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Spring Photo Shoot

For Easter I dressed up all my dolls in nice, springy outfits and took them outside for a photo shoot. I did a group picture, but also single pictures of each doll. I am going to use these as profile pictures because the place where I used to take profile pictures no longer exists.

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Group picture!

This was really fun to take. I had to arrange all fifteen dolls. (Count them!) Most of the dolls are positioned well. A couple of them I don’t like so much, such as Gabi, Jenny, and Faith. Overall though, I really like this picture.

I am going to try to use it as a header image. I don’t know how well that will work…

Mckenna is not colorblind

 

I really like this picture. Mckenna’s hair is frizzy, and I didn’t have a good pair of shoes for this outfit that no one else was wearing, but whatever. Who needs shoes?

Mckenna is wearing:

A dress that I sewed and tie dyed,

The shrug from the fall outfit I bought at our local festival,

The matching hair bow with aquamarine lace wrapped around it.

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I like this one too. The outfit looks good on Abby, but come to think of it, she would never wear something that frilly.

Abby is wearing:

American Girl Grace’s opening night dress

Headband from American Girl Grace’s opening night outfit.

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I like how the tall grass and flowers cast shadows on Riley.

Riley is wearing:

Shirt from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Tunic from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Leggings from the American Girl warm winter outfit,

Shoes from the American Girl spring breeze outfit,

Random butterfly hair clip.

Kateskate

Katelyn isn’t looking at the camera. Argh! And her hair is messy.

Katelyn is wearing:

My Life As dress,

Headband from a Madame Alexander outfit. (I looked, but I got it years ago, and I have no idea what the outfit is called)

Gracietree

Oh, I love this picture of Grace. Even though the shoes never made it on her.

Grace is wearing:

Skirt that I made out of lace and fabric I dyed,

Tank top from American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet outfit,

American Girl Isabelle’s purple Wrap sweater.

Hope and Pride

Argh! This one’s kind of blurry.

Hope is wearing:

Cheerleader dress from my local festival,

Pom pom from the cheerleader outfit (In her hair)

Headband from Our Generation Joy’s meet outfit,

Boots that I made.

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Joy looks so adorable in that dress.

Joy is wearing:

A dress that I made,

Our Generation Joy’s meet shoes.

Maria moose

Maria isn’t looking at the camera, but I like this one.

Maria is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit my dolls,

The headband from the American Girl love to layer accessories,

The shoes that Journey Girl Callie was wearing when we found her.

Faith under the branches

Not one of my favorites, but it’s okay.

Faith is wearing:

A baby dress I adjusted to fit 18 inch dolls,

Our Generation Parker’s meet shoes.

Dandieileen

I absolutely love this one. It fit’s Eileen’s personalty so well.

Eileen is wearing:

The American Girl petals and posies dress that Mia was wearing when I found her,

A pearl bracelet from Our Generation,

Random blue ribbon,

And she’s holding a dandelion.

Lealove

I don’t really like this picture, but it fits Lea’s personality.

Lea is wearing:

American Girl Merry Magenta dress,

American Girl Merry Magenta headband.

Mialyn

I really like the outfit that Mia is wearing.

Mia is wearing:

A dress that I made,

A sash that my cousin crocheted,

The Journey Girls shrug Callie was wearing when we found her,

American Girl Lea’s meet shoes,

Our Generation Parker’s meet headband,

An ice skate charm on a piece of ribbon.

Gabbygail

I like this picture. If only Gabi was sitting up more.

Gabi is wearing:

Our Generation Doll shirt, (Someone gave it to me, and I never identified it)

American Girl headband from Grace’s baking outfit,

American Girl Gabriela McBride’s meet leggings,

American Girl boots from Soft As Snow outfit.

KaoriCallie

Callie is so fun to pose! This picture was fun to take.

Callie is wearing:

A dress I made,

Headband from American Girl Spring Breeze outfit,

Shoes from Our Generation tworiffic twin set.

Jennylyn

Argh! Jenny’s hair is so frizzy.

Jenny is wearing:

My Twin Blooming Flower dress,

My Twin shoes,

Random hair clip.

 

So there you have it. This year’s Easter photo shoot. I hope you enjoyed.

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Good Bye

A couple weeks ago I decided to send some dolls to a charity that uses dolls called Broken Dolls Healing Hearts. I sent all of the dolls that I had rescued from thrift stores (That I could find) except for Mia. There were six, and I took a photo shoot of them before they left.

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This is Lily  Anna. I found her at a thrift store spring of 2015. Here is how I restored her and two other dolls. She also stared in Lily Anna’s Troubles

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abbigail

This is Abbi. I found her at a thrift store right before Christmas 2015. I probably wouldn’t have bought her because I already had a Springfield Abby, but she was .29, so I went for it. I gave her to my cousin for Christmas, and she later traded her out for a different doll.

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bridget

This is BridgetI found her spring 2016. She was actually an Our Generation Belle, but I changed her up some.

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passion

This is an Our Generation Ashley Rose, but I renamed her Passion. I found her summer 2016.

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belle

This is an Our Generation Audrey Ann found in fall 2016. She was in terrible shape, with no hair or anything, but I redid her eyes, her face paint, and gave her hair. Her name changed to Isabel. 

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And this is Katie Lee, a BFC ink Katelyn I found in winter 2016. She had more hair, but I cut some of it off.

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I miss having a zillion dolls, but I’m glad they are going somewhere people need them more than I do.

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How I Made A Hair Bun

When I made Isabel I had extra hair left over. Because it matched I thought it would be fun to make a bun thing like the american girl one. Let’s see how it turns out. dscn39641                       What I used:

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A plastic cup

A glue gun

Extra hair

Scissors

Bobby pins

dscn39651                          First I cut the cup to a size to fit over her bun. dscn39671                         Now here comes the fun part: Covering it with hair however you want. dscn39681                       Now I glued a couple pieces of hair to the underside of the cup to keep it on.dscn39691                          I slid the bun over Isabel’s bun and pulled the hair out and bobby pinned it in place. dscn39701                       Now here it is from the front.dscn39711                        The side.

dscn39721                         And the top.

This certainly doesn’t look perfect, or maybe even great, but it was fun to make, and it will be fun to make more, better looking ones.

Lexie

Doll Rescue-Audrey Ann Part Two

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Warning! If you don’t like seeing dolls taken apart, or in parts don’t read this post!

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I did the lips and then the eyes. It was the same thing as getting them out, but way harder. I had lost one of the pieces, so I was just going to put the eye part in, and it would be an eye that dosn’t open and close, right? Wrong.                               dscn37441     

We got the eyes in, after much trouble. They are messed up. Sigh. (On a side note the lips look like that because the boiling water washed her lip color off.)                           dscn37451             

I decided to try something, hoping it would word. I put some glue on the eyelid.

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Then I taped it in place till it dried. It didn’t turn out as nice as I wanted, but it worked, so I did the hair.

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I went back and forth over how to give her hair several times. First I was going to use a doll wig. Then a hair weave. Then a human wig. We finally decided to go to Goodwill to look at human wigs. They were all $10 but the one. It looked like this, and the package said it was a hair weave. It was $5.

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I was disappointed to find I had a wig till I actually looked at it. The way it is sewn together I could cut it apart and glue the strands on.

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I started cutting the wig apart, grabbed a glue gun and started gluing.

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A view from the front.

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And the side.

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Here she is with all the hair I wanted glued on and no styling whatsoever.

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Then I put her hair in a bun so I could do her face ‘paint’.

Lexie

Doll Rescue-Audrey Ann Part One

This is my newest doll rescue, Audrey Ann. I am fixing her up, and I thought it would be fun to show you how I am doing it.

Warning! If you don’t like seeing dolls taken apart, or in parts don’t read this post!

dscn3519                          I found Audrey Ann at a thrift store for $.50. She had no hair, but I was looking for one to give new hair, so it works. She also came with her original dress.  Here was my plan: redo her eyebrows, give her freckles, redo her lips, replace or repaint her eyes and give her new hair.dscn3520                          Her eyebrows were green, and one of them was smudged. dscn3693                          I cut her hair shorter, and used nail polish remover to get rid of her eyebrows. I was going to use nail polish remover with acetone in it, but I couldn’t find it, so I just used the stuff without, and it worked.dscn3694                       To get her eyes out I took her head off and put it upside down in a cup. dscn3695                         I poured boiling water in her head and waited till it was squishy. Then I attempted getting her eyes out. It was really hard. Eventually my mom did it with pliers and a wooden spoon. dscn3703                        Here she is eyeless. I took they eyes and repainted them aquamarine. dscn37181                         Here are the three pieces of the eye. The actual eye, a ring to go around it, and a black piece that holds it so it can spin. dscn37191                       And here it is set up. (Kinda)

That’s all there is for now.

Lexie

Bridget

Three days before Easter I found a doll at the thrift store. I brought her home and customized her. I don’t have a before picture, but here is some pictures of her now. I used blue food coloring to die her hair, and pink nail polish to paint her lips. DSCN7964[1]DSCN7963[1]DSCN7965[1]DSCN7966[1]      Here’s a closeup of her lips and green eyes. DSCN7967[1]    And the back of her blue hair.

What do you think?

Lexie

Spring Doll Clothes

DSCN7638[1]DSCN7637[1]DSCN7633[1]          First day of spring! It’s time to change out your winter clothes for spring ones. But what if you got your first doll in winter, and it doesn’t have any spring clothes? It’s time to make her some!

DSCN7627[1]   You will need:

Random stretchy fabric (Stretchy fabric doesn’t need to be hemmed.)

A big circle for tracing around.

Scissors

Markers

DSCN7629[1]   For a dress or shirt trace around a big circle. DSCN7630[1]   Like so.DSCN7631[1]    Fold it quarters and cut a neck hole and arm holes. DSCN7632[1]   Making the holes bigger if needed, try it on your doll. Use ribbon or string for a sash. And that’s it! To make it a shirt, make it less long, and for a skirt cut a waist hole. DSCN7633[1]    Here Eileen is modeling the dress.  DSCN7637[1]    Isabella is wearing the skirt and a shirt. DSCN7638[1]   And Lily Anna is wearing a pant leg cut off to make a skirt, and a sock with holes cut in it.

Now you can make your dolls some easy spring outfits!

Lexie

Love to Layer Accessories With Another Outfit

The love to layer accessories are great with the purple dress, but what about another outfit? I picked a dress I made, that Rachel was wearing, and put the jacket and skirt on over it.

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Here Rachel is wearing the vest over the dress. I am not sure I like this combination, because the vest covers the pink waistband and the collar, and the colors clash a little bit. The dress is old fashioned, too, and the jacket is not.

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Then we have the skirt. If it weren’t for the color clash, I would love this combination. The style of the dress, and the frillyness of the skirt, it just works.

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Then we have both. It’s okay, but I don’t like it.

So there you have it. They work with other dresses, but not this one.

Lexie

Rachel’s story

I couldn’t find Rachel’s name so I named her Susan. When I found That it was Rachel, I changed it, but she still looks like Susan.

I used to be played with. But my girl grew up. I was donated to a thrift store. I rode in a hot vehicle. When I got there, my hair was tangled. I was only wearing a shirt, and my foot was bent. A girl with a doll walked past, saying something to her mom. Later she picked me up. She walked down the aisle. She turned around, and picked another doll up. We all went home and got fixed. 

Rachel is about 17 years old. She is in amazing condition for being that old.

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I dressed Rachel in clothes like her meet outfit.

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She has a very sweet face, with her big brown eyes. When I got her the headband was still tied to her head!

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Her hair is a bit frizzy. It is shiny and soft though. It is in great condition for being 17 years old.

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On her neck it says:

1998 BATTAT

MADE IN CHINA

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She has a blue, fraying tag.

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Her foot was so bent that it was hard for her to stand, but now all that is left is a little crease.

I am very lucky to have found her.

LExie

 

Sandy’s Story

At first I called Sandy Willow. I didn’t know her real name, and I thought she looked like Willow. I changed her name to Sandy, because that is what it really is.

My name is Sandy. I was played with  so much my hair was crazy. One day I found myself on a shelf. Other dolls were there. I found one Rachel, and one named Abby. (Who apparently followed me to where I went, because she was there.) I started talking to Rachel constantly. A girl came up with a doll. She picked us up. 

“I am not allowed to get them, am I?” She asked her Mom. 

“You are not.”

Later she came back though. She picked Rachel up. Walking up the aisle. 

“I am not really allowed to get all three?” 

“Look at her! What would you do with her?” 

“I can fix that. I don’t care.” 

“You can get her if you will sell two.” 

She raced down the aisle. She picked me up and we left. 

This is Sandy’s story. Now for a review of her.

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This is Sandy. I dressed her the closest to the original that I could.

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Although she has marks on her face, she still looks great. I love the blue eyes. Her smile is nice too.

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Although her hair is better than it was, it still is frizzy. I think that she looks cute with a frizzy ponytail, but it could be better.

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The back of her neck says BATTAT.

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Her arms and legs are lose, but she can sit and stand.

LExie