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!
I’m gearing up for my daughter’s bday party on Sunday and so have made a sweet treat for the guests.
Princess Marshmallow Pops
Dandies marshmallows (which are vegetarian no gelatin, and vegan)
Melting chocolate of your choice
Sprinkles or toppings
Small lollipop sticks
Small clear bags and ties
Melt the chocolate and dip each marshmallow and then top with sprinkles. Let them harden and push in stick and wrap with bag and tie.
I used a plastic container as the holder, I filled it with dry dal and the cut small x’s in the top.
I think the kids will love them.
I’m starting to plan for my daughter’s birthday party in a couple months. The theme had been chosen as Barbie Pegasus and colors are light pink, light blue and lavender.
We will be using streamers and I’ve decided to make some beautiful Tissue Paper Flowers too.
They are simple to make and look exquisite.
To make mine I bought 50 pages of light pink tissue paper in 15″x20″ size.
First I took 5 sheets and cut them in half so then I have 10 sheets measuring 10″x15″.
I stack them together neatly and then fold like an accordion fan. Make the folds about 1 inch. Next fold them in half and wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle and wrap it so it stays closed.
Then I cut the ends to rounded shapes.
Then I was able to begin slowly lifting each sheet to the middle and continuing with each sheet making the flower completely full.
You can experiment with cutting different shapes on the ends for other flowers you make as well.
I plan on making light blue and lavender flowers too. I may put some in vases and hang others with streamers.
The fantastic one dollar books for January from Scholastics Bookclubs through schools.
These are the $1.00 deals for January:
The Little Engine That Could
From Honeybee January item #48
From Arrow January item #74
Splat the Cat Sings Flat
See Saw January item #67
TAB January item #65
Firefly January item #66
Who Would Win? Wolverine vs. Tasmanian Devil
Lucky January item #94
I wanted to share my recipe for the most amazing low fat, homemade macaroni and cheese. Both kids and adults eat every bite and ask for seconds and thirds!
Your choice of pastas (macaroni, shells, curly pasta work great)
Fat free milk
Smoked Gouda cheese (make certain there is no “rennet” in the cheese)
Salt and pepper to taste
If you want to make enough to serve 3-4 people, use half a box of pasta, boil as per directions.
In separate pot, melt 4 tablespoons of margarine, when bubbly add 4 tablespoons of flour and mix until smooth. Next add 2 cups of fat free milk and stir while on high heat until boiling and it has thickened, lower heat to low. Shred Gouda cheese to make one cup and add little at a time to the sauce and stir until all is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Drain pasta and add sauce to pasta in pot and mix. Serve hot.
I wanted to showcase, protect and wrap the homemade Christmas ornaments to be given as gifts for my daughter’s teachers and so I came up with how to make a simple gift box at home.
I used a small medicine box and cut it in half, taped the sides together and used a small piece of wrapping paper to cover the bottom. I folded it so it covered the sides and taped each side to the inside bottom. Next I used a paper towel as the cushion for the inside and placed my ornament inside. Lastly I cut a small piece of cellophane to cover the top, taped in place on the back and put a to-from label over the tape to hide it.
The boxes turned out lovely and this would be simple to make for any number of gifts.
I’m the coordinator for all of my daughter’s school parties for this year and wanted to make a fun game for the kids to play. Since we are in winter what better than a snowball fight themed game?
I used a large piece of cardboard brought home from BJ’s and drew on three characters who would look like they are both throwing and being hit by snowballs. I used paints, crayons and markers to color in the picture and cut out three large holes. The kids will throw ping pong balls as their own snowballs and try to aim for the holes.
I think it will be fun!
Happy Holidays everyone.