The Giveaway Winners and Felicity’s “Fall Fancy” is Finally Finished!

There’s no sense in me putting anything here first but the names of the winners, because I know you’ll skip over anything that’s not Giveaway related… So without delay, there were 25 people who entered the Giveaway and weren’t the entries for favorite side dishes wonderful! It made me so hungry. Dressing/Stuffing was the big winner and there were probably a dozen different recipes represented for it!

Okay, okay… I put everyone’s name down and shuffled the pieces of paper…

…and then at the stroke of midnight I drew out the first name…

Bonnie Sullivan! I forgot to mention that whoever had their name drawn first would get the white pair and the second name would get the pink pair… I hope that’s okay with the winners… so Bonnie, I’ll send out the white pair to you…just send me your address! :o)

The second name I drew out was…

… Charlotte A. So you’ll get the pink pair… You can send me an email and I’ll get your pink thigh highs out to you as well.

Thank you everyone and a special congrats to our 2 winners!

I thought you might like to see a few pictures of Felicity’s Fall Fancy dress set that has “finally” been listed on Ebay.

I didn’t show the inside lining of her hat on my Ebay listing, but you can see it…

…and here is her reticule with the knots pulled to the inside of the casing…

How about a few pictures of the dress with the yellow linen panel to the backside…

Marilyn suggested we see the dress on a dark haired doll, so I chose Nora, my #55, to do the honors…

If you would like to see the listing on Ebay and read the story line for this dress set, you can click HERE, or click on the picture at the top right side bar…

Don’t forget, Ebay changed categories around and you won’t find my dress if you just type in American Girl Felicity, like you used to be able to do. You can type in American Girl Fall Fancy and it will come up, or you can type in American Girl Felicity Doll Dress and it will come up. Ebay makes us seamstresses who sew for the dolls list our things under “modern doll clothing” so it’s hard to find things sometimes…

Well, I hope you are as happy as I am about getting this dress set listed…It seems I’ve been working on it for a very long time…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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I found time to make Felicity’s hat

I knew everyone was anxious to see Felicity’s hat decorated, so I carved out some time to finish it. You all weren’t the only ones who wanted to see it… I did too.

Somehow all these snippets of flowers I had turned into a pretty hat…

All those flowers I had made her hat so colorful and it goes very well with her dress…

I did some reading up on the mob caps and a Colonial book I have says “most of the time” a mob cap was worn under the straw hats, but not every time. So I may or may not make one. I love the green hat next to her red hair.

Don’t you think Felicity looks grown up in this dress set? She is 10 going on 18!

Still lots to finish up, but I thought you’d like to know “fun” isn’t the only thing on my mind! :o)

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Making a Colonial Straw Hat on a Sculpey Mold…mini tutorial

I’m so sorry I didn’t get your comments answered yesterday. My day was just too full and I really wanted to have something done on the hat to show you. It took much longer than I though it would…

I guess you could say Tuesdays post (HERE) was Part 1 of making this hat and today will be Part 2. I didn’t remember that I had baked the Sculpey clay hat mold that I made for Noel a while back. When I checked my post on how I did it, there it was plain as day… I baked it! So Tuesday morning I took my wet clay and propped it up with spoons and glass bowls on a baking sheet and proceeded to put it in the oven. 275 degrees for about 10 minutes.

When it came out it was decent enough to use. There was one crack in one side of it, but it held together enough for me to see if it would work.

Okay, so this will be sort of a mini tutorial on the steps for making a straw hat. I have narrowed it down to 26 pictures, and that was a bare minimum I felt I could use to show you everything.

Once the mold has cooled off, you can begin by putting very thin double sided tape on the edges of the hat about every inch or so…

Use a pin to peel off the paper…

Beginning in the back of your hat mold, take your flexible braid and stick it to the edge of the tape leaving a tail sticking up… (so you don’t have a raw edge on the back.)

You need to use a Tacky Glue like Aleene’s…

…and make small dots of glue on the inside edge of the rows… overlapping them just a little bit…

…pushing each row down with your fingernail…

I usually do a section of glue about 4 inches or so at a time… and you just keep going round and round and round…

Going up the crown can be a little tricky… just make sure you overlap and you’ll be fine…

It’s just a matter of going around each row until you get to the very top of the hat… Then you have to take a pin and insert it between the braid weaves and find a cotton thread that you’ll have to pull to get the braid to curve on the smaller circles you’ll be making on the crown of the hat… Pull the thread and it will curl enough to glue down.

When you have that thread pulled up, just place your rows on top of it…and glue it down…

When you get close enough to the top of the hat, you can cut your braid, leaving enough to go around a few more times. Pull the thread from the end this time and it will curl enough for you to finish the hat…

The top of your hat should look like this…

Now comes the scary part… you have to take it off the mold…and you’ll think it’s going to tear apart as you tug on it to get it off the mold… but it won’t.. They are pretty sturdy..

You almost have to turn it inside out to get it off the mold…

Ahhhhh… it’s off! It’s kind of like our floors that we put down called Loose Lay flooring. It hid a multitude of imperfections. My hat came out sort of the same way.. smooth on the outside compared to how lumpy the mold was… I was very pleased!

Now it’s time to finish the top… take that little thread and thread it through the hole in the top of your hat and pull it gently to the underside of the hat… till it looks like this…

Take a dab of glue and smash it down flat…

Turn the hat over and glue the braid piece down in the crown of the hat…

OH RATS…the same thing happened as what happened in my last hat.. my glue smushed out onto the back side of my hat, making it look sort of specked and spotted like. It’s not sticky at all, but it doesn’t look as neat and my Effner hats. I bought some new Tacky glue and I’m guessing I’ve cut too big of a hole in the tip… I need to make smaller dots of glue… I’ll probably line this hat now…

Oh well…Here is a look at the hat on Felicity.. IT FITS!!!

It’s got to be decorated and that will be fun!

So here’s “the skinny” on making this hat…

It took 19 and 1/2 yards of hat braid…. 2 hours or so to make the mold… 3 hours to glue the braid to the mold… and I’ve not even done yet… I might have to charge $300 for this set! (Just kidding…) :o)

I may NEVER make one of these again… :o( :o) Who knows…

Well, that’s my quick tutorial on making hats on a home made Sculpey mold…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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The start of Felicity’s Colonial hat mold… from Sculpey

I’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while and decided this afternoon to give it a go! We’ll see tomorrow if it worked…
I have some straw hats that I use for Felicity when I make her something from the Colonial time period, but I wanted a hat mold so I could make any color of hat I wanted.

I used Sculpey polymer clay to do the following project. Typically Sculpey is baked in a very low (275 degrees) oven for just a short time, but I am just letting mine dry without baking it, since its taped to a plastic cutting mat. (That’s what I did when I made the mold for Noel’s hat.)

UPDATE: (Well, it appears I did bake the mold I made for Noel’s hats. I checked the post where I made it and sure enough…it was baked.) I woke up this morning and my Sculpey hat mold I fashioned last night was just as wet to the touch as it was last night. I decided to stick it in the oven…we’ll see if it works…

I first needed to find something that I could use for the “flat-ish” crown of the hat. I searched my whole house looking at bowls, cups, dishes, and finally ended up with a plastic container from Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Hopefully it will be the right circumference on Felicity’s head when the straw is glued on top of it… again…we’ll see.
I cut the rim off the container and made it shorter…then I taped it to the center of a flexible cutting mat and marked with a blue pencil an equal distance from the edges of the plastic container all the way around.

I did it the first time, but decided I wanted the hat a little bit smaller, so I brought my lines in about 1/2″.

I got about a golf ball size hunk of my Sculpey and started kneading it. It’s very stiff and hard when you first roll it around in your hands… but the more you squish it around in your hands, using your fingers to push and pull it, it gets much softer. You probably have to knead it with your fingers a good 10 minutes to make it pliable enough to spread. I flattened it out and smashed it with the palm of my hand… flipped it over and did the same thing several times….think rolling out pizza dough…it’s sort of the same idea.

I placed the piece over the crown and smoothed it out as much as possible. It was easier to work in sections than to do the whole entire hat all at once.

Then I took several more pieces and worked them the same way, getting them soft enough to start to form the brim of the hat… it was a slow process and probably took me 2 hours, but once I get the mold made, I can make as many hats as I want using it.

I straightened up the edges and tried to smooth them out as much as possible. Ceramic would probably be an easier way to go, but I had Sculpey and decided it worked for Noel’s and Patsy’s hats, so I wanted to give this a try first.

Once I got it the right size and as smooth as possible, I transferred it to my sewing room. I took a small glass bowl and placed it on top of a white box and then placed the plastic cutting mat on top. I let the hat mold drape down on the sides. I wanted this hat to have naturally drooping sides instead of them being straight out and having to be held down with a ribbon. I saw a beautifully shaped hat on TV recently and I’m hoping mine will look like the one I saw…

I taped the sides of the plastic cutting mat to the box to hold it in place and then I even taped the front of the cutting mat down to give it a “dip” for a special look.

So now we wait…until tomorrow to see if it holds it shape and then try to get it off the cutting mat.
If it works, I’ll still have to build up something on the underside because it can’t hold itself up by the edges that are drooping down. It will have to have more Sculpey put underneath it to make a sort of stand.

Felicity is waiting patiently for this to get dry… she told me she’d “babysit” it to make sure no one got near it and knocked it over! Good girl, Felicity!

This is the fabric I was waiting on from Australia…I had gotten ONE fat quarter of it on a shopping trip, but that was all they had. I loved it so much, I searched everywhere and finally found some in Australia…it took about 3 1/2 weeks to get here. The plan is to use some green hat straw and make a very pretty hat to go with it. I knew as soon as I saw the fabric, I wanted a green hat for Felicity!

I’ll check on it first thing in the morning and if it’s dry, I’ll work on the underside and see if I can’t have something more exciting to show you!

(I always have been a little unconventional when it comes to “crafting”… Kentucky Fried Chicken containers for a hat mold… seriously?)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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