Doll Dimensions is a blog written by my friend Grace Watts, cosplay maven, doll collector, and all around sweetheart. The Blog is a combination of all the things Grace loves, cosplay, collecting, and crafts, along with some stories to boot!
I'll be discussing the crafts end on Friday for Fun Stuff Friday, but for now, we will be considering her stories. Like Isabella from last Media Monday, Grace tells her stories using the character dolls from Ever After High and Monster High, though Disney dolls and Barbies are also part of the mix. The Doll Dimensions YouTube page features tutorials hosted by Clawdeen Wolf of Monster High, and her Webshow Urban Princesses.
On the blog, Holly O'Hair takes on the task of narrating the adventures of the dolls that inhabit Grace's home. This diverse cast of characters takes great pride in helping others...
Singing and dancing...
In a world that often takes children's toys and perverts them to something grotesque the "ladies" of Doll Dimensions prove that you can tell a compelling story without any nonsense. Promoting the virtues of kindness, friendship, hard work, (in the picture above the vast majority of dolls are dressed in handmade clothes) and good fun, Doll Dimensions is a wonderful, wonderful place visit.
Good evening, good readers! This is TK with great news for people who love cute toys and kids stuff! You can read on my mom's blog about Christine of Sweet Potato 3, and her great baby and homegoods, and now you can read all about her fabulous stuffies!
Now then, first off, let's look at some baby stuff. I love whimsical baby outfits, particularly if I can make them fit into a theme around a classic children's book. Her Teddy bear bonnet pattern would be great as any number of storybook bears (Winnie the Pooh, Paddington, or Corduroy?). And how about the Bunny and Fox? So cute!! Then there's this Lion. With the addition of the Scarecrow hat, you have half of the crew from the Wizard of Oz.
The combination of the Scarecrow and the Elephant would be awesome as Scarecrow and Mumfie from the Magic Adventures of Mumfie. Not perhaps that popular, but a classic all the same.
More baby stuff abounds like this Construction worker outfit, and since boys are so hard to make for, we have the "Men at Work" set.
Christine has also designed some adorable afghans. First we have the Sleeping Bears blanket. I love how cosy this looks, perfect for a nursery. The Farm Animals blanket is also wonderful, reminds me of Old MacDonald Had a Farm.
Christine has also created some wonderful kid's things and stuffed animals. Let's take a look at these headbands and these Purses, some even match! Have an 18 inch doll who could use some PJ's? Sweet Potato 3 has you covered!
Sweet Potato 3 has several wonderful and easy stuffed toys.
"Caaaaan anybodyyyy find meeeee... Some bunny to love?" This is my favorite, so adorable! We also have this adorable Elephant, which are so hard to get right. The sleepy teddy pattern is just freaking adorable, I want one! And finally, we have this pattern pack for a set of three stuffies. Great stuff here!
If you're looking for patterns for kids, the home, babies, or toys, check out Sweet Potato 3, you will not be disappointed! This is TK, signing off!
One of the biggest names in the collecting/crafting world is My Froggy Stuff. What is My Froggy Stuff, you ask? Well that is a long story!
My Froggy Stuff was started by military wife and mother LaToya Broyles in 2009. LaToya, known online as Big Froggy (her children are known by their handles Lil' Froggy and Froggy Boy only) built her business from the ground up as the wife of an E-5 Air Force member. I don't recall much about how military pay grades work from when my dad was in, but I know an E-5 doesn't make a lot (from experience). In a Military.com interview from 2013, LaToya admits as much, which forced her to think outside the box... and I mean that literally.
Lil' Froggy's avid interest in dolls caused LaToya to think of creative and cheap ways to make doll clothes and accessories that would hold her daughter's interest and even bring about a sense of accomplishment in making it yourself, rather than buying it from a store. Using recycled materials, bits of ribbon, hot glue, and assortment of random junk that many people would throw out, LaToya creates detailed miniatures for dolls of all sizes, from tiny Chelseas to big American Girls. All this was fun for herself and Lil' Froggy, but when LaToya put her craft tutorials on YouTube, along with the highly entertaining "Darbie Show", things really took off.
The My Froggy Stuff YouTube Page and Blog feature hundreds of tutorials for all kinds of great crafts which would put Mattel and the other toy companies to utter shame. I have found these tutorials endlessly useful personally. All my backdrops were made using this tutorial
So much fun, for so little money! I've outfitted my backdrops for five dollars or less! Easy way to make a dollhouse.
Soon, I will make use of this tutorial to create fashions for a pair of dolls I'm refurbishing.
If you want in on the fun, there are many ways to get in touch with the Froggies.
This blog is about somebody that I actually know. Known on Flickr by her handle Black Rose Bride, Isabella Summit employs her massive imagination in creating a world of intrigue and danger... with dolls.
Known as the Realm of Black Rose Bride, toy and doll characters from dozens of franchises collide and interact on a massive scale with interesting effects all around. Isabella is a big fan of classic monster movies, Marvel comics, Monster High, Ever After High, and Shakespeare, and loves to combine all of these things in ways that are always unexpected and always impressive.
The world of Black Rose Bride is built primarily around three connected stories, known as the "Mischief's Moll Saga", though miniature adventures, (such as trips to the coffee shop, Monster High character Frankie Stein going on dates with Nightcrawler, and trips to Funko-town with the Fourth Doctor) occur from time to time. The first story, Mischief's Moll, tells the story of Katherine, the daughter of the Phantom of the Opera, caught in a web of lies by one of many Lokis that inhabit the Realm (Isabella really loves Loki as a character) and is genuinely surprised when one, Kaiju Loki, (She calls him Kai) offers her compassion and true love. Each changes the other for the better and together they win over the evil Lokis. (Rated PG-13)
In Mischief's Moll 2, we find Katherine consumed by the desire to get revenge against the Loki who hurt her, but she finds it at the cost of her relationship to her sisters and her beloved Kai. Kai, convinced that Katherine's head has been turned by magic she inherited in the last story, sets out to save his wife from herself before she kills herself or someone else. (Rated PG-13)
In Freaks of Fate (which is not nearly as steamy as the cover appears, Isabella is a very devout Catholic), Katherine is found to be pregnant with Kai's daughter, who will inherit his powers. Everyone wants control of the infant before she's even born, and Loki will do anything to get his hands on the baby. Kai, desperate and brokenhearted turns to the Rebels of Ever After High for help when he can't trust anyone else. Will Kai be able to save Katherine and the baby before Loki gets his hands on them? (Rated PG-13)
Finally, my Favorite, the ongoing story of Henry "Hal" Lancaster, Prince of Wales (future King Henry the Fifth, fictionally speaking) and Princess Apple White of Ever After High. Apple's friends think Henry's a gold-digger, after Apple's money, Apple thinks Henry has a heart of gold under that rough exterior. The gang from EAH end up helping both of them learn a lesson, Hal to behave like a real prince, and Apple not to trust everything someone says. (Rated PG, some innuendo... this is partially based on Shakespeare after all.)
This young author is going places, and going places fast. I don't say this as her (online) friend, I say this as someone who knows talent. I know that the World of Black Rose Bride is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but if you are so inclined, please check her out!
Everyone who reads this blog knows that I love working together with my mom on projects. Today's blog is no exception. Today, I was helping my mom surf Ravelry for a new designer for her Indy Designer Saturday feature on her blog when we found the adorable crochet creations of Tawnya Myers on her blog Just Crafting Around. This woman is amazing!
Let's start with something a bit unusual. Her Mermaid Fin Slippers are a must for any mermaid fan. These slippers are easy to make, not to mention fun as all get out.
Now, I haven't seen Trolls yet, but I gotta say that it looks adorable. I grew up with the old Treasure Trolls (not that I had any, I thought the things were plug-ugly) but I must say the new Trolls from the Dreamworks movie of the same name are actually cute. Now, the Princess Poppy hat from Just Crafting Around wins me over completely! Princess Poppy is represented in all her perky glory, including her shock of pink hair. Also available are patterns for Harper, another Trolls character and Poppy's friend Branch.
From the popular French-American animated series PJ Masks comes Catboy! This cozy mask-hat hybrid will keep your little super hero warm on those mystery solving missions around the neighborhood.
Disney/Pixar gets the crochet treatment with Arlo the Dinosaur from "The Good Dinosaur". This hat is one of the all time cutest things I have ever set eyes on!
Now, along with all these awesome hats, we have dolls and stuffies! Tawnya has designed some of the most beautiful soft dolls I have ever seen (and that's saying something!).
Number one: Katie the soccer girl. This detailed doll features an authentic looking uniform, athletic looking doll, bag, and ball. I just love her!
Number two: I saved the best for last. This beautiful Mermaid is clearly inspired by everyone's favorite sassy mergirl Ariel, but is her own character as you'll find if you care to read her backstory. Look at her fingers! That is really awesome.
This is just a taste of what Tawnya offers her readers. Please check out her blog for more great stuff!
Ah, romance! The thing that for better or for worse can make a story. It can either be a train-wreck or it can save a story. Its all in the writing, and these five (plus) couples have each taught me something about how to (or not!) write a half decent romance.
Number 1: Thor and Jane Foster, Marvel Comics.
This was a couple that got my almost immediate approval. I mean, I love all that courtly love business! And here was Thor treating Jane like she was a princess, not just some girl who hit him by accident with her van. He treated her with dignity, not like some inferior person, and Jane was key in his redemption, so there's a bonus.
Number 2: Barry Allen (The Flash) and Iris West, DC Comics.
My gosh are these two cute. I mean, they're ridiculous! Barry has loved Iris ever since they were kids (somehow I doubt that, but hey...) but has been too shy to say anything. When Iris dates another guy, Barry does his dead-level best to put his feelings aside and be happy for her, but yet he can't move on from her. Barry is a gentleman, through and through and eventually, Iris sees her bestie's real love for her and sees what she's been missing.
Number 3: Martian Manhunter and Rose Wilson, DC Comics.
Though this relationship was in only one movie, it was a memorable one. Rose Wilson is the daughter of the president in an alternate version of Earth that the Justice League visits intending to help with a major problem (DC does this, it's complicated). The Martian undertakes to safeguard Rose, who is under threat by the villains. In one of the most spectacular rescues ever, the Martian wins Rose's trust, and eventually her heart. Sadly, the Martian must return to his world, leaving Rose behind.
Number 4: The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Ecclestone) and Rose Tyler, (Billie Piper) Doctor Who.
Rose was a simple shop girl working in London, when one night an odd looking chap grabbed her hand and said "Run!" Plucky Rose never looked back, travelling through time and space with "her Doctor", giving chase to nefarious villains, saving the universe, and having a jolly time doing it. Their romance isn't really obvious until Nine regenerates into Ten, but you can tell that the Doctor really loves Rose and Rose loves him. And yes, I like Ten, but I like Nine better.
Number 5: Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) and Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) Marvel Comics.
So freaking cute. Though I can't stand "Wolverine and the X-Men" I couldn't help but love Kurt and Wanda. They were the best part of the whole shoot and match, though we didn't see much of them. Wanda didn't care that Kurt looks like the devil, she loved him for his sweet and kind disposition. Kurt loved Wanda because of her goodness and compassion, completely opposite from her father, Magneto. They were both able to see past the other's flaws and found beauty.
Alicia and the Thing, Marvel Comics
What is it with me and these types? I honestly have no idea... The Thing and Alicia are my favorite out of the two. Alicia is blind, and the Thing is... well himself. No matter how he beats himself up about how he looks, Alicia loves him for himself.
Scarlet Witch and Vision, Marvel Comics.
Yes, Wanda appeared on the list earlier, but there's a few different iterations of the character. (Marvel does this to drag us around.) Vision and Wanda are a cute couple, but... Vision is a cyborg, (he is) he's still part robot and that's a little weird.
Superman and Lois, DC Comics.
What?! So far down on the list?! Yes. Well, Supes and Lois are kind of a given, you know, it's no longer a surprise. So yeah, I like them but... everyone does!
Batman and Catwoman
Man, these two are awesome! Batman and Catwoman are each incredible characters, but combined they really kick rear. The Dark Knight Rises is an especially great iteration of the characters, so well written, so well done. Mr. Bale and Ms. Hathaway have great chemistry and Catwoman has a great redemption arc involved. I can't say enough good things about these two!
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