Blythe carrying a hand made tote in Eloise from the Happy Land Fabric line. Photo and tote by Christie Ray Jones
Have you heard about Blythe Dolls? She has a cult following of hobbyists who customize the doll by creating clothing, accessories and shoes for her. Blythe is (11 inch) tall, with an oversized head and large eyes that change color with the pull of a string. The Blythe Dolls were originally based on the character Betty Boop and the paintings 'Big Eyes' by the artist Margaret Keane. She was created in 1972 and was initially only sold for one year in the United States by toy company Kenner (later purchased by Hasbro). In 2000, the photo book This is Blythe
was published, and in 2001 the Japanese toy company Takara began producing new editions of Blythe dolls. She has been hit ever since!
Last year, Jennifer teamed up with Jen from Earth Angel Studios
for the annual Holiday show and they are collaborating again this year. Jen's artists are doing a special Meet N Greet at the Lafayette Mill Antiques Center, Lafayette, NJ focusing on the Blythe craze. Meet Blythe and see what all the fuss is about -- Bring your doll, meet the artists, watch a custom demo -- Letty Worley, Rosanna De Bellis & Sue Parker are the SPECIAL GUESTS. Join them on Friday, October 20 from 4 to 6:30 pm.
Calling all cooking/baking fans and friends and family of chefs and bakers. Jennifer is hosting a Pampered Chef
online party and the proceeds are going to help the island of Puerto Rico to rebuild after Hurricane Maria.
The holidays will be here before we know it, so shop now for the perfect holiday gift or hostesses gift. Pampered Chef offers cook's tools, cutlery, stoneware, bakeware, and accessories to make cooking and entertaining fun. Not only will you get your holiday shopping done early, but you'll know your purchase is going towards a worthy cause. Thanks in advance for your support!
Many of you know already, the Caribbean is near and dear to Jennifer's heart, but Puerto Rico holds a very special place. It's where her sister, Molly Assad lives with her family and mother, Patricia. Molly, her family and mother where a few of the lucky ones and able to leave the island before Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20.
Jennifer, center, with her sister Molly and mom Patricia in Florida in early October
Since the hurricane, Puerto Rico is struggling. Empty shelves, no electricity, no water, no gas. Downed power lines, impassable roads, homes and belongs covered in mud as flood waters recede. The Jones Act, which requires that shipments between two US seaports travel only on US-flagged vessels, built in US shipyards, with American owners and crews, has unfortunately made it difficult for much needed supplies to arrive quickly. Puerto Ricans are working hard and doing everything they can to rebuild but it will take months and years.
Immediately after the hurricane, Jennifer's sister Molly, had been getting reports off the island about the dire situation and swiftly jumped in to help from Florida. She has shopped for supplies herself and had them shipped over, and contacted owners of private planes to fly in larger lots of supplies. Jennifer saw everything her sister was doing and immediately began donating herself and offering up her paintings, fabric, patterns for sale on Facebook
with part of the proceeds going directly to her sister and her efforts. Thanks to you, our Sis Boom fans, we have raised over $4,000!!! Thank you all who have donated directly and purchased items benefiting our efforts. We appreciate it so much!
But, there is still much do be done. If you'd like to help, please consider donating directly to Molly's GoFundMe Account
or the fundraiser Jennifer started on Facebook
benefiting Habitat for Humanity in Puerto Rico.
Finally, most of the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma, which hit earlier in September, rely mainly on tourism dollars. So please consider spending your vacation dollars in the next year in the Caribbean if you can; they are vitally important to the region's economy and long term recovery.
Use code "Maria" at checkout to save 20% on all Sis Boom Patterns.
50% of the profits will go directly to those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. As many of you know, Jennifer's sister, Molly, and mother live in Puerto Rico. Molly is personally spearheading many endeavors to get much needed supplies and resources to the hurricane ravaged island. To find out more ways you can help, follow Sis Boom
on Facebook for updates.
We've long admired Bee J Stanley, owner of Blutterfly Baby Boutique, because she takes Sis Boom fabric and makes endless ruffles for dresses, rompers, bloomers and more. This momma of 4 works full time with a long daily commute but still finds time to sew. Wow! Give her a follow over on Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose of sewing and color inspiration.
Over the Top Modified Ruffle Dress
Hi!! I’m Bee J Stanley, owner of Blutterfly Baby Boutique. I am a mother of 4 beautiful children. I have a wonderful husband who supports all my sewing habits, sometimes unknowingly, OK mostly unknowingly…LOL. I have been sewing little girl dresses now for over 2 years. I’m self-taught from using blogs, internet, YouTube and simply watching others and feel like I’m learning more every day. I’m always willing to help new sewists with questions and hope to learn some amazing skills in return. Not that I’m the expert, but having someone help with simple things that make everything easier can really help. I work a full-time job 50 hours a week with a 3-hour daily commute and I do all my sewing on the weekends- I call it my “play time”. Making crazy over the top modified dresses are my new favorite creations and are so much fun, so I thought I would share a little on how I do that. Threads and Stitches sent me some fabrics to play with and create this blog, so here we go. I’ve never written a blog before so I hope you like it and please come share with me once you have tried this- or one of your own over the top designs! I am super excited to showcase one of the best designer fabrics in the world- Jennifer Paganelli’s Sunny Isle Collection, Sis Boom
- Free spirit fabrics.
To see a tutorial on how to make this amazing dress, head over to Thread and Stitches....