A year ago I started a new journey: acrylic painting!

With that said, I am closing up the doll clothes shop. I will no longer be making new doll clothes unless it’s a custom order or a gift. Please go over to Phoenix Fabric Art’s Etsy shop to check out the sale that goes until October 24th.  I will be renewing the sale until stock is depleted.

So this art journey….

It all started a year ago. I saw Paint N Sips popping up everywhere in town. I really wanted to paint a Pop Art painting of my dog, Ossa. I did and it turned out… meh. So I turned to Youtube and discovered The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney. I have been a Sherpette ever since.  She is encouraging, teaches in simple terms, and man she is my kind of fun! Quirky and hilarious! If you like silent speed painting videos, then she isn’t for you. But if you want a down to Earth woman who just wants you to have fun while learning to paint, subscribe to her channel and become a Sherpette! Because of the skills I learned from her, I have been able paint on my own with my own designs. Which led to my series, Scrutin-eyes. Everyone’s eyeballs seem to be on the central eyeball stock, but why? Is it scrutiny, or is it protection, or it is admiration? In life we may feel all eyes on us (like in a new journey… hmmm…) but the intentions of others may not be the scrutiny we fear.

Follow me on my Instagram account to keep up with my art journey.

Keep on arting!

~Jolene

 

 

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I know… I’ve been pretty silent. I’ve taken a step back from sewing to explore a new interest called Zentangle. Basically, Zentangles are a form of doodling that inspires creativity, acceptance, and peace. I love it and have become kinda addicted to it.

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This one is a Zentangle inspired art piece that I made for my cubicle at work!

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I have been participating in weekly challenges at I am the Diva -CZT, MadebyJoey, and The Bright Owl.

Yes, I have been sewing a little too. I have been working on a purse for the Sew Powerful project through Liberty Jane Clothing. I also have been commissioned to make a PJ set for a little girl’s new Disney Animator Doll! Her grandma chose the Doll Tag Clothing pattern called Slumberland.

Fabric for the Disney Animator Doll

There are a bunch of my Etsy listings that are expiring soon so head on over there and check it out —-> Phoenix Fabric Art! From now until October 30th, I am offering 20% off for any item $10.00 or more with coupon code OCTOBER.

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That’s all for now!

God Bless,

Jojo

Over a month has passed since my last post. We attended the Nampa Festival of the Arts earlier in the month. I passed out a bunch of cards to people excited for Christmas and birthdays. I hope to hear from them soon!

To be honest, I’m kind of burnt out from making 18″ doll clothes for now. I have a bunch of stock, my Etsy shop has a good variety of clothes, and I have a new doll! Two weeks ago I found a Disney Ariel doll at a yardsale for $3.00. Her hair is in good condition, no markings, and still has her original dress. No this isn’t a Disney Animators Doll, but it’s cute!

Today I made a tank top, strapless dress, and leggings.

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Please don’t pay attention to the Fruit of the Loom pattern… It was a successful mock up.

This was my first time drafting a bottoms pattern. The leggings took me 2 tries! It was easier than I thought. My doll’s waist is 17cm and the legs are 15cm from the hip line to the ankles. Since the doll is so small, I decided to make it a 2 piece pattern rather than 4.

Here’s how I drafted the pattern:

  • Waist circumference: 8.5cm (draw as a line across the top)
  • Length: 15cm (draw as a line down from the center of the waist circumference line)
  • Waistline – Crotch: 4cm (mark as dots as a guide for the next measurement)
  • Front crotch – back crotch: 11cm (place front crotch 5.25cm from center, back at 5.75cm from center)
  • Ankle: 8cm (this is a horizontal line at the bottom of the leg length line)
  • Connect the waistline to the ankle line (there is a .5cm difference on this pattern)
  • Add 1/2″ at the bottom for double rolled hem
  • Add 3/4″ at the top for the elastic casing
  • Add 1/4″ to the sides

This is how it turned out:

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Sewing Instructions:

  1. Cut two of the pattern
  2. Sew the front crotch seams
  3. Press and sew the double rolled elastic casing
  4. Feed the elastic through the casing
  5. Sew the back crotch seams
  6. Press and sew the double rolled hem at the bottom of the leggings
  7. Separate the legs and line up the ankles, sew this last seam!

If your doll has different measurements, hopefully my pattern will guide you in making your own.

Good Luck,

Jo

What an exciting month! We’ve been preparing for my daughter’s baptism, I had my first Etsy sale, and had an amazing 4th of July BBQ. Now that the excitement is over, let’s get down to business!

While my BF was out of town working, we got bored and then creative! We decided to play with bleach and jeans. Grandma had given us a box full of already cut quilt squares made from jeans. Then Pixie Faire gave away the Cut Off Shorts for 18 inch dolls by Liberty Jane Clothing one Freebie Friday. Put those two together and BAM! Upcycled Cut Off Shorts! To make it even better, we bleached them!

To start off, I mixed some hot water and bleach into a bucket. Then we took the jean squares and bunched them, fan folded them, and twisted them. Next, we held their new shape with rubber bands and dunked them into the bucket of bleach water.

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I let these sit for about 3-4 hours while stirring them around here and there. After that, I rinsed them and took off the rubber bands. If you are sensitive to bleach, you may want to wear rubber gloves during this process. Then I took them to the tub and washed them with laundry detergent. I used the tub because I feared they would fray a lot more in the washer. I did end up using the spin cycle on the washer to wring out the rest of the water. Next, I threw them into the dryer for about 30 minutes. Look at how they came out! All rolled up! Last, I ironed them flat.

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The cut off shorts turned out so cute! Beware, it’s about to get picture heavy.

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Yes, each piece was cut out of 6″ jean squares that were hand tie dyed. A crazy amount of time has been put into these shorts.

I think the next project with the remaining dyed jeans square may be a quilt of even a purse.

These shorts can be found in my Etsy shop —–> Bleached Tie Dyed Cut Off Shorts

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed bleach dyeing these jean squares! Send me a picture of what you have made with bleached jeans. I would love to share it!

 

Take care and have fun,

Jolene

 

Hi, my name is Jo, and I am a sew-a-holic. It’s been 16 days since I touch my sewing machine. Last night I caved in. 

  
My bf and I went bowling last Saturday for the first time since I can remember. I loved playing on the Wii but I soon found out that it is not that easy. Tendinitis set in the next day. Fortunately I had my all natural Tropiceel rub and a brace so it only lasted 3 days. So no sewing for me last weekend! 

Two weekends ago my family and I went on a walk to a neighbor’s yardsale and found some awesome treasures! My bf bought an old fishing net for $5. Worthy of hanging on the wall, but I bet he will use it for its actual purpose. I found a lace overshirt and a year of white tulle for $1 each and my brain gears started turning! Unfortunately work and tendinitis stopped me from putting my findings to good use.

  
Last night I finally set up my machine and went to work on an easy skirt to match the minty chevron 3/4 sleeve shirt I’ve been wanting to post on Etsy. It was super easy to make. I just cut the lace overshirt at the side seams, trimmed off the bottom, and cut it at 6″ wide. I then cut some inexpensive white underskirt material to the same width and decided on 19″ long. I hemmed the bottom and zig zag finished the top pieces. Since the layers were so slippery, I sewed a stay stitch about 1/4″ from the top edge. To make the elastic casing, I turned the top to the back 5/8″ and sewed it down. I added elastic and sewed the side seams together to finish the skirt. Super easy skirt to make and it compliments the mint and white shirt to make a cute addition to my Etsy shop. Check it out here — Mint and White Chevron Shirt and White Lace Skirt. 

  
Next, I plan to make a few lacy tank tops to match some skinny jeans. I am curious to see if outfits sell better than separated which is why I have only posted outfits. What are your thoughts???

Have a great weekend,

Jo

It’s been a great week of no sewing and focusing on social media. My hands are rested and now my mind is full of ideas! 

I follow Jason Miles (from makesellgrow.com) on Pinterest and have been working on applying what I’ve learned from what he pins. My photography has improved so much! I’ve made a banner for Facebook and Etsy. Oh, and most important, I posted 6 outfits on Etsy!

 
Back in the day, we used to use Gimp photo editor on our computer that ran Linux. I reinstalled it on our Windows computer and man, I need some refreshers. Thank God for YouTube. Check out the banner I made, I will make a better one once I have learned more. 

  

I have also increased my presence on Pinterest and Instagram and took some pointers from the experienced. Pin less about me, like and comment on other people’s work, and space out posts. 

  
At the vendor show last week, I promised that I would send out updates and let people know when I got my Etsy shop up and running. So I sent out my first newsletter to my little group of followers. MailChimp turned out to be a great resource for newsletter creation and subscriber management.

What a great week of learning! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook

Have wonderful weekend everyone,

Jolene

So Saturday was the day! Our first show with doll clothes and my first show since 2012. 

  
The event was put on by Dewey Events and sponsored by Yelp. They have 3 more events coming up over the summer but I don’t think I will attend. As awesome as the price was and the efforts put in by Shanna and Rex, it was not well attended nor were there as many vendors as originally planned. I know this wasn’t their fault; vendors backed out… 

We networked, made future plans, met new some new followers, and received some good advice. 

My newest friend, Kathlean from Fantasy C, will be attending the Treasure Valley Renaissance Fair next Saturday and my family was already planning on visiting so that will be awesome. Her and her husband encouraged us to keep going and attend more fairs because there are so many out there and we have great product. 

Mom also met a talented lady who is a master seamstress that enlightened us on copyright laws (we are in compliance, we were just unclear about other pattern makers). 

We plan on attending the Nampa Art Festival and desire to expand to Renaissance Dress etc. so we can have a theme at certain events. 

I just want to encourage all you new makers out there to keep on going, don’t give up after what seems like a lousy show. Network, gather emails, broaden your social networking presence, and selling outlets. New networking buddies, new followers, and leads are priceless. Even though we financially did not make our money back, we gained so much from this show. 

Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to see you all soon!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instrgram, Etsy, and here. Just search for Phoenix Fabric Art. 

Til next time,

Jo 

I am so so anxious, I only have 1 week until #BoiseWhatAGirlWants Expo. It’s been 3 years since my last vendor fair. I am taking a step back to make sure all of my “i” are dotted and “t” are crossed. My card reader, business cards, and bags are in. I need to make my table runner/banner and some more hangers.  My BF was my handsome handyman and made me a peg wall. I also need to take my phone in and replace the screen so that no one cuts their finger while signing! So much to think about. 

On Pinterest, I made a board for Business Tips. On this board you will find good ideas for table runners, booth set up, display examples, etc. This is where I got the idea to make a peg board. We went to the local lumber store and picked up a big sheet of peg board and gathered some 2x2s and scrap wood. Some cutting here, some screws there, a little paint and BAM, peg board display!

  

Yesterday, I made a test run of some doll clothes hangers. I found this tutorial to be quite helpful. Some tips: if the threads are too thick to just slide in between your craft sticks, grind them down on each side, super glue works great but be careful, and try to pick out sticks that are fairly straight so that they will glue together better. I painted mine with yellow and red craft paint and plan to write Phoenix Fabric Art on them. We could only find 4 packs at our local Walmart so I will try our local hardware store for bigger packs and make more since this was a success. 

 
If you are in the Boise area on May 30th you should come see me and mom. Also bring your kiddo and her doll for a free pair of doll undies. Check out #boisewhatagirlwants on Twitter and Facebook for more vendor posts! We hope to see you there! 

4am: sick kiddo. Again. There’s a local school in the valley where a large amount of kiddos got Noro virus. I wonder if she picked it up from daycare or if its some other bug.  Happy Mother’s Day, yeah! Lemon water, rice, and tea for the little one for now. 

This weekend I intended on sewing a lot of clothes, but I got hung up on some of the patterns. I made two dresses from the Salina Dress pattern from Liberty Jane Clothing, a modified Peplum Top, a Baseball Tshirt, and a Veratility Dress (Forever18inches). Note: the Versatility Dress is too tight for little one’s Our Generation doll and my Our Generation doll. Tip: for lace sleeves, add a thin strip of interfacing to the edge and then hem. It looks much prettier. 

So, mom came up with an awesome idea to giveaway doll undies to any girl who brought her doll to our booth! I have chosen the basic shorts pattern by Liberty Jane Clothing. It’s an easy, fast, scrap buster of a pattern. I highly recommend it!

   
           

I am almost official! I finally submitted my DBA and partnership agreement with Liberty Jane Clothing. This is such a huge step in moving forward with my goals and dreams. No, I’m not planning on getting rich quick! I’m just excited to be seeing the smiling faces of those who buy and enjoy what I sew. 

Earlier this week, my mom and I finished our basket of doll clothes for the church auction. It was mainly for raising money for the youth’s Trek trip. Mom included a full Trek outfit. It turned out super cute!

   
  This weekend I bought a bunch of patterns from Pixiefaire.com and a few really cute fabrics from a local craft store. Time to get busy! Little one is sick and the Cottonwood is starting to fall so it has been the perfect time to stay in and sew. 

I did learn a few things this weekend. My machine ( Husqvarna Emerald 116) has an automatic button hole setting! I’ve had this beast for 4 years and read the manual many times but somehow never seemed to cross my mind that I might use it. Well, I love her even more now.  Also learned that if you put interfacing behind your knit fabric, it makes button hole sewing much more of a possibility. 

Here’s what I finished this weekend:

   
         

I was very excited to see that Pixie Faire has their Marketplace up and running. Another great place to see great work and get ideas. Funny thing… right after I finished the black Aztec leggings, I was browsing the marketplace and saw the exact fabric and leggings! Two great minds must think alike! 

Good times,

Jo