Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Adventurers Club: July


It's a new month, therefore, time for a new ADVENTURE!!!!
 
Welcome, Adventurers!

Last month marked 6 straight months of Adventuring, and I know some of  you have been steady adventurers that whole time! That means a prize!!

I'm working on a chart that will help me keep track of it all!
But there will be a post about it this month!

NEWSFLASH!!!
There are new ways to share your Adventures!
Join the Flickr group: The Adventurer's Club
(Monthly Theme icons will be posted there as well)
Or, if you have a blogger account,
let me know the email attached to it,
and I will add you as an author to the Adventurers Club
blogger blog!

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July Theme:
Travel Case
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When you go out into the world,
how do you travel?
In a box? In a bag? In a pocket? In a backpack?
How do you get from place to place?

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Perhaps you're new to the Adventurer's Club...
Would you like to join the Adventurer's Club?
"What is it?" you ask?
The Adventurer's Club is a monthly photo challenge.
The "theme" for the month is vague enough that you can complete the task indoors if you're not a "drag your dolly out in public" kinda person.

ALL DOLL TYPES ARE WELCOME!
On the FIRST DAY of every month, I will reveal that month's theme.

There will be participation prizes...
these will be given out on a "number of months participated" basis.
There will be a 6 month and 12 month participation prize.

The months will be cumulative, because I know life happens and sometimes we might miss a month.
Although I'm thinking I might have to make an extra special prize for anyone who participates for 12 months straight!

*NOTE*
January is a "wild card"... since I put this one up so late, you can complete this one at any time throughout the year.
If you would like to participate in the January Adventure, please do!

You can find the theme on the Adventurer's Club tab, here:
Don't feel like you have to have a masterpiece photograph either,
snap the shot with your cell phone, a point and shoot or a pro camera,
it doesn't matter, just as long as the resulting image is theme related!

How do you participate?
Simple!
1. Take your photo that relates to the theme
2. Share that photo with me (via email, posting a comment with a link, etc), on our Flickr Group:
  or by tagging me, @littlebearries on Instagram!
(In the righthand side bar at the top of the page, you will see a link button back to this post)
My email is: littlebearries@yahoo.com

Please feel free to include a little caption for your image that describes what is going on, as well as any link to your own blog or website, and your doll's name, if these are things you'd like to share!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mid-Month Tutorial #6: agusyornet's Tiny Hangers!

Ok, so I *barely* squeaked this one in...
BUT IT'S STILL JUNE!
Me: Uhm... you're not Christie...
"Christie": Who's to say? You never did name me. *glare*
Me: *gulp*

Let's start with the facts!
I followed the tutorial by agusyornet,

I have to say, I love folks who can make clear, precise, easy to follow tutorials in 4 steps!
I have to admit, I modified mine just a little though... but let's get crafting and you'll see!

Supplies:

1. Paperclips
2. Needle Nose Pliers
3. Wire Cutters

 
Here's a little tip from me...
buy a pair of Needle Nose Pliers that have built in wire cutters!
 
 
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Let's begin!
Step 1:
Pull the inner loop and the longer stem piece upwards.
 

Looking at the picture below will give you a good idea what I am talking about!
Make sure you pay attention to where the arrow is pointing in the image below.
You want that angle to feel "hangerish" to you.

Step 2:
Grab the loop end that you pulled up and bend it upwards.
You will leave the loop shape alone, that becomes your hanger hook.
I try to make it so that the hanger hook will end up centered when the hanger is finished.
 
 
Step 3:
In agusyornet's tutorial, she doesn't wrap the wire around the hanger hook, which is fine and will work great... I just like having a little more stability than that when it comes to hangers for doll clothes.
I pull the  longer stem past the hanger hook.



Step 4:
I then take and fold the longer stem over the base of the hanger hook...
it gives you one very stable little hanger!

 
Conclusion:
I LOVE this tutorial... there is something so satisfying about coloring these pencils and seeing them come to life.

This is such an easy and painless process for making tiny hangers!
Plus, they're ... uh... "Christie" tested and approved!


They really will work to hang up your dolly clothes!


The cost was minimal (my pliers cost me $3.99, the paperclips I've had around forever)
and so was the time investment.
I highly recommend you try this tutorial out!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free Faux Suede Swatch at Spoonflower!

 A little bit random, but...
Get your free swatch of faux suede in any spoonflower print you want!

From Noon today until Noon tomorrow!

http://www.spoonflower.com/faux_suede

It's just the test size... but for dollies, that can make quite a few lovely things!
Plus, it's FREE!! XD

Monday, June 2, 2014

Adventurers Club: June


It's a new month, therefore, time for a new ADVENTURE!!!!
Welcome, Adventurers!

 Are you ready for another month of adventure?
We've been having a lot of fun so far, I'm excited to see what adventures await!!!

NEWSFLASH!!!
There are new ways to share your Adventures!
Join the Flickr group: The Adventurer's Club
(Monthly Theme icons will be posted there as well)
Or, if you have a blogger account,
let me know the email attached to it,
and I will add you as an author to the Adventurers Club
blogger blog!
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June Theme:
Your Own Backyard
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Sometimes an adventure awaits you in your own backyard!

You never know what you might find,
going out of your own back door!
Or maybe your "backyard" is somewhere in the house?
Or maybe you consider your backyard somewhere else all together?
Wherever, or whatever your backyard is,
this month is the month to have an adventure in it!

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Perhaps you're new to the Adventurer's Club...
Would you like to join the Adventurer's Club?
"What is it?" you ask?
The Adventurer's Club is a monthly photo challenge.
The "theme" for the month is vague enough that you can complete the task indoors if you're not a "drag your dolly out in public" kinda person.

ALL DOLL TYPES ARE WELCOME!
On the FIRST DAY of every month, I will reveal that month's theme.

There will be participation prizes...
these will be given out on a "number of months participated" basis.
There will be a 6 month and 12 month participation prize.

The months will be cumulative, because I know life happens and sometimes we might miss a month.
Although I'm thinking I might have to make an extra special prize for anyone who participates for 12 months straight!
You can find the theme on the Adventurer's Club tab, here:

Don't feel like you have to have a masterpiece photograph either,
snap the shot with your cell phone, a point and shoot or a pro camera,
it doesn't matter, just as long as the resulting image is theme related!

How do you participate?
Simple!
1. Take your photo that relates to the theme

2. Share that photo on the Adventurers Club blog ( http://dolladventurersclub.blogspot.com/ ), with me (via email, posting a comment with a link, etc), on our Flickr Group:
  or by tagging me, @littlebearries on Instagram!
(In the righthand side bar at the top of the page, you will see a link button back to this post)
My email is: littlebearries@yahoo.com


Please feel free to include a little caption for your image that describes what is going on, as well as any link to your own blog or website, and your doll's name, if these are things you'd like to share!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mid-Month Tutorial #5: Zakka Life's Miniature Colored Pencils

Sorry for the lack of posting this month, guys!
Life got super crazy, so I had to pause!


I figure I'll start back up next month with the Friday Favorites...
but I really love the Mid-Month Tutorials... and even though it's half a month late,
I still wanted to get it in before the month ended!!


Tutorial #5 is Zakka Life's Miniature Colored Pencil tutorial!
It's easy, cheap, not a huge investment of time and yields great results!

**NOTE**
These pencils don't actually write, they're just for show.

Please see the original tutorial here:

Supplies:

1. Round Toothpicks
2. Scissors
3. Markers
4. Sandpaper
5. (Optional) Mod Podge

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Let's begin!
Step 1:
Take a single toothpick from the box and decide how long you'll want your colored pencil to be.
Zakka Life's instructions say to cut the toothpick in half... but for me, that would have been too long, proportionally, so my toothpicks are about 1.125 inches long.
A little less than half a toothpick.


TIP:

Step 2:
Sand the end of your pencil so that it's nice and rounded.
I used 220 Very Fine 3M sandpaper.
 I didn't even have to take it out of the package to use it XD

Step 3:
Now it's time for coloring!
**IMPORTANT**
Do NOT handle your dolls while you're coloring these... you *will* get marker on your fingers,
unless you wear gloves... and it could be unintentionally transferred to your dolls, or their clothes.
I color the pencil tip first... and to color it, I just dab the marker against the toothpick tip... because toothpicks are made from a soft wood, they absorb the ink, and it spreads a little... so don't get overzealous right away with the ink application.

Then again... if you do... it's just a toothpick... there are plenty more to try again on!

Next I color the body of the pencil:
 
 
Step 4:
Let the markers dry for 24 hours.
(This is not a step in Zakka Life's instructions... but I'd rather be safe than sorry!)
 
Step 5:
(optional)
Let's take a minute to discuss dolls and markers.

Bottom line?
They don't mix.

I've seen many a doll ruined with Sharpie markers... some intentionally, some, not so much so.

After I made these colored pencils, I let them dry for 24 hours,
then I took the darkest one and rubbed it against my doll's skin.
 

Light rubbing was fine, no color transfer,
but harder rubbing (like if you were going to shove it into the doll's hand between fingers)
yielded color transfer.

I wiped it off right away, and it all came off... but it still worries me that if you left a pencil in a doll's hand, color transfer would happen over time.

My solution?
Coat the pencils in Mod Podge to seal the color in.
Glossy or Matte, your choice.

Conclusion:
I LOVE this tutorial... there is something so satisfying about coloring these pencils and seeing them come to life.
 
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Adventurers Club: May


It's a new month, therefore, time for a new ADVENTURE!!!!


Welcome, Adventurers!

First let me say, the Adventurer's Club is alive and well...
I have just been reorganizing, working on a logo, and trying to figure out a way to make it easier for me to keep track of your submissions!

With that in mind...
 Are you ready for another month of adventure?
We've been having a lot of fun so far, I'm excited to see what adventures await!!!

NEWSFLASH!!!
There is a new ways to share your Adventures!
Join the Flickr group: The Adventurer's Club
(Monthly Theme icons will be posted there as well)
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April Theme:
Someplace Scary
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Is there somewhere that gives you chills?
That makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end?
Is there somewhere filled with monsters and shadows?
This month, take us someplace that scares you!
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Perhaps you're new to the Adventurer's Club...
Would you like to join the Adventurer's Club?
"What is it?" you ask?
The Adventurer's Club is a monthly photo challenge.
The "theme" for the month is vague enough that you can complete the task indoors if you're not a "drag your dolly out in public" kinda person.

ALL DOLL TYPES ARE WELCOME!
On the FIRST DAY of every month, I will reveal that month's theme.

There will be participation prizes...
these will be given out on a "number of months participated" basis.
There will be a 6 month and 12 month participation prize.

The months will be cumulative, because I know life happens and sometimes we might miss a month.
Although I'm thinking I might have to make an extra special prize for anyone who participates for 12 months straight!

*NOTE*
January is a "wild card"... since I put this one up so late, you can complete this one at any time throughout the year.
If you would like to participate in the January Adventure, please do!

You can find the theme on the Adventurer's Club tab, here:
Don't feel like you have to have a masterpiece photograph either,
snap the shot with your cell phone, a point and shoot or a pro camera,
it doesn't matter, just as long as the resulting image is theme related!

How do you participate?
Simple!
1. Take your photo that relates to the theme
2. Share that photo with me (via email, posting a comment with a link, etc), on our Flickr Group:
  or by tagging me, @littlebearries on Instagram!
(In the righthand side bar at the top of the page, you will see a link button back to this post)
My email is: littlebearries@yahoo.com


Please feel free to include a little caption for your image that describes what is going on, as well as any link to your own blog or website, and your doll's name, if these are things you'd like to share!



 I am currently in the middle of reworking how I share the images... to hopefully make it a little cleaner and easy to view (I'm not a fan of adding them all to the page, as it makes the one page very long)... so I'm reworking it a bit. :)