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Sunday, July 31, 2016

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

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It’s Sunday, and time for week 8, the final week, of this year’s edition of…
 
5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial
…The Five a Week Pledge.
If you haven’t been around here, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice (see here for more info).  I pledged to make five small crafts each week.
 

This week’s craft:

Doll Sandals

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

I made five pairs of doll sized sandals with lace and craft foam.

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

The main ones are similar to some sandals I made last year (see 5 a Week: Sandals for Dolls), just with a few improvements.

I used craft foam for the soles which is a lot more flexible than the packaging foam I used last year, plus looks much nicer.  And I made an extra strap piece in front that helps keep the sandal on the doll’s foot.

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

That being said, I still whipped up a couple of pairs like this.  Super easy to make and put on, but also super easy to fall off. 

I made them for my ball jointed dolls, but I think this style would be better for a larger doll foot.  Something like an American Girl doll, it might stay on them better or at the very least be harder to lose sight of.

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

Anyway, both pairs of sandal look great on my dolls (see the doll blog for their reaction). Here’s Usagi relaxing with her new shoes.

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

I also made this smaller pair for my newer, smaller doll.  They are a little simpler and I used elastic instead of ribbon to keep them on.  Works great for tiny feet, so much so that I think I’ll use elastic for doll shoes from now on.

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

Sadly I still made one of these sandals for this smaller doll.  What are the odds that I will go a week without losing these shoes?

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

Anyway, they both look so incredibly adorable on her.  I mean look at those tiny little feet.  Tiny dolls are so cute, right?

5 a Week: Lace Sandals for Dolls with a Tutorial

It seems like I made a ton of shoes.  Plus there are many more to come since I also made another video tutorial.  Yay!  Now everyone can make sandals for their dolls.

All you need are:

 

Enjoy the video!

With the completion of 5 a Week Pledge, here’s the results:

  • 5 pieces of doll sized jewelry
  • 5 doll sized drawstring tanks tops plus a tutorial
  • 5 doll sized mini-skirts
  • 5 doll bags/pursers plus a tutorial
  • 5 cute doll sized pairs of shorts
  • 5 lace/ribbon necklaces, not for dolls!
  • 5 doll sized sun dresses
  • 5 pairs doll sized sandal with a tutorial

That’s 40 crafted items plus 3 tutorials, so 43 total.  Not too bad for one hectic summer. 

Now let’s see if I can beat that next summer.  Yep, I’m doing this again next year too.  Not to say that I don’t have something planned this coming month.  Look forward to it.

Give it a try:

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #55

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.
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I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing!

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Well there’s another resolution thoroughly broken.  Yes I went to the craft store, again(see 2016 Resolutions Update: Round 2).  And bought way more than I needed, again. 

I just thought I’d go to Joann to buy a couple small sheets of craft foam for a certain project.  Then I remembered I had a nice coupon, and they had some things on sale…

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing!

…so I came back with all of this.

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing!: Snaps and Hooks!

I got several packs of sew-on snaps and hooks and eyes.  They are a staple for making clothes, for people and dolls.

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing!: Velcro!

I also got a pack of soft Velcro.  This stuff is also great for doll clothes too.

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing!: Aleene's Tacky Glue

From the maker’s of my favorite embellishing glue, it’s Aleene’s Tacky Glue!  Yay!  Okay, I actually needed it for a certain project.  You will see why later.

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing!: Pretty felt in lots of different colors.

Behold, eco-felt in a wide assortment of beautiful colors!

It was on sale for 33 cents a sheet, and since felt is so useful for small crafts I couldn’t pass it up.

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing! Tambourine jewelry pendant, could work for dolls

Those were all fairly essential craft supplies, but this is a little different.  It’s a pendant, shaped like a tambourine.  I found it with the jewelry supplies.  Many of the beads and stuff were half off including this. 

Honestly, the only reason I got it was because I thought it was the perfect size for dolls.  Imagine it, dolls with musical instruments.  In fact, I saw several others charms and pendants that also would have worked for dolls.

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing!  Super tiny pearls, good for dolls.

That’s one of the reasons why I got these.  They are 3 mm. faux pearls, also half off.  Perfect size for making tiny pieces such as more of those doll necklaces or doll purses I made (see 5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls and 5 a Week: Cute Felt Bags for Dolls with a Tutorial).

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing! 16 gauge craft wire.

Strange to say, but I also got this to use to make doll stuff.  It’s 16 gauge copper wire.  What I will make with it, you will have to wait to see.

Craft Haul! or I just Went in for One Thing!  Wooden craft dowels.

These wooden dowels will also be used with the wire, but only a couple will be used.  The rest I will have to find other uses for.  Well as the package says, they have “thousands of uses.”  But I just need to find one.

That goes for the rest of these supplies.  Whatever I make with it, it will at least be interesting.  Look forward to it.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Power of Thank You

The Power of Thank YouConfession time:  I’m not sure if it is noticeable to those who read my blogs, but it is fairly noticeable to those who know me in real life.  To some more so than others. 

I am shy. 

Extremely shy at times.  Attempting to talk to someone I don’t know can be incredibly intimidating, even terrifying at times.  Strange since I work in retail.  But there is a huge difference between initiating conversation with someone I just met and offering to help someone find something in a store, at least in my head there is thankfully.

Anyway, because of this one little problem, there is one thing about the blogging world I’ve always had a bit of trouble with, leaving comments.  I will go read a fantastic blog post that made me laugh, cry, inspired me, etc.  Above all it’s extraordinary.  The kind of post you naturally share on every single social media network known to man.  But the top way to show some love for such a glorious masterpiece of blog writing? 

Leave a comment. 

Noooooooo!  Anything but that!  What in the world do I possibly write in this darn comment box?!  How do I put my thoughts and feelings into actual concrete words and sentences?!  Ahhhh!

Yes that is actually the kind of thing that’s goes through my head most of the time.  Sometimes it’s easier.  I just mention the first thing that pops in my head like an idea about something to add to the project/recipe I just read about. 

But most of the time I’m stuck.  What message can I send to this blogger to show my appreciation for their work, that doesn’t sound like I’m simply trying to spam them with links to my own blog.  Yes, that’s another fear of mine.

I realized something recently.  That kind of thing that you think and wonder “why didn’t I think of this before?!”  The whole point is to show appreciation.  Off-line I think it’s super important to show your appreciation for others, so I frequently do so with one simple little phrase. 

Thank you

When someone says something nice to me, or holds a door for me, or anything else big or small.  I say thank you because again it is important to show your appreciation, even for little things or especially for little things.  And saying thank you is the easiest way to do so.  So easy how can you not say it? 

So maybe instead of worrying about what to say online to people when leaving comments, it’s best to just keep it simple. 

Just say thank you. 

Thank you for sharing this photo that made me laugh.  Thank you for telling this story that inspired me.  Thank you for showing me how to do/make something that I really needed.  Thank you for taking the time to visit.  Because that’s what really matters.

Thank you for reading this, it makes me smile. :)

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

5 a Week: Tiny Doll Dresses

It’s Sunday, and time for week 7 of this year’s edition of…
 
5 a Week: Tiny Doll Dresses
…The Five a Week Pledge.
If you haven’t been around here, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice (see here for more info).  I pledged to make five small crafts each week.  Feel free to grab a button and join me.  If you already have, post a comment or a link to share what you accomplished.
This week’s craft:

Doll Dresses!

5 a Week: Tiny Doll Dresses

I made five cute spring dresses for my dolls using fabric scraps.  Mostly the same fabric as for the doll skirts (see 5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts).  I made them the same way as my dress tutorial (see Doll Dresses for All with a Tutorial) with just a few little differences.

5 a Week: Tiny Doll Dresses

Instead of regular straps, I made them tie at the shoulders.  Looks really cute on a sundress.  Also the first three don’t have darts and are really tiny for one very good reason.

5 a Week: Tiny Doll Dresses:  And a new ball jointed doll!

I got a new ball jointed doll (Here’s her “unboxing”).  Her name is Sakura and she is much smaller than my other two dolls.

5 a Week: Tiny Doll Dresses:  Matching dresses!

Speaking of the other two, I made dresses for them as well.  (Check out the doll blog to see their reaction.)  Now they all have matching off-white dresses.  Now I kind of want one too.

Next week will be the last for this round of the 5 a Week Pledge.  What will I make for it?  You will just have to wait and see.  Look forward to it.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #54

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.
pin board

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

5 a Week: Lace and Ribbon Jewelry

This post may contain affiliate links, please check out my disclosures page for more info.  Thanks!

It’s Sunday, and time for week 6 of this year’s edition of…

5 a Week: Lace and Ribbon Jewelry
…The Five a Week Pledge.
If you haven’t been around here, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice (see here for more info).  I pledged to make five small crafts each week.  Feel free to grab a button and join me.  If you already have, post a comment or a link to share what you accomplished.
This week’s craft:

Jewelry!

5 a Week: Lace and Ribbon Jewelry

I made five pieces of jewelry with lace and ribbon.  And this time they are sized for people instead of dolls (see 5 a Week: Jewelry for Dolls).  I made three easy necklaces and 2 bracelets.

5 a Week: Lace and Ribbon Jewelry: Trying out jewelry clamps

The main reason I wanted to make the necklaces was to try out these ribbon clamps.  I bought them on impulse ages ago and had never used them (see The Biggest Craft Haul Ever).  In fact this was the first time I used anything like these.

5 a Week: Lace and Ribbon Jewelry

First I just used them with some thin lace and clasps to make these simple chokers.  I may add pearls or a charm later, but they are cute like this.

5 a Week: Lace and Ribbon Jewelry

I also tried something a little less simple, wider lace with ribbon layered on top.  The clamps aren’t too difficult to use, but they came out a little crooked since it was my first time.  And I wasn’t sure if I tightened them enough, so I used a little super glue just in case.

5 a Week: Lace and Ribbon Jewelry

While I was at it, I decided to make some lace and ribbon bracelets to match.

5 a Week: Lace and Ribbon Jewelry

Instead of the clamps and clasps, I stitched a hook and loop on each one.  It’s similar to some other pieces I made last year (see 5 a Week: Chocolate and Cream). 

The necklaces came out well I think.  And maybe after practicing some more with the clamps I will make a tutorial, or two.  Wouldn’t that be fun?  :)


Give it a try:

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #53

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.
pin board

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

5 a Week: Doll Sized Shorts

It’s Sunday, and time for week 5 of this year’s edition of…
 
5 a Week: Doll Sized Shorts
…The Five a Week Pledge.
If you haven’t been around here, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice (see here for more info).  I pledged to make five small crafts each week.  Feel free to grab a button and join me.  If you already have, post a comment or a link to share what you accomplished.
This week’s craft:

Shorts for dolls!

5 a Week: Doll Sized Shorts

I made doll sized shorts using t-shirt scraps.   The two gray ones on top are from the sleeves of a gray t-shirt I’m in the middle of altering.  The bottom three are from the white t-shirt I cut up for the doll tank tops I made (see 5 a Week: Cute Doll Tank Tops with a Tutorial). 

The white pair on the left is technically a pair of bloomers I made for one of my dolls.  The pattern worked well for them as well.  Speaking of which, I used to this tutorial for doll swim trunks as a guide for making my pattern.

5 a Week: Doll Sized Shorts: White Shorts with Lace

I made two pairs of this pair of shorts.  White with lace along the hem.  I think they are so cute, but I have to admit they kind of look like undies or pajamas.  Oh well, dolls can pull it off.

5 a Week: Doll Sized Shorts: Gray Ruffled Shorts

This gray pair of shorts I have been dying to try making.  I have been seeing people wear shorts with ruffles for a while.  I don’t think it’s a good look for me, but I thought it would be so cute for a doll. 

And it is cute, except the ruffle doesn’t sit as well as I would like it too.  Not bad for a first attempt though.

5 a Week: Doll Sized Shorts: Gray Shorts with a Pocket

This last pair of shorts is the simplest.  Just a simple pocket on the side for a touch.  I thought about making the pocket heart shaped or something, but this works for now.

5 a Week: Doll Sized Shorts

They look so cute on my doll (check the doll blog for more photos of the shorts), and they didn’t take much time at all to sew.  In fact I actually made them all in one day.  Now if only all their clothes were that easy.

I’m thinking of making something non-doll related for next week, for a change of pace.  What do you think?  But whatever I make will still be cute, probably.  Look forward to it.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

It’s Been 7 Years…

It's My Blog's 7th Birthday!That is, seven years since I started blogging.  Today is my blog’s birthday!  Yay!  And I actually remembered it this year! Double yay!

Anyway, in honor of it I created another little video.  It features several photos from the past year.  Look out for your favorites.

Enjoy!

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Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop #52

 

Saturday Shuffle Blog Hop

It’s Saturday!!  Time for another blog hop.

Here’s the deal:
  • Keep all links family friendly.
  • It helps to follow me or leave a nice happy comment, but only if you want.
  • Link whatever you want and as much as you want.
  • Older links are welcome.  
  • <-- Please grab my button and stick it somewhere, at the very least it will make it easier for you to come back.
  • My favorite links will be pinned to the Official Saturday Shuffle Pinterest Board.
pin board

I have set up a blog hop directory to showcase blog hops that I personally recommend.  Feel free to check them out.

Now get to it and have fun! :)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016

I know I mentioned that I was going to Phoenix Comicon this year (see Sailor Moon? No, Just a Uniform), but I never did say anything about how it went.

It’s hard to put such things in words, so I actually made a short video of it.  Here is just a small taste of what it was like.

Now that you finished that, I thought I should give a few more details, at least about what I brought home.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016

You saw the grab bag I got at J-list in the video…

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016: J-list Grab Bag

…and the random stuff that came out of it.  Now what will I do with it all?

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016: Train Food Tray

The train shaped food tray will probably be fun for lunch and stuff.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016: Cute Anime Mug

I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the travel mug.  I fill it up with green tea for early mornings.  Nothing like tea in a cute mug to brighten the day.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016: It's a Leek Pen?

I haven’t yet used the leek pen, but it will come in handy.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016

I’m afraid the DVD titles aren’t very appealing to me.  I may give them away or take them to Bookman’s.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016:  A Gundam Clock

I’m sure this clock thing will be useful as soon as I figure out how to use it.  I think it’s really cute, but I kind of have the urge to whip out my glue gun and add bows or something to it.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016: Bento T-shirt!

The bento t-shirt is adorable, one can never have too many t-shirts.  And if I don’t wear it as is, I could turn it into something cute.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016: Bento T-shirt Tag

Here’s a better look at the tag.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016: Kawaii Sanrio Pork Chop?

And this is the strangest thing right?  I was surprised it was a Sanrio character.  That’s right, the company that brought us Hello Kitty also created Kirimi-Chan.  A character with a giant salmon filet for a head.

And this is a giant inflatable pork chop for you to wear on your head, because one of Kirimi-Chan's friends is a pork chop.  I’m not sure what to do with it, but I kind of want to keep it just because it’s hilarious.

My Trip to Phoenix Comicon 2016: Cute Stationery :)

Now the cute stationery set.  I wish I had thought to ask the vendor for a business card or something.  All the stuff they had were so cute including this set.  I’m still at that stage where it’s so cute that I can’t use this stuff for fear of ruining it.

When that’s over, I will probably use the cute bear pencil like crazy for drawing and designing.  The pen would be great for jotting down notes, especially in the notebook.  It’s perfect for shopping lists and such.  The eraser is perfect because one can never have enough, and I can use the pouch to sort out these and all my other pencils and stuff.

Overall, it was super fun and hopefully next year will be fun too. 

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