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? 😜) , 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 😉 Don't think too much - just do what needs to be done during the present. Focus on the now 😘

Hope you have a great week, loves 🖤❤️🖤

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) 🤫😅
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 🤫
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 😉


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,

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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

Hello dollings! 
It's me again 😉

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 ❤️


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

YouTube vid: How to Put Elastic band in narrow casings

Hey dollings...

This one has been in my drafts list for months now so I thought I'd publish it today. Also, I already have a couple process videos to edit and I hope to publish one over the weekend, and another next weekend. I thought I'd make Fridays as my process video posts, hoping to inspire or share tips to the weekend crafter.

What do you dollings think?

And oh, yes, I might blog daily now that I'm now blogging via my phone. It might be too much for some of you, please bear with me..


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I'm back...

Hey hey doll-ings... First of all, thank you for coming over and being here, reading this post. I honestly don't know how to start this but I'll proceed with it anyway.

Some months ago, I did a lot of rethinking and decided to lie-low, do my stuff and not write about it in blogpost format. It was liberating and I became more appreciative of what I have in the present. I still share what I do, but in tiny tidbits thru Instagram because really, it makes a lot things easier for a self-employed crafter that way. You knkw, snap a photo and share your thoughts and there, like a microblog.

A post shared by Shasha 🌞 Ravacio (@ateliernishasha) on

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But over the following months, I also kept thinking about the many posts I had wanted to write about years ago. I still wanted to talk about how I run my shop and juggling everything, including personal life, in hopes that I can inspire others to maybe find a beloved craft and open a shop someday. I even already had a list of articles to write about, and the schedule of posting.

Just when I was about to write that first post in the series, I received a news from Etsy. It's a sad news for us small crafters because they are bumping up their sales fees. I asked then, how can I evangelize such an option of running an Etsy shop when I myself might not be able to afford the services in the future anymore? If I can't, can a newly established shop even sustain for a month? Thinking about this made me blank in between working on my little garments.

Oh well, I thought. If someone still wants to try running a shop, the high fees really won't stop her, right? I mean, some 7 years ago, I never really cared about the fees, I just wanted to make my dolls some clothes and share my other creations to the world. I guess, continuing with my plan isn't that bad at all.

With all that sorted out, I'm officially back and really happy to have decided so. I may not be able to write as comprehensively as before because like right now, I am actually blogging from my phone. I want to be in the now and this is what my weather is like now.

Chat with you in my next post, loves ❤️❤️❤️