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Vintage Paper Dolls

Isn't she sweet? Now that I'm home with just my daughter, I'm always looking for fun, easy crafts to do with her. When I found these FREE vintage paper dolls on printables4kids I was so excited!

We spent the morning coloring with colored pencils and markers. Then we glittered!!!!! Just to add that certain something. It was a lot of fun.

Mine on the left, and my daughter's (cut out) on the right.

She looks a little sad, but trust me, she's happy in her green dress and pink glitter shoes.

So many choices!

I think there were maybe 8 printouts, 4 colored, then 4 you can color of the same ones.

I printed them on some white card stock that I have.

I guess the colored ones are supposed be your guide, but I made up all my own color combinations. But I just love the vintage look.

Here's mine with the colored original. I originally found these paper dolls on a website for a vintage doll birthday party. It's the sweetest party, and a definite one for the future. We're officially moving next Saturday so no more time for crafts, just planning my daughter's birthday party for tomorrow and packing, packing, packing. Ready to be settled in our new town so we can explore and start crafting and sewing again!


Halloween Spider Bandana Skirt

I made a Halloween skirt this week. It's out of a bandana, so right up my alley!

And I had this great black and white fabric that looked like webs for the trim. Perfect!

My model had a lot of fun and loved all the spiders on it.

Looks so cute with a black shirt and leggings.

Oh, and some black Converses. She's such a cutie pie! This skirt is in my etsy shop and available in 12m-5T. Get festive for Halloween!!!!! I linked up to Itsy Bitsy Paper blog's Halloween Party.


Pumpkin Decoration from a BOOK!

I found this yesterday and just had to smile. Creations by kara made this adorable pumpkin out of a paperback book, some glue, spray paint, stick and ribbon. Oh and scissors, for all the cutting..... So great for the month of October and for Halloween. I think this would be so fun to do on a Crafty Girl's Night. What do you think??????


Felt Week-Flower Headbands

I love this headband. It's made of gray felt and I followed the tutorial from Sewing in No Man's Land. She has some other flower ideas on there too.

In front of my beautiful, and low water, Russian Sage. My favorite plant!

And in light pink. I used brown/green elastic for the headband that I got in PA at the Lebanon Fabric Outlet. They have every color so you could go crazy with color combinations. But it seems to stay on pretty well.

Had so much fun taking pictures of my girl. She loves it.

Gotta have Big Bird too!

And aqua/turquoise. I attached this one to a ready made hard headband. This one slides down her head much more than the elastic. But it's a great option to attach the felt to a hard headband if your girl prefers it.

For a slightly different way to apply the petals you can see a tutorial here and some more fun flower styles here.


Felt Week-Citrus Coaster and Owls

Look how fresh and summery these are! The Purl bee made these felt citrus coasters and has a tutorial so you can make your own too.

Look at these fun felt owls. They are on minimoz.


Felt Week-Sport Badges

This is a great idea from Living with Punks. They're sport badges made out of felt. She made them for her kids to put on their mesh bags that she also made. You can change the badge for what sport is in season. Great idea!


Felt Week-Pretend Make-up Kits and Barrettes

What little girl wouldn't love her own felt make-up set? Gluesticks makes this set above and tells you how to do it here. I know this isn't felt, but I found it on the link above. It's a pretend make-up set made from cleaned out make-up containers and NAIL POLISH!! This is a great idea cause there's NO mess when playing with it. It's from Smashed peas and carrots.

Here are some felt covered barrettes from Angry Chicken.

There are a bunch of felt tutorials here.


Felt Week-Rose Barrettes

I've decided to do a week of felt projects! Let's start it off with some adorable rose barrettes I made. I found the tutorial on the Purl bee. It was so fun to do and now I have plenty!

Lots of color combinations.

I loved the green embroidery floss for the stitching. And I LOVE the gray felt.

We're always in need of red barrettes.

My daughter said they were pretty.

The backs.

Stay tuned this week for lots of great felt projects!!!!!!


First day of Kindergarten!

We had a big day last week-First day of kindergarten!!!! My son had a wonderful day and LOVES school! Here are lots of pics from then. (I made my daughter's pink felt flower headband and will do a post on it soon. I made LOTS of them.)

I am so very proud of the boy that he is. He is caring, loving, sweet, innocent, smart, funny, inquisitive, and so lovable and precious. He's everything I could dream of in a son.

My husband does not like his picture taken. Nice smile honey!

I did the kindergarten sign that I featured last week. So cute!

Check out all my Russian Sage (the HUGE purple plant behind my boy). We planted it 3 years ago and it's thriving!!!! We planted all low water plants and they are doing so well and really have made the front yard prettier.

My daughter needed her photo taken too. Big day for her to have me alone all day!!!! Every time my son gets on the bus in the morning she says she's going to miss him. SO SWEET! And then he gets home and she's wild and then the bickering starts. NOT so sweet!

Out front of school. He used his blue Land's End backpack from preschool. I love this bag, it just suits him so well. All his friends love superheros and Cars and all that, and my son has no interest in any of it. Just trains. And nice simple blue. AHHHHH.....

Ready to go! I'm a proud mom.


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