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a bjd advent – dec 20 dancing around the christmas tree

  • Posted on December 20, 2019 at 11:40 pm

meg had some unexpected appointments today, so baking got postponed till monday. to wear off some steam the kids decided to have a dance party. they shoved the coffee table over and eilidh offered to man the record player
dec 20 dance party

things were going well till noah thought a pillow fight would be more fun, and poor little annalise got overwhelmed by all the noise…
dec 20 dance party goes wrong

a bjd christmas – dec 18 – make a gift day

  • Posted on December 18, 2019 at 6:53 pm

today was “make a gift day” so all the kids scattered to various rooms and got to work

kiri and eilidh made memory match games for the littles
dec 18 make a gift day

cricket taught the little girls beading so they could make bracelets for meg and the big girls
dec 18 make a gift day

they all managed to string the beads, but needed a little help tying the knots
dec 18 make a gift day

the boys made clay ashtrays trinket bowls out of oven baked clay
dec 18 make a gift day

then they got creative…
dec 18 make a gift day

after meg baked their creations, the boys painted them
dec 18 make a gift day
dec 18 make a gift day

elwin hid in the craft cupboard, knitting
dec 18 make a gift day

a bjd advent – dec 12 mail and board games

  • Posted on December 12, 2019 at 7:01 pm

meg went off the the post office to mail the letters the kids wrote yesterday,
dec 12
while she was there she picked up a load of parcels full of christmas surprises,
dec 12
the kids entertained themselves playing board games

a bjd advent – dec 11 – christmas cards with a purpose

  • Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:54 am

today was a charity day again, a day when the kids focus on giving, rather than what they will get for christmas
dec 11 cards with a purpose
meg ordered cards from a few of her favorite charities as gifts for friends and family.
dec 11 christmas cards with a purpose
the kids had all decided together that they would write encouraging notes to our troops who would be away from their families this year, so they each picked a favorite place to sit and got busy thinking of what to say
dec 11 christmas cards
the girls are writing very sweet letters
dec 11 christmas cards
the boys decided to write their letter together, i think meg better check this one before she sends it!

merry christmas from our gang

  • Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:37 am

merry christmas from our gang

bed for a 15cm princess- pillow

  • Posted on December 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

now onto the pillow. a necessity for a comfy sleep. cut a rectangle of cotton and one of batting, make sure you add seam allowance on all the sides. fold in half and stitch together leaving a small opening to turn.
Pillow lined with batting
turn right side out and fill with “pellets”. i used glass sand blasting pellets just cause that’s what i have on hand. i bought a huge bag years ago, when i was still making bears and i still have tons left! but you can also use seed beads, play sand (clean please) or some miniature sites also say to use salt but you would have to be sure it would never get wet!
Turn and fill with "pellets"
because my pellets are so fine and i don’t want any leakage at the seam i put a fine line of fabric glue on the inner seam. it is flexible and doesn’t show especially under the batting. after gluing it together i close the seam with a ladder stitch as usual.
Glue inside edge to seal pellets in
now take a nap on your comfy new pillow.
Take a nap
liya approves and demonstrates just how soft and squishy her new pillow is.

bed for a 15cm prince(ss) number 2 part 2

  • Posted on December 9, 2015 at 11:09 am

Possible legs?
i dug through my supply box for possible legs and came up with these. they were the ones i had enough of that looked like they might fit. after trying each set out, the spools ended up being the best for both scale and size.
Glue the chosen ones on
so i glued one to each corner
Another bed ready for bedding
flip it over and the bed is ready to go. or at east ready for bedding…

bed for a 15cm prince(ss) number 2

  • Posted on December 8, 2015 at 7:07 am

Toddler bed 2
using the oval ornament from the previous post, i chose this time to cut it in half since it wouldn’t stand alone. i made the base the same way as the first bed, except i cut the dowels the full width of the 4 craft sticks.
Glue to base
glue the head and foot boards to the base lining up the bottom edges and clamp till dry. the clothespins would make funky legs but they are just temporary 😉

bed for a 15 cm prince(ss)

  • Posted on December 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

while we were waiting for paint to dry on the previous project, liya started hauling out wood and asking me to build her a princess bed that was just her size. feeling bad that every one thinks the poor girl is a boy since she is still bald i complied since it would be a fairly quick build anyway.
Building a bed for my prince(ss)
we gathered up a bunch of odds and ends to see what would work. the “frilly” ones are christmas ornaments i got on sale at michaels. we have jumbo craft sticks, odds and ends of square dowels left over from other projects, a bag of balsa scraps, my miter box, saws, pencil and glue. after some testing we decided to start with the rectangular ornaments for the head/footboard, the dowels for supports and 4 craft sticks for slats as the balsa wood was just a smidge too short and narrow.
Mark the supports
next we figured out how high the bed should be and marked the dowel supports against the end boards at that point
And the jumbo craft stick slats
and marked the ends of the craft sticks so they would be square not curved
Taped together I can cut them exactly even
i wrapped some scotch tape around the craft sticks so that i could cut them all at once. then laid the bundle flat in my miter box and zipped off the ends. it is turned this way just to show how even it came out. (the miter box is really handy for people like me who don’t really know how to do wood work, and if you use your 40% off coupon at michaels it is less than $10… even in canada!. go on a separate day and use the coupon to get the matching saw that cheap as well ;))
Glue supports across end of slats
center the trimmed supports across the very ends of the slats making sure everything is square and even, and glue down using weld bond, or wood glue.
Place heavy weight on top and wait for glue to dry
and placed a heavy weight on top and wait for the glue to dry

etsy pre-christmas sale

  • Posted on September 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

i’ve really been neglecting things lately, the kids went back to school and i just seemed to crash. but i’m trying to get back going again and thought a good way to start was with a pre-christmas sale at my etsy store. i have a bunch of thread crocheted dresses in the pukifee/ latiyellow /tiny delf size ready to go and thought it would be a great time to put them up so people could get them delivered before christmas. so here’s the deal…
from now til november 15th buy any thread crochet pukifee dress and get another dress free! (while supplies last,) the free dress is random, but you can request pinks, earth tones, brights, pastels in note to seller.

pre christmas promo on now
a sample dress
and here‘s a link to my store again