Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What I've Made: American Girl Doll Clothes and Accessories

What do you give as a gift for one of your daughter's best friend's American Girl themed birthday party? Doll clothes of course! While buying them might have been easier, I got motivated to sew some clothes for her doll and while it was not as easy as I expected, I'm thrilled with the results.

Her friend recently joined the Girl Scouts as a Daisy so I decided her doll needed a matching Daisy uniform. The skirt is reversible and is made from the easiest pattern ever. It only takes a couple of minutes to make one of these skirts, so fun and easy! The vest was a bit more difficult- I used this pattern from Bear, Dolly, and Moi but quickly gave up on using binding after fighting with it for way too long on the shoulder openings. Finally, the t shirt was made with white jersey from the free pattern at Liberty Jane Patterns. The pattern was awesome but I did have trouble working with the jersey fabric on such a small shirt. Next time I would probably choose to use cotton instead of jersey.
18 inch doll Girl Scout Daisy Uniform pattern
18 inch doll Girl Scout Daisy Uniform pattern

Grace loves pajamas for her doll so I decided to make a PJ set as a gift and found this cute pajama pattern in a collection I got from my grandma. Simplicity Pattern 5276 gave me lots of options on what pieces to make and I chose a robe with PJ pants and top. I had a difficult time with this pattern and found it very confusing. The pants and robe turned out adorable but the top was a total disaster and I ended up throwing it out in favor of a simple tank top made of white jersey. It ended up looking super cute and Grace had to model it on her Samantha doll that obviously needs a new hairdo. I guess it looks like she just woke up!
18 inch doll pajamas and robe pattern
Finally, since they just started kindergarten, Grace decided their dolls needed backpacks. I thought this purple flower fabric was adorable and when I found the glitter flower buttons, I knew they would be perfect for this bag. This tutorial from Many Small Friends was amazing and super easy to follow. It was by far my favorite piece that I made and I need to make one for Grace.
18 inch doll backpack pattern

I need to get sewing to make some clothes for Grace's dolls for Christmas! There are so many fun patterns to choose from. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Halloween Costumes from Oriental Trading: Star Wars Coordinating Costumes Review!

Disclosure: I received product samples from Oriental Trading in exchange for an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links.

Choosing Halloween costumes is a very time consuming but fun event in our house. The kids debate for months on what they will be and I can't count the number of times they change their mind. When they were younger, I coordinated their costumes but I gave up on that last year. I expected them to pick totally different things again this year, but much to my surprise, when Oriental Trading offered to send us costumes, they chose coordinating Star Wars themed characters! 
Coordinating sibling costumes
Connor's Star Wars obsession started several months ago and the force is still going strong in our house. He loves the bad guys and specifically requested to be a Storm Trooper. His dedication to this has not wavered in months, so I was thrilled to find a Storm Trooper costume for him on Oriental Trading's site.
When it arrived, he put it on immediately and didn't want to take it off. He begs to wear it every morning. I can already tell you it's very well made and easy to get on and off. I ordered the small size as he is a large almost 4 year old and it fits him very well. He loves using his past Halloween costumes for dress up so I'm glad there's a little room for him to grow. The mask seems to fit him well. He absolutely loves this costume.

Connor knew what he wanted to be fairly early this year but Grace couldn't make up her mind. So I chose lots of different girly, princess costumes from Oriental Trading for her to pick from and to my surprise, she chose Princess Leia. She has watched Star Wars but hasn't shown as much interest in it as Connor has. But she told me she wanted to be a strong princess and Princess Leia certainly fits the bill! I love that this costume will allow me to put layers under the dress as it's normally pretty cold here on Halloween. I do need to straighten the wig some but I'm impressed by the quality of it for the price.
We are ready for Trick or Treating and they can't wait to show off their Star Wars costumes. Oriental Trading has such a huge collection of costumes that you are sure to find the perfect one for your kids! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Super Hero Mask Craft Kit from Oriental Trading: Halloween Non-Candy Treat for School + Free Printable!

Disclosure: I received product samples from Oriental Trading in exchange for an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links.

October is here! That means costumes, apple picking, pumpkin patches, and of course, candy. So much candy. Our kids get so much that there's no way we can eat it all ourselves (at least we shouldn't)! We like to send treats with the kids for their classmates for their Halloween parties but I don't love sending candy. We are especially limited at Connor's preschool due to allergy restrictions so I have spent a lot of time searching for non candy alternatives that the young kids will love. One of my very favorite things to give are easy craft kits. Oriental Trading offers tons of Halloween related craft kits for all age levels. Connor is obsessed with all things super hero so I thought the Super Hero Masks Craft Kit would make perfect treats for his friends. Who doesn't love a fun mask to add to their Halloween costume?
School Halloween Ideas

Of course, Connor wanted to make his as soon as the box arrived. There are 3 different styles of masks included and each is individually packaged with all the necessary stickers, elastic, and instructions.
There are only a few stickers needed to create the mask and they are extremely easy to peel and stick on, making it a perfect craft for little hands! He did all of these stickers all by himself.
The elastic has a metal stick at the end to poke through the holes on the side to attach the elastic. It is super easy, sturdy, and quick!

Since each mask is individually packaged in a plastic bag, simply add a tag to the top for an easy Halloween favor for classmates. I created this "Have a Super Halloween" tag, folded it over the plastic and stapled both sides for Connor's class.
Click on the image below to download a FREE "Have a Super Halloween" printable tag for the Mask Craft Kit!


Be sure to check out all of Oriental Trading's great Halloween items and check back this week for a sneak peak of the kids' Halloween costumes! 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Teaser Trailer!

Captain Jack Sparrow is back!

Check out this brand new teaser trailer from the newest addition to the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales. I will be counting down the days until it comes out in May of 2017! 


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