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Crochet Fairy Costume – Outfit

As usual, I like working under a time crunch. I had a full week to finish my crochet doll fairy outfit for the Renaissance Faire. We go every year and we picked a weekend that was going to be relatively cool since I was representing in full-out crochet. I wasted no time and planned what would be done on what day.

Day 1-4

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The corset/bustier whatchamacallit and arm cuffs

This actually took me longer than I expected but it was relatively easy. It was time consuming but easy. The top is just rows of single crochet, alternating between two rows of purple and black. The black skirt was double crochet with an increase round and back post stitches thrown in. The black skirt took the longest because the yarn was so darn thin and took forever to work up, but patience won out and I got it done. I also worked on the frame for the wings.

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I was bouncing back and forth between the wings and the dress.

The frame for the wings were two wire hangers that I joined. I destroyed many wire hangers trying to get a good look. And what did I go with in the end? I took two hangers and just twisted the hook parts around each other and stretched the bottom of the hangers out. Sometimes simple is best, especially when you’re in a time crunch. I single crocheted around the whole thing. I set it aside for later.

Day 5

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The skirt (goes under the black skirt)

The skirt did actually take me just one day,  a day of non-stop crochet, but just one day. 🙂 This was similar to the black skirt in that it was mostly double crochet. The waist got some single crochet but that was it. Oh, and the bottom edging was done in picots.

Day 6

I couldn’t decide how I wanted the wings to look. I had all sorts of notions but went with something simple and fast. Honestly, I felt like I was just slapping things together but it ended up looking pretty. The flowers were last minute touches that I think made the wings look complete.

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My daughter said it looked like eyes so I added the flowers so it wouldn’t!

Day 7

Aaahhh, the hair. I left the hair for last because I had a clear picture of what I wanted and how I was going to achieve the look. I had planned on making a thin headband. I knew it would get hot so I didn’t want a full beanie with yarn all around. A ponytail could be achieved with strands around the border. My first attempt was a fail. Not enough coverage! I had to add more rounds to the head band and a second layer of strands, but that did the trick. Last but not least were the ringlets. I didn’t even secure them well because it was close to midnight and I wanted to sleep! I secured them just well enough so they wouldn’t fall out during the day. I reasoned I would permanently attach them after the fair.

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I ended up loving it!

Overall, I was thrilled with how everything turned out and I made it in time for the fair!

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I’ll write about our adventure in my  next post. Spoiler alert, the wig and wings were a big hit!

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Progress on Crochet Fairy Costume

I’ve made some pretty good progress on my costume. Is this considered cosplay? I’m going to say that it is. I’m a cosplayer!

I was nervous the outfit wouldn’t look good or that it would look nice but wouldn’t look good on me. I tried it on (as much as I could) and it fit nicely and it’s looking promising.

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I’m liking what’s happening here. 🙂

I’m pretty encouraged and motivated to finish it as soon as possible. I also got ahead of myself and started working on the wings. That was supposed to be last. LOL

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I got creative with two wire hangers.

I’m bouncing back and forth but I that’s ok. 🙂 I’m going to be so ready for the Renaissance Fair!

Renaissance Fair Crochet Cosplay 2019

It’s that time again when I start planning my outfit for the Renaissance Fair here in Southern California. Considering it starts next Friday, I’m a little late (as usual), but I have until mid-May before the fair ends so plenty of time, NOT! I suppose I could just wear one of my other crochet outfits. Afterall, I’ve only worn my dragon cloak once.

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Three renaissance fairs ago.

I would still have to come up with something to wear that would look good with the cloak but I’ve been toying with a different idea for years now and I’m going to give that idea a go.

I’ve wanted to make a crochet fairy outfit but could never decide what I wanted. I was staring at one of my crochet fairy dolls I’d made when a stroke of genius (lunacy) struck me. I’m going to replicate her outfit.

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I’ve kept this one because she’s one of my favorites.

I’m going to go as a crochet fairy doll and I’m taking the doll with me. We’ll be twinsies. Of course, that assumes the outfit will look good on me. If it doesn’t, I guess I’ll be using that dragon cloak afterall. 🙂

I’m almost done with the top portion.

Just a little more to go!

I’ll work on the skirt next, then the wig and will do the wings last. She has wings but I’m going to make us both something different so I didn’t show them. Can’t wait till it’s done. I hope I like it enough to wear it. Fingers crossed.

Lake Elsinore Poppies

We’ve had a very wet winter this year after some years of drought. I live in the Inland Empire in California and when that happens, we get an explosion of wildflowers that are very beautiful. Not too far from where I live, we have some hills that are covered in so many poppies, the hills look orange.

The city of Lake Elsinore (near our home) became a tourist attraction almost overnight! They were calling it the Lake Elsinore Super Bloom. How unlucky for us because we get our taxes done over at Lake Elsinore and we hit crazy traffic. Why? Because of Poppies. The hills look amazing but it sure made getting to our appointment hard. The freeway was a parking lot and the streets were worse. We kept getting detoured and lots of people were walking on busy streets with no sidewalks! I’m not talking about little residential streets either. We had to be extra careful not to hit anyone. Even with all that, we were only ten minutes late to our appointment (we left very early).  

I managed to get a few shots from out the window as we drove passed. Hence why they’re lousy but I had to try. I just couldn’t do the scenery justice while hanging out the window. LOL

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This is the best picture I was able to get while risking dropping my cell phone on a busy freeway!

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I shot this one before I thought to open the window. It’s hard to read but that sign is asking that people not pull over because people were parking on the freeway!

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You don’t see as many flowers in this one but I liked the rocks. 🙂

I wish I had been able to get pics of the crazy crowds on the side of the freeway. It was madness! I would have loved to stop at one of the trails that went through the poppies but I wasn’t about to deal with that many people for some flowers, as pretty as they are and all. 

 

Tunisian Crochet Doll Dress

How to avoid cleaning my office…

Crochet of course! I had good, nay, great intentions when I opened the door to my office. It’s gotten a bit cluttered and it was time for a little spring cleaning. I didn’t even walk in all the way when I spotted a naked doll I had brought home from work just sitting there. How long had she been there? Over a year?

That got me thinking about how that poor baby doll had also been languishing in a drawer at work for a long time before I brought her home. The kids can’t handle naked dolls. There, I said it. They take all the clothes off and then shenanigans happen AND THEN I have to confiscate.

I know part of the fun is dressing the dolls, but if they stayed clothed, there would be no problem. So I ended up with a drawer full of naked dolls waiting for me to make them some permanent, absolutely can’t take off, clothes. All the other dolls finally got some outfits, but for some reason, this one was still sitting in my office. You can see why I had to put off cleaning my office to finally make her an outfit.

Tunisian doll Dress.JPG Tunisian Doll Dress 1.JPGIt took me a few hours to make it and by the time I was done, it was too late to clean my office. For real, it was too late. Today, I had to write about it but unfortunately, I mean for fortunately, I have plenty of time to clean my office once I’m done posting. 🙂

For memory’s sake, here are two of the other dolls.

My Book

I’ve been working furiously (again) on my crochet book on dolls, and though I’ve missed a couple (only a couple!) of self imposed deadlines, I realize now that I probably won’t finish until summer. BUT, I’ve made tremendous progress! I’ve rewritten, re-photographed and new-photographed a ton, and I feel so happy with the results.

One of the problems I’m having is that some of my older photos aren’t as good as my new photos and I’m working on figuring out what to keep and what to reshoot. The biggest problem with reshooting is that I don’t have some of the original dolls that I would like to re-photograph. Instead, I have to try to Photoshop the original shots or make new dolls entirely, which takes more time. Photoshopping takes time too, and I’m not as skilled as I should be with that.

So I’m somewhere in between. I’m salvaging what I can, reshooting what I still have, and remaking what can’t be saved. I want my book to be something I can be proud of, and I’m feeling pretty proud right about now.

Here are some pieces waiting to be sewn, stuffed, and photographed. I still need to make another two pairs of legs and then I’ll make some dolls to go with those pieces. I’ll end up with at least four new dolls.

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I took this little guy from work (I sneaked him out of the Ultimate Prize Box) and gave him a mini photo shoot. He can make an appearance in my book now. Look how happy he is! Don’t tell him he still might not make the final cut.

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blue.jpgAll in all, I’m pretty pleased. 🙂

Pea Shooters Galore – Scrap Busting

I have SOOO much scrap yarn at work! You can imagine all the little leftovers I end up with after the kids are done making the world’s longest chains. I wanted to use up all the little strips and tiny balls in a fun and creative way. The kids love Pea Shooters and the green one I made was a big hit so…

This pink and red Pea Shooter was conceived right before Valentine’s Day. I had a lot, and I mean a lot of red and pink scraps of yarn. The kids really love using those colors. The kids kept questioning the work in progress, I assume not trusting what I was making. They quickly pointed out that there was no red and pink Pea Shooter in the game. I told them to trust me.

When I was almost done with it, they got more and more excited. Some of them asked me what it was. I told them it was a ‘Mrs. Sherman one of a kind limited edition Valentine’s Day special heart Pea Shooter!” They got super excited after that. 🙂

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