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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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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1:6 scale throw blankets for fashion dolls

I sew. My sister knits. We work in the same building, so we usually grab a quick lunch and then head to one of our favorite craft stores to get some exercise. Ok … shop. I look for beads, lace, fabric, etc., and she looks at yarn.

For the last couple of years, she has volunteered to go with me to the GAW Barbie Convention. So this past year, I told her she should make something for Barbie to sell out of our room. She started knitting these adorable throw blankets. One happened to end up in my box after convention and I just love how it drapes on the furniture and adds that something extra to my dioramas.

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Now, we’re making them available in my Etsy shop. There are a variety of colors, sizes, and patterns to choose from. Check them out!

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We shopped … and dropped!

Today, my sister and I went to Frankenmuth, Michigan. For those of you who don’t know, Frankenmuth is a city founded by German Lutherans in the 1845. It is designed to resemble a Bavarian village, and is a huge tourist attraction. We were going for the craft show, but arrived early, so we started at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, which bills itself as the world’s largest Christmas store. It is.

At Bronner’s, I found a Byers Choice bird bath and a couple of Christmas ornaments that should work nicely in my Barbie dioramas.

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After 2 hours at Bronner’s (and I’m sure we didn’t see everything!), we moved on to lunch … chicken dinner, of course. The Bavarian Inn and Zehnder’s are competing restaurants directly across the street from each other, and are both known for family style chicken dinners. Both are good, but today we choose the cafe in the basement of  Zehnder’s because it has a buffet and there was no line.

Then we shopped at the craft show, River Place Shops (a quaint outdoor mall with adorable shops), and an antique mall, before heading to the huge outlet mall in nearby Birch Run. After the hour and a half ride home, I’m lounging with my feet up and a cat on my lap. Time for a nap! I think next time we’ll book a hotel room and spread out the shopping!

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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