Sunday, June 4, 2023

Easy Barbie Hat from Toe of Sock

Last week we made a quick hooded tunic from a recycled sock, and held onto the toe just in case... I decided it would make a cute little summer hat for sightseeing:@) This is a super quick, no-sew, little scrunchy type hat. I cut a small hole at intervals all the way around the toe. Making sure to have an even number of holes. Give enough room to make it look like there's a little brim on the bottom. Then thread a ribbon or yarn through the holes, or I used thin elastic (I save elastic whenever I see it, either from holiday candy boxes, or this was holding together a cheap pair of flip flops at the store). Then make the opening big enough to fit over the doll's head and tie a bow.

Tip: Aim for the bow to be somewhere other than the ends of the seam.
(Little toe, big toe ends.)
Mine is on the end and you can't see the bow very well.
Might reposition it later...

Here's a great tutorial for how to tie a flat bow if using ribbon:

Barbie says bye for now,
gotta run...
Have a lunch date at the Bistro๐Ÿ˜Ž

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Dipped Marshmallows -Barbie Party!

I love these Chocolate & Peanut Butter Dipped Marshmallows for several reasons... The chocolate gets melted in the microwave, so kids can make them. They are a tasty no-bake dessert that comes together quickly. We all know chocolate and peanut butter go together really well, and Barbie says... The addition of sprinkles just makes it feel like a party! And of course, for a Barbie party, pink is required:@) 

As a point of reference,
3 Tblsp chocolate chips and
1 Tblsp peanut butter,
makes approximately 10-12 regular size marshmallows.
Leftover mixture?
Drizzle some between two Ritz type crackers๐Ÿ˜Ž

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Dipped Marshmallows
Ratio = 3 parts chocolate chips to 1 part peanut butter
  1. Add chocolate and peanut butter to microwave safe dish. Heat on high at 20 second increments, stirring between each until smooth.
  2. Add skewer or food pick to marshmallow, dip in mixture, dip in sprinkles if desired. Place each on wax or parchment paper, or silicone mat.
  3. Allow chocolate to set. You may need to place in refrigerator for a bit, I left mine out at room temperature.
Enjoy a snack and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday, May 29, 2023

Barbie Hooded Tunic from Sock-Vintage Pattern Inspiration DIY

As soon as I saw the (blurry) old Barbie pattern below I thought top F would make a cute sock project. I was smitten with the high cowl neck, and since I have a hard time tossing old socks thinking they might be able to be recycled into Barbie clothes... I thought I'd give it a try:@) Now, if you want to make this an extra special sleep over project, maybe you could take your girl to Dollar Tree and let her pick out a cute pair of socks to use. I used a women's size for a tunic, the doll it thin enough to use a kid's size sock, that would fit more like a sweater.

A cute, sporty casual look๐Ÿ˜‰

✂What I did:
Used an ankle sock

Cut straight across the toe.

Lay flat so the heel is to the back.
Lay sock over doll and
cut two very small holes where arms are.

Dress Barbie and make hood lay flat against her back.

It can be pulled up over her head too๐Ÿ˜Ž
Although that's a lot of hair to work with...
Note to Mattel:
Real people have short hair too.
Just sayin'.

My inspiration, top F:
I kept this a quick, no-sew kid's project.
You could use the toe of the sock
and make sleeves if desired.


Let's recycle creatively and
have a happy day๐Ÿ˜‰

I'm Joining:

Monday, May 22, 2023

Barbie Size Swimming Pool at Dollar Tree 1:6 Scale

I was tickled to see a little 1:6 Scale pool at Dollar Tree, expanding their summer outdoor furniture and activities theme. I love the steps/seating in the pool. But make no mistake, this is a one doll pool, unless you're using Kelly or Chelsea size dolls. And yes, the picnic table with chairs and umbrella are out again this year. This particular series is made in the USA, which is a nice touch too:@)

The pool holds a little over a cup of water.
It's built with a lip so it can be flush with the ground
if you'd like to create an in-ground pool or spa diorama.

The packaging:

Barbie says,
let's all stay cool this summer๐Ÿ˜Ž

Grab it when you see it,
and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Barbie Branded Clothes for People at Walmart

I had to chuckle as I was headed to the register this morning at Walmart... There was a display of adult t-shirts that featured Barbie, complete with the Barbie logo. Tie dyed purple...

A pink shirt with white trimmed sleeves.
This one comes with cute gym shorts.
Don't know if it's intended to be pajamas, 
but I don't see why it couldn't be worn any time.

And in the girls section,
a set of two pair of shorts.

Could there be more?
Absolutely, this was just one store,
and who knows if some things sold out,
or haven't even made it to the racks yet.

Happy shopping, and
Have a great weekend๐Ÿ˜‰

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

2015 RePlay: Paper Mache Bodice or Bustier for Barbie

These paper mache bodice tops for Barbie are a cute project that only requires some newspaper (or the ads that come in the mail) and some white glue. Wrap the doll's body in plastic wrap, then cover that with the wet paper, shaping it as you go. It will take a day or two to dry completely. Once you cut it from the doll it can be trimmed with scissors to shape, and then it can be painted, covered in stickers, or decorated any way desired. 

I decided to paint the bodice white,
and sprinkled clear glitter all over the wet paint for a little bling๐Ÿ˜Ž
The frilly gold trim was in my stash 
and matched the gold thread in her jeans well. 

✂Paper Mache Bodice for Barbie
  1. Completely cover Barbie in plastic wrap, wrapping it as tightly against her body as you can.
  2. Cut strips of paper about 1/2" wide (I used newspaper).
  3. Dip the paper into a mixture of 1 part white glue to 1/2 part water. Start wrapping the paper around the doll's body. Completely cover the top making  a few layers of paper. (Note: the pics are after I already trimmed all of the plastic away from the top.)
  4. Allow the paper to dry at least 48 hours. Cut a slit up the back of the bodice, remove it from the doll, remove the plastic from the bodice and trim the bodice into the shape you want. 
  5. At this point you can either decoupage some fabric over the paper and allow that to dry, or carefully remove it from the doll and paint the paper.
  6. I left my back open, you could make holes and tie up the back closure if you'd like.
  7. Project was originally posted on Happier Than A Pig In Mud in January of 2015.

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

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Barbie Cinco de Mayo Crafts and Fun

Tomorrow is May 5th, I thought I'd gather some cute Cinco de Mayo Barbie Crafts for the occasion. Most of these ideas come together in no time, so they're great little last minute projects. Clothes, flowers, music, food... Hopefully you'll be inspired to make a holiday project or two for, or even better, with, your girl for the festivities:@) Barbie says es una fiesta!!!

Monday, May 1, 2023

Barbie Summer Water Sport Toys -Dollar Tree Alert!

Every once in a while I find something that truly surprises me at Dollar Tree, and I have to say this kayak and jet ski are really fun! They are full 1:6 scale toys and both come with a life jacket. Barbie says safety first:@) And while Ken won't fit into the kayak, he can ride the jet ski. The blue part of the kayak opens up to help the doll fit it, and I can see a little dog sitting on the circle as a companion on the adventure! 

Thoughts/Observations:
  • The boats do float in water but, once you add a doll, they become top heavy and will need to be held to keep the doll upright. And I did try it with both Barbie and a very light weight $1 doll.
  • The life vests are molded and made for a standard size female doll only. They don't fit Curvy Barbie or male dolls. They also don't float and keep the dolls out of water (no surprise, just confirming).
  • Ken, GI Joe and other similarly sized action figure dolls will fit on the jet ski. And while a little snug... Even Cousin Rube can go for a ride๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Overall, these are substantial toys for the price. And I'm sure kids will have fun with them in the tub or pool.

The packaging:

๐ŸŒžGrab it when you see it,
and have a happy day๐Ÿ˜Ž

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Barbie Beach & Waves Playset/Table -Walmart

I stumbled upon an end display of Barbie Beach & Waves Playsets at Walmart today. Is it a Walmart limited time exclusive? Don't know, but Google does only show Walmart. I love that it's basically a table with indents for water play and an area for building Barbie size sand castles. Good for indoor or outdoor play. Other features: The legs fold down for transportation or storage, and it comes with a cover that looks like a beach chair/tanning deck type scene. It does include one 5 jointed doll with painted on bathing suit and a few water accessories. Cute summer fun, and a substantial gift at $79.

Wanted to share it while it's still available...
Have a great weekend๐Ÿ˜Š
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