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Notebooks Little skirt Red dress Red purse wallets Tiny wreaths Stockings Ornaments Trees Doll makeover
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Another thing that comes to mind when I think of Christmas is the tree. So what better way to decorate the tree or the area around it than with itty bitty trees?
I made these little ones with scraps of some craft foam I got at a thrift store. I made them into little cones before gluing and stacking them on each other.
The glue of choice for this one was hot glue from my trusty glue gun. And I only burnt myself twice this time. After that, I just decorated them with squeeze tube fabric paint and added gold braid for loops and decoration.
Something similar could possibly be done by children as a fun project. I say similar because I wouldn’t want them messing with a glue gun, plus the project wouldn’t be any fun for them if an adult had to do all the gluing.
I got this old Bratz doll from a baggie of dolls from Goodwill. It was the same baggie that my other Monster High doll came in (see Dressed Duo and Red Shoes), so she was sort of a bonus in the mix.
As you can see, her hair was a horrible mess. She also had no clothes which is normal for a thrift shop doll and had no shoes/feet which is normal for a used Bratz doll. And to top it off, the poor thing had a broken wrist. I thought of something very special to do with her.
So here’s the the before…
She is now a Christmas angel, perfect for the tree or as a center piece.
First I cleaned her up and detangled all that hair. I trimmed her hair and curled it too. How do you curl doll hair? You use either small strips of fabric or doll size curlers to roll the hair up.
Then the tricky part, boiling water. You pour boiling water over the hair and set the doll down to cool and dry off. It’s a technique I read in a doll book years ago, but I can’t remember which one. I wouldn’t try it on a particularly valuable doll or brittle looking hair hair, but it’s fine dolls like this one with nothing left to lose.
The front sections of the hair are twisted to the sides and glued in place. I used my trusty Aleene’s Jewel-It for this part. The dress is just something I quickly whipped up with white fabric scraps. I sewed it both on the machine and by hand and tied a ribbon around it.
To make the base, I cut up a PowerAde bottle. I cut off the top half of the bottle and covered it with a pretty fabric scrap using a glue gun to secure it. The doll’s legs and hips fit perfectly through the mouth of the bottle.
For the wings, I used a 2 litter soda bottle. I cut off the top part of the bottle and removed the spout part. I cut the piece in half and trimmed the two pieces to just the right shape.
These “wings” wouldn’t stop curling in too much at first, so I very carefully ironed them at a low heat. I didn’t want them to melt all over my nice clean iron. I glued the wings to a piece of fabric and glued them to the back of my angel.
All it took to finish is the halo, made from braided ribbon. A bit of work, but she is one beautiful piece of recycling magic.
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So this morning I got up literally at the crack of dawn (not on purpose) and went for a walk around the area (actually on purpose) and spotted a sign for a nearby yard sale.
Five yard sales later, I came home with this haul:
Total cost: $8.25. Lugging it home on foot on an Arizona summer day: priceless.
I am particularly excited about the doll house, it’s the first real one I have ever had except for the cardboard one I sort of made. I say sort of because I still haven’t finished all the rooms and I actually can’t remember when was the last time I worked on it. I guess I sort of lost interest in cardboard, at least for that purpose. I am actually thinking of passing the house on to someone else. It doesn’t seem fair to let it sit there collecting dust and waiting until I “feel” like actually working on it. I just need to find someone who is interested in working and repairing (it got damaged in the move) a doll house of cardboard.
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I mentioned before that I was inspired by a certain craft book to make Christmas-y stuff. One of things I got from it was the idea to make ornaments out of pom-poms, though mine are a little different from the book.
And one of the things that first come to my mind when decorating for the holidays is a simple wreath. Of course, who says they have to go on the door. I made these by crocheting green ribbon and then threading in red or pink ribbon.
For some reason all my crochet hooks have disappeared on me. I improvised by bending a paper clip into a hook shape, something I sort of learned in high school. It works okay, but it is definitely not as smooth to work with as an actual hook. At least it got the job done.
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This is a little something just for fun. My cat has never be a picky eater. The word finicky is unheard of around this cat. I started making a list of some of the human foods she likes to eat, at least some of the ones that surprised me.
Midnight the cat will eat:
Please note that these foods only comprise a tinny, tiny percentage of her overall diet, the bulk of which is currently from Purina One dry food formulated for urinary tract health. Remember, overindulging can lead to health problems in pets as well as people. Anyway, what kind of things do your pets eat?