Thursday, March 26th, 2015

On the Boardwark

Iris, Joshua and Ben hang out on the boardwalk.





They run up and down and up and down and up and down.





Iris makes sure Joshua’s hood stays out of his face as he peers through the cracks with Ben.





Iris: “Eew! Joshua lost his boot!”





Iris: “I’ll get it back to him.”

Ben: “Don’t ask me to help.”





Joshua: “How did all this water get in my boot?”





Sometimes friends are very different people.






Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The Backwards, Forwards, Inside-Out Dress

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I made a dress for Megan! It’s a simple A-line dress that looks good backwards, forwards, & inside out.Β The shoulders fasten with hook & loop fasteners. I got the cute patterned fabrics from raiding Ari’s awesome fabric stash (Ari: anytime you want to go shopping for cute patterned fabrics because you have nothing better to do, I trust your taste entirely).Β Mom, purveyor of fine ric-racs and other sundries (happy birthday, Mom!), will be happy to know I finally found an appreciation for the notion. The ric-rac I used is rather large. Because of the way I attach it & do the bottom hem of the dress, I don’t think I could use ric-rac any smaller, which is a shame, as most of her ric-rac is quite a bit smaller. There’s some fine stitching detail on the green side that is not on the colorful side, which I’m proud of. The greatest difficulty in sewing the dress came in getting the correct tension on my Bernina, which is odd, because it was supposed to have been set by a professional. I just can’t seem to get the bobbin tension tight enough.


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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Our Skating Rink

Iris got some skates.

Our incredibly wet yard has become the perfect toddler skating rink.


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Saturday, March 21st, 2015


I have been spending a lot of time working on dolls & very little time photographing my family. So here we are. I really like this doll. She’s all my own design. She sits & stands & holds a paintbrush. I’m working on designing a very simple upscale doll for the toddler set. This shouldn’t be too hard, as there are plenty out there, but I want it to look as good naked as it does dressed. I was having issues with shoulder design and issues getting a nice tight seamless neck & chin, both which I’ve solved here. Her body is a very thick cotton knit & she’s stuffed with organic wool & her hair is all sorts of wool. I have some tweaking to do with the patternβ€” I think I want to make her legs get wider toward the bottomβ€” but I’m pretty happy.


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I’m really horrid at clothing design. I designed this little reversible A-line dress for her. This one is just made out of an old sheet, for which reason she looks like she’s wearing an old sheet, but it turned out nicer than it looks in the photos. Although I’m tempted to make it slightly more form-fitting, I think it would make it too hard for little hands to dress her. The dress will attach at the shoulders with velcro and it will look good forwards, backwards, and inside out.

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The Rosy Dress


Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Packing Toys

I’ve spent the majority of my visit going through toys with Mom. I photograph and catalog them thenΒ list them on eBay and deal with customers and sales. She packs them and brings them to the appropriate location for shipment. It’s been fun in a good, cleansing sort-of way. I enjoy talking about all these things with mom and going through stuff and looking at things. I like the teeny, tiny voids created in various locations of the mom’s house. Currently, the voids created in one area have mostly been turned into clutter in other areas, but hopefully low eBay prices and efficient packing skills will solve that quickly.


Mom, packing.





A small amount of clutter surrounds her.





Iris is in charge of Peanut Management.





Dan cooks dinner.






Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Iris & Rudy

Iris has spent a lot of time convincing Rudy that she isΒ kind and gentle.




I like little pussy

His fur is so warm

And if I don’t mistreat him,

He’ll do me no harm.

So I won’t pull his tail

Or drive him away

And pussy and I

Very gently will play.


β€”Mother Goose

(one of the many, many rhymes Iris knows)