Posted tagged ‘girl’

American Girl Uneven Bars

March 17, 2013

My girls weren’t interested in dolls until fairly recently.  My Mother in Law bought them American Girl Dolls a couple Christmases ago and I kinda thought it was a bad call because they’d rarely ever played with dolls up til then.  Lately the dolls are about all they’ve been playing with.  They’ll mix and match their clothes, they’ll create adventures for them to go on, and Little Girl’s haircut is modelled after her doll, Kit.

Through some random clicks on someone’s tablet the other day, we found  youtube videos on how to make handmade toys and games for the dolls.  When we saw gymnastics equipment, we figured we needed to get in on that action.

ta-da! uneven bars:

Made out of plumber’s piping, the pieces fit together easily enough that even the 6 year old can manage it.  Play gets a little rough so hubs said he’ll glue the pieces so it doesn’t fall apart while the dolls are swinging on it.  That gets in the way of playing.

All it consists of is piping cut down to (2) 18″, (2) 15″ and (4) 12″ pieces, 4 t joints and 4 elbow joints.  Pop it all together and voila!

We use ponytail holders looped on the “bars” and around the dolls’ wrists and they hang on pretty well!

 

We saw ones that had been spray painted, but I was nervous about the paint wearing off on the plastic parts of the dolls.  Maybe I’ll add some duct tape or fun patterned washi tape.  For now, the girls are happy as little clams with it just the way it is.  Well, other than they’ve added a folded up baby blanket underneath to use as a mat, and Big Girl’s doll is wearing a horse-riding helmet… NOW they love it the way it is! 😉

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Candy Covered Marshmallows

June 19, 2012

It’s just about time for our annual pilgrimage to one of our favorite places, Sesame Place!  Before that, we will be making the girls’ first trip to NYC to American Girl.  I made these treats to put us in the spirit – candy coated star shaped marshmallows!

ridiculously easy and soooo so cute!

aaaand tasty, too!  i love the way these looked wrapped up singley.  i think next time someone does something nice for me, i will make these treats as a thank you!

but this batch will stay here with us. =D

Late April, 2012

April 26, 2012

I have to tell you, i LOVED having the girls home for april vacation.  I miss our little outtings and jaunts.  I cannot WAIT for summer!  Monday of April vaca, we went to the daffodil fields.  It was a crazy 86 degrees, an insane temp for April in CT!

We went to American Girl in Boston.  The girls were so sweet and appreciative and just enjoyed being there, they didn’t ask for a thing.  Maybe that was their plan, cuz mom spent a tiny fortune on doll bathing suits and rollerblades and glasses.  I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

And queenie’s been working away, too.  My goal is to eventually get 100 calendars listed in my shop.  That’s a little insane, but no one has ever officially measured my sane-ness.  I’m curious to see how long it’ll take.

I have tons of new papers, released this spring at the Craft and Hobby Association convention, I have plenty of gorgeous designs to use!  I also need to let my customers know that I will be away from my shop the week leading up to Mother’s Day, so if you are planning to pick a pretty calendar for mom or grandma, do it soon they’re ready to ship!

birthday tutu wreath

April 27, 2011

my grandma’s birthday is next week.  she’s turning 423 years old.  not really, but i can’t remember for sure.  she’s looking forward to the family getting together for a party, and i offered to do it at my house – probably more cost effective, we’re getting to be a big group, and also just easier for me.  i’m selfish.  i don’t like keeping the girls out late on Sundays, it’s a school night after all.  we’re saying we’re doing brunch, but my family is not terribly timely, so it’ll probably be brunch foods at 4p.m.  whatever.  i made a birthday wreath decoration thingie, look how cute!

super cute and wicked easy, just like me.

the base is the inside ring of an embriodery hoop, and it took about 2 full rolls of tulle….  there’s 3 colors, i used all the white and probably still have 1/2 rolls of the pink and purple. 

just knot and knot and knot.

and if you know me, and i think you do, you know i wanna make one in every color scheme i can think of.  gotta stock up on those craft store coupons!

the “happy birthday” sign is just cardstock on some chipboard to make it sturdy, and the letters were cut out on my cricut.  nothing fancy, but i didn’t think it needed to be.

the butterflies were a dollar store find and matched perfectly.  don’t you love it when that happens?

i’m sure we’ll use this for many years to come!

( i was inspired and instructed by this post by Holiday Snob, their Easter Wreath is so adorable, and the idea so versitile!)

the time has come

August 30, 2010

this little girl:

is getting on the bus for kindergarten tomorrow.  she was less than 2 weeks old when i decided there was no way i was sharing her ever.  i quit the job i had every intention of returning to, and i cancelled daycare.  i’ve rarely ever turned her over to someone else because i enjoy every minute with her, and frankly, i did not want to share.  preschool was a tough transition for me but she was only just down the street for a short time a few days a week.  now, she’s getting on that big bus and going across town for a few hours every day.  she’s ready.  she’ll do great.  but i will miss my big girl, it breaks my heart that now i have to share.

new shrinky dink tutorial

April 24, 2010

hey, lOOkie!  Little Yellow Bicycle has “shrink film” in their new Snugglebug line! Let’s make ’em!! 

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use sharp scissors to cut the shapes out.  leave a little edge around the outside, and don’t worry about your cuts being perfect.  once the plastic is shrunk, you won’t be able to tell that the edges are slightly wonky.   it also adds a little to the “handmadeness” of them if they aren’t perfect. 

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color or ink if you’d like, be sure to use PERMANENT ink – Stazon, Sharpies, Slick Writers – if it’s not permanent, it’ll smear and you’ll be sad.  i used Bic fine tip permanent markers.  I tried coloring on both the smooth and the rough side and the results are about the same colorwise – but it’s easier to color on the rough side because there’s a little more control due to the texture.

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place on a piece of parchment paper or foil (it doesn’t matter what side is up) and pop in a preheated oven or toaster oven on a heated pan and watch them shrink!   it only takes a minute or two for the film to do its thing, so watch it closely, they’ll be ready soon.

the directions for these said to use an oven temp of 350F, but i found that to be a little too hot.  i use somewhere between 250-275 in the toaster oven.  this slows the shrinking a little so i could control the shapes a little more – if they curl too quickly, they might stick together and it’s easier to reach in and peel the ends apart if it’s not happening quite so fast.  (i have to say that the quality of this particular shrink film is excellent, it’s even easier to use than the actual shrinky dink brand, and mine never curled enough to stick together.) 

i also only do one or 2 at a time so i can keep an eye on them.  it doesn’t take long to shrink all the shapes, so i only do a couple at once.

once the shape is nearly flat and stops shrinking, take it out of the oven and whack it once with the back of a spatula to be sure it’s nice and flat.  the end result is super cute – sturdy embellishments with a little extra something by me.   They came with little tiny pop dots too, to add a little more dimention to your scrapbook page or altered project.   

crafty sunday…

December 14, 2008

i took a class today at NESC, and i am smitten.  i’ve always been intrigued by pam huntington’s projects, and today i finally jumped in.

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there’s all kinds of stuff happenin’ here that i’d never used or even seen in real life – mica flakes, ruffled crepe paper, these cotton batting balls (??)…  ahhh, fun!!!  and now i have a new list of supplies that i just have to hoard, umm, purchase, myself!

i used expanding paint – it fluffs up when you zap it with a heat gun.  and covered it all with this beautiful glass dome.  i had originally taken the class to make a gift for my grandma, but there’ s no way i’m parting with these little cuties!finished project

p.s…. i took a kinda crazy turn driving home and it all took a tumble, yikes!!!  everybody stayed right where i had stuck them, and now the inside of the glass has some little mica flakes static-clung to it, making a frosty look – i love it!!  =D