Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hitting the books with Karen The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a "Golliwogg"


Today I have a book for our older readers ages 12-17 (or 100+), actually there is just something so wonderful in a doll book that is more than 100 years old.
This is The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg....

Florence Kate Upton (1873-1922) was an American-born English cartoonist and author most famous for her Golliwogg series of children's books. At the age of 16 she obtained work as a professional illustrator. Numerous publications existed at this time, mainly as vehicles for advertising and light fiction of varying merit. Some of the same authors whose stories appeared in the magazines went on to employ Florence to illustrate their novels or books of short stories. In 1893 she began to sketch out ideas for a children's book, using 'penny wooden' dolls as her models. The first Golliwogg story was produced in 1894. The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a 'Golliwogg' was published for Christmas 1895. Through the years Florence and Bertha, her mother, collaborated on a total of thirteen Golliwogg adventures, the series ending as, over the years, cultural drift caused interest in the series to wane and Florence sought a career as a professional artist. The last of the Golliwogg books was published in 1909.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Mommy Monday Moment with Jenny





In our house, we have the line crosser of all line crossers.  Natalie is beyond our family clown, she is always looking to make her brother or sisters laugh at her. 


  Including me and her dad, I can't help but laugh at her.  We have wonderful kids, they are kind, gentle, and respectful with everyone.  They always help, they do what they are told, and they encourage each other.  From 1-years old to 14-years old, they are best of friends.


Back to Natalie, she is very much the same, but she must have one of those enlarged silly-crazy-goofy chromosome.  There are not many kids, during dinner, that put their French fry on top of the ranch dressing bottle, or drop a piece of pizza in her sister's glass, or ever so politely place her chewed up steak on her brother's plate because she is done, or even put her food on top of her head.  I can't get enough of her, we are in the middle of potty training this week.  For 2 ½ years old this kid is the best and I can't get enough of her innocent, humorous behavior.  I hope she stays silly, stubborn, and persistent in her life.


So, I finished the Tenney's band equipment.  I made the on-air sign, the amp, and microphone stand with the microphone.  The microphone itself came from a plastic kid tool clamp workbench set.  SHHHHH. Don't tell Nathan.  The mic stand is actually an old lamp base!  I know right - perfect!  The amp is made from a jewelry box drawer and some fabric to mimic Tenney's.  I think it came together nicely.



Lastly, look at these guys playing with the Rita Pita furniture.  I love it!  And yes that is an old school Cabbage Patch Doll "dabbing".  Now, Kaitlyn does have all her own furniture and house, but during this week they have been pulling stuff that I have in the shop to play with their dolls.


Enjoy the week readers, crafters, and friends.  Be kind, smile at strangers, not too long though, because they might think that it is weird.  Do a pay it forward in the Tim Horton's line.  Hug your kids extra tight and buy something you have always wanted - like that really cute NorthFace grey and plum colored hoodie at Dick's Sporting Goods (I so HAVE to go and get it), because you never know.  Be well??

Thank you Jenny! Learn more about what Jenny is creating by clicking here for her shop Rita Pita Boutique 
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Yarn Craft Spectacular Suggested Dolly Fun! Bizzy Crochet Backpack for dolls and girls!

Today I found a crochet backpack pattern I hope you will enjoy making!



This is a great pattern for using up your yarn especially for the dolly size! This is a great pattern for those just starting out, or those wanting to make something fun for the young doll lover in their lives!
I found this one  on Bizzy Crochet! Click here for the pattern and website. 
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jessica T's Saturday Sewing Suggestions! Week 9- Make My Sleep Mask For Your Dolls!

I was so honored when Jessica T chose my Dolly Sleep Mask tutorial to share with you today.
It is hard for me to believe that I did this tutorial in 2011! Click here for the tutorial.

This is an easy and fun one you can even do for a sleep over craft or lootbag take home craft!
Thank you Jessica T for today's suggestion and choosing one of my own!
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Madelon's Fantastic Friday Finds! My Life As and Get Well Soon!

Madelon has found some great deals for us in the past at walmart and today she is showing me something I have not seen here in Canada.
This mini table and kitchen set is adorable!
These fit the My life As min dolls who are actually larger than the AG mini dolls and the Lori dolls but I think they are super cute! Not quite as big as the Wellies go.
I have seen these just start appearing at my local Walmart. I was there on Wednesday and they were just putting out the new dolls, and the fall items getting ready for the upcoming holiday gift giving season.  These are sweet as can be and if you can grab as much as you can to put away for the holidays and for birthday parties!
Madelon also made my day when she sent me these get well photos! I am still slowly recovering from a really aggressive pneumonia and not at my usual speed! I love this balloon and her newest doll! Anyone else pick her up on the pre sale?
Madelon also has this sweet Wellie Wisher, who I love to pieces!
Thank you all for your well wishes and for all these great finds Madleon!
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Adorable Etsy Finds- Fall Themed Looks


Only a few weeks left of summer and my favorite season fast approaches. Today's adorable etsy finds are inspired by fall.
The leaves are starting to fall here in my yard and before everything turns to pumpkin spice, I am sharing the Autumn Fun Outfit you can sew for your dolls from Tea Time Fabric Panels. Click here for the link to this easy to sew yourself kit! Only $22! 

I love the soft colors and cozy material used in this fall outfit by Jenettes18Dollitems click here for shop and listing. 
One of my favorite parts of fall is getting back into my jeans and sweaters! Check out this pair in MaddiesGirls Etsy Shop! I love the details! 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Get Your Craft On With Brandy! Make Your Doll Her Own "Jiffy Type" Popcorn

Years ago Brandy made this sweet craft for her daughters dolls and I just came back from the grocery store where they were selling this type of popcorn. I had forgotten about this craft and that childhood favorite, so today I am sharing this oldie but goody with you!

Years ago my parents would get this as a special treat, you did it on the stove top or if you were lucky while camping!  This type of Popcorn is perfect for those 70's dolls for sure!
Click here to find out how Brandy made hers! 

Find out what she is upto over on her website Brandy's Happy Home by clicking here. 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Mommy Monday Moment with Jenny





I am definitely a person that loves to repurpose and give something old a new life.  I enjoy going to flea markets and thrift shops and really looking at objects differently – not for what they are, but what they could be.  For a custom order this week a customer wanted a dress form for her 18” doll to go along with a Civil War Era sewing station I was making for her.  Now I could have hopped on ebay and picked one up for 15$, but I decided I could, too, make one on my own.  So, I tackled that and a microphone stand and equipment set I am making for a person’s Tenney Doll.  I’ll share those pictures next week, as I am still processing how to make the actual microphone.



Natalie, as of lately, has been into motorcycles.  She gets so excited when someone is riding one or spots one in the parking lot.  She also is still enjoying her dolls, but now when she plays with them she gets them undressed and reads them a book.  She comes into my office and sets her dolls on the furniture that I am creating for people.  Natalie is a character for sure, she is everything done of the other children are, which is wonderful and scary all at the same time.




Whenever there is anything dinosaurs museum related, in the summer, we are sure to take the kids.  The Museum of Earth, in Ithaca, NY, about 2.5 hours from our home, was having an amazing exhibit on the prehistoric shark, the Heliocoptrion.  We had to go!  It was fantastic, Nathan really loves sharks and I don’t mean the great white, he knows sharks, all sharks and everything about them.  The Heliocoptrion was one of his favorite sharks of all time, right alongside of the Tasseled Wobbegong Shark, the Frilled Shark, and of course the infamous Goblin Shark!  I have learned SO much from this little guy in six short years, just amazing!




I am grateful my husband is off during the summers, as he is in education, he hears this a lot during the day, “Justin can you cut this, drill that, sand this.” Besides running a house and helping me from time to time he has had his hands in the chickens and bees.  He is now up to five hives, all which have been caught by swarms, or removing hives for people.  Our chickens are doing great, we ordered 6 from out of state, they are adorable.  The kids can’t get enough of them.  I feel like our village home is turning into a barn, as I contemplated bunnies this past week.


Stay well this week friends, continue to create, inspire, and love with everything.


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Yarn Craft Spectacular Suggested Dolly Fun! Bitty Baby Booties...


This Sunday I am sharing something for Bitty Baby. I love baby booties and this is a great pattern perfect for beginners from allfreeknitting.com 
Every Bitty Baby could use a pair of these sweet little shoes and with the adorable buttons you can find at dollar and craft stores you can make up so many lovely little booties!
Click here for the free pattern from all free knitting.com and get started on these little booties for the Bitty Baby lover in your life, (These should also fit the 18 inch dolls as well) 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jessica T's Saturday Sewing Suggestions! Week 8 Pixiefaire Doll Shoulder Bag!


This week Jessica T is featuring the PixieFaire Doll Shoulder Bag tutorial! What a versatile pattern also great for scrap fabric remnants!

This is a perfect dolly bag!
Jessica T says "Every doll needs a purse and this one looks adorable and has very straight forward instructions!"

Click here for the Super Easy Doll Shoulder Bag Pattern on Pixiefaire

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Madelon's Fantastic Friday Finds! A Dresser For Tenny!

Today Madelon shares a lovely find for her Tenny Doll, she has repurposed this $7.50 Jewelry box as a dresser!

"I was out looking for bargains and I came across this jewelry box the drawers of which were covered in a pink rose design. Liking the weight and size of it, I decided to buy it. Later on that day, I connected the flowers to Tenney. The pink roses are prominent in her story-one is displayed on her banjo."


"I have found that wooden jewelry boxes make some of the best doll furniture. Even old beaten up ones can be repainted and sanded to have a shabby chic look."

Keep your eyes out for great fun finds like these you can repurpose into doll play! Check your big box, discount, dollar stores and yard sales for fun finds like this one!
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tea Time Fabric Panels Now Has 2 Kits For the Wellie Wishers!

This made me smile, knowing that these lovely little dolls will have beautiful outfits made from the Tea Time Fabric Panel Kits we have come to love!
The two new outfits kids we love! These look fantastic on the Wellies Don't you think?
Click here for the Daisy Dress and here for the  Jingle Cats 

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Get Your Craft On With Brandy- Unicorn Cafe!

Forgive the late posting today as I continue to recover from pneumonia.  This week Brandy has posted a very fun Unicorn Cafe For Dolls, this series has some wonderful inspired play pieces you can make for your own dolls. 

Her latest posts and creations include some wonderful printables that will have you going unicorn crazy! 

Get your craft on with Brandy and give the doll lover in your life something really fun to play with!
Click here to see Brandy's Happy Home and this weeks spotlight craft. 
Thank you Brandy for this post and to all of you for joining in the fun!
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hitting the books with Karen- Mary DOwning Hahn's The Doll in The Garden a Ghost Story

This week I wanted to share another ghost story book for 9-12 year olds
The Doll in the Garden A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn, is a book I have put on my wish list! A really good mystery and ghost story is just what I crave this week and I hope you will enjoy this one too!
 When Ashley discovers a turn-of-the-century doll it is just the first of several puzzling events that lead her through the hedge and into a twilight past where she meets Louise, an ailing child whose beloved doll has mysteriously disappeared.

You can find this book on The Book Depository with free worldwide shipping by Clicking here.

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