I decided to make ‘thank you’ gifts for my children’s class teachers this Christmas, these bookmarks are quick and easy to make, a simple gift for anyone.
I’ve been busy making 18″ doll clothes for my daughter’s American Girl doll (Grace) which she’ll be getting for Christmas. However, now she has bought Sienna (an Our Generation doll) I couldn’t resist giving her some outfits early. So here is what I’ve made so far…
Simplicity pattern 1515 has become my favourite ‘go to’ pattern for leggings, tops and skirts. You can but it on-line in the UK at Jaycotts. It’s a good basic and simple pattern that you can adapt easily.
We have a new arrival in the house; her name is Sienna. My daughter didn’t want to wait for her Christmas present (Grace – American Girl doll) so she decided to take matters into her own hands and spend her savings on an Our Generation doll. They have recently started stocking them in our local toy shop (Kids Stuff Toys, Chichester) and she has had her eye on ‘Sienna’ since she first appeared on the shelves.
I would like to be able to compare her to the American Girl dolls, but that will have to wait until after Christmas. My daughter is very happy with her! She comes with a pink corduroy skirt, faux fur gilet, stripy long-sleeved top, pink tights and white shoes. She’s similar in size to the American Girl dolls but cheaper at around £30.
I reached another milestone birthday earlier this month and decided that after planning lots of children’s parties, I deserved a tea party! My teapot wanted an outing from the cupboard and so I decided to have ‘afternoon tea’. I also love the look and taste of cupcakes!
It’s an easy theme to do – here are some ideas from my party:
I’ve been very busy sewing for a new arrival…expected on 25 December…my daughter’s first American Girl doll. I’d never heard of them until a friend recommended them – it was when McKenna was the Girl of the Year (my daughter is a gymnast!). Being a big fan of Pinterest I kept seeing pictures of 18″ dolls clothes and then measuring various dolls we already had. But none of them measured up! My daughter has wanted a soft bodied doll with long hair for ages and when I showed her the American Girl dolls she fell in love with the Girl of the Year 2015, Grace.
So I did some research and found a UK stockist online (My Doll Boutique) and ordered Grace very early just in case they ran out before Christmas. I love making doll clothes as they are so quick to make and so cute. I can’t share my creations yet as I have to wait for Christmas before I have Grace to model them…
Watch this space in the New Year when I’ll share what I’ve made and how!
Despite being busy with a few other things at the moment, I’ve managed to put together the first in what may or may not become a series (!) of Quick Makes – Pirate Tic Tac Toe or Noughts and Crosses. I made this for a ‘Quiet Book’ but you could easily make a bigger pouch and fold the board up as well; great for taking in the car or to restaurants and keeping kids/ grown-ups entertained. Happy making!