Saturday, August 26, 2017


 Hi All,
The stores are getting their Halloween merchandise in, so the season has officially started! In my area, I'm noticing a lot more "Dias de los Muertos" merchandise than ever before. I guess the big manufacturers are finally catching on to the trend.

(Although, I understand there is some controversy with the Latin community about Americans adopting their holiday and mixing it with Halloween....)

Anyway, I love BOTH holidays! Here is my latest Day of the Dead sugar skull bust:

And, here's something new for me: 

One night, I couldn't sleep and started to play with some polymer clay. (I hardly use polymer and need to practice more.) Anyway, this is  NOT my original idea. I saw these on Pinterest and they made me laugh, so I gave it a try. 

These are my Zombie Candy Corn:

They are about 2-1/2 and 3 inches tall. (I think I did pretty good for just a few hours.)

Have fun!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Hi All,
Just wanted to let you know I finished converting my "Belly Dancer Costume" pattern into a digital e-pattern. (Those of you who follow my blog know I am slowly converting all my old paper patterns into PDF format.)

The Belly Dancer Costume is for my "La Femme" doll pattern (the doll pattern is not included with the Belly Dance costume pattern -- sorry.)

Here's a photo of  "La Femme" doll, posed as a belly dancer:

This is probably my favorite pattern, as I LOVE belly dancers costumes. So much opportunity for embellishing!

To buy my patterns, go to my website (here) and look at the E-PATTERNS page. Just click on the PayPal BUY NOW button. You can pay with your PayPal account, a credit card, or a bank account. After payment, I will email you the pattern and you print it at home.

Here's another version of the belly dancer I made for "Treasures of the Gypsy" (who also sells my patterns.)

Have fun!  A.B.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Hi All,
I made a "Fat Mermaid" for a friend birthday present. My friend LOVES pink, so that's where the color scheme came from. We talked about it before I made it, and we both decided it was time for a sweet, "plus-size" mermaid.

This mermaid is designed to hang on the wall, so I tried to make her look like she's floating in the water. Of course, she couldn't JUST be a pink & silver mermaid -- but a SHOWGIRL pink & silver mermaid!

I inherited a lot of this sequin trim (it's very old) on large spools in several colors when an old friend closed his costume shop 25 years ago. (These are pale pink, but the bad lighting makes them look silver.) So far, the only thing I can think to do with it is to make mermaids.

Sorry for the poor photographs. I had trouble because the only wall I could hang her on didn't face my lighting. Oh well....

To get the hair to go up and to the side, I stitched a stuffed hair pad onto the head shaped in a point. I covered it with a mohair weft and felted/stitched it to the hair pad (lots of hair spray used!) Next time, I think I will try to get the hair to go even higher.

She was fun to make, so I will probably turn her into a pattern. But, since people won't be able to find sequin trim chain-stitched like this (I don't think they make it anymore), I will have to come up with another idea for the fish tail.

Now, time to start making Halloween dolls!!

Have fun!