Posts Tagged ‘18 inch dolls’

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

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

 

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