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New yarn storage!

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I made this storage unit for my yarn that fits in my closet and displays my yarn beautifully! Soooo much better than using the big plastic bins where everything gets tangled together!

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A project lost in a drawer for a month, Katniss Barbie decided I needed to finish this.

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If you love Halloween and want to decorate on a budget, or just like to save some money and have fun at the same time, then these fake boards are perfect for you! I did saw a picture of something similar and decided to make a mini tutorial. You can use them to board up windows and doors to give that spooky, abandoned, “we’re not supposed to be in here~” feeling. You can also use them for whatever else you can think of, be creative!

First off, you need some kind of cutting device, like an X-acto knife or scissors(not your fancy ones, because cutting cardboard will ruin them).

A brown marker

And of course, some CARDBOARD!!!!

What makes this “free” is that you should have some boxes laying around that you can cut up, or someone you know does. People are usually happy to let you take it off their hands because it is bulky and sometimes difficult to dispose of. If you know someone who has just moved or purchased a large appliance, seek out these large boxes. These bigger pieces are what will really create a huge impact, especially if you are going to use them outside and want them to be seen from the street. If you still can’t find any, then you can go dumpster diving for boxes from retail stores. Just go behind the building and look in the green dumpsters. Just make sure you stay in the CARDBOARD ONLY dumpsters to avoid potential nasties.

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This is the smallest size box I would recommend using. It doesn’t matter it there is printing on the outside because the inside should be brown, that is the side we will draw on. You can’t tell from this picture, but this box is a rectangle and the short sides are too short to use. I cut off the top two long flaps, the bottom two long flaps, and cut apart the box to it’s four sides. Then I cut the long sides in half long ways. That gave me 8 boards from one box.

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Now that you have your long skinny rectangle pieces, you will use your marker to draw lines. This can be kind of tricky to get the lines to resemble wood and not just scribbles. I find it helps to start with a knot in the wood placed anywhere, and then start on one side going down and circling out around the knot. Keep making those lines until you’ve reached the end of the board. After that, just do the same on the other side! Remember not to draw the lines equal distances apart. We are trying to replicate nature, and nature is never perfect.  You can add more than one knot if you like, and change where you place it to mix them up a bit. You can also cut notches out of the ends to make it look old and ragged like in the first picture. There is no right or wrong way to do this, so have fun! Happy Halloween! :D

My garden!

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Beautiful, healthy garden! Broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, Savoy cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, carrots, beets, and lettuce. Plus the incessant sweet potatoes that keep popping up from microscopic root remains in the dirt. I swear, they are more resilient than dandelions.

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Isn’t she the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?? I was at The Twickenham Doll Show in Huntsville Al yesterday and it was amazing! Most of the dolls were “antique”, “vintage”, or collectable, but a lot of it was just dirty, creepy old dolls that people were trying to sell for crazy prices. Old bisque dolls and dolls from around the 70′s are not my cup of tea. But it was still interesting to see them all and to see my mother’s face light up seeing toys from her childhood.

That being said, it was all worth it because I got some invaluable advice and teachings from an old crocheter named Doti that works with sewing thread and a size 16 crochet hook! I had always wanted to make the jump to going smaller, but found that the information I needed just wasn’t anywhere I could find. She told me everything I needed to know and I am very greatful and excited to get started on the tinies!! This is some of her work:

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Just amazing the scale and detail of it.

Even though most of the prices were way too high, I managed to get 2 wigs for my Pullip / Tangkou  and 2 pairs of shoes for my Hujoo baby for just $10! I was hoping one of the wigs would fit one of my BFC ink girls, but her head is too big.

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I’ve been slacking off on updating my etsy store with new items. School and life in general has got me a little bogged down right now. I’ve been working on an autumn leaf fairy outfit for a belly button Barbie sized doll, but I haven’t managed to finish it yet. And I am almost done with a candycorn jumper for a BFC ink sized doll. My next project I think will be to re-root by one BFC ink girl that has unfixable hair. We’ll see how that goes. I can’t figure out how to add a slide show anymore, stupid wordpress always changing on me. but here are some photos from the show.

 

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lol, what little girl wouldn’t want to have this?

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I’ve put up three listings on my Etsy store and am working on several additional designs to add soon, please check it out!! I have quite a few views already, but I would love to have my first sale soon!!

I opened an Etsy shop!!

I finally opened an Etsy shop! There isn’t much in there now, but I’m going to add more things over the next few days!

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