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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Need Blythe owners help...no looking KungFuGirlfriend on: July 04, 2008 04:07:57 PM
First and Foremost...to the American craftsters Happy Fourth of July Cheesy

I need your help dear Blythe owners (i do not own one)

I want to build a carrying case for Blythe dolls for my swap partner. It will look much like a travel trunk with various "stamps and pictures of landmarks" decoupaged all over the outside. On the inside I would like to make some drawers and a rod on one side of the trunk with a large drawer that will act as a trundle bed. On the opposite side I was hoping to do a little decor to look like a sitting room. It will hopefully hold 3 blythe dolls.

Here's where you come in. I've searched high and low on the internet for a basic pattern for a jump off point. This is one that I did using plastic canvas many years ago

however I no longer have the pattern or the case itself.

Could someone help me out with a link to a free pattern? It can be made from wood, I'm flexible.

If not could someone give me dimensions for the doll? What would be a good height and depth to work with?

I know I'm asking alot but I really do appreciate it!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / What is the name of my Granny's doll? on: June 27, 2008 09:40:41 PM
Me again...

I have not been having much luck lately and yet again I am here to ask you wonderful people for your help.

My memory is awesome and i can remember specific things from years gone by. Can you help me with this? My granny had quite a few of these beauties in her bedroom, adorning her bureau as well as her vanity. I found this pic on ebay and hope someone can take pity on me and tell me her identity? I have come up without luck using google although I don't know what i'm searching for.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / DOLL PATTERN FROM SIMPLICITY OR VOGUE? on: June 24, 2008 05:56:13 PM
I remember seeing these cute dolls in the pattern books at the local fabric stores about 6 years ago. They were patterns for the doll that you could make. The skin was like a doe suede or something. They looked absolutely adorable, soft and had a relatively detailed face as well.

On my latest trip to the store I was looking through the pattern books and could not find them anywhere! Does anyone know what i am talking about? and could you possibly share with me the pattern #  and company if you may have it?

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Father/Daughter Dance (help please)??? on: May 24, 2008 09:08:13 PM
Okay...I lost my father last year in a very sudden manner. I am getting married in 26 days on a Toronto Morning Television show.

The host is going to be escorting me down the aisle.

My SO and I have 2 DD and I feel uncomfortable having the Father Daughter dance with any one else but my dad. I told my SO i would want him to dance with our daughters instead.

Can you recommend a song appropriate to share with 2 girls (ages 10 and 6). They will probably both dance at least 1 verse with their dad.

I really don't care much for "Daddy's little girl"....any ideas?

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Kids Project-Medieval Castle- Need Ideas. on: April 24, 2008 08:08:48 AM
My ten yr old darling daughter is building a medieval castle for her social studies class. It's a big project that she has been working on for nearly a month already and needs more ideas and perhaps some help.

She used a cardboard box (2' * 2') for the main building and attatched 2L pop bottles as turrets. She used mac tak with a small cobblestone pattern to decorate the box outside. (it does look really great, and I'll see if I can get pics of the WIP)

It has to have 2 levels and she was quite brilliant and made a spiral staircase with a cardboard roll and cut popsicle sticks. She stole mum's silver sharpie to "paint" mini styrofoam balls for a trebache (sp?) or catapult.

She's having some issues trying to build it though and I'm hoping some one may be able to help. She says that it would be bonus marks if it actually worked too.

She needs to have a kitchen area and bed suite. Just not sure what to include in the kitchen area. She also has made some tapestry like flags to hang on the outside of the castle.

It also needs to have a wall surrounding it and we have some river rocks but I think that it may be too awkward as is trying to bring it on a school bus. Does anyone have a recommendation for building a wall with the river rocks?

Thanks for any help you can offer. or if you have any ideas what else she should include let us know.

Thanks again
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky dink Butterfly puzzle necklace on: April 22, 2008 07:13:19 PM
I have absolutely fallen in love with the shrinky dinks. I am probably the only person that did not do them as a child.

My DD had a bookfair at her school and I found this awesome book from the Klutz company called Shrink art Jewellery.

This happens to be a project within the book. I've been using the toaster oven to bake them in and I haven't had any issues with them at all (knock on wood)

I wanted to have the butterfly wings with some curve so I took it out of the toaster oven before it fully straightened out.

sorry for the tiny pic as I am currently using a cell phone to take the pic.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My new Chinese inspired purse on: April 22, 2008 07:03:00 PM
I just had to let all you lovelies know just how much you inspire me!

I really get frustrated when I am searching for a purse because

a) they tend to be itsy bitsy
b) i really couldn't care for the style or colour.

I never really cared to carry a purse in the past but over the last couple of years I have been. I end up with everything I own in them....Pity the fool that tries to purse snatch me Wink

Without further ado, here are some pics. (taken with a cell phone camera)

the purse

close up of the lovely dragon

and I was told to tie the coin/ medallion onto the purse with red ribbon to bring good luck and fortune

It is a simplicity pattern that I used and I fell in love with the character fabric
I lined the purse with the same rich red fabric that i used for the bow on the handle.

Thanks for letting me share this with you!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! all quickie dress makers! on: February 19, 2008 10:28:57 AM
I've asked this question a few months back but I am sure that my request got lost with all the compliments of the beautiful dresses that were made.

My only question is:

for the circle skirt, what was the dimension of the inner circle (that you would step into)?

I made a lovely dress and it looks real HOOCHIE MAMMA because I was unsure how much to cut out.

I understand the instructions otherwise (thanks rostitch!)

Can someone please help me so that I can wear it this spring?
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