1/10/2018

A Homemade Wardrobe for a Wellie Wisher Doll....template included!



Hi friends,

I hope you've had a fabulous holiday season.  My kids are back in school now, and I think we're both grateful for having the time off, and happy to be going back to our normal routines!  Is it too late to talk about Christmas?  I hope not...because I have Christmas related tutorial for you today.

So you know I really love to make things.  What you might be surprised about though is that I have rarely ever made anything for my kids for Christmas.  It's really difficult to pull off a complete surprise this year--it's so hard to make something without the kids knowing!

This year though my kids had a sleepover at the grandparent's house, which gave me some kid-free time to pull off making some doll clothes for the doll that we were giving the girls for Christmas.  Originally I'd hoped that I would have lots of tutorials for you, but in the end I just didn't have the time to photograph/write up the instructions for all of the things that I made.

These clothes feel special to me for a couple of reasons.  For one, my grandmother once made me a whole set of clothes for my cabbage patch doll that I got for Christmas as a kid.  Secondly, I made the clothes out of my kids' old clothes!  I love seeing miniature versions of some of my favorite outfits from the time when my girls were toddlers.

If there's something in particular that you'd really like a tutorial for, let me know.  Maybe we can make another one and photograph it for you!  What I do have for you today is a tutorial for how to make a pair of pants for a Wellie Wisher doll....from a pair of your child's old leggings!

Because I used a pair of old leggings, these pants came together so incredibly quickly.  I was able to use the bottom seams and side seams from my daughter's leggings, which means I was able to cut down a lot on sewing for these. 
Ready for the tutorial?  Here you go!

1/06/2018

Out of this World Doll Bean Bag Chair--It's a super easy DIY!

Hi friends,

There's some big doll excitement going on around here!  So let me explain...
Around thanksgiving Lu found out that American Girl's 2018 doll of the year was Luciana Vega, a space loving girl of South American descent.  This doll really spoke to Lu for a couple of reasons--one, the doll's name was very similar to her own, Lu's dad is from Argentina, and she thinks science is pretty cool too.

Once she heard about the doll she spent the month of December trying to earn money to buy it.  With some help of Christmas gift cards, she had the money in hand to buy the doll on January 1st (along with the rest of SF!)

 For one of her Christmas presents we offered Lu the chance to make some things for her doll, and this project was a part of that promise!  She was so incredibly excited to be able to spend some time making this project today.
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We made a doll beanbag chair, which--depending on how you place it--can either look more like a bean bag chair or more like a a couch.
This is THE project to make with your daughter or granddaughter, and you don't need major sewing skills to make it a success.  It's really, really easy.  A perfect first sewing project kind of easy.  It's even a great STEM project, as Lu really enjoyed trying to figure out how two rectangles could turn into a more 3D chair.  She did almost all of the sewing herself...with just a little bit of help sewing the curves.

It's a really fun one guys.  I hope you'll try it too!  Full tutorial below!

12/31/2017

Saying Goodbye to the Year of the Unicorn...

Hello friends!

2017 flew by for me.  I've become more active on instagram, while at the same time blogging here less.  

I launched a website in my name...in hopes that it would help me focus my style and encourage me to grown in a past time that I really enjoy.  For those of you following along and supporting me--Thank you.   
I think, especially when you have small children, there is this sense of needing to find yourself again among the sleepless nights and dirty diapers.  And it feels like such an everlasting beautiful but exhausting phase.  With both girls in school this year, I can say that stage of my life is over, and another is just beginning.  It means working more (I've been doing more science consulting work lately) but also finding a new sense of my own style as I've had more time to myself. 

I've even tried a hand at gardening.  It's been a fun year of self exploration.

My kids, at ages 5 and 7 (and now 6 and 8), were really really a joy this year.  I believe that it might be my favorite ages for the two of them to be at.  We've found traveling to be easier, and have even gone on some pretty fantastic trips while they were 5&7, where we traveled to South America at the end of 2016, and then Canada in summer of 2017.  
Craft-wise I've indulged their love of fantasy characters, making more mermaid and unicorn projects than I would have ever imaged.  Every time I think about not indulging them in these types of crafts I tell myself that this moment in time is just so fleeting...so I might as well take the moment and indulge them while I can.   

And then there were the doll projects.  The doll cots and bakery treats and stand.  Some of my favorite moments as a kid were when I got to make things for my dolls with my parents and grandmother.  I hope my kids will reflect back on these projects with the same enthusiasm.  
We did a summer art series, where we explored famous artists. It was such a fun set of projects to do with my kids! Did you do them along with us?  I hope so.

And then there was Christmas.  The Christmas projects, like melted crayon ornaments and dish towels from my kids' art work.  

It was, quite frankly, a good year.  It didn't come without it's challenges, but all in all, there I have so much to appreciate this year.  It's been such a fun and creative journey here on the blog.  And I thank you for coming along for the ride.  

I hope 2017 found you equally blessed, and that 2018 has wonderful things in store for you.  I've made some changes for 2018.  I'm afraid that I will be continuing with Make It and Love It only has a dedicated reader, as I was finding it just too difficult to keep up doing guest posts there as well as working and doing content over here.  I'm so incredibly grateful for the experience of guest posting over there though--I had so much fun! 

So going forward to 2018 I hope to keep being able to provide the occasional blog post and tutorial, while being a bit more active on Instagram.  I'd love to hear your thoughts...what do you most want to see in 2018 from me?  More art?  More sewing projects?  More everyday adventures?  I'd love to hear.

Wishing you and your family a happy, and safe New Years. 

Much love, 

XOXO, 

Jill











12/21/2017

A last minute, easy DIY ugly sweater...


Hi friends!

What do you do when your daughter has an "ugly sweater" spirit day at school, decides she wants to participate the day before, and you don't have time to go shopping for one?  Well, you grab a piece of felt, add some LED lights, and sew them onto a plain sweatshirt. 

She was so incredibly excited this morning.  (I on the other hand, was extremely grateful that I only had to make one sweater, since Ellie's spirit day just was to wear Christmas PJ's). 

I've decided that having a few strings of LED lights is basically essential for surviving elementary school spirit days.  I used them for this project, and I used them earlier in the week to light of their buns for "decorate your bun" day at ballet class.  I'm thinking that they will come in handy for crazy hair day too.  The real key here is that they are LEDs, so they don't get warm and don't create a fire hazard.

For this project all I did was poke some holes in a thick piece of felt, and slipped the lights through.  Here's the back:
 
 And here is it all lit up from the front!
 I just sewed the tree by hand to attach it to the sweater (I plan to remove the stitches later so that we can still use the sweater).  See how I positioned the battery at the base?  I left a little hole while sewing around this place so that the tree can be turned on and off. 


I'm so glad we were able to make this project happen!  We've had a whole week of spirt days this week, and it's been a bit exhausting (but festive!)
 
I don't know about you, but I'm off to finish some last minute things on my Christmas "to-do" list!
 
Have a very merry Christmas everyone!!
 
XOXO,
 
Jill

12/11/2017

Super easy melted crayon ornaments!!

 Hello friends!

I hope you all are having a wonderful December!  I wanted to just jump on over with a very quick blog post about project that I did with the kids--melted crayon ornaments!  They turned out so pretty!

This wasn't my idea at all, rather it was the result of a quick Pinterest search!  I love how they turned out, and the kids had so much fun making them with me.  If you are looking for a quick and easy gift for your kids to make with you help, this is a great one!
For our ornaments my kids each picked out two colors of crayons for each ornament.
We cut up some crayons into little pieces, and put them in glass ornaments (Make sure you get the glass ornaments and not the plastic ones.  The plastic ones will melt!  I bought mine at Michael's).  

Then I used a piece of yarn to tie to the top of the ornament. I let my kids use a hair dryer to blow the ornament, and then I used a kitchen mitt to move the bulb and let the crayons swirl around the ornament.  Be careful, as the ornament gets really hot!  (This is why I let my 6 and 8 year old use the hairdryer, rather than having them help with holding the ornament). All in all, a pretty quick and easy project!
This project was just so much fun that I had to share it!  I hope you all are having a wonderful December!!  

XOXO, Jill

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