A Few Received Gifts

Hello!

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:

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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.)

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

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Or you could add tights.

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Or leggings!

Next up…

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“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.

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Have a blessed day!

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Our Generation “It Seams Perfect” Sewing Set REVIEW + sewing instructions

I recieved a really fun OG set for my birthday! (Which, by the way, I’m not saying is recently… or long ago… or somewhere in between… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So today I’m here to review the Our Generation “It Seams Perfect” Set! (Yes, yes, you probably already knew that ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

This is a super cute set, and I look forward to showing you it.

Here goes!

It Seams Perfect

 

Here is the set, out of the box…

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It’s really cute!

 

Now let’s dig in, shall we!? ๐Ÿ™‚

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First off, here is a roll of cute heart printed fabric and a pattern that it came with. I think this is a super neat thing for Our Generation to include, since you can actually make a dress! I’ll be showing how the dress I made turned out, later, and go into some more detail of what I think of this part of the set. I also wrote up some instructions for making the dress.

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It also came with a dress form, which is really neat! The dress form is able to rotate around it’s base. I have Julie next to it to compare sizes. From the front, the form is slimmer than her. It does fit clothes on it, but wider necked outfits may be hard to rest on the small dress form shoulders. I also noticed that the letters on the form can come up too high if your dress neck is kind of low. You might be able to fix this by using the dress form backwards. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The side also looks a little slimmer than Julie.

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Here is the table and chairs! The chair cushion is a slightly different color than the table. I like the polka dots!

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They fit in each other.

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Julie fits, too! It looks a little small, to me, but is still nice (better to fit in small nooks of your doll house ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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If there was a wall behind the table, Julie’s feet might make it a little awkward to sit at the table.

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One great part about this table, is that the top flips out! There is a little switch that you pull on the side to…

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flip out a small bar to…

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support the flip out part! This is really nice, because the table has a lot more room. Also, the sewing machine fits into the hole in the main part of the table, like in old fashioned sewing tables! (On another note, this picture shows the relatively large tag on the chair. Not too big a deal, you could cut it off if you wanted.)

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This is a bad picture, but should get the point across ๐Ÿ˜‰

One thing that’s kind of strange, is that the flip out doesn’t exactly make contact with the support bar… so, I’m not sure it actually helps…. I probably won’t end up using the support bar much.

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Now onto the sewing machine!! It’s plastic, and lightweight. I really like that OG made it pretty interactive. The silver flower knob spins around loosely.

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The green knob on the side turns to move the needle up…

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and down.

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There is also a lever in the back to move the presser foot.

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Like so. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The set also came with this sewing box. The lid is removable.

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And all of the little accessories fit inside!

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There are two wooden spools wound with thread. One pink, and one white.

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There is a tiny thimble that actually fits on Julie’s finger!!

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My set came with four buttons, though the packaging advertised eight. Black, white, pink, and yellow/green.

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I hadn’t known about this tool before. OG calls it a buttonhole measure tool. I think it’s actually a sewing gauge, which can probably be used for buttonhole measuring.

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And here is a ruler, which looks just like the one from an OG math set I reviewed a while ago.

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Here is a tape measure, which I find strange because… it’s human sized. We can pretend otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚ . It has inches and centimeters.

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Here is a little plastic chalk pencil, so your dolls can mark on their fabric! It looks like the other end has a little fake sewing machine cleaning brush.

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Here are some cute little scissors! They open and close and are also made of plastic. They fit in Julie’s hand, but can be hard to position so that it fits.

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Last of these sewing supplies is a plastic tomato pincushion. It has a hard band so that it can be worn by your dolls like a bracelet. I managed to pull it over Julie’s wrist, but I don’t plan to do that again, because I don’t want to damage her arm with the tight, hard band.

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And that’s everything! Here is Julie enjoying the sewing set. She is the main seamstress of the Thomas family household.

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I think it’s a super cute set, with a great play value!

 

I also made the dress with the fabric and pattern that came with the set!

Here it is…

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The dress pattern was very simple, just two pattern pieces, and three fabric pieces to cut. I felt like hemming the neckline and armholes was kind of tricky. The dress turned out cute, but I felt like it was a little short, and the shoulders seem a little small on Caroline. The fabric is also quite thin. I still like it, though, and think it’s quite cute! I think Clara will probably like this outfit ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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Here’s how the back of mine turned out. I was kind of confused on how to attach the velcro, but I figured out a way.

I also think it would have been good for OG to include instructions on how to sew it. It could be confusing for young girls trying to sew this.

I thought I would include some of my own instructions…

  • First cut out the paper patterns.
  • Fold your fabric in half.
  • Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric. Make sure the piece with the side labeled fold is laid with that side on the fold. Then cut out the fabric. You should now have three pieces of fabric.
  • You can iron the pieces if you want.
  • Line up the shoulders of the dress. One back piece to one front shoulder and the other back piece to the other front shoulder. Make sure the good sides are together.
  • Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the shoulders.
  • Next fold the edges of the armholes in about 1/4 inch (the fold should be wrong side to wrong side) and pin it as you go. Do the same to the neckline.
  • Then sew those folds.
  • Next line up the sides of the dress, good side to good side, and sew a 1/4 inch seam along the sides up to the armholes.
  • Fold the bottom edge of the dress (wrong side to wrong side), and sew the hem.
  • Put the back of the dress together good side to good side and sew a 1/2 inch seam about halfway up the back.

This is where I got kind of confused, and this is just my method for doing the velcro, but you may have a better one…

  • Cut the hem perpendicular (90 degree angle) to the seam, at the edge of where your seam ends in the back so that the two flaps of seam allowance can overlap easily.
  • Pin velcro on the good side of one, and sew (you can hem the flap a little, if you want).
  • Then pin velcro on the bad side of the other and sew (again, you may hem).

And you’re done!

 

That’s it for this review! Overall, I think this is a really fun set.

Do you have the OG It Seams Perfect set? Do you want it? What is your favorite piece in the set? Did my sewing instructions make sense?? XD

 

Before you go I want to give a shout-out to Sam over at Beezus the Bear. Would you join me and others in praying for her as she goes through a very hard time? You can read her post here.

 

Have a blessed day!

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P.S. I was scrolling down through my many images to fish out my sign off, and just daydreaming and thinking along the way when suddenly I found myself at the bottom of all of my images (As in, the end of all the images I’ve used in this blog) XD HAHA whoops!

Review! Our Generation “Math Whiz” Set

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Hello!

I’m here today with a review for you all of a really fun,ย Our Generation (A brand of 18 inch dolls and accessories sold at Target) set!

I was at Target the other day and stopped in at the Our Generation aisle, and found their “Math Whiz” set. It was so cute that I decided to buy it! It was one of their $7 sets.

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Here is the set! This set has such a great play value with its many, many pieces. The pieces are very functional, too!

It comes with a calculator, a notebook, a supply case, a compass, a ruler, a pencil, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, a rectangle triangle ruler, an isosceles triangle ruler, and a protractor. (11 pieces!)

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Here is the calculator. It is purple (thought the picture looks kind of pink) with black buttons. The buttons can’t be pressed, but they are ‘three dimensional’.

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And the ruler! It has little inch marks on one side and centimeter marks on the other, just like a real ruler! It goes to 10 doll-sized inches, and 20 doll-sized centimeters.

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The back has a nice, wood-like texture.

 

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Here are the triangle rulers and the protractor. They are yellow, orange, and blue, and are transparent.

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One thing fun about the triangle rulers is that the marks on them line up with the centimeter marks on the ruler, so they are more realistic.

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Here is (left to right) the compass, eraser, pencil, and pencil sharpener.

The stick part of the compass that holds the pencil moves like a real compass.

The eraser is neat, because it feels like it is a more rubbery plastic, so it feels different from the other supplies, and more like a real eraser. The pencil eraser doesn’t feel like this, though.

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Now this is super fun, the pencil fits into the sharpener…

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And into the compass! I love how Our Generation designed it like this. It makes for a great play value!

My pencil seems to have some scuff marks, perhaps from sliding through the compass. The paint on the pencil seems a little sloppy where the eraser/silver/wood parts meet (you can see how the pink bled down into the silver), but I don’t really mind.

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Here is the supply case and notebook. They both have math inspired designs on them, and the case says “I love math” in English and in French.

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The note book is filled with white blank white paper.

And you know what the best part of the supply case is?…

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I fits ALL of the supplies in it! (Not including the notebook.) Woohoo!

 

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Grace likes her new school supplies!

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Whattcha working on, Grace?

 

Overall, this is a wonderful set, and with versatile pieces and a great play value! If you want some school supplies for your doll, I would definitely recommend it!

The price of $7 is great, too! If it were sold at American Girl, it would probably be around $30. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I rate it 5/5 stars! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Did you enjoy this review? What are your thoughts on Our Generation? Do you have any doll things from Our Generation (or another doll brand) that you really enjoy?

 

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Christmas Doll Haul

Hiya! Merry After Christmas!

 

I thought I’d show you the things I was blessed to receive for Christmas from my parents, siblings, and others! But since this is a doll blog, I’m showing the things I got for my dolls!

 

 

How about we start with the smallest thing…

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These cute headbands from Jessica‘s Etsy shop, Creative Doll Crafts!

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They fit very nicely, and the little loop in the middle can hold a clip (as shown above), or hide at the nape of the dolls neck

 

I’ll be showing them on my dolls in a couple pictures later on ๐Ÿ™‚ .

 

Next, I’ll show you the Our Generation (Target’s 18″ doll brand) clothes I received! (Our Generation is great, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

 

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I received the “Warm Days” outfit! I think it’s really cute!

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Next up, “Perfect Strike.”

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It came with the bowling pins/ball. And I really like the little bowling shoes! (The undershirt is not included)

 

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“Summer Style” is up next! (Julie is modeling a Creative Doll Crafts Headband, not included in the outfit; Also, the undershirt, again, is not included)

 

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The above one was on my wishlist! I really wanted the shortallsย for Clara! It’s called “Sweet Strawberry.”

 

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And last but not least, “Business Class”! (The headband is from Creative Doll Crafts, and the leggings are not included, either)

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I got one more outfit; this one is not Our Generation, and I’m not sure what it’s called.

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But here it is! ๐Ÿ™‚ (YAY! I have FRINGE BOOTS! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) (headband from Creative Doll Crafts again)

 

And lastly,

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I received this super cute bed from a friend of ours!

 

Thank you to everyone who gave me gifts! I really appreciate them!

 

Did you enjoy seeing the things I got for my dolls for Christmas? What was your favorite thing you received forย Christmas?

 

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Retro Photoshoot with Clara + Clara and the Cat + mini review

Hi everyone!

Recently, I received the Our Generation (brand of 18″ dolls and accessories) Retro Knit Doll Dress from my brother. It’s a really cute and versatile set, and I thought it looked adorable on Clara, so I got a photoshoot of herย in the outfit, and thought I’d give you a littleย review along the way!

Enjoy!

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So here it is! The separate pieces are…

  • Pink headband
  • Main dress
  • Orange belt
  • Pink leggings
  • Black flats with bows on top

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This set comes with a lot of pieces and so I am looking forward to mixing and matching them to make other outfits! (The belt looks great with Julie’s [old] meet pheasant top. She didn’t want to take it off!)

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Feeling dizzy?

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Kitty time! (Again, I apologize for the fuzziness ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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So there you go! Hope you enjoyed the photoshoot and review!

 

ALSO, over at Kait’s AG Crafts, Kaitlynrh1ย is hosting a doll camp! You should go check it out, and I believe that there are still more openings to join (sign up to make craft tutorials for a week of camp). I especially like the miniature fairy garden craft and have been working on one of my own.

 

Post for you later! ๐Ÿ™‚

~Gracie ๐Ÿ˜‰