Sunday, July 25, 2010

American Girl Outfits Part Two

I didn't know there was going to be a part two, but I just got carried away :-)
No sabía que iba a ver una segunda parte, pero me dejé llevar :-)

I made her a bikini in crochet.
Le hice unos trajes de baño tejidos a gancho.

I also made her a hat and a pair of shoes in crochet as well.
Tambien le hice un gorro y unos zapatos tejidos a gancho.

I decided to recycle part of my tutu and make one for the AG doll. My niece is going to flip over this tutu! The headband is for my niece to wear.

Decidi reciclar parte de mi tutu y hacerle uno a la muñeca AG. Sé que mi sobrina se va a volver loca con este tutu. El diadema es para mi sobrina usarlo.

I told you I got carried away LOL
I also made a crochet dress and, of course, she needed a headband too to go with it.

Te dije que me dejé llevar, :-)
Le hice un vestido tejido a gancho y, por supuesto, tambien necesitaba una diadema para combinarlo.

My niece's birthday already passed, but I keep adding things to her gift package. Hopefully, I'll mail it by Tuesday at the latest. The family is going on vacation the following week and I want to make sure the package gets there before then.

El cumpleaños de mi sobrina ya pasó, pero sigo agregando cosas a su paquete de regalo. Espero poder enviarlo a mas tardar el Martes. La familia se va de vacaciones la siguiente semana y quiero asegurarme que le llegue antes de que se vayan.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

American Girl Doll skirt and Top

Yesterday was one of my niece's birthday and I thought I'd make her a dress for her American Girl doll. I didn't have a pattern, a doll or any measurements so the dress turned out more for like a Barbie doll :-) After my first attempt, I decided to look for some ideas online.

So today, I made her this set of skirt and top. Not my favorite fabric to work with (chiffon/silk), but it turned out really cute. I think she will like it! I'm thinking about making a tutu for her doll as well.

I also cut out the pattern for 5 dolls that I have pending for the Haiti dolly drive. I'm hoping to be able to finish those by this weekend. I really want to focus on my dolly drive. I might send my next batch to Ethiopia in September. I'm waiting on someone to get back to me. If not, I might take them to an Orphanage back home (Dominican Republic or Colombia). I also met this wonderful lady that just got back from a Mission trip in Liberia and she is going back next summer on another mission. I told her I wanted to send dolls with her so she is thrilled about the idea. She adopted two kids from there four years ago and they went back this summer to visit the kids family and friends. I love hearing stories like that!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My New Headband Display

I spent most of my time yesterday creating this headband display. It's really easy to make but, for some reason, yesterday was one of those days when nothing seemed to come out right :-) At least is done now and is being displayed very nice at a local store.

In case you are interested in making one, this is what I did:

1) Get a pole. I got this one from a friend and it seems to be one of those used at Valet parking. She actually gave it to me already wrapped with the type of foam that is used to install carpets.

Since I wanted mine to be a little wider, I bought another half a yard of foam from Hancock Fabrics ($7.99 a yard). I also bought 5/8 of a yard of the cheapest Suede fabric I found ($6.99 a yard). You will also need a scissor, tape, hot glue, needle and thread.

I wrapped the pole with the foam like this.

Then, I wrapped it with the fabric. This is where it got all messed up :-) I miscalculated my measurements, and cut the fabric about two inches short :-( Good thing I bought enough and had the little extra to cover it. Although, it was double work for me. Hot glue was just not doing it for me so I ended up sewing the whole thing from top to bottom :-( At the top, I gathered the fabric and glued a piece of black felt to cover the small circle. I also added a daisy flower to cover that up.

Here is the finished product and how it looks with the headbands displayed.

I took it to the store today and it looks even better there :-)

So, what do you think? Not bad at all, right?

You can also make it with a PVC pipe and a piece of wood. It will require a little bit more of work though.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Smart and Trendy Moms Giveaway

Hi guys! This is going to be a quick post. I just wanted to tell you that Smart and Trendy Moms is having a giveaway for a $25 gift certificate for my shop. Go and check it out! Ah! and don't forget to check all the other awesome giveaways that she is having! Pass the word!! Tweet and blog about it. Share it on facebook!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My summer So Far

Where should I start? Oh, remember the window my dog broke like 6 weeks ago? It hasn't been fixed yet. First, Lowes forgot to place the order and that put us like two weeks behind. They finally placed the order and got the window. When the guys came to install the window, we found out the Lowes was supposed to deliver the window and they never did. So, the guys couldn't install it that day. We had to wait for another week for them to come to install it because they didn't have any other time available. A few days after, Lowes finally delivered the window. When the guys came to install it, they realized that Lowes ordered the wrong size. Urrrgh!!! We were so mad!!!! And, to top it all off, our AC unit couldn't take it anymore. No AC for us for the last three days. So, it's been really hard to focus on anything. We finally got the AC fixed today. It was only $300 :-( It could have been worse.

Anyway, I can't believe how fast this summer is going. We haven't even gone anywhere yet. This whole window ordeal is messing up with our summer vacation. At least Gaby has been going to the pool a lot and he is really enjoying it. I told him that he needed to learn how to swim this summer or that he was going to be taking swimming lessons in the Fall. He's been doing great on his own. It's amazing how fast kids can learn things once they are comfortable with their environment. I am amazed at how much he has learned in just a few days!!!! I tell him that he is my Michael Phelps. You can tell how proud he is of his accomplishment.

I hope you are enjoying your summer!!