Anyway, it is now finally done and apart from a few things that I still need to find homes for, everything is sorted out. The walls could have done with a coat of paint but I really couldn't be bothered and they're not so bad, it's a nice 'sunshiney' room, or it would be if I pulled the blind up, but it can get very hot in there so I've left it down for now. It's bigger than my old room so I was able to have my Ikea unit with the 'cube' storage on it's side, giving me space to stand my vinyl dolls....hopefully Brendan will put my wall shelves up soon and I can spread the dolls out a bit:
Blimey, how did this happen? ;)
Above and below, is the storage unit from Ikea where I house some of my fabric, it's very convenient for the vinyl kids to all 'hang out'...
Below is another unit from Ikea, the back fell off and broke as we were moving it, so now I need to find more ways of making these 'dolly' cubes look like little 'rooms' ...
Here are some closeups of the individual shelves:
This is a little room box that I once had as a gift shop....forgive the incredibly dodgy sign...I never did get around to doing it properly. It is now set out as a childs bedroom, although no-one currently sleeps in it...looks like there might be a few visitors though, perhaps a couple of bikers and a cowboy???
Next up we have the three Little Darlings who're waiting for new outfits for their trip to the UK....if they're going to hang out with bare feet maybe they need some carpet too! I see the cat has made himself comfy though, as cats tend to do! :)
My two Kaye Wiggs girls, Layla and Hope seem to have had an argument, could they get any further apart on that small sofa? ;)
Ah, another biker perhaps? This Vespa is a good size for the YOSD kids...but none of them are old enough to ride it!
Here is where the Blythe girls are hanging out....one seems to be 'hanging out' a little more than the others! I think she had to give up her summer dress for Heather when I took her to the coast with me! I think Noelle, on the far left is hoping to 'magic' some clothes onto her near naked friend....hey Dee, see she is wearing knickers if nothing else!!
Here are the majority of my resin BJDs, and I spot another 'naturist' amongst them. Poor Narsha, being French resin, she's yellowed so much that she blends in well with the wall behind them :( Such a shame as she's so pretty too what with her Ravendolls faceup!
On top of the shelf unit I've stored some more boxes of yarn and fabric.....all that yarn and I can barely knit!
As we come around the room towards my work table and the window, we have another bookcase, this one at least has some books on it...well actually they are my folders of patterns. I have a lot of patterns as I've been collecting them and drawing them up for several years now! I think I'm addicted as much to patterns as I am to dolls....oh and fabric too of course! ;)
On the top is my one and only Lalaloopsy doll, a gift from my son! And then two of the several boxes of dolls clothes that I have. All my dolls clothes boxes are sorted by size. The smaller one is for the very tiny Elfdoll girls and the one beneath is for MSDs or Mini Super Dollfies. As you can see I'm not so organised as to have the outfits neatly on dolly sized hangers or anything!
Then we are at my work table, which is a big double leaf pine one that we used to have as our dining table. I would love to have both leaves up but there's not enough room really....I've set it up next to the window to get as much natural light as possible. You can see there are a few dolls hanging out here too!!!
Here is my lovely old fashioned style sewing box which I bought recently, it was to replace a similar one that broke. My nan had one just like it which, when she died many years ago, was given to me....I had it for years until it finally fell to pieces. I've never found other types of sewing boxes to be as good as this style:
Under the table, surprise surprise, there are two more BIG boxes full of fabric, one contains all blues and lilacs and the other is all pinks and reds!
This box is full of ribbons, appliques, elastics and such forth. And appears to be the 'graveyard' of a broken pedal car and a headless doll....I couldn't bring myself to throw the poor doll out, after all, she might just "come in handy"! :)
Next to my work table is an old Ikea (notice a theme here!) wardrobe. Inside I added an old bookcase because the bottom half was wasted space. The top shelve houses all my art supplies such as acetone, paint removers, paints, pastels of all types, sealants and watercolour pencils. I also squeeze my glue gun, doll stands and whatever else that doesn't yet have a home and will fit on to that shelf....notice the slight 'bowing' in the centre! LOL
The bookcase below houses (from top to bottom, left to right), a large box of Sasha and 18 inch dolls clothes, a box of Blythe customising odds and ends, embroidery and cross stitch floss, my electric sander and carving tools, a box full of BJD eyes, the pink box contains wigs of all sizes, then there is my box of Sasha (and larger) dolls shoes, and finally on the bottom we have a bag of dollfie 'cushions', a case of Little Darlings clothing, a box of Kaye Wiggs sized clothes and in front, a box of Sasha sized wigs!!
On top of the wardrobe are more boxes of dolls clothes....as you'll have gathered, I never seem to throw dolls clothes away.....
Oh look! What's this? Must be more boxes of fabric...this time we have plain knits and ....something else, can't even remember what's in that bottom one! But I'm sure it'll come in handy one day!
And then we are back at the door again. This wall faces the window so I didn't want any dolls to be standing in direct sunlight, although it looks like we've found one porcelain one snoozing on the shelf...or could she be drunk? This unit, once a shoe storage cupboard thingy, got revamped by Brendan with me in mind. It houses my printer, the telephone, more storage units on top, and beneath we have knitting patterns, my small tripod, craft and doll books, and finally on the bottom, my lovely big Dewalt yellow tool box...full to the brim with my tools! Oh and a small photograph printer which probably isn't working anymore as it's been so long since I used it. The tall plastic unit you can see just to the left contains all sorts of things such as postage forms, envelopes, socks for making dolly tights from, dolls hair adornaments, anything that I couldn't find a home elsewhere for, basically!
And finally, last but not least, I have this, which is a treasured couple of caricatures which we had done many years ago on separate holidays in Florida. I recently put them in a frame but now there doesn't seem to be much wall space available to fit them on! But I'm sure I'll find somewhere eventually, even if it's just on the wall of the loo! ;)
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've enjoyed this 'tour' of my dolly/sewing room!!!