Thursday, February 26, 2015

What I Did This Week (2/18-2/24)

This week I
made chocolate chip cookies,

These are all that are left. :-(

tried a new hairstyle (Elsa's coronation bun),

I love how it turned out!

worked on an Etsy order,

Almost done! :-)

made some Disney Animator Dolls skirts,

The skirts!

made (and making) patterns for the skirts,

cut the broccoli and cauliflower we grew,

They were very good, plus the bunnies got to eat some.

designed and tried to make a pincushion,

Well, that didn't work!

and played outside in the ice/snow.

The End. ;-)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Arthur Doll

One of my favorite TV shows as a kid to watch  (and, let's be honest,  still watch) is Arthur. I love the small town and how interesting things happen to regular kids. Its is funny, smart, and just entertaining! Since I love the show, what not make an Arthur doll?
The front
So I got to work.

The back
His head and body are all one piece. His arms, legs, ears and collar are sewn on.

His face

I also added little pink spots to his ears. So cute!

The outfit

His face was a little hard to do. I had to redo his glasses because I sewed them on crooked. :/ Whoops! The lesson is to pin in place before you sew. But now they are on better. 

Sweater close up

Overall, I love how he turned out. Now I want to make more Arthur characters. Arthur needs some friends. ;-) 

"Let's go to the library!"

Thanks for looking!

"Where is the tree house?"

"Wow! It's a lot bigger!"

"Let's look at the clouds!"


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mini Teddy Bear Pattern - FREE

I have another free pattern for you this week! :-) This time it is a teddy bear you can sew for your doll. The Mini Teddy Bear Pattern works great with the Summer Pajama Collection Pattern for Disney Animator Dolls. The Summer Pajama Collection pattern was just released in my Etsy store yesterday. You can see it here

The dolls can't fall asleep with out their teddy bear to protect them. ;-)

The bear will be about 3 inches tall and (to me) works for a variety of dolls. I tested it against American Girl dolls, Hearts For Hearts dolls, Barbie, Gotz, and the Disney Animator dolls and the teddy bear looks cute next to all of them. :-)

Merida (Disney Store Barbie doll), Shola (Hearts for Hearts doll), Sylvia Natterer doll, Nellie (American Girl)

The bear is easy to sew up. All you need to know is the blanket stitch and whatever stitches you want for the face (I used the satin and back stitch).

Here are all the steps it takes to make the bear.

Here is the Mini Teddy Bear PDF pattern for you to enjoy. I hope you (and your dolls) like the bear you make! :-)

Go Teddy!

Tinker Bell and Teddy

Time for bed.

"Teddy, wants to stay up longer."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I did This Week (2/11/-2/17)

This week I.....

made oatmeal raisin cookies (a double batch ;-) ),

Fresh from the oven

I want to eat them all!!!

knit finger-less gloves for my Disney Animator dolls,

The glove line up

knit finger-less gloves for my Lalaloopsy doll,

"Ta da!"

They are so tiny!

knit finger-less gloves for my little sister,

Pink lady!

made muffins for my bunnies,

Patches loved it!

Hershey is not so sure. 

Prudy is nibbling away.

and tried to make shoes for my Disney Animator dolls.

Shoes are a lot harder than the look. :-\ But I finally figured out one that I'm happy with.

Fail-won't fit
Ok- good, needs tweaking
Winner- works great

I have also been working on sewing patterns! One of them will be up soon. :-)
And that was what happened in my neck of the woods! ;-)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Forever in Time #1

So, I love American Girl dolls. Who would have thought? ;-)

I love the dolls, the books, the clothes, the historical-ness, ....everything!
That was when I had the idea of what would happen if all the historical dolls, staying in their time period and true (or pretty true) to their book personalities, lived together?

In came the idea for Forever in Time, where all the historical dolls lived in their own time period but also lived together and interacted with each other. I have some more ideas for more episodes in the series and can't wait to share them with you. :-)\

I hope you like seeing what happens when the doll's worlds collide.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What I've Done This Week (Week 2/4-2/10)

I decided to start and new series (sort of) of what I've been doing all week. Well, not EVERYTHING I do, just creative things. Like sewing, knitting, crocheting, needle felting, photography, dolly doings... that type of stuff. Hopefully this will help me see how much I do in a week, plus it will be fun to look at this in the future. :-) Anyway, this is what I did.

I made Rapunzel a coat,
Look at her all coat-y!
had a Rapunzel photo shoot (here is a sneak peak of the pictures),

I took pictures and posted the pattern of the Disney animator scarf,

Had a photo shoot and worked on a new sewing pattern (coming soon!)

"Aurora? Wake up!"

I finished the headscarf for the Disney Animator dolls (pattern to come soon!), plus I learned the purl stitch (!!!),

And.... I crocheted an Arthur (and had a photo shoot)! :-D I love how he turned out! I'll do a real post on him soon. :-)

And that was my week. ;-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Disney Animator Scarf Pattern - FREE!

Today I have a free pattern for everyone! :-D Three weeks ago, I taught myself (finally!) how to knit. Whoo hoo! It is so. Much. Fun! 
Look at her all bundled up! Isn't she cute?

I can't believe I couldn't get knitting all these years and then I just picked up the needles and was able to do it (with the help of this YouTube video). 

So, I started knitting. And Knitting. And knitting. 

Ninja mode activate!
I didn't want to just make a square. I wanted to make something a little more useful than that. 

That's a lot a scarf.
That was when I looked over and saw little Rapunzel, who was sitting next to me, freezing in the cold. :-(
I thought "Why not make her a scarf? A Rapunzel worthy scarf!"

"Hello there!"
Thus the scarf pattern was born! It is SUPER simple, perfect for a beginner. 

"Pascal? What are you doing?"
All you do is cast on, knit a gazillion rows, and fasten off. Easy! Plus, it gives you a chance to practice the knit stitch. 
A LOT of chances to practice the knit stitch. ;-)
Now on to the pattern!

"Ruffians? They are no match for us ...and my scarf!"

Disney Animator Doll Large Scarf Pattern (Knit)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

Needles: size US 7

Cast on 15 stitches.

Knit every row, using the knit stitch, until your piece is 35 inches 
long (or longer if you want it).

Fasten off.

Ta da! Now your doll will have a nice warm scarf to wear in the winter months. 

Here is a PDF of the pattern above.
You can also find it (also for free) in my Raverly Store as a PDF.

Best buddies!
You may have noticed Rapunzel also has a yellow coat on, too. Hmm... ;-)
Stay tuned for more Disney Animator Doll related goodies!