Clara’s Top Ten Craft Materials and Supplies + The Craft Tag

Hi there!! It’s Clara speaking!!

Maybe you’ve heard? I love crafts!!

This in mind, Gracie thought it would be fun for me to share my top ten favorite crafting materials on her blog!

And, as often happens, I forgot my glasses!

Gracie was also nominated for the Craft Tag by Lexie at Dolltastically Fun (Thanks, Lexie!), so I’ll also be doing that, in place of Gracie, later in this post!

So… let’s begin!

This is my box of craft supplies!!

In no particular order…


1) Scissors


This is pretty self explanatory. Cutting materials generally ends up turning out much better than tearing them. 😉


2) Tape


Not only is tape useful for sticking your materials together, you can get many different types of tapes in many different designs, allowing you to use it not only for its practical benefits, but also for pretty decorative benefits! (Think washi (!!) and duct tape!)


3) Hot Glue


Unfortunately I don’t have a hot glue gun, but Gracie does, and it is an amazing crafting tool! Normal glue is great, and can be used for some things that hot glue can’t, but hot glue works so much faster, and opens up new crafting opportunities. Just be careful and have an adult’s permission, it’s called hot glue for a reason!


4) Craft foam


Craft foam is so much fun! It comes in so many exciting colors, and you can get different sheet sizes or thickness, if needed. It’s great for crafting doll food (think shredded cheese, coin-cut carrots, sandwiches, etc.) and more!


5) Clay


Clay is a great material. Sometimes I think of it as separate to crafting, since you can basically form anything you want out of it, if you know how. It’s also great for doll food.


6) Paperboard (and cardboard)


Don’t know what I mean by paperboard? It’s just the thin cardboard that makes cereal boxes and things like that. It is great for crafting! Plus, you can easily get it (free!) by recycling it from your empty cereal boxes! Normal cardboard is a wonderful supply as well, but you might need to be a bit creative if you want to hide those messy edges.


7) Paper/scrapbook paper


White or solid colored paper is wonderful, and designed scrapbook paper is really fun too! (We especially like wood prints, and naturals like that). Paper is great for covering large (or small) crafts, to make them look nice.


8) Pens/pencils/markers


And of course, drawing and coloring supplies are staple crafting tools, as well! I don’t think I need much of an explanation here…


9) Paint


Paint is great! Whether your using it for art, or to color your latest project, it is a very good craft supply! I think acrylic is one of the best options for painting your clay, or other material crafts. (Tip from Gracie’s experience: Avoid painting your clay items with watercolor! It may chip off and not work well!)


10) Felt/fabric


And last but not least, felts and fabrics are great materials for various craft and sewing projects. They’re great for sew or no-sew clothing, of course, but you can also use felts and fabrics for things like pillows, felted food, rugs, accessories, and more!



And now for the Craft Tag!

Here are the Rules:

Answer 5 questions

Create 5+ new questions

Tag people

What is the weirdest craft material you have ever used?

Good question! Once Gracie used real cinnamon and sugar for her clay snicker-doodle cookies! o_O That’s right! She made sure to cover over it in layers of mod-podge to seal it all in! She even sold several in her Etsy shop!

What kinds of things do you like to make?

Food (Our dolly kind, I mean) is a lot of fun to make! Furniture items are fun, as well. Gracie enjoyed crafting me and Grace’s bunk bed a long time ago 🙂 .

Do you use materials from the craft store, or do you use other things also, like recycled or up-cycled things?

Materials from the store are great, but we also love recycling paperboard and other random objects we may find to use in a craft! Once Gracie made a lamp using an old, golden-beaded candle-holder she found.

Are there any craft supplies that you hate or won’t use?

Not really, that I can think of.

Do you have a craft area / where do you do your crafts?

Gracie typically does her crafts at her desk in her room. I do my crafts either in my room or at the kitchen table!



I Nominate…








  1. Favorite craft you’ve ever made?
  2. Worst craft you’ve ever made?
  3. What are a few of your favorite craft materials?
  4. Which do you prefer: crafting or sewing?
  5. You are told to craft a bed for your doll/stuffie only using three materials, besides a pair of scissors. What three things do you chose?


I hope you all enjoyed this post!!

Do you like crafting? What are some of your favorite craft supplies?


Until next time!



Winner of the Cowgirl-Style Fashion Show! + Behind the Scenes


Ready to see the winner?


In my last post I asked you all to vote again so that a winner could be decided from the two tied dolls. Unfortunately, in the first few days my plan wasn’t quite working. The votes changed for the two dolls… the same amount!

I didn’t close out the poll on Saturday because I wanted to have my mom break the tie. But instead, before I got around to having my mom vote, someone came to the post and cast a vote…

And the tie was broken!!

So, again, Are you ready to see who won?












































Let’s narrow it down: the tie was between Grace and Clara!!

























The winner is…











Grace Renae!!


Here is her winning photoshoot!


Pretty much Grace’s whole outfit is various pieces from Our Generation sets, excepting the boots (and earrings).


I would guess the boots might be Springfield, but I can’t remember.







♥     ♥     ♥


I had asked you all if you wanted to see some behind-the-scenes pictures (mostly consisting of Callie’s ventures onto the set!), and a lot of you did, so here they are!



And here she is, popping in during Grace’s pictures! She looks a bit distracted.


Hehehehe… 😉


Here’s Caroline being silly with her long braids.


And Callie seeing what’s up. ☺


I hope you enjoyed, and congratulations to Grace! 😀


Which of Grace’s pictures was your favorite? Do you have pets (or just dolls!) that do silly things in your photoshoots?

Spring break is on its way! Mine’s coming up the week after this coming week (next week). When’s yours?


Have a blessed day!

Gracie Sign Off

A Few Received Gifts


It’s crazy that Christmas has already passed! I hope you all had a wonderful day!

Today I’m here to show you some things I received for Christmas! That being said, I want to add that although gift-giving and receiving is fun, I hope we will all note and remember that the true reason for Christmas is God’s free gift to us: His Son, Jesus, to save us from our ultimate debt!

Since this is a doll blog, I’m just here with three things that are for my dolls or relate to my blog!

I hope you will enjoy! And a big thank you to my brothers who gave me the gifts in this post!


First off, I received two Our Generation (Target brand) outfits for my dolls!

Here’s one:


It’s called “Tennis Togs.” It comes with a white dress, grey cardigan with embroidered tennis rackets, orange plastic sneakers, a fuzzy tennis ball, and a tennis racket. Looks like Julie has a new hobby! (Note: Julie can hold the ball and racket with the help of hair elastics.)


I especially like the dress in this set. It seems like it’s really versatile! Here I layered a vest.


Or you could add tights.


Or leggings!

Next up…


“So Deer to Me.” It includes a button up top (fastened with velcro), pink pants, a royal blue belt, brown plastic sneakers, orange glasses, and dark pink socks.


Clara popped in to give a quick look at the socks and glasses. I think my favorite part of this outfit is the pants, though it’s cute overall! 🙂

The socks actually do fit under the sneakers. Another thing to note is that the belt is sewn to the pants, causing the buckle to be un-centered when tightened. I’ll probably use my seam-ripper to un-attach the belt. 🙂

And that’s all for the doll items!

However there is one more thing that applies to this blog! My brother kindly gave me Photoshop (Elements 2018). I look forward to playing around with it, and using it to edit photos for my posts! I used it a little for this post, but I have a photoshoot of Caroline that I’m excited to show you soon, in which I’ve been working on editing the pictures with Photoshop!

Well, that about wraps up this post! Thank you again to my brothers! 🙂

What are some things you got for Christmas? What are some things you gave for Christmas?

Have a blessed day!

Gracie Sign Off

‘Tis the Season – Holiday Series Part One

Merry Christmas!

Or, at least, Merry Christmas Season! 😉

I wanted to do something special for this wonderful time of the year! So I decided on a four part series where my dolls will each get a post to share something they love about Christmas and the Holiday season (thus, “tis’ the season” for…! 😉 ) ! Each post will have a certain theme, such as a craft or a photostory.

Tis the Season!

Here’s a quick look ahead at the schedule! (dates are my current plan, but could change)

     Part One, Wednesday, December 13: Caroline, Collection Post

     Part Two, Saturday, December 16 : Clara, Craft Post

     Part Three, Tuesday, December 19: Grace, Recipe Post

     Part Four, Friday, December 22: Julie, Photostory Post

I hope you will enjoy!


I’ll hand it over to Caroline, now, for her post in this series!



Why hello. *waves*

I think we can all agree that Christmas is one of the best times of year. It’s so beautiful and festive, and filled with memories.

So today I’m here to start off this series with one of my favorite things in this season. And you may not expect it…


…Sweaters. 🙂 Pullover sweaters.

I love getting to wear my cozy, warm sweaters at this time of year (preferably with a cup of hot tea).

Ahhh. ☺

So today I am going to show you my collection of sweaters. It’s not very large. I’ll save my favorites for last.



First is this pink sweater. I don’t believe I’ve actually worn this one before (oh dear), and that has been fixed in this picture’s very moment. Grace wore it before, though, in this post. She looked nice in it, don’t you think?



These aren’t as winter-y, but here is a tank top sweater.



And another tank top sweater.


Next I’ll show you my two favorites. ♥ ☺



This one is my favorite. 🙂 Simple, and the first one Gracie made. And cozy. 



This one Gracie just finished. She wanted to embellish it and enter it into Pixie Faire’s sweater contest… until she realized that, alas, it was due days ago. Though the previous sweater is my favorite, this one may take its place sometime.

Next are some bonus pictures from the photoshoot Gracie took for this post…

Here is Gracie’s family cat, coming to investigate this unusual setup ☺.


And now are some other extra pictures!


Gracie is considering this one to be my new profile picture. Thoughts?



Christmas Wallpaper

She made a Christmas wallpaper for her laptop with a photo she got of the tinsel. You are welcome to use it, if you like.


And here is another way I like to wear these sweaters: with a button-up underneath! Especially with long-sleeved pullovers.


And that is all I have to show you today. 🙂


Consuelo: “WAAIIT!”

Oh! Hello!


Consuelo: Look! Look!! I have a sweater too!!

Why, how sweet! But… it looks a little big, don’t you think? Try this one. A tank top, but perhaps a step in the right direction.


Consuelo: Hmmm, Ok! Yeah this one’s great! 

I’m going to finish off the post now, OK?

Consuelo: Okey Dokey!


I do hope that you all enjoyed seeing my sweaters–and Consuelo’s as well! ☺ ♥


And I also hope that you will come back and enjoy my sisters’ posts coming up soon.


Which sweater was your favorite? Are you looking forward to the rest of the series?


Farewell and Merry Christmas!! ♥



Gracie Sign Off

Craft ~ How to Make an AG Slow Cooker Set!

Hi there!! *Waves*

I’m……. Back!!!

It’s been a (long!) while. School has been keeping me busy lately, and I haven’t worked on posts as much. So I guess that means I’m back from an unofficial hiatus! I hope to get more on track now after my long break.

AND, I recently got something that I am excited to show you all… 😮 …

…in another post! 😉  So stay tuned for another post soon!!

ALSO, November is here… so I am looking forward to hosting another Basket of Thankfulness activity, like last year!! Anyone remember it?


SO, today I am going to show you how to craft a replica of American Girl’s slow cooker set!

Slow Cooker

I’ve really liked this set for a while now, but it costs a pretty penny. So why not just make it instead? Enjoy!


You Will Need:

For the slow cooker: 

  • An empty cardboard paper towel or toilet paper roll
  • Colored craft foam
  • Hot glue (regular glue may work too)
  • Paperboard (like cereal box cardboard)
  • A pen or fine tip sharpie
  • Scissors
  • A bead

For the food (Chicken, Broccoli, Rolls, Butter):

  • Clay (I use Sculpey Polymer clay)
  • Acrylic Paint (If you have soft/chalk pastels then you can use those instead, but I don’t in this tutorial)

For the Utensils: 

  • Paperboard
  • Scissors or a craft knife like Xacto
  • Silver paint

Any pieces from the set that are missing from the materials list, I will give a short description for how to make them (or at least some ideas), but I haven’t tried it for this tutorial myself.

I also tried to label everything pretty clearly, so if you are interested in making something specific from this set, feel free to skip around!

Let’s Begin!



Slow Cooker:


First off, Cut off a portion of a paper towel/toilet paper tube for the body of your cooker. Mine is a little less than two inches tall.

[This cooker is smaller than the AG one; if you want it bigger, then you can try using paperboard (or just craft foam) to make the tube from scratch.]

I also bent it into a more oval-like shape.


Then wrap the outside of the tube in craft foam, gluing it down as you wrap it on. I chose a pink/red color.

At this point you can also trace the bottom of your cooker onto some paperboard, cut out the oval, and glue it onto the bottom of the cooker.


Next cut out three pieces: (1) A paperboard piece cut from tracing the top, (2) A craft foam piece from tracing the top, and (3) a skinny craft foam rectangle/strip that is long enough to wrap around your slow cooker (i.e. as long as the circumference of the cooker), for the lip of the lid. The rectangle/strip does not have to be the same color as your cooker; I made mine grey.



To make the lid, glue the craft foam oval to the paperboard oval, and then glue the strip all the way around those pieces.


Find the center of your lid and glue on a bead for a handle. I put a little pile of hot glue onto the lid before gluing the bead on top, to make it a bit taller. Make sure the lid fits on your cooker.


Next cut out a circle of grey craft foam (I just used a hole punch) for the temperature knob. Glue it onto the front of the cooker pot, write a little line on the knob, and write “OFF” “LO” and “HI” around the knob. I also wrote “SLOW cooker” onto the pot. You could write “crock pot” if you want that instead. [Note: for some of this writing I used a fine tip sharpie, and for some I used an extra fine prismacolor pen (like an extra fine tip sharpie). But if you just have the sharpie then that works, too.]


Next cut out two little trapezoid shapes for the handles of the cooker. mine are approximately a little over an inch long, and a fourth inch wide.


Glue each angled ends of the trapezoids to the sides of your cooker, forming one loop handle on each side. Maker sure the longer part is on bottom, and the shorter side on top. Here is your finished Slow Cooker!








First, take some beige (light tan) colored clay and form it into… chicken-portion like shapes? Like badly shaped and flattened beans…… I think you get the point…..



Then you can add some texture if you want using an old, thick bristled paintbrush, a clean toothbrush, or something like that. Also add the grill lines with a toothpick (or similar tool).

We’ll color it later, after it is cooked/dried! But first I made the rest of the food….






First roll out a snake of light green clay. It can be very messy and uneven, as mine is in the picture.


Then chop the snake into small pieces. These are to be the broccoli stems.


To make the tops, take pieces of a darker green clay, put a flattened ‘blob’ on a surface and add a lot of texture using a toothpick and a paintbrush/toothbrush. Then take it and wrap it around the end of one of your stems, forming it into the top of your broccoli. Repeat for each stem. [If you’d rather just stick the clay onto the stem and then texture it, that should work fine, too.] Then you can choose to leave each piece of broccoli separate, or combine some of them. I chose to combine them into sets of two broccoli ‘heads.’



Dinner Rolls



I chose to make my rolls so that they would fit into my Our Generation muffin pan!

To make them, shape beige/light tan/bread colored clay into little cylinders (can shapes) for the dinner roll base. If you want them to fit into a doll pan, then size the base accordingly.


Then make three little balls for the top of each dinner roll, and stick them on top of the base.


Next smooth out the lines between the top and bottom of the rolls. Here is a comparison of the smoothed part on the left and the non-smoothed part on the right.


And here are all of the finished ones! (minus extra coloring later!)


I decided not to make the fruit. But if you want to make it you could do a couple of options…

  1. Use clay: Form yellow ball; cut it in half for each grapefruit bowl; slightly push in the flat part to make it slightly caved in for the fruit to go in/on it; dapple the outside with a toothpick to make it look like grapefruit; and add clay pieces shaped like the fruit pieces in/on the bowl.)
  2. Use beads: Beads can make great fruit (especially berries). For the bowl to hold it you can either make one out of clay, or you can use something else (such as a vitamin bottle cap or doll bowl. Perhaps you could even use the plastic container you get from gumball-prize machines or the round part of a small Easter egg.





If you want to make the butter case that is in the AG set, you could use paperboard for the tray.

However I’m not completely sure how you would make the glass top, but here are a few ideas… 1) finding some clear plastic packaging shaped like the top (perhaps from a pen case or small toy?); 2) use transparent polymer clay. I haven’t tried, so I don’t know how clear it would turn out; 3) lastly you could make the top non-clear using paper or clay.

Onto the actual butter! This is a pretty straightforward thing to make…

Take some pale yellowish clay and form it into a 3-dimensional rectangle/box. Make sure it will fit if you have a container for it, with some room for butter slices on the end. I chose to make my butter to fit in my Our Generation butter box.


Next take a sharp knife or other cutting tool (I literally used the plastic string from a “squirmles” toy to cut this! XD It worked amazing! ) and make a little slice or two at the end of your stick of butter. Bend the slices out a bit, but leave them connected to the whole stick.

And that’s it!


Now you can cook or let dry all of your pieces, and we’ll move on to coloring the Chicken and the Rolls!



For the chicken, take some brown-ish colored paint (I mixed my yellow ochre and burnt sienna colors) and get some onto your brush. Paint it out on a (paintable) surface until the brush is mostly dry, and then dry-brush the paint onto your chicken. I used a mix of dry-brushing, and even wiping off paint with a damp paper towel to get the look I wanted.

Then take a darker brown color and paint over the indents (grill lines) on your chicken. Wait… why are there grill lines on crock pot chicken???   Oh well, it looks nice!


For the dinner rolls, just dry-brush a brown color onto the top parts. I used burnt sienna. (make sure the brown you use isn’t too dark, making your rolls look burnt instead of nicely baked)

And your food is done!


One fun thing about this set, is it all fits in the crockpot! (I’m not sure if the rolls fit, but they bake in the oven anyway)





First off, draw onto some paperboard a simple fork outline, or few…


and cut them out. (I cut out one fork and traced it to cut the rest.)

I didn’t make the knife or the tongs, but here is how you can…

Draw out a simple knife shape (or few) and cut those out. (Pretty self-explanatory)

For the tongs, draw out a long strip. Make the ends a little wider and rounder than the rest of the strip. Cut it out and use a skewer, or other thin rounded object to bend the tongs in half. You can add a little glue on the fold/curve if it won’t stay bent. You may also bend the ends in a tad, if you want.



To finish, paint your utensils silver. You may want a few coats. Also, If you want to, you can paint the knife handle a different color than the blade, like AG’s butter knife, to make the two ends differ from each other.

(Feel free to seal the utensils with mod podge if you want)


And that is it!

Here are a few things that I didn’t recreate from this set, and some ideas on how you could make them.

Plates: You could use the flat lid part of canning jars for the large plates, and this tutorial for the small ones.

Milk: You can use little plastic shot cups, or I’ve taken home the little disposable communion cups from church before. And then you can paint the inside of the cups white to make it look like it’s filled with milk, or you could fill the cup with white paint or puffy paint and let dry (Note: it might take a while to dry!)

Napkins and PotholderUse some fabric for the napkins (you can use normal fabric and hem the edges, use felt, or cut from a human napkin.). And you can also use fabric for the pot holder (if you want the edge you can hold, cut a longer rectangle of fabric, fold over some, and sew. You can sew on the little corner loop, too! Feel free to add extra layers of fabric or felt to give it more of an insulated potholder feel.)

Barbecue Sauce: I don’t know exactly how to find a tiny bottle like that, but perhaps an extract container or sprinkle container? You could also try making it out of clay.


And we’re finished!!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial!!


Are you going to make anything from this tutorial? Do you like AG’s Slow Cooker Set?

Is anyone here doing Nanowrimo? I’m doing it for my first time! (I’ve done camp this past summer, but not the real Nano)

Also feel free to comment if you need clarification on any of my instructions! 😉


I should be posting again soon with the Basket of Thankfulness activity! … and after that my surprise find… 😉 😉


Have a blessed day!!