My New Doll And Her Super Fun Bed!

I just adore my new doll. Her name is Caroline, and she is an AG Doll.

I just adore my new doll. Her name is Caroline, and she is an AG Doll.

Daddy and I made a bed for Caroline on Christmas Day. Mom and Dad got me wood and bed plans.

Daddy and I made a bed for Caroline on Christmas Day. Mom and Dad got me wood and bed plans.

This is the new bed! Its' a farm house bed. Mom made a bedspread, pillows, sheets and a mattress. My favorite pillow is the skull.

This is the new bed! Its’ a farm-house bed. Mom made a bedspread, pillows, sheets and a mattress. My favorite pillow is the skull.

Thanks Santa!

I take her everywhere.

Seriously...Thanks to Daddy, Mom, and Santa! I'm crazy about her.

Seriously…Thanks to Daddy, Mom, and Santa! I’m crazy about her.

Lenore’s Entry: Hey !!!!! I got some awesome things for  Christmas. I got this American Girl Doll for Christmas. Her name is Caroline and she is the newest doll. We have matching  dresses. One of them is pink and skull print. The other one is the one that I am wearing in the picture. My dad helped me build the bed. It was very fun doing it together. Dad did most of the bed. I sanded the wood a lot.

My mom painted the bed with me. We made the screws invisible with wood filler. Then we sanded some of it of when it dried. It took two coats of  creamy white paint to cover the bed.

The mattress is white and my mom made the mattress , the pillows , quilt, and skull pillow. It took a very long time to sew them. We used card board to make it stable. Tomorrow we will make blue jeans and T-shirts. I know it will be fun because it sounds fun. 🙂

Caroline came with a book and  I am reading it. Isn’t she pretty? I think she is .

Well, I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Bye 🙂

Mom’s Notes: We found the plans to the bed here. The chenille beadspread is scrap fabric. It’s a Morgan Jones Rosebud chenille piece. I tried to go for the shabby-chic cottage look, but Lenore wanted more skulls and goth. This was our compromise. She does like the rosebuds, which is a relief because that’s the only piece large enough for the bed. Hope you enjoy the bed plans. 

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Mom’s Notes:Sneak Peek! Lenore’s Vintage Dolls with Impossible Embroidered Eyes

Made from a pattern found on Ebay.

Made from a pattern found on Ebay.

So a couple of years ago, I found this woman on Ebay who sells vintage doll patterns. OH MY! I love her collection. Had to purchase 5 patterns right at the beginning. This one has been moth-balled without limbs for at least a year. There was always something else to do, and then something else to buy. In the past couple of months though, I have really begun to get active with sewing and such. (See below for more cool links.)

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Bald doll made from vintage patterns on Ebay. These are not button jointed.

Bald doll made from vintage patterns on Ebay. These are not button jointed.

8 inch doll. Small Fry!

8 inch doll. Small Fry!

I wanted to make realistic eyes, and truthfully, I struggle with these. There is this old pattern that incorporates the arched black lash with the three fringed on the end. But the eyeball is to the side as if the doll is looking sideways. (It’s a vintage/creepy clown doll pattern). It looks cartoonish and just a bit off.

Then a year or so ago I found this blog who makes realistic looking doll eyes with embroidery. I found her blog here. Ok..her work is amazing, and those doll eyes are light years from mine. You should check out her doll, and other works too. She’s pretty talented.

Anyway, I tried using 3 colors instead of my initial 2, and it’s somewhat better. These are just starter dolls. I am going to resize the pattern so it will work well with 18 inch doll clothing patterns. Two of my absolute favorite doll clothing pattern sites are Liberty Jane and All Dolled Up. Of course, I can always use the clothing patterns that come with the original patterns too. That small doll came with 4 different clothing patterns.

Not sure where I’m going with these yet. Some will be gifts, and I may sell some others. Hope you enjoy the links.

Now I’m off to begin the Chirstmas festivities with the family.

Merry Christmas All! Lenore will be blogging later this week.

Moms Notes: American Girl Clothing 2012

One of Lenore’s favorite outfits.

Lenore’s favorite black boots with buckles.

“Caroline” the newest historical AG doll. Sporting a more modern look.

Not an exact replica of the Jack Skellington hat, but close enough.

That ruffle was a total pain.

Mom’s Notes: This year, Lenore has asked for an American Girl doll for Christmas. I think the dolls are well made, but still a little pricey for us. Nevertheless, we decided to get her the doll she fell in love.  However, you better believe we are taking our address off of the AG mailing list for the future.

Lenore wants “Caroline” from Santa this year. Caroline is the newest doll featured in their historical line. She’s a gorgeous doll, and her clothing is exquisite, and well made. I couldn’t complain once I saw how gorgeous she is. Lenore is going to love her.

But…it’s not exactly just the doll that little girls love. It’s the clothing. Of course it is. I love the clothing too.

Luckily, Lenore isn’t really into the styles featured in the AG catalog. She likes some of it, sure. But many of the outfits got a resounding “Meh”.  (Thank goodness, because we really cannot afford the official AG clothing to accommodate the doll this year.) Instead, I decided to replicate 5 of her favorite outfits to the best of my ability. The first one is listed above.

I love this fabric! It’s from the Skelanimal collection and was on sale at the fabric store. I made Lenore’s dress for a grand total of $4.50 (this includes the elastic and thread). There was enough fabric leftover to make the doll dress, so I lucked out. The hat is not an exact replica, but I just used the top of a new black sock, and some white crafting felt to make “Jack”. The boots were the most tricky. I found them online for $6.00.

We found bed construction plans too. It’s here. This is the cutest bed. Her father and I purchased the lumber, and we are going to wrap the lumber and plans for under the tree. She is really into building and working with wood these days, so this is going to be a fantastic “father/daughter” project the day after Christmas.

So that’s how I have been spending the majority of my free time these days. I hope to post more of the outfits, but that will most likely be after Christmas, and Lenore will be blogging about them herself. These days she is swamped with school, swimming, and guitar practice.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.