Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Barbie Branded Grills Review -and DIY Kettle Grill from Easter Egg

In real life, some say, I'm a bit of a grill hoarder... I have a big gas grill, Smokey Joe charcoal grill, small pig shaped clay hibatchi and George Foreman grill. And I've even dabbled with a smoker... Now it seems my little obsession has carried over to my Barbie world too:) Years ago, one of the first playsets I picked up was the big gas grill and I'm still very fond of that purchase. It's perfect for summer holiday pics and I do see lots of tailgating in our future -you hear that football??? You'd better be starting back up!

So of course I got excited when I saw the new Smokey Joe type grill playset this year, and yes I did pick one up. Shish-Ka-Bobs are a recurring theme on my other blog, so I'm a sucker... But I have to say 'really Mattel'??? This is so small it's not even hibatchi size in scale. I added it to an on-line order, if I saw it in person I probably would have passed. It's only 1 1/2" wide.

I'm sure I'll work it into photos by sitting it on top of a picnic table, it looks larger closer to the camera...
But I do have to say this is the first playset I've been truly disappointed with.
 No-sew Ken or GI Joe tank top from sock here.

Could I do better?
I did make my own kettle type grill from a large Easter egg and some pipe cleaners here...
While it admittedly needs some work, I do think the scale is pretty close to accurate.

As we're entering summer...
Barbie says, let's fire up the grill and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž

Saturday, May 30, 2020

No-Sew Ribbon Bathing Suit for Barbie with Optional Ruffle Skirt

Barbie says it's getting hot outside and this easy Bathing Suit is a cute craft for the summer. I made it from ribbon and used hot glue and velcro for the closures. The top gets gathered in the center to create shape and I chose to add a little star button for decoration. This no-sew project comes together in no time and would be great in any color, or you could use a ribbon with with any theme. I do suggest using 7/8"-1" wide ribbon.

  I happened to have some red and white striped ribbon in my stash...
I always love red, white and blue crafts๐Ÿ˜Ž

What I did:
My ribbon is 7/8" wide, use up to 1" wide ribbon.
Wrap ribbon around Barbie's waist and wrap/curve it down around her bottom. Cut to fit on an angle.

Slide piece of ribbon between legs and hot glue under front of waistband. 
Wrap around to back and hot glue to inside of back of waistband.
Hot glue velcro to each side of the bottoms for closure.

Wrap ribbon around her chest, over lap in back so you can add velcro, cut ribbon.
Hot glue velcro to each side.
Gather the center in front. You can wrap string or yarn around it, or sew it to bunch it up.

A pic of the back: 

 Want a more discrete look?
Add a simple bathing suit skirt by hot gluing on some ruffle.   

Other DIY bathing suits:
Wraps, cover-ups, hula outfits and more DIY bathing suit ideas can be found HERE.

Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜‰

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Found- 1:6 Scale (Barbie Size) Printed Fabric at Walmart!

If you've been to the stores lately, you probably noticed that fabric, any fabric, is pretty scarce. Let alone finding perfect 1:6 scale prints! Well, timing is everything... I stopped at Walmart last weekend and they had just put out a display of pre-cut summer prints, some were one yard and some were fat quarters. While I could have picked up a bunch, I limited my purchase to this fantastic picnic print-I LOVE IT! I see a picnic tablecloth and maybe a DIY garden umbrella for the table too. And while it's a little intimidating to me, I'd like to try to make a tropical type button up shirt for Ken:) This fabric is $4.97 a yard.
 As a point of reference, from the top of the handle on the grill to the bottom = 1 1/4".
Watermelon and corn = 3/4", on a powder blue checked background.

 Two more I carried around and ended up putting back... 
They had 6 display boxes on Saturday morning, all sold out by Sunday morning, 
(when I may have gone back looking for the two I put back...).

Is fabric starting to be stocked again?
It's sporadic, I did see some new fat quarters at one Dollar Tree the other day too.
I think it just sells out as quickly as it's stocked. 
And I've mentioned my sewing machine woes... Forget finding a new one of them too!!!

Buy it when you see it folks and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜‰

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Saving a Bad Hair Barbie -DIY Rerooting Attempt #1

Last year I picked up a thrift store doll that was in poor shape and gave her matted hair a quick braid here to see if I could save her... Not so much. So I replaced the head and the blonde was tossed into a box of misfit toys. For some reason I've had hot pink hair on my mind, so I grabbed a play hair band from Dollar Tree and watched a couple videos about re-rooting doll hair. Quickly decided that project might be a little too tedious for me. But I thought maybe I'd just pry the braided piece off of the headband and glue that around the doll's head, perhaps that would be a quick fix...

Since Plan A was to glue the hairpiece all around the head I just took scissors to my doll, didn't bother thinking about how I cut her original hair off, just needed it off. Now, I wish I had $1 for every time someone said "I wish I didn't cut Barbie's hair off, or I wish I had cut it differently"... Um, yea. Once I looked at my doll with very short hair, she was still beautiful! I love the idea of a Barbie with short hair, that's something rarely seen in mass marketed dolls.
In the pic above, I was very fond of the look on the left side, I like the way the hair is shaped and love the little wispy tufts coming down in the front. Since her original hair was swept to the right (in looking at the pic) I decided to work in that direction. Also, there were bare spots on that side that needed some covering up...

The glam shot๐Ÿ˜‰

I don't have a re-rooting tool, so I pushed a small bunch of strands through the eye of a large sewing needle, pushed the point through the top of her head, and pulled it through the neck hole using small pliers. Then stuck scissors into the neck opening and cut the hair off of the needle. Repeat-many-times. By the time I added the three pieces in the pic above I knew I wouldn't have the patience to do the whole doll's head.

So I decided she'd look cool with short blonde hair with long hair in front, swept to the side at the part. I added the hair plugs densely along the part and then added a few sparsely down the side of the head, towards the front hairline.

If I had a re-rooting tool the hair plug ends would not be very long on the inside of the doll's head and folks then add a glue to the inside to help keep the hair in place. Since I pulled the strands all the way through the head, my inside is full of hair, and I did not add any glue. But then, the only person playing with this doll is me, so I think the hair will be fine since she'll only be posing for pictures (total diva). The before and after:
I love the way the pink hair makes her eye color pop!

My best tip: You'll want to make the hair lay down and look more natural, you can see in the second pic, this plastic hair wants to stick straight up. Some folks dip the head in boiling water, some place a damp cloth over the head and gently iron it... I placed a hair band around her head and used a blow dryer. The blow dryer was too hot and kind of melted(?) the pink hair. It lost some of it's pretty shine on top. It also curled what was left of her original hair. So next time I'd either try a different technique, or hold the hair dryer further away from the doll and use short blasts of heat.  
A ponytail look... 
While removing the rubber band, I learned that the ponytail actually looks good if the band is lower,
maybe around her shoulder, creating a looser look.

The hair band I used: 

If there's one thing you can say about hair styles today, it's that anything goes. And I have to say, I love the new look of my thrift store doll๐Ÿ˜‰ So overall, this was a fun project that only took a few hours, but I don't think it's one kids should do themselves. It takes some serious pulling to get the needle through the head and that can be a little dangerous (she says with a bandage on her finger).

Barbie says-
Don't be afraid to change it if you think you can make it better, and...
Have a happy day!

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Long Shorts or Bathing Suit for Ken -Free Pattern (Barbie)

I found a pattern for wide leg Ken shorts on Fashion Doll Stylist Blog and tucked it away for a rainy day... Well, we recently had a couple rainy days, so I thought I'd make my boy dolls some shorts. My version has been shortened by 3/4" and I added a velcro closure to the back. Then just winged the sewing order. Other than still fighting with my sewing machine not working correctly... This pattern worked well and the shorts came together pretty quickly.
As you can see, the guys take picking their beach volleyball team ~very~ seriously๐Ÿ˜‰

What I did:
  1. Cut 2 from from fabric of choice.
  2. Place right sides together.
  3. Sew crotch, start at top of U shaped cut out, sew down and around up to the (approx) black line, back stitch.
  4. Hem the bottom of the legs. I just folded the fabric over and creased it with my nail.
  5. Hem the waist band pieces.
  6. Flip the fabric so the right sides are still together but they look like shorts, you can see the waist and legs. Really don't know how to describe this so it makes more sense, you just have to work it and you'll see...
  7. Sew the side seams.
  8. Flip shorts so the right side is showing, fold the two opening pieces in the back and make crease with nail. Hot glue or sew velcro, or snap, for closure.
A pic of the back:

I promise you ~if your sewing machine works~, 
this is an easy project that can be whipped up in minutes.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Barbie's Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Diorama -2020

My Barbie crew headed outside to fire up the grill for a Memorial Day Bar-B-Que. Nothing fancy during quarantine, just immediate family, serving burgers and dogs (and Barbie size corn on the cob). But the weather was perfect so everyone was happy. Not too many neighbors drove by while the photographer was sitting in the grass in the front yard trying to get pictures... So she was happy too:@)
DIY projects:
Apron patterns  ~  Balloon from ping pong ball
Food, grill and kitchen items from assorted Mattel playsets.
(Can of Budweiser from Ma's craft stash.)

Barbie says ya gotta love a guy that cooks๐Ÿ˜‰

Let's fire up the grill and have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend๐Ÿ˜Ž
The end.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Red, White and Blue Jello Mold -1:6 Scale Barbie Size

I started blogging at Happier Than A Pig In Mud in 2010, in 2013 I began adding occasional Barbie posts, and my newest project is this dedicated DIY Barbie Blog. Now, in all honesty, through the years my sons have ~on occasion~ rolled their eyes at my silly antics. And yes, we've all had plenty of laughs at assorted bloggy bloopers and blunders... But I have to say, through it all, they've been very supportive. My latest show of encouragement... This soooooooo fun jello mold that was a Mother's Day gift:@) I love it! What makes it even more perfect, I'll be able to use it in pictures for all three summer holidays... Ack!

Barbie says she'll bring dessert to the BBQ...
And I say thank you Jimmy!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Barbie Baby Recycled Plastic Bottle Wading Pool & Balloon Bathing Suits

I emptied a quart bottle of white vinegar (it's a great natural weed killer!) and thought it was the perfect size for a Barbie baby wading pool. I literally cut it down to the bottom ring on the bottle and trimmed the edge as neatly as possible. But what really tickles me about this idea are the baby bathing suits from balloons! Ha-ha, both for boys and girls:) Now, putting the skinny balloon bathing suits on the tiny dolls might require a little patience...
But they sure are cute๐Ÿ˜‰

The type of balloon I used:

You can get the idea of how I cut the bottoms from this picture here (lower right).
The little girl's top is just a 1/4" strip of balloon:

Tip for pictures:
You really can't see the water here,
I added one drop of blue liquid food coloring above and diluted it to a hue I liked.
PS-I know there are some folks out there that don't like to see naked Barbie dolls (any of the clan)...
Balloons would make easy, and inexpensive, underwear.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

His & Hers Summer Holiday Aprons for Barbie & Ken, No-Sew, Free Pattern

We're only about a week away from Memorial Day weekend folks... I'm fond of aprons for doll play because it's an easy way to add a little color, seasonal, or holiday flair. Here I've used my standard apron pattern for Barbie and added some sequin bling for backyard BBQ parties.  For Ken I made a simple rectangular straight apron, similar to a waiter's or bar back apron. I didn't bother adding pockets, but of course you could. Today Ken decided he didn't want to be very flamboyant... But these aprons can truly be as dressy and embellished as you'd like to make them.
My Curvy Barbie's makeover story here.

Quick update: I thought it was odd that Ken insisted I add a pocket...
But, um, now I see why....

What I did:
Cut one in fabric of choice.
My only changes from the directions on the original post were:
Glue on the ribbon for neck and side ties before anything else.
Then add the decorative ribbon around bottom and blingy sequins to bib.
I chose to use hot glue, but you could sew it, or use Liquid Stitch or Aleene's Tacky Glue, anything goes.
Tip: Glue the side ties a little lower, that will help the apron wrap better.

Ken's barely needs instructions:
 Start with a rectangle of fabric approximately 5 1/2" X 4".
Fold the long sides (top and bottom) over about 1/4" and run finger nail over fabric to create crease. You could also sew it or iron it. (If you use pinking shears, no hems are needed at all.)
I used Aleene's Tacky Glue and glued the hems down.
I did not fold and glue the sides, you can if you'd like to.
Simply glue a ribbon to the top of the apron for the ties.
You can either trim the ribbon and glue a little velcro onto the ribbon ends,
or leave it long enough to tie behind the doll's back.
This one ties.

 I don't remember how long ago I bought this fabric,
but I get a feeling by looking at the scale of the stars and stripes...
I had Barbie in mind๐Ÿ˜‰
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