Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Yarn Craft Spectacular Suggested Dolly Fun!

Today for our first Sunday Yarn Craft Spectacular Suggestion, I wanted to share with you a website and blog a friend of mine named Orchid brought to my attention. It is called Crochet Buddies.Com

You are going to want to have your hooks at the ready for so this starfish craft. Click here for her tutorial on how you can make this for yourself and your own dolls! 


She is also selling her work like this sleeping bag/carrybag for her mini like this Mini Doll Crochet Carry Case

How about a crochet t-shirt for your mini dolls?
Click here for more information on how you can purchase this handmade top for your mini dolls.

I hope you will stop by and check out Orchid's Site and let her know we sent you!
As with all our posts we would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jessica T's Saturday Sewing Suggestions! Week one Skirts!


Today Jessica T has the first of her summer series to share with us! 
"I love to sew and design doll clothes for all the dolls in the family, but I often find myself very constrained by time!  That's why I love to use simple patterns that go together quickly and can be used again and again to create unique looks!  There are so many great free or inexpensive patterns available that it's possible to experiment with sewing without spending a ton of money!"


This is the tutorial from my website.  I think it's great because fat quarters come in so many variations and can be found almost anywhere!  If you don't have a fat quarter yardage or even an old child's skirt or shirt would work.  This pattern goes together so quickly!


Thank you Jessica T! We would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Madelon's Fantastic Friday Finds!

Today's Madelon's Fantastic Friday Find is the My Life As Shopping Basket and it is her favorite My LIfe Accessory yet!

Perfectly sized and ready to play! Check out what is inside!
All this for under $8!
This is a great value playset for sure!
Thank you Madelon for sharing your fun find with us here today!
We would love to hear form you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Adorable Etsy Finds- "Cherry Inspired"

Today is the first of our Adorable Etsy Finds for summer and today I have three "Cherry Inspired" looks for you to enjoy.
The inspiration for today's post comes from this sweet kit called Cherry Time, this fabric panel comes with everything you need to make your doll this sweet dress and purse! These kits are ones I love to share and write about because they are easy, they are fun and they have that "wow" you made that factor! Click here to learn more about this Fabric Panel in the Tea Time Fabric Panel Etsy Shop. 

How adorable are these? I love the different patterns and all the colors in KitschnWhimsy's Etsy shop!  Your choice of apron and hat can be found by clicking here.
If Dolls Could Dream Etsy Shop has this sweet two piece set for the Wellie Wishers! These dolls are so sweet and they can have adorable Cherry items as well! Click here to see this listing on Etsy. 
Thank you for joining us today we would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Get Your Craft On With Brandy!

Brandy has been with the team for almost as long as the blog has run. She was a team member of mine over at Doll Diaries and she now has her own wonderful blog called Brandy's Happy Home!

She has kindly agreed to lend us her expertise this summer and share some of her more popular crafts! Brandy's Happy Home is a website that is about more than just doll play! Check it out by clicking here.

For today's craft tutorial spotlight Brandy invites you to "Get Your Craft On" with her Patriotic Party For Your Dolls!
 

Using some of our good friend Laura Kelly's wonderful artwork  Brandy added some doll sized fun to her table and you can too! Click here to see Brandy's tutorial and be inspired to "Get Your Craft On"  today! 

Thank you for joining us here today we would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hitting the books with Karen- This week's featured book is The Doll People!

It can not be summer without sharing one of the best Doll books ever written, best series for that matter. The Doll People by  Ann Mathews Martin and Laura Godwin is one of the best books you will ever read. I don't care if you are 6-100 this book is one you will be thrilled you read. Best part is there are 5 books in the series and each one is filled with Dolly adventure, mystery and so much more.  I have personally read this book to my nieces and my nieces have re read them on their own. They are well worth the price, however if you can you may want to borrow and binge read them from your local library. If you are like me and books like this, books that stay with you you, you will want to own a copy to hold in your very own hands!  This way you never have to end your adventure with these lovely dolls!
You can find your copy of The Doll People from The Book Depository With FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING by clicking here. 

You can view the series on The Book Depository by clicking here. 
Thank you for joining me for this weeks Hitting the books suggestions. I would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mommy Monday Moment with Jenny

A quick review of the projects from last week.  I was able to complete both of my thrift shop/ barn sale finds.  I absolutely love how the sewing table turned out, just adorable.  Ha! and it still has the barn smell in the small little front drawer.  that is me, everything needed to be done yesterday!  

The desk, I did in a similar finish, as it is in the same room.  My husband caught our six year old son, Nathan, running his hand across the top of it last night and said, "This is gorgeous!"  You can certainly tell he lives in a house with five ladies.  I was also able to successfully sew Lea's hair back into the mesh, so she has been officially cleared and checked out.

This week was filled with softball, girl scout ceremonies, zoo field trip, pitching machines, a lot ice cream (loving me some brownie cyclone), and summer well visits at the doctors.  As I've said before, doll play is important.  Play - in general is a child's WORK.  Now throwing a variety of toys on the floor and tossing them in the center doesn't allow for that critical piece of connecting and bonding with your child.  


Parents NEED to make time to play with their child.  In today's world it is hard to always find the time to lay on the floor and just play.  This brings me to my key point for today.  YOU are your child's first teacher.  Much of their learning happens through play, that doesn't include electronics.  It develops through that "old fashion" play, you know the kind with toys that you can physically touch and manipulate.  Natty had her well visit this week, she needed shots. 


 Now my husband says I am bad at frontloading our kids, but I believe they should know what's going on, they are little people that need honesty and explaining.  I thought, what could I do to help Natalie understand what would happen at the doctors?  I snagged her doctors kit from Nathan's room, and the book, Corduroy  Goes to the Doctors, and scooped up Emmy.  We read through the story together in our little ball pit and matched up the doctor's instruments with the pictures in the story.  We decided Emmy needed to go to the doctors for a shot.  I tried to explain, in my best two year old explanation, that shots keep of from getting sick, seems backwards I am sure.  The whole trip to the doctors she gave Emmy shots, "Emmy sick, Emmy sick." Did she completely understand? No, not exactly.  Did she cry? Sure, of course, that is also her job.  But I was honest, she played, she learned, and when she peeled the sticker of the backing, the tears subsided, and the sticker was stuck to her knee.  Connect, bond, play.  Play is important, with you, alone, parallel, siblings, and friends.  This is for all ages.  Remember I am five kids deep here, try to take individual time each day, for each child - remember they chose you, help them learn through play.

Thank you Jenny! Visit her Etsy Shop Rita Pita Boutique by clicking here. We would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Something New For Summer From Your Karen Mom of Three's Craft Blog Team!


Today we have some fun summer news to share, this summer Jenny, Madelon, Jessica, Brandy and I have some very fun activities, crafts, books, news and ideas to share with you. We thought we might mix things up a bit and share some fun summer suggestions daily here on our blog and we are hoping you will join us, participate and share. We have Bitmoji'ed ourselves just for fun and a bit of summer whimsy, so here is some of what you can expect....

Mondays we will have our Mommy Monday Moment with Jenny!

Tuesdays Karen (Me) will be Hitting The Books, sharing some wonderful reads with you and keeping you updated on all the doll themed books and series.


Wednesdays we will get our Craft on with Brandy!


Thursday's will be our Adorable Dolly Finds Etsy Spotlight Day...

Fridays will be Madelon's Fabulous Finds days! More of what we love from Madelon, no sew doll clothing, fun everyday items you can use in doll play, dollar store and big box deals and steals and so much more.

Saturdays we have Saturday Sewing Suggestions by Jessica T, sharing tips, tricks and pattern deals for all who love to sew for their dolls!

Sunday's we will have yarn crafts. patterns, suggestions we hope you will love.

So please join us starting tomorrow for a summer filled with fun!
We would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com


Saturday, June 17, 2017

A bigger table, not a bigger fence...

I moved about 6 months ago and it has been a huge struggle for me personally. The move while not very far away seems like thousands of miles when I think about how much I miss my old neighborhood. I know that with time I will begin to make new friends in the area we moved too but right now the Up -rooting of the family still feels painful and raw. I am reminded of that old saying you don't need a higher fence you need a longer table, and with that the inspiration for today's post. Our friends over at Lemon Bay Doll Company have created a wonderful and exceptionally well priced doll play item that fits with my feelings today and accommodates more dolls at the picnic table.
I love the idea of and the action of taking doll play outdoors when the weather is as nice as it is today. One of the problems we have had in the past is that only two dolls could sit at our table and this causes lots of frustration for my nieces and their dolls, but this new table from Lemon Bay Doll Co. can fit 6 dolls very comfortably and with great legroom!

Thank you for joining us here today, we would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Let's Fill The Cooler! A look back at my camping inspired craft from Doll Diaries 2015

I can hardly believe that today's craft is one I did more than two years ago! Last weekend my niece PB went camping with her sisters and it got me thinking back to my camping inspired crafts that I created for Doll Diaries. This is one of my all time favorites and it is an easy and fun way to create for your dolls or the doll lover in your life, without too much mess or investment.
I invite you to pop over to my tutorial on Doll Diaries to see for yourself just how easy and fun this craft is. It is the perfect rainy summer day activity or even sleep over craft!
Click here for the tutorial from Doll Diaries May 22, 2015 

Thank you for joining us here, we would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sail Away With Tea Time Fabric Panels!

Growing up, I had a sailor's hat, I remember using my own money and buying it at what was then known as Woolworths. I wore it everywhere and I have always loved the nautical look. Tea Time Fabric Panels has a sewing printed pattern kit that I love and wanted to share with you today. This one is called Sail Away!
The hat is what caught my eye but I also love the colors of this set and the blazer is sweet as can be!
Just check out the back of this outfit!
One of the things I am most proud of with my own sewing journey is the ability to sew doll pants. I have to tell you I did cry the first time I tried a regular pattern from the store for doll pants, I felt so stupid, as I could not imagine how the pattern and cut fabric could be sewn together to make pants, it was so many pieces and in my mind I could not make it work. It took me 4 tries and I finally did make a pair of doll pants but not without out a ton of stress and anxiety, fast forward 7 years and Tea Time Fabric Panels takes that stress away, no boring brown or white paper patterns to gut out and piece together, just a simple straightforward and easy way to create not only a pair of pants but a stunning outfit for your doll you can be proud of!
I love these kits and the confidence you gain by sewing for yourself or the doll lover in your life. Check out this pattern kit and more from Tea Time Fabric Panels by clicking here.