Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Barbie's in the Ocean for Shark Week -Oh No!

I was 14 when the first Jaws came out, and yes, living on the east coast, it made quite an impact! But then truthfully, I've always preferred swimming in pools to the ocean. Although I will say ~looking~ at the ocean is good for the soul:@) I am tickled with how big Shark Week has become. While I personally can't watch (hand raised-total scaredy cat), I'm all for anything that gives folks something to look forward to and have some fun with. This year it starts on August 9th, Discovery Channel.

Until then...
At the shore, Barbie's drifting on a float in shallow water.
She's so intent on getting ready to take a picture of the scene in front of her,
she doesn't notice the real action is coming up from behind...

Cue the music...

 What do you say at a moment like this???
I mean, besides "oh Momma" (or something a tad more colorful)...
"Where's my can of mace when I need it?"...

I'll stick to having my toes in the dry sand.
Thank you.

Bye, bye, Babs...

 *Disclaimer* No Barbies were harmed in the making of this post๐Ÿ˜‰
No-sew bathing suit from ribbon here.
Pool float from Dollar Tree, shark was at Walmart $1.
Camera was in a mixed grab bag of goodies from Ebay.

~Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Slipcover for Dollar Tree 1:6 Scale Barbie Chairs -Free Pattern & Easy Tutorial

I'm sure we've all noticed that toys and other items have become a little scarce in 2020... But the 1:6 scale doll house furniture at Dollar Tree is actually made here in the USA, so it's one item that has been replenished regularly. Barbie says that's a good thing:@) I picked up an extra set of the kitchen chairs (you get two for $1), because I thought it might be fun to add a slipcover so I could use them as livingroom furniture. Or with a fancier fabric, maybe diningroom or bedroom chairs. It turned out to be an easier project than anticipated, so I wanted to share the pattern and tutorial.

I used denim from an old pair of jeans for a casual every day look.
What I did:
Cut a rectangle, 4" wide by 16" long.
Add 1/4" hem to each short 4" side (I frayed the denim instead).
Lay the fabric over the chair, wrong side out. Let the back side of the chair touch the floor, drape fabric over the top of the chair, push against the bend/crease in seat, and flatten it onto the seat. Place a pin on each side where the back of the chair meets the seat (see pic below).
Sew 1/4" hem up each side of the chair back of the slipcover, back stitch at start and finish.
Turn right side out and push the two corners out.
Sew 1/4" hem (or use Liquid Stitch) down the four remaining unfinished sides.
Note: At this point you have a simple chair covering. Option, glue or sew ribbon to the open lower sides to tie a decorative bow on each side. 

I also made one in a Christmas fabric.
This one has the bottom hems, I simply frayed the denim on the bottom.

Another idea, wrap some ribbon around the lower back...
This Philadelphia Eagles ribbon is 5/8" wide.

The chairs I started with (although mine are hot pink):
And the chairs could be painted gold, brown or black first. I may do that down the road.

The best part of this project, the slipcovers can be changed out for the seasons,
 or different colors and fabrics as desired.
And I have another idea coming up soon, stay tuned๐Ÿ˜Ž

✂Make something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š 

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Using Aquarium Plants as Barbie Props for Dioramas and Doll Play

Aquarium plants are an inexpensive idea for adding some nice greenery to Barbie houses and dioramas. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and as long as they stand upright, they work well. I tucked this one into a small craft basket, I've seen miniature clay pots at craft stores and the dollar store too. Have you seen the money they are asking on Ebay and Esty for Barbie branded plants? Plus shipping??? Um, yea, I'm lovin' this idea just fine:@)

Depending on your luck of timing, I've even seen some plants for 77¢ at PetSmart. 
These are from Walmart, the large plant is about 8 1/2" tall and 4" for the smaller one.

Other links in pics:
Now, I'm not kidding anybody, I have no idea who that group is...
But $5 for a fully articulated male doll, woo-hoo๐Ÿ˜Š

Joe says plants bring a little life to homes and pics...
I tend to agree with whatever Joe says๐Ÿ˜Š
No-Sew male tank top from sock tutorial here (I used a thin ladies trouser sock for this black one).

Let's have some decorating fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

More Barbie Garden Fairy Pictures with Giant Natural Mushroom

I just couldn't let a good mushroom go to waste folks... One last batch of pictures with Barbie as a Garden Fairy. Different doll and dress, mid-day this time. There was only about a foot of grass to the fence that wasn't in full sunshine, and that only lasted for about 1/2 hour.

 Barbie found a little friend under the mushroom...
I'm guessing he's the one watering it to make it grow so big:)

Then she wanted to take a pic with a gazing ball.
Really fun idea, but some pudgy chick kept showing in the reflection...
So we added a sparkle in Pizap to help clean that up๐Ÿ˜‰

Barbie says mushrooms are surprisingly comfortable!
Kinda spongy...

A little editing fun, image flipped, slate colored filter, lightened up:

And finally, I don't know if this is her trying to say that posing is exhausting, or...
Asking will I ever find my Prince Charming Ken..., or...
Saying 'don't hate me because I'm beautiful'๐Ÿ˜Š

And that my friends will be the last of the mushroom pictures,
I did have to mow the lawn๐Ÿ˜Ž
๐Ÿ„Be creative with what nature gifts you and have a happy day๐Ÿ„

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Barbie House Renovation #2 -Livingroom Basics

After living with this house for a while one thing has become very clear... Ilove the funky colors and design of the original livingroom. I want to be able to use it as an alternate space for pictures, that conversation grouping in front of the mod fireplace it just too much fun! So my wall covering couldn't be permanent. I used foam board from the Dollar Tree to simply cover the existing walls, white for now on the main wall. And I'll probably wall paper the other side down the road for a different look. Since the dollhouse structure kind of has a wooden frame, I cut the board to fit inside of the frame.
 A big window and larger statement pieces of framed art will help fill in the space nicely, 

The right wall (in looking at the house) is covered in brick scrapbook paper. I have a soft spot for brick and other natural looking surfaces. This kind of turns the house into a brownstone type look to me. As time goes on (and especially at Christmas), I see a fireplace against the wall? We'll see. Added bonus, that piece of wall can be removed and used as the backdrop for close-up photos in single doll posts.
The floor... I like the white washed board look, only needed to add a full size area rug to cover the purple and green stamped on one. I picked up a bamboo color blocked placemat for $2 and think this works well for now. The options are limitless and will be changed out periodically.

As for the cutouts for the stairs and elevator, I decided to leave them open to simply allow more light for photos, and try to just shoot around them. If there's one thing I've learned in 11+ years of blogging (with a point and shoot camera), it's that every-little-bit-of-light-helps. And I never know, maybe there will be a scene where I want a light shining down into the livingroom from that upper angle.

So that's my update for now, you can see the original house #1 post here. Kinda funny, a doll house is proving to be just as much work as a real house! But at least I don't have to worry about plumbing๐Ÿ˜ฏ Stay tuned...

๐Ÿ”จMake something just for fun and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Christmas in July! Two Sided Barbie Throw Pillow DIY & 1:6 Scale Holiday Fabric at Walmart

I wanted to share an easy idea to add a quick seasonal and holiday flare to doll play, pictures and dioramas... When making a throw pillow, use a different design for each side. Here I used my gifted Barbie profile print on the left, and when you flip the pillow... Santa! They can be any shape, round, square or rectangular. This also works if you'd like to have different color options, or stripes and checks, etc. Barbie says a girl can never have too many decorating options!
Double the look for half the storage space๐Ÿ˜‰
My best suggestion: A stuffed square is always the best bet.
Round two sided pillow tutorial.

Walmart had an end display of fall, Halloween and Christmas fabric the other day. There were several Barbie size prints that would be perfect for doll fashions and crafts. I came home with this candy cane stripe and a really neat, abstract print in Halloween colors. They had both fat quarters and pre-cut yards. It's really nice to see fabric again!

There were also several plaids and other designs in ~pretty close to~ the correct scale.

And some of the Christmas options:

Do you like Christmas in July?
I love it!
Have a happy day๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŒด

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Do you have a favorite Barbie doll? My working girl...

I have to admit that the first doll I reach for every time I'm making clothes or working on an accessory, is the very first one I picked up in 2013 when I decided to start featuring Barbie on my Happier Than A Pig In Mud blog. She stands on my work table near the computer at all times. She's one of the $5 dolls from Walmart. At that time they came with fabric removable swimsuits, unlike the painted on suits for female dolls today. Only five points of articulation (neck, shoulders and hips), but she's made of a hard plastic that makes it easier for fittings, or to dress and change out clothes for pictures. I've added lots of links to previous posts, I hope you find something that inspires you!

In taking a quick peek at my Pinterest board, I'd say she's in about one quarter of all of my posts.

This poor doll was set outside during a 10" snow storm for pics,
and dropped more times than I care to admit.
And these days her hair looks best pulled back into a ponytail and she's a little... shiny
But she's a work horse, quite agreeable to being a seamstress dummy ~and~ a really good sport!
How to make Barbie size cheerleader pom-poms.

I have to chuckle when I think back to how long I debated about buying this first doll at 50+ years of age...
Then using some birthday money from my sons to pick-up an articulated one...
To today, well, today I have quite the Barbie Army of  models to choose from!
~But this one will always be my favorite girl๐Ÿ’—
So I ask, do you have a go-to Barbie?
Have a great day๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Barbie Doll Fabric Throw Pillows-Two More DIY Ideas

I've mentioned before that I've been blogging for a l-o-n-g time, and one thing I know for sure is, Bloggy Buddies can be the best! Sylvia from Hankie Chic sent me some fun Barbie fabric so I could make a pillow to match the avatar on my blog-ack, how cool is that!!! But to add to the fun, there were a few more designs and color combinations to play with too. 
For the black haired Barbie I started with 2 1/2" wide white satin ribbon that had gold glitter and garland wired edges. I cut my ribbon long enough to fold in half and fold the raw edges up about 1/4". Then I hand sewed up each side. I cut the Barbie outline out of the fabric and glued her on using Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive. Stuffed it with some batting and sewed the bottom edge. Glitzy and fun, what diva wouldn't love this๐Ÿ˜Ž

For the profile, after debating about how to make a round pillow for a couple days... I had a piece of 3/8" wide foam from something(?) and decided to cut the circle out of the fabric and attach it with spray adhesive. Then I trimmed the foam to size and added another piece of fabric to the back of the pillow. The finishing touch, adding some fun braided cording around the edge. 

Sylvia has a unique ETSY shop where she makes one of a kind Barbie clothes from vintage hankies. She scours thrift stores and the 'net to find pretty prints that are 1:6 scale. She also offers patterns and accessory items that have been carefully made over. Oh and, believe it or not, there actually is a Barbie Convention every (non-Covid) year and she goes!!! I follow her blog here so I know when something new is posted.

Don't hesitate to reach out to her if you have a special memorial, or family heirloom hankie you'd like turned into an original keepsake dress.

What will I do with the left over Barbie prints?
Well, I hope you'll stop back to see๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you Sylvia,
Barbie says she loves her new pillows

~Make something just for fun and have a happy day!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Fairy Garden Barbie Posing on Natural Mushroom

Some crazy big mushrooms grew in my yard, this one is easily 9" across. I thought they might make for really fun Fairy Garden Barbie pics! So I scrunched up some tulle for wings and went out at dusk one night to do a photo shoot. Normally I try to limit my pictures for my blog posts, but this time I just thought I'd let you scroll through Barbie's little fantasy garden for as long as you'd like -enjoy!

I'm fond of this pic...

 For a better idea of scale, this is a regular size Barbie doll. 
I hope you enjoyed the pics๐Ÿ˜‰

๐Ÿ„My sincerest thank you to Mother Nature for this fun little adventure!

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