Thursday, December 8, 2022

Pictures with Santa at Barbie's Cousin Rube's Farm -Ornament #4

Barbie took the kids to Peace and Pancakes Farm for pictures with Santa. It was an exciting day and the girls were very well behaved, making sure they stayed on the nice list:@) I was tickled to find both the Elf on the Shelf and Santa Stop Here ornament at the thrift store. It's a 2014 lights and sounds Hallmark ornament, it sings let's bake around the clock, and has lots of flashing lights... Light up tree in background from Dollar Tree.

Barbie took three quick cell phone pics for the family album...

The flurry of activity at the farm has been non-stop...
Cousin Rube thanks all of his holiday workers!
Obviously, good help was hard to find this yearπŸ˜‰
PS-Our Elf's name is Cheeky.
We now have the full size elf,
and the World's Smallest Elf of the Shelf...

Happy Christmastime everyoneπŸŽ…

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Barbie's Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater Dress -DIY Free Pattern, Felt, No-Sew Option

I saw some, um, ugly Christmas sweater dresses at Walmart and thought it might be fun to whip one up for Barbie:@) This is a super simple project that only requires a 25¢ (yikes inflation! 35¢) piece of felt and anything you have in the craft stash to decorate the tree. This can be quickly sewn, or a no-sew project by using some glue. Felt also makes this a no-hem project-gotta love that! The pattern fits both standard dolls, and our model today is Curvy Barbie. My suggestion: If you're planning this as a party or sleepover project, you might want to have the dresses made ahead of time, and just let the girls decorate them. 

Oh and, don't forget Ken...
He likes to get dressed up too!

Possible decorations:
Pom-poms, glitter, garland, ribbon, sewing trims, buttons, mini Christmas decorations,
beads, yarn, bows, sequins, rhinestones, diamond mesh ribbon, faux fur, 
stickers or cut shapes/ornaments from more felt.
~Anything goes folks!

The Pattern:

What I did:
  1. Tip: Honestly, the best glue for felt seems to be hot glue.
  2. Cut two from pattern.
  3. Place right sides together, sew or glue up sides to arm hole (line on pattern).
  4. Turn right side out.
  5. Optional: I did cut the front neckline into a bit of a scoop.
  6. There are options for securing the dress... I added a little velcro to the garland and back of one shoulder so it can be opened and closed for dressing. You could also glue a long piece of ribbon around each arm hole, leaving two long ends to tie into bows on top of the shoulders.
  7. At this point the dress is done, glue on decorations as desired😎
My inspiration:

Rather make a Santa type outfit?
I think you could easily create this look with the same idea/pattern:

Looks like Barbie and Ken are ready for the party😎

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Barbie Dollhouse Early Christmas Decorating...

Barbie asked Ken to bring the boxes of Christmas decorations down from the attic and she's just beginning to see what they have, and what she might want to buy this year. And like many of us, she has decided on a main accent color... This year Barbie would like to focus heavily on gold:@) 

Antique nativity = 50¢ thrift store find
Glitter deer head from Dollar Tree
Gold glitter tree, Walmart clearance Cousin Rube's FarmπŸ˜‰

The other side of the room has some gold,
but carries the pink theme as well...
Father Christmas = Walmart ornament years ago
Deer from Mattel mystery pack of pets.

But, um,
That little red truck pillow...
Super cute, but, maybe not in the livingroom this year.

Ah better...
This knit pillow will work until I make a gold one.
We're just starting on the decorating,
still need white lights on the tree,
and some greenery on the mantle.
But we'll get there!

Barbie wishes everyone,
warm holiday greetings and special Christmas memories!

Happy Holiday DecoratingπŸŽ…

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Barbie Millicent Roberts Thrift Store Rescue -$5 Grab Bag

I found a jumbled bag of mixed doll clothes at the thrift store for $5. I knew there were many non-Barbie items so I dug into it in the parking lot and added what couldn't be used back to the donation bin. The main reason I just couldn't put it back on the shelf was this navy blue double breasted jacket with gold buttons-very detailed! I'm guessing it's more designed for older dolls with smaller shoulders and a larger chest. It does not fit even my most slender Ken doll. And while a little tight in the shoulders, I did use Curvy Barbie as my model. I had a feeling the jacket might be special...

Yep, special😎

Initially I thought it went with the tan pants in the bag...
But the pants fit standard Ken dolls better than Barbie.
All clothes were played with and need a little cleaning up.

Other goodies:
I wouldn't be surprised if the pink dress up top came on a greeting card.
Sporty blue and red jacket fits Ken, and maybe even Cousin RubeπŸ˜‰
At least half of the items have original Barbie tags.

Barbie says grab it when you see it and...

Have a happy day😊

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Dollar Tree Alert! Barbie Items for Christmas

While I only took a few pictures, I wanted to mention I've seen quite a few Barbie theme'd items at Dollar Tree that would make cute Christmas gifts. Obviously merchandise is constantly changing and every store may get different items, but it's certainly worth stopping by if you have a little Barbie enthusiast in your life:@) I'll start with Barbie Paper Dolls... I haven't seen paper dolls since I was a kid! A little too large for a stocking stuffer, but fun!

Lots of little stocking stuffers:

Practical gifts:
Or maybe not a gift, but might help girls reach for a tissue when needed...
I've also seen pocket packs of Barbie tissues.

Not pictured:
Toothbrush sets, bandaids, press on nails.

And what are we going to wrap everything in???
Of course...

Happy Holiday ShoppingπŸŽ…

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed -Barbie's Thanksgiving 2022

Looks like Barbie and Ken are hosting dinner this Thanksgiving...
Ken says, if you're gonna cook a turkey...
Cook a TURKEY!!!😎

From everyone at DIY Barbie Blog,
we wish you a full plate, and peace,
this ThanksgivingπŸ¦ƒ

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Recycled Grinch Candy Container for Barbie, Ken or Action Figure Play-Christmas

Alternate Title: How Ken Stole Christmas:@) How about adding a little Grinch-y Christmas fun to Barbie play! I picked up a Hershey's How the Grinch Stole Kisses stocking stuffer because I immediately saw a fun mask for Ken. I love these super easy, cute, recycling projects! And the size of this candy stopper is honestly, perfect for 1:6 scale dolls.

What I started with,
I saw them at Walmart and Target:

The stopper:

I cut it with a razor cutter ~adults only please~.
Cut the bottom off, then straight down the back of the head.
Open back up and slip over the doll's head,
will fit Barbie, Ken and action figure dolls:

Now, this is ~your~ mask...
You could paint the eyes, or cut them out of the mask.
Anything goes.
I'm gonna keep mine as is,
he'll be fun floating around Cousin Rube's farm store this holiday seasonπŸ˜‰

Recycle creatively this holiday season,
and have a happy dayπŸŽ…

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

New Sweets Cart at Barbie's Cousin Rube's Farm -The Holidays are Coming!

Even though Barbie's Cousin Rube and his girl Reenee live on a farm, they do sell to the public... So like every other store, as soon as Halloween was over, they did a quick turn-around to get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year's addition to the farm store is a sweets stand. They found a local baker and candy maker that specializes in hand pulled taffy, fudge and lollypops, as well as spectacular baked treats. On crisp or cold clear days the stand is rolled out onto the grounds, they make room in the barn store if it's raining or heavily snowing. And please play along with me here, Peace and Pancakes Farm is a little further north than Barbie's house in the city, so the ground already has a light covering of snow.

Reenee's excited to help set-up the cart and decorate it for the holidays:@) 
She's in her ugly Santa sweater, kinda her uniform for work this season...

What I started with, $5 from Walmart.
Bought it a year ago and it's just been sitting on my shelf.
Cupcakes, cotton candy machine, lollypops.
And those itty colorful things are gummy bears!

But the cart needed a little Christmas makeover...
I covered the canopy in a tan fabric that looks a little more like canvas,
and it will work for any time of year.
I really wanted to cover all of the purple in a wood look contact paper,
but those wheels are on pretty sturdily, and I don't want to break them.
So a simple skirt in holiday motif was the solution.
Since it's a sweets cart, the flanking Pez Statues look right at homeπŸŽ…
Basket of cookies is a $1 thrift store Hallmark ornament.

I can't budge the candy stand...
But will ask my sons if they canπŸ˜‰
I like it, but not right up front like that,
uses up too much valuable real estate...

In a perfect world, the candy stand moves,
and I get/find/make some thin shelves to display cakes, etc.
There's a lot of un-used vertical space.

The tiered tray got a quick coating of silver spray paint.
Love the tiered tray, and I'll use that in the dollhouse kitchen too.

Merry sign cut from a sale flyer, just to quickly cover the original wording.
The great candy canes are from Ma's craft stash-love them!

And a little peek into how Rube's Christmas Shop is starting to look...
Hand crafted toys, that Elf seems to be ~everywhere...
And of course, his biggest seller of the the year,

Reenee says she hopes to see you at the farm!!!

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Barbie: Christmas Sweater Ornaments at Target 2022 -Ornament #3

They're here! This year's Christmas sweater ornaments at Target are adorable, and have a more elegant design. Instead of a theme'd ugly Christmas sweater look as in years past, they come in white and gray, and are simply embroidered with either a gold metallic tree or snowflake. Great for the dolls to wear all winter long. You will find the necks a little tighter this year, it's best to dress a doll with a squishier (or removable) head. 3/4 length sleeves, and a bonus... They are simply tacked onto the hanger with thread, instead of hot glue like some other ornaments, making them easier to remove from the hanger:@) 

And the tree:

Target kept last year's pricing. 
They may be the ~only~ thing that hasn't gone up in price this year... 
Thank you Target!

Grab it when you see it,
$3 for a Barbie and/or Ken sweater is hard to beat😎

Have a happy day!

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