Friday, January 9, 2015

Valentine's Day is coming!!!

   And what better way for a lovely girl to feel even lovelier...than a pretty set of lacy lingerie!

I have several sets of lingerie available in my Etsy shop including this gorgeous set with red hearts in black lace.

Each set is made from stretch lace which should allow it to fit a variety of 16" Fashion Dolls and MSD sized BJDs such as my model Lena who is a Large bust Active Line Minifee by Fairyland.  This set will also fit other similar sized dolls such as Ellowyne Wilde and Delilah Noir.

These are just a few of the colors I have available, with more colors and styles coming every couple of days!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Character Bios---Lena Markum

Lena Marie Markum is a 22 year old College Senior.  She is in culinary school, with dreams to one day open her own Cafe with her best friend Abbie Dupree. Lena is an only child who is doted on by her parents.  She doesn't see them very often as they live on the West Coast and she chose to attend school on the East Coast.  But they keep up via weekly phone calls and frequent emails.

Lena has what she considers boring brown eyes and needs glasses.  So she can generally be found wearing her contacts instead.  She likes to play around with her appearance and has many different colors of contacts including aqua, dark blue and her personal favorite: PURPLE!

Lena's hair is wavy brown in color, but she has a collection of fun wigs.  Her current favorite is a lovely burgundy shade.  But she can often be seen in her rainbow colored wig or her cotton candy colored wig as well.

One of the first things she did after turning 18 and graduating from High School was get a tattoo.  She has loved peacocks since she was a little girl and chose 2 facing peacock feathers as a 'permanent necklace'.

Her tattoo was done by Ban over at Ban's Boutique , she is amazing artist.  Not one for being overly modest, Lena takes great pleasure is showing off her artwork. Lena's tattoo is her pride and joy. 

When Lena isn't at school or at the little coffee shop she works in, she can often be found at home reading, playing on the computer or spending time with one of the girls 3 cats.  She also enjoys hiking, horseback riding and just spending time outside.

Lena is a Minifee BJD by Fairyland, with face-up and custom tattoo by Ban's Boutique.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome 2015

Happy New Year my friends! Hope you all had a fun and safe celebration last night.  May everyone's 2015 be filled with love and laughter, joy and blessings!

This is the post where I normally make all kinds of 'resolutions' and lists of things I want to do.  And sometimes I stick with them... for a while.  But I think my only resolution this year will be to give whatever I am doing my best effort. Hopefully that will keep my from being disappointed that such and such fell short, or didn't happen or what have you.

2015 will be another year of big changes for us.  The hubby is set to 'deploy' again, although thankfully not into a combat situation this time.  Having him gone is never fun, but we try to make the best of it.  Mid way through the year we will DEFINITELY be moving back to Ohio, which I am super excited about, but dang it's gonna be tough moving midway across the country by my self.  But I'm going to give it everything I've got to try and make it as easy as possible. 

I have some doll goals as well... This year I would like to be able to purchase Rafe... Rafe is going to be Lena's love interest, Abbie's cousin and Hope's dad.  This is what I am thinking along the lines of his looks.

Rafe (short for Rafael) is Abbie's cousin and they share the family black hair and green eyes.  Rafe is 28 and a successful young architect. He often travels for business (what a great way to include him in my storyline before I have his physical form)

He is Hope's dad, but not really.  She is technically his niece, but his sister and her husband were killed in a car accident and Rafe was named as her guardian at his sister's request.  He adores Hope and truly loves her like his own.   (Yeah i know I really need to introduce Hope as well! LOL  Hmm I am thinking Biography Posts are in order for each of my characters.)

My current plan for Rafe is to purchase an Iplehouse Boris or Owen for him.  So my goal is to earn enough through my shop to be able to pay for him by June. Which of course brings me to my new shop posts!  I am going to try and list one item in my shop every day!  Today's listing is this gorgeous blue tee shirt

I love the way it turned out and will definitely be making more varieties!  *especially since I bought a HUGE tote of laces as Goodwill a couple weeks ago.  So I have lace in various colors and sizes coming out my ears! I think 2015 will be the year of the lace!

Thanks for bearing with me while I chatter.  Have a great day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday at D-Lightful Designs

Sorry I've been away for a while. I was revamping the studio and getting ready for today! My Etsy store D-Lightful Designs can be found HERE. 

I finally got all of the items I have sewn over the past 2 years photographed and listed for sale.  I have also added a section of 18" doll clothes sewn by my mom!  

I hope you will go check it out! If you make a purchase please use the code CYBERMONDAY at checkout to get 10% off your order!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dancing Skellies

Last week I found this great video tutorial on Youtube for sewing a BJD dress. I wish I knew how to embed it into my blog bog, but for now you should go watch it HERE!  I had also been seeing a ton of cute Barbie sized hankie dresses on pinterest so I thought... hmm what if I used a bandana instead of a hankie since my BJD is bigger than a Barbie.  So I combined the 2 thought trains and came up with this fabulous Halloween  dress. :-)

This dress actually came together pretty quickly and I WILL definitely be making it more after as Lena looks amazing in it! I used a matching piece of Candy Corn ribbon for the wrap. It's perfect for a night out on Halloween, when one doesn't want to go in costume!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas Cupcakes

Continuing on after yesterday's Halloween cupcakes, today I have for your viewing pleasure, Christmas cupcakes!!!

My customer requested an assortment of 2 dozen cupcakes.  In the end we decided on 5 style with 5 of each.  (She got a Baker's Double Dozen! ;-) )  Here are the inspiration real cupcakes and my miniature version.  These were also scented.

We started out with my versions of these Santa Hat Chocolate cupcakes.  The 2nd photo shows one of each in Barbie, 16" fashion doll (1/4 scale) and American Girl doll size.  My customer purchased the Barbie doll size.

Next up were these Snowman face cupcakes.  After a quick polling of my friends on Facebook, we decided that the chocolate chips looked better point down, and I preferred the carrot pointing off to the side rather than straight up.  My customer specifically asked if I could get the sugar look, and we were both very happy with the results! The Snowman cupcakes are scented with Gingerbread scent!

The next cupcake I recreated was a green version of these wonderful present cupcakes. These are Vanilla scented, and the green 'wrapping paper' has a slight iridescent shimmer to it.
These last 2 sets of cupcakes tuned out to be the hands down favorites. First up these elegant Poinsettia cupcakes. These are Red Velvet Cake scented. The poinsettia petals were done with paper punches and have the veins hand drawn on. The pearls are also polymer clay... I had extra from the star cake I did for this same customer, they worked perfectly!
And saving the favorites for last... POLAR BEARS!!!! I was so excited to try these in miniature, and SO happy with how they came out.  The polar bear cupcakes are Peppermint Crunch scented. I actually took some miniature peppermints I sculpted, chopped them up into teeny tiny bits and mixed it into the Peppermint scented clay!  I LOVE these so much! :-)

Tomorrow I'll share the last of her custom order and a cute Halloween dress I made! Y'all enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sorry y'all falling behind again.

So when last I left you I was showing off the neat Shooting Star cake I had made.  And I think I told you about the Halloween cupcakes I was working on.  So in this post I will show you all the finished Barbie scale cupcakes, as well as the real cupcakes that served as inspiration. OOOH the other cool thing about these cupcakes... they are SCENTED!!!  So they smell like the type of cake they are supposed to represent! :-)

 First up are these Mummy face cupcakes.  They are Red Velvet cake, and smelled amazing!

Next up were they fun Green Furry Monster Cakes. They turned out too cute, but I'll admit getting the frosting stiff enough to spike, but still soft enough to spread was a challenge.  The eyes crack me up!  These cupcakes are Vanilla scented and smell like the real deal!

Next up for inspiration was this photo.  We both LOVED the little bats on purple frosting.  In hindsight, I wish I hadn't glossed the frosting as it almost exactly matching the inspiration photo and the 'jelly' bats stood out more. BUT my custom was very happy with them as is, so we called it good. These are what I called Autumn Spice, and they have that rich heady Fall scent, you know that one that just screams cooling temps and changing leaves! ;-)

The green spiderweb cupcakes inspired us as well, but we found an even better cupcake for those.
See what I mean!!! These were a bit tricky to do, as these are Barbie sized cupcakes, so they are only about a third of an inch across, so getting the right amount of black icing was tough. But in the end my customer and I were really happy with these as well! They are Orange Cream flavored. And I will fully admit that they smelled so good I actually went out and bought the ingredients to make homemade Orange Cream cupcakes... you know like the filled ones that Hostess makes.. yeah those!

And last but certainly not least are from what we consider a Must-Watch movie in October. jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King from The Nightmare Before Christmas !!! These smelled like Chocolate Fudge Cake, My hubby said the clay smelled so good and looked like chocolate I better be careful not to leave it sitting out, someone might think it was the real thing! ;-)
I made 5 of each design for my customer. She is giving them out as tables gifts at an upcoming Barbie convention! :-)

Tomorrow I'll share the Christmas cupcakes I made for the same customer!