Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sharon Wright Photography Giveaway!!!

Christie: Hello! 
I have a super exciting giveaway to share with you today!

Perhaps you remember a few months back when I did an interview with the lovely

If you don't remember,
please go check it out here:

She's an awesome, kick-butt, super nice photographer for dolls and toys!
(I'm sure she'd photograph other things too... but let's face it,
we dolls and toys are the most awesome thing ever, so I'm just mentioning us, haha!)

Anyhow, if you haven't heard, she did the photography for the
and it's AWESOME.

You can find her images here:
and here:

Here are a few pics you'll find in the calendar:

For this next pic, she even did a breakdown of how it was made:


Better than that, though,
she sent over 2 Calendars to be given away...
as well as two amazing 8X10 prints of her fabulous work!

Look! She signed the calendars (and the prints too!)

Which prints, you ask?
Why, these two!
(Actual prints don't have the watermark and text on them, but she did sign them, which is awesome)


Poppy: OF COURSE Vanessa is the model... that b!tch!
Christie: POPPY!!!


Please enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below.
The giveaway runs until Friday, February 7th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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.


On the FIRST DAY of every month, I will reveal that month's theme.
(well, except for this month... since I didn't think this up until about midway through January, and then wanted to plan it out, I was a bit unprepared for this month -_-)

At the end of the year, there will be prizes given out based on level of participation.

January is a "wild card"... since I put this one up so late, you can complete this one at any time throughout the year.

January Theme:
What kind of "weather" adventure will your girls have?

Feel free to interpret this however you like.
Maybe it's a picture of your girl in the middle of a storm,
or feeling "under the weather",
or weathering a tough situation.
It's up to you!

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?

1. Take your photo that relates to the theme
2. Share that photo with me (via email, posting a comment with a link, etc)
(In the righthand side bar at the top of the page, you will see a link button back to this post)
My email is:

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 will then share it on the Adventurer's Club tab at the top of the page!
(You can also find a link button on the Adventurer's Club page
that will link you back to each month's challenge)

Monday, January 27, 2014

(Belated) Friday Favorite #33

Sorry for the delay folks!
It's been a crazy cold week, followed by a crazy cold weekend!

1. One of my favorite reroot artists is Cat at A Doll Affinity... if you're thinking of having your hair redone, check her out!
(Find her on Facebook too:

2. Heh heh heh... for your men with Facial Hair issues, this hat from LoreebyLane is hilarious!

3. These two Guinea Pigs by Handmade by November are just the cutest!

4. With all this weather, I think I just need to relax inside with a bottle of wine... kivaford can help with that!

5. I really love this coffee table from miniCHAIR:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Didja Join?

Christie: Oh, hey Poppy! Did you join the Fashion Royalty Club this year?
Today was the last day!

Poppy: Yes. I've joined the Barbie Collector Club too.

Christie: Oh, uh, really? It's... kind of a Barbie thing. I didn't join the Fashion Royalty Club...

Poppy: Nor could you. You are inferior. However, Mattel does sometimes make decent clothing. For example, what you're wearing now. My plan is to purchase your brethren and strip them, then dispose of their bodies.

Christie: *sobs*

Poppy: What?

If you're interested in joining the Barbie Collector's Club, go here:

If you're interested in joining the Fashion Royalty Club, go here...
but you'd better do it quickly, registration ends today, 9PM:

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Favorites #32

Welcome to another Friday Favorites!


2. Of course, once you find a new house, you always want to redecorate.

3. Granted, once you have such a nice room, you need to relax!

4. Gotta have something to sip on while reading magazines, right?
How about these delicious looking Pink Lemonades from Jessie Raye?

5. Well, now I'm just hungry...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mid-Month Tutorial: Jointed Love's bunting tutorial

Christie here, with a new feature here on The Traveling Twig!

Each month, around mid-month, I will be trying out a tutorial I've seen online,
and letting you know whether I think it's a tutorial worth sharing or not!
Tutorial #1 will be Jointed Love's bunting tutorial!

1. Scissors
2. String or Twine of some sort
3. Washi Tape

When it comes to Washi Tape (a fancy Japanese masking tape),
Jointed Love recommended ordering from Chickydoddle on Etsy:

I have to say... I am very tempted to spend a lot of money there, haha!
BUT! For those in the USA, you can find Washi Tape in your local stores too...
All of the Washi Tape you see below, I found at local stores (from craft stores to grocery stores).
Scotch Tape started making their own... so it's out there!

Step 1:
Cut off strips of tape to be the bunting flags.
Make sure that the tape is twice as long as you want the flag to be
(since you will be folding it over the string)

Step 2:
You can pre-cut your flags and line them up along a table edge...
I did this for the first 5... but since I was making a 19 inch bunting, I gave up and just cut them as I needed them after that... lol!

Step 3:
 Add the tape to the string.
Do this one piece of tape at at a time.
I gently pressed one edge of the tape to the table,
then positioned the string, then folded the tape around the string.
Before folding over the string.
After folding over the string.

Step 4:
Repeat Step 3 until you have filled up the string with as many flags as you would like.

Step 5:
Once you have all of your pieces of tape on the string,
it's time to cut them down into flag shape!

I cut them from the string to the point of the flag...
I find it easier to make the flag an even triangle this way.

The way I do it, being right handed, is I cut the right side first,
then I turn the flag around so that I'm cutting it from the base (near the string) to the point,
again on the right side. I just have more control this way!

Step 6:
Repeat Step 5 until you have done all of the pieces of tape!

Trouble Shooting:
There's more!
There were a few little things that could have gone smoother
when I was making my bunting for the first time.

Problem 1:
The flags are all over the place! 0_0
Some were pointed up, some down... 
as I would put them on, the string would twist,
so not all the flags were "hanging downward"by the end.

In Jointed Love's tutorial, she says she taped her string to the table, but that it was an optional step.
I disagree! I think if I'd taped the string down it would have prevented all that twisting that made my flags all wonky!!

So, my advice?

Make sure the string isn't moving when you're pressing your flags into place.

When you're done, they should all be hanging downward in the same direction!

Problem 2:
 The tape doesn't line up!
This is something that might freak you out when it happens,
but really it isn't a problem at all!
Just so long as the tape touches evenly at the base near the string,
this issue is a non-issue.


I loved this simple tutorial!
It was easy to figure out and follow!
I absolutely recommend it!!!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Spring Kissed FR16

Spring Kissed FR16...
I quite like her...
I bought her from a friend who was selling her,
and I think she's a lot of fun.

She's my first 16 inch FR girl.

Her shoes are quite fun!

Her outfit is cute...

and her hands are elegant!
I'm a fan!

Does anyone know what size clothing patterns I can buy for her?
Are there any?

Monday, January 13, 2014

In the works...

Christie: I've got a lot of new stuff planned for this year...
from stories to tutorials to giveaways and reviews!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Favorites #31

Well, we're still trapped in a wintery wonderland...
First there was ice, then there was snow (the place I worked closed for the first time since I've been working here (7 years)) and now there is going to be ice again, with freezing rain in today's forecast.

Seriously, Michigan, wtf?!

Anyhow, on with this Friday's favorites!
So yesterday and today I'm suffering from a migraine... and all I can think about is getting home to my soft, squishy pillow...


(I own a set, I'll be doing a review soon... but they're great, and have removable covers, and smell wonderfully!)

3. Paper Doll Productions has some really cute pillows, and great prints for pillow fabric too!



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Favorites #30

Welcome to WINTER!
To follow up the ice storm, we're now being graced with below freezing temperatures!
Uhm, no thanks?
For me, this is a hint to stay inside and watch tv... so today's Friday Favorites are inspired by some of my favorite TV shows!!

1. I have to admit, I'm all about the Monromance on Grimm... but as the show has continued, I like it more and more! Bring a little Grimm home with littleTHINGSinterest's Grimm's Fairytales book!

2. The Walking Dead has been a favorite of mine since it began... so creepy, so good... and poor Rick... his life is total poop. This creepy Skeleton reminded me of the half-zombie in episode 1 of season 1.  Arcanum Miniatures Skeleton is pretty cool.
©Arcanum Miniatures

3. Breaking Bad was an amazing show, and I'm sad (and secretly relieved... seriously... that was some heavy stuff!) it's over. kivaford's Chemistry Set let's you play the role of Walter White on your scale!

4. ArtnVintagebyDesign has this lovely little teapot that reminds me of a certain episode of the BBC's Sherlock series:

5. This Vintage Style brooch from angel boutique is like something out of Mad Men