Isi Dawndancer: October Colours

It all started with a sock. While shopping, I noticed a pair of socks with a pattern that was just the right kind and scale for a sock sweater for a doll. Then I though both the colours and the style were very reminiscent of Isi Dawndancer. From there, all other things just fell into place…

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To make the sweater, I followed the tutorial in this video. I also wanted a warm, cozy accessory of some sort, but not a scarf – that would cover the sweater – so I went with a simple sock cap (socks are definitely the heroes of this post ;)). It needed holes for Isi’s ears. I chose to finish them off with needle and thread, but that wasn’t even essential. It’s kind of hobo-ish in the back, but very cute on her 😉

I added signature Cerise Hood’s boots and a faux leather bag that I made in the past. I really like these two accessories and use them a lot.

Even though I like to keep things simple, I felt like this outfit could use some jewellery, something in keeping with this doll’s unique style. At first, my thoughts went to jewellery bits and pendants from the craft store, but then, I had an epiphany! Warhammer bits 😀

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These leftover pieces from Warhammer minis – kindly supplied by my husband – look more appropriate for core Monster High characters, with all the skulls, skeletons and skull-encrusted shields, but I also noticed a wide assortment of arrows. That’s more like Isi…

I picked these two:

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I cut, glued and painted them. I went with gold, to indicate that it was indeed jewellery,  and turquoise, because it suits Isi (and because I’m not too too adventurous with combining colours).

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Later in the process I changed the arrow pendant (on the left) slightly to have the turquoise ‘straps’ hang downwards. I put it on a piece of brown thread.

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The other piece went straight into the doll’s pre-made earring hole and stayed there no problem. While I’m very happy with the earring, I can’t help but seeing the pendant piece as a bullet, and it’s not at all what I intended >.< Nonetheless, the accessories were meant to add detail to the outfit, and they did.

Autumn is so delightful right now. Without it, the photos would have not been the same. The golden leaves contrast with Isi’s hair so nicely. Even beyond dolls and photos, all the sunshine fills me with optimism. What you cannot see is that it’s also incredibly warm for this time of the year. I dressed the doll in a sweater, but I myself was comfortable in a t-shirt.

I took many more photos than I ended up using. In fact, I probably could have been even more selective – less really is more, at some point all the pictures become all too similar to one another – but it’s so hard to decide what to let go of. As a last stretch, I decided to include the green hut because I like its colour against the doll. The hut belongs to the local fishing club, but I don’t know what purpose it serves. It would make the world’s smallest headquarters, if that’s what it is.

I’m grateful for the lovely sights that became the backgrounds for these photos. I am sure they won’t last long. I have not ceased to be amazed at how awesome this dolls is, too – one of my favorites for sure. I am also happy to have stumbled upon the right pair of socks at the right time. And guess what – I bought two pairs, so when I wear them, Isi and I have matching outfits 😉 Sort of, anyway 🙂

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Pumpkin Time

Isi Dawndancer holding a pumpkin

I’m really loving autumn this year! It’s been so bright and colourful, it just fills me with a sense of gratitude. And even though Halloween isn’t big around these parts, I love pumpkin decor. Not even necessarily carved pumpkins, plain ones will do. It was only natural to let this become craft inspiration.

I made a bunch of doll-sized pumpkins according to the instructions in this video from MyFroggyStuff. I did make a few minor changes, though:

  • I made the cornstarch dough on the stove instead of using the microwave
  • I let them air dry – it took about two days…
  • I used satin spray varnish – I do think satin finish is more reminiscent of natural pumpkin skin
  • instead of sticks, I used apple stems – not only did I have them on hand, I like their rough look. I ‘extracted’ them before I ate the apples – if you just pinch them at the base and keep twisting in one direction, they come apart.

I really like these little pumpkins just as little decorations, but obviously I didn’t stop there.

The decision to include Isi Dawndancer in these photos was colour based, I just think her hair and her top work well with the scene.

Speaking of the scene, I had been hoping to have a nice outdoor photo-shoot, but I couldn’t think of the right spot – really short grass would have been a must (in my mind) and I wasn’t in the mood for checking parks around the city for grass length 🙂 I settled for an IKEA Spexa background.

If you’re not familiar, it’s a a folding doll house – or rather the walls of a doll house. It can be a little shiny in the photos, and it never seems tall enough, but it’s overall a great option, considering how quick, affordable and accessible it is. Two of its panels show the outside of the house, and it’s a beautiful, dark-red and white, traditional Swedish house front. Wow, that’s a mouthful.

The fence is my own creation made of popsicle sticks. Unfortunately, I did not eat all these popsicles myself. The sticks were bough in a craft store 😦

Indoor doll photos certainly have a different feel to them. They look less natural, but you do have a lot of control in creating a more detailed and fun mini-verse. What I ended up is a little different from what I originally intended, but it’s not always a bad thing. The background brought in a lot of colour which is reminiscent of the season’s abundance (to me).

I am hoping you (and your dolls) are having a lovely autumn as well 🙂

P.S. I did carve a real pumpkin this year, which I sort of made into a doll house as well. Unfortunately, it grew mould before I managed to find the right toy to pose with it 😛 I made a tiny mouse hole door in it, too.

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This is *before* the mould situation 🙂

If you’re in a Halloween mood, how about checking out my last year’s photos with Bunny Blanc as a witch? 🙂