The other day at JoAnn Craft Store I saw this adorable tiny chicken coop I thought would be perfect for mini kit. It even has a little chick inside.
Of course extra chicks are available. These guys are even on sale right now for Easter. Wouldn't this make a wonderful scene for Kit (AG's spunky depression-era character who sells eggs to help her family)?
I was thrilled to find this little wooden ark set at my local thrift store, and with my coupon, it was just over $2. It is a perfect size for doll play, and the hand-crafted, primitive look reminds me of Felicity's special toy from her American Girl stories.
It didn't come with any people, but I like the variety of animals: elephant, giraffe, gorilla, lion, and Zebra. Only the poor elephant was missing a partner.
The top deck can be removed to reveal a little storage compartment. Not all of the animals can fit inside with the lid closed, but several of the smaller ones can.
Rachel loves her new toy! Rachel is a Battat doll in a Heidi Ott dress, also found at the same thrift store. I love Savers!
Here is my completed bedroom for my boy doll, Emmett. The back-drop is just a
presentation board from the dollar store. I covered it with wood-grain contact paper
and decorative tape for a border. Let's take a look at some of the finishing touches.
This trinket shelf is my favorite part of the room. I used the box from a wooden magnet
toy and affixed it to the wall with sturdy tape. It is strong enough to hold, but it can still be
removed to change the look. The decorations include sports erasers, a Lego mini-fig,
three ninja nesting dolls, a small car, some kind of springy bird toy (not sure where that
came from), and a small transformer.
I love doll pieces that are functional as well as decorative, so I wanted to make a dresser that can really be used for storage (but without the hassle of real drawers that pull out). This dresser has a flip-top that opens to store items inside the box. I also found a great tutorial from My Froggy Stuff for making a dresser with a hole in the back to stash stuff inside. I made the drawers look more 3-D by wrapping pieces of cardboard in contact paper rather than using flat scrapbook paper.
* For an easier variation (which I discovered after completing mine, of course) is to cover both ends of the box and glue the top down all the way, Then just cut a small hole in the back to access the inside of the box for storage.
Doll beds can be so expensive, but with a little imagination, you can easily find things around the house to make your own. This wooden frame was used to hold glass canisters in my kitchen. It even has a built-in headboard and foot-board. For the mattress, I used a foam knee board for gardening (from the dollar store). Then I wrapped it in fabric and placed it on top of the frame. I folded a small flannel receiving blanket in half for the top. For the pillow, I used a cloth bag and a mini pillow from a doll pet set. I just put the pillow into the bag and then folded the end of the bag back into itself until it made a nice rectangle.
A bedside table is one of the easiest pieces of doll furniture to make. Just take a candle holder or cup and flip it over. Then tape your foam circle onto the flat surface. To make it more sturdy, layer several foam circles or attach the foam to a circle of cardboard first. Try different shapes like stars, hearts, or cars, I decorated my table with this cute glow-in-the-dark mini lamp, also from the dollar store.
Hi, mini Saige here. I'm excited to show you my new house. Come on in!
I have my own kitchen, bedroom, and a little attic.
The kitchen is not very exciting, but I am making some yummy spaghetti for dinner.
Here is my bedroom with all my favorite things. We made these paper lanterns at the art program we started at Grandma Mimi's care center.
Mimi's friend Louis taught me how to make this dream catcher. See that cute squirrel outside my window?
I love to play with my dollhouse and toy horses.
Of course, my favorite thing to do in my room is art!
Here is my latest painting of Mimi's horses.
The attic is really small, but there's lots of cool stuff up here. sometimes I like to just lie up here and daydream.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll visit me again soon!
The house is from T.S. Shure. It is called Daisy Residence, and it came with a bunch of wooden Daisy Girls dolls with magnetic clothing. My daughter got the set for Christmas several years ago, but it is still available from T.S. Shure and Amazon, along with some other cute wooden magnet sets that would go well with the mini dolls.
The doll is Mini Saige from American Girl, sold at Sam's Club with two paperback books.
The art easel, palette, and sketch book all come from the Samantha Parkington paper doll book from American Girl. It is still on sale for $5 at their website, along with some other historical paper doll sets.
Hope you are all having a safe and happy 4th of July. The dolls wanted to pose for a group shot in their patriotic attire.
Happy Independence Day!
Mini Caroline is practicing to perform the U.S. National Anthem at Camp Doll Diaries this week. The Star Spangled Banner has special meaning to her since it was written in her time period, during the War of 1812.She is holding a mini flag cupcake pick and posing next to an early-model flag, which came from a Betsy Ross dress-up set.The stage was really easy to make. I just used a wooden box from an old puzzle. I turned it upside down and stapled some fancy ribbon around the sides. Then I attached two thin dowels and ran a piece of ribbon across the top, tying the ribbon to the dowels and letting the ends hang down. For the final touch, I stuck on some foam star stickers, which I got on clearance at Rite Aid last year.