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My Rangoli for 2013

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This is my rangoli for this year. It is again somewhat contemporary and different. I used chalk to make my outlines and then covered with the colored powders and added small detailing. For the diyas I did not use oil, instead I use battery operated tea lights.

Happy Diwali Everyone!

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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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Princess Marshmallow Pops (vegetarian)

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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.

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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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Twinkle toes for American girl or 18″ dolls

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My daughter loves her twinkle toes shoes and wished they had made some for her American Girl dolls. I started looking around for some plain tennis shoes that would fit and used gems to make our own.

Materials:

Plain toed tennis shoes that fit your doll -$4 from amazon
Tiny gems 1,500 for $2 from amazon
Hot glue gun and sticks

Glue the gems one or two at a time on the toes until all is covered.

They turned out very cute and I plan on making another pair for her other doll too.

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A sofa or couch for American Girl or 18″ dolls

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Today I made a sofa for my Daughter’s American Girl dolls.

This was simple and easy using just boxes, cardboard fabric, batting and hot glue.

I made the base from cardboard boxes and then the back and seat from cut rectangles of cardboard, as well as the two sides.

I hot glued the fabric on the bottom front and each of the sides. Then I put batting to cover the bottom rectangle seat and covered with fabric and glued in place. Next I folded batting two times to make a cushier back to the top part of the back rectangle and covered with fabric and again glued in place. I lastly attached the two sides and done.

You can make as big or small as you want. I made big enough for 3 dolls or for one to be able to lay down.

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