As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Yesterday I shared some pictures of the 18 inch doll beach diorama that I built about four years ago or so: The video at the top of the page today shows you how to make your own doll beach, just like the one in the image above. It’s ideal for 18 inch dolls, but of course … Continue reading How to make a BIG beach diorama for your dolls!
These two doll-friends really remind me of myself and my cousin, Virginia. I was always afraid of the water, whereas Virginia would dive in the minute we got out of the car! Virginia and I took our dolls to the beach, built sand castles for them to live in, and played like our Barbies were mermaids in the ocean water. The American Girl dolls, like … Continue reading Did you play with your dolls in the water?
Today’s video is a break from my normal routine. Back in 2014, my daughter and I took a trip to Paris. I took these photos in museums all around Paris, and now I thought it might be fun to upload them and see what you think. Feel free to leave comments and/or suggestions. Should I have narrated, or was it fun to just look at … Continue reading Pictures from my trip to Paris and the museums I visited #ParisTrip #AmWriting
Everybody’s busy making resolutions for the upcoming year, but today I’m going to reflect on the resolutions I set back in 2022. What was I able to accomplish? My Strawberry Shortcake 11 inch doll, which I bought at a second hand store and restored from her earlier state of disarray, now has her own gallery, here on ChellyWood.com, so that was an accomplishment for 2022! … Continue reading Which New Year’s resolutions did I accomplish in 2022? #NewYearsResolutions #DollClothesPatterns
In 2019, I first launched my Share Your Creations! page. Starting today, July 15, 2022, students who have taken one of my online courses through the Creative Spark online learning platform are being offered an opportunity to post images of their handmade doll clothes, along with a link to and/or watermark for their website or social media handles, for the Share Your Creations! page on … Continue reading Announcement: a change to the “Share Your Creations” page on ChellyWood.com
Today I’m going to give you a brief preview of the many projects I’m working on behind the scenes. As I’ve said in a previous blog post, I’ve started filming for my next class. That takes a lot of time and concentration, so I have to get lots of blog post materials prepped before I start to work on my Creative Spark coursework. And here’s … Continue reading Upcoming Tutorials, Videos, Projects, and Patterns
I’m actually pretty good at following through with my New Year’s resolutions. As my most faithful followers may recall, in 2019 and 2020 I resolved to a.) re-design my website with galleries and b.) switch all JPG patterns to PDFs for easier downloads. I’m still working on the resolution from 2020 (which carried over into 2021 and still goes on to this day) — that’s … Continue reading It’s time for a doll-clothes-designer’s New Year’s resolution!
I hope you enjoy this Littlest Pet Shop video. It shows how my patterns can be adapted for various dolls and toys, to suit your needs. As with all of my videos, the content is perfect for even young children and older kids too. This blog post is a re-post. I’m on a business trip, so I’m keeping my blog posts short (but hopefully entertaining) … Continue reading Let’s watch a Halloween video with Littlest Pet Shop toys! #HappyHalloween #KidStuff
This is an older video, but it has been somewhat popular on my YouTube channel. Since my article was published in the March & April issue of Doll Castle News magazine, I’ve been following a theme of doll photography tips and tricks on Mondays, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to revisit this helpful tutorial, showing how I make my “invisible” doll stands. Now in my article … Continue reading Doll Photography Tip #11: Make an “Invisible” Doll Stand @ ChellyWood.com #DollPhotography #DollStagram
Fashion dolls are typically made of hard plastic, and yet we want them to look life-like in our photos. So how do we avoid the glossy look of a doll’s hard-plastic “skin?” This doll photography tutorial video helps you solve this notorious problem. My regular followers know that in my day job, I’m a school librarian, but you probably don’t realize that I teach classes … Continue reading Doll Photography Tip #10: Avoid Glossy Doll “Skin” #Photography #Dollstagram
Indoor photography can be a real hassle when you have to set up the kitchen table for a photo shoot right after breakfast, hurry though your photos, and then take the kitchen-table-studio apart again in time for serving lunch or dinner. In 2015, I moved all my doll photography stuff out to the kids’ playhouse. They were in junior high and high school, and they … Continue reading Doll Photography Tip #9: Set up a Studio for Photographing Your Dolls #DollCollector #CraftRoom
We’ve all taken them: the photo that’s too dark or too bright. This video tutorial suggests ways to counteract problems with light and shadows. However, if you want to know more about how to adjust your DSLR camera and its ISO, aperture settings, etc., the place to look is Chelsea and Tony Northrup’s book, Stunning Digital Photography. I learned everything I know about my camera … Continue reading Doll Photography Tip #8: Light and Shadows #Photography #Tutorials