Doll-Making Begins

I just sold my first doll!  She is a baby bunny and is on her way to her new mama.  Here are a few pictures.

I have also been working on a making more dolls.  I have one that is waiting clothes, one that is patiently waiting to have her eyes and mouth embroidered on, and I now have 4 bodies waiting to become dolls!  Yay!  Here are a few sneak peaks:

Well, I’m off to get my creative juices flowing and to create my beautiful dollies.

Fairy Furniture

I made several fairy furniture items for my daughter to play with, but I think I had more fun with the construction.  The materials were gathered from our yard or in a local park and are primarily sticks and bark.  I glued the pieces together with a glue gun and tied a few pieces together with string (as my darling daughter is a bit rough with the furniture).

Fairy Bed:  I crocheted a simple pillow and a crocodile stitch blanket to go with it.

Bench, table, and chairs.  The little bowls were purchased at a local garden shop (FYI: nursery’s often have an assortment of fairy garden plants, furniture, fairies, and other accessories)

Bridge

Arbor/bench

There you have it, the fairy furniture.  I could have kept making furniture, but honestly the little one kept breaking it (since she played with it so much), so now I just do repairs.

Coming soon:  crochet fairy rug and basket.

Fabric Easter Eggs

For Easter I like to make my children toys and this Easter isn’t any different.  I found a pattern and tutorial for making fabric Easter Eggs (from Retro-Mama) and thought they would be perfect for repeat egg hiding/finding.  I used some of the scrap fabric that I had laying around the house and whipped up a handful of eggs.  I also, in an effort to use my fabric efficiently, stuffed a few of the eggs with the leftover, unusable fabric scraps.  The fabric scrap stuffed eggs are not as soft, but they still turned out great.

(the basket is one I made earlier and can be found here.  My daughter planted wheat grass in it at school)

Fairy Garden!

My daughter has been loving outside play.  However, she has also been playing, digging, and watering things that I would prefer she left alone.  I decided to use the planter on our deck to build a fairy garden for her to focus her play (and because I thought it would be fun).

I took clipping from plants we already had in our yard (chicks and hens, sedum, and creeping thyme) and transplanted a couple of flax plants.  It’s still early for planting here, but I figure that if the plants don’t make it I can take some more clipping and replant.  I made a hill and used some pea gravel along with some larger rocks from our yard to make a little stream that leads to a pond (made from an old rubbermaid container).

 

Easter in the Fairy Garden!

 

 

. . .and a Fairy came.

 

My daughter has already logged several hours of play in and around the fairy garden.  She loooooves it.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting about making fairy furniture and other fairy garden accessories.

Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant

I recently purchased a coconut oil deodorant from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve and loved it (I also purchase my shampoo and body soap from them).  In as attempt to save some money, I decided to try making a similar deodorant at home.  It turned out pretty good, so I though I would share my recipe.

Recipe:

  • 5 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
  • 1/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary essential oil

Directions:

Mix coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and baking soda in a bowl.  Then add essential oils and mix well.  Then pour mixture into containers.

Notes:  If the coconut oil is super firm (like it was for me), then make warm water bath to melt it.  The coconut oil melts at body temperature so it doesn’t take much.   I ended up adding the grapeseed oil because the mixture was too firm (it is still pretty cool here), but if you live in a warmer climate you could probably omit the grapeseed oil.  The essential oils are some that I had on hand, you could use any combination you like.  I really like the scent that these make together.  Play around with it and have fun.

**You can find the arrowroot powder at natural food stores or you can substitute cornstarch for it.