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Nice blog and designer paper toys

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Surfing around I found a nice blog called “Position:absolute”. It doesn’t seem to be updated very often but all the posts deal with topics I’m interested in like photography, IT stuff, even a bit of art. I landed there because of this absoultely great post about designer paper toys, lots of nice toys for free, papertoys of course :-) Amongst all of them I love the paper ghettoblaster, I wonder about the scale though.

To this list I would add the cute paper dolls from The Toymaker and the animals paper toys from Fantastic Toys.

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and if you have any nice link to share with me and my readers, please do so! We collectors spend so much money on our toys that it is nice to get some freebies now and then :-)

Have a nice weekend

Friday, December 5th, 2008

As you can see I’m still playing around… :-)

Playing around

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

I spent a bit of time figuring out how I could try to create some e-cards. This is a first attempt, I don’t think the size would be good anyway, but…I was just playing around :-)

have a nice friday :-)

Getting ready for Christmas?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

If you are still hunting for ideas for you Xmas dioramas have a look at this great tutorial for miniature crackers, I still remembered how I loved them the first Xmas I spent in UK ( we don’t use them in Italy), your dollies will love them as well!

Here instead are the instructions and printies to make a miniature advent calendar (ok, here we are a bit running out of time).

Or what about this adorable munchkin santa pattern from Linda Walsh site? Or the lovely couple Santa and Mrs Claus, from melodiesplus site. By the way you can find here tons of delightful dolls patterns, check out for example the nursery rhyme ones.

If instead you prefer paper dolls, check the Sally paperdolls available on lair2000 site, all the downloads look great. But if you fancy something more “conventional” here are some Betsy McCall Christmas paper dolls. If you love Betsy McCalls dolls like me go to the main page of Terry Pettit wonderful site, you can have a look and save all of them, included Little Kiddles pd.

So, I hope I gave you some ideas and if you have some nice links to share with me please do so, I would love to see them.

And remember, tomorrow is wednesday, weekend is getting closer :-D

Dolls calendar

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

I discovered recently the “Giveaway of the Day” site. I love it! Each day you can download for free a licensed software, I mean…something that normally comes with a price tag on it :-) (I’m not talking about trial versions or sharewares/freewares). The offer is limited to one day so you have just 24 hours to grab it free of charge! One of the things I downloaded is “Wondershare Photo Collage Studio”. You can create with it greetings cards, digital scrap albums and calendars amongst other things.

Playing around with it I decided to give it a go in creating a small dolls calendar. The application is quite powerful and it has quite few options you can set to change the appearance of your documents, but I just took the standard template, didn’t edit anything at all and just dropped my pictures in.

Here are the first 4 months:

If I have the time I would like to play around more with it, take new pictures and perhaps offer a calendar (PDF format) to my readers for end of December. Or perhaps I could post a couple of months as high definition pictures each month…

What do you think?

Nice papercraft props and dioramas

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

I found  recently some nice paper-models that could be cute props for small and medium sized dolls, perhaps you are interested in them as well. Here you can get a set made of food boxes and an old fashion TV. I really like the TV!

If instead you like vintage entertainment systems have a look at these great NES play-consoles, just go to the site and scroll down toward the end of the page. These ones are in 1/8 scale, they could work out also for Skipper ;-)

But the one I really love is the small garden-shed, as soon as I saw  it I remembered having seen last saturday in a shop here some dolls, Shelly-sized. They are dressed in delightful Hello Kitty  outfits and are packed together with garden tools. How nice would they look together? The garden shed comes anyway with the templates for the tools :-)

Happy crafting!

Crochet patterns for your dolls

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Winter really started here! It is snowing :-(  The good side of it is that perhaps I will stay more at home and perhaps learn to read the crochet patterns. If you like to crochet for your dolls have a look at this book for crocheting Barbie dolls clothes. It is offered for free, 64 pages of patterns, from f Barbie Basics site.

If instead your taste is more for vintage stuff check out on vintage purls how to crochet a nice fairy doll or a delightful sailor outfit, always for a doll of course! The poodle dog is also very cute. The patterns are from the forties and fifties and you can download them as pdf.

If instead you want start to get ready for Christmas here are the instructions for a full nativity set, sadly no pictures but full instructions are there:-)

Matrioskas – designer and paper dolls

Friday, November 14th, 2008

If you enjoyed the small peek at the designer dolls for Unicef, have a look at the beautiful Matrioskas dressed once more by famous designers to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vogue Russia, here is the full gallery. They are a bit “slimmer” than the traditional Matrioskas and absolutely beautiful pieces  of modern design. My Favourite one are the Armani (surprise surprise) and Versace dolls and yours?

Unfortunately they have an estimated price (they will be auctioned for charity) of 5000 dollars and at the moment I have no time to rummage through my bags for the small change ;-) So…I found instead for myself  this nice paper-craft project from the Canon site, you can actually build 5 paper matrioskas and, like the real ones, they fit one inside each other!

Have a nice weekend!

Papercraft (dolls?) dioramas from seite42

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

I cannot believe I didn’t find this site till now. It is just amazing, the owner has put on line paper-craft models and games that used to be published in the old Donald Duck ad Mickey Mouse comics.

There are also lots of cute dioramas that would work nicely with small dolls (most probably Shelly size), my favourite ones are the TV studio, Duckburg and the Duckburg Christmas market, but I’m quite tempted also by the games and I think on Sunday my PC will be busy with downloads ;-)

Free courses and magazines

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

I’m always surprised and delighted at the amount of stuff you find for free on the net. Some people are really exceptionally talented and generous.

I’m really looking forward to having a bit of free time(WHEN? WHEN?) to have in-depth look to some of the courses below, in meantime I will share the links with you.

Here for example is the first part of a wonderful tutorial in 4 lessons to learn millinery in miniature. At the bottom of the page you will find the link to go the next lesson and so on. The main site, Cynthia Howe Miniatures, is just wonderful and you will need plenty of time to go through it. But, if you prefer a real college class, go for the sample course offered by the Crafty College, always about making hats for our dollies of course! This one you can even save as pdf to keep it safe on your hard-disk and look through it whenever you have time.

Another fascinating course for dolls customizers is “The History of Fashion and Dress” offered by the Costumer’s Manifesto site (found via Jane Austen’s world blog). Plenty of informations available in 15 self-paced lessons.

If instead you want to do a doll itself, here is a mini course in 2 lessons (complete with pattern) to make a cloth doll. She actually looks cute! I think it could be a nice project for next time Ursula and I have a dolls day together :-D

But if you are lazy like me, just sit back an read. Here is the link to fantastic archive of Dollcieux, a free online magazine for BDJs dolls, by the way…almost each issue features great tutorials about dolls photography. If this is not enough, and you still crave for “dollies reading” check out the old issues of High Maintenance, again lot of amazing tutorials in many issues and you can download the pdf versions of the magazine.

That’s all for today and remember…weekend is almost here!!!