Monday, May 22, 2017

Mommy Monday Moment with Jenny

As you can imagine, in a house of seven, there are always things to be done.  Helping out is imperative.  We are very structured, routine parents.  You have to be to keep everything going smoothly.  I always say to myself anything after a shower is just bonus.  Children definitely thrive on predictable patterns, of course, with five children there are the occasions where days don’t fit into my ideal scenario.

  I often wonder why I never become a coffee drinker.  This past week has been filled with taekwondo, parent luncheons, softball, two orthodontist appointments, one well visit, and grocery shopping.  In between all of those responsibilities, I certainly found time to get Natty and Lauren outside, while WNY had some 85 degree weather.  I decided it would be a great day for the park.  Natalie is new to navigating the playgrounds, especially with other children.  This is her first spring/summer that she is really old enough to have fun outside.  

The park was loaded with moms and toddlers drippy with watermelon and Teddy Grahams crumbs.  I was beyond shocked on how well Natalie climbed, explored, watched, and took turns!  The week prior, when we played with our dolls, we practiced taking turns on our indoor Little Tykes slide.  I really emphasized the importance of walking to the slide and giving other friends space to climb up the stairs safely.  Natalie loved every time Lea slid down into the ball pit.

  This is also a great time to demonstrate using the slide correctly, especially if there are many friends at the playground, you want to show that sitting or standing or even climbing back up the slide it not safe when other children are going down.  Which I am sure none of our children have ever done J.  I couldn’t believe how she was able to use our dolly play in her first real big girl play.  Doll play is important and an easy way to teach toddlers positive traits like turning turns and being safe.
Thank you Jenny for sharing your Mommy Moment report with us today! 
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dolly Beach Day with items from My Girl Clothing Co Etsy Shop

After the long winter and wet spring my thoughts are turning to a hot summer beach day and My Girl Clothing Co Etsy shop has everything you need to enjoy a dollys day out!

This is one of my most favorite Etsy shops because I know that Donna loves these dolls as much as I do and believes in creating beautiful and functional doll items for doll lovers like us! With very detailed sets and even separates that are affordable, fun and really stylish! 

In her Beachwear shop alone she has more than 20 items to help you have the perfect dolly day at the beach. Click here to visit her Beachwear section in her My Girl Clothing Co Etsy Shop.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Start Knitting Now For July!

As you may know I love and today I wanted to share this great project you can start now for July 4th! Or if you are in Canada like I am July 1st for Canada Day. This is a sweet summer knit that your dolls and girls will love. I love the little buttons too!
This is a free pattern offered on the the abc-knitting-patterns site and you can see it for yourself by clicking here. 
Thank you to for this and so many inspirational patterns for doll lovers!
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Merry Manatees Life's A Beach Skirt! For the Wellie Wishers Dolls

I loved this little skirt I saw on the Pixie Faire Website by Merry Manatees for the Wellie Wishers dolls. This little skirt has a really cute front and is a skirt that looks really easy to make!
With all the really sweet small patterned fabric choices these days you can make some really sweet skirts that are easy for the younger doll lovers to put on their dolls!
Click here for this pattern from Merry Manatees on the Pixie Faire Website. 
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Tea Time Fabric Panels Success Story!

Today I am pleased to share with you my completed Tea Time Fabric Panel Purple Basket Quilt and Nightie Set. I will be absolutely honest and tell you it has been over 9 months since I last sewed anything! So I was very worried about even pulling out and dusting off the sewing machine since our move. I am however thrilled to tell you that it is like riding a bike and once I got the machine set up it was smooth sailing.
Once I ironed and cut it out it went together really easy like a puzzle.
I think that my niece is going to love how easy this is to get on her dolly!
I am at best a craft sewer, and I am an impatient one at that. I liked how easy and quick this kit was to make. The only thing I needed was my machine, thread and scissors!
If you are thinking of trying out one of these kits like I did you can find Tea Time Fabric Panels on Etsy by clicking here.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Craft Gossip Found A Great Tutorial For Doll Sized Ice Cream You Have To See!

Craft Gossip is a newsletter I get daily and look forward to reading. This past week they shared a Russian Tutorial for how to make perfect little dolly ice cream cones that I really want to share with all of you.

The tutorial is quite detailed and very impressive. While these are mostly for earrings and necklaces they are perfect for doll play too. Made from Polymer Clay, and with really detailed images you will be able to follow along and create fun treats for your own dolls!
Click here for the translated tutorial I found on Craft Gossip 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Repurpose these mini jars into Dolly Summer Drinks!

Madelon is sharing her idea for transforming these mini jars of sequins into dolly summer drinks.
For Under $10 you can make a dozen dolly drinks. Perfect for a party craft for sure! You can even leave the sequins in for color or remove and paint the inside.

You can cut thin straws to dolly height and then use a little hot glue to secure them in place.
Thank you for this idea Madelon! We love it!
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