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Craft Tag

So Victoria from Reverie Dolls nominated me for the Craft Tag. (Okay, technically she just said “you”, but I think this is really cool, so I’m doing it. Kaylyn created this tag.

The rules are:

Answer 5 questions

Create 5+ new questions

Tag people

 

Victoria’s questions:

What is your favorite craft supply?

Almost anything, although some of my favorites are; cloth, yarn, pompoms, shells, and paint.

Hot glue or liquid glue?

Definitely hot glue, though liquid glue is better for some things. But if hot glue will work, I probably will use it.

Wing it or plan it?

Depends on the project. If it’s small, and I do it as soon as I get the idea, wing it. If it’s really big I’ll probably write some stuff down. Usually though, I’ll plan it in my head, but not write it down.

Have you ever made crafts to go in your bedroom?

Yes. A lot of what’s in my bedroom I made. I’ve made a quilt, some pillows, almost everything on my wall, my bulletin board, a few clothing items, a small dollhouse, and quite a few other things.

Favorite craft you’ve ever made?

Hmm, that’s hard. I love almost everything I’ve made. My quilt is pretty cool though, and I love the rain-forest house I made for Lea.

Okay, I nominate,

Jewel from The Doll Notebook

Julia from Love My Dollies

Gracie from Smile And Craft AG

Kiki from Kiki Through The Looking Glass

Tess from Silver Sky Dolls

My questions are:

What is the weirdest craft material you have ever used?

What kinds of things do you like to make?

Do you use materials from the craft store, or do you use other things also, like recycled or up-cycled things?

Are there any craft supplies that you hate or won’t use?

Do you have a craft area / where do you do your crafts?

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The Dolls’ Christmas Outfits

Merry Christmas!

I hope you are having a good one!

 

 

Yesterday (After I spent most of the morning cleaning my room, of course) I dressed all of my dolls in Christmassy (Or wintery, I only have so many red doll pieces.) attire. I was going to post about it last night, but didn’t get a chance.

So first of all I undressed all the dolls thinking random thoughts like “I thought this was Abby, why am I doing Joy?” “How did I get so many dolls?” “Where is Mckenna? And Hope, and Faith, and…Oh, I forgot to get that shelf of dolls.” Etc. Then I put the clothes away. Then I picked out sixteen Christmassy or winter outfits. (Actually I counted first. How did I get so many dolls?) Then I laid them out and dressed one doll at a time, picking an outfit for the doll as I dressed it.

And now here they are.

All of them

First of all, here is all of the dolls along one of the purple walls in my room. (We repainted last summer, and I love the walls being purple.)

As you can see, not all of the dolls are in red or green. I only have so many pieces of red and green doll clothing.

Now here are pictures of each doll next to my mini Christmas tree. It’s blue, so not all of the outfits match, but whatever. The dolls are in no specific order, just the order the computer chose.

Riley's potrait

Here is Riley. I love the red of her hair against the outfit. (And the tree, and the wall, and the floor, you get it.)

Oliva's potrait

This is Olivia. She is a doll I randomly got at the thrift store one day. I had a bunch of dolls I was going to give away, but that might not happen. Her dress came on an also thrift store doll, but it’s perfect for Christmas.

Mia's portrait

Mia’s outfit is kind of random, and I’m not sure I like it, but it’s okay. She’s wearing a tree skirt from the dollar store I bought a few years ago. It looked bad the first year, (It kept falling down, and there are probably pictures you could find of Mckenna in her underwear,) but I finally got it to stay, and it doesn’t look bad now.

Mckenna's Portrait

Mckenna refused to wear a skirt, or really anything nice, but she agreed to wear the green shrug. She wouldn’t change into matching shoes, insisting that it was Christmas and she should be allowed to wear comfortable shoes.

Maria's Portrait

In person Maria’s shirt and skirt and shoes match, but not in pictures I guess. And her shirt looks a lot more like pajamas than I would like. It’s festive at least…

Lea's portrait

Ooh, I love this picture. Nothing about Lea is Christmassy, but she looks nice.

Kaitlyn's portrait

The dress Kaitlyn is wearing I made a long time ago. I don’t like it as much as I used to, but the fabric is perfect for Christmas.

Joy's Potrait

Joy isn’t looking at the camera, but I love this one all the same. She kind of looks like a dancer, which she’s not, she’s a writer, but it looks nice all the same.

Jenny's Portrait

Ha! I knew this dress would be useful for something someday. Jenny doesn’t care if she looks old fashioned.

Hope's Portrait

And, Hope is wearing rain boots. Why? It snowed here! (For the first time I can remember we got a white Christmas!!!)

Grace's Portrait

I love this one. Grace is all blue. Even her earrings are blue, though you can’t see them. And her shoes match the hat, which sparkles everywhere, and the sweater.

Callie's Portrait

Callie! I love Callie. For Christmas, my little cousin received a doll from our Grandparents. Callie. My Grandma had asked advice from me on which one to get, and I told her that as far as off brand dolls go, I love the Journey Girls. So now my cousin has Callie too!

Gabi and Keirra's Portrait

Kierra wanted to be in a picture with her sister. Her outfit doesn’t match at all, but she insisted on wearing the leggings so she “wouldn’t be cold.” I don’t know why she can’t wear shoes, but no shoes for Kierra.

Faith's Potratit

I finally have given up on Faith being older than the rest. She doesn’t look like it, and none of my doll clothes make her look older.

Eileen's Potratit

For Eileen’s outfit, it was the same as mine yesterday. Last year I made myself a red and green plaid skirt, and a doll one to match. Since Eileen is my mini me, she wore it, though the proportions are better on mine. Her outfit is mostly the same, except I had a black turtleneck, a necklace, and headband (Which was actually a necklace, and kept falling down, but was otherwise cool.)

Abby's Portrait

And now Abby. Normally I don’t like Abby’s outfits or pictures very much, but I like this one a lot.

 

So there are my dolls in their Christmas outfits this year. I hope you enjoyed.

Merry Christmas!

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Gabriela: Time for Change

This was such an amazing book. Best American Girl book I’ve read. I loved it so much. It was so relatable to normal girls. I related to it quite a bit, though I am way older than the target age range.

 

I requested this book through our library system, but I didn’t read it right away when I got it. To be honest I wasn’t all that excited about it. But I finally started it. It was a little slow to get into, but it was so, so, good.

 

The story is about Gabriela dealing with several different things. Her ballet class is working on pointe shoes, something Gabi has dreamed about for most of her eleven years, she is helping plan a halloween party with her co ambassadors, and making a costume with the group. She is making a costume with her best friend Teagan, and working on multiple poems for the upcoming poetry slam she is doing with Teagan, and some other friends.

With all that is going on, some things get pushed aside, especially her friendship with Teagan as she becomes better friends with her co ambassador and former enemy Aliyah.

In the end Gabriela must make a choice about which things mean the most to her, and which ones are only weighing her down.  

 

But, to me, the book is about friendship, being overwhelmed with too much stuff, and being a good friend even when it’s hard.

I loved how there were lines from Gabriela’s poems in the book, and how one of the poems changes as Gabi grows and changes.

I liked the message that friends are as important as dreams.

 

But mostly, I loved the decision Gabi had to make, and how it only made things better, though it was really hard.

 

Go read this book. It’s seriously amazing.

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The Cutest Three-Step Doll Skirt You Will Ever Make

Hello people reading this!

Want to learn how to make a really cute, really simple (three steps!) doll skirt? You have come to the right place.

*Note: This is not the easiest skirt you will ever make, nor the cutest, but for how easy it is, it is really adorable, and you can make it for any size doll.

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Step one: Gather your materials. All you need is wide lace (which you can find at the craft store) and self sticking velcro or sew-on velcro and fabric glue. If you want, you can use flowers or bows to embellish it, or fabric dye to dye it.

Step two: Wrap the lace around your doll, and mark how long it needs to be. Add some overlap for the velcro. My lace was really thin and see-through, so I used my sewing machine to sew two pieces together. I also dyed my lace pink, but that is optional.

Step three: Wrap the skirt around your doll. Cut a square of velcro, and place it where the end of the lace on top overlaps with the lace on bottom. Either stick it on, or glue it on.

And you are done! See how simple that was?

You could make a bunch for Holiday gifts, or for dolls to wear in a dance class. The possibilities are endless!

Nora (The doll) is wearing: Warm Winter Outfit from American Girl, Silver Sparkle Beanie from American Girl, and the skirt I made.

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Don’t Reply To The American Girl Email!

My Mom received this email from ‘American Girl’ today.
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When I showed to her she was pretty convinced that it was phishing. Then we saw that people have been having trouble getting into the American Girl website, and when they did what the email said they got an error message.
We could be wrong, but it’s probably phishing. If you received this email, DON’T CLICK ON THE LINK, AND DON’T GIVE THEM YOUR INFORMATION! Better safe than sorry!
Here’s what Mom says about emails:
You never click on a link in a email unless you are expecting someone to send you a link. Instead go directly to the website in this case american girl.com,  and look for the information from the email. If you can’t find it on the website, the email is a scam.
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Review-Pioneer Dress

My family went to a homeschool convention last March. One of the booths had books and doll dresses. My mom bought me the three books (Which I am going to review eventually.) and a dress, which I am about to show you.

Books

Here are the books that they had. The books are historical fiction about a girl named Lauren. She’s not really a pioneer, but the dresses they were selling remind me of pioneer dresses.

Rack o dresses

This is the rack of dresses. I liked the yellow one also, but it was gone before we got back there.

Doll in a shawl

Here is the doll modeling a shawl and a dress. (They sold crocheted shawls also)

The red dress

This is the dress I chose. It was 12$.

Too Big

I put it on Lea to model the dress. It’s nice, with lots of detail, but I didn’t like how big it was on her.

Inside out

So I turned the dress inside out and put it back on Lea.

Pins

Then I pinned it up and sewed the seams to make it smaller.

Prettyish dress

I like the dress much better now that it fits better. It has lots of detail, and is very well made (Except for being too big, but that might just be the style.) The print is little white flowers.

Color collar

The neckline has a peter pan collar. The fabric is the same on both sides.

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The sleeves are a little bit puffy. It reminds me of a dress I wore in the production of Mary Poppins that I was in. It had sleeves just like that.

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The waist is ruffled very nicely and the skirt is very full. There is a little bit of pink thread showing, but you can barely see it in person.

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The bottom of the skirt has a ruffle on it.

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The back of the dress is just as nice. The ruffles are just as full on the back.

Snapse

The back of the dress closes with three snaps. I asked the person at the booth (Who had made all the dresses) and she said that she didn’t like velcro because it gets caught in doll hair, so she did snaps. It’s also more time period.

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All the seams are surged.

Overall this is a very nice dress. All the seams are finished nicely, it has lots of detail, and it’s cute. It didn’t fit all that well, but I’ll let that pass for now.

Overall I’ll rate it 4.5/5 stars.

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The End Of Permipanties!

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American Girl has decided to do away with the stupid permipanties! Here’s what American Girl said:

**An Important Update for Our Customers**

We love and appreciate our dedicated American Girl fan community, and we take our role in listening and responding to your feedback very seriously. In recent months, many of you have shared your thoughts on how we can continue delivering the great products you’ve come to expect from us. We’ve heard you, and we will be implementing two changes as a result.

First, we will be reverting to the separate underwear design for all of our 18-inch dolls. Starting today, any dolls that are currently in production or any new dolls being developed will now come with removable underwear. Because there are dolls with permanent underwear already in the market, this will be a rolling change—meaning dolls that currently have the permanent underwear design will remain as is until the inventory is sold through.

However, if you currently own an American Girl doll with the permanent underwear and are disappointed with the design, we will do a one-time, free body exchange on the doll to create one with separate underwear and return the doll to you at no cost. For details on this offer, please click here: http://bit.ly/2rKyn0n

Second, we have made the decision to return to our iconic boutique box for our 18-inch dolls. Only the new 2017 contemporary characters, as well as some of our Truly Me dolls, will come in the current packaging until inventory is sold through. In addition, none of our 18-inch doll outfits will be sewn directly into packaging, with the exception of any existing inventory for our 2017 contemporary characters.

Thank you for caring enough to share your candid and heartfelt opinions with us, and we are sorry if we disappointed you in any way. Your feedback helps us deliver on our promise to create high-quality products, services, and experiences that nourish a girl’s spirit and help develop her strength of character.

Your Friends at American Girl

I’m really glad that they decided to do away with permipanties. It sounds like they have finally heard us.  But what about squishy vinyl? Thinner fabric? Neck ties? Cheaper products? Are they not going away also?
Notice that they only got rid of the changes that were most hated. There’s nothing holding them back from making cheap dolls still. My mom says they only care about our opinion because they care about our money.
But it’s a start at least.
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Joy’s Journal 2-15

Finally, the much awaited (For some people) next part of Joy’s Journal, part fifteen! There are thirty parts in this series. 

When I went back to classes the next day my ‘friends’ set out to make my life miserable. It worked.

Lockbox

I remember seeing them crowded around my locker as I pulled my stuff out if it.

Mudjuice

I jumped back as a jar of dirt and bugs spilled everywhere. It was positioned to fall out as soon as I opened the door.

By the way the girls were laughing I knew they had done it on purpose.

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The janitor handed me a broom, and I heard Roberta whisper something to Serenity.

“Stupid girl.”

By the time I had finished sweeping the mess up I was late to Art, and the halls were deserted.

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I hadn’t had time to grab my art supplies, so I went to the teacher to try to explain what happened.

“I’m late because some girls put a jar of bugs and dirt in my locker and I didn’t have time to clean in up. I didn’t have time to get my art supplie-”

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One of the other girls in Roberta and Serenity’s group waltzed in.

“She’s making things up Mrs Oakwood. She’s lying. No one did anything to her, she just didn’t want to paint.”

“Is this true Joy?”

“Of course not! It’s-”

“You are going to believe JOY?” The girl asked. “The one who lied to everyone about her illness to skip school?”

“Good point Cinnamon.”

“You are going to believe Cinnamon?” I burst out. “What abo-”

Mrs Oakwood cut me off. “That’s enough Joy. We need to start.”

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And so I got to stare at an empty easel the entire time.

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