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Getting started with the sewing machine

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This post was first published on themonstercrafts.blogspot.com . If you see it published somewhere else, it's because it has been plagiarized from my blog without my consent. Please, don't support pages that do this, and support the original creators instead. You can also help creators by reporting said pages if you have the chance to do so.  Well, this wasn't exactly the post I had planned to do next, but since I want to use my blog as a "sewing progress diary", I'm going for it. As some of you might know at this point, I've been learning how to sew. Everything I have made until now, I have hand stitched. I've gotten better at it, but it does take a lot of time to hand stitch. So, the next step for me was to learn how to use a sewing machine. And here we are. I got this sewing machine as a gift from Mr. Monster on Christmas, and, until now, I haven't even used it. It's a pretty basic model, meant for beginners who just want to do some simple p

Workshop with Shasha: Creating swimwear for curvy Barbie

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For a while now I've been teasing a sewing project that I've been working on with Shasha from Atelier Ni Shasha . Well, that project is finally completely finished, and I'm so excited to share the final result with you. I have been showing separate pieces here and there, so it's not like a huge secret, but now I finally can show the full outfit. It took me a bit longer than expected to finish this, but since it's June already, I think that it's perfect timing.  For some context, back in September 2021 Shasha organized a giveaway to celebrate her 10th shop anniversary. The prize was a coaching session in which you could sew an outfit for a doll of your choice. The design was up to us, but we had to more or less describe what we wanted in order to enter the giveaway. And, as you might have guessed, I was one of the people who won.  I was hesitant to enter, because I had  0 sewing experience. So I was concerned I wouldn't be able to come up with something simp

Video tutorial: Miniature "boho" artwork

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My crafting motivation is back! These past few weeks, while I was finishing a sewing project, I couldn't stop thinking about some of the craft projects I want to do this year. I don't know how to describe it with words, but often I get some sort of ticking sensation and I can't stop thinking about it. But I waited patiently until I finished the sewing project (because if not I would never finish it), to start working on something.  I was torn between doing a miniature painting or try to create a new crate-furniture piece that I have in mind. Since it had been a while since I last posted a video on YouTube, I thought it could be more interesting to do the artwork first, and then start working on the furniture.  For this particular painting, I wanted to make something similar to those "boho" paintings that are so on trend right now. I'm sure that you've seen them countless times on Pinterest and on some decor stores. I did base my painting on some images I f

Photo compilation: March-April 2022

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  As every other month, it's time for another Photo compilation . I started this series a couple of years ago, as a way to share all of those photos that I published on Instagram, but I never showed here. Now I don't post so often on Instagram, due to a lack of inspiration to take doll photos and because I'm not very happy with the way the platform works. This compilation is going to be a short one, due to the reasons I just mentioned, but also because I spent a whole month feeling like hot garbage.  These past few months I have felt very unmotivated to do anything, and the only thing I've managed to work on is a sewing project. I usually take photos on the same table I work on my craft and sewing projects, and often I don't feel like putting everything away to take photos. This is when my balcony comes in handy to take outdoorsy photos that don't take much effort. I have two new geraniums that give red and hot pink flowers, and I've been trying to use them

9th blogoversary

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Well, you've read the title. This little blog turns 9 years today! I can't believe 9 years have gone by already, it still feels like yesterday. I'm also quite impressed with myself for sticking to something for such a long time. Even though I started blogging back in 2013, I wasn't able to be consistent and put out the content that I was planning until 2019. I think the Making more backgrounds for doll photography post was when things started taking a shift. I don't know what it is, but I think it was at this point when I started enjoying the content that I was putting more, but also trying new things.  Last year I forgot about my blog anniversary, so the last dedicated post was for my 7th blogoversary . On that post, I mention that I've always wanted to do more craft posts, but never got the time or had trouble finding the supplies. Well, since then I've made around 14 dedicated craft posts (which you can find under the doll crafts tag), plus the little t

Life update

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Well, before I even realized it, we're halfway through April. It's been almost a month since my latest blog post, where I mentioned I might not be able to post so regularly. But a few things have happened since then and, even though I don't have much doll-related news, I think I could do a quick life update.  First, I want to thank everyone for your kind messages and support on my last post. Unfortunately, I didn't react very well to the medication, and I've had to stop taking it. Two weeks into the treatment, I started feeling so bad and having major side effects, so I had to stop taking it. Some side effects are expected, and they should wear out once you get used to the medication, and I was ready to endure them. But I got really concerned when I got a tachycardia, so I had to slowly stop taking it. Luckily, as soon as I reduced the dose, it went away.  Of course, as soon as the side effects started wearing out, migraines appeared again with vengeance. We've