Tie-dye Thursday

Today Annie, Ellen, Hannah, and Kevin tie-dyed their new white T-shirts.

They were very excited to turn their white shirts into bright and colorful works of art.

Annie showed Kevin how to tie his shirt into a sunburst pattern.

Meanwhile, Hannah and Ellen decided to try making a spiral twirl tie-dye design.

“Hmm…what color should I use first?
“This green will look really nice with orange and blue!”
“I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it is done!”

Meet Kevin

This is Kevin, our new Iplehouse B.I.D Doll we received in February.

Kevin has been waiting patiently for months in his box to get a new face-up. He is very excited to finally get out, explore the world, and meet his sister.

We purchased a dark brown wig but we received a black one instead. Hopefully in the future we can make a new mohair wig for Kevin.

Baby Blush Dress

My mom made over 40 smocked and embroidered dresses for my sisters and I over the years. This dress was made over 13 years ago for my little sister on her first birthday.

The bishop dress was made from blush silk dupioni and embroidered with little flowers and tiny pearls.

Independence Day

Today our girls Hannah and Ellen celebrated 245 years since the final drafts of the Declaration of Independence were printed. Hannah and Ellen were looking forward to a bright sunny day, a delicious picnic lunch, and, of course, dessert and firecrackers.

The Missing Piece

Hannah and Ellen were very excited after finding a one-hundred piece puzzle at the back of their closet. It was the perfect thing to keep them busy on a very rainy day.

“I can’t wait until we’re finished!”, exclaimed Ellen, piling the puzzle pieces in the middle of the rug.

“Does this one go here?”

They soon got bored and decided to tackle the challenge of building a little log cabin.

“What should we do with all these extra pieces?” asked Hannah.

“I know! We can build a fence with them!” replied Ellen.

After the log house was complete, Hannah and Ellen decided they should get back to piecing together their puzzle.

“It’s starting to take shape!”

“Wait a second” cried Ellen. “We are missing a piece!”

“I thought you had it!” said Hannah.

“No, I don’t. I saw you holding it.”

“Let’s clean up our mess and we might find it.”

“Look, here is the missing piece!” exclaimed Ellen.

Then, Ellen and Hannah looked down as another one of their pieces disappeared right before their eyes.

“Looks like some little panda decided to walk away with our pieces.”

“Can we have our puzzle pieces back please?”

Heirloom Smocked Dress for Dianna Effner’s 13” Little Darling Dolls

I started this smocked dress last year but never got around to finishing it. I had visioned the dress as a Valentine’s Day dress and embroidered the roses to look like hearts. I had inserted French lace into the sleeves but had problems with the bullion rose embroidery. I just couldn’t get them to look right and kept on removing the embroidery. I decided to put it away and finally decided to try working on it this year again.

The yoke was also cut out of the lace panel that I had sewn. I was finally satisfied with the embroidery on the sleeves.

I sewed together strips of lace to make a lace panel for the lower sleeves.

Chess Cake

This cake was specially made for our little princess’s birthday. Since she is a little chess master, we felt this cake was very appropriate for her. The chess pieces and board were made out to white and dark chocolate. The square cake layers are chocolate and white cakes filled with mascarpone and chocolate ganache.

Holiday Dresses

We started this dress for our life-size little darling several years. This life size dress was inspired by the silk dress we designed for our Little Darling Effner dolls.

Other things always seem to come so the dress got pushed away year after year and was left unfinished. Finally, this year we decided to finish it so our little darling can finally wear before she became too big for smocked dresses. The dress is made out of beautiful red tissue taffeta fabric. The bodice is smocked with red silk thread and embellished with tiny 14k gold filled beads.

The lower edge of the dress is embellished with metallic gold mesh lace.