Barbie and the Festival of Trees

My sister’s church does a festival of trees every year. People donate and decorate themed Christmas trees and gifts and then the trees are auctioned off to help support a local charity. This year, my sister and I decorated two trees: a baby tree (with gifts for a newborn) and a Barbie tree. Here are photos of the Barbie tree. My sister made the quilt and pillow from Riley Blake Barbie panels and fabrics. I made the tree skirt from coordinating Riley Blake fabrics. The tree is trimmed with a variety of Hallmark Barbie ornaments and Barbie accessories. A Barbie house, helicopter, dolls, miniatures and more are included.

It’s a Barbie Christmas … tree

The church my sister attends does a Festival of Trees event every year over the Thanksgiving weekend. Individuals choose a theme, decorate a tree in that theme, and then donate the tree for a silent auction that benefits local charities.

This year I talked my sister into a Barbie themed tree. Throughout the past year, we’ve been collecting ornaments, dolls, and a variety of Barbie items from eBay, Etsy, antique malls, dollar stores, and the GAW Barbie Convention. My mom made a tote bag, I made a tree skirt, my sister knitted a Barbie blanket, and we roped the whole family into making a variety of ornaments.

Tonight, we spent an hour and a half decorating our tree. I think someone’s little girl is going to have a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas in July

I stopped by Hobby Lobby yesterday and they’ve started to put out their Christmas ornaments. There are many ornaments that make perfect miniatures for your Barbie dioramas. Simply remove the ornament hanger and you’re good to go.

And you don’t have to save all of them for your Christmas dioramas. Note the cute little sand castle!

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Craft #2

My husband and I love Yoplait Oui French-style yogurt that comes in little glass pots. We end up with a lot of little glass pots, so I keep giving them away to family and friends. I found reusable canning jar lids at Walmart that sit on top of the glass pots to make a loose lid. I stuffed a leftover Santa hat (that was a tad too small for Barbie) with fiberfill and glued little pom poms around the brim. A bit of scrapbook paper and ribbon trim out the lid. Now to fill the jar with mini wrapped candies.

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