Some Sewing Stuff

Good day, my dear readers! 😉


I’ve sewn a number of things recently, and thought I’d show you some of them!




First I have this maxi dress that I made. I actually made it out of one of my old dresses. I used the Pixie Faire Maxi Dress pattern that I got free through a Freebie Friday! I added a couple more skirt tiers, though, than the pattern said.


I also made the tank top underneath by altering Pixie Faire’s free T-shirt pattern. (Though they have a free tank top pattern as well)

I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for Julie’s hairstyle. Would you like one?


Next up is this leotard that I made for Clara with this pattern. I made the front with two pieces of fabric, instead of one piece with appliques. I also used fabric, folded over and zig-zag stitched, instead of fold-over elastic, and it seemed to work fine. I like how it turned out!


Hmm, I think another Clara Doing Gymnastics post is coming due, don’t you? 😉


And lastly I want to show you the Teagan Top I made using Project AG Runway’s pattern. You should really check out her blog! She blogs about sewing, mostly, and has already posted a few great (free!) patterns!


Mine seemed to turn out a little small. The straps were too short, so I sewed on some extra fabric, and now they lay a bit funny, but it was my first try at the pattern, and I had tried to alter the pattern slightly, so the mess-ups may well be my fault 😄 . I also used velcro instead of snaps. But it’s still a super cute top!


I hope you enjoyed!

Which clothing item that I sewed was your favorite? Do you want to see a tutorial for Julie’s hairstyle, and another post with Clara’s gymnastics?



P.S. What do you think of my Gravatar profile picture? It’s the pic of Clara that you see when I comment. I’ve had it a while, but am wondering if it looks odd or good. Honest opinions or ideas are appreciated!

P.P.S. Is anyone doing Camp Nanowrimo in July and need a cabin member? I want to participate in July, and would love to be in a cabin with some fellow bloggers.

The Barefoot Tag (With a Photoshoot!)

Feature Image from Silver Sky Dolls (blackiesunshine)

I was nominated by Blackiesunshine (the creator of this tag) for the Barefoot Tag! Thank you Blackiesunshine!

The Rules:

  1. Take a photoshoot of your doll – but she has to be barefoot.
  2. At least half of your photos must be unedited.
  3. Post every photo you took, regardless of whether it’s good or bad.
  4. Tag one and only one person.


Stay tuned for the nomination at the end!


I hope you enjoy this photoshoot! I had wanted to get a shoot of Clara in this outfit, and doing it barefoot is just perfect! I’m including all the photos except one repeat, and I cropped most of them, but edited only about half (as the rules say).

I took this at golden hour, so it was fun playing with the light! 🙂





New profile picture?




Or maybe this should be new profile?






It was kind of short, but I hope you enjoyed!


And finally,

I nominate:

Anna @ From a Doll’s Perspective!


What picture was your favorite? Do you think one of these should be Clara’s new profile picture?


Have a lovely day!




Wellie Wishers at Target!?



Yep, that’s right! I found Wellie Wishers at Target! I was headed for the Our Generation aisle when I saw them. They had all of the Wellies, and some of the sets.

I had heard of American Girl selling at Toys R Us and even Kohls, but didn’t know about Target.

Here they are:

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Close up of some of the sets:



Personally, I think that selling Wellies (and other AG products) at places like Target makes them seem less special. And the Wellie Wisher sets looked like ordinary plastic doll toys to me.


On another similar note, I passed by some mini Tenney dolls (I’m pretty sure it was Tenney. There is a very slight chance I mistook Lea for her, since I didn’t really look closely. But I’m pretty sure that it was Tenney. 😉 ) with the full sized book at Costco! I don’t have a picture of them, though.


This was kind of a short post, but I hope the news interested you!

What do you think of Wellie Wishers being at Target? Did you know about them being there? What are your thoughts on Tenney Grant?



Sewing for Saint Patrick’s Day! (+BIBPC)


Recently I’ve been in a sewing phase! I seem to phase in and out of my hobbies, and lately I’ve been sewing up a storm! I made a few things that I want to show you.


First of all, I found these Saint Patrick’s Day bandannas at Target in the dollar aisle. They were each $1! So I thought it’d be cute to pick them up and make something for my dolls!


I ended up making two handkerchief skirts (the sewing tutorial is found here). I did the tutorial a little different, as I used one layer for each skirt, and then I have the option of layering them or not (they are layered in this picture).


I also made a little necktie. I think this outfit is adorable!


The last thing I’m presenting is the white T-shirt I made, shown in the outfit. I really wanted to make a white T-shirt for my dolls. They had a few, but all with designs and things on them, so now I finally have a plain one! I used this free Pixie Faire pattern.

I guess that’s it for today! I’ll probably have more things to show you sometime soon!


Post Break! (Behind the scenes)

While I was photographing the bandannas, our cat showed up… here are some photos I snapped of him!

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While you’re here Kitty… I might as well dress you up… 😄 (He actually didn’t seem to mind too much)



Bonus shot of him at the window 🙂

And thus concludes today’s “behind the scenes!”

Would you like to see more things that I sew? Do you enjoy sewing for your dolls? Are your dolls prepared to be pinch-proof on Saint Patrick’s Day?


Post for you later!


Here’s my BIBPC entry for Team Owl! (this is late on here, but I already submitted it to Megan)

The category is animal closeups.


Story: Naturally, I chose our cat, Clifford as the subject. Here is a shot I got of him on my bed, napping. 🙂

And here is the poster I made for the next BIBPC, for extra points:

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I made it to look like a poloroid photo 🙂 .

Lunchtime Laughter and Grammar Grimaces: Grace’s School Day – A Photostory



It’s finally here! I hope you enjoy!



Beeep! Beeep! Beeep!




“Can’t that thing just snooze itself…” Clara mumbled, turning over in bed.


Grace was already up and wide awake, “Clara, you’ve pressed ‘snooze’ about five times now, I’m already dressed, and the bus is coming at 8:30!”

“Well, what time is it now?” came a pillow-muffled voice.



Clara didn’t do anything for a moment, and Grace thought she was fast asleep again, but then she slowly turned, opened her eyes, and dragged herself out of bed.


“Hurry now!” Grace reminded. “I don’t want us to be late!”


Grace scurried off to the kitchen where she ate a quick bowl of cereal, trusting that Clara didn’t lay down to sleep on the floor.



she brushed her teeth,


and did her hair.


“Alright, let’s go, Clara!”


Clara walked out of the bedroom with her backpack slung over her shoulder, tugging at her knotted hair with a hairbrush, and followed Grace out the door.

“Do you have your glasses?” Grace asked.

“Yup. In my backpack,” Clara responded with a nod.

They arrived at the bus stop just as the bus was pulling in. In no time they were at the schoolhouse.


“Oh no!” Clara moaned as they exited the bus. “I forgot to bring my math homework!”

Grace gave her a sympathetic pat on the back as they parted ways to get to their classes–Clara to her 5th grade class, and Grace to her first period 7th grade class.

On the way Grace stopped by her locker to grab her history textbook, and hang up her backpack.


“Hi Grace!” Her locker neighbor said enthusiastically when Grace came over.

“Good morning, Therese.” She smiled at her friend, who she had met when she couldn’t figure out her locker code, only to find she was trying to open Therese’s locker!


They didn’t chat long though, because soon the bell rang and they were whisked away to their classes.


Grace continued on through her classes, history being her first class, which also happened to be her favorite.


Then was math, which she was pleasantly surprised to find a test on her desk with an 100% grade!


Then English, which was her least favorite because of grammar, though she liked writing alright.

Finally the bell rang after a long, grueling grammar lesson on participles, and Grace happily retrieved her lunch box from her locker and joined Therese to head for the cafeteria.


Grace scanned the crowd of kids in the cafeteria.


She spotted Clara with some of her friends at one table,



and then she saw their friend, Ellie, at the end of the line for a cafeteria lunch. Therese went and took a place in line with her, as Grace left to find them a table.



Lunch passed quickly. They spoke of their lessons and weekend plans, among other things, before hurrying again to the rest of the day’s classes, which preceded much like the one’s before lunch.

And then the final bell rang. School was out! Grace jumped up and grabbed her books. She picked up her backpack from her locker and said “goodbye” to Therese and Ellie, and picked up Clara to go back to the bus.


“How was your day?” Grace asked.

“It was good, Clara replied. “And I found my math paper! I thought I had left it at home, but really it was just scrunched in the bottom of my backpack. How was your day?”


“Good! I can’t wait to show Julie my 100% math test! However, I can wait to do my grammar homework,” Grace grimaced, trying to remember how the teacher described participles.


“Well how about this: you help me with my worst subject, math, and I’ll help you with your worst subject, grammar. Then we both don’t have to be so miserable,” Clara smiled, and skipped towards the bus.


“Deal!” Grace laughed, as she jogged after her sister, ready to go home for the afternoon.

It had been a good school day.


I finally finished this! Yaay! It’s been a draft for soo long 😄 .

I hope you really enjoyed it! I thought it’d be fun to show a day of school for one of the girls. I’m actually home schooled, but it’s fun to have my dolls go to the bus and use the lockers I had already made before.

It was kind of interesting figuring out how I was going to make four American girl dolls seem like a school… 😄 . You may have noticed the back of a special guest doll in one of the photos 😉 .


Did you enjoy seeing Grace’s school day? Are you public/private schooled or home schooled?