My Latest Obsession – 18″ Doll Fun

We all have our crafty obsessions, right?

Mine tend to have “seasons.”

Little Princess Girl has recently decided to spend a lot of time with her 18″ doll. It’s not an American Girl doll, nor is it a knock off of the famous 18″ doll. Instead, it is a retired Best Friends Club doll (BFC,Inc. doll). Her name is Addison, and finding things exactly meant for a retired doll is near impossible. This doll is not as wide nas the more popular 18″ dolls. But Addison is her doll, and she adores her. Most accessories for regular 18″ dolls could work, but this is me we are talking about. Because she is narrower than most dolls, shoes are an accessory that would not work for her.

I decided to get on Pinterest, and WOW! There are so many fun and creative accessories you can make for these dolls for almost pennies on the dollar. Of course I had to start a board just to keep track of it all!  86 pins later, and I know what we are doing this summer!

18" doll shoesI had to try a pair of shoes.  I am excited to say that I did successfully make Addison a pair of shoes…out of craft foam, hot glue, ribbon and a few beads for decoration. You could say that when I put them on her feet, I was giddy. Even Little Princess Girl remarked, “Wow, Mom, it looks like you didn’t even make these!” I took that compliment as complete approval.

Are they perfect? No. Not by any means. But Little Princess Girl adores them. And that is all that matters.

Stick around for the fun! I hope to post quite a bit about this. Have you ever made anything for dolls? What would you like to see made? Be sure to take a look at my Pinterest board – there are so many great ideas!
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Build a Heart Box at Home Depot’s FREE Kids Workshop

Heart Box - Home Depot

The first Saturday of every month, Home Depot offers a FREE kids workshop. Sign up now for your child to participate in this fun, FREE activity! From the Home Depot website:

Heart Box - Home DepotLearn to Build a Heart Box:

  • Come learn how to build a heart box in time for Valentine’s Day
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed

Find out more on their website:

FREE Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics – September

Our family has long been a fan of the Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics. We have participated in MANY of the projects they have offered over the past year. We just recently completed their summer program, which was partnered with Dreamworks Animation Studios. A few of our completed projects –

Toothless       Monsters vs aliens


binocularsLowes ApronWhile the summer program is over, Lowe’s continues to offer clinics once a month for kids for FREE! Sign-ups for September are open now, but fill quickly. Be sure to sign up today & your child can make a pair of wooden binoculars! If this is your first time participating, Lowe’s offers each child a pair of goggles & an apron. After completion of each project, your child is awarded a certificate & a patch to iron on your apron. How fun is that? After participating in just over a year’s worth of clinics, our apron is almost full!

Have you participated in Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics? What does your child’s apron look like? Share it with me in the comments below!



Buzz Lightyear Spaceship Cake

Here’s an easy and inexpensive cake to make for your Buzz Lightyear fan. No special cake pans are required; the design is very basic.

I modeled this cake after a toy I found through a google search.

Bake your favorite cake in a 13 x 9 pan. Allow your baked cake to cool 10 minutes, then invert onto a baking sheet.

Cut the cake into three sections.

Move the 2 small pieces from the top of your rocket down to the base…attach them with a couple dollops of icing.

Crumb coat the entire cake.

Etch guide lines into the iced cake with a wooden skewer. Then decorate with colored icing.

I added a couple of small clean PVC figures to my cake. Not amazing so much, but definitely fun and easy!!

See? So simple. And I promise, your little spaceranger will love it!

These gorgeous pink and white Mickey Mouse cookies were given in lieu of cards at my family’s Valentine party this year. My favorite aunt brought them.

She used the cookie recipe on the Disney site and topped them with a colorful rolled fondant. The cookies turned out perfectly and looked too good to eat! Somehow, we all managed. 😉

I’ve copied Disney’s butter cookie recipe here:


2 cups of butter (4 sticks)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt


Beat butter together with the sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.

Add egg yolks and extracts and mix well.

Sift flour and salt together and add to butter mixture, beating until just combined. Wrap well with plastic and chill until firm (if rolling or shaping).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make cookie cutter cookies chill dough until firm (at least 1 hour). Roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes.

Cool on waxed paper and decorate

Welcome to the first edition of “Repurpose It!”

For my birthday, my wonderful husband replenished my Sharpie addiction with the big 24 pen bonus pack. If you can imagine, I have tons of crafting things.  So, where to keep 24 Sharpies (all colors of the rainbow, btw) was a predicament.  A trip to the recycle closet was in order.  And inspiration hit.  15 oz vegetable/fruit cans would look lovely on my shelf with some pretty paper wrapped around them.  Cans are so useful for holding things of that nature!


What you need:

2 15 oz veggie cans – cleaned well.(note – its not too important to get all of the paper off the can. The little bit that is stuck to the glue will be covered up with the scrapbook paper)

1 12×12 sheet of scrapbook paper

mod podge or decoupage medium of your choice

foam brush

embellishments (optional)


What to do :

I have a pre-cut template of 4″x10″  for my scrapbook paper. That should fit a standard can. Since every can could be different, test your template before you cut your paper.

  1. Cut your paper to fit the cans.
  2. Using a moderate amount of medium, cover part of the can, paying close attention to the ridges.
  3. Start wrapping the paper around the can.
  4. Smooth the paper around the can, pushing out any bubbles.
  5. Repeat these steps until the can is covered.
  6. Let the can dry for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Once dry, apply a thin amount of medium over the top of the paper.
  8. Allow to dry before applying another coat.


I usually apply 2 coats of medium over the top of the paper.  If you are wanting to add embellishments, apply accordingly. On these cans, I used sparkle paint, and this should be applied after step 6. To add ribbon or gems, add once the entire can is completely done.

These can be very unique, decorative items in your every day life & look at how green you can be, too! Get creative – there are many different can sizes out there!

Do you have decorated cans in your home/office? What do you use them for?