Sunday, March 29, 2020

Baby Bump for Barbie from Plastic Easter Egg -DIY Pregnant Barbie

Sometimes girls want to recreate or role play what's going on around them and they may want to have a Barbie with a baby bump... I thought I'd post this while plastic Easter eggs are at the stores because I used the round end from a little 1 3/4" egg. This is an easy project that only takes a minute as you'll see below.

 The hardest part may be finding clothes that fit over the bump! 

But a lot of the newer skirts are looser and do work well.

This works for Curvy Barbie too:

Cut the sides of the egg apart.

 Run a 4 1/2" piece of thin elastic through the two holes in the round side of the egg, tie knot in elastic.
If you don't have elastic you can use ribbon and tie it around the doll's waist.

Slip it over Barbie's hips (please excuse the naked doll).

DIY Pregnant Barbie😎
Not just good for girl's play, it can add to our pictures and dioramas too.
I mentioned that, foolishly, I passed on a perfect pregnant Midge doll here... 
$2 and I walked away... ugh.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dying Easter Eggs -Barbie Diorama (Chelsea and Kelly)

The Barbie kids all got together to dye some Easter eggs and a great time was had by all! My kitchen is one of the Gloria sets. The speckled eggs were from the AC Moore going out of business sale. The bendable yellow Easter bunny was a 97¢ two pack from Walmart. Bunny holding carrot decoration is a 50¢ thrift store rescue. I'll give links to DIY projects in the following pictures.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Barbie Zen

I had to chuckle when I flipped through the April 2020 Good Housekeeping Magazine and saw a little write-up on Barbie! There's a new Breathe With Me Barbie that's intended to help kids calm down, focus, practice yoga and learn to meditate. You can see Mattel's complete write-up HERE. Sure looks like a cute concept.
I'm kinda thinking it's not a bad idea for adults eitherπŸ˜‰

Let's all stay calm and have a happy day!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Face Mask from Napkin for Barbie or Ken-DIY

Whether your Barbie or Ken is a doctor, nurse, dentist, other first responder or just concerned about germs in general (hello world!!!), you can make this little breathing or surgical mask in minutes. All that's required is a paper napkin and you can secure it in back with a small piece of tape. One napkin will make a bunch of masks, this is an easy project that only requires a few simple folds.

Cut a piece of 2 ply napkin 5" long by 1" wide.
Accordion fold it back and forth in approximately 1/8" wide folds.
Gently separate the center to create the mask.
Wrap around doll's head and secure the back closed with tape.

Editorial Note:
This post is not intended to make light of the current world medical situation, 
the hope is that maybe it will help kids feel a little more at ease. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cookie Couture -Fashion Cookie Cutters (Barbie Party)

Ma found this fun pack of cookie cutters and in the name of a (much needed these days) silly diversion, I thought I'd share them today. They are perfect for Barbie lovers, right down to the striped pink packaging! The label calls them mini, but each cutter makes at least a 4" long cookie. And while I couldn't find the year they were sold, in looking at the price of $2, I'm pretty confident they are vintage...
 Marketed by The Philadelphia GroupπŸ˜‰
Ha, ha, look at that stylish animal print purse!
Please leave a comment if you have any information about these cookie cutters.

🌸Enjoy a cookie and have a happy day🌷

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day Selfie -Barbie, Ken and Chelsea

Even though most of our St. Patrick's Day celebrations have been cancelled this year, Barbie still wanted to pop in with a quick holiday selfie... While we may not be able to gather in groups for big parties, let's be thankful for the special folks around us and enjoy a smile whenever we can!
DIY Project Links:  

πŸ€Take care of yourself and have a Happy St. Patty's DayπŸ€

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Capri Pants for Barbie from $1 Fabric Headband-DIY

A while ago I made a long dress from a dollar store headband, there was a 5 1/2" long piece leftover and I thought it would make cute capri pants:) Before we get started I wanted to say, this isn't an exact pattern, it's just something fun to make for Barbie play. The pants are a little roomy up top (easier to get on) and fitted to the doll's legs at the bottom.

The headband I started with:

Fold tube of fabric inside out, arrange so seam is down the center. You'll notice that the seam doesn't lay flat, that's ok, it will be the back of the pants and actually help with the fit.
Measure down 2 1/2" from top.
Measure 1" from each side on the bottom. I added a pin to each side to try to keep each leg the same width.
Draw line from 1" mark up to 2 1/2" mark on each side

Sew 1/4" seam up both lines, cut excess fabric from the center V.
Flip top down about 1/2", sew seam but leave a 1/2 opening so you can feed elastic through hole.
Snug up the elastic and tie or sew it closed, trim loose ends, finish sewing the waistband seam closed. 

Turn inside out and dress doll.

How to make a Barbie necklace HERE.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

How to Turn a Large Easter Egg Into a Barbie Chair with Recycled K-Cup Base

I was curious so I picked up a Barbie Easter Egg at Walmart and was tickled to find a cute little white cat laying in a pet bed as the surprise. Then I thought I'd take half of the plastic egg and turn it into a chair by gluing it to a k-cup for the base. The k-cup can be decorated as desired, washi tape and/or stickers would be cute. I added some diamond mesh ribbon. You can make the chair look a little more finished by adding a cushion, mine is a piece of faux fur I trimmed into a circle.

This is a fast easy project, and Barbie says you can never have too many blingy chairs!  
Start with one of the larger 4" plastic eggs. Use the rounder half.
Embellish and decorate the k-cup as desired.
Hot glue egg to the top of a cleaned k-cup with the opening of the egg tilted towards the front,
so the doll can sit in it.
Add cushion, done😎

 The egg I started with:

The kitten that was in the egg: 

Another plastic Easter egg craft:
My baby carrier picture tutorial can be found HERE.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Sweet Handmade Barbie Dress-Thrift Store Rescue

I just couldn't leave this sweet little handmade dress at the thrift store this morning and wish I knew the history behind it... Who took the time to make it? Was there a pattern or was someone simply inspired to create it? And of course, seeing the big smile on the girl's face when she received it. I love the wink and nod to red, white and blue, and it has me thinking about warmer weather. To me, this dress looks like something a southern lady would wear, I can picture iced tea, a warm breeze and a porch swing...

 I can appreciate the work that went into making it and love everything from 
the well washed fabric (repurposed old shirt?), to the ruffle trim, to the numerous darts...

Right down to the hand sewn snaps on the back.

Barbie says, if it makes you smile, take it home and...

Have a happy dayπŸ˜‰
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