Thursday, May 30, 2013

Spring Cleaning - Part 3 ~ Craft

 Alright, today we're going to finish our spring cleaning set by making...the feather duster!

Small dowel
Clear hair elastic
(Sorry about the poor quality photos, it was getting dark out)

Gather together the longest feathers and arrange them so that their tops point outwards. Add small fluffy ones to give it more body, and fluffiness!

Wrap the hair elastic twice around the end of the feathers, holding them together.
Push the dowel up through the middle of the feathers and hair elastic.
Make sure the dowel doesn't show from above.
Now you've finished your Spring Cleaning set! You're ready to tidy up your house before summer hits and you no longer want to be inside (like us! Well, more Rebecca).  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and if you make one, please send us a photo, we'd love to post it!
~ Rebecca and Kirsten

P.S. We plan to bring you tutorials every week this summer, and hopefully even after summer ends, so stay tuned! (no promises, though. :) )

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

100 Follower Goal Giveaway

Hi all! We have a goal of getting to 100 followers, and think that it's possible with some help along the way! To help us reach this goal (and have some fun) we will have a giveaway once that goal is reached! The item given away will be from my Etsy shop Daisy Chains. I sell AG doll clothes: sundresses, TOMS, bucket hats, and hope to add more!
Spread the word, help us to reach our goal, and then join us for a fun giveaway!
~ Rebecca and Kirsten

Spring Cleaning - Part 2 ~ Sewing

Alright everyone, today we're going to teach you how to make the mob cap!

Large sheet of paper
1/4 yard fabric

Using the compass, draw a circle with a radius of 5 inches on the piece of paper. Cut it out and pin to fabric. Cut circle out of fabric. (Sorry there's no picture of all this, I forgot to take photos)

Fold fabric edge in towards center 1/4 inch. (The hem does not have to be even, once the cap is gathered no one will notice.) Iron. (In this pic I already sewed it, but you get the idea :) )

Sew hem.

(Once again, I'm really sorry that I forgot to take photos :/)  Using a long stitch, sew 1 inch away from the edge, and then 1/4 inch away from that line of stitching. Do not backstitch.

Gather cap a little, then place on doll's head and gather until it fits.

Tie the ends of the thread (the ones that go together) with a double knot and cut loose ends. 
Congratulations, your cap is finished! Pretty simple, isn't it? Sorry again about the lack of photos. :)
~ Rebecca and Kirsten

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Awesome Giveaway at It's My Life!

Hey Everyone, don't forget to enter Grace's spectacular giveaway at her blog, It's My Life. She has two prize packets, one for you, and one for your doll! There are plenty of ways to get extra entries, so head on over and check it out!
~ Rebecca and Kirsten

Spring Cleaning - Part 1 ~ Sewing

Spring is here (and has been for a while) and we all know what that means, spring cleaning! Dust has been collecting in our house, and we decided that it's high time we did something about it! Remember yesterday when Rebecca mentioned something about a secret project? Well, this week we're going to show you how to make your very own spring cleaning set! Today we'll make the apron, tomorrow the mob cap, and after that the feather duster!

Part 1: Half-apron

1/4 yard fabric
15 inch piece of lace

Fold a piece of paper in half, draw a four inch line from the folded edge, make a mark on the fold edge 4 1/2 inches from the first line. Connect the line and the mark with a curve as pictured. 

Cut paper on fold. Pin pattern to folded fabric, matching straight edge of paper with fabric fold.

This is how your apron piece should look, 8 inches across and 4 1/4 inches tall in the middle.  NOTE: Kirsten's apron was made 7 inches across, but I wanted more gather so I changed it to 8. See the last photo for a comparison of the two.

Pin the together the lace and fabric about 1/4 inch away from the edge of the fabric

Sew lace to fabric. 

Turn fabric under at seam, iron flat

Turn apron right side up, iron flat.
Using a long machine stitch, sew about 1/8 inch away from the fabric edge. Do not backstitch

Pulling the loose thread ends, gather apron to a length of 6 inches.

Cut a strip of fabric 1 1/2 inches by 16 inches. Fold in half and iron flat.

Unfold strip. Fold one half in, matching fabric edge with fold. Iron flat. 

Repeat with the other side, ironing it flat.

Refold strip on original fold line, enclosing raw edges. Iron flat.

Mark strip at 5 inches in and at 11 inches.

Unfold one side of the strip. Matching fabric edges and marks on strip with apron sides, pin together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

Refold the strip, as pictured.

Fold strip all the way, enclosing the top edge of the apron. Iron flat

Top view

Sew right on the edge of the outside fold of the entire strip, catching the inside fold underneath.

Back view
Aren't they sweet?
What do you think? Was this simple enough? If you make this, please send us a picture and we'll post it! Thanks for joining us today, and come back tomorrow to make the mob cap!
~ Rebecca and Kirsten

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Tour of The Dollhouse

Hi Everyone, this is Rebecca! It's raining here, and Kirsten is helping Christina with a special project, so I decided to give you a tour of our dollhouse!

Upstairs: This is our kitchen, we've still got some canned items from summer, yum! (AG's Kit's stove)

Our dining room and our washer and ironing board (AG's retired Samantha's table and chairs, Kit's washday set)

Our piano with homemade picture frames featuring us and our friends! (AG piano)

Missy, Kirsten's cat (AG's retired Kirsten's cat)

Downstairs: our closet etc. (Target)

More of our closet, so many shoes!

Our craft table and school desk (AG's retired Chrissa's craft table and Molly's desk)

Our homemade bunkbeds! And our toy trunk. :)

A full view. 
So, that's our house! What do you think?
~ Rebecca
Rebecca is wearing AG's retired Zip-up Sweatsuit outfit

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Have a great day, whatever you're doing, and don't forget to pray and give thanks for the people who are fighting for us!
~ Rebecca and Kirsten

Kirsten is wearing the shirt from AG's Everyday Play Jumper outfit, and shorts from AG's retired Tiny Tees and Accessories kit.
Rebecca is wearing AG's retired Zip-up Sweatsuit outfit. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Sale at Daisy Chains

Daisy Chains is having a Memorial Day sale! 10% off any item through tomorrow! The code is MDAY10. We have TOMS style shoes, shirred sundresses, and more. I make custom orders, also.
~ Christina

Twin Twists ~ Hairstyles

Kirsten here! I was playing with Becca's hair this week, and stumbled upon some fun new "twists"!  Today I'll teach you how to make what I call the "twin twists" hairstyle!

First, take a small chunk of hair from above the ear (see first photo) and, bringing it to the back, twist it until tight.

Then take a similar chunk from the other side and bring the two together
Attach the two with a claw clip. Repeat with more hair from the same side.
Doesn't Becca's hair look pretty?
A front view

Hope you enjoyed that! I certainly did! I think this style would be perfect for a party, how about you? What did you think of this tutorial? Comment and let us know!