Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Free Paper Doll Travel Set: New Steamer Trunk

Victoria's New Steamer Trunk has arrived!

It is time for Victoria to consider what to take with her on her exciting new tour of parts of Europe.

Please see the red letter Guidelines at the foot of this post. Thank you.

Victoria is going along as a companion to her newly married cousin, Mrs. Mercy De Haven, whose husband, Tom will be in Europe on business as a part of their honeymoon. This will be a unique opportunity for all three young people. For Tom, it is a first chance to handle a few business affairs for an elderly uncle of his who is no longer capable of traveling so far from home. He is learning the business from the ground up, and will be exposed to a number of new opportunities. For Mercy, it will be her very first time seeing all of the sights she read about as a girl. The young couple are pleased to be having Mercy's favorite cousin and very best friend, Victoria, with them.

Victoria is almost too excited to be able to sleep at night sometimes. Her thoughts are dwelling on this new adventure of travels abroad so much that she sometimes lies awake at night imagining each upcoming delight. She will not only get to see many new things, but she will have a wonderful opportunity to learn even more about her chosen vocation as a teacher of the subjects of Geography and foreign languages. She plans to work especially hard on her French and Italian while on this trip.

One of her aunts, Mercy's mother, has offered her the use of an old copy of Baedecker's travel guide to Paris. She is holding the book in her right hand in the outfit + scene below. Despite the fact that this particular edition was printed decades prior to the Paris Exposition and the Grand Opening of the Eiffel Tower of 1889, she has gratefully accepted the volume. This could provide her with some new ideas as to the history of that fascinating French capital city.

Her steamer trunk is designed to be secure at all times. It is really quite heavy, being made mainly of wood and metal with brass hasps and other heavy features. No longer will she have to borrow any trunk from one of her family members. From now on, she will have her very own, personal travel trunk. This is truly a wonderful and lavish birthday surprise from her family. 

You will notice how her borrowed suitcase has travel location stickers still stuck to its rugged leather casing. She intends to keep some personal things in this, as it may be handled with greater ease than her very heavy new trunk.

She has chosen a brand new pair of "hygienic" walking shoes, to wear for practical purposes. These button up at the sides and also have slightly lower heels as well as a wider instep than more formal shoes do. Such sensible footwear she will be glad of whenever out on various walking tours with her cousin.

She also will carry her large woven handbag, the one with the leather handles. At the moment, this is standing empty atop the new trunk, alongside her umbrella. This lightweight travel bag made a prior appearance here at the Studio's blog in another travel outfit post which you may find at the following link HERE.

The outfit she is wearing is for summer. Yes, it's true - high necks were often worn year round in Victorian England. Her blouse is made of crisply starched lighter weight fabric trimmed with lace. Her starched linen skirt with the pretty flounces will no doubt be packed for the journey very soon.

Below, guests will also find a specially designed support standard for this outfit with little scene. I recommend the use of card stock for this. I suppose it may be printed onto paper and then glued to some lightweight cardboard. Perhaps a discarded cereal box might work well. 

For the outfit, I think that I would try two sheets of paper. Print it to the top one, of course, and then use glue stick glue in order to laminate it to the second, bottom sheet. Card stock might be a bit too heavy for the tabs at the doll's shoulders, after all.

NOTE:
This will be a tricky item to cut out due to the many fine details included in its design. It might be easier for mothers or older siblings to help with this tricky cut. The hair, especially, is bound to be delicate and tricky to cut out. A pair of tiny or manicure style scissors might be helpful. 
The hair tab could be tricky this time, for there is no hat. 
The doll will look just fine without the hair bow at the back of her hair, of course. It is offered for those who like the details. 

One suggestion for the hair with bow might be to do the following:  
1) cut both the hair tab and the chosen color of hair away from the printed page, using your scissors carefully. 2) Clear wrapping tape can be used for this next part. Place the Hair Tab and the hair  on a clean, dry smooth surface. Make sure that they will fit together properly. The tape will be stuck to the back of the hair and to the front of the Hair tab, forming a sort of a hinge. It is probably best to test this for fit prior to doing the next step. 3) Next, apply a small amount of glue stick glue to the tiny bit of bow on the Hair Tab. Position the two items till they match in shape. Adhere the two bow areas and press together using fingers. Allow to dry for a little while. Hopefully, the above instructions should work well. If anybody has either a problem or any questions, just let me know in the comment area below.

In just a few short days, it will be the 4th of July and thus time for Victoria to help out at the big Independence Day Gala. You may find her chosen special outfit for the occasion by following the link HERE. But within a very short time after the Gala event, both she and her cousin Mercy will be busy making the final preparations for their long journey to various places in Europe.

Happy Playtime Travels!


PPSPlaytime™: Victoria Prepares to Travel Abroad

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Download Special Support Standard HERE

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{For a better idea as to how to use the standard,
I 'd like to suggest following this link HERE. The
two are made to be quite similar in construction.}


Credits:

Trunk image used in this paper doll outfit came 
from a page at http://antiqueimages.blogspot.com/.


©RHMcGuinn as are all of the rest of the Paper Dolls, outfits, rooms, Scenes and Accessories, including standards. 
Thanks for the courtesy.
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You are free to:
play with or trade or give
the above outfit with support standard.
You are not free to:
ever sell either in any form or 
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Two Tone Paper Doll Gowns

Which will it be, Lilac or Lily?

In this post, there will be two dresses offered from which to choose for Victoria the antique Paper Doll.

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Lilies come in a number of colors and shades. They may be white, but with bright green stems and either orange or deep golden centers. They may be a pretty shade of shell pink or even flagrantly orange. I've chosen to go with orange this time, using this as the highlight and accessory color for the Lily version of this two tone gown.

Lilacs likewise come in several different tones, ranging from white all the way to deep, plush purple. I've chosen two of my favorite lilac flower colors for the Lilac version of this gown.

At the very bottom of this post, I am now adding an orchestrated dance tune by Strauss which was played at some dances. It was usually danced more often by the younger crowd. I can see how come!
:)

Happy Playtime creativity!


PPSPlaytime™: Lilac or Lily Party Gown

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Thanks for the courtesy.
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You are free to:
play with or trade or give
the above outfits.
You are not free to:
ever sell them in any form or 
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

The Thunder and Lightning Polka by Strauss!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gem Tone Paper Doll Birthday Dresses

For Victoria the Free Paper Doll

Here is Set Number One in a series of new dress choices for the slightly more grown up dressing of Victoria the Paper Doll. The very first time that I saw the fashion illustration used for this new paper doll dress, I was not at all certain that I'd be able to make it work for this doll. However, with some work, I have redesigned it to fit the New Look version of the doll and also added new colors to suit her various hair color choices.

Please read and follow the red letter Guidelines at the foot of this post. Thank you.

Happily, after a certain amount of work, it finally fits the doll and also looks a bit better than it first did. Each one of the dresses below has its own matching gemstone brooch pinned to the bodice, just below the lacy neckline. I've made the dancing shoes to match each one as well. You'll note how it has a little more mature quality to its looks than the one which she was given for her 19th Birthday last year. It is also the very latest style for her 20th year celebration.

For each dress, there are 5 hair colors to choose from, each one with its own feathery decoration at the back in a matching color. She also has a matching dance card fan with its very own tiny pencil attached through a sleeve - like loop along one edge.

The Story:
As mentioned in a previous post, Victoria's 20th birthday will soon be occurring in the month of July. She is becoming a little more mature and a little more wise with each passing year. Just this last spring, she passed all of her exams quite readily. Her teachers have suggested that she become a teacher herself after some further study. 

She will want to travel first, of course, and to learn more about the world and all of its various cultures. She longs to teach her favorite subjects, foreign languages and geography! Her grandmother is entirely supportive of such an excellent career choice. Special arrangements have already been made for Victoria to travel this summer on her own modest and more updated version of the European Grand Tour.

Her newly married cousin, Mrs. Mercy DeHaven, will soon finally be able to take an extended honeymoon trip abroad with her spouse, Mr. Tom DeHaven. The DeHavens have offered to chaperone young Victoria, to give her a separate stateroom aboard ship, as well as rooms in the same hotels in which they are to be staying, and to take her with them along the way. Tom will be there for business purposes during part of the time that they are to be abroad, and so Mercy will have the companionship she'd lack without such a special family guest as her favorite young cousin along.

In the meantime, just prior to Victoria's birthday party, many things are to happen. She must add a few new items to her travel accessories for the journey, including walking shoes and a new steamer trunk, among other things. The steamer trunk is to be a birthday present from the family. This will truly be a journey worth remembering!

But more on her travels will be offered here during the coming weeks and months. Let's enjoy her birthday party first, shall we?

Happy Playtime Creativity!


PPSPlaytime™: Victoria's Gem Tone 
Party Dress Set #1

Download Garnet Gown HERE

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Download Amethyst Gown HERE
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Download Aquamarine Gown HERE
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Download Emerald Gown HERE
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Download Sapphire Gown HERE
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Thanks for the courtesy.
Guidelines
You are free to:
play with or trade or give
the above outfits.
You are not free to:
ever sell them in any form or 
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Free Paper Doll 4th of July Dress

An Independence Day Gala Dress - for a British young lady!

Soon it will be Independence Day (or the 4th of July) here in the USA, but for young Victoria Lacey, it will very soon be her 20th birthday and therefore time for her to celebrate!

This has been a fun (albeit slowly produced) project for me. You see, it has been a number of weeks since I could be freely available to make anything new for this blog. I am still  taking a lot of time out for family and health reasons.

Below you will see the first in a new series of party dresses made specifically for Victoria Lacey, the paper doll. This Plush Possum Studio Original set of dresses now has copyrights in my name and in the name of this blog, as do all of my other paper doll items. Though all of them are still being offered freely, they are not to be sold by anybody, but are to remain free to the public. Please see the red letter Guidelines below as to fair use and restrictions. Thank you.

This project began with an antique fashion illustration from the 1890's era. This was then altered significantly and then enhanced whenever I had a few free minutes. In other words, I may be offering it here for free, but it has taken a fair amount of work to make it both wearable for the doll and pretty enough to look at. It never did look right when I used deeper blues and reds, so I have kept the colors lighter and a little bit brighter. This looked better on the doll overall due to her coloring.

The Story:
The particular style of longer glove to this outfit was worn often to gala events, such as a ball or a more formal dining experience, and this was done year round. 

This time, there is to be a (British) summer fund raising event meant to benefit a special hospital for retired soldiers or veterans. A number of people in Victoria's family are very much involved in the creating of this big event. Victoria and her married cousin, Mercy are a part of the committee of young women who are in charge of a portion of this Gala. For Victoria's cousin - in - law, Tom, it is to be a busy day as well. You see, he and some of his colleagues from his school days have arranged a fancy display of fireworks for the evening of the big event. Tickets for the Gala will hopefully generate funds for retired elder soldiers and their families. 

For Victoria, who is only half British and who has American relatives, this is a somewhat different kind of event. In honor of her long departed and loving parents, she will wear her red, white and blue for this occasion. This will offend no one at the event, as both the British Union Jack flag and the American stars and stripes flag are red, white and blue.

While Tom will be busy organizing the Gala fireworks display, his new bride, Mercy and her cousin Victoria will be likewise busy with their own part of the Gala. Their job is to organize and also to decorate a number of small booths. Many things are to be shown for sale in those booths. There is to be a booth specially set aside for photographic portraits, while several others will merely offer items that have been made by hand by ladies and young girls of the committee. Some of these items will include embroidered handkerchiefs and hand towels.

Victoria's Grandmother Lacey, with whom she still resides, will be offering some homemade shortbread cookies and gingersnaps at her baked goods booth. Some friends of theirs will also be contributing some of their own homemade baked goods. Mercy's younger sister, Ruth, has organized a taffy pull for young children, and any taffy that is made is to likewise be sold at Grandmother Lacey's booth. 

Any proceeds generated by these booths will hopefully add to the funding being collected for the soldiers by members of the Gala committee.

Everyone in the family is very excited about this upcoming and very special event! There is to be a big banquet before the fireworks show. After that, there is to be a ball with a fine orchestra. Note the special dance card style fan the doll is holding. I love that cute little matching pencil in its charming sleeve attached along one edge of the fan, don't you? I imagine that Victoria's little dance card fan will very quickly get written on with a gentleman's name for every one of the dances being offered.

Note: Other color ways of this dress are sure to follow, each one made to feature the various hair colors currently available for the New Look version of this paper doll. I'll be sure to share those here very soon.

Enjoy your summer playtime fun
with your
Happy Creativity!


PPSPlaytime™ Victoria's Independence 
Day Gala Dress

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©RHMcGuinn as are all of the rest of the Paper Dolls, outfits, rooms, Scenes and Accessories, including standards. 
Thanks for the courtesy.
Guidelines
You are free to:
play with or trade or give
the above outfit freely.
You are not free to:
ever sell it in any form or 
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Old Illustrated Bible Page of Psalm 23

This is my first new item here at PPS in weeks.

I'm sorry to have had to be away so much. I really miss my little hobby of keeping this blog. There are family concerns, etc. keeping my mind and time away from offering anything new here. I am offering this new illustrated page for free, but please respect my copyrights. I have made it look nicer as well as fresher in appearance. I've also altered its size so that it will print for guests of this blog. One fourth of an inch is the narrowest margin size for this one. 

Happy Sunday creativity!


Old Illustrated Bible Page
Psalm 23

Download HERE


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