Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Fleur is French for flower 🌸🎈

Practice makes perfect someone said...well, yes my custom dolls are not perfect yet but I'm loving my new girl!

Please meet ~ "Fleur" ~

She does like her sleep... in fact it took her a while to open her eyes, I'd almost named her "Sleeping Beauty".  I figure she must take after me as I used to sleep a lot...like 10 hours a day!! I wouldn't mind having a long nap right now but for the life of me, I can't seem to sleep much now-a-days but it leaves me feeling tired most of the time.  I'd always questioned how the oldies always get up early despite what time they sleep.  My mum's always saying she can't sleep in, it must be a sign of old age?  Please tell me that's not true!! LOL 

Now, please allow me to take you on my journey of creating Fleur...

This is what she looked liked.  A factory Blythe with beautiful long pink hair.  I had planned for her to have pink eyelids with white polka dots.  You know I LOVE Polka Dots!!!  She was going to have a Bob cut and she was going to be a cutesy playful girl!

Things never work out as planned and I really believe things happen for a reason...and if it doesn't go your way, it's a blessing in disguise? Well that's what I tell myself to keep happy! πŸ˜†

I found this beautiful pink acrylic paint, painted her lids and was about to paint white polka dots until I rumbled through my draw of stashed goodies.  I had these beautiful tiny dry flowers which I'd stumbled upon during my shopping exhibitions one day.  They were so pretty I knew I would put it in good use one day..

Voila!! I was so happy with how they turned out..what do you think?  I know it's not polka dots as planned but sometimes, as artists you just have to go with it and see where it takes you no?

After the sanding, carving, sanding, sanding, more carving and sanding again, she was ready for a face up.  My absolute favourite part of doing Blythe customisation.  

I had planned for her to have pink eyebrows however, I wanted to bring out the flowers on her lids so I decided on a yellowy/gold instead.

They say eyes are the windows to the soul?  I really wanted her eyes to speak to you and I had something in mind but I didn't think it will compliment her lids, hair and make up.  There are so many beautiful eyechips by so many talented Custom Blythe artists out there that I thought would go perfectly with this little girl but I couldn't wait for them arrive from overseas which usually takes up to two weeks to reach me.  I decided to just try creating them myself.  It's always a bit daunting to try something new with something you're not familiar with but you never know what you can do until its done I tell myself, and it will be fun!!  So I played around with glitter and different colour paints and again see where it will take me...

Here are three eye chips I did but I keep her original purple thinking it may look good on her with the "Pink" and playful theme I was trying to achieve.  I especially love the "stars" in her eyes! 



Flour was starting to look a bit serious and not as playful as I'd intended but hey, nothing a good bob haircut wouldn't fix!!  Cut or not to cut? I was very hesitant about cutting her hair, it was just so beautiful and soft after I'd shampooed and put treatment in it.  The colour is just amazing, hence why I had chose her as my base doll.   So I put it out there and asked other's thought.  Cut or no to Cut?  Most people voted for the bob however, one comment stuck with me which was "her expression is more suited to long hair" and I totally agreed.  I can't turn her into someone she was not born to be...she wasn't a playful little girl I'd hope she would be, instead, she was sensitive, gentle and a little shy...almost like to keep to herself or with a small group of close company.  

And not to mention that hair was too beautiful to cut and also not to mention I was too scared to cut it since not too long ago, I'd tried cutting my little boy's hair and had to take him to the hair dressers the next day!! LOL

Well here she is, my sweet girl and just like a little blossom, I thought "Fleur" was a fitting name for her.  Sweet yet a little bit of a tomboy with her love of wearing boots, even with a pretty lace dress I'd made for her. 

I hope you enjoy coming on this little journey with me and remember..

"There is no someday...just TODAY! :D

xx



Monday, 9 January 2017

Baby Angels are born..

Happy 2017 Everyone!

I'm so excited to present to you my first creations for the New Year.   Please meet my Baby Angels "Boo" and "Ben".



Baby Angel "Boo" has (right) has been adopted however, his twin "Ben" (left) is just listed in my Etsy shop.   For more photos and adoption details, please visit www.jennylovesbenny.com

These Baby Angels are a new design and I shall have their pattern available to you soon.  Stay Tuned!

Thank you for dropping in and have a super fab day!! :D

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Jenny Bear meets Belle & Pink πŸ’•

Hi All,

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas day and have had these few days to recover.  As for me, I'm still celebrating. For some reason, most of my friend's (and mine) birthdays are between Christmas and New Years and the party doesn't stop until after the New Year!  I've conceded that I'm no longer as young nor do I have the energy to PARTY ON like the days of old! LOL

Today, I've decided to give myself some ME time and get my butt in order so I can hit the ground running for the start of 2017 then I will slowly run out of fuel and do a lot of catching by mid-year and miserable falling behind by the year end! hehe...

I've just created JLB's January's wallpaper.  It's "Jenny Bear meets Belle & Pink"!  My JLB family is growing from bears to now dolls.  I hope to bring you more designs in the new year and new patterns and kits too!  Hope you enjoy seeing them on your screen and they help brighten up your days!

Have a safe and Happy New Year in 2017!! Thank you all for your follows and your AWESOME support in 2016.  Looking forward to hearing from you in the New Year! πŸ’—

Hugs,
Jenny
xx

Saturday, 24 December 2016

πŸŽ„Merry Christmas All!!! ⛄


Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Would just like to take a moment and thank you all for your wonderful support of my work over the years. Without you JennyLovesBenny would not exist. I hope this year has been very special to you and even more so with the years to come. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays wherever you are! πŸ’—Thank you always! πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

a message in a bauble?

I must say, the time leading up to Christmas is always my favourite time of the year...
Putting up the Christmas tree, shopping for presents and all that cooking, baking and food and of course, quality time with family and friends.

Since Daniel was born, we started our own Christmas tradition, where each year, we have a new tree ornament, whether it's one we go shop and choose together and more recently, now that Daniel is older, we're putting a bit of a personal touch to them.

This year, it's a message in a bauble, we all get one each and inside, we write a special message for each other and dated so that in years to come, we can revisit what we have written to each other...πŸ™‚


Last year we collected pine cones from Daniel's school, we painted the tips with glue and dipped it in glitter...put a ribbon on and gave one to each of his teachers and of course, one each for ourselves.


We decorate our tree together early ( like first week of November ) so that we can enjoy the tree just a little bit longer, and each time we bring out our own ornament, it always sparks conversation of where we got it or how we made it...really brings back great memories.  I realise this time doesn't last, as Daniel will become less interested as he grows up but I'm hoping we've built enough good childhood memories for him to store away and hopefully, this new tradition of ours might even get past down to his family in the future.

I'd love for you to share your family Christmas tradition with me.  Here's to the days leading up to Christmas! Enjoy it!

Hugs,
Jenny






Tuesday, 20 December 2016

a quiet moment ..

A beautiful day to be in my sewing room...
Working in progress on a custom order and a new baby Angel bear.


Monday, 19 December 2016

🍎 New Jenny Bear is here..

 Hi All, 

A new Jenny Bear is here and she's now in my Etsy shop at: 
https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/485203132/artist-bear-jenny-bear-in-day-dress-by?ref=shop_home_active_1 for more detail and larger photos, please visit www.jennylovesbenny.com, there's heaps of photos of her there! :D


πŸ“¦ I'm offering FREE SHIPPING for JENNY BEAR, SHE WILL BE SENT VIA PRIORITY AIRMAIL WITH TRACKING!!  Feel free to message me if you have any questions regarding any of my bears.

Thank you for stopping by! :D

Hugs,
Jenny



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

πŸ””Tis the season to be jolly....fa la la la la

Oh my!! has it been a month already? Well, guess what!?  The school holidays will be starting soon which means I'll be home more with my boy and yes, this also means, I will have more time for my 'other' child "JennyLovesBenny"!! πŸ˜›

I must say I've not been working very hard this month on my bears OR dolls..I've had and still have family from the US visiting and occasional staying with us.  As a result, I've done lots of cooking, baking, eating and playing mahjong till all hours of the morning.  Thankfully for them, they can sleep in but not so lucky for me, I still have to get up and go to work.. :(

December always makes me think of Christmas and as Christmas is looming, I've started our family tradition of putting up our Christmas tree early..like the first week of November.  Each year, Daniel will bring out his Christmas train set, he will set it up once our tree is up and decorated.  I really like the feeling of Christmas and what the holidays brings for us all...










I haven't forgotten about December's wall paper though!! I'd just finished making a new dress for Jenny Bear for the festive season.  Please find below my December wallpaper featuring Jenny Bear and her beloved puppy celebrating Christmas...πŸŽ„

I hope this will put you in the festive mood! Just click on the photo to download.
Have a great month but remember..."don't count the days..make the days count"!! :D  

Hugs
xx

Sunday, 30 October 2016

give me back my Spring..🌸

Hi All!!

Can you believe we're almost in November?  It's been so cold and we probably only had a handful of nice warm days in Melbourne.  Winter had decided to stay for much longer than I want it to and now, we've almost missed Spring!  The cold deprived me of any white flowers on my wisteria which I'd planted 4 two years ago.  Let's hope the Summer bloom on my other plants will make up for the cold!

This month,  I made a new Anime Bear "Chocoball" because he just reminds me of chocolate Maltesers!!! LOL

Chocoball is currently looking for a new home, please visit my link here: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/472100650/artist-bear-chocoball-anime-bear-by-bear?ref=listing-shop-header-2


I'd also spent a lot of time with my new addiction of customising Blythe dolls and my latest is "Alice"!  Who doesn't like Alice in Wonderland right??  Here's some photos of my version of "Alice"..



We can't have an Alice without a bunny..so Alice has her own JLB Twinkee bunny to keep her company!!  Below are pull strings I've created...can you spot the rabbit?


Inscription on the back...there really is no time like the present!


I've just listed Alice in my Etsy shop, please find the link below:

For more photos of Alice, please visit www.jennylovesbenny.com there's lots of lovely photos of Alice there.Before I forget, here is November's wallpaper.  I hope you like it! :DHave an awesome month everyone, before you'll know it we'll be in 2017!!!Hugs,


https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/474873456/custom-blythe-doll-ooak-alice-and-her?ref=shop_home_active_1






Sunday, 9 October 2016

Recap the last couple of weeks...and I have another little girl! πŸ’–πŸŽ€πŸ’–

Good Morning!! Or I should say afternoon! It's a late start today after a full on day yesterday, I knew my energy wouldn't last this long before I need a full recharge. I need a 4 day weekend! Wouldn't that be nice? πŸ˜„ 

It's been a hectic couple of weeks at JLB.  I'm spending more time on Facebook and Instagram with my snippets of daily updates, so if you wish to see my snippets, please follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

So what's been happening?




I finally got to make a Kimono for my Belle.  I do enjoy dressing Jenny Bear and Belle in Kimonos, I love playing around with the different fabrics and putting them together.  It's such a beautiful costume and design!  I've listed Belle's kimono in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/481588325/kimono-for-blythe-dolls-by?ref=shop_home_active_11It's very easy to fit and take off.. :D










I started working on my second Blythe doll.

Here is the original girl with Shiu Mei panda. 

I think pretty much all that could go wrong did go wrong this this little girl.  I had such beginner's luck with my first Custom Blythe Belle thankfully, otherwise, I would have been really discouraged.   I was really determined not to let all the issues I've had defeat me and I'm so glad I did.  I absolutely adore this little girl and have named her "Pink"!! πŸ’–

I had a request for more Piggies in my shop so I created this little baby.



My new Piggy "BABE" is now reserved, THANK YOU all for your views and likes. Today I will make a start on a Twinkee Bear for my new girl and two anime Bears. Will show you some sneak peaks along the way...thank you for coming along on my JLB journey! It's because of you that I'm "Living the life I want to live"!😘😘😘

Have a super Sunday!! 
Hugs,
Jenny
xx

Sunday, 25 September 2016

🌸🌺Fill your October with Beautiful Memories..


Now that I've started my Wallpaper calendars again, it's made me realised even more how quickly the year is flying by.  The Spring weather has finally arrive in Melbourne after a cold start...the petals on the blossom trees have started to fall and drifting with the warm breeze we've been having and are now replaced with fresh green leaves...

I finally managed to make a Kimono for my own Blythe "Belle", I love this girl to bits and have made next month's wallpaper featuring her with my favourite quotes written to me by my bestie as I was leaving for the UK ~ "Write to me as often as their wings inscribe the clouds, the wings of wild geese heading north, never stop writing." ~ Mursaki Shikibu

I hope you like this one, just click on the photo to download.
Hope your October will be filled with beautiful memories! :D

xx

Saturday, 17 September 2016

🍰 Never lose your sweet tooth!

πŸ§€πŸ° Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes.. 
I thought I had lost my sweet tooth for good but I think it's grown back!!It's hard not to with all these inspiring delicious finger linking recipes! Here's my attempt at baking Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes which I saw recently on Instagram.  I had to admit, it doesn't look as good as the ones on Instagram but it sure does taste delicious! Yummmmmmooo..


For recipe, please visit my JennyLovesToEat blog: http://jennylovestoeat.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/oreo-cheesecake-cupcakes.html

Enjoy baking and have an awesome weekend! 😊

Sunday, 11 September 2016

What's in the box? or should I say WHO!!?

Remember that box I found hidden in my cupboard full of sewn but unfinished bears?..well here is one on of them..

Please meet my dear Hans...

a lone traveller, who enjoys nature and the simple things in life,
He sleeps under the stars and wakes up to the fresh smell of morning dew...
He enjoys swiming in the lake with the fishes then bakes in the afternoon sun.
He likes to take long walks and gets lost in the woods.
He forages in the forest for berries ( he just loves blueberries )
He's never lonely as he has animals to talk to and birds to keep him company..
He doesn't need anything yet he has everything!

but now...
he just needs a new home :)
For more clearer photos and details of Hans, please visit my website http://www.jennylovesbenny.com/copy-of-for-adoption

He is now ready for adoption.  
If you'll like to make your own Hans, he is created from Hammond's pattern.
Thank you for stopping by and always, thank you for your follows! 
Happy Sunday everyone!! :D

❤️

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

🌸♩Serendipity!! ♬♫♪

Tidying up my work room is like a going on a treasure hunt, I never know what I'll find! Yap, I'm one of those people who put things away to keep thing neat and tidy and then forgetting where I'd put them when I need it! Tee heeee

  This week,  I found this tin box, tucked away far far back in the cupboard.  To my pleasant surprise, it was box full of sewn bears which I'd packed away during my first house move.  I'd totally forgotten about them!!!


I won't tell you what bear is in stall but I can tell you they are from my earlier designs. πŸ˜€
The next few weeks, I will attempt to complete them and bring them to life..poor things have been waiting and waiting in the dark...

I hope you'll get a nice surprise too,  please stay tuned! 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Are you ready for Spring? 🌸🌻

Are you ready for the cool breeze and the sun upon your face? The fish in the pond comes out of hiding,  the birds are chirping,  flowers are blooming and oh the Cherry blossoms!!??

I really do love Spring!!

For September's wallpaper, I've chosen my new Jenny Bear in her Kimono to be the model.  Jenny Bear wearing her apron getting ready for Spring cleaning. 


Just click on the photo to download.  
Have a fabulous month everyone, remember to make each day count! :D 

Hugs,
Jenny
πŸ’–