A Surprise Garage Sale Find!

Hi there everyone!

Today I’m here to show you the surprise find I mentioned in my Slow Cooker Craft post!

Eek!

So here’s some context.

Lately I’ve been interested in Hearts for Hearts dolls, specifically Consuelo, their Mexican doll. (What do you mean I just gave it away??) They are so pretty, and are a good size for little sisters for AG dolls.

So, lo and behold, as I was walking through a garage sale, there was a Consuelo doll sitting there, being sold for $1! 😮

And as you can probably guess, I bought her!

Meet Consuelo! 🙂

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Here she is before I cleaned her up.

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She came with her meet shirt, shorts from another doll (I believe they are Zelia’s shorts), the Hearts for Hearts bracelet (on her as a necklace), a yellow stretchy bracelet, and also a pair of underwear. She didn’t come with shoes or earrings.

 

She was actually in pretty good condition!

I didn’t have to do much. I basically cleaned off her vinyl, washed her clothes, and washed, brushed, and conditioned her hair.

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And here she is after!

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I’m excited and thankful to have found her! She was a fun surprise.

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Here she is with Caroline! I’m not sure if Consuelo should be the dolls’ sister or cousin.

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Pardon this last picture’s quality

 

That’s about all for now! I hope you enjoyed seeing this fun find! Stay tuned for a photoshoot I got of Consuelo, sometime soon!

 

Do you like garage sales? Should Consuelo be a sister or cousin? What’s a fun find (whether a doll, trinket or other) that you have gotten while thrifting or ‘garage sale-ing’?

 

I’m thankful for this surprise, and I hope you enjoyed seeing her, too; however, it is always good to be reminded that there is so much to be thankful for, with or without these things!

On this topic, don’t forget to add things you are thankful for in my Basket of Thankfulness activity! There’s only a few more days until Thanksgiving!

 

Have a blessed day!

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Back-to-School Crafts and Fun Finds for Your Doll! +BIBPC

Hello!

Today I have a collection of doll school supply crafts and fun finds!

 

Here is the agenda…

CRAFTS:

Colored pencils/pencils

Lunch box

Duct Tape Pencil Case

Notebooks (With a Printable!)

Duct Tape Backpack (Link to other source)

 

FUN FINDS:

Backpack

Scissors

 

Most of the crafts I’m sharing are pretty simple, and some of them I had made a while back, so for those I will share the picture and a description of how to make it (or a link to the source of instructions)! I hope you enjoy!

Let’s start!

First up…

 

Colored Pencils

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Here are the colored pencils I made! They were super easy, and used a surprising (but common) supply to make–a pencil sharpener!

I used some small colored dowels (You could also color some plain dowels yourself, as I did with the blue pencils) and I cut each in half (Depending the size of your dowel or skewer, you may need to cut smaller or bigger pieces.).

Next sharpen the dowel! Yes, just with an ordinary sharpener! Then you can color your dowels. Make sure to color the sharpened tip to match the color your pencil is supposed to be.

If you want to make regular pencils instead, you can use a yellow or plain dowel and color the tip silver/grey, color the flat end pink for the eraser, and color a small strip of silver/grey right below the eraser for the small metal piece.

 

Lunchbox

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To make this, you need an empty mint tin. This can be a fun craft, because you get to paint the lunch box however you like! You could also glue on scrapbook paper, or use washi tape.

I’ll talk about the handle soon…

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For the handle, you could just glue on a strip of craft foam, or you could make a sort of wire hinge like I did above. This can be kind of tricky though.

Here is a short description of how to make the wire handle:

You need a small ‘u’ shaped piece of wire to be glued (I used hot glue) onto the box, and an open rectangle-like piece for the handle that has curled ends to fit over the ‘u’ pieces. You can glue two strips of foam over the top of the handle for a grip.

 

Pencil Case

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Cut out a strip of duct tape that is about 3 and 1/2 inches long.

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Then cut out another and slightly overlap the two so that they are in one square sheet.

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Turn it so the square is sticky side up. Cut a strip of tape that is a little shorter than the first two pieces. 3 inches would probably be a good size. Stick it so that there is a little space left sticky on the side edge, but make sure the bottom edge is covered.

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Cut another the same size. Lay it the same way, but leave sticky space on the opposite side.

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Now fold the case from the bottom up so that the sticky sides meet. Make sure the non-sticky edges meet. Don’t fold over the sticky top.

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You can trim the edges a little (I folded over a sticky edge, as well) and trim the top into a shape you would like for the flap of your case.

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Cut a tiny strip and fold it from the sticky side of the flap to the other side of the flap. This is to help with opening the case.

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Then you are done! Just fold down the sticky flap to close the pouch. You can use the little strip in the middle to help you re-open it.

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The little colored pencils from earlier fit inside!

 

Notebook

 

First off, you can print out the below printable that I made using Picmonkey.

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You can open the image in a new tab and print it from there. (Make sure the margins are none and the scale is normal, or 100.) You could also copy/paste the image into a Word document.

If you don’t want to use the printable, you can cut out a 3 by 2 and 1/2 inch piece of paper and design your own.

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Next cut out two pieces of card-stock, same size as the notebook cover (for reinforcing the cover and for the back) per notebook you are making, and cut out several sheets of lined paper for the sheets inside the notebook (again, same size as the cover).

Then glue one of your card-stock pieces to the back of the cover. Stack up the papers, with the lined papers sandwiched between the cover and the back. Staple the edges of the stack together. Try to make sure the edges of paper are lined up neatly.

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Cut out a piece of card-stock (I used black) that is about 3/4 inch by 3 inches. There are a couple of ways you can make the binding. The simple way would be to take your piece of card-stock and just fold it over the edge of the notebook, covering the staples.

The nicer, but more difficult way would be to fold the card-stock like the above picture, with a more squared edge for the notebook. The space between the folds should be very very small. Just big enough to fit around the edge of the notebook.

Whichever way you choose to do the binding, glue it onto the edge of the notebook.

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And you’re finished!

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Here’s Clara and Caroline, ready for school!

Clara is modeling the duct Tape Backpack craft! You can find this craft tutorial here.

Also in the picture are a couple of fun finds! I found the pink/red backpack at Target! It is a Yoobi brand key chain coin pouch! The straps seem a bit small to fit on the dolls, but I’ll probably just sew on a little more ribbon to make them longer.

Also, I found the mini green scissors at World Market! I think they were advertised to fit in purses, but are perfect for AG dolls! Note: I don’t recommend letting your scissors hang perilously halfway out of your backpack. XD

Both of these finds were under $5!

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I hope you enjoyed these crafts and fun finds!

Are you going to make any of these? Which craft or fun find was your favorite? How is school going?

Do you like school supply sections in stores…? I sure do! XD

Have a blessed day!

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Here is my (Late! 😦 ) BIBPC entry!

I’m on Team Kiwi and the category is Books!

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Story: I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but somehow I came up with the idea of taking a picture of my stuffed animal with a book! He’s pretty cute and expressive, and it’s fun to put him in different poses. I ended up choosing this one from the photos I had gotten. (His name is Bear, in case you were wondering, because when I got him I would want to call him a teddy bear, even though he is a dog. 🙂 So Bear seemed to fit him! 😉 ) (And the book is Wonder!)

Doll-Sized Fun Finds!

Aloha! 🙂

For a while now, I’ve been collecting pictures of doll-sized things that I’ve come across in stores so that I could share them in a fun find post!

This is a little different than a normal fun find post though, because I didn’t actually buy the items, but they are good for inspiration!

 

Doll sized fun finds

Let’s begin, then!

(Note: I took these pictures with my phone, in stores, so the photos may not be the best quality.

I also edited these using Picmonkey, as I do for most of my pictures on this blog. 🙂 )

 

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First off, we have a small “return air grille.” I believe that I found this at Lowe’s, and I thought that it could be used as doll window shutters! You could paint two dowels white, and stick them vertically in the middle of each shutter set before hanging it on your doll’s wall.

 

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Next, also at Lowe’s, I think, are some mini lampshades! These would probably be too big for a desk lamp, but I think they would work well for a floor lamp!

 

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If you want a doll dresser, a jewelry box could make a great option!

 

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I found these metal measuring cups, and I thought the smallest could make a good doll pot.

 

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Next up, a Target find, are these table placemats, that look like great doll rugs to me! It looks like the ones in this picture are ranging from about $2 to $4.

 

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Eek! Pardon the glare!

Here is a bitty paint roller that I found! The package says two inch, and I think that that is referring to the sponge roller, not the length of the plastic part.

 

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Another doll dresser option is one of these storage containers. They seem kind of deep, but that might not matter, depending on the size of your doll room.

 

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And last but not least are these adorable little pots! The ones on the lower shelf are a little bit bigger than the one I’m holding, and would also work for doll pots. I believe you can find these at a craft store such as Joann or Hobby Lobby, or you could possibly find them in a garden store/section.

 

I guess that’s it! I hope you enjoyed and were inspired by these fun finds!

 

What are some things that you have re-purposed for your dolls? Have you noticed (or not noticed) any of these doll-sized things before?

 

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Doll-sized fun finds at Goodwill #2 + BIBPC

Hi everyone! Today I present a second Goodwill Finds post! Perhaps this will be an every so often series (The first one is here). It’s been a while, but I finally got out to Goodwill and found a few cute things for my dolls!

 

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First off we have this pretty little plate! You might remember seeing a picture of it for my BIBPC entry a post or two ago. I thought it was really pretty. Maybe I can use it for a serving platter or something, since I only have one.

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Next up is this vase! I have a vase-type-of-thing for my dolls that holds some faux flowers in it, but it likes to fall over, and is really just a container some beads had come in, so I think this will work much better!

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And lastly, is this cute pink stapler! When I found it, it looked kinda dirty, so I wasn’t too sure, but I wanted one of these for my dolls, so I brought it home and cleaned it up! I don’t have any staples in it right now, so I can just pretend to staple things 😉 .

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That’s all for now! I still have yet to find an American Girl doll there. . . HA! A girl can wish, though, am I right?

How do you like seeing Goodwill fun finds posts? Do you want me to continue this series?

Which item was your favorite?

 

And here’s my BIBPC entry.

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Story:

Old? Hmmm[mmmmmmmm]. Old books are neat. Hey! There are some really neat ones at the used book store! Let’s go there! So that is what I did.

And “Book” starts with “B.” Yay!

 

Blessings,

~Gracie 😉

Lakeside Photoshoot with Caroline and Her New Altered Skirt + BIBPC

[Ok, maybe it’s not really a lake, but oh well, it’s water and it’s pretty. 😛 ]

That was a long title.

Remember that baby skirt from this post that I planned to alter to fit my dolls? Well, today I present to you… The altered skirt! Um, yeah, wasn’t that grand…

Anyways, so I had done Caroline’s hair all pretty, and I decided that she needed a photoshoot! So thus I decided I needed to alter the skirt for her to wear and here is the result along with a photoshoot of pretty Caroline!

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Isn’t her hair so pretty? I (finger) curled a whole bunch of small pieces instead of several sections.

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Hope you enjoyed! Which pictures are your favorite?

 

And onto my next BIBPC entry…

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Story: The Category is “It was Worth it.” When I saw the category, I was basically thinking, “snap, what in the world am I going to do?” but I ended up thinking of my Bible, representing my faith in Jesus. Being a Christian is infinity percent worth it, no matter what people say or do about it! The end is eternity in heaven with Jesus, who saved me from my sins! Hallelujah!

Oh, and I realized that Bible (and even book) starts with “b” for extra points! Yay!

 

~Gracie 😉