Monday, February 28, 2011
I made this great space saving, completely folding to flat doll room that can hide behind my couch when it is not in use. I am so excited to share this with you.
Here is how I did it. First I got a card board box that was 23 inches high and this box was 40 inches wide. You can cut a box to any size you need and I folded in the two sides at 12 inches. Next I painted the box with Pink dollar store paint, to get a fast and even coat I used a dollar store sponge. I painted two coats of paint, letting each dry about 1 hour between coats and embellishing. Next I created the window, using the window craft photo from the book Doll Play, which was an odd size. However you can get a similar look if you have a calendar from a real estate agent lying around or the Sunday real estate paper you can pick the perfect view for your window. I used white paper to create a frame and then I covered it with clear peel and stick shelf paper from the dollar store. I then sewed matching curtains and hot glued them to the frame. To add "depth" I used self adhesive velcro (and so I can change the photo if I wanted) and stuck it on the "wall" I then added a border using left over shelf paper from the dollar store, you could paint one or leave it plain. I also cut out the flowers from the shelf paper and used them as decals. To create the horse poster on the wall I used an old greeting card. I also cut out from the American Girl doll catalog doll "photo's" and the logo which I covered with clear peel and stick shelf paper and attached them to the wall. When I was happy with the room, I added the furniture I made from all my other posts. I am really happy with the way it turned out. Laura was thrilled this morning to see my "dolly room" . The best part is it can all be easily put away and folded when she is done playing with it. and if she gets bored with it we can re decorate. I am actually thinking of painting the other side to create a TV room/Kitchen/Dinning room. All in all the entire room took me about 3 hours to make start to finish. I think it would make a great spring break project for any doll lover. As with all my posts I would love to hear from you so send me an email at email@example.com or leave a comment here. If you do make one I would love to see a photo please email me one! I am going to be offering this craft as a spring break class for my group of doll lovers in the next few weeks. I can not wait to see what their rooms look like and yours.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
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Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Aunty Bre's Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup of margarine
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups of flour
* 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
Combine the margarine and the peanut butter add the sugars, beat in eggs, add soda and 2 cups of flour. Mix well. If you are a chocolate peanut butter fan add chocolate chips. Roll or Scoop the cookie dough on to two cookie sheets. Flatten with a fork or your hand (my sister uses her hand I use the fork) Bake at 350 FOR ONLY 8 minutes, pull out of the oven at 8 minutes and let cool 5 more minutes on the cookie sheet before removing and placing in your mouth or on a plate.
Please note if you or someone you know has a peanut allergy my heart goes out to you. I do not let the kids take these to school and we only eat them at home. These are the best cookies I have ever had.
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Have a great day!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I am hoping at my next doll Class Laura will let me borrow hers so I can show them to the girls and let them decided which is better.All in all I am glad I have access to both chairs! If I had the money I would by a few more of each and open my own doll hair styling shop, that would be so much fun. I promise to be back with more doll crafts in the next few days! Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, February 21, 2011
First you cut out some tissue paper enough to cover the ball, then you place it over the styro foam and secure with the twist tie, trim and then insert the chop stick. You can get your doll to hold the balloons by using a skin tone elastic and wrapping it around the dolls hand.
With the extra scrapbook paper we also made doll sized birthday cards and you can make Loot bags for dolls as well. In ours we put stick on earrings, necklaces, doll lolly pops and bracelets that we made from previous posts I have put here on my blog. We also served doll sized cup cakes we made out of polymer clay from our Doll food post.
A good time was had by all, we hope your next doll party is as fun as ours was! Happy Birthday Laura and Happy Birthday Soccer Dolly! As with all my posts I would love to hear from you so leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I also love that now more then ever women are more involved in the world of racing not as "trophy Queens" but behind the scenes and in the pits, and the cars.
Well that is my commentary anyway, Let's go racing boys and girls!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Well this morning I have made a larger dresser for an 18 inch doll from two Ritz cracker boxes.You too can easily make this dresser all you need is two boxes that are exactly the same size, tape, a ruler, a pin, scissors, 4 brads, 4 beads that the brads can fit through to create the knobs, self adhesive shelf paper I get mine at the dollar store for $1.25 a roll, I needed an entire roll for this project so pick up two rolls to be on the safe side.
First Measure your boxes and make a line all the way around the first box and cut it in half, you can cut only three sides if you want and bend so that the two sections are sitting on top of each other, see photo on the right hand side of my blog, next cut the second box in half, when I cut mine it was an inch to tall to fit into the Shelf I created so I trimmed it to fit. Next cover the entire outside of the dresser with the shelf paper, I used clear tape to secure the sides where the drawers will slide into so that the shelf paper doesn't tear. Then cover the drawers with the shelf paper. to make the knobs I measured two inches from the top of the drawer on the inside and two inches in from the side of the drawer and made an "X" I did this on both sides of each drawer, I made a hole with a pin and then I put the brad through the bead and pushed it through the holes on the outside of the drawer and opened the brad, repeat on the other drawers and place the drawers in the dresser. Now you can store your doll clothes and items. Enjoy!
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I also used the pattern for a robe from the Simplicity Crafts pattern #5276. Price on the Envelope is $13.95 USA but I paid less from Walmart approximately $9.00.
The pattern includes several types of PJ's, underwear and shorts, as well as the robe so this pattern is a good investment.
Cutting out the pattern took about ten minutes and though I found the directions too wordy and a bit hard to follow however, I did finally figure out how to make this robe. I left off the pockets and the piping and re-purposed the finished edge of the doll blanket for the robe tie, but other then that I followed the directions pretty much to the "T". It did take me more then 30 minutes to sew only I think because it was my first time making one, I am sure when I make one for Trinity, Laura and Cadence and then some for myself I will be able to make them much quicker. As with all my posts I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Simple easy, inexpensive, reusable and fun. Let me know if you have any questions by email or comments.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I took the side plate and traced it on to a piece of white felt (you can use any color and if you do not sew use scrap book paper same effect) then I cut it out and folded it in half and cut it, you will have two party hats this way. I made a ruffle out of ribbon I had on hand but you can make these with out the ribbon ruffle. I then attached the ruffle to the bottom of the felt hat by simply stitching it across the bottom edge of the hat. Then I folded the half circle to form a triangle and stitched up the back of the hat. I then took some very thin elastic and stitched it in side the hat on both sides. If you are doing paper hats you can staple yours. With all the great scrapbook paper available at the dollar store you can make some really great hats. I was going to make this hat out of patterned felt but my dollar store was sold out. With a little bit of imagination and not allot of time you too can make this fun party accessory for your doll. I would love to hear from you on this or any of the crafts I post you can leave a comment or email me at email@example.com
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Well tonight I decided to make cup cake toppers in American Girl Theme and thought I would share with you.
All you need to make these adorable cup cake toppers is paper, tooth picks, scissors and glue.
To make mine I chose and American Girl doll theme but you can choose any birthday theme and make your own. (In the Twilight Brownie post I did you can see the Twilight themed ones I have made)
Here is what I used to create these toppers
Scrapbook Paper in various colors
Images (I used Google Images)
A Glue Stick
and I used a 1 1/2 inch Marvy Paper Punch
What I did first is choose my Google images to cut out, if you do not have a printer you can use magazines, catalogs or stickers. Then I cut out the backs of the toppers by punching out 12 paper backs, then I did 12 fronts, I punched out the images I wanted to use. I then placed glue on the back piece and added the toothpick. Next I put glue on the back side of the front and sandwiched the toothpick between the front and the back pressing it together all the way around and repeated those steps to create 12 cup cake toppers. Simple Easy fun and cost effective party craft! As always I would love to hear from you so leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 11, 2011
You need :
2, 4 inch foam hearts
1 pair of Chopsticks
red or pink tissue paper
a twist tie, best if it matches the color of the tissue, I did not have it and used black
and a tan or skin toned Elastic to get the doll to hold the Balloon.
First I separated the chop sticks and inserted one in each foam heart. Next I unfolded the tissue paper and cut a strip of tissue along the fold out lines of the tissue, aprox. 9 inches in length and about 4 inches in width I used two layers for the balloons. Next I fit the tissue over the foam and molded it over the heart, gathering the tissue at the bottom of the heart and tie it off with the twist tie. I found that the heat from my hands helped to mold the tissue around the heart so that the shape of the heart balloon came through. This was a great quick and fun craft that cost under $2 to do and will make a great addition to any doll party weather it is Valentines Day or not. Again I totally recommend picking up a copy of Doll Parties by American Girl if you happen to be in the USA or ordering it, it makes a great birthday gift for a Doll lover and it is under $20.
Have a great weekend! As always I look forward to hearing from you any comments or questions are appreciated you can leave a comment here or email me with questions at email@example.com
Today I have tried making Banana's and watermelon, a head of lettuce, candy canes, a carrot, and a variety of lolly pops. Directions for Tiny Treats can be found on www.familyfun.com but you really just need a bit of imagination and clay.The oven bake clay often goes on sale at Micheals 2 bricks for $4, and the sale starts again tomorrow for the week at Micheal's the craft store here in Vancouver, Canada. I hope you like the photos and if you have any questions as always leave me a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 10, 2011
You will need to have
One sheet of felt
sewing machine and thread (or you can hand sew it with a needle and thread)
To begin with make a pattern. I measured 3 1/2 inch square, then cut 7 of these peices. Next sew one edge of a felt square to the next one to create a long rectangle (see the photos) and repeat so you have 4 pieces connected in a rectangle. Next sew the first square open side to the 4th square open side.Next attach the Bottom of the bag by sewing the sides to the bottom. Once your Bag looks like a Box you will do the handles. Fold one of the rectangles in half and cut out a small rectangle so it looks like a Handle. then sew the Handle to the bag on one side, you will then repeat on the other side. You can Finish the bag by sewing one straight line around the bag top, it is just for show.Next fill the bag with food you have made or doll sized food from the Dollar store. I have in the photo a Boston Pizza box that we got when the kids ordered a kids meal at the restaurant at the end of their meal, it is the perfect doll sized personal pizza box.
Let me know if you have any questions, I love to hear from you if you can not leave a comment feel free to email me!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Wikipedia says "
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy..." check there for more info.
So when that did not really make sense, I went on Etsy and google images and looked at samples of jewelery and came up with what I hope is a broach my partner will love. I had a great time making it and am sad to send it away. Let me know what you think. Photo posted beside.
Here is how I made it,
1)I bought a ready made hair clip/broach at Ardene in the 5 for 10 section
2)Parts of a broken clock I was going to get rid of anyway, I used the hands and the disks from inside near the battery pack
3)a button from my button jar
4)two charms a skelton key (my swap partner loves skelton keys and a heart that says made with love)
5)a brad that says Love in script
6) a matching grey bead
7) a black organza bow.
Place the items on the flower ready made hair clip/broach, once decided sew and hot glue the items into place
ready in under 5 minutes.
Let me know what you think!
Here is the recipe I use but really any good sugar cookie recipe will do.
1 cup of sugar ( you will need 1/8th of a cup more for the flattening of the cookies)
3/4 cup of margarine
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Mix the sugar, margarine, egg and milk together add vanilla and baking powder then the flour. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Spray the bottom of a drinking glass with PAM cooking spray and dip it in the sugar flatten the first cookie, then dip the glass into more sugar and repeat until you have flattened all the cookies bake at 400 F for 6-8 minutes cool and ice and decorate as you would like. They are not bad plain actually.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
All you need is a fleece baby blanket from the dollar store, mine was $1.25 and it measured 28 inches by 28 inches (71.1 cm X 71.1cm) a pair of scissors and a ruler, (in the photo I have my paper slicer ruler because my ruler is missing in action) If you can use scissors and know how to tie a knot this is a great and easy under 20 minute craft.
First fold the blanket in half, then use the ruler and measure up 6 inches and cut a strait line across save this piece to do another craft with on another day, try to make the hand sew skirt with it or make a small pillow to go with the blanket .
Next on each corner measure 2 inches up and across you will be cutting out a 2inch by 2 inch square repeat on all four corners (see the photo if you are confused) once that is complete measure and cut 2 inch by 1 inch strips and make snips in the fabric all the way around the blanket (again see photo if confused) once you have cut all the way around the blanket start knotting the strips, take one strip and tie it to the one underneath it and repeat all the way around the blanket and you are done, simple easy and fun. I picked a blanket that was less "baby" then the other patterns but there are some really cute patterns at the dollar store in the baby section.If you have any questions just let me know leave a comment or email me! email@example.com
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Here is what you need
One pair of supper stretchy fuzzy socks I got mine at the Dollar Store
One Package of 8 household sponges mine were rainbow colored also from the Dollar Store
*One piece of scrap card board the thicker the better an 8.5X11 piece of card board folded in half length wise is great.
4 Sponges (you can make two chairs out of one pair of socks and one bag of sponges)
Glue or a needle and thread to close the opening.
Start by folding you card board and inserting it in the sock, then add the first two sponges, I put mine in so that the widest part of the sponge is across the toes of the sock and repeat with the second sponge. Then add the remaining two sponges, forming the Chair with your hands as you go., close the opening with glue or sew it shut or leave it open and your chair is ready.
*the thicker the cardboard you use will help the chair keep its shape and the doll sitting up right.
Enjoy two chairs for a total of $2.50 plus tax ready in under 5 minutes.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
1box as long as your doll or slightly larger
1 piece of cardboard or smaller box to make the headboard
double sided tape
*Optional bedding which I made out of scrap material and cotton balls to stuff the pillow, I used a sewing machine but it can be done by hand as well.I used an empty box from the Frozen chicken I buy from The M&M meat shop here in Canada, as well as the bottom box of the 12 pack of vegetable soup I bought at the grocery store as the headboard. You can use any box to be a headboard or any cardboard this is just what I had on hand. I also used my favorite peel and stick shelf paper to cover the entire "bed" so it looks good even when it doesn't have blankets on it. So for $1.25 I made a doll bed that now matches the side table and shoe shelf I made earlier in the week.
Once you cover the headboard with the shelf paper cover the other box with the paper as well. Then use double sided tape to attach the headboard to the bed. Then you are done, easy 20 minute craft. If you have a hard time working with the sticky shelf paper in large sections you can cut it into smaller pieces and just layer as you go, which is what I did and you really can not tell.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Here is what I used and what you need
2 All bran boxes(or poptart or tea boxes, just make sure they are the same size)
a hole punch
2 beads (optional but make great looking drawer pulls)
and some peel and stick shelf paper I bought mine at the Dollar Giant Dollar store in Capilano mall $1.25
I began by measuring the All bran boxes making a mark all the way around the box with the pencil and the ruler, then cut out three sides and folded the box on top of it's self and taped it down creating the shelf. At this point you can cover the shelf with the peel and stick shelf paper out side and inside if you would like to just have a small shelf. If you are adding the second box as drawers then you only need to cover the out side of the box. Next measure the second box the same way and cut out all four sides creating a drawer. Make sure it slides in to the space you have created for the drawer. If it is too tall then trim it slightly and cover it all the way around the sides of the drawer, Then measure where you want the drawer knobs or pulls to be and make a pencil mark where you want yours, then use the hole punch to create the hole for the brad to go through. I used a flat plastic bead with a wide center and put the brad through the bead then the box and opened the brad on the inside of the box creating the drawer pull. Then insert the drawer and repeat on the second one if you want, you can always make it with just one drawer and keep the bottom as a shelf.
Store doll accessories inside or display on the shelf.
Enjoy this fun and easy doll craft, ready in less then one hour.