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Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Doll Room Tour

Ok, I cleaned up my sewing room so I could show you 
all what our doll room looks like now.
As you come up the stairs, the first thing you see is...

 Martin and his sister Madi's room.
Martin loves being next to Penny's stable.

To the right is my sewing area and...

To the left is the AG dollhouse.

To the right of Penny's stable are the AG doll clothes bins.
(that white box is the 18" doll trunk-room)
Doll trunk makeover

The clothes bins hold the tops, bottoms, skirts,
 pajamas, etc that don't need to be hung up.

And to the far right is my sewing area
All you sewers will like my magnifying swing-arm lamp.
(This is a great place to relax and create)

Remnant basket and ceramic rooster.
(I love remnants - perfect for doll clothes!)

 My mini bins hold all my sewing bric a brac, buttons, snaps, ribbon roses, etc.
(This is also a safe zone for small toys that narrowly missed destruction by the jaws of death.)

Jaws of death aka Maximus

Doll pattern books. On the right is my AG doll patterns.
The smaller notebook on the left holds my patterns for smaller dolls.

As you turn to the right you see my bookcase
and one of my vintage doll cradles with my 1973 Madame Alexander baby doll,
my 1953 Ideal Ruth doll (now called Belinda) and Raggedy Annie.

Here I tried to get a better picture of these cuties.
  Finding Juliette  Finding Belinda  

 Just past the cradle is the doll closet.

 This is the Crissy Doll's new room and also where we
house our AG doll dress collection. 

 I decided the Crissy room needed a pink wall and notice the hanging lamp!

 As you continue turning to the right you see the AG dollhouse.

And back to Martin's room.
Now, on the left, you see my grandmother's secretary.
  The secretary holds a collection of soft toys and
my Beatrix Potter books.
You can also see a special tea set a friend gave me and some
Alice in Wonderland paper dolls.

Just past the secretary is a little guest room.
Hanging on the dresser are all our AG shoes.

 Camelia now has her room on the dresser top.
Welcome Camelia

 A twin bed and in the corner is another cradle.

My Raggedy Anns and Andys, a vintage cloth doll and sock monkey.
Raggedy Ann and how she found Andy

Below are two more doll beds with our
baby dolls and my sock elephant. 

 When you turn and look back toward the dollhouse you see...

Another dollhouse!

1988 Disney Alice in Wonderland and
1950s Betsy McCall in Betsy's bedroom.
Finding Alice   Restoring Betsy

I made the 3" Raggedy Ann dolls, because
everyone needs a doll.

 Alice's room.

And my 1956 American Character Toni doll room.
And Toni's 1950s kitchen.

Back out to the sewing room...

One more look at the dollhouse

and the sewing area.

And that's our whole doll room tour!
I hope you enjoyed it.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Update for the Crissy doll room

Is it just me?  Or does one project lead to another?
So, I kept seeing this in the Crissy room after a few hours.
 The doll posters would just fall off the walls.
I tried double taping them and tacks would NOT go into this wood.

At first I thought maybe I should purchase a 
frame of some kind and hang them on a small nail?
 But, if you have read much of this blog, you will know
I decided I could make something!

I went to my sewing table and started playing around.
I glued the posters to a second layer of cardstock.

Then I cut them out.

 Using ribbon, lace or other bric-a-brac, I made a frame.

I hot glued ribbon on the back to make a hanger.

So far so good!

 I used tiny finishing nails to hang my art.

I know these look kind of arts and craftsy, 
but they're for a 1970s room so I think it works.

And one more over the bunks.

 OH! I also hung some pink fabric to see if I would like a pink wall better.
I think I like the fabric and may just leave it instead of painting.

And I added a hanging lamp that really lights
with a battery tea light.
 The girls are happy with their new framed art,
wall color and hanging lamp!
Now we really need some macrame' wall art!

 Just follow the tutorial.

You can see how the knots should look

  Ta DA!

And here's another Macrame' for our room.

Well done Velvet!