Another spring cleaning week!

Thanks for checking out my listings!

Spring Cleaning Week Two!

Just finished listing a bunch of new goodies, including Nara, my custom V-smash!

 

Thank you guys so, so much for the bids last week. I am a weirdo and have gone through every emotion possible while going through everything,  packing, weighing, photographing. What a process!  Talking to other collectors and seeing space on my shelves for new wonderful things is giving me a lot of motivation, though! <3

Super*Junk Spring Cleaning… I can do this!

If you know me, you know how attached I get to my stuff, so this has been an interesting process sifting through 10+ years of doll collecting to decide what I can part with without going totally nuts. My plan is to list a few things each week, in the hopes of thinning out my collection so it is more manageable (I’m not quitting the hobby, merely focusing so I can enjoy it more!).

 

For the first week of the Spring Cleaning Sale, I’ve pulled out some Recent Super*Junk pieces that for some reason never made it into my shop, Some sadly unloved dollies that need new homes, Official Blythe stuff, Vintage Mattel clothes, and even some “wayback” sewing of mine from the early 2000’s that were fun to reminisce about.

Lots of stuff starts at $.99!  Thanks for checking out my auctions <3

 

International Buyers:

eBay’s International shipping options leave a lot to be desired.  I realize that priority mail prices are insane, but it was the default setting and I didn’t catch it until after most listings had bids. If you are not in the US, please contact me for pricing options and an estimate. I charge actual shipping cost + $1.50 for packaging supplies. Sorry for the confusion!

 

How I spent my summer: a story about wasted space

When you have a lot of stuff in a small space, wrangling the stuff can be a time-consuming task, but if you neglect it, the space will soon lose to the stuff. Which is why my summer mission was to un-waste our space!

Right after we got home from Japan (shopping bags in tow), I developed an uneasy feeling that we were out of space.  We had a garage sale, donated several boxes of stuff to goodwill,  built shelves on any available wall space.  I still felt like I was working on top of myself any time I started a new project.  Stuff seemed to be multiplying in the face of my  cleaning efforts.

Cameo took over my sewing table, laptop heat warped my cutting mat. This will not do!

Despite this (and this sounds unrelated but I promise it is not!), we bought a paper cutter. Scratch that – An amazing paper-cutting robot named Silhouette Cameo. My instagram account is testament to how quickly I became addicted to cutting with it, but I also became overwhelmed by the amount of space it took to get work done with this thing.  It took over my sewing room almost instantly. I needed room for my laptop, space for the machine, as well as a clear path in front and behind the Cameo so large projects feed cleanly.

Looking around the house, I thought about moving the Cameo to the kitchen table, but its wobbly legs and small round top just weren’t optimal for the Cameo.

Wait a minute!  When was the last time we used the kitchen table for anything other than piling misplaced clutter or trapping dust bunnies?  The kitchen table had to go. I struggled with the decision for a while, mostly because I am very sentimental about this damn table. My family used to eat dinner around it, I was given my first sewing lesson (a barbie dress!) at it… but it just wasn’t working for us in this house.

A plan went into place. With the help of my very handy dad — who just happened to need a nice little kitchen table — We turned the breakfast nook into a cutting room.  He built  platform to raise three sets of deep, metal drawers to countertop height. They were topped off with a piece of melamine countertop, cut to size. We added foam padding between the countertop and drawers to reduce vibration for undisturbed cuts.

Unexpected benefits revealed themselves, too;  the little window between the workspace and the kitchen lets me spy on what Paul is cooking, the wifi signal is perfect here, and the two sunny but shaded windows have made this the perfect space to work in, since this is usually the coolest part of the house on hot days. In fact, I’ve barely left since it’s been “finished.”

When we have company or need the space, everything on the countertop stashes into the drawers so it can be used as a buffet in a pinch. Oh, and it’s totally modular so it’s ready to take apart if we move.

finished cutting room. Craigslisted drawers, Vintage industrial light, IKEA bins, napkin holder laptop stand and task lamp

Utilizing the wasted kitchen space has already helped clear up congestion in my sewing room, and is another example of how it can take years to find a spaceplan that works with you. It seems like working space is always the thing that takes the longest for me to sort out, even though it is the most critical. If we ever move again, I think I may “audition” every potential space before settling on my office configuration. If you work from home (which I do about half the day), Finding a perfect spot seems like the key to getting real, productive work done.

 

Added Benefits: My sewing room is clean and ready to sew!

Anyway, I know I am so lucky to have the flexibility to use the space this way. It’s a luxury to be able to have a collection and still have space left over to work.

I’ll write a separate post about how amazing the Silhouette Cameo is, soon!

 

A long overdue update – Paulkaiju x super-junk collaboration

So I have neglected to mention an exciting collaboration between myself and Paulkaiju - a “secret” project that will be debuting at DesignerCon in Pasadena next weekend.
Paul has designed and sculpted this girl, and I designed and handmade the clothes for a limited collection of one-offs. I’ll be posting more photos and details soon (I have to photograph them first!).

Sends me there...
If you’re in So cal, come check them out! DesignerCon is always a great event, it’s like SDCC toy alley on steroids.

More photos in PK’s Flickr for now…

Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns by Paulkaiju x super*junk 2011 edition

Once again, it’s pumpkin-carving time! Every year, Paul draws up some characters for me to turn into Jack o’Lantern patterns. This year, we’re offering up  Boss Carrion and Biter Man for your pumpkin carving pleasure.

You can download them for free, print them out, and carve your own PK pumpkins.

Here’s a how-to on our favorite pumpkin carving technique. Enjoy!

Here they were in last year’s decorations:

Schoolhouse set headed for eBay

here’s a peek at the pieces I am working on for a set that will be up on eBay this week. Just putting the finishing touches on the accessories…

Schoolhouse dresses in the shop this Thursday

I’m finally finished with a batch of dresses – they’ll be in the shop Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 am PST

Schoolhouse Dresses

As labor day weekend turned into a rain-out, It hit hard that summer was over, gone just as fast as it showed up. It made me think back to when we were little and the three months away from school felt like ages, by the end of it you were nervous but excited to get back to school, see your friends, see who had changed, start a clean page in a new chapter.

With the tapping of the rain as background music, I made a group of 4 dresses that would be perfect little back-to-school outfits- cute but sensible. I want to spend a little bit of time making matching socks and bloomers, but these will be in the shop in about a week or so.

Next batch of dresses – Wednesday!

My latest batch of Blythe dresses are inspired by vintage little girl’s dresses. I’ll be posting them in the shop Wednesday, August 24th at 2:00pm PST (I’ll try to finish a few more by then, too!)