Thursday, March 16, 2017

Miniature kitchen sink for mini dolls.

I found the above image on Pinterest.
Most of the images don't take you to any links, except ones that sometimes get me in trouble because they are rigged. So I don't know who created it.
But I'm putting it here on my blog in order to try to make a similar version of it out of foam board, for my mini dolls.

Then I found the above on FB and it's on a really neat BLOG.
Please click the link to discover how to create a farmhouse sink out of polymer clay.
This also really intrigues me.

By Loretta Houben

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mattel doll line in 2017.

Mattel produces the American Girl line.
Apparently they are in deep trouble.
Here is a new group of dolls coming out in 2017.
I purchased Tenney already; I couldn't help myself.
She is beautiful in person.
I'm very tempted to purchase the Hawaiian doll on the left.
Even though I did purchase one of my own choosing when I visited Honolulu in Dec 2014!
To read about why Mattel is in such financial trouble, please CLICK HERE.
It's a newsletter by Lee and Pearl, an 18" doll company pattern duo. It's very interesting. And quite sad.

By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Making candy for the doll's coffee shop!

It's March, and time for the wearing of the green!
I quickly set up Grace's bistro set, and added 2 small green cups from Dollarama, and 2 coffee cups which I also found there! The little donuts are from the Newberry coffee shop.
The little hats are also from Dollarama. The elastic needs to be shortened.

I got ambitious and I made some dolly candy.
This is my first attempt!
Someone had used Valentine beads recently online, so I tried shamrock beads. They come in a large pack.
The sticks are candy sticks from Michaels which I cut in half for the correct length. Then I put them in a row of 8 on a piece of sticky tape, and carefully layered a 2nd piece on top. Fortunately it worked out well the first try!
I even added a piece of the cardboard from the bead bag.

I think they turned out great!

By Loretta Houben

Monday, March 6, 2017

Crafting fun!

Crafting doll items is just as fun as collecting doll items!
American Girl Ideas is a great place to visit.
Recently Rudy posted a darling craft to make; a Build a Bear box in 18" doll size with a certificate.
I couldn't resist and printed it off immediately and made it today. 
I had the perfect little bear too, the one I gave hubby with his chocolate rose for Valentine's. He in turn said to use it for the dolls. So here it is!
Now to name him....maybe Charlie.

By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tenney Grant, American Girl doll for February 2017!

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 I visited the American Girl doll boutique on Granville St in Vancouver BC. I had just had my back adjusted a few blocks away, so after a cup of coffee to revive me, Robert brought me to the store. I had received an email letting me know about a special function happening with the chance of winning a raffle draw for one of three Tenney Grant dolls! Who could pass that up. I didn't actually know about the raffle until I got to the store. The draw was done at noon. No, I didn't win!

I did purchase Tenney, the new doll released a few days ago. I'm not sure why AG did this so soon after the DOTY, Gabriella, who was stuck way off in a corner and you could hardly see her. I used Robert's Christmas gift card for Tenney. I'm glad I saved it. Tenney really struck me. I just love her hair and her brown eyes and her cute freckles. Plus she has a different hand mold in order to hold her banjo, which I also bought, and her guitar.

The first boy doll was also released; Logan Everett.
Both Tenney and Logan are part of a musical band.
Logan has a drum set. Well, he sure didn't speak to me, so he was left on the shelf. The dolls are $149 Cdn plus tax, so I need pretty shoes and a pretty dress for that amount of money! He also looks very solemn.

There were quite a few young girls milling around later.
When I got there at 10:30 the store was empty. I had to wait until noon to see if I had won. Robert went off to do other things for a while. I browsed to my heart's content!

I need to add a photo of my Tenney in her concert outfit which I also bought. Plus each person was given a Tenney 
T-shirt for their doll as a give-a-way gift. It was a lot of fun!

By Loretta Houben

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Asian dolls....

During today's blizzard, in which we couldn't get out of our garage to go to church (wheels spun on ice) I cleared off a space on top of my fabric cabinet, to set up two dolls.
The one on the left is my recent Newberry doll which I've named Victoria. The other is a doll from the Disney store; I bought her a few years ago and she has much smaller eyes than the ones which are available now. I like her better.
You will notice a Valentine (from Build a Bear store) and a cute rooster which actually crows when you press his stomach. (from Walmart) It's the Year of the Rooster for 2017. My Mom was born in 1933, and my MIL Ruth was born in 1921; both rooster gals.

Recently I visited Yokoyaya, a Japanese dollar store downtown, and I bought the tiny Japanese dolls, 3 for $2.00. Most of the items are $2 each. It's a fun store to visit! I usually go once every 2 months. 
I think Grace needs a new dress....

By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FEBRUARY: a new month and a GIFT for you!

It's a new month.
One of my favourites as our son was born on the 9th, and Valentine's Day takes place.
I love hearts!
I used Picmonkey program (I subscribe yearly) to create these little Valentines for your 18" dolls.
I made 12 Valentine cards for family and friends today, and I used some of these to embellish them with.
Have fun! I'd LOVE to see a picture of your dolls with them if you do print them out and use them.

By Loretta Houben