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Homemade valentines day dress for American Girl doll


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.



Homemade gift boxes for fragile or breakable gifts or jewelry


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.







Homemade Christmas Ornaments from Salt Dough, make great teachers gifts!


We have made salt dough ornaments this year for Christmas Gifts for my daughter’s teachers and some for our own tree. They are simple and easy to make and turned out just beautiful!

Salt Dough Recipe:
Two parts flour. (For about 8-10 ornaments I used 1 cup)
One part salt (we used 1/2 cup)
One part water (we used 1/2 cup)

Mix together until completely combined and smooth.

For Ornaments:
Cookie cutters of your choice
Straw to make the hole for hanging
Paint, clear nail polish, glitter or any things you would like to use to embellish with
String or ribbon to hang with

Start by pre-heating your oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or nonstick paper. Roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and use a straw to make the hanging hole in each one. Place shapes on cookie sheet and bake for 4 hours.

Let cool completely, and then decorate as you wish. We used what we had on hand which was, permanent markers, nail polish and clear coat nail polish for sealing. We also used ribbon for hanging and after making the bow I just stitched a couple of stitches in it to ensure the bow doesn’t come undone.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!




How to make Monster High Or Barbie doll furniture, entertainment center


Continuing on with making furniture for my daughter’s Monster High dolls, I’ve made an entertainment center with a tv. This looks really wonderful and is so fun and easy to make.

What is needed:
Small box for however big you would like the center to be (for 1:6 scale I used a plastic utensil box)
Wood patterned self stick shelf liner (found mine at the dollar store)
Black construction paper
Glue and tape
Pictures cut out from ads of a tv and electronics
Scrap cardboard

I started by cutting my box in half and then gluing down the open flaps and taping the two box pieces together so I created the size I wanted.

Next I covered the the front side of the boy with a rectangle of black construction paper, and the other sides with the wood patterned shelf liner.

I made little strips of the shelf liner to replicate shelves on the front and glued in the little pictures of electronics.

Lastly I created the tv using the picture cut out and gluing to cardboard back and using another rectangle of black construction paper to cover it and made a stand from a triangle of cardboard and bending it.

My daughter loves this and I think it came out cute as well.











Applying Initial(s) for Style, Fun and Identification


The embroidery of initials is almost a lost art except for far and few between or by high end store catalogs like Pottery Barn, LL Bean and Disney Store for their machine embroidery.

I much prefer the creative touch I can provide by embroidering by hand. Really it is simple if you sew by hand you can purchase embroidery needles and floss or embroidery thread. Also search online for the photo of which letters you need and you can copy on paper and then recreate and even give your own spin.

I like for my daughter to have her initial on all her bags for school and sports. She loves it to for the design and being able to recognize her things instantly.






How to make furniture for Monster High Or Barbie dolls, Fainting Couch or Sofa


My daughter is very much into Monster High Dolls right now and after seeing the simply lovely furniture that people have made and are selling for extremely high prices on eBay, etsy etc, I’ve decided to try and make some of my own.

I’ve searched online and found no free instructions or patterns so I thought I would share my own first creation and any more I find time to make.

This first one I have made is a fainting couch or sofa.

Things you will need:
Fabric of your choice 1/4 yard should be enough for the whole sofa and maybe a chair too
Edging or ricrac of some kind, 1/2 yard
Batting 1/4 yard should be plenty for this and more
Foam board
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Cardboard for support pieces
Beads for feet

First find a photo of a couch you would like to replicate or feel free to use my own design.

Draw out on the foam board two shapes, the rectangle for the seat part and the design for the back piece. Cut them out and then lay batting over the top of each and cut out to the correct shape. Also you will need to do the same with the fabric, except leave a couple inches of allowance on all sides.

Place the fabric, batting and foam board together and use the hot glue to close all edges for both pieces.
Then cut out 4 rectangles for the bottom two long ones for the front and back of the sofa and two for the short sides. Cover them with only fabric and again hot glue the fabric on. Next make a box with them by adding hot glue and small rectangles of cardboard as added support to each corner.

Cut out another rectangle for the fainting curled arm of the sofa, cover with extra batting and fabric by gluing to it and then roll the end and glue n place. Attach this side with arm up by gluing to the rectangle base. Next glue beads to each bottom corner as feet. Also use your ribbon or trim and glue around the sides of the rectangle bottom.

Next glue the back to the seat of the sofa, be liberal with the glue and hold in place while drying. Lastly glue this to the rectangle base piece and again add lots of glue to keep in place.

You can also make the bolster pillow by just using batting with fabric glued together and then rolling it up and gluing as you roll it.

I chose fabrics to go with Cleo DeNile. I also made a couple accent pillows.

I plan on trying to make some other furniture pieces and adding how to’s and photos as well so check back again later. Also feel free to ask any questions you have, I’ll try to reply right away.

























Yummy shortbread cookies with black raspberry jam


I would like to share the recipe for some wonderfully scrumptious cookies today. I’ve made shortbread cookies with a black raspberry jam filling.

Makes about 30 cookies

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup (two sticks of butter or margarine, I used I can’t believe it’s not butter) at room temperature cut into small pieces
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 almond extract
1/2 to 1 cup of a seedless black raspberry jam
Powdered sugar for dusting

Beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy, about 4 minutes then add in sugar, vanilla and almond extracts. Start adding the flour about a cup at a time and mixing until you’ve added all the flour. Shape together into a ball and place back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the icebox for at least one hour until chilled. It will not roll out smoothly until this is done.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Once removed from the icebox, roll out onto a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Use a whole cutter for the bottom of the two part cookies and then the same cutter again but make a tiny shape in the middle so when stacked with jam (after cooking) you can see the jam.

Bake in the oven for 14-16 minutes or until you see the edges just start to brown very lightly. Let cool and dust the cookie tops with powdered sugar. Next use about a 1/3 of a teaspoon of jam and place on the bottom piece of the cookie and put a top cookie on top.

They look wonderful and taste amazing!

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.