Peter Rabbit

I think when you get on a book kick, you stay on a book kick. ūüôā

With Easter approaching, what’s more appropriate than the tale of a mischievous bunny?

I found several sites with Peter Rabbit book images with the text. (Source Credit is given in the pdf).

My printable pdf is formatted for standard copy paper (8.5 by 11 inches). You can use the Momotaro post for additional instructions on assembling the book. Your finished book will be 1.5 inches by 1 inch.

I did add fold lines since the edges of this book are ALL WHITE. The blue lines are the outside folds, the red are the inside. You probably don’t really need the red lines since you want to fold all the blue lines first then fold them to meet each other (you never really see the red lines to be able to fold them).

One tip is to check that you’ve cut off any red or blue lines before final assembly or they will be very noticeable (such as on the tape tabs and front and back covers). ¬†Also, it is a little tricky to cut the sections apart since the edges are white. If you don’t want to eyeball it, remember that each printed¬†row¬†is 1.5 inches high so when cutting them apart, each separated section is 1.5 wide; you can measure and mark with a pencil if you want.

Mini Kit was our model (above) but this size book is also suitable as a “pocket” book for 18 inch dolls. (Peter Rabbit books were originally sized for children’s small hands so the scale works!).

Find the pdf printable here: Peter Rabbit book

the power of a paper doll

Another Hinamatsuri tradition includes floating a straw or paper doll down the river in certain areas of Japan which symbolizes a protection for the image of the person the doll represented. In other words, you make a doll that looks you then you would rub it over your body to pick up anything bad you needed to get rid of (early ju-ju?) then float it away on a tiny boat for a prosperous year.

There are a very obvious problems with this tradition even in modern Japan where the tiny boats/dolls get stuck in fishing nets so now, the dolls are floated away but someone then goes and collects them all, takes them to the temple and burns them to release the bad ju-ju.

Having grown up in Phoenixville (PA) and spent my childhood summers in Ashville (OH and yes really!), I am very familiar with the power of fire for cleansing, rebirth and new chances.

There are lots of fancy ways you could make a paper doll model of yourself. Here are a couple fun websites where you can turn yourself into a Powerpuff Girl like this:

Or a Disney character like this:

I decided a plainer backdrop would be easier to cut out…

So I am going to cut this out and … we’ll see. I don’t know that I need to float away or burn just now (beyond a bath with candles). ūüėČ

Powerpuff Yourself

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There are also lots of hinamaturi related paper doll printables out there for personal use on pinterest and Google if you’re motivated.

What are you going to do today?

a peach boy for girl’s day!

Hinamatsuri (which means Doll Festival) is not just about dolls. It is also referred to as Momo no sekku which means Peach Festival. On the lunar calendar, March is peach blossom season.

My absolute favorite fairy tale growing up was the story of Momotaro. His legend has him springing forth as a baby from a giant peach found in the river by his poor elderly (adoptive) mother who, with her husband, had wished for a child. Momotaro is also a warrior of virtue and justice. Plus he has a dog, a monkey and a bird for best friends so really, what isn’t to love about this tale? (For an easily read aloud version, go here:¬†https://www.candlelightstories.com/2011/03/13/peach-boy-a-folktale-from-japan/¬†Their audio version is a bit dreary but there is one on this link too).

My dollies love to read so I decided to make them their own copy of Momotaro. Baxley Stamps has some wonderful versions up online including the 1911 (& 1940 reprint) version as well as a Swedish version (that I couldn’t resist having a dear friend who is Swedish). There is also an excellent write up of how books were bound at the time. I highly encourage you to read through the text when you have time.

To make your own book, you’ll need to print out this handy PDF:

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I’m going to caution that I used 11 x 17 paper because it required less taping. Home printers likely aren’t going to accommodate that. A copy center will be able to print the single page for you relatively inexpensively or your local library may have a printer/copier that can handle the larger size paper (standard is 8.5 by 11). If that doesn’t work for you, drop me a line and I will reformat to the standard size for you (or if you’re not in the US and need a different size paper, let me know!).

Before we start cutting, let’s fold things so all our pages are even.

Fold the panel with the cover (the first image)back so you can see it using the edge from the rest of the paper to line up your fold on the top and bottom of the sheet.

We’re going to fold all the outer edge seams first so we need to skip a panel and fold up again. Repeat this until you have folded every other edge. It looks like this now:

To fold the inside seams, use your outside seams as the “edge” folding each “inside” by meeting the two “outside” seams towards each other. When you’ve done them all, it looks like a simple fan fold:

Now we need to separate the sections. I used scissors. An exacto knife, straight edge and cutting mat would be ideal to maintain your size but scissors worked (your book is formatted to 2 inches wide by 3 inches tall). Using the photo below as your guide, separate the sections by rows. Try to keep them in order or use this photo for reference again later! Trim off the extra paper on the top and bottom only for now (as shown)

To connect the sections, use the excess white on your edges by folding them over to create another seam. Fold one in and one out so you can overlap them,

align and secure (with tape or glue, I used tape). Repeat this for the third row.

The front cover also has excess white before it. That’s ok. Fold that around towards the back and secure it (with tape or glue) to the back leaving the back cover free (sorry, I apparently missed that step in the photos).

To hide that white strip, wrap the back cover around (trim the spine to width if your paper is thinner than mine). You can see here that my spine ended up shorter than my book. That happens. I trimmed the bottom edge of the book carefully with scissors at the stage.

Next we need to secure the spine. No more extra book now!

I used regular Scotch tape. I find that if you lay the tape flat and set the book on it, it’s easier to align. I’m showing that here using the edge of my desk. Once I had it aligned on the tape (extra above or below the book is ok, you can trim off extra tape after the book is together) so the tape would go past the spine (so it makes contact with the front cover), I pressed down on the book and carefully rolled the tape up around the spine and front of the book to secure it.

I then used both hands (only one shown, guess where the other one was) to firmly press the spine down on my desktop to square out the spine.

This step isn’t required but it does make the spine look nice.

To show you the scale, here is the book with the tape dispenser. I think they make a lovely couple.

Did you know the story of Momotaro? What do you think of a baby hatching from a peach?

vlogger profile: Be Chic Forever

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I recently found a wonderful new source of inspiration in the Bé Chic Forever youtube channel.

Check out these screen grabs from the end table and luxury bathroom videos.

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The end table video explores three way to make decadent coffee tables to coordinate with the luxurious tufted living room suite which, of course, goes perfectly with this amazing posh bathroom. (A gold toilet seat is so cool but so is the potty itself!).

If your dollies are craving a little chic in their lives, don’t miss the B√© Chic Forever youtube channel!

Go check out the channel and look for these awesome videos too:

Chandelier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV-oy2Qy0o4
Pom Pom Rug https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XkHEV-OqQg
Tutu Lamp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra4rGiHoUps
Toilet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZVDwEwYsIo
Garden Bed with Tufted Headboard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBUe1dKAn4o
No Sew Canopy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z68tCLFNamE
Princess Canopy Bed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLkm_5zwtT4
Dining Room Chair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXLCMWY7wbM
Luxury Sofa Cushions http://behicforever.blogspot.com/2017/01/felt-cushions-for-american-girl-doll.html
Luxury Tufted Chair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK80_llgRTA
Luxury Tufted Ottoman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGAKF75Tnag
Luxury Tufted Sofa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFgS7cy5Z_4
Luxury Tufted Sofa Cushions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr7D7ooxLYE
3 Easy Coffee Tables https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58M4rUXYt_o
Napkins and Napkin Rings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8RZ5I5v80U
Starbucks Drink Costume https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTFq9NddbNw
Pax House Frame (horizontal) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSPSHbHodVI
Kitchen and Dining Room Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayhQMqho67E
Laundry Room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNFZDjmEvTs
Luxury Bath Room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Et0dadiAdk
Salon and Spa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcmODT7HJso
Garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TZJ7CQE3QA

Update from Disney

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Hello from Disney, Dollings!

I finally figured out how to post from my phone (& it’s crazy tedious)!

I’ll have some great crafts and printables for you when I return next week.

The above photo show a little hackery of Barbie’s outfits for the mini OG dolls. If you can sew a hem, you can have a new shirt & skirt for dollie for under $3 total. Pretty nice!

I brought scissors, thread, elastic cording and a needle with me. To make the edge straight, I used the outfit’s packaging as a guide.

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Once cut, I hemmed the shirt edge by hand sewing. For the skirt, I cut a piece of elastic cording to size, knotted it and sewed it into the waist hem so it floats.

I also tried out a Sparkle Girls outfit for size. I know this image is sideways but I can’t figure out why or how to change it (but I will when I get home!). The original one piece outfot had attached black pants that were not salvageable because of the low waist. No sewing was required to just chop them off and have a useful dress. However, it should be noted that you have to hike the belted part up a wee bit or it restricts the hips motion. For $1.97 plus tax, I can deal with that.

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More when we get back, Dollings!

Nonna

Harry Potter and the Wizardly World for Dollings

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Do your dollies love Harry Potter too? How about some chocolate frogs to celebrate? The above image is a snip from the Harry Potter Paraphernalia blog. Find the original and others here: http://harrypotterparaphernalia.blogspot.com/2012/01/chocolate-frogs-box-template.html

More Harry Potter fun!

(Book of) The Care of Magical Creatures http://www.americangirlideas.com/harry-potter-book-%E2%80%A2-the-care-of-magical-creatures/
Book of Monsters http://www.americangirlideas.com/how-to-make-the-monster-book-of-monsters/
Book of Spells http://www.americangirlideas.com/american-girl-book-of-spells/
Broom (Nimbus 2000) http://www.americangirlideas.com/how-to-make-american-girl-harry-potter-brooms/
Chocolate Frogs Box (Harry Potter) http://harrypotterparaphernalia.blogspot.com/2012/01/chocolate-frogs-box-template.html
Harry Potter books http://www.americangirlideas.com/harry-potter-book-set-%E2%80%A2-printables/
Harry Potter Robe http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2013/05/harry-potter-robe-for-american-girl-doll.html
Harry Potter Skirt http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2013/05/harry-potter-skirt-for-american-girl.html
Hogwarts Letter http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2013/04/harry-potter-letter-for-american-girl.html
Marauder’s Map http://harrypotterparaphernalia.blogspot.com/2012/07/marauders-map-inside-and-outside.html
Potion Bottle Labels http://www.doll-it-up.com/mini-potion-bottles-with-a-printable-label/
Quidditch Set http://www.americangirlideas.com/how-to-make-an-american-girl-quidditch-set/
Scarf – Hogwarts House Scarf https://sewingkitblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/free-doll-hogwarts-scarf-pattern/
Wands http://www.americangirlideas.com/american-girl-harry-potter-wands/
Wizard Wand http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2013/04/harry-potter-wand-for-american-girl-doll.html

Make it! Monday – OG books

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Shown above for scale, I took some of Battat’s samples of the Our Generation books and made them into pdfs containing mini-versions for dollies! The size compliments 18 inch dolls as a pocket sized book and 6 inch dolls as a large book.

For the original samples, click on the images to link:

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Use this pdf

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and these simple instructions to make two mini size books. READ THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONS ALL THE WAY FIRST. I don’t know why but not everyone does this. It’s like following a recipe and discovering you don’t have an ingredient. Crafts look most professional when you have your supplies and process in place before you start (which is why the second one almost always looks better!)

You will need two pieces of 8 1/2 by 11 (standard American) paper. Print the pdf. Per the instructions on the pdf, cut out the images into two long strips. (I added cut lines to the pdf after I tried to do it myself and struggled Рuse those!)

Lay out your strips (second book is shown) with the top and bottom rows just as they were on the print out before you cut it.

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Fold the covers first.

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Now you’re going to accordion fold each section. To get the best shape, fold only towards the outer edge of the book. What? That just means that you want to fold the front edges first and any inside creases (the spine side) second. Don’t try to line up the spine side folds! They won’t matter because they’ll be in the spine!

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Next we need to connect the two pieces…let’s use tape (if you have a glue stick, go for it, I didn’t). Once again, line up that front edge and don’t worry about the spine side. It’s good to double check that both halves are going the same way before you set the tape! You’ll notice that I kept one half on top and one on bottom the whole time. That really does help keep them straight.

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See that little bit to the right? That’s the tab for the spine! Yay! (At this stage, if you want, you can use a glue stick and connect all the inbetween pages. You don’t have to though – I didn’t – and do not add tape in between pages or it will get too bulky!). Fold the spine around the backsides of the pages then tape in place.

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There is a little extra paper on the edge of the back of the book. Since the spine is long enough for Audrey-Ann’s book (it’s a little short on Willow’s book so you need the extra back!), you can trim that off or fold it in. Tape or glue the back cover down.

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To really make the book both durable and shiny, let’s cover the cover with some clear packing tape!

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Cut a piece of tape longer than your book. Lay it sticky side up and carefully place the open book into the sticky side. Take your time. I like to use my pinky finger nails to hold the ends of the tape in place which helps me center the book on the tape.

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If you have a lot of tape, trim it but leave enough to fold over the inside of the covers to help strengthen things.

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Pick up the book and give it a good pressing with your fingers to make sure all the tape is stuck down. Trim off any excess tape not adhered on the top or bottom.

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If you did not use a glue stick to tack the pages together, you can pull out the insides if you want (shown here from above). If you don’t fuss with it, it will all stay inside. (If you’re making this for a child to play with, you probably want to use the glue stick).

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Et voila! Here she is! Dime shown for scale. The books are formatted to 1 3/4 inches tall.

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Battat offers samples of their books as well as the 2016 Catalogue. So I made that too! It is a larger formatting (there’s that dime again). Pdf here:¬†og-2016-catalogue

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Full list of available titles here: https://issuu.com/ourgenerationdolls

Check out the OG bookshelf here: http://www.ogdolls.com/bookshelf

All images and samples belong to the host providers as indicated and are used here solely for personal crafting.

If you have not had a chance to read an OG book, I highly recommend the stories. They are not available from Battat alone so you must purchase a doll or clothing set to get them. There are sales so keep an eye out.

If you want to make the rest, all I did was use the Snipping Tool (you could take screenshots and crop them too), paste the images into a Word document and scale each one to the same height until I had all the images (1.75 .inches for the books). The pages are each 1.31 inches wide (which is 2.62 wide for two pages). Alter the width size accordingly with the lock ratio turned off. Most of the images I copied were within .01 of the correct size already but that would have been enough to make the book “off” so it is worth changing everything to the same measurements! (And if that sounded like Klingon to you, feel free to email me requests for other books).

Enjoy!

Kanani Akina, Girl of the Year

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The beautiful and high sought after Girl of the Year Kanani Akina doll still thrills collectors and young girls alike. Mostly known for her Shave Ice Stand, crafts  and patterns for Lea Clark will also work well for Kanani (those posted last week here).

Here’s what I have for Kanani crafts:

Boogie Board http://www.americangirlideas.com/diy-american-girl-doll-surfboard-boogie-board/
Coconut Drink http://www.americangirlideas.com/diy-american-girl-coconut-drinks/
Shave Ice Stand http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2015/08/diy-kananis-shaved-ice-stand.html
Shave Ice Stand http://www.americangirlideas.com/how-to-make-kananis-shave-ice-stand-2/
Shave Ice Stand Printables http://www.americangirlideas.com/kananis-shave-ice-stand-printables/

Read up on Kanani:

AG Playthings Kanani http://agplaythings.com/LEDolls/Kanani/Kanani.html
American Girl Wiki: Kanani Akina http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Kanani
Dollation: Kanini Akina http://dollation.com/dollipedia/character/kanani-akina

Grace Thomas, Girl of the Year

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Did you get Grace in 2015? Still love those freckles?

Here are some things to make with Grace:

Croissants (felt or foam) http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2015/01/diy-french-bakery-food.html
Bakery Fridge http://www.americangirlideas.com/make-graces-bakery-refrigerator/
Bakery Business Cards http://funwithagfan.blogspot.com/2015/01/graces-bakery-business-cards-printable.html
La Patisserie Menu http://funwithagfan.blogspot.com/2015/01/graces-bakery-menu-printable.html
Macaron Box http://appalachianheritagesoaps.com/icanfly/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/macaron_box.pdf
Pastry Bags http://www.americangirlideas.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/La-Patisserie-Bags-Printable.pdf
Pastry Boxes http://www.americangirlideas.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Complete-Bakery-Box-Set.pdf
Bakery Shelf http://www.americangirlideas.com/graces-bakery-shelf-%E2%80%A2-diy/
French Bakery http://agdollplay.blogspot.com/2015/01/creating-french-bakery-of-our-own.html
Grace’s Bakery http://www.americangirlideas.com/make-graces-bakery/
Grace’s Bouquet http://appalachianheritagesoaps.com/icanfly/2015/01/08/diy-graces-bouquet/
Grace’s Postcards http://appalachianheritagesoaps.com/icanfly/2015/01/29/free-printable-graces-postcards/
La Patisserie http://smalldollsinabigworld.com/la-patisserie-making-graces-bakery/
Cookie – Macarons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erolb8gLx58
Cookie – Macarons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DqyauU2yr0
Cookie – Macarons http://www.americangirlideas.com/how-to-make-american-girl-macarons/
Cookie – Macarons (felt) http://www.americangirlfan.com/2015/01/american-girl-doll-recipe-craft-make-felt-french-macarons-girl-of-the-year.html
Grace’s Bouquet http://appalachianheritagesoaps.com/icanfly/2015/01/08/diy-graces-bouquet/

More on Grace:

American Girl Wiki: Grace http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Grace_Thomas
Dollation: Grace Thomas http://dollation.com/dollipedia/character/grace-thomas

Felicity Merriman, American Girl

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Tea anyone? We love the treats for Felicity (and everyone else!) featured on A Peek into the Pantry. Once you finish cooking, check out these fun crafts.

Felicity’s Shrewbury Cake recipe http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2013/11/freebies-printables.html?m=1#comment-form
Colonial Straw Hat http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-to-make-colonial-straw-hats-week-1.html
Mob Cap (crochet) http://www.crochetville.com/community/topic/87446-%E2%80%9Csay-goodnight-gracie%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-nightgown-for-18-inch-doll/#entry1480353
Mob Cap (paper) http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-to-make-colonial-mob-cap-week-1.html
Placemat – Colonial Stenciled Placemats http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-to-make-colonial-stenciled-place.html
Preserves in a Jar http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-to-make-preserves-in-jar-week-1.html
Cookie РFelicity’s Tea Cakes Tree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg03PSd_iTM
Felicity’s Travel Trunk (doll sized) http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2013/11/htm-felicitys-travel-trunk.html

More on Felicity:

Making History: We Are The Felicity Generation http://makinghistorynow.com/2016/01/we-are-the-felicity-generation/
AG Playthings: Felicity http://www.agplaythings.com/Historicals/Felicity/Felicity1774.html
American Girl Wiki: Felicity http://americangirl.wikia.com/wiki/Felicity_Merriman
Curt Danhauser: Felicity http://curtdanhauser.com/AG_Collecting/Fel.html
Dollation: Felicity Merriman http://dollation.com/dollipedia/character/felicity-merriman