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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Barbie!

March 9th, 1959 is the official day Barbie was presented to the world 53 years ago, and the rest is history. I was 10 years old at the time, but I never did have a Barbie doll in my doll collection. I'm
not sure why that is, but I have sure made up for my lack of Barbieliciousness since then as an adult
collector. I have so many dolls in my collection that I have lost count. It's been a wonderful fun ride learning all about Barbie, and she truly is a fashion icon as well as an inspiration to adults and children
all over the world.

This post is to wish our favorite plastic 11 1/2" doll a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and we hope she has many many more. I know Barbie has meant a lot to me in so many ways. She has inspired me to be creative and to play in ways I hadn't done in years.  Maybe some of you feel the same way. So...please join me in celebrating this Barbietastic day.

Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with me.

Happy dollie playing and crafting.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Origami Lucky Stars with Chris and Buffy Vintage Dolls

Wow....2 posts in one day, and it hasn't been a real long time since I posted back in February. I am really trying to get better with keeping up with my blog.

Recently I learned of a fantastic fashion doll miniature creator, and because I did, I was able to make these really adorable miniature origami lucky stars. Normally they are made with origami paper, but I used some of my thinner scrapbook paper cut into 12" x 1/2" strips to create mine.

Aren't they adorable? I decided to use my vintage Chris and Buffy(TV show Family Affair) dolls to showcase the origami lucky stars, and I think they did a wonderful job doing so.....don't you? lol I used a small lid(can't remember what it came off of), and a small clay pot for my stars. I'm not sure what the miniature creator used in her containers, but I used air dry clay. Just a warning when using air dry clay; it will shrink some when dry. Once my clay was dry, and I had to glue it into(E6000 glue) the containers for it to stay put. I cut a small piece of yellow glitter paper to go around the small lid and added a thin blue ribbon. For the clay pot, I tied a piece of curling ribbon around the "stems" of the lucky stars and gave them a little curl with small scissors. Now...the miniature creator where I learned how to make these, used toothpicks for her stems, but I didn't have any. What I did have were bamboo skewers, and those worked just fine too. I thought about painting them, but decided to let them be in their natural state.

Two more things in case you are wondering.....I used Barbie scrapbook paper for my backdrop. I think I shared about this in a much earlier post. Love it! The flowers in the other clay pot were white originally. I painted the blue and pink ones with.....are you ready?.......Barbie nail polish. lol Yep...you read that right. The Barbie nail polish was made for little girls and doesn't really work well to paint your own nails, so I was happy to discover another use for it.

I do want to give credit to the wonderful miniature artist that inspired me too. I will include links to her Facebook page and her blog. She has a couple of tutorial videos sharing how she made her origami lucky stars and a small doll sized notebook. I haven't tacked the notebook yet, but I do plan to give it a try too. If you can't create your lucky stars from just watching her video(I couldn't), then you can do a search and a lot of step by step instructions are available to help you out.

I hope you enjoyed both posts today, and I appreciate all of you stopping by to check me out.

Happy crafting and dollie playing.


New Birdhouse

Today I thought I'd share a project that I completed awhile back, but I just didn't get around to taking some pics of it until today. This was an unfinished birdhouse when I bought it....probably at Michaels or JoAnn's. I tried to create the look of denim when painting, and I think I was somewhat successful. What do you all think? Here's a peek at the finished product.

The bigger flower that has words on them was made from a dictionary page that I inked up and punched out with my scallop punch. I crumpled up the scalloped circle shapes and worked with them to make the flower shape, and then I added a flat back pearl in the middle. The two smaller flowers with words were cut out using a small punch, and then I curled up the petals and added small pearls. The bird in the last picture is actually a 3 layered dimensional sticker, and I thought it was perfect for this birdhouse. The other smaller flowers I bought, and then I used a small paint brush handle to create the curly tendrils on a few of them.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my blog. I so appreciate it.

Happy crafting and dollie playing.