Sunday, November 11, 2012

Just for fun

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Some extra pictures I took today of the laydeez.

(It was so cool in  the house this morning that Daniela's [spa edition] makeup changed.)

 (Aha! I just realized she looks like an old lady with back pains in this one.)

Ooh, girl! Pull your skirt down!


To clarify...

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Moxie Teenz wigs DO fit on Liv dolls. I was reading all over the internet trying to figure this out because the cheapest Liv wigs I could find were on Amazon and would have ended up costing at least $10 after shipping and all that. And I'm a cheap-ass so that was no bueno for me.
In my research I kept getting mixed stories. "Oh they fit."--"Well, I have both and they don't." Blah blah blah. They have them for $5 at Toys R Us, so I just grabbed two and said to hell with it.
And what do you know, Moxie Teenz wigs DO fit Liv dolls.
Here's proof:

Mizz Dani in a beee-yooo-tee-ful pink wig and "rave"outfit I made for her from some old aerobics pants I had. Snazzy!

And here's Soph in a blond-ish wig. Wearing some clothes I jacked off a Stardoll (ugly little things, those--but super cute clothes!), and also Stardoll shoes. They're a bit big but YOU can't tell and that's all that's important. The bolero is hers though.

I will say, though, that it probably just seems like they don't fit because unless you either (a) put some kind of sticky stuff down like tack or double sided tape or (b) don't move them around hardly any, the wigs fall off because there is nothing holding them on.

I will also say that you get what you pay for. These wigs are not nearly as full as a Liv wig. It's also possible some lazy employee made mine since the pink wig is actually half decent while the long blond wig is so shoddy there are obvious areas that don't get covered. I had to spend 5+ minutes spreading the hair out just right on Sophie to cover the bald spots. There was also about three yards (not literally) of extra plastic hanging off the blond wig that I had to cut off.

Worth it.

No-Sew Doll Skirt

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Things you'll need:
-fabric (I used some old shorts)
-fabric glue (optional)
-velcro (optional)
-some kind of string (optional)

*I will be showing you how to make this with velcro. If you don't want to use velcro you can use string to hold the skirt in place.*

Take your fabric and cut from the edge to however long you want the skirt to be.
Then cut along the width so that it wraps around the dolls body PLUS about an extra 1/2 inch.
Take your rectangle and along the length, cut out a smaller rectangle about 3/8in long by 1/2 wide.
(Hopefully the picture explains a little better. -- If you're using old clothes you can use the hem for the top edge and just cut out a 1/2 inch piece from that like I did)

Attach your velcro.Stick a piece on the front side where the extra fabric is and one on the wrong side where the flat edge is.

Once it dries lay the piece face down and place your doll face down on top.
Take the side with the extra half inch and wrap it around the doll.
Then take the other side and wrap it over top to fasten the velcro.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a skirt!

If you dont want to use velcro, you can tie string or a hair tie around the waist to hold it in place.

Paired with my no-sew shirt and a vest I made with some scrap leather:

No-Sew Doll T-shirt

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What you'll need:
-an old shirt (really any type of fabric)
-fabric glue (optional)
-sew on velcro or stick on velcro which is easier but not as cheap. (optional)
-string/yarn, or hair tie (optional)

*I will be showing you how to do this using velcro. If you do not want to use velcro then use string to hold the shirt in place*
First thing's first; cut out a square that's long enough to cover the the length of the torso (unless you want a crop top) and wide enough to wrap around the dolls body.

 Then, fold the fabric in half width wise and place your doll on top. Using the scissors, make a slight cut in the fabric on each side of the doll where the arms will go (arm holes). If you want a tank top style, make the cuts more on top of the shoulder than by the arm like I've done.

Next, cut a half circle between the two arm hole cuts you made. The wider the distance between the half circle and the arm holes, the wider your sleeve is going to be. But don't make the circle too big or you'll have some nip slips.

Now you'll want to cut along the folded edge up to the arm hole. Do this for each side.
Unfold the fabric and pick which half is going to be your backside and then, starting at the bottom of the armhole, cut down at a slight inward angle. (The right side on mine is just folded under. Both sides of yours should look like the left side of mine.)

Then you'll take your velcro and cut it into skinny, long strips and use your fabric glue to glue it to your shirt.
You'll take the widest part and glue a strip onto the back and another onto the front along the edges. (or just stick them on there if you have the sticky kind) Wait for the glue to dry.

Now for the fun part!
Pull the shirt over the doll's head (through the hole obvs) with the skinny piece in the back. Then, wrap the long sides around to the back and fasten the velcro!! Super simple!

Et voila! A shirt!!!

If you don't want to buy velcro you can always use a makeshift belt (ie string/yarn, or a hairband) to hold the pieces in place.

A DC shirt I made with this method:

I like turtles--I mean dolls

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So I've been on a doll craze lately. More specifically Liv dolls. I wanted to crochet some barbie clothes and when looking for one that would fit my needs (I needed a pose-able one) I discovered the Livs and just had to have one.
I ended up getting a Sophie and a Daniela doll AND THEY'RE TOTALLY AWESOME! Lol.
The first thing I did with them was fix their eyes. I actually swapped them out because I think it's cliche to have a blond hair blue eyed doll (ahem, Sophie). So now Dani's got blue eyes and the Soph has brown. I like them even more now.
I ended up not crocheting clothes for them but making some no-sew outfits out of old t-shirts and the like since I suck at sewing by hand and don't have a machine.
I came up with my own way of making them since I couldn't find any tutorials online that produced the results I was looking for, so I will post my tuts here later today.
For now though I will put up some pics I took shortly after I got them. I had already done the eye swap.

As you can see, they're a bit disheveled and Dani is for sure cross eyed (I've fixed that). I definitely think they look better with each others eyes.
Best part is, my daughter can play with them when she's old enough, so the $15 I spent on these girls will stretch for a looooong time.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sprucing up old binders

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I still have a few plain old three ring binders from high school that are plain and ugly. Some of the white stuff on one is even wrinkled, making it look even uglier. So I decorated the outside with some scrapbook paper:
But the inside was still all plain and ugly, so I spruced that up too!!
I went and got some 30 cent file folders out of the clearance school stuff at Walmart,
cut off about a half inch from the bottom and punched some holes in those suckers,

 and then stuck them into the binder

The pack comes with three folders and the tabs are quite large so I cut them in half in order to be able to use six folders and still see all the tabs.

And then when I was all done, I had these pretty little colorful dots left in the hole punch. I don't know what I'll do with them yet. I could use them as a table decoration but I'm not quite sure for what occasion.

The Big Bangle Theory

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If you have a baby and she/he is on WIC then you probably end up with a lot of Gerber formula cans in your trash. I still throw the cans away because I know at some point if I use them for anything, some kind of liquid will get in there and the can will rust, so I don't bother with it. But I do save the lids. I actually saw on a site a while back that you can cut out the middle of the lid and crochet around it and use it as a handle on a purse. Since I abuse my purses to no end, I don't crochet any because they'd probably only last a week. So I decided I'd just make some bangles with them. They end up a little on the large side, so this probably wont work if you have small hands. Mine are pretty average and they don't slip off.

You'll need some scissors, a lid, yarn and an appropriate sized hook.
First thing you want to do is poke a hole through the lid with a pair of scissors (being careful not to poke a hole through yourself) and start cutting around the circle.

 It doesn't have to be perfect. Unless you want it to be. I'm lazy, so mine's not.
Next attach the yarn to the lid however you see fit. I just tie mine on because I usually go over it and hide the ends and I like to know it's secure. You can also just hold the yarn in place with your finger and do a slip stitch (next step).

Then you're going to  take the hook underneath to the back of the rim of the lid, hook onto the yarn and pull it under the rim and up to the front. Yarn over and pull through the loop.
Now you have a loop on your hook and will continue to do this same process around the ring.

Hook goes under the lid to the back, and hooks onto the yarn. (please excuse my nasty looking old lady hands.)

Pull yarn under and to the front of ring.

 Yarn over.

 Pull through all loops.
Easy as eating pie! Do this all the way around the lid and then invisible FO and hide your tail.

On the blue one I used some tarn from an old sweater I had. If you use two yarns, keep them from twisting and you'll get an a,b pattern instead of the random chaos like mine.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mustache Applique

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If you don't already know, mustache is the new black. But in my quest for all things of the upper lip hair variety (at least in the form of crochet), I never really found an applique that I actually liked. So I did what should have been obvious from the get-go and made my own.

Can be used with any yarn. I think that's a worsted weight I used. I don't pay attention.
Here's the pattern for the large 'stache:
(ss= slip stitch)
- ch11
- sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 chs, ss1, hdc 2, dc 1, 6 tr in last ch wrapping around to underside of ch
- dc 1 in next ch, hdc 1, 2 hdc, hdc 1, sc 2, ss1
- Cut yarn and do the invisible FO
Make two, flip one around and sew the fat parts together at the edges.

And for the smaller 'stache:
- ch7
- sc in 2nd ch and next 2 chs, ss 1, hdc 1, 5 dc in last ch wrapping around to the underside of ch
- hdc next ch, 2 sc, ss 1
- Do the invisible FO
Make two, flip one around and sew fat parts together at the edges.

Place on whatever you feel like. I stuck one on a mug cozy I made for my husband.

Do whatever you want with the end result, just don't redistribute the pattern as your own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


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My name is Ainsley! I have a husband named Ben whose is in the Air Force, and together we have a beautiful little girl named Alexis (Lexi).
I'm starting this blog as a creative outlet. I will try to post everything from DIY crafts, and crochet patterns to photography, photoshop tuts and resources. Some will be my own, and some will be neat ideas I found on the internet and then (poorly) tried to duplicate.
I apologize in advance for anyone who doesn't get my sense of humor and will try to keep my sailors mouth to a minimum.
I'll probably put one of my crochet patterns up here later tonight. Or possibly maybe sometime tomorrow. Procraftstination at it's finest.

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