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Valentine treats for American Girl Dolls

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Valentines day is coming soon. There is still time to get beautiful treats for your American Girl or other 18″ dolls.

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American Girl Fashion Show to Benefit Special Olympics New Jersey

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My daughter wanted to do something good for others and we found a worthwhile cause, the Special Olympics of New Jersey. She became an Ambassador for Special Olympics NJ. This past birthday instead of receiving gifts she asked if anyone would like to bring a gift to instead bring a donation for the Special Olympics. She has raised a few hundred dollars so far.

This coming October 20th, they will be hosting an American Girl Fashion Show at the local country club and proceeds will go to the Special Olympics NJ. Tickets go on sale Sept 2nd.

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How to tame or fix messy American Girl Dolls curly hair

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My daughter has a couple of American Girl dolls with beautiful curls. Unfortunately even with gentle play, their hair becomes a mess. Every few weeks or whenever I notice it, I will take them aside and fix their hair.

It seems a lot of moms have the same problem with their daughter’s dolls but might not know how to fix it.

This is the way I fix Caroline’s hair also Saige and Kanani too;

First I separate small sections and brush each one straight. Next I curl the hair around my finger and let it go. I repeat with each section all the way around. I use the American Girl hair brush.

Their hair comes out very nice. It may not be factory or salon exact but it does look close and certainly a lot better.

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Vintage Wolverine metal kitchen set revamped for American Girl dolls, retro kitchen

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My daughter has donated shelves full of toys from her playroom to make space for creating a dollhouse for her American Girl dolls. I have been keeping an eye out here and there for things that might fit or make it special. One of the first things I came across was a vintage Wolverine metal kitchen set exactly doll sized online. I got it for a great bargain but it needed a little revamping. Since my daughter has a child sized version I bought her years ago and I fixed that one up, I knew what I was doing.

These metal kitchen sets from Wolverine were made approximately in the 1950’s, possibly early 60’s. Most have some degree of rust, especially on the shiny silver parts. This is the easiest to remedy, I purchased a silver leafing pen (really it is like a marker) and over the past few months as i would get time, I would paint the silver leaf over all the silver parts on the kitchen pieces. It covers rust and fading perfectly.

Since my daughter will be playing with these and we don’t know if the original paint is lead based or not, I’ve used a clear coat lacquer to cover all the painted areas. This not only protects my daughter but also preserves the original colors and designs.

It turned out fabulous and my daughter is enjoying it!

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Homemade valentines day dress for American Girl doll

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For Valentines day I decided to try making a dress for my daughter’s American Girl doll.

Since my sewing machine and I aren’t on speaking terms right now, I hand sewed it. The material was simple cotton, made from a dress that didn’t fit my daughter anymore.

The closures are two buttons in the back.

I also made a small bag to match.

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Cardboard table and chairs for American Girl or 18″ dolls

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My daughter had been asking for a table and chairs set for her American Girl dolls to play with and last night she said that she dreamed that I made it for her, so I had to make it today.

I made a table big enough for four dolls and two chairs to start with.

Supplies:
Cardboard box the size of the table you want
Extra cardboard for the chairs
Shelf liner or any color, I used wood grained from the dollar store
Scissors
Box cutter or exacto knife
Packing clear tape

I started by cutting the bottom and sides of the box leaving the top and corners as the legs. I reinforced the top of the box with tape.

Next I used the extra pieces of cardboard to make a chair using the doll as a guide for size, I cut a rectangle and bent in half and reinforced with tape, next I cut notches on each side and made two small rectangle sides for the chair and cut slits for the notches or tabs to go through.

I assembled and reinforced with tape and covered everything with the wood grain shelf liner.

My daughter loves the set and later I will have to make more chairs.

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Cardboard table and chairs for American Girl or 18″ dolls

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My daughter had been asking for a table and chairs set for her American Girl dolls to play with and last night she said that she dreamed that I made it for her, so I had to make it today.

I made a table big enough for four dolls and two chairs to start with.

Supplies:
Cardboard box the size of the table you want
Extra cardboard for the chairs
Shelf liner or any color, I used wood grained from the dollar store
Scissors
Box cutter or exacto knife
Packing clear tape

I started by cutting the bottom and sides of the box leaving the top and corners as the legs. I reinforced the top of the box with tape.

Next I used the extra pieces of cardboard to make a chair using the doll as a guide for size, I cut a rectangle and bent in half and reinforced with tape, next I cut notches on each side and made two small rectangle sides for the chair and cut slits for the notches or tabs to go through.

I assembled and reinforced with tape and covered everything with the wood grain shelf liner.

My daughter loves the set and later I will have to make more chairs.

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