Books for Barbie

I wandered into a local Dollar Tree store on my lunch hour this week, because … you never know what you’ll find! And I scored these adorable little erasers shaped like Dr. Seuss books. At first glance, you’d never guess they are erasers, and they’re the perfect size for Barbie and friends. At just $1 for 6, it’s a cheap way to build up Barbie’s library.

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Mad about the Mouse for Poppy Parker, Barbie, & Victoire Roux

It’s January in Michigan … which means it’s time to start thinking about vacationing in a warmer climate with our favorite Mouse. I found this cute Mickey bandana and decided to make a vacation outfit complete with matching tote bag and vintage Mickey ears. Available now in my Etsy shop.

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Backdrop project

I’ve been working on my auction doll for the GAW Barbie convention. The doll has been repainted, and the outfit has been made, but before I take photos, I wanted to create a backdrop to go with the doll. After Christmas, I found a faux window frame on clearance at Michaels. I decided attach it to a floor with L-brackets. Then the doll can stand on the floor and the whole thing can either hang on the wall or sit on a surface.

To make the floor, I started with a square of plywood. I picked up some edge banding veneer to make the hardwood floor at Menards. I simply cut “planks” to size with scissors, and then ironed them onto the plywood square with my iron. So much easier than using popsicle sticks! Once the flooring was ironed on, I used a stain marker to get the color I wanted. Now I just need to seal the floor and assemble.

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Penelope for Barbie & Victoire Roux

This dress was sewn entirely by hand from a vintage printed hankie, amethyst dupioni silk, and cotton lining fabric.

The dress has a fitted bodice that allows the focus to go to the skirt. A shaped hemline is accented with a bow. Back is fastened with buttons over metal snaps. An ultrasuede belt with rhinestone buckle cinches the waist. Fashion includes dress, belt, and magnetic rhinestone brooch. Available now in my Etsy shop.

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Frosty Peach for Barbie & Victoire Roux

This dress is sewn entirely by hand (my hand, needle, and thread … no machines in sight) from a vintage sheer hand embroidered wedding hankie layered over peach Dupioni silk. The side front is fastened with pearl buttons with a bow accent at the waist. The inside of the entire fashion is lined in blush cotton fabric. Metal snaps fasten the back. Fashion includes dress and wrap only. Available now in my Etsy shop.

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