Aunty Project: A Dolly For a Dolly – Part 2

Welcome back, this is part 2 of my Aunty project. I hope it will be as riveting as the first part and if not….well you are already here so you might as well keep reading! Part 2 of my project will focus on creating some cute accessories to accompany my little dolly. I didn’t want to follow the pattern completely (see part 1 for the pattern) as I wanted to  make it my own as well I wanted to go with a ballerina theme.

I had been itching to make a tutu from the moment I came across a pin for a DIY tutu on Pinterest so it just seemed like the perfect opportunity to test my tutu making abilities. The pin is great as it shows how to make a tutu by using a sew free method. The pin, of course, is meant to be used to make a child/toddler sized tutu but it is simple enough to follow to create any size. If you yourself have ever wondered how to create a tutu the time to do it is now, so simple and so much fun to make! And hey if you are into wearing tutu’s yourself, even better, treat yo self!

Here is what I used to make a tutu fit for a dolly;

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And this was the end result, too-too cute if you ask me;

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The second accessory I needed for my dolly creation to be completed was a cute headband to pull back her soon to be beautiful brown locks. I didn’t follow a pattern for this one but it is really easy to piece together. I previously posted about an Aunty project I did a while ago in which I made some headbands for my niece. I simply used the same technique only made it much smaller. On the post I also had a link for a great crochet bow tutorial which I highly recommend checking out if you haven’t already.

Here is the mini headband I crocheted for my dolly;

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I am really impressed with how the accessories turned out, they turned out better than I expected for a first attempt. The pattern I followed for the crochet dolly also shows a pattern for a crochet dress which can be used if you aren’t wanting to create your own theme, it looked like it would be just as sweet.

The next few steps will be key, as I need to ensure I sew all the pieces together perfectly as well create a nice head of hair for my dolly because lets face it, the hair is going to either make or break it!! Wish me luck as I may need it and stay tuned for my next post as I will be revealing the end result of my Aunty project. You will either be amazed, as will I, or you will get a good laugh. Either way, it’s worth checking out 🙂

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Aunty Project: A Dolly For a Dolly – Part 1

I was feeling a little ambitious and inspired by all the wonderful pictures I have been seeing lately of crochet dolls. I am still amazed by what some can do with a hook, there are some seriously talented crafters out there! My ambitiousness came at a great time as I was also in need of my next Aunty project and felt I was up for the challenge. Like most things in life I probably should have given it a bit more thought and care but nope, I just dove right in. I found a great pattern on Pinterest, and got right to work. The pattern is a bit of a liar as it states it is great for a first time crochet project, as well that it is skill level “easy” and to that I give a good old fashion “pfft” and a “shhhaaa right”. Okay I admit I am exaggerating slightly 😉 but I must say it really gave me a greater appreciation for all those crocheters out there who make these cute dolly’s on the daily. You have to be patient, detail orientated and again patient. I found it challenging mostly because you have to keep a close count and for someone with my attention span it is almost impossible, that along with my short memory equals disaster! I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast the other day let alone remember what stitch count I am on, ugh life gets rough in your 30s…..

As this project entails precise counting and attention to detail I thought it best to not rush and to give it the attention it deserves, especially because I was also hoping to give it to my little niece once I completed it. I didn’t want her to look at it and be horrified, you know those “nailed it” posts, when you attempt to make what seems to be a simple task and usually comes with straight forward instructions but when you try and it looks nothing like the end result in the picture?! Yeah I really didn’t want my little Eva to remember me as the crazy Aunty who made her that doll that gave her nightmares at night, so I am going to be doing this project in three parts so please bare with me. I don’t mean to discourage, I do think that with very little crocheting experience you too could make a loved one, or yourself, a beautiful little dolly!

This is what I started with;

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and this is what I ended up with so far;

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Scary I know but rest assured it will be a doll in the end….at least I hope, if not then I guess Charlie gets a new toy 😉 I am a firm believer of sharing your art and creations but at the same time making it your own so I won’t be following the pattern to the exact details. Instead, I am going to lean more towards a ballerina theme for my dolly. I will be making a little tutu for her along with some cute hair accessories.

Make sure you are following my blog so you can catch the next part of this Aunty project, good or bad I hope you are ready to go sail or go down with this ship! You can also creep me on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter, click on the icons along the side and they will take you directly to my pages. Happy crafting and remember when life gets you down turn that smile upside down and put a flower on it 😉

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Every dad has their day…..

Well it’s back again, I can’t believe it has been a year already but like all things it has come full circle. That’s right folks, the dreaded Father’s Day has caught up to me once again. Don’t get me wrong I truly do love my dad and I love that he gets a day all to himself, as he should. What makes me dread the day is that he never wants anything, no fuss, no nothing. This makes it very challenging, I mean do you risk getting a gift? Or do you abide by the wish and just give the gift of your time instead? I mean it seems kind of boring to just “hang out” but maybe I am not giving myself enough credit 😉 I love the challenge of finding the perfect gift, or planning the perfect day full of fun activities. But like most dads mine never asks for much, he simply prefers to spend time together and with me being so far away and not being able to provide the gift he truly wants it makes my task that much more daunting. I decided that I had to do something for my dad, even if it was something little, I wanted to make sure I show him how much I love and appreciate him.

When I was contemplating what to do I tried to think about the most fond memories of my childhood and the times I cherished most with my dad and then it hit me, like a marshmallow ablaze from being left in the fire for too long, camping!! When I was younger we spent almost every weekend at the camp ground, it may sound redneck to some, but to us it was everything. I mean you didn’t have to worry about being clean, shoes were optional, you could lay in the sun all day, you could sit by a camp fire and cook food on a stick over a hot flame, what’s not to love?! My most favourite part of camping was spent by the camp fire, looking up at the stars and having my dad right there beside me. I decided that I would make him a gift using my crafting skills, with a little help from Pinterest, and I would create something that symbolized that childhood memory. When one camps they are usually surrounded by trees so I decided to make something that combines both fire and wood so that whenever my dad sees the gift he too will be reminded of the days we spent looking up at the stars, singing by the camp fire and telling stories.

I got my idea from Pinterest. This pin gave me the inspiration I needed to put together a simple gift from the heart, for a dad who never asks for much. I changed a few things and in the end this is what I used and came up with;

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I used an electric candle instead of a real one, I don’t know about you but the thought of a flame so close to the wood/sticks just didn’t seem like a good idea. Maybe I am over thinking it but I thought it best to be on the safe side. I feel it gives off a real “earthy” tone and creates that camp fire feel, without the fear of actually starting a fire.

I won’t be able to spend the day with you dad but I hope you know how much you are loved and how much I cherish the simpler days that we spent at the lake. We survived many storms, got in trouble for having a water gun fight, caught some fish and made boats for my Barbies out of milk cartons. I love you and hope you have a wonderful day!


DIY Twine Vase

Are you ever left wondering how you can add some new décor into your living space without having to spend a lot of money? I know I have! The good news is that it’s overwhelmingly refreshing to see all the exciting things you can do that cost less than $20.00, you just have to be willing to think outside of the box. So go out and pick up a bottle of wine, sit back and relax…..plus you will need the empty container for this next “do it yourself” post, it’s a win win!

If wine isn’t your thing don’t worry, you can use any empty glass container. This crafting project is not about spending a lot of money, it’s more about taking what you have or can find and revitalizing it. To get you started and to give you some inspiration, I am going to show you how I created a vase using some twine with a pinch of imagination. Here is what I used to make my twine vase;

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  • Empty wine bottle
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Button

*The only thing not pictured here are the pearl beads I ended up adding at the end

This is all you need to create a unique vase, depending on what you are using to decorate the vase, altogether it cost me under $20.00. You will also need a hot glue gun, it’s the best assurance that the twine stays attached to the glass container and your fingers are less likely to become permanently attached to the twine, trust me don’t learn the hard way like me 😉 I started at the top of the bottle, putting a small drop of glue and then attaching the twine and wrapping it around the neck of the bottle. You want to add another drop of glue and then pull the twine tightly around the bottle again. The first couple rows are important, if there isn’t enough glue used to hold the twine in place, it can slide up causing the twine to bunch up or slide off the bottle.

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Keep going around, adding glue less frequently as you work your way down but enough to ensure it stays in place and does not shift up or fall down. You may have to use your fingers to push the twine up if it’s falling down to ensure there aren’t any gaps, again add some glue if needed to help hold everything in it’s place.

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The trickiest part of this crafting project is to make sure there aren’t any gaps, as well to use the appropriate amount of glue. Sometimes it will dry up before you are able to use it and the twine won’t stick, if that happens just peal the glue off and add some more, attaching the twine as quickly as possible and pushing it up gently with your fingers to close in the gaps.

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If you are moving along and find that there are some gaps and you aren’t able to push the twine together, you can always wrap the twine over top of the gap. You don’t want to do this too frequently as it won’t look as polished once completed. I had to do this a couple of times and it ended up not being that noticeable.

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Once you get near the bottom you may have to pick up the bottle and turn it in the air to ensure you have covered it completely. Put enough glue near the end, just like at the beginning, to hold it in place and to keep it from shifting. Once you have it completely covered the fun part begins, choose your décor pieces and get to work. If you are stuck for ideas check out Pinterest as you can usually find lots of inspiration on there (you can also follow me on Pinterest, I have some great pins that will help with this crafting project). I chose simple, neutral décor so that I can interchange the vase between rooms. In the end, you can fill it with flowers or you can leave it as is.

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I hope this post gives you enough instruction so that you can go out and make your own twine crafting sensation. If not and you still have a few questions, or if you have any questions in regards to any of my other posts please feel free to leave a comment below or you can send me an email at bbcraftlandia@gmail.com.  Happy crafting 🙂