DIY American Girl Doll African Drum

 

Hello everybody!  Can you believe July is almost over?  This summer has been a whirlwind, at least for me!

Sooo… here’s a craft for y’all today!  An AG doll size African drum!  Here’s how you do it:

1.Gather your supplies!

You’ll need:

-a pair of scissors

-a piece of brown paper

-a small can

-tape

-a deflated balloon (preferably white or tan)

-a piece of string or raffia

-markers, glitter glue, etc.  (Optional)

2.Get the can ready!

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Wrap a piece of paper around your can.  Tape it together in the back, and cut the excess paper.

3.The balloon

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Cut the end off of the deflated balloon.  Stretch the balloon over the top of the can.  Try not to have air bubbles.

4.Decorate!  (Optional)

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Decorate your paper, using markers, glitter glue, etc.

5.Finishing touch

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Tie the raffia or string around the balloon.

And you’re done!

If you made it, I’d like to see!  Write a comment with a link to your blog post below!

❤ , IrishAG

Monkey dress!

Hello reader!  🙂

Sewing/making things for your dolls is so much more fun than buying them, in my opinion.(Most of the time.)  🙂  I went to a doll sewing class, where we made these cute pillowcase dresses!  I made a purple one, (which you might’ve seen in the Happy Birthday Addy! post) and this one Grace is wearing:

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Look at the little monkeys!  They’re eating watermelon and strawberries.    😀

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Don’t these irises look like popcorn?  That’s what I always think of when I see them.  🙂

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Grace is just so photogenic!  It probably helps that she has the Josefina face mold, which usually looks gentle and peaceful.

Strawberries or watermelon?  😀

❤ , IrishAG

May the 4th Be With You 2017- Star Wars Inspired Oufit

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY!!!!    XD

To celebrate, Julia, (my crazy SW fan) dressed up in a Star Wars inspired outfit.

Can you guess who?

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5-4-17 007.JPGIf you guessed Princess Leia Organa/Skywalker/Solo, you’re right!  And Bagpipe99 made BB-8 for me last year, so he tagged along as well.

What is she wearing?

– colonial shift from Felicity’s meet outfit #2 (I think)

– a silver belt of mine

– tutu from Grace’s Sightseeing outfit

– boots from Grace’s meet outfit

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😀

Did you celebrate Star Wars Day?  Do any of your dolls like Star Wars?

❤ , IrishAG

 

AG Doll Size Kili Coat From the Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey

Hey everyone!

The title says it all.  I made a doll-size Kili coat.  Kili is a dwarf from the book and movies The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I’m a big Tolkien geek.  🙂  This coat is what Kili wears when you see him for the first time in the first movie- The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey.

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Credit to whoever owns this picture.

Kili’s on the right.  I made a VERY simplified version of his greyish-blue coat, basically from memory (and using the materials we had).  I love all the celtic designs…

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Have you ever seen any of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings movies?   (Bonus points if you’ve read the books!) If so, who are your favorite characters?

❤ , IrishAG

Happy (Late) St. Lucia Day!

Hi readers!  Happy belated St. Lucia day!   😀  (It was on December 13th.)

 

Picture from American Girl Wikia

This holiday is very special in Kirsten’s stories.  In Kirsten’s Surprise, Kirsten, with the help of her cousins, dresses up as St. Lucia and serves the traditional treats to her family.

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Picture from American Girl Wikia

The gown above is the one AG sold.

Since we don’t have Kirsten’s St. Lucia gown, I decided to make one!  I used Josefina’s blouse from her feast outfit and a red ribbon we had lying around.  For the wreath, I scrounged in the basement and found some faux leaves that twine around each other nicely.  The candle is just from a box.

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This is the result!  It’s not a perfect match, but it will do.   🙂  A VERY IMPORTANT TIP: If you use real candles for a doll’s St. Lucia outfit, do NOT Light the candles!!!!  You could damage your doll.

Do you celebrate St. Lucia day?

❤ , IrishAG

Colonial Nellie – By IrishAG

This is the first photoshoot I ever did!  When everything was green, snow a distant memory…  (Super dramtic, I know.)  🙂

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“I’m going to go out for a walk.”

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Walking through the forest.

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Life’s better in a tree.

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Where is she going?

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“Hi!”

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In the sculpture garden.

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I was really frustrated with the sun when I was taking this photo, but I ❤ how it turned out!  “Half in sun, half in shadow.” 🙂

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And now for something hideously improper…

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*Gasp* Swinging! :p

I saved the best for last…

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OMIGOSH!!!! She is so sweet! Look at her face!

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“Bye!”

I love Nellie in that dress!  In case you’re one of those: ” Omigosh, what is she wearing?” kinds of people, here’s the outfit synopsis:

Dress: Felicity’s 2nd Meet Dress

Cape: Homemade Anna cape

Shoes: From an outfit my Grandma gave Curiousgeorgefan

Who would you like to see a photoshoot of next?

<3, IrishAG

Duct Tape Fashion: a Photoshoot

001 Felicity in a tie-dye mini-dress, working at the snack cart!

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Josefina in a lovely evening gown.

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Kirsten in a Hawaiian-inspired maxi skirt and top.

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Felicity and Nellie in matching duct tape fashion! 🙂

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And that finishes our photoshoot!

Behind the Scenes:

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Here’s the photoshoot you asked for!  Have you ever made a duct tape dress for your doll?

-IrishAG

Diy No-Sew Anna Cape for AG Dolls! By IrishAG

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I love the movie Frozen, so I thought it would be fun to make a tutorial for the Anna cape!  You could also use this tutorial for a colonial cape for Felicity, a hobbit cape, or any doll that needs a cool cape! 🙂  It requires no sewing AT ALL, and I did it start to finish in less than an hour, including stops to figure it out and take photos.  You can do it!

You’ll need:

  • felt
  • fabric scissors
  • ribbon
  • measuring tape
  • piece of scratch paper
  • pencil
  • pins

Step 1:

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Cut out a square of felt 18 1/2″ long and 10 1/2″ wide.

Step 2:

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Fold your fabric in half, and cut a soft curve at the bottom.  Unfold your fabric.

Step 3:

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Use your piece of scrap paper and cut a rough half circle, shown above.  Pin to a new piece of felt, and cut around the paper. (I used an old doodle page 🙂 )

Step 4:

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Unpin the paper from the felt.  The felt should look like the felt in the right picture.

Step 5:

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Your diameter should be about 10″.  Fold the straight part in half, and pin.

Step 6:

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Every 1″, cut  a small slit. DON’T CUT THE SLITS TOO NEAR THE TOP OF THE FABRIC!!!  THEY WILL RIP!

Step 7:

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When you finish cutting, unpin the fabric.                          The slits should look like this.

Step 8:

Okay, I didn’t take a photo. Sorry!  Line up the half-circle piece of fabric with your rectangle of fabric, and cut slits in the rectangle fabric, on the top, in the same places as the half-circle fabric’s slits.  You will want to pin the rectangle fabric like you did with the half-circle.  Then unpin, and overlap the two fabric pieces.

Step 9:

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Now that your pieces are overlapped, take your ribbon and weave it through the slits, as shown above.

Step 10:

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Take the two ends of the ribbon and scoot the fabric towards the middle, but not too close.

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Once you have gathered to your preference, knot the ends to keep it in place.

Step12:

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Round the bottom of the cape a bit more, or leave it to trail behind the doll. (For an Elsa cape.)

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And you’re done!  I later did some simple decorative stitching on the borders, but you can leave it plain.

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My ribbon was a bit on the wee side, but you could always change it out!

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This pic shows the train.  This is longer than the one in the film.

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If you want to make a matching cape for yourself, go to thedisneykids.com for their tutorial!

Did you like the tutorial?  Did you make a cape?  Tell us in the comments!

-IrishAG

 

 

Prepping for Anna’s Birthday: a Photostory

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Hello there!  My name is Elsa, Queen of Arrendale. *sniff* Sorry, my nose is a bit runny today. I hope that clears up by tomorrow!  Tomorrow is Anna’s birthday, so I’m making sure everything is PERFECT.  I just came back from picking this bouquet for her.  Sunflowers are her favorite, but there was only one blooming! *sniff*

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Back at the palace, I instructed the maids to make a beautiful ice cream cake for Anna, but to leave it to me for the topper.

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In the village, all the subjects bowed and curtsied. (“My lady queen!” “ Good morning your highness!” “Is that the queen?”)

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When I got to the jewelry stall, the owner tried to give it all to me, but I insisted to buy just one thing.

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The owner fainted when I told her I was going to give it to Princess Anna!

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Anna loves sandwiches, so I went to the kitchen and made one.  It took a few tries (it had been a long time since I had made a sandwich), but I finally did it!

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I comissioned an artist to paint a family portrait. *sniff* Excuse me!

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I asked the local children’s choir to perform a new song I wrote.  I hope Anna likes it!

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I’m so tired! Tomorrow is the big day. Fingers crossed! *Sniff*

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I hope you liked the photostory!  I made the outfit(except the shift).  Has anyone else out there made doll frozen fever outfits? (Anna dress in the making)

-IrishAG