Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Manly New Dressing Gown for Tom

It's Tom's turn for a new and more grownup look!

But before his "makeover'" or update, he must also have more clothing too!

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The original look for Tom was youthful and fun, but that now he is a father, it is time for him to have a more mature look. His new slender mustache really does fit his handsome face.

As soon as I'm able to, I intend offering a new outfit for his lovely wife, Mercy and their newest addition to my Paper Doll family. For now, though, at least Tom will be allowed to relax in his off time reading a nice magazine in his comfortable slippers and fashionable paisley print dressing gown.

Happy Playtime Creativity!
(and please excuse how weird my blog looks right now. I hope to be able to fix it very soon)

PPSPlaytime™: Tom's Dressing Gown
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PPSPlaytime™: Tom's New Look Paper Doll
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Technical Problems

Dear Guests of PPS:
Please excuse the look of this place. I am trying to resolve the issue, but have had no luck so far. I've sought advice from Blogger Help but with no concrete results.
This is the way my blog once looked. 
I left it that way for a reason. I am uncertain as to why this has changed without my having done anything to it.

What's curious is that my experimental private blog that has the very same background still looks perfectly normal, and just as it did when I initially uploaded my custom made background design there.
As soon as the problem can be fixed, I'll remove this notification and resume my normal habit of blogging.
Thanks for your patience.
~Rose

P.S. If anybody has any suggestions as to why this is a problem or how to fix it, please let me know with a comment. 
Thank you

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Paper Doll "Mini" Scene: Sewing with Mercy

The expectant mother-to-be and her cousin, Victoria have been busy making some very cute new baby clothes.

While Victoria has been using her embroidery skills on one sweet little bonnet, Mercy has been adding ruffles and ribbons to a second one.

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In a sunlit corner of one upstairs room in the new home belonging to Tom and Mercy, a screen (for the blocking of stray drafts) has been positioned over a nice rug. This cosy spot is a temporary one, as the room into which it has been placed is to be redecorated in time for the baby's arrival.

Our cat, lovingly named Miss Beatrix Potter (after the famous author and illustrator of the same name) or "Missy" for short, has taken an interest in all of the to-doings today. No doubt she has tried more than once to play with the skein of yarn which has been laid on the chair.
:)

The treadle style sewing machine has been put to much good use today near one window. Notice the pretty christening gown with its many ruffles and bows. It was customary during the 1800's for babies to be baptized as soon as was thought healthy for both the baby and its mother. Sometimes, a lavish outfit was worn by the new child just for that occasion. We'll see more of this charming gown very soon. Atop it rests a third stylish bonnet, while off to one side rest two pairs of beribboned booties, one pair in blue and one pair in pink. As nobody knows yet whether Tom and Mercy's little bundle of joy is either a girl or a boy, Mercy plans to be prepared for both. There are a few sewing notions alongside the lavender trimmed bonnet. The berry red pincushion holds some of Mercy's sewing pins. A few of her needles are holding her thimble in place, so that these are hidden from view.

Mercy's new outfit is one that she and her very clever grandmother stitched together one week. This is based on a favorite sewing pattern of Mercy's, but this time it was given a discreet new look by being altered to fit her tummy. This sort of maternity wear was really quite common during the 1890's. The sleeves and upper bodice were generally fashionable, while the rest draped rather loosely, fitting as a sort of smock. Her matching purple skirt, likewise, was been altered for an adjustable waistline. Grandmother Lacey is really quite a clever seamstress, so both came out looking pretty as a picture. Both clothing items are also really very comfortable. Don't you think that Mercy looks pretty in them?

Her apron is a handmade gift from her cousin and best friend, Victoria. It is a simple cotton wrapper gathered to a short yoke. This will keep any dust or thread clippings off her nice maternity outfit. For her it is a lovely reminder of her close ties with Victoria. The whole household speaks to her of the love of her family members. Many things were either passed down or otherwise purchased newly in order to help the young couple to make their first home together a pleasant place in which to live.

As for Victoria's outfit, you may recognize its beginnings in the Kitchen Set which I posted fairly recently. This time, instead of a rolling pin, she has her charming embroidery project in one hand. A special gadget called a "sewing chatelaine" is clipped to the waistband of her crisp apron. Notice the little embroidery scissors? And can you spot the splendid needle case? Such gadgets are still a joy for me to handle and use. Though practical, they look almost like special jewelry to me.

Below is a series of 4 Downloads. The Standard did not turn out quite as I had wanted. Of course, this pattern could be altered for use with this project by you. It should fit just enough to hold the little scene upright - that is, as long as card stock or stiff backing is used for the scene and the standard both. Cardboard from a leftover cereal box might do very nicely for this project as well, but you decide. All white background needs to be snipped away from the scene first, of course. From there, your glue stick with some careful positioning should do the trick.

Happy Playtime (or needlework) Creativity!

PPSPlaytime™: Sewing with Mercy
A Mini Scene with Outfits

Download the Scene HERE
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Download Mercy's Maternity Sewing Outfit HERE

Download Victoria's Sewing Outfit HERE
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Download Pattern for Standard HERE
(May require a few small adjustments. You decide)
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any of the items in this Playtime Set.
You are not free to:
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in any form for any reason, even if you alter them.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

In the Kitchen with Mercy and Victoria

I had to build this one from the ground up - a real challenge for me! This post includes 1 new room + 1 new outfit for Victoria.

The kitchen is lit by gaslight, not electric lightbulbs, as will be the remainder of Mercy and Tom's first household together as a young married couple. Although there were some places where electric lighting was being used during the 1890's, for many more moderately well off families (mainly middle class) it was considered a high priced luxury.

This project has been on the drawing board now for weeks and weeks. This work has copyrights. Please respect my copyrights by following the red letter Guidelines that are listed at the foot of this post. Guidelines will sometimes vary from post to post, so please read all carefully. Thank you.

How I built this kitchen scene
It began simply enough as a whim for one more room, this time of the more practical sort. The basis for it was actually of much poorer quality than required. The furnishings may have had styles authentic to the place and time, yet the art depicting them made the final effect almost look grimy.

So where to begin? It actually began with me "rebuilding" the entire room as well as refitting it to the dolls.  It felt a little bit like redecorating a real room. New wall coverings got tried, but nothing made me smile until I'd created some new wallpaper in a fetching stripe. The flooring was redone entirely from "scratch," as we say in the U.S. That was a fun project in and of itself. The stove in the basis picture was definitely authentic in that it had been placed inside the older kitchen hearth. Further research showed me how some households with newer kitchens then had slightly larger ranges in niches and nooks decorated with wall tiling.

I finally found just the right range, and then a tiling image I'd been saving for just such an occasion. A few color changes later and the entire kitchen began to be real enough. I added the pretty floral tiles to match the cheery feeling of the wallpaper. The cabinet on the right hand side of the room is actually a kitchen "dresser." We might call it a "buffet" or a "cabinet and hutch" duo. This kind of furniture often was kept and passed on to the next generation, as it was not installed for permanent purposes and so could be shifted from one home to another. This needed a genuine overhaul, and so I used digital "wood veneer." Perspective, shadows, highlighting, and scale (size of each thing in relation to the rest) were among my biggest challenges. I've kept this one on file still in PSD format (unfused, all layers) as a sort of a memory book of the process the project required. The rest of the picture I will explain in the story for you now.

For Some Basic Instructions and Tips on assembling any one of my Paper Doll Rooms, guests may choose to follow the link HERE.

The Story
Victoria had a  little bit of vacation time leftover before her school days were due to resume, and so she has stayed with Mercy in her new home. The two have been very happily busy adding finishing touches to the charming place. Tom had to travel again for his work, so the two have been having an entirely feminine time of it together.

The two cousins have been preparing their favorite selection of sandwiches, salad, soup and desserts. Victoria is ready to finish some of the tidying up, while Mercy has already taken a moment to change into her lovely, comfy teagown. It is Victoria's turn to change into her own cute teagown next, as soon as they move everything from the kitchen into the parlor. Both young women are very hungry after their day's exertions of decorating and tidying up after themselves.

A cook is to be hired in time for the arrival of Mercy and Tom's new baby, along with a general maid of all work to do the extra cleaning. Maids of all work were some of the hardest working women in England during Victorian times. Some middle class households did employ them to do most of the work. If Tom advances quickly enough in his career, then further staff might have to be acquired and a bigger house purchased. For now, we can admire how family members have given Mercy the lovely new range with its bright tile border along with the necessary furniture for this kitchen.

The kitchen has been equipped to keep the household running smoothly. The stove will heat every bit of hot kitchen water that's to be used by the young family.  Notice the big brass tank located on the wall between the stove and the old fashioned scullery sink. (Please don't ask me how such a set up would have worked, for I've no idea) 

Tom and Mercy have been blessed with their very own hot water plumbing for an upstairs bath, too. Though a rarity for many (particularly among more struggling populations), by the time of the story, a number of moderately well off families had just such a modern convenience. Having to lug a tin tub around would not do for a first time mother - at least, that is the general feeling among the three grandparents-to-be.

Mercy's cat looks quite content to sit atop Tom's mother's step stool, doesn't she? She's admirably sleek and healthy looking, a cute kitty. But don't let her sweet face fool you. No adventuresome mouse would ever dare to step foot inside of her kitchen! 

My favorite little detail in this room is one that might get overlooked. It is the bright and shiny copper pot located on top of the range. Such pretty pots were often used for warming the milk necessary for hot chocolate and cocoa. The two cousins plan on having some warming cups of cocoa just before bedtime.

By the middle of March we should see a little bundle of joy with them in this loving home. More rooms will hopefully be ready to be revealed between now and then, as well as some new clothing for the papa-to-be.
;)

Happy Playtime Creativity!


PPSPlaytime™: A New Kitchen for Mercy

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(I really did try to fit a window into my final room. 
It just wouldn't fit well enough to scale with the dolls and their furniture.)




PPSPlaytime™: Victoria's New Kitchen Outfit

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for my doll collection in this set.
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or 
to alter it and then 
publish it as your own creation.
Please continue to help me to
keep free things free!
Thank you

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Victoria's Revised Travel Outfit

What a change a new hat and some different buttons can make to a young lady's wardrobe!

This particular coat came with its own antique paper doll hat, a hat that nobody could like. I wasn't sure that I'd ever be able to find a more versatile model that would give this pretty coat a better look till now.

Please respect my copyrights (highlighted in red below), as this outfit has taken many hours of careful handling and work to complete. Thank you.

With her fashionable and pretty new hat pinned to her hairdo and her mind full of excitement, Victoria is on her way to a new adventure, this time with Mercy. Mercy's first child is due to arrive sometime around the middle of March in the New Year, so there is much to be done.

Mercy and her husband, Tom have finally managed to find just the right modest house in a quiet suburb of London in which to start their young family.  Mercy has never had so many decisions to make  where home decor and arranging are concerned. This is a fun process, and she'd like to share it with her best friend and cousin. Tom will have to be away in Scotland on business for ten days. On the one hand, this will mean time apart for the two love birds who are finally now able to nestle into their charming home. On the other hand, though, this will offer two young women time for the messy adult play of decorating and setting up Mercy's new household.

Victoria's schooling is to very soon resume, although this won't happen just yet. There should be just about enough time for Victoria to assist with the business of setting up Mercy and Tom's new abode. The two plan on adding the finishing touches to the house, as well as redoing the old upstairs nursery. I will hopefully soon be able to post some more details surrounding their shared adventure.
:)

Happy Playtime Creativity!

A New Look for Victoria's Travel Outfit

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You are not free to:
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in my blog's collection
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Monday, December 12, 2016

3 New Paper Doll Dinner Outfits

The mother-to-be and her cousin both have pretty new dinner dresses while Tom's outfit has been given an update.

Some of my guests here may have already noticed this fact being mentioned in a previous tea party post earlier in the season (to be found by following this link HERE).

Please respect my hard work and copyrights by following the red letter Guidelines at the foot of this post. And thank you for stopping by.

Tom and Mercy have a dinner date together with Mercy's younger cousin, Victoria. All three were invited to have dinner at Tom's parents' home near Kensington Gardens. Their plans are to include a discussion of a special charitable occasion that will include the refurbishing of a special health care facility located in London's East End. The place will benefit anybody who is in need of health care services, regardless of anyone's means.

The three young people chat excitedly in their hired carriage about the many plans they and their families have already made. The expectant mother, Mercy, is all aglow at the idea of helping other young mothers for years to come. For Victoria, too, this will be an exciting new adventure in her young adulthood. For Tom, this is a year round project. He is a very generous and kindhearted young man, one of the many reasons why his pretty young wife fell in love with him in the first place.

For this occasion, I have given Tom a second version of his first Evening Suit, this time with a more neutral background showing behind his trouser legs. Hopefully this will make the outfit fit into almost any of my Paper Doll Scenes.

The yoke of Mercy's pretty aquamarine maternity style dinner dress is lavishly adorned with lace and trimming. The dress itself is designed to flow from a shortened bodice, to accommodate her growing tummy. Personally, I like her matching fan and long gloves. Both lace and velvet of the bodice bring the focus to her lovely face, while her pretty floral patterned skirt is designed with ease of movement in mind.

As for Victoria, her lovely new dinner dress is of a different shade of blue than that worn by her cousin. Purchased using her first wages (for more about that short term position may be read at the following link HERE), this sweet dinner dress is one that she and her grandmother picked out and then had fun together hand decorating with beads from her grandmother's sewing box. I especially like the flattering shape of the skirts of that era, and this one is no exception. Just charming.

With hearts full of generous good cheer and minds full of many ideas, the three friends will soon arrive at their destination for the evening.

Happy Playtime Creativity!

Mercy's Maternity Dinner Dress
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Victoria's New Beaded Dinner Dress
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(a better version of) Tom's Evening Suit
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any of the dolls or their outfits or scenes
that have been made by me.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of those items
in any way or for any reason.
Otherwise, this is my work you'd be selling.
Thank you
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Marvelous Marble 2: ATC Backgrounds

Continuing the theme from yesterday, here is Set No. 2.

This time, I chose to use a mid range blue, highlighted by a brassy golden color.

ATCs or Artist Trading Cards have a unique history worldwide. They arose as a form of exchange at the instigation of Swiss artist, 
M. Vänçi Stirnemann. This was in 1997, making the art of ATCs very nearly 20 years old today. The artist called it a "Collaborative Cultural Performance." I call it fun!

For more on the unique and fascinating history of Artist Trading Cards, you may follow the link HERE.

For many, it is an enjoyable hobby, as nobody sells anything and all is freely traded, tiny artwork for tiny artwork. I've traded ATCs myself on and off over the years, and found it a fascinating way to see the work of my fellow artisans. Fun!
:)

Below is a unique set of 6 slightly varying ATC backgrounds. They aren't intended to be traded as they are, but rather built upon using various media. Have fun, but please remember the ATC heritage of trading without selling. These are free. Let's keep them that way. Thank you.

Happy Creative trading!

PPSATC™ Six Pack: marvelous Marble No. 2

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Digital Brush Credit:
Mask by hilla MS at www.brusheezy.com


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ATC Background Freebies: Marvelous Marble No. 1

I take my inspiration from antique hand marbled paper for my new ATC sets. 

Below is the first set, done all in bronze, ochre, taupe and coffee brown. Others will soon appear here, but in different color ways and slightly different in design.

ATCs or Artist Trading Cards have a unique history worldwide. They arose as a form of exchange at the instigation of Swiss artist, 
M. Vänçi Stirnemann. This was in 1997. The artist called it a "Collaborative Cultural Performance."

For more on the unique and fascinating history of Artist Trading Cards, you may follow the link HERE.

For many, it is an enjoyable hobby, as nobody sells anything and all is freely traded, tiny artwork for tiny artwork. I've traded ATCs myself on and off over the years, and found it a fascinating way to see the work of my fellow artisans. Fun!
:)

Below is a unique set of 6 slightly varying ATC backgrounds. they aren't intended to be traded as they are, but rather built upon using various media. Have fun, but please remember the ATC heritage of trading without selling. These are free. Let's keep them that way. Thank you.

Happy Creative trading!

PPSATC™ Six Pack: marvelous Marble No. 1

Download HERE

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(lower quality than the download)


Digital Brush Credits:
Mask by hillaMS at www.brusheezy.com



Monday, November 14, 2016

Victoria's Very Own Bedroom

At last! - It's ready to be played with!

And in two colors, too. The first one shown below is in shell pink with soft green and taupe accents. The second of the two is in blue with blue violet and light aqua accents.

This has taken a great deal of work to complete. In fact, I needed to set it aside more than once, as the details were making my head swim. Please respect my copyrights by following the red letter Guidelines listed at the foot of this post. Thank you.

The original image of the room was a genuine mess when I first found it. For one thing, it has much lower resolution than I generally prefer to use. Despite that problem, the way in which it would fit the doll in terms of inches really made this a worthwhile project.

The next thing that it required was a major overhaul. The original color (ochre goldish greenish) was neither pretty nor feminine. I experimented with several different options, finally settling on the two you see here.

Then there were problems with the view from the windows. That was very poor quality, indeed, and offered the wrong kind of view. This is meant to be Victoria's real room when at home at her grandmother's house in an upscale (although not aristocratic) neighborhood in London. I saw that she needed her very own room early on, of course, but I had never been able to find anything close to what might fit the story. Therefore, I removed the original view and replaced it with the one you see here. The house is on a square near a park, and has its own fine view overlooking a nice walled back garden.

The room's decor and furnishings are all in keeping with the era. If some of it appears to have a touch of an Arts and Crafts or Art Nouveau Movement look to it, that's to be expected. In the latter half of the 1890's there had already been more than one revolution in home decor and overall architectural design. Grandmother Lacey's parlor may be more traditional in stye, but her lovely young granddaughter has more modern taste. Notice the decorative wallpaper meant to mimic draped fabric, and how this matches the ceiling. The wallpaper border underneath the wood trim at the tops of the walls has a hint of a Victorian William Morris style to it, hasn't it?
:)

Below, each color choice will be offered with its Display version first, followed then by the 4 separate downloads comprising each one. For the Pink one, I have posed the doll wearing her Garnet colored Dressing Gown. for the Blue one, I have posed her wearing her Violet Dressing Gown.

Instructions for first time  Paper Doll Room assemblers may be found by following the following link HERE.

Happy Playtime Creativity!

PPSPlaytime™: Victoria's Own Bedroom 
in Choice of Two Colors

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Download UR HERE

Download LR HERE

Download LL HERE

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You are free to:
Play with, give or trade
either of these Paper Doll bedrooms.
You are not free to:
ever sell either of them in any form
or for any reason.
Thank you
fro helping me to
keep free things free!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Trio of Horse Pictures

Any one of these would make a fun coloring project. 

I especially like the first of the three, the one of a stable scene. The dog has chased a cat up onto a window ledge. The cat is pretty feisty. The horses are wondering what all the fuss is about. I think it's fun.

Next up is a lady riding sidesaddle over a fence. She sits so confidently. I have to wonder about her posture in the picture and that jump she's taking atop her very pretty, bright eyed horse. I'm accustomed to seeing riders that are at least a little bit bent at the waist. Maybe it's about her corset?
:)

Lastly, there is a plainer picture that is an illustration from an old magazine. This one gives a brief look into the various ways that some horses are trained to move. The gait being shown is called a "canter." I will include a short video (8 minutes long) that offers three strides for a horse. The first, of course, is a simple walk. The second is a trot, and the third is a real canter. A canter is a gentle, flowing style of running gait, kind of halfway between a trot and a full blown gallop. Sometimes, it is called a "lope" or "loping gait." It looks really comfortable if done well enough. I see it as beautiful. It takes a strong canter in order for most horses to be able to take most jumps safely.

A second video is about the importance of balance in maintaining your seat during a canter.

Have fun "horsing around" 
with today's coloring fun!


PPSColorMe™ Horse Trio

Download #1 HERE
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Download #2 HERE
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Download #3 HERE
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Video about the Canter



(I like the way he says, "Apply your calves.")

Balance is very important when riding into a canter.



Imagine doing this using a sidesaddle!


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