% off. You will find the discount code in my shop front.

You can enter in all giveaways with one entry in each post ;)
As for the coupon codes, so you can use it for all September long ;)

That is just a few of the things I have prepared so I hope with that, you can feel my love and passion and all things wonderful, coming from this tiny corner of my house called atelierniSHASHA.

Thank you so much for your time and I wish you a great weekend, dollings.

love lots,
shasha

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Designer vs Artist



Hey dollings!

I finally had the courage to (re)visit my box of WIPs.
And indeed, they are as messy as I expect them to be.
Before you get carried away by my random burst of emotions,
let me share with you a story about Ms. Designer and Ms. Artist.

There are two energies roaming around the atelier every single day - Ms. Designer and Ms. Artist.
Ms. Designer wants to lead, and Ms. Artist is too busy pursuing to understand what's in front of her that she'd rather be left in a corner, alone. The designer wants to create a project worthy of her time. She always creates a system that enables her to gain from that project so that she will not only survive in the modern world, but also thrive.

Ms. Designer always thinks of the end product. She always almost sees the final result through her sketches and prototypes. She also already has set an idea on what she's getting from the project.
She also finds time to inject in the minor components of the project, and tries hard to focus on each aspect, major or minor, so that the project  finishes smoothly. 
She always has her mind set for the goal.

Now, Ms. Artist on the other hand, as she tries to answer her many, many, many questions, will probably just chuck her "answers" to Ms. Designer and then go back to her nook quickly.
Ms. Artist never thinks whether what she's doing is going to produce something valuable or not.
She just wanted to understand what is in front of her, right now.
She never ever cares about gaining anything else from it except that one answer for each question. She just wanted to go on working just because that's what she feels needs to be done. Ms. Artist just wanted to answer the question now, and move on to the next after.

Often times, Ms. Artist gets so excited with an idea she'd buy so many materials that somehow enchanted her. These materials probably showered her with so many questions that she was more than thrilled to answer. She doesn't care if the materials were expensive, or if they were even usable.
All she knew is that she wanted to experience the material. She wanted to know how she can work with the material. She just wanted that peaceful feeling with her encounter.
She isn't thinking at all.

Ms. Designer then takes all the materials that excited Ms. Artist shared with her. Since she trusts her partner, Ms. Designer then gets thrilled of the idea of making something out of those materials. She then dreams of products to create, and then sets up a system to make the project profitable. She's got it all figured out.

And so they start working together, like that, as they always do.

But there's always something amiss.

And when things get awry, the atelier becomes this literal mess.

***

Nothing dramatic, really, guys.

I'm just trying to understand why I always end up not finishing some projects.

To be fair, these are old projects. 
More recently, I had been really good at balancing the two energies.
I allow each other to communicate, really deeply, before taking on something.
I had been able to finish most of my projects lately.

My question today really is should I hold on to this chunk of past,
reminding me to own up to what I have started,
but also be playing deaf with what I am in love with as of the moment?

Ms. Designer estimates this could take me 6 months to finish.
And Ms. Artist just presented me with fun new project ideas worth 6 months of work.

What do you guys think?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Travel gal Blaise (my supposed first OOAK doll at the shop)


Some of you might have already seen this gal in my previous post.
Yes, she is supposed to be an OOAK doll with outfits listed with her, 
to be listed in my shop weeks ago, as but several things were and are still bugging me.

First, since I work in a dark room, I failed to notice some very light stains on her right cheek
 until I took her out for this photo shoot. They're too light to be noticed but my OC tendencies
can't lie.



Lesson learned? Work in a place with great lighting.
And when I say great, I'm talking about outdoor lighting.
Recently, I moved my working table next to the window
to be able to get good natural light during the day.
I however still don't get much as we have window screens installed
to protect us from mosquitoes.
#tropicsissues

I tried repainting in our garage one time but I got dehydrated
because of the heat.
So I am assigning that small nook at the back corner of the house
as my painting area, where there's enough daylight, and not too much dry, hot air.
But I need to do a renovation of sorts with it.
I need to put it in my to-do list soonest.

Now back to this doll I'm calling Blaise.

While I was photographing her,
since I was outside of the house, literally,
I was a bit uncomfortable.
For some reason, I broke one of her shoes.
Meaning, I had to make her new shoes again.

Lesson learned? Make really, really good shoes.
I have never made enough shoes for my girls as I focus on clothing.
But this time, if I do want to sell OOAK dolls and outfits,
I need to up my game in this department.

If not for those two reasons,
she's probably already in a doll collector's shopping cart now.

The stains on her cheek is the trickiest though since 
they can't be removed by water.
If I used acetone, it would leave patches or "shallow holes"
on her cheek. This was what happened to my other gal.
Can't afford to commit the same mistake again.

Now, I'm not sure if I'm going to repaint her.
I probably would, which is painful because
I liked this look of her. And repainting is relatively a new skill for me,
so it will take a day at least.



There were also other reasons why it took me a while to take a photo of her.
That top part of her outfit was the third I made because of course, I wanted it to fit perfectly.
It takes a longer time to make as it is fully lined.

I also initially made a Bali-inspired "rattan"/wicker
round shoulder bag for her but I feel that my bag-making skill
is worse than shoe making. Took me a while to give her the Siargao tote.

Oh, the hat. That hat she's wearing is the sixth I made.
I was so happy to finally arrive at this version.
I'm planning to make a few more.
I'll also document the process so I can share with you guys some time.

The accessories! Oh, geez.
I realized I haven't been accessorizing my girls enough lately
that I forgot how to even do it.
I'm glad that I have those tiny beads fit for her "traveller look".

Up to this point, I'm still clueless as to how I would proceed with Blaise.
She was supposed to be my first OOAK doll to be listed in my shop,
but I'm frozen with so many thoughts, fear.

What do you guys think of her?
I'd love to hear your honest opinion on this venture.
 Thank you so much in advance.

much love,
s h a s h a



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Newest from atelierniSHASHA: The Khaki City Shorts for Curvy Made to Move Barbie Dolls


Hi dollings!

I'd like to present to you the latest item from my shop - 

The Khaki City Shorts for Curvy Made to Move Barbie Dolls...




I made this khaki-colored shorts because I think it's a very versatile item in your doll's closet.
My girls like to pair it with classic tops, but accessorize boldly to give oomph to their outfit.
I have made this pattern this time specifically for the Curvy Made to Move girls.

 This pair of city shorts is crafted from a slightly-stretchy cotton fabric, and is designed in such a clean, classic cut for ease and style. The city shorts have front pockets for varied and fun posing options for your dollies. Each piece of this khaki city shorts closes at the back with a set of metal snaps. 

For more details on the process of ordering from my shop,
please check out the Shop FAQs page.

This particular piece is priced at 9.50 USD.
I have now moved all purchase-embedded posts to my Sales Room here
so please check out that page if you want to buy this item.

Again, thanks so much for your support and love for my tiny creations!

See you again next time!

xoxo,
shasha







Saturday, July 28, 2018

atelierniSHASHA How-to: Beach Cover-up

Hey dollings!

I am elated to once again share with you another inspiring post. I had been such a brat lately, and maybe because at that time I was in that part of life's cycle wherein we're just not out best version. I finally gave the time to edit this demo video and here it is, now live in my youtube channel.



I hope you find inspiration in this post. 
The pattern is very easy to make. I don't want to rob you of the opportunity to design your own, so I am not sharing it here although I have already scanned it in case anybody asks for it.

This Beach Cover-up is initially Kimono-inspired, but it turned out the fabric does not give a beautiful drape that the Kimono is known for so I tweaked it a bit.


I also had one of my newest girls to model it.

Enjoy the rest of the photos and have a great weekend, dollings ❤️❤️❤️





Sunday, July 15, 2018

Week in the life of a crafter mom from a developing country

Hey dollings...
Mouthful title, eh? Hahaha!

Before I go out to the garage and continue with my little doll room/house project, let me share with what I had been doing the past week.. 

Last weekend was filled with family stuff, with Saturday and Sunday celebrating birthdays of loved ones. And when I say celebrating, it means me in the kitchen the whole time ๐Ÿ˜… and no time for sneaking out to work ๐Ÿ˜œ

But Monday to Saturday was quite productive in my makeshift atelier, I must  say.. 

Monday.. 

Just another Messy Monday ๐ŸŽถ
A few days before this mess happened, I've already completed my current custom doll's outfit so I started the week with her accessories. Initial plan was just a bag, a pair of espadrilles and some simple jewelry. Turned out I wanted to add a hat, but..  

I didn't like how this one turned out.. 

I like this but this pattern didn't suit the outfit.. 

Thus, hat's off the list. 
And I'm back to my original accessories list. Here's a glimpse of her.

Sneak peek-ish of my current WIP OOAK doll
I am still looking for the best jewelry to add. I aim to do that early next week.
I am planning to add a fashion illustration to go with the set, so with all those things to do, plus designing and making her box, as well as promotional pics, I take it I can only list her by next weekend.

So, Tuesday.. 
I continued installing eyelets and hand-braided straps for my latest tote bags.

Removing eyelet paints with acetone

Those bright sea blue Siargao totes, which you can find here
'Completed only a few tote bags to add to my inventory. 
Cleaning paint off the eyelets was a pain but I kind of just made do with it because of some stupid mistake. I thought I was buying a non-painted/coated eyelet because all photos in the listing of this online shop weren't coated at all. The photos even showed different metal plate colors - gold, silver, brass, etc. But the title did say multicolor and I should have been sensitive about it. My fault was that I focused too much on finding the smallest eyelet sizes and this is the only 3mm-diameter that I could buy locally. So I thought I hit the jackpot.
So yeah, all these is just part of this venture so we just go on and solve problems as we go, right?

Wednesday.. I started with the espadrilles, which wasn't much a success...

Espadrilles gone wrong. I know I should start slow so...

WIP slippers, indeed...
The day ended with this:

Shoe making is this messy when you've a newb ๐Ÿ˜

Thursday... I realized I had been spending too much time learning so I thought I'd allocate the remaining days of the week making items that could bring bacon to the table, too.

I chose these khaki shorts to restock because they have been sold out for sooo long and a lot of people had been asking for them.

Everyone needs them, just because they're so comfy and classy ๐Ÿ˜œ

Friday... I decided to update my city shorts pattern, and since I was in the pattern-making state of mind, I thought I might as well make my curvy made to move gal her own city shorts pattern. It's been on my mental list for weeks now.

New trusty patterns...

Love how this nth pattern looked on her ❤️
And so came Saturday, which was a mix of work and family duties.
I made several khaki shorts both for regular and curvy gals and I hope to list them this coming week.

Okies, that felt invigorating.
I did a whole lot of different things and it's a well-balanced mix of struggles, excitement, challenges, disappointments, little joys.

This is my ideal week of sorts, but of course, every week is different and what matters is that it is our choice/decision to live this way. Nobody else can tell us what to do, what makes us happy, or what is scary. It's this little voice inside that matters.

I mean, that's what life should be about, right?

How about you guys?
How was your week? I hope that no matter how you spent it, it was your own choice.

Love lots,
Shasha

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Weekend mix of non-sewing

Hey....
Like I said the last time in my post, I have decided and accepted that I will be bouncing from one project to another in the shortest time possible. And so, naturally, my weekend was a random mix of endeavors.

I finally started the miniature house I've been planning on working on for months now.  This is just one of the rooms, so I have a long way to go. I felt happy to have simply started it already. 





And then, doll repaints! 
You just don't know how much I have been wanting to repaint again. 

Finally, the derwent watercolor pencils I bought several months are at work! 


 



 


I'm looking at selling the redhead on Etsy by the weekend, complete with a character, an OOAK outfit and accessories. I intend to make more of these OOAK dolls in the near future. 

So, yeah.. That's it for my crafter life. Of course the personal life is just as exciting ๐Ÿ˜‰ because whatelse are you doing all these endeavors for when your personal life is not worth coming home to? 

Have a great week ahead, doll-ings ❤️❤️❤️

Love lots, 
Shasha

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Listening closely to my fickle mind

"You're so fickle."

This is quite common phrase from some of my dear friends. I didn't mind it then because it's true. I change minds too often. One day I'm committed to something, the next I'm already cooking up something else. Sometimes I thought that I should have just worked in an idea factory. I could have earned well, while doing what I'm good at. But that's not the point today, or not exactly.

I have shared months before that my plans really are just, you know, planned for the fun of it. I really don't have the strength to execute them. They were already happening in my head so why do them again? I know, confusing, right? But what I mean is, if I had already set them in my mind, the excitement is invested in there already. That excitement belongs in that daydreaming, so I will never anymore feel that excitement once I execute the plan. Yes. 

So, instead of foolishly planning to use up all my fabrics first, before going back to focusing on OOAK dolls then to diorama making then oil painting, I decided to simply bounce between these things. I used to religiously plan to set aside a period of time for each endeavor, maybe because I cared too much about the quality or results of my efforts. Yup, ego.

I won't even commit to anything here because you will just say, nah, Shasha will say she's gonna do this, but then she will lose interest in a second and move on to something else anyways.. True, that could be true.. So yeah. 

The past few days were spent making school pants for my junior high boy (two! - need to add one more maybe next week, who knows, right? ๐Ÿ˜œ) , and cleaning my workarea. Since the hot afternoon sun is now behind this house to my left, I'm back to good old window view, which is Yay super awesome. So yeah.. 

My thoughts are always this fragmented, and this is as authentic as it can get. I have now given up the idea of wanting to document everything in one post hoping to help someone, who honestly really can't digest everything in one go anyways. 

So point of the day - do whatever feels right because it's so much closer to the real you. Today, I felt like accomplishing some orders so I can ship them off later after muay thai session, and I can go back what excites me at that moment. 



Til next time, doll-ings ❤️❤️❤️

Monday, June 25, 2018

A weird monday...

Hey doll-lings ❤️

So, it's Monday here and of course I have a fresh weekly to-do list. Most of the time, I get so excited for Mondays. This time though, it's a little challenging. 

I was chillin' the entire weekend, that is why... 


I'll try to manage my time well as I only have this week to make my son his school pants, grab some school supplies and prepare his new books. That's not really as stressing, compared to my current project which is the 2018 tote bag. I realised that I have very little left to use of those small eyelets because some of them have rusted. I am now soaking them in vinegar, but if that fails, I'll head to the bookstore or hardware shop to hopefully find those 2mm (hole radius) ones. If that still fails, I'll be ordering online and that means it will arrive in two weeks. Now you see why I'm a little stressed over this one.

I also have other things in my list that seem to add to the pressure because I know I should have done them days/weeks ago. 

The trick to get out of this is to accept that I may be able to only offer the totes at the shop in two weeks. Actually, I feel lighter now just saying that. Truth is, I always mess up when I share my WIP in social media and then not delivering on intended date. It's frustrating to frustrate doll friends who've been counting on you. I know i shouldn't beat my self up, so yeah... breath, Shasha... This week's gonna go well ๐Ÿ˜‰ Don't think too much - just do what needs to be done during the present. Focus on the now ๐Ÿ˜˜

Hope you have a great week, loves ๐Ÿ–ค❤️๐Ÿ–ค

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Checking off my list: Curvy Made to Move Sloper

Finally, this newest gal in my tiny shop has now something to wear (she's been stripped off her stock clothes right after deboxing) ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ˜…
Made to Move Curvy gal who ain't got a name yet

I set aside some time today to try making a sloper for this Curvy Made to Move. I had been wanting to do this since her arrival, but two things: I wanted to repaint her and maybe make her a wig first. And also, she already bagged a role in a new project of mine that's in the works, but no name yet ๐Ÿคซ
So the thing is, I am super excited for this girl and TOO SCARED to start revamping her, at the same time. Super excited because she seems so fun to design outfits with - loving her curves so much she feels much more realistic than my current faves the MTM regular bodies. Too scared because she might become my new favorite and I don't want to mess up her transformation due to bad planning/rushing after the idea. You know that feeling of being scared and excited at the same time? Yep. 

Thus it took this long. But I did it today because for one, I won't rest if I didn't, anyway. And also, I know, some dolly friends are already excited to see what outfits can this curvy gal rock so I think it's time. 

This sloper set will be my building blocks for her future outfits. She'll be checking out my fabric stash tomorrow and then we'll decide from there. For now though , i think she's happy with her simple two-piece matchy-matchy outfit ๐Ÿ˜‰

hugs, 
Shasha

Friday, June 22, 2018

Thank you time: YouTube URL, finally!

Hey dollings ❤️

I just dropped by to thank you for allowing me to finally have a dedicated URL name for my youtube channel. For those who haven't checked yet, I share my process videos here so that not only can I give others ideas on crafting as a whole, but also it's a way for me to document how I made things because I am such a very, very, VERY forgetful person. One of the reasons why I said the other day that I had to make lots of prototypes before finalizing a design is because I always, ALWAYS, forget how I made something. I don't exactly know why this is so, but I kind of have a hint that maybe while I'm doing it, I'm just really one with what's happening, not thinking much at all. It's a good thing for me, but it's not so good for my livelihood, you see. So yeah.. a youtube channel that serves us all, ain't it neat?

Here are some of the videos I made that I hope you find inspiration in.

On Making your Diorama...



On learning the basics like Slopers...



On making your own Staple Doll Garments...



On sharing how I make my Bestsellers...



and some fun videos...




I also intend to add videos of tips on running an online shop because I know a lot of crafters from the doll community would want to sell their creations, too.

I have been getting direct messages and emails but I understand that I cannot sit down and think of all the things that involve the process so I planned to just tackle one topic each time.
The blogpost yesterday was kind of the first to try this.

Alright, so yeah, again, thanks so much for this.
I hope you guys find something useful in my videos and I sure be glad to document my process for everyone to benefit from.

Til our next chat!

Much hugs,
Shasha

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Crafting Tip: Prototype it until all your questions are answered ❤️

Hello dollings! 
It's me again ๐Ÿ˜‰

I've just paused my activity of making the tote bags as shown in the photo below as I remembered this one thing that made me learn and enjoy this craft every single time. 

Making enough for me and friends
When I bought my sewing machine in 2009, my intention was to make tropical-season clothing for humans but since I didn't even read the operating manual, I gave up so easily. I couldn't give the sewing machine its deserved justice. I returned it to its box, and I was broken-hearted. In 2010, I rediscovered my love for miniature clothing, bought new dolls and thought of making them outfits. I started with hand-sewn garments but I wasn't pleased. This pushed me pull out the machine again and really learn how it works. I then started making outfits for my Momokos, and a Fashionista owned by my friend Shayne. Since I had so little time for sewing (I still had my 9-5 work then), I only made one piece per design.

In every piece, I would struggle, and the results aren't so satisfactory. My solution to this was to make as much for each design until I thoroughly understand how to make it better. Yes, make lots, loves! As with the pieces that didn't pass my standards, I threw them away. And when I started to be able to understand my sewing machine better, and the fabrics' role in each design, I begun loving the pieces I made, and thought I'd sell some of them so I can add more dolls to my collection.

So, that is it, dollings. If you want to get better, don't stop until all your questions are answered. If you don't want to keep your initial prototypes, give them away to doll friends or your daughters and nieces or your neighbors' little girls. If you start making good prototypes, sell them to friends or to your online doll community at a fair price (your time+resources-learning you got from the activity). 

Okies, that's it for today. I'm going to get back to sewing now, ayt? Have a great day/night to you and thanks so much for dropping by ❤️

Xoxo, 
Shasha