Thursday, July 17, 2014

Come visit me at my other blog

I keep this blog for posts about Yren, but I haven't created anything for her lately. I tend to cycle through my hobbies, dropping one for a time and then taking it up later.

If you'd like to see what I'm up to, come have a look at my other blog, "Tricks and Manners" which also about dolls, mostly. I used to post about books and reading, but there are so many other blogs like that out there that do it better, I decided to post about doll making and collecting, which is more fun for me anyway. And you might see Yren there sometime.

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Visit to Phixr

Monika Victoria told me about Phixr, another photoediting site, so of course I went right over to have a look at it. Phixr helped me take a picture that I didn't like at all and turn it into one I like very much. This one has had many processes applied to it: first light equalization, then the reds heightened slightly, then Printed Comic, and finally Candlelight.

I'm particularly fascinated with the comic and posterizing processes because of the possibilities they create for needlepoint or cross stitch applications. I would love to preserve Yren with stitches someday!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

At last! A new photoediting toy!

I was so disappointed when Picnik closed down, I stopped taking pictures of Yren. My photos always need editing and there was no more editor! But today I discovered, and it has pretty much all the features I liked about Picnik. So much fun!

This one has been darkened with the shadows/highlighting tool, and then "underpainted."

Yren, shadowed and underpainted by

Friday, March 2, 2012

Maybe a new header...

I'm still making the most of the few days we have left before Picnik goes away. It just amazes me how I can upload a picture that didn't come out very well and is basically useless, and with a few clicks Picnik can fix it all up beautifully for me. That's what happened with this picture...

1-Yren 096

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Clothes for Yren

This is my third version of Biscuitbear's 18th century dress. I liked how pretty she looked in the gold fabric, but I put it away for a long time because I had trouble with the back. It would have been easier to just start over, but I'd already ruched and applied all that vintage lace. But today when I got it out again it didn't seem so discouraging, and I finished it up.

I've been working on this Trench coat for about three weeks, adapting it from a Barbie-size pattern that appeared in a dollmaking magazine in 1989. I spoiled a lot of fabric trying to get it right. Now I have the pattern pretty much set, but it's still tricky to sew!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Can't resist portrait-making...

While Picnik is still with us, I've been going back into my Picasa library and trying to work on pictures that desperately needed it. I have some that were just useless until Picnik rescued them. This particular one would have been perfect--except that there was a stray hair across her face, right down the middle. But I've found that the "Blemish Be Gone" effect works wonderfully on stray hairs, and I made this one disappear!

Oh. And I did sort of apply the "Gritty" effect to it. It was pretty without it, but I just had to use it while I still could. It's so interesting! I love what it does to the modelling of Yren's face and neck. So I'll enjoy it for now and later when there is no more Picnik I'll...Oh what the heck, I'll put the other version on here too.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Monika Viktoria!

This is one of Monika's favorite pictures of Yren, so I'm putting it here to wish her a special birthday and a wonderful year!

Yren 120 We hope you are staying cozy and warm and comfortable, and that you aren't anywhere near the freezing cold weather and snowfall that's hitting Europe today. Brrrr!