Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Doll Picks of the Month: July 2015

My picks for this month are:
1. Polka Dot Bee has some cute t-shirts for sale in her Etsy shop. This one is my favorite.
2. I just love this patriotic skirt from the Her Doll Essentials Etsy shop!
3. Claire from Carrot and Claire did an excellent review on the Flamingo Beach Dress from American Girl!
4. Check out these super cute silver doll sandals!
5. One of my favorite crafts this month was this Firecracker decoration for dolls from Doll Diaries!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Liebster Award (Second Time!)

Emma from Whiskers and Wildflowers nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you Emma! This is the second time I've won this award!

Here are the rules:
1. Nominate 3-7 bloggers
2. Answer the questions given to you
3. Make sure you comment on the blogs of the people you nominated letting them know they were nominated
4. Copy the award image in your post and put it in your sidebar or page
5. Make up new questions for the people you nominate

Here are Emma's questions for me:

1. Who is your favorite actor or actress?
Josh Hutcherson.
2. What is your favorite thing to do with your dolls?
I like to dress them up and take pictures of them.
3. If you could go back and live in any historical time period, which would you choose? 
Hmmmmm...... Maybe the '70's?
4. Fork or spoon?
5. Do you have a favorite word or quote?
I like this quote: "Make new friends, but keep the old. One's silver and the other's gold."
6. Who do you look up to?
Well, does a character count? If so, I look up to Katniss Everdeen. She is so brave and is such a strong person.
7. Favorite Animal?
8. What is your favorite color?
9. Favorite school subject?
10. Painting or coloring?

I nominate:

I know the rules say that I have to nominate 3-7 blogs, but so many people have already won it. I you would like it, comment below and I will add you up here.

My questions for you:
1. How many dolls do you have?
2. If you won any doll right now, which one would you pick?
3. Do you have a favorite sport?
4. If you could meet one famous person, who would you meet?
5. What are some of your favorite movies?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Craft: Recreating Grace's Bistro Set: Part 3: Table Accessories

Welcome to part 3 of Recreating Grace's bistro set from American Girl. In this part I am making the accessories for the table.

Here is AG's Version:

What you need for this project:
  • Menu Printable (get it here)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Sculpey Clay

Start by cutting out the menu along the outer lines. Then fold it in half horizontally and glue it together. Then fold on the vertical line.

Make the croissants and fruit out of sculpey clay.

 Now you have table accessories for your bistro set.
Make the table here.
Make the menu sign here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Survey Reminder

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Craft: Recreating Grace's Bistro Set: Part 2: Menu Sign

Welcome to part 2 of Recreating Grace's bistro set! In this part, we'll make the menu sign!

Here is AG's version:
Let's get started! What you need for this project:

  • An old picture frame. (Mine is 5x7)
  • Wooden candlestick
  • Turquoise Spray paint
  • White Paint
  • Wood Filler
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalk/Chalk markers

Start by pulling your frame apart. (Kids give your glass to an adult)

If your candlestick has a metal inside, use a hammer and wood chisel to pull it out.

Now fill the hole with wood filler. (I waited a day for mine to dry) When it is dry, sand it smooth.

Paint your frame and candlestick white.

Now spray paint your items turquoise.

Spray Paint the inside of the back of your picture frame with the  chalkboard paint. When it is dry, rub the surface with chalk and wipe it off with a dry cloth. Put it in your frame.

I bought these chalk markers at Hobby Lobby for this project because I think they are easier to write with. Chalk will write just as well.

Now attach the frame and your candlestick together with hot glue. You are finished!

Make the table here.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

American Girl Dream Come True Sweepstakes

Have you hard about the Dream Come True Sweepstakes that American Girl is putting on? Ten people will win their choice of a BeForever Doll and a doll-and-girl pajama set. You can enter everyday, but you have to be 18 or older to enter. If you are under 18, your parents have to enter for you. If you would like to enter, click here.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Craft: Recreating Grace's Bistro Set: Part 1: Table

I am making my own version of Grace's Bistro set from American Girl. This is part one where I will show you how to make the table.

Here is the AG Version:
 Let's get started:
What you need for this project:

  • 6-7 inch circular wood plaque
  • 4 inch circular wood plaque
  • Wooden candlestick
  • Black and white paint
  • Clear coat spray
  • Masking tape
  • Wood glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper

(My camera quit on me for the first part of the tutorial, so I'll have to walk you through it with words)

To start, sand your plaques and any flat parts of your candlestick. If your candlestick has a metal inside, use a wood chisel and a hammer to get it out. 

Fill the hole with wood filler and sand it flat. (Mine took about a day to dry)

Now assemble your table with the small plaque on the bottom, candlestick in the middle, and large plaque on the top. I used wood glue.

Now use masking tape to tape off around the candlestick so you can paint the candlestick and the small plaque on the bottom black.

Now wrap the masking tape around the stem of your table so you can paint the top white.

Now just spray it with a clear coat spray and you are done!