Tuesday, August 9, 2016

S' Baptism Pictures

Holy Hannah, these are WAY overdue!  I really have been meaning to post these pictures for quite some time, but we got a little busy with a move.  Hopefully she won't hold it against me when she is older.

Our third daughter was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in June.  It was a very special day for our family and I am excited to share her beautiful pictures.  She decided she was okay to wear her older sister's dress since it was still in great shape.  I made her a floral crown and made her American Girl doll a matching dress and crown as well.  This little girl is such a cutie and brings so much love and joy to our home.  We love her!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Boy Dolls for American Girl

For whatever reason, American Girl has yet to make boy dolls in 18" size.  There are boy bitty twins, but as of the end of this year those will be retiring.  So people have been making their own boy dolls to have as brothers for their American Girls for a while now.  It's nothing new and people make quite a bit of money making and selling custom dolls.  I (as I am sure you well know) am not willing to spend $150 for a boy doll and so I have tried making a few of my own and I thought I would share the results.

The first boy doll we had was actually Jack, a boy doll made by Battat and sold in the 1990s.  I already shared some pics of him in this POST.
The next boy doll was my first attempt at a conversion.  He is an Our Generation doll that I bought on clearance for $17.  I just removed the makeup on the lips and cheeks using a Magic Eraser and gave the eyelashes a trim.  I also painted his eyebrows in a little thicker using regular acrylic craft paint.
I made this track suit from a doll pattern and just added the pocket and buttons to make it a little more boyish.  I crocheted the hat using a free pattern I found on Pinterest.

I found these three love ladies at various thrift stores for prices ranging from $1.50 to $3 a piece.  They were begging to be turned into boys.  This time I tried my hand and rewigging, which is quite a process.
You can use a spoon to pry the wig off, but I also had to use nail polish remover to dissolve the glue.  Be careful though, because this will melt the plastic.  The wigs were not easy to get off!  I got blisters on my hands from the dumb spoon and had to recruit my husband to take the wig off the second doll.  I kept the hair on the doll on the right.  It was already short and I just gave it a little trim.  Here he is sans wig:
I bought the wigs on Ebay and they ranged from $3-7 each.  I wanted to go as cheap as possible.  They are size 11/12.  I haven't used the middle blonde one yet because it looks an awful lot like Trump hair. 
Every tutorial I read said to put the wigs on with Alene's craft glue.  I didn't have a whole lot of success with that.  I think E6000 works much better.  Putting the wig on can be tricky too.  I ended up getting it all over the wig hair in spots and had to clean it out as best as I could.
Here they are with their new wigs.  The red one is a pretty sweet mullet style.  No wonder it was on clearance!
I also removed makeup, trimmed eyelashes, and painted eyebrows.  Here are the fellas all dressed and ready to go:
I have also been busy sewing for the girl dolls.  Our third daughter recently turned 8 and we gave her a beautiful like new red-headed doll and a wardrobe filled with several new outfits, including a white dress that matches my daughter's baptism dress.
The wardrobe also contained a Hawaiian style maxi dress
A tank and capri outfit
A shorts and button-up retro look
And a more modern print dress
I also made this historical dress for our fourth daughter's birthday in April when we gave her this Addy doll.
We are headed back to Disneyland in just a bit and so I made the two littles Minnie Mouse inspired dresses for their dolls.  I bought the Mickey hats from another talented seamstress online.

Clearly my obsession with American Girl has not subsided.  I have been buying, fixing up, and selling like crazy.  Remember this Lindsey doll I got at the yard sale for $5?  She was extremely dirty and her little legs and arms were barely holding on.

I cleaned her arms and legs with a Magic Eraser, washed and curled her hair, and put new metal crimps on her strings to tighten her limbs.  She still isn't perfect, but I was able to make a $50 profit.

I also bought a Caroline doll to fix up a bit and sell.  I made a $20 profit from her.

And we can't forge the Bitty Babies/Twins!  I sewed carriers/beds for them using a pattern I bought from Dana Made It.

Are you curious about how much I've spent on all of these dollies?  I certainly was, so I ran the numbers.  Are you sitting down?  Brace yourself!  I have spent $1,300 on American Girl dolls, furniture, etc. in the past year and a half or so!  A THOUSAND dollars!  Holly smokes.

But the good news?  I have made about $1,340 on the ones that I have sold!  So that means that the nine regular size AG dolls we have kept, the Bitty Baby, the Bitty Twins, as well as several pieces of AG furniture are all free!  My obsession has paid off!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ice Cream Themed Birthday

For our daughter's 5th birthday party we chose an ice cream theme.  She had a friend party this year and so we decorated the house a bit and put together some games and activities for the kiddos.  It all started at the front door where my handmade ice cream cone sign announced it was Brooke's big day!

I made the sign using a foam board from the dollar store that I cut to shape and then covered with burlap fabric and scrapbook paper.  I cut the letters out with my Silhouette machine and made a "cherry" bow with some outdoor Christmas ribbon I got in one of my thrift store packs.

I saw the idea on Pinterest to wrap the presents like ice cream and so that's what I did.  I used brown craft paper on the cone box and tried to hand paint it with shading and what not like my husband.  It took me well over an hour and didn't turn out all that splendid.  I ought to just accept that he is the artist in the family and not me!

I splurged and spent $25 on this cardboard ice cream cart because I thought it was just too cute.  It held ice cream cones filled with cotton candy and wrapped in party bags.  They were one of the favors that the kids got to take home.  I made a table runner out of some pink and white stripped fabric I found at Wal-Mart.  I put some dollar store carnations in an ice cream dish and topped them off with cherries to look like a sundae. 

 I recruited my two older daughters to help me put the paper ice cream trucks together.  They were a free printable I found on Pinterest.  We added a bottom to them so that the could hold little favors like stickers, sidewalk chalk and foam ice cream shooters.  We tied them up with baker's twine to make sure the bottoms wouldn't fall out.

We also made an ice cream cone banner by adding little paper cones and pom pom cherries to this premade white paper honeycomb banner.

My hubby made an adorable bean bag toss game board.  (See what I mean about artistic? He whipped that out in about 15 minutes.  And please forgive the horribly messy unfinished basement!).  We also did a relay game where they had to stack the bean bags on top of a cone and run from one line to another, each time adding on another scoop.  We didn't get a pic of this at the actual party so my oldest posed for me.   The third game was a pin the cherry on the ice cream cone.

The last activity station was a craft.  We just used cupcake liners as ice cream scoops and they decorated with "sprinkles and cherries."

Last but not least is the cake.  I've had a cake pinned on my board for a while now that was a little girl at a lemonade stand.  I decided to tweak that idea a bit by having the birthday girl working at an ice cream cart.  Once again, I had my two oldest help me out.  They're pretty fantastic little sculptors. Here are a few shots of the process:

Pretty stinkin' cute!

Friday, June 10, 2016

C&K's Wedding

I was honored to be asked to take wedding photos for the daughter of a friend. These two seem perfectly matched in every way and I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!