Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DIY Bath Towels, Hand Towels and Wash Cloths for American Girl Dolls

Hi Doll Friends!

I made doll bathtowels, hand towels and wash cloths this morning out of a hand towel. When I got my washing machine for the doll house, I thought it'd be cute to fold some towels on top like the dolls are folding their laundry on top. In the past, I have used pretty kitchen towels as beach towels. Sadly when I folded them on top of the washer, they looked sort of silly... So I had the idea that I'd cut them down to make more 'bath towel' sized towels. But how to keep them from unraveling? Then I remembered a trick my Grandma used when her bathtowels would start to fray on the edges. She's make them into washcloths. How would she do that? She'd mark out the right sizes on the towels and zip around the shapes with her zig-zag setting on her sewing machine. Hmmmm...


So I decided to give it a try... I'd found some pretty kitchen towels on clearance at the end of summer for like 75cents that I bought as beach towels for the dolls... So I decided to give it a try. 


I marked out what I thought would make good mesaurements for the bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths with a ruler and a sharpie. 


You can see the two "bathtowels" here at the end. I was so curious to see if they'd be the right size that I cut them out immediately. 


And fold them up in the same way I fold my own real bathtowels. Because I am a geek like that. Haha.


I should've waited to cut them out until all of the seams were done because having that rough edge where I cut off the bath towels was kind of a pain. I'll know when I make my next set! 


So as you can see, I zig-zagged around the lines. You can also see I messed up once when I was making the lines in the hand towels. Rats. 


I also accidentally made one of the wash cloths a bit smaller too... So I will put that smaller one in the cleaning kit. The measurements for the wash cloths are 2inches by 2inches, the hand towels are 2inches by 5inches. I think next time I'll make them 3x5 instead... But I think they are cute enough.


They were so small they didn't want to stay folded. So I folded them and them pressed them, folded, with an iron and they stayed much better. So here they all are, folded on top of the washing machine. I plan to make at least one more set in an alternate patterned towel because it'd be so much cuter to have a couple of different patterened towels. So, if you're wanting linens for your Dolly Bathroom, they are no further away than a hand towel and the zig-zag stitch on your handy sewing machine! If you make some, I'd love to see pictures!!

Better run!
XXOO
Heather


Grass Panels For American Girl Dolls From eBay!

Greetings and Salutations Doll Friends,

I had an eBay purchase show up today in the mail. A few weeks ago, I found these "grass" foam mats on eBay and ordered a few to see if they'd be good for the dolls. I've been trying to think of some good option for taking 'outdoor' photos inside the house but always figured any sort of artificial turf would be hard to stand the dolls on... So when I saw these for about $2.50 each, I figured "Why not try and see how they work?"


My only regret is that I only bought three! I didn't want to throw away money if they were junk. So I think I'll pick up at least three more for my "outdoor" scenes inside this coming winter! How fun! It took about two weeks from when I ordered them till they got to my door so... I'll keep you posted! I might just try and set up a scene with the three I got... We shall see...?


So if you are also looking for some turf for your outdoor scenes, this might be a great idea for you! 

Till Next Time!
XXOO
Heather

My Life As Doll Doll Bed and Chair Clearance Finds!

Greetings and Salutations Doll Friends!!

About a month ago, when all the new My Life As Doll items were coming out at Walmart I took a little Doll Shopping Spree. During that shopping trip, I found last seasons bed for only $5.00!!


So I took photos of Frann with the bed in what I will now consider Frann's Bedroom and made a YouTube Video of Frann Doll Getting Ready For Bed. Then, after finishing the video and posting this blog draft... I kind of forgot that I hadn't ever posted the blog post about it! Oops! That's the trouble with having so many different social media outlets! Sometimes you forget what you've shared where! You know what I mean??


So anyway, back to the bed. It's really pretty cute especially for $5.00. If I'd have been able to get two of them, they even stack to make bunk beds. I am really curious if this seasons will stack with last seasons? The new one is white and also very cute... 




Pretty straitforward... It came with a little cardboard sleeve around the middle.


It comes with a mattress, a blanket, and two pillows. 


See? Here is a photo on the cardboard sleeve explaining how you can make them into bunk beds if you want to. 


I also got the teal 'modern' chair around the same time... It was $7.00 and I love how well they match! 


So my idea is that this will be Frann Doll's very own room in the Doll House. Most of the dolls have to share but I think she deserves her very own space. Isn't it a cute room? 








I better run!
Till Next Time!
XXOO
Heather

Monday, September 18, 2017

Win Latte's, Plates, Spoons, Tea Pot and Champagne Cups For Your American Girl Doll!

Greetings and Salutations Doll Friends,

As you know if you read this blog with any frequency, I've been doing doll drawings this month. This is the last weekly drawing of four and, going forward, I plan to do a drawing of some manner of doll item once a month or so. So what is the drawing for this week? 


This week I am doing a drawing for four of the Doll Latte's I made with instructions from American Girl Ideas. Well, sort of... I didn't make the cups like she did, I got these from the Dollar Tree. You will also get the four plates, four spoons and the tea pot that also came in that set. Since I had them on hand and this year is flying by, I figured I'd throw in four champagne cups for New Years or some other fancy party for your dolls. Here is Sorbet, my latest custom, modeling them for you. 


How do you enter drawing? Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!! Just like last week, you just go and 'like' the PCR American Doll House Facebook Page and share the post there about the contest on your own Facebook page. That's it, super easy!

 I will draw the name of the contest winner on Sunday September 24, 2017 at  6PMCentral Standard Time.
*Contest only open to people in the United States or APO addresses due to postage costs!!*
(Sorry international readers, I only have so much money to devote to my little blog here)



That's it! So good luck!
Have a great day!!
XXOO
Heather

Fashion Show Of Upcycled Doll Clothes At The Doll House!

Greetings and Salutations Doll Friends!!
Last week I had a post about the Dress Rehearsal for the Fashion Show at the Doll House. Well the actual show was Saturday and I think it was a pretty good success! (Teehee) I've been upcycling clothes like a mad woman recently and wanted to show them to you and... What better way than a Fashion Show? Right? 


Here we have Hemalayaa, Prism and Florence modeling the first set of clothes to hit the runway!



There was quite a crowd there for the show!




Next up were Courtney, Debbie and Angela!





Then came Emily Anne, Saila and Sharon!



Then came Cat, Jody and Fongtan!! Cat and Jody were brave enough to wear roller skates on stage even!



Then we have Dora, Diane and Eunju



Next up were Jamie, Alycia and Myfanwy!



Then Annie, Frann and Monessa took to the stage!



Frank came to the show to be supportive of Frann! Isn't that sweet! 




Katie, Panda and Jamie were next on the stage! Jamie accidentally went twice... Teehee. 




Then came Mandy, JennDeck and Leanne!


Finally Heather Doll took the stage as the designer of all the clothes. Josh Doll brought her flowers!




A standing ovation!! How lovely! If you'd like to see a video of the show, here is the link to show on Youtube!


So you can make a whole wardrobe of clothes by upcycling baby and kid clothes into doll clothes! Let me know if you've created anything this way! I'd love to see them!

Better run!
Have a great week!
XXOO
Heather