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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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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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The Bathing Beauty!

I’m looking for a few pattern testers to test out my new pattern for a Hujoo Baby size swimsuit/romper with a  ruffled bottom. If you are interested, please leave a comment and I’ll email the pattern to you. You will need a size 10 crochet hook and size 10 crochet cotton. If you need any help with the pattern, feel free to contact me. And I would really appreciate pictures of the finished projects!!!

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Hujoo Baby undies

 

– Size B / 2.25mm crochet hook

– Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread. It doesn’t say what size it is, but it’s much thicker than size 10 crochet thread and thinner than 5. It is about the thickness of sock weight, or Patons Lace.

1. Ch 5, turn and sc in the 2nd ch from hook and the next 3, making 4 sc. Ch 1 and turn.

2. Sc 4 across, ch1 and turn.

3. Sc 1, decrease over the next 2, sc 1. ch1 and turn.

4. Sc 3 across, ch1 and turn.

5. Sc 3 across, ch1 and turn.

6. Sc 3 across, ch1 and turn.

7. Sc 1, 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch. Ch1 and turn.

8. Sc 1, 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 2 stitches. Ch1 and turn.

9. Sc 1, 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 3 stitches. Ch1 and turn.

10. Sc 6, ch5, sc in the 4 starting chains at the front, ch5, join to the corner of the back and sc across the 6 stitches. Do not turn.

11. Sc around in all stitches and chains.

12. Sc around. FO and weave in ends.

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This is what the finished product will look like. This particular job is done on a dividing wall of a space with a sloped roof, but that shouldn’t make a difference in how we make the beadboard wainscoting.

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You will need:

Small wooden sticks. There are many different kinds, the kind I used were from Hobby Lobby, and called something like “Craft Sticks”. They are 2 9/16 inches long, and 2/16 of an inch wide and deep. You can use whatever size you like to get the results you are looking for.

A ruler or other means of measuring

A hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

A pencil

A craft knife

And something for the trim. I used 1/16 inch thick foamboard (which is not foam, but more of a thick cardstock) You could also use wood.

Also, whatever you need for your desired finishing method. I used paint.

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Before we even get started, I would like to say a word about safety. Hot glue guns, as the name says, are hot!! Please use good judgement when using them and supervise children. If you are under 12, please ask an adult to help you. Only have it turned on when you are using it, and don’t let the cord dangle where pets or children can grab at it. It is also a good idea to have burn gel nearby just in case. For those of you who have never been burned, it hurts really bad, for a long time. And if the burn is really bad, it might not hurt at all….because you’ve damaged the nerves! So please please please be careful and use it at your own risk. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

You might be able to cut out a piece of paper the same size and length you want the finished wainscoting to be and then use wood glue to secure the sticks and then glue the paper to the wall, but I haven’t tried this so you are on your own.

 

So, back to the project at hand. First, you need to sort the sticks and make sure to get rid of the broken/misshapen ones. Since I am going to paint mine, it doesn’t matter if there are dark ones. If you were going to stain it though, I would suggest not using those.  Next, measure the wall you are going to put it on. Remember that most rulers have extra at the end and beginning so make sure to factor that into your measurement. If your wall slopes ect. measure the widest part of the wall. We will trim off the excess later.

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Now is the hardest part. (NOTE: you are not gluing the sticks to anything, you are adding a layer of glue on the back of them that will hold everything together.) On a clean work surface, hold together a few sticks at a time holding the BOTTOM HALF, taking care to keep them snug, but not squeezing so tight that the ones in the middle pop out. Glue ONLY THE TOP HALF of the sticks. smearing it thinly with the side of the nozzle. This is to protect your fingers from getting burned. Hold for a few seconds until the glue has dried and the sticks are secure. Move along, adding a few sticks at a time and make sure you get the glue to connect these new sticks with the previous group, all the time  keeping them snug together and even up and down. Use a straight edge if you need to. When you have reached the length you need, you can now glue the bottom half of the sticks in the same way, keeping your hand at the now cool top half.

I don’t have pictures for the rest of it, but now you measure it up to your wall and trim off any excess with the craft knife. Cut around windows carefully. If you trim off a bit too much, then cover the area with a nice framed edge trimming.

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When you’ve trimmed it to fit, measure the length of the sticks and cut your desired trim. I wanted just the plain look so I cut three lengths of the foamboard that were 4/16 of an inch wide and glued one flush with the bottom, one flush with the top, and one on the top edge of the sticks to finish it off. Then you paint it with a few coats of paint and let it thoroughly dry. Apply any wallpaper or wall treatment you wish to the wall FIRST and then attach the beadboard wainscoting to the wall. I hot glued mine.

 

That’s it, you’re done! Well, maybe three more walls to go. I hope you liked it. I’d love to see pictures if anyone tries it! I’m working on a bathroom that is inspired by this:

I want this in my real house too!

Thanks for reading! I love hearing from you, so please don’t hesitate if you have any questions or comments.

 

 

 

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SAMSUNGWell it turns out I’m not as well and able as I thought, but I do have plenty of stuff to post about. The other night I decided I would learn how to knit again because honestly you could not have paid me to knit something without looking up how, I had so completely forgotten it. But luckily it took me all of 30 minutes to re learn it and after making a small swatch I made this adorable sweater and already I’m changing the patterns. Knitting and crochet are half science, half sport. Super easy. I made this sweater from a free pattern Here. She has many great knitting patterns for Pullips and they are so cute! Here it is flat.

SAMSUNGI also made a top for Frankie. I am meaning to add to it to make it more of a baby doll pajama with some bottoms. The trouble I’m having with crocheting for Monster High dolls is that the are SOOOOO incredibly skinny and then their hips and quite wide. I like to make clothes that can be pulled on and off, but it’s looking like I’m going to have to add some kind of closure to their clothes. When I come up with something acceptable, I’ll post the pattern. I know there is a lack of MH crochet patterns.

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I’ve also started working to redo my smallest dollhouse. Right now it’s pretty ugly, but soon I will redo the wallpaper, make some furniture, and knit and crochet some rugs and curtains.

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For some reason that back corner would not focus. I actually got those two porcelin dolls at the dollar store for Christmas. They fit perfectly and though they are not that great of quality, they are nice fillers so my Suve isn’t so lonely.

I’ll post soon with updates on the dollhouse and some tutorials and tips for saving money! Yay!

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*I made an edit , I totally wrote it down wrong, sorry. Everything should be correct now.

This pattern should be easy to scale up or down for other small dolls, you just need to measure the starting chain around the doll and either add or subtract stitches. It is important though to have the number of stitches be even for the V stitch pattern to work. As for the top straps, just divide your new number of stitches by 4 the best you can and make the chains long enough to fit your doll’s shoulders.

Hujoo Baby dress

This pattern is written in American terms.

– Size B / 2.25mm crochet hook

– Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread. It doesn’t say what size it is, but it’s much thicker than size 10 crochet thread and thinner than 5. It is about the thickness of sock weight, or Patons Lace.

Starting with the bodice, the pink part in the picture. Use your main color of yarn. Worked in the round, do not turn.

1. Ch 19, join. (this should leave you with 18 stitches.) Sc around.

2 & 3. Sc around. Ch 2.

4. (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next stitch, *skip next stitch. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next stitch.*  Repeat ** around. Join to ch 2. Ch 2.

5-7. Repeat row 4. FO

Now with the contrasting yarn, if you choose to use it. Join at the bottom of the skirt where you just finished off, and sc once in every dc and (1 sc, ch 3, join to first ch, 1 sc) in all the ch 2 spaces. Join to beginning of round and FO.

Still in contrasting yarn, turn the dress right side up with the back facing you.(Note: The following “stitches” mentioned are the other side of the starting chain in pink. Sometimes when you work both sides of a chain it leaves small gaps around. Try and crochet through both loops left from the chain if you can. But if this confuses you then don’t worry about it.)

Starting from the center back, join and sc in the next 3 stitches. Ch 10, skip the next 4 stitches, sc in the next 5 stitches, ch 10, skip the next 4 stitches, sc in the next 2. Join. Sc around in all the sc and across each ch 10. Join and FO. Weave in the ends. Yay, you’re done!!

I hope that you can understand this pattern, and as always don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Also, this pattern is completely of my own creation and is for personal use only. I ask that you do not sell this pattern or the items you make from it. Thank you.

Enjoy! Some undies to go with this dress will be up very soon so follow me and check back! I love to hear your comments so don’t be shy!

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Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and stuffed your face with shameful amounts of food! I’ve been really busy lately, but today I went to the thrift store and picked up some goodies! The above picture is of my Suve, I’m thinking of naming her Charlotte. I did a little customizing even though I loved her stock. Please excuse the half finished wig and no real clothes. I got these eyes from a plastic pony for like 25 cents and they look amazing. I’m thinking romantic vampire! Here is the unlucky pony aforementioned. But I didn’t feel bad about it because the thing had no markings at all so I figure it was from the dollar store or something. I get a little upset at people who will cut up a perfectly good thing, especially things that are collected and well loved. Recycling is taking things that are trash, or that people DON’T WANT. If it’s still decent, let someone keep using it until it’s in bad enough shape that you can responsibly reclaim it.  *end rant*

The eyes compared to my Suve stock.

 

I also found this Liv doll for $1 (SCORE!) and this strange jointed Barbie that I will probably use to hybrid something in the future.

I got this elephant thing that moves and makes noises for my grandmother’s Christmas present. When we were growing up she always had this little black flippy dog that would bark, wind up, and then flip. I hope she likes this, she has early dementia so she probably will. XD

And I got this great ribbon, and a candle holder I think. The ribbon is light pink with iridescent stripes, though you can’t really see in the picture. And I got the candle holder to unravel and get the beautiful seed beads from! I also got a complete latch hook rug kit in this cool poppy pattern. It has one row done on it, I guess it’s previous owner did not have very much patience . haha

I also broke down and got a Monster High doll. I want to get into repainting them, and also I can use her for a model to crochet. She isn’t as green as I hoped she would be…I may paint her…

Well that’s all for now. I’ll be back soon with a post on dollhouse furniture!

Thanks for reading. Please please pppllleeeaaassseee leave a comment if you like what you see!

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So this is a review of the Hujoo Baby doll, and my personal experience with The Junky Spot, where I bought my Hujoo Baby Suve. I assume this will go for all the Hujoo Baby dolls as the only differences between them are their face sculpts.

I live in The United States and I bought her last Monday morning online and  (IM)patiently waited for her until she got here on Thursday. Which is pretty reasonable for the US Postal service. I got her for a great price that included her strung head and body with the factory faceup, her really nice blonde wig, her blue plastic eyes, and her stock outfit. She came with all her accessories separately packaged in a box filled with styrofoam peanuts and also came with a cute little charm and a piece of candy.

This is the box her blank body came in. It has a lovely cushion to keep her safe.

I got the apricot skin color. She can stand on her own and is the perfect size for a 1/12 scale dollhouse.

Her arms are very poseable, but her hip joints do wired things…they have these nubs on the ball joint that I assume are for locking for standing, but they make the legs angle too far back. I also don’t like how much her stomach pokes out and her back arches. I wish she would sit/stand up straighter. But real babies do the same thing so I guess that makes sense. One eye hole is also larger than the other. It’s not that noticeable, but it’s there.

Here you can see what I mean about how she arches back. It annoys me, but you can’t tell at all when she is wearing clothes.

This is the inside of her head. I crudely used sticky tack to fix the eyes in. I later found the eye putty in amongst the peanuts. XD

This is her stock outfit. A pink shirt and a white jumper.

Despite the few flaws she has, I still really love her and would definitely recommend her as a cheaper substitute for a Lati Yellow, or just as a really sweet addition to your collection. She was amazingly easy to make my own and has inspired me to do so many things! Here she is sitting on the couch I made her. This is the first couch I’ve ever made so it’s a bit rough, but my next project I will know what to better.

Here is just the couch. I used cardboard, fabric, stuffing, and a hot glue gun!

And here is a close up of the shoes I made her while watching tv tonight.

Thanks so much for reading! If you want to know more about anything in my posts just leave a comment and I will go more into detail about it.

You should really follow my blog so you don’t miss out on any of the awesome! ;D

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I actually got her last Thursday, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to post. Here are some pictures of my sweet little girl and the dress and hat I made her. I’ll write a proper review later.

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