Friday, November 27, 2015

Guardian Angel Costume for Lammily Doll

I'm a couple of days behind on NaNoWriMo at the moment (Don't worry! I'll catch up soon!), but I wanted to show this off anyway. I won a contest on Facebook with this picture of my Lammily doll. Now, making doll costumes instead of writing can be placed firmly in the category of procrastination, but I had a fun idea and decided to carry it out anyway. I made everything except the sword (a letter opener my husband bought years ago when he studied abroad in Spain) and the two dolls (Lammily herself and a Tyco Quints doll from somewhere around 1990).  The sash is a bit of ribbon from a present I was given; when I saw it I immediately thought of making doll clothes. :p  The dress was made out of an old bit of cloth I had in a drawer (dare I admit that it was originally a pair of underwear?), and the wings were made from some crafting wire and a sparkly garland I picked up at the dollar store. They had feathers every time I looked at their craft aisle until the time I was actually looking for feathers, of course, so I ended up having to make do with something else. It turned out all right in that I didn't have to worry about pointing feathers the right way, but the garland did need a lot of trimming and made a terrible mess! The tiara I made out of some more wire and some beads from a broken necklace (gold-painted plastic) and others that were left over from making my wedding jewelry a few years ago (clear glass).  Oh, and the baby is wrapped in some other fancy ribbon I had not really used for anything yet. I don't have a sewing machine, so the stitching is minimal and a bit rough, but the contest was for dressing up and photographing a Lammily doll, not for sewing quality. I won a certificate and two entries in a drawing, and I guess I also got a cool picture and something to blog about (I have been sadly neglecting my blog).

The general idea is that she's supposed to look like those angel statuettes that are holding a baby, so I guess she is a guardian angel. I've never seen one with both a baby and a sword, though! It took a lot of work to get a decent picture, because any time there was enough light to show the doll's face properly all the glittery stuff on the wings reflected and made streaks and flashes of light in my photo.  Posing the doll was fun, though. I am rather fond of my Lammily doll (I call her Hannah, because Lammily is the name of the brand, not the doll). If you don't know what a Lammily is, here is a link to the official site. Essentially she is a fashion doll with realistic proportions. I played with Barbie a lot when I was a kid, but I would have loved it if I'd been able to get a doll that was shaped a little more like me, so when they came out with Lammily I had to get one even though I was already an adult. Oh, and there are a couple of paper dolls to print out on the blog section of the web site, too. I like paper dolls, and the Lammily ones are cute. 

I really should go back to writing my NaNoWriMo novel now. Happy Thanksgiving a day late!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Angel's Name--Reversible Stable Paper Craft

This reversible paper craft is meant to go along with the angel paper dolls from the previous post. It works in pretty much the same way but must be printed out on two separate pieces of paper due to its larger size. Fold both pieces at the lines (first in half with the colored side out, then accordion style with the top parts folded forward over and showing the back of the paper), cut them out (preferably after folding, so that the guidelines are no longer needed), and glue them together in an X shape (glue each stable to its own back only as far as the fold, then match the front of each stable roof part with the back of the other part). If you've folded and glued correctly, you can flip the stable inside out to show either the Nativity scene or only the animals. If you have trouble with the directions, it might help to look at the previous few posts to see how the paper dolls are put together. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Angel's Name--Reversible Paper Doll

These are modeled after the paper dolls from the public domain book The Twelve Magic Changelings--I had so much fun with those that I decided to create a couple of double-sided, reversible paper dolls of my own. So, here is the angel from The Angel's Name, in both color variations. I know she's originally a Christmas angel, but she might come in handy for Easter, too.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Twelve Magic Changelings Paper Dolls--Fourth Set

Here are the last three of the Twelve Magic Changelings paper dolls! These are the town mouse and the country mouse, the frog who would a-wooing go (I had to look this one up) with the lily-white duck, and the lion and the unicorn (I looked those up, too, to refresh my memory, but what I found wasn't as straightforward as the story about the frog; they have a nursery rhyme, an appearance in Through the Looking Glass, and various other historical and literary references).  So, that's the end of the printer-friendly versions of these, but I've been experimenting with the folding style and will soon be posting a couple new dolls of my own. Keep an eye out for the angel from The Angel's Name, since I obviously had the graphics for her handy.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Twelve Magic Changelings Paper Dolls--Third Set

These are the Magic Changelings that are a person (I'm counting Humpty Dumpty as a person) on one side and some sort of object on the other. The first is Humpty Dumpty, who turns into an egg--the answer to the riddle that is the nursery rhyme. I had to look up Nancy Netticoat, but it turns out that her story is a lot like Humpty Dumpty's.  "The longer she lives, the shorter she grows," because she is a candle. And the third one is pretty straightforward--Santa Claus turns into a Christmas tree, perhaps to hide from someone who happens to wake up!  There's one more set of the printer-friendly originals, and by the time I've posted them I may be finished with the new ones I've been experimenting with.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Twelve Magic Changelings Paper Dolls--Second Set

Here is the next group of the Twelve Magic Changelings paper dolls.  These three are Dick Whittington, Robinson Crusoe, and what I'm assuming is a generic fairy-tale witch. Oh, and I realized too late that I'd forgotten to link to the book itself in my last post; here is a great place to see it as a whole digital book (I picked this particular site to link to because it looks real--you can turn the pages and even see the pencil markings inside the cover if you look close). You can see the original order the dolls are presented in there, too--I did tell you that I renumbered them. Anyway, this is the end of the people on one side, animals on the other Changelings; the next set will be people on one side and things on the other, and the last one will be animals on both sides. It just made sense to me to group them that way.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Twelve Magic Changelings Paper Dolls--First Set

These paper dolls are from a book by M. A. Glen that's available on several public domain book sites (the copyright date is 1907), but they weren't exactly print-optimized.  I've removed the old-book yellowed background and done a couple of other minor enhancements for the sake of print quality, and I'm putting them up here to share! Sorry for the quality of the example photo above; my camera is broken and the tablet isn't the best for taking pictures. Anyway, the original instructions use Mary and the lamb as an example and say the following:  

Cut out the two double figures. Fold on the dotted lines marked A A A A so that the upper part of each of the four figures projects forward as shown in the small picture X. Fold on the lines marked B B where the figures join each other so that the colored surfaces face outward, and then, beginning at the feet, paste the front view of Mary to the back view of the lamb as far as the dotted lines A A. In the same way paste the front view of the lamb to the back view of Mary—as far up as the lines A A. Now paste together the front and back of the upper part of Mary. Then paste together the front and back of the upper part of the lamb. Cut off the letters A A A A B B.

Now if the lamb is held by the feet and turned inside out, Mary will appear, and vice versa. MAKE ALL THE OTHER CHANGELINGS IN PRECISELY THE SAME WAY.

The Changelings will stand alone. If they do not stand firmly after you have turned them, pinch them slightly along the dotted lines that were marked A A A A.

 Look carefully at the finished Changeling in the front of the book. It will help you to make all the Magic Changelings.


I didn't see any finished doll at the front of the book, but I've shown a picture of my first attempt at Mary and her lamb, spread out in such a way that you should be able to see what it's talking about.  Essentially, you need to glue the parts that are already attached at the feet back to back as far as the line, then glue the back of each head to its matching front. If you've done it correctly, the whole doll will be shaped like an X and can then be flipped to show either of the two characters. Here are the first three; I thought that all twelve of them would make too long of a blog post, but the others will follow soon. I've reordered the ones after Mary and her lamb, but the other two I'm posting now are Tom the piper's son with the stolen pig and Goldilocks (or Silverhair) with the baby bear. Print them out and enjoy!