Random Thoughts #2: Food, rain, & professors

We watched “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Now we’re looking at every car, tv, computer and lamp in terms of what it could turn into.

I’m enjoying the cool, foggy, cloudy, rainy weather we’re having in SoCal during this, the second of our 2 seasons: cooler (warmer being the first). But…I miss real Colorado seasons. With snow.

I had 2 Oreos this week. I think that’s more than I’ve had in the past 6 months 😕

We got rain today! I went out and did a photo shoot when it stopped 😀

How often do you get told to write something on a fantastic movie for a college assignment? Well, if you take TESC’s Games People Play, at least once! The Movie? “The Princess Bride” 😀 My professor was praising it as having some of the most and best game theory examples in any movie he’d seen 😎 Now that’s as good an excuse as any to watch it, right? 😉

Nachos are the best!

Hot peach tea on a cold rainy evening…bliss.

http://www.dailyedge.ie/ipad-robbery-fail-1151493-Oct2013/ Oh dear. Maybe think twice next time? 😆

“What did people do before coffee was invented?”

So, I’m watching the daycare kids, and these 1st and 2nd grade girls are playing with paper pretend cameras. “Just take a picture, then delete it.” says one. So a girl “takes” a picture then is standing there looking at the camera. “She doen’t know how to delete.” says another girl, running over to “help” her friend. The tech-savvy kids nowadays… 😯

Nothing beats real melted butter on popcorn 🙂

So thankful for nice college professors. They offset the not-nice ones.

Maybe this post has so many food items because it’s 8:00 PM and I haven’t had dinner yet 😕

Good night! I leave you with this.

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.

Click here to see the complete report.

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

Bow and Arrows

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


1 wire coat hanger

Thin elastic string (gold or silver looks cool)

Wooden skewers

Colored paper

Aluminum foil

Glue & scissors


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.


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.


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 🙂

Buttercup Blue Dress

Buttercup Blue Dress

Okay, now for a fancy Buttercup dress.  This is the one she wears while sadly walking down the hall at the palace, and again while standing up to Humperdink.

I used a basic pattern but made the dress more fitted using the side seams.  The fabric is a real nice, soft one and the “wings”  are made from a sheer, silky material. There’s a slight train.  Instead of silver beads for decoration, as the original had, I used silver glitter paint.

Buttercup Red Riding Dress

Buttercup Red Riding Dress

And now for the most well-known of all Buttercup’s dresses–the Red Riding Dress.  This dress is based on the houppelande style that was used in the Middle Ages.

With this dress–for the first time–I had no pattern.  So i used pictures and existing patterns.  As the material was a T-shirt donated by my little brother, I had just enough 🙂  The dress was also done entirely by hand.

There are 2 pairs of knife pleats in the bodice front.  The back is laced up.  The skirt is made of 2 rectangular pieces of fabric that are knife pleated to add fulness without bulk. The sleeves are quite long and wide.  They are cartridge pleated, then sewn to the cuffs.

Actually, I was surprised at how FUN it was to sew this dress 🙂  Learning the style, history, different types of pleating…so cool!

 This dress is definitely the most movie-accurate one I’ve done, as well as the first historical one  🙂

Close-up for detail.

Buttercup jumper #2

Buttercup jumper #2

This is the second outift Buttercup wears in the movie “The Princess Bride.”  It’s worn as she says goodbye to Westley.  True, not a very well known one, but I really liked it.  The chemise is 3/4 sleeved and the dark blue jumper looks like a vest because of the apron worn over it.


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 🙂

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

Buttercup jumper #1

Buttercup jumper

When we first watched “The Princess Bride”, I really enjoyed it.  Only recently did I think of starting to make the costumes.

This is the first dress Buttercup wears in the movie. It consists of the blue pullover shift and light brown jumper, which is fully lined.

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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