2012 in review


Praising God for a wonderful year 2012 and praying for His continued leadership and blessing in 2013!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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Thanks to all my readers for your continued support! God bless!!! ūüėÄ

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Battle Dress


Red Battle Dress

Susan Pevensie’s red battle dress was the inspiration for this dress–only I modified it into a more Lord of the Rings style. ¬†Let me explain ūüôā ¬†Susan’s dress, as are most of her dresses, is ¬†princess-seamed.¬† And the slits in her dress are made by leaving two of the front princess seams unattached part of the way down the skirt. ¬†(See here¬†and here¬†for pictures that show what I mean.) ¬†However, most LOTR dresses are fitted through side seams. ¬†So I did that with this dress and put the slits in the sides. I had some problems with making the slits at first, but eventually, I just cut the skirt pieces and sewed them to the bodice, but didn’t sew them up the sides. ¬†That gave a fuller skirt than slitting a dress up both sides. ¬†The dress is actually made from the same burgundy crushed panne velvet as the Cranberry Dress–only this time I used the other side of the material. ¬†Underneath is worn a red pleated underskirt of a thinner cloth.

As for the armor, instead of Susan’s Battle Armor, that she wears with this dress in the movie, I paired the dress with her Night Raid Armor, which is her leather cuirass with thin leather over ¬†the shoulders. ¬†(I really like her Night Raid outfit, and I also didn’t have anything on hand that would work for chainmail–maybe I’ll make a chainmail shirt as part of another doll outfit :D)

The doll’s cuirass is laced up the sides with cord I made from dark brown thread. ¬†I left off all Susan’s fashionable straps and buckles ūüôā and added shoulder straps made from the same leather as the cuirass.

Green dress


Green dress

This dress is actually a composite of 2 movie costumes. Both Eowyn in “The Two Towers” and Susan Pevensie in the first “Narnia” movie wear a gorgeous green dress. I decided to combine them…and here’s what I came up with. ūüôā

I started off of a pattern on which I made adjustments. There is an underdress of tan leaves on a dark green background. The overdress is a lightweight dark green.

As for the design, I incorporated the elements I like best from each dress. The overdress skirt, rather than having a gap in the front which a panel covers (as in Eowyn’s dress), is a full circle only split toward the side. This is so it can be worn like either Susan’s or Eowyn’s skirt.The sleeves are smaller, more like Susan’s than Eowyn’s. I added ties on the upper arms because they were an element of Eowyn’s dresses that I liked but hadn’t used much. I left off Eowyn’s gold yoke and collar, and Susan’s white upper arm decorations.

The belt is 2 Indian gold-plated necklaces. ¬†The doll’s hairstyle is the Narnian style–2 braids pulled back into a half-ponytail.

Bow and Arrows


Here’s my how-to on making mini bows and arrows ūüôā ¬†Not only are they great props for medieval dolls, they also are actually¬†functional!

Supplies:

1 wire coat hanger

Thin elastic string (gold or silver looks cool)

Wooden skewers

Colored paper

Aluminum foil

Glue & scissors

Bow:

Cut from the coat hanger a piece of wire about 6 inches long.  Bend it into an arc shape and curve the ends outward slightly.  Tie the elastic string between the ends of the bow. It should neither stretch nor sag.

Arrows:

Cut the wooden skewers into pieces almost as big as the bow. ¬†Glue 2 little rectangles of paper on opposite sides of each stick¬†near the bottom.¬† Once dry, cut fringes into them. That resembles the feathers and adds to the look. (For more functionality, you can skip this step–as this is the part you will hold to fire the arrow, the fringe comes off after a few uses.)

Using a knife, whittle the other ends of the sticks into blunt points–not sharp ones. ¬†DO THIS STEP VERY CAREFULLY.

Now cut rectangles out of the foil, apply glue to one side, and fold the glue side over the pointed tips of the arrows. ¬†You’ll have a foil square at that end. When dry, cut the foil into a pointed shape resembling an arrow-tip.

Ready, Aim, Fire:

Due to the small size of this set, you’ll have to use the “pinch draw.” ¬†¬†Grasp the arrow with thumb and forefinger and set it in front of the bowstring. ¬†Pull back the arrow, making sure it is in front of the string. ¬†When you release, the the elastic in the string will propel the arrow forward a good distance. ¬†MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT FIRING TOWARD ANY PERSON. ¬†For most of your marksmanship practice, you might want to use Q-tips instead of the wooden arrows.

Suggestions:

If you make more bows, you can have an outdoors shooting match with your family. Attach a paper target to a tree and dip the tip of each person’s Q-tip arrow into a different color of paint.

Have fun!

Group photo!


Here, at the end of the summer, are all 17 of my dolls ūüôā

Resources


First off, any and all creative ideas I get come from my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Everything I do is for His glory.

For me, making doll clothes has been an exercise in resourcefulness. ¬†I get an idea, then I go hunting for supplies. ¬†Mostly, I just use whatever we have around the house ūüôā

However, I had a lot of help in actually making the outfits–in the form of some great websites that contain movie pictures, instructions, tips, and a lot more. ¬†The following websites have been especially helpful. ¬†I an extremely grateful to them for having these sites up and putting so many useful things on there.

LOTR Costumes (very thorough)

Molendrix (great doll dress patterns)

Costumer’s Guide¬†(lots of screencaps)

Very Faery¬†(on Arwen’s dresses)

Padawan’s Guide¬†(Star Wars characters)

Fit for a Queen (good info on Star Wars females)

Wardrobe Door (Narnia Web’s comprehensive site)

I hope you are inspired to creativity, thriftiness, and resourcefulness, as I have been!

~ Soli Deo Gloria

The dolls


Most of my doll costumes are patterned after movie costumes. ¬†The movies I mostly use are “The Lord of the Rings” series,¬†“The Princess Bride,” and the “Narnia” series–3 of my faves.

I also like to make back stories for my costumed dolls.¬† The dolls wearing the LOTR costumes I got from Hobby Lobby–they have nice long, thick hair.¬† The brunettes are supposed to be Aragorn and Arwen’s daughter; the blondes, Faramir and Eowyn’s daughter.

The black-haired dolls model “Princess Bride” dresses as well as other, non-movie outfits.

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