Friday, July 29, 2011

Detective Kittredge Season 1 Episode 1: Man's Best Friend?

It was a dark and stormy night and Detective Kittredge was finishing up some paperwork at the Pleasant View Police Department, where she was famous for her intelligence, flawless deductive reasoning, and level head. Just as finished documenting the latest string of bank robberies she had solved, she heard the door being thrown open.

"Oh, Detective Kittredge!" the woman who entered cried with a slight Southern accent, "You must help me, I do declare! My beloved William is missing!"
"Calm down, Ma'am," Kittredge said in a soothing voice, "I need only know two things, what is your name, and how long has your husband been missing?"
"Oh!" the lady said, a bit startled, "My name is Bella Trix, and William isn't my husband, he's my duck! My glorious pet duck! You see, here's what happened . . . .

"I was in my bedroom at my father's mansion, home alone except for the maid, Mrs. White. I was teaching William a new trick, he's very smart, you know." Bella wipped a tear from her eye.
"Please go on, Ms. Trix," the Detective urged.
"Oh, yes, well while I was teaching William, the door rang. Mrs. White did not answer it, so I did. It was a 'ding-dong-ditch' as those hoodlums call it nowadays.

"And when I returned William was gone! I scoured the house with Mrs. White's help but found nothing.

"Please, Detective Kittredge, I called the main police office but they said William had just wondered off, but he couldn't have! All the doors were shut, and his wings are clipped so he couldn't have flown out through the window!"

"Ms. Trix," Kittredge said, pulling on her trench coat and fedora, "I will do everything I can to find your duck. If there's a way to get William back safely, I will find it! Shall we head to your father's mansion?"

"You know, I bet it was that sneaky Mrs. White that took William!" Bella hissed as she and the detective entered her bedroom. "Why else wouldn't she answer the door?" To the maid she yelled, "GET AWAY FROM MY BED YOU LOWLY THIEF!" "Uh, Ma'am?"

"Don't mind Ms. Trix," Detective Kittredge said, coming to the rescue. "She is very agitated at the disappearance of her beloved duck."
"William's missing?" Exclaimed the maid in astonishment.
The detective nodded. "Yes, and if you would be so kind as to fetch a glass of water for the lady, it would be most appreciated."
"Right away!" Mrs. White hurried off.

"Detective Kittredge, what on earth are you doing?" Bella asked as the detective got down on her hands and knees.
"Looking for clues, and I think I have found one."

"Do you know what this is, Ms. Trix?"
"If I'm not mistaken, it's a dog's chew toy." Bella answered with a confused look.
"Quite right. It must have been left by the ducknapper! Perhaps someone saw the man or woman whom we seek. Let's go outside and see."

"Excuse me, Miss," Detective Kittredge said a poor girl with ratty braids and a dress that was clearly too small who was sitting on the curb near the Trix mansion.
"Yes?" the girl asked timidly, looking up.
"Have you by any chance seen anybody out of the ordinary lately? Perhaps with a dog?"

"Oh, yes. She didn't have a dog, but she smelled a bit like one and was carrying a leash in one hand. Here she comes now!"

"Hey guys!"

"What? Oh, Molly, if you're looking for your glasses, Emily has them. For some strange reason she was wearing them, your Christmas dress and Kirsten's white apron." Kailey then noticed what everyone was wearing. "Hey, Kit, why are you wearing Molly's raincoat? It's not even drizzling and it's beastly hot out. Wait, why is everyone wearing 30's clothes? Did you guys throw a party without me?"

"No, you moron! We're shooting for 'Detective Kittredge!" Chrissa yelled.
"That was today?"
"Yes that was today!! You were playing the brutal petnapper that stole pets from rich aristocrats with the help of your vicious pack of dogs, remember? I reminded you, like, fifty times!"
"Hang on," Molly said, "If Kailey didn't take William, then what happened to him?"

Suddenly there was a bark and two animals came running by.
"William!" Chrissa screached.
"Sandy! Bad dog! Chase the squirrels, not the ducks!"

Chrissa grabbed William out of harms way and Kailey jumped on Sandy to restrain her.

"I don't know about any of you, but I'm still confused. How did Sandy's chew toy get in the room if Kailey didn't put it there?"
"Well . . . . .

"Sandy must've snuck in throught the open window. She had her chew toy earlier.

"Then, when she saw William, she must've chased him away and kicked the chew toy under the bed." Kailey explained.

"But who ding-dong-ditched me?" Chrissa asked.
"Oh," Kailey said hesitantly, "That was me. Practical joke."
"WHAT?" Chrissa sceamed and . . .

Jumped onto Kailey.

"Thank you for watching the pilot episode of 'Detective Kittredge' Starring Margaret Mildred Kittredge and guest staring Chrissa Marie Maxwell, Emily Rose Bennet, Mary Grace McIntire and Kailey Diane Hopkins. We hope you enjoyed it and please stay tuned for later installments. To preorder the first season on DVD or to order an official Detective Kittredge Trench Coat or Fedora please call 555-555-5555. Thank you!"

~Detective Kittredge~
(With help from

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm Back!

Hey guys, I have a huge announcement, despite the fact that I haven't posted in almost a month *readers pelt tomatoes* I promise that I am back for good now! This post is important for alot of different reasons, so please read the whole thing. First of all: I sewed a doll dres for my state's state fair! Here are some pics of the dress and the process of making it:

Here are all the pattern pieces! I printed it out at AG (A FANTASTIC website for collectors!) The only change I made to the pattern was I lengthened the skirt so the hem would be easier.

Everything all pinned out on my family's dining room table. I did a muslin before doing the real thing to make sure the pattern fit right. (It did.)

Close-up of the skirt so you can see the marks for the growth strips (My FAVORITE part of the dress!)

Pieces cut out. (Forgive the poor light, it was late and the flash was being strange.)

The muslin turned out great, so I started on the real thing!

Bodice and one sleeve almost done.

Another sleeve added.

And now, what you've all been waiting for . . . . .

The finished product! I made Kirsten's school dress using Civil War reproduction fabric that my sewing teachers got me in Lancaster (they're the best!). I love the stripes so much!

Very blurry close-up of the bodice and waistband.

Close-up of the sleeve cuff.

And a close-up of Kirsten because she's so pretty!

Some other news: I have 25 followers! Thank you so much guys! Vote on my poll to decide how we're going to celebrate that.

Still more news: I may be changing my doll collection a bit, getting rid of clothes I don't use much anymore and may possibly, possibly  box up one or two of my dolls and put them in the attic to save for my daughter when I grow up. Don't worry, this is NOT the dreaded 'I've outgrown dolls' post, I'm just not using my dolls as much as I used to. I am completely OBSESSED with sewing doll clothes though, so this blog will be around for many years to come. :)

Even more News: I have a week of free time coming up, so if you have an idea for a post, let me know about and I'll do it!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Just some stuff

Hi guys. I have been seriously been neglecting my blog lately, I'll admit it. Something fairly sudden and really sad happened in my family not long ago (this morning, actually) and because of it I might not be able to post much for awhile longer. I will try to do a 4th of July post tomorrow, I've had something planned for awhile and I was going to take the pictures today, but it is raining. I think it's a great idea for a post, so I'll modify it a bit and post it later if I can't do it tomorrow. Thanks for being understanding, guys.