Reusable Shopping Baggies Are Back

Saves on plastic when you shop! How cool is that? A fun and inexpensive item to use or give with pride. I’m so excited to finally be presenting this product in the new and improved version that I have dreamed of. I feel good about offering an alternative to plastic bag use. And I like the way the product makes its own packaging, with just the addition of a small explanatory tag. My new serger turned out to be a wonderful tool. It allowed me to make more bags, faster and better, and have more fun doing it, too. Bliss.

Each set consists of three baggies and a neat Hawaiian print keeper pouch with velcro closure. Suitable for almost any item that you regularly purchase in the bulk food aisle. Baggies are made of untreated nylon, approximately 11×14 inches. They hold up to four pounds of food and their feather weight won’t add to your grocery bill. I have finished them with seams to the outside for easier cleaning. You can close the baggies with the twist-ties that are provided in-store for bulk bin numbers. The little pouch helps keep you organized and makes them easy to grab and go.

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A stack of around 58 bags.

Some super hip and groovy friends of mine have tested the baggies and given me great feedback on how easy they are to use and clean. Simply shake out to clean, or give a quick rinse if necessary. Not intended as food storage, you’ll want to transfer your goodies to airtight containers when you get home.

Next up, I also have plans to develop a net bag with a drawstring, suitable for apples, oranges and other items from the produce department. I hope the two styles together can help save a lot of plastic!

Below is a slideshow of a few of the colors available. Please visit Alexis Art Studio etsy shop to purchase.

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Wholesale inquires are welcome on this product.

Aloha and Mahalo for your interest in my reusable baggies!
Alexis

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Tiny Sweater Fashion Show 2014

Warm your heart and your holiday tree with these 3″ tall crochet sweaters. Cotton yarn. Flexible wire hanger. Assorted colors and fashionable styles. Shown below is the current collection. Since last year I have sold quite a few and made some new ones. Also, I’ve added some new embellishments like bows and rosettes. Some even have “Hawaii” or “Aloha” stickers on the fronts. Please enjoy the show and visit our etsy store to purchase. For you crafty types, check out the Project Instructions for my simple how-to instructions for making your own.

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Orange sweater with holly berry motif of felt and pom poms.

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Orange sweater with Christmas tree and red “fur” trim. (Sold)

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Light teal sweater with puffy sleeves and ribbon and rosette trim.

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Multi-stripe sweater with pink satin and pearl bow.

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Light teal sweater accented with white feather yarn and a pink rosette. (Sold)

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Hot pink sweater with pearly plastic snowflakes and Hawaii sticker.

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Hot pink sweater with white petal flower that has a tiny bead in the center, trimmed with white “fur” at the bottom hem.

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Hot pink sweater with pale pink felt flower including a yellow pom pom in the middle.

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Hot pink sweater with tan yoke, accented with white feather yarn and pink satin and pearl bow.

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Orange and pink stripes! Accented with two adorable tiny buttons on the yoke.

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Light blue sweater with orange felt flower including a yellow pom pom in the middle.

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Blue and purple multi-stripe sweater.

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Classy tan with black and white. Feather yarn, red rosette.

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Yellow sweater with red pom pom buttons, Hawaii stickter and green “fur” trim.

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Team spirit gold and purple stripes.

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Yellow and black bumble bee stripes accented with itty bitty square buttons.

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Yellow sweater accented with red-orange-rust feather yarn.

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Natural tan sweater accented with feather yarn and two tiny red buttons.

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Natural tan sweater with animal print felt flower including a red pom pom in the middle. (Sold)

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Natural tan sweater with brown feather yarn accents and embellished with a single brown button.

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Green on green with rosette. (sold)

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Green sweater with pink varigated feather yarn.

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Black sweater with tan yoke, white feather yarn, and red petal flower with a tiny bead in the middle.

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White sweater with Christmas tree and green trim. Accented with white “fur” at the bottom.

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Tan sweater with feather yarn and white yoke. Red petal flower with tiny bead in the middle and a “Big Island” sticker.

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White sweater with tan feather yarn and “Hawaii” sticker. Embellished with a gold petal flower.

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White sweater with Christmas tree topped with red pom pom. Green trim at neck and cuffs with red “fur” at the bottom hem.

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Delicate white sweater with feather yarn and a pale rosette. (Sold)

I am also offering this item as a special order. Contact me with questions and special requests. Thank you for your interest in my Aloha Sweaters!

Spotlight on Story Bead Earrings

Looking closer at a few classic pairs. Sharing the complete text here for the first time. Because wearing a novella on your ears is a literary, fashion, and humor statement all in one tiny package.

BELOW: “No ifs ands or buts.” I smirk every time I read this. Let me know if you can do it with a straight face. TEXT: And or but no if and or but and but and or no but but and or but but and and and no but no and and or [next bead] and but no if and or but if but and and or but and or no but and or and but no but or but and no and and but or

BELOW: “(No ifs ands or buts) with Style” The highlighter yellow color really makes the lettering pop. The first bead is very much similar to the above pair, with the second bead having a thesaurus collage. There wasn’t enough room on the back of the card to include all the text so here are some excerpts from [bead 2]. TEXT: style 4: An individual’s characteristic attitude and taste as expressed or indicated in his way of life <she liked the man’s sophisticated style> stylish <she was stylish dresser> a la mode, chic, dashing || classy, sharp, smart, snappy, swank

BELOW: “People from Hawaii.” Just some fun stuff from the book I was dismantling. [bead 1] TEXT: People from Hawaii make charming hostesses and gracious hosts it is a romantic sign old fashioned [bead 2] thesaurus collage.

BELOW: “Take a Leap” Mysterious poetry at its best, we love shopping lists. [bead 1] TEXT: to take a chance, sometimes a daring chance and making up a shopping list for each jump [bead 2] these leaps had actually been made because the smaller sizes may be used in big celebration

BELOW: “going to town.” A familiar tale for many of my local friends. [bead 1] TEXT: Alert and eager, full of life and vivacity, in the state in which fortune shines upon one days when [bead 2] for many a visit to a town was a momentous event prepared several days in advance were filled with interest

Earrings are made of papier-mâché and ornamented with a variety of glass beads and crystals. They come on a gift card with the story text, as shown. You can read more about the making of the beads at setright.wordpress.com

These are just a few of the remaining pairs. Let me know if you are looking for a particular story and we will see if your own mysterious poetry is currently in material form. I also have magnets and bookmarks, and a few cards left.

Please visit our etsy shop to purchase. Specify your choice of pair(s) in the comments section, or request to be surprised.

Contact us through the contact page, above, or see what the Zen Hens are up to in real time on our facebook page.

Aloha and Mahalo!
Alexis

FREE SHOES for a Limited Time

CRAZY!! I just added FREE SHOES to all of my currently listed doll outfits! Shoes are so important, don’t you agree? Every outfit starts from the shoes up. Shoes have never been an afterthought. So now, without further delay, I proudly present doll shoes so adorable that even adults want to wear them. Or at the very least, play with them. Some mention was made of going dancing…

Same as with my outfits, special attention is given to fit and style. Made of fabric and foam with a variety of embellishments.

FREE SHOES Special Offer valid through September 2014. After September the shoes will sell separately for $8.00 per pair. Please visit our etsy shop to see the individual outfit listings, for shoe details, more pictures, or to purchase.


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FOR SALE:

Cobbling is a new skill and I wanted to practice a lot. That’s how I ended up with with a little bit of a shoe overstock. The pairs shown below are available to purchase now.

Please visit the etsy shop to see more pictures, get additional details, or to purchase. Or contact me through the contact form above or through our facebook page.

Mahalo and Aloha!
Alexis

Pretty Kitchen Towels in Irresistible Colors

Soft terry. Pretty colors. Cheery towels for your kitchen. Makes an affordable souvenir gift that gets used and appreciated. One of my hottest selling items!

Please visit our etsy shop to get more details, information on sizes, etc, and to purchase from these listings. Or, contact me using the contact form above, or through our facebook page.

Aloha and Mahalo!
Alexis

All New Clothes Including The Summer Fur Collection

For 18″ dolls. Summer furs with adorable matching accessories. Fur sweaters and even fur shorts. All-season fleece coats with coordinates. Only if it is fun and makes me smile. The shoe and handbag department begs your forgiveness for the current lack… working on that! Lots of new shoes and boots are in the dream stages right now. My goal is to create shoes with realistic soles. And to make sure they fit all the dolls. Pajama department is also dreaming up some fun fluff and cozies. But for now…

Here we go, eight new outfits. Please order at alexisartstudio on etsy.

Repeat by request. Super soft pink fur coat and matching dress in summer lengths. Dress is fitted with waist darts, coat has facings of matching fabric. Comes with fur headband and two pearl-and-ribbon necklaces. Pearls look good hanging flat or twisted together and can also be worn around the wrist. I love the buttons that look like silver but are actually light-weight plastic. Repurposed buttons, beads and ribbons.

[Below] Pink fur sweater with sporty jersey trim. Opens in the front, decorated with tiny matching buttons. Patchwork shorts with hand-painted design and rhinestones on acid washed jersey. Matching headband. Repurposed fabric and buttons.

[Below] Black ruffle skirt with pink fur sweater. Sweater has smart cap sleeves, length falls just to the top of the first skirt ruffle. Looks great alone or with the faux croc belt. Skirt features two linings for a great fit and drape. Butterfly and night sky motifs dance together. A matching fur headband keeps the ears warm and hair organized. Belt is repurposed material.

[Below] Pink fur shorts and sweater set. Both pieces are trimmed with glow-in-the-dark beads. Extra long black scarf with a scattering of glow-in-the-dark beads can be worn many ways, as a head wrap, a halter top, and it is even long enough to share with her girl. Skull pendant lends some kick-butt to all that pink. The ultimate summer party outfit! Also includes a handful of extra beads and a length of pink ribbon.

[Below] Delectable little cupcake of a skirt features not just two linings but three different solid fabrics and two colors of tulle. It sparkles in the light with bits of glitter and metallic print fabric. Comfy tee shirt is made beautiful with a good fit and hand-painted repurposed fabric. Includes two shimmery hair ribbons.

[Below] Long over short. Blue fleece double-breasted coat and matching beret, both trimmed in dark green braid. Coat features brushed brass buttons and floral facings. Under the coat she’s wearing a matching floral mini skirt topped with a stripe tank. Comes with a stripe neck scarf and vintage brass-tone beaded necklace. Repurposed buttons and trims.

[Below] Here I am playing with lengths again, this time short over long. Blue fleece summer coat is high-waisted, lined in the bodice and allows a bit of dress hemline to show below. Coat features two lined front pockets. The shiny silver and “pearl” buttons take this look anywhere from casual to elegant. She seems to be ready for a train trip or maybe a ferry ride to a special weekend destination. Modest length dress features a lace overlay bodice. Comes with a pearl-and-ribbon choker. Matching head scarf. Snapped a nice picture of my new in-garment labeling here. Repurposed beads, buttons, lace and ribbons.

[Below] Bumble bees are also back by popular request. Two piece dress adds to her mix and match options. Separate half slip with white-on-white motif and eyelet lace trim is pretty enough to wear as a skirt by itself, too. Matching head scarf. Reversible shopping bag is yellow plaid on one side and night sky on the other.

Please order at zenhensart.etsy.com. There is only one each of these outfits available but I do take special orders. There are also lots of new outfits, accessories and surprises yet to come. Please contact me using the contact form above, through our etsy shop or facebook page.

Mahalo and Aloha!
Alexis

Miniature Fashion

With surprising suddenness, my two oldest passions have combined into a new one: it’s all about clothes and miniatures! This collection of 18″ doll clothes was created for two little girls who are dear to me as nieces. I’m delighted with and so thankful for, the many patterns and blogs that helped me learn at this fantastic rate. So I could really produce. Lots of aha moments here. Even when I had to try a pattern twice, I was happy because I was making similar or matching sister outfits. I’ve had a blast and maybe even more fun than I did when I was a kid. And speaking of feeling like a kid again… Thank you, Dad, for my new sewing machine, I LOVE it!

Meet Neve, my dress model. She wore 16+ outfits for this photo session.

Heart the little yellow shoes. There’s elastic in the strap so they are slip-ons that stay on and the button is decorative. It was fun to discover that her thumb hooks into the shorts pocket. The little blouse is reversible by being print on only one side. The other side of the blouse matches the shorts, and tucking it in helps to highlight the neat waistband. A light kerchief headband tames all that hair.

Below: I couldn’t resist the bumble bee fabric that I’m sure does not get any cuter! This little over the shoulder number was the perfect dress pattern to amp up the fun. Two piece dress adds to the mix-and-match options. Plus a ruffled bag lined with more bumble bees. Purse ties at the shoulder and converts to short handle by changing the tie.

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Below: Nothing says “cool kid” like a white tee shirt. The leggings were made in capri and full lengths. The cap sleeve tee shirt works with everything. Black ruffled skirt is pouffy with a drop waist. Lined boots and miniature Bella Bag in coordinating print. Boots have velcro closure in the back. Currently dreaming up some cowboy boot designs.

Below: I was able to get a better photograph of the skirt when she was wearing the gray tee shirt instead of the white one. Less contrast for the camera to think about, I suppose. Gray tee shirt is made from a repurposed shirt. Salvaged the neckband to make a new one. The skirt has two linings for a great fit and drape.

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Below: Classic denim mini skirt made modern with leggings underneath. All from repurposed fabrics.

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Below: Gray and pastel shoes fit snug and stay put. Denim cross body tote bags are designed for layering. Bags are lined with red and black tie-dye. Braided leather strap and fringe. Pewter button.

Below: Warm wool sweater made from a repurposed sweater. Ribbings were salvaged and re-sewn.

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Below: Another version of the skirt shown with the white tee and leggings. Pink shoes fit snug and stay put.

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Below: Another set of denim cross body tote bags. These have embroidery and rhinestones. One has hair ribbons tied to the strap. And a close up of the shooooes!

Below: Long sleeved tee shirt and lace trimmed leggings. I try to draw that line between casual clothes and pajamas in a soft and comfortable place.

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Below: A selection of button-down shirts and coordinating pants. Sometimes a matching head scarf. Admitting, all of my button-down shirts are actually made with velcro closure. I experimented with lace trim on the pink set and inset pockets on the green pants. These solid color pants have the perfect stacking length for style conscious western girls. The striped pants have side pockets with the pocket stripes running horizontal and trim at the hem to match the shirt. Both would be cute with pocket flaps, too.

Below: Leggings and tee shirt with hand-painting and rhinestones. Also in a second version with long sleeved tee shirt and yoga style pants. Made from a repurposed shirt.

Below: Sleeveless shift with waist darts and just a touch of formal at the neckline.

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Below: Coordinating “fur” coat and ear muff headband. This one was my second try on the coat, having decided that the first one was too big. Printing the pattern at 92% made for a better fit. Also a few scraps of iron-on innerfacing along the bottom edges made the hems oh so much straighter on this wiggly fabric.

Below: The first version of the coat became more of a robe due to the large size. To help with the fit, I took a gather in the back. Leaving the front without fasteners adds to the cuddle factor. To coordinate with the coat, a shorts and top set that also could be either clothes or jammies. And of course, pink furry slippers with ribbon rosettes. I think I want a pair in my size.

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And that’s a wrap!

The shop has been closed due to inclement weather but this can’t last, it’s Ocean View and it “never” rains here. Or so I’ve been told, although not recently.

To special order clothes for your 18″ doll, contact me using the contact form above, through our etsy store or facebook page.

Thank you for shopping the blog!

Aloha, Alexis