Saturday, August 31, 2013

My Whimsical Carousel Horse


 Here's a look at my porcelain carousel horse. Thrifty find!! You see Blythe is a bit too big to scale.

Samantha fits just right! She looks like she is waiting for Mary Poppins!!!! I had to paint the hooves, add a hot pink blanket and secure the saddle. Other than that the horse was in very good condition!! I love whimsy.

Friday, August 30, 2013

*Opening* Mini Clothes - Felicity & Molly

Auntie Robin did it again! I saw Felicity's school outfit in her etsy shop and had to have it.

I also wanted Molly's holiday dress and they both turned out so cute! See for your self!
Opening VIDEO 



 Back to school!!!


Shop now for mini doll clothes AUNTIE ROBIN's

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mini Horses

I get several questions about Saige and Nicki's horse....
 It is a flocked horse from JUST KIDZ available at Kmart $5.00
 Set includes: brush, carrots, broom, shovel and rake. The horse has a soft plastic saddle and red blanket that are removable.
 There's also a black horse version of JUST KIDZ.
Might I add Barbie's pony will do for a 6.5" - 8" mini doll just fine. And don't forget Pullip and Neo Blythe can share Barbie's horses too!!

I have a MY LIFE 20" horse for the full size dolls.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Project Blythe - Remove the Shine!

In an effort to customize my factory Blythe dolls, I really wanted to eliminate as much "shine" on the face as possible. It was very simple and surprisingly quick to get a more matte look just by using a Magic Eraser!
 Cleo BEFORE
 Cleo AFTER

Along with the shine, the face paint on the cheeks was removed too. There is no way to avoid this because you are working over the entire cheek area.

 In order to brighten Clea's eyes, I simply used clear coat over the eye chip.

Basic nail lacquer changed out her lip color quickly.

Next I hope to straighten her hair for a smoother look and add color/shading around the eyes.

Monday, August 26, 2013

More Furniture - Holiday Gift Ideas

Melissa and Doug miniatures have complete room sets for your minis doll house! 



 You can buy Melissa and Doug furniture sets on ebay and Amazon.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

LPS Blythe Doll House Tour

I was able to get smaller sized furniture for my LPS Blythe dolls. These dolls are 4" tall so the furniture must be smaller than AG mini size. The house is a work in progress (as are all of my doll houses). Still I wanted to give you a peek at my progress.


I made beds and moved in dressers. 




 I had to make a couch and will have to make a coffee table that is lower to the ground than the one pictured here.


 The kitchen space is small I will have to make a skinny refrigerator facade. The table needs painted yet.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mini Furniture (Holiday Shopping)

Not long ago in a previous POST I showed you mini doll furniture options available on etsy. They have restocked their store with beautiful OOAK pieces for your 6"-8" mini dolls.

 Hand painted Sideboard
 Doll House Furniture Germany 1920
Vintage Half Tester bed
Have you begun your holiday shopping? This little furniture shop is the perfect go to for something unique and special.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

HTM Sleeping Bags & Tents *Requested*

learningtable
 Summer is almost over and if your minis go hiking or on a vacation where there are no cabins, they will need a tent and sleeping bags. This tutorial was requested by Char from Doll Diaries.

Supplies:
  • Cereal box
  • Paint
  • Fabric remnants, felt or solid bandanna (20" x 20")
  • Square potholder/hot pad
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
Instructions:
TENT
1. Cut off the top and bottom opening flaps off the cereal box, then cut off the side panels.
2. Paint one side any color you like (this will be the interior of your tent).
3. Fold the flattened cereal box panel horizontally with the painted side down. This will create a triangular structure.
4. With the tent standing, hot glue the fabric onto the exterior one side at a time. Clip any extra fabric 1-inch long, then tuck the excess under - hot glue.

SLEEPING BAGS
1. Fold a hot pad/ pot holder in half, hot glue the side 2/3 closed.
2. Hot glue the bottom closed.
3. Turn right side out.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

HTM Doll House Oven

Miniature doll furniture can be costly. I have seen complete kitchen sets for $45.00 and up. If your bakery or kitchen needs an oven right NOW, you can make one your self!

Supplies:
  • Cardboard tea box
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint 
  • Buttons 
  • Bobby pin
  • Small beads
  • Glue
Instructions:

  1. Paint everything white, black or silver (stainless). 
  2. Glue on black or silver buttons for burners. 
  3. Cut then paint Popsicle sticks to size to frame out the oven door. *Option paint the oven window black before gluing Popsicle sticks.  
  4. Glue small beads for knobs. 
  5. Use the flat side of a bobby pin for oven handle.
Bon Appetit!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mini Doll Shoes - Resource

If you need replacement shoes for your minis or if you simply want new ones I have a great resource for you!!
White, black or ivory $2 each
GREAT LITTLE SHOE FOR YOUR PRECIOUS GINNY DOLLS AND OTHERS WITH LITTLE FEET...
 ONE SIZE ONLY- 1" x 9/16"

Friday, August 16, 2013

How to Temporarily Color Doll Hair


  Get PARENTS PERMISSION!
Supplies:
  • 2 unsweetened kool aid pkts
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • mixing bowl
  • spoon for mixing
  • gloves

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Project Blythe - Sleep Eyes

NEO Blythe has a pull string that helps you to change both her eye color and the direction of her gaze. She has four inner eye chips that can be changed out for different colors if desired. I have seen many Blythe's with an added pull chain enabling her to have  "sleep eyes". The process takes A LOT of time and patience. 

I am not going to post step by step photos or a long video of me fumbling about. I do have photos of Chantelle with her added "sleep eyes". 

Yay! I think she looks adorable with this extra chain option. I will include the tutorial video I watched in case you would like to do this for your Blythe.
 Light blue eyes
 Sleep eyes - wearing AG Addy's summer hat.
Green eyes
 Sleep eyes

 She is wearing AG Cecile's Summer bonnet
 Blue eyes
She is wearing Springfield glasses.
 Pink eyes

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dream Dolls by Ginger Brook Hollow 2007

  
First let me begin by saying I adore these dolls! They have a look of quality and innocence. Gorgeously sculpted vinyl with ball joints at shoulders and neck. They have rotating joints in their hips. With acrylic eyes and full wigs. Each "Dream Doll" is dressed to represent the dream of what that character girl wants to be when she grows up. 



The 17" dolls are no longer available, but the 8" mini versions are and they are a must for any mini doll collector. There are six dolls. 




The clothing is outstanding. In addition to what each doll comes dressed in, there are 3 other styles to choose from starting at $12.00 as well as patterns for basic dresses.



Ginger Brook Hollow is a special, peaceful place. The little valley of Ginger Brook Hollow is named for the brook lined with wild ginger that runs through the middle of the hollow. The stories and dolls are from the life of the person you will first meet as Grandma Sunday. Her simple wisdom and ability to share love with others grow from her life in Ginger Brook Hollow. As her stories unfold, one at a time, you will meet the people she knows and grow to love them as she does, beginning with the seven orphan girls from the town just above the valley. Over time, you will be able to see how several generations grow and fit together.

How could there be a more charming time period than the late 1800’s when life, despite its challenges, was beautiful, gentle, and sweet. We chose this period of time so that we could step out of the fast pace and noise of today into a time when simple joys often came from time and things shared together. 

Overview:

Grandma Sunday Hannah Marie Anderson is a Civil War widow who lives in Ginger Brook Hollow, just below the town of Amber Fields. She loves the orphan girls in the town as though they were her own granddaughters, and they visit her every Sunday. To them, she is their Sunday Grandma, and the one person who keeps their hopes and dreams alive and who makes them feel important.
 
Orphan Girls of Ginger Brook Hollow These girls were taken in by Grandma Sunday and her best friend Mildred when they were babies and their families died in an epidemic. They are all born within the same year. From oldest to youngest:
 
Emmaline September 18, 1885—Is practical, good in arithmetic, and wise for her age.
 
Meg November 7, 1885—Is a natural nurse, loves to bake, and is a wonderful listener.
 
April February 24, 1886—Loves to write and longs to travel, notices everything, keeps a journal of the orphanage happenings.
 
Kathryn April 20, 1886—Loves music and sings, reads to the other girls, quietly thoughtful.
 
Johannah & Suzannah June 29, 1886—Twins, Johannah is the tomboy, loves horses, and is slightly impulsive, while Suzannah is a lady, sweet, sensible, and good at sewing and detail, is a peacemaker and loves hats.
 
Louisa August 11, 1896—Louisa is pretty and dainty, likes flowers and gardening, is prone to daydreaming, and is conscious of manners and propriety.
 
Miss Gretchen Marylou Gretchen is in charge of affairs at the orphanage. She is a young spinster with a possibility of late marriage, and, although not unkind, she is somewhat strict and not motherly. She is the sister-in-law of Ruben Farnsworth.
 
Mrs. Miller A widow who has the job of being the cook for the orphanage. Although she is not always there, she is a motherly influence and is kind to the girls.
 
Mrs. Mildred Farnsworth The woman who took the seven little girls into her home with the help of her best friend, Hannah Marie, and raised them until they were six-years old and she died. At that point, her home became the orphanage, and Miss Gretchen was put in charge by a board of directors while Hannah Marie was away.
 
Ruben Farnsworth The only child of Mrs. Farnsworth. His father died in the Civil War. When his mother died, leaving the seven girls orphans, he became the head of a board of trustees in their behalf.
 
Mr. Woods The postmaster and friend of the orphan girls. He is a widower who is rather sought after by many of the widows of the town.
 
Harold The owner and operator of the general store. He lost a wife and son in the same epidemic that left the the girls orphaned as babies, and he has a soft spot for the orphan girls. Although he does not give them things free, he does work with them to help them get the things they need.
 
Miss Pine The young school teacher the orphan girls like and trust. She cares about her students and treats them equally most of the time, regardless of their background.
 
Mr. Simms The man most likely to fall asleep in church.
 
Ben Smaller A boy the same age as the orphans. He is mischievous but not bad, generally cheerful, and makes unusually good cookies.
 
Charlotte Dibble A new girl in town, about the same age as the orphans, She is from a wealthy family and does not like the way the orphans are treated as her equals, especially when they beat her consistently in school competitions.
 
Jane and Ruth Gilly Sisters from town. Ben ties their hair ribbons together in church.
 
Mr. Howard Owns the horses in the pasture near the orphanage, and pays Johannah to help him train the yearlings.
 
Polly Harris Talks about ice skating on the pond behind Jerry Hooper’s barn. She also talks about going West in the summer.
 
Mrs. Nelson Plays the piano and is the mother of the family Kathryn likes.
 
Tommy Jenkins A tease who stole April’s pencil.
 
Mrs. Girty Lives on Back Street where many of the oldest residents live, and was the lady who requested the girls make a snow woman because she had nothing to put on a snowman.
 
Mrs. Hughes The neighbor across the street from Mrs. Girty, who likes to watch what Mrs. Girty does and do the same.
 
Mrs. Berg Sings loudly enough to sing solos in church.
 
Mary Lyel A girl in the same grade as the orphans who listens to Charlotte’s gossip.
 
Christian Strang A boy who says April will get very seasick if she tries to travel the world.
 
Dr. Banks The town doctor who comes if ever the girls in the orphanage need him.
 
Eddie Flinn A boy who is kind enough to tell Emmaline what he overheard Mrs. Dibble and Miss Pine say to each other regarding the orphan girls.
 
Angelica Flinn Eddie’s little sister, who froze when it was her turn to perform her recitation.
 
Rulen Family The family with so many little girls that Kathryn helps get them ready for school in the mornings.
 
Mrs. Creswick A lady Louisa helps to plant her garden, even with blisters, so she will have enough money to plant her own.
 
Mrs. Kettrel A prim and proper, but kind lady who gasped in church the day she started to doze off and thunder woke her.
 
Henry Fitch Shows an interest in Miss Gretchen now and then.
 
Lucy Fadelio The girl who helps Charlotte lie about and exclude the orphan girls.
 
Janette Peterson Lets the orphans share her jump rope and befriends them even though she is a year older.
 
William Schneiden Ben Smaller’s best friend who accidentally hits Mrs. Maken with his hoop when they are racing down Main Street.
 
Mrs. Maken Kind, elderly widow, who is also a good friend of Grandma Sunday.
 
Mrs. Derley One of the wealthy women in town who lets Suzannah have the beads from her broken necklace and then gives her more necklaces she doesn’t wear much.
 
Gertrude Grandma Sunday’s milk goat that has a poor disposition.
 
Guinevere Gertrude’s kid. The girls help feed her from a bottle and they all love her because she is pretty for a goat and has a sweet disposition.
 
Mable April’s pet pocket mouse.
 
Camillia Kathryn’s special doll she got from Grandma Sunday for her birthday.
 
Jensen Family This family moved into town during the summer of 1896. They have seven children and are especially kind to the seven orphan girls.
 
Golda She’s the special golden mule that has won Johannah’s heart.
 
Matthew and Marcus Jensen Matthew and Marcus are twin boys the same age as the orphan girls. They are friendly and when Matthew introduced himself to Johannah at church a friendship between their family and the orphans developed.
 
Mr. Kail Mr. Kail is the church choir director. He has been impressed by the singing ability of the seven orphan girls.
 
William Schiller Grandma Sunday's brother who lives on the other side of Ginger Brook Hollow
 
Harvey Phelps Owner of the bull that was so mean it was a legend in Amber Fields
 
Jake Mullingham One of the men in town who helps out occasionally, especially on the day Harvey Phelps' bull got loose.
 
Jeff Parker Hired hand in town who also helps when the the killer bull gets loose
 
Mrs. Fantine An older fashionable widow who fell asleep in church and slapped her husband after being pestered several times by a fly.
 
Shariff Brown The sheriff in town. His job is usually easy, but when he is needed, he is there for official law and order.
 
Mr. Mittler Has pigs that he pastures by the school in the fall to eat the acorns there before winter.
 
Mr. Keeler Owns an apple orchard that is on the way home to the orphanage
 
Bob Hanks A boy at school who sold chunks of rock salt
 
Cora June A girl at school who came from England. She says her favorite thing to eat is sausage, cabbage, and potatoes.
 
Andrew Anderson Grandma Sunday's late husband who was killed in the Civil War.
 
Rupert Harken A rowdy boy who is prone to fighting and from a less trusted family in town.
 
Jed Lampin An older boy at school who is a bully
 
Mr. Hooper The man who lives in the house closest to the school.
 
Mr. Kennaren Grist mill owner-the miller
 
Mr. Smaller Ben's dad - keeps and sells ice, is known for ice cream in the summer, apple cider in the fall, and popped corn in the winter.
 
Jacob Penning A boy from a wealthy family, he has been tutored privately and is an excellent student. He comes to live with his uncle while his parents are in Europe.
 
Charles Schiller Grandma Sunday's grandnephew who is only two years older than the orphans.
 
Mr. Lenter He is an older man with ill fitting false teeth that whistle when he talks.
 
Laurette A girl in town who plays the piano quite well, but is not proud or arrogant about it.
 
Jenny Miller She is a trend setter and not afraid to be the first to do something. She starts the handbag craze in the spring.
 
Anette Harker She is very shy and stays to herself. The "seven orphan sisters" befriend her and find her fun to be around.
 
Dr. Jenkins The veterinarian in Amber Fields who recommends treatment for the black mare, which Johannah and Meg follow.
 
Mr. Whitty An Irishman who tells travel stories that boarder on tall tales.
 
Mr. Mitchell A member of the board of trustees for the orphanage who makes it a point to find wool for the girls to finish their blankets.

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

NEWS - A Few Changes

If any of you read my other blog Living A Doll's Life, you already now that I recently downsized my collection. I have decided to go strictly with AG historical dolls. That means all of the girls on Snickerdoodle Street are STILL front and center to this blog. However there have been some casualties along the way.

Here are the changes you can expect to see: 
BAKERY: Cecile and Marie Grace have taken over the duties at the bakery whipping up french pastries.
POST OFFICE: Kit has assumed all postal duties and writes the town newsletter.

And as usual Felicity is in charge of the livestock, Kirsten does the gardening while Nellie tends to the sewing. Samantha remains the House Manager and Molly both plans and organizes community meetings and events.

The LPS and Blythe dolls will be supporting members of this blog as time allows.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

HTM Mini Fireplace



Every doll house needs a fireplace, especially during the winter. This is a fun craft and you can make as many as you need. One for the living room or parlor and maybe in each bedroom. This fireplace doesn't take up much room at all!

Supplies:
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Scrapbook paper - brick print
  • Hot glue
  • Cereal or snack food box
Instructions:
1. Cut a piece out from the food box 4" x 4" for your fireplace.
2. Cut- then glue brick (paper) to the front side of the cardboard.
3. Hot glue Popsicle sticks vertically on both sides to frame fireplace. 
4. Continue stacking and gluing Popsicle sticks 3 on each side. This will create the sides of your fireplace.
5. Hot glue a Popsicle stick to the top of your fireplace to act as a mantle. If you like, you can add another Popsicle stick horizontally under it to finish it out.
7. Paint or leave natural.