Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hitting the books with Karen-The Racketty-Packetty House

This weeks selection I hope you will enjoy! It is The Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgson Burnett and illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin.

Acclaimed illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin celebrates Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic, a tale of two dollhouses, just in time for its 100th anniversary. When Tidy Castle arrives, brand-new and grand in every way, the Racketty-Packetty House has never looked shabbier, and it is shoved in the corner of Cynthia's nursery. But the Racketty family still dances, sings, and laughs louder than all the fancy dolls combined. When a real-life princess visits the nursery, the Rackettys learn that the humans are planning to destroy their house. Only a miracle -- or some very unusual magic -- can save them now! Since its publication in 1906, the story of how Queen Crosspatch and her band of fairies rescued the Racketty-Packetty House has inspired dreamers and readers of all ages in the tradition of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. Now Wendy Anderson Halperin's illustrations, brimming with whimsy and wonder, unlock the magic of two dollhouses -- one posh and one proud -- to a whole new generation of readers.

You can find this week's selection on The Book Depository with free worldwide shipping by clicking here. 

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Mommy Monday Moment

As the summer heat drags on here in WNY, that means we are getting closer and closer to receiving the NYS Common Core State Test results in the mail.  Which, in our home, coming from two elementary educations, is actually NOT a big deal.  We simply tell each of our test taking children: do your best, take your time, don't be annoying or rude (which we know they wouldn't, but we've certainly experienced on the other side of the desk and whatever your score is, we are fine, that number does not define you as a person or a learner or your future endeavors.  There is so much more to worry about, on our short stay here, on Planet Earth, than what your score was on the math and reading tests in the fifth and eighth grade.  However, with that being said, I did tell Kaitlyn that if she received a 3 or 4, on both the NYS math and reading, we would buy her a new American Girl Doll, is it wrong now that I am crossing my fingers that she only gets a 2, on at least one of them.  (giggle, giggle).

This week I have tried hard to plan, cheap, entertaining, morning trips, while my husband was at a science workshop all week.  Hauling five kids around isn't too bad, the things I do now, I would have never thought I was capable of in the past on my own .  The kids and I had memorable times created just thirty minutes from our house everyday this week.  From fairs to trails and playgrounds.

Even mommies need breaks though. I am excited to spend the evening out with friends at "ZooBrew" and catching some dinner and a few drinks.  It has been a long, busy week.  There was an explosion of orders this week that I have been trying to stay on top of, I hate making people wait, and I feel completely honored when someone asks me to make something for their dolls.  I even made a hutch for rag doll rabbits this week, such fun!  Enjoy the week friends, keep crafting and reading!

Thank you Jenny! Find out more about what Jenny is working on in her Etsy Shop the Rita Pita Boutique by clicking here. 
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Yarn Craft Spectacular Suggested Dolly Fun! Red Heart Yarn's Mermaid Costume For Your Dolls...

Today we have another fun free craft tutorial from Red Heart Yarns for a Mermaid Costume for your dolls. 
Red Heart Yarns has a wonderful selection of patterns just waiting for you to discover. This one is so sweet and you are going to want to make up a few! Click here to get started on making one for the doll lover in your life! 

I would love to see what you make so do send us a photo at karenmowen@gmail.com
Thank you for joining us here today! Happy Hooking!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jessica T's Saturday Sewing Suggestions! Week 5 GLOVES!

We know it is Summer but get a jump start on the holiday sewing with these felt gloves.

This is a great tutorial for how to make gloves for your dolls from Me and My Gals!
These are quick and easy and make great gifts!
Click here for the pre tutorial

Thank you Jessica T for this suggestion! We would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, July 21, 2017

Madelon's Fantastic Friday Finds! My Life As Swimsuit Set!

Today Madelon has a wonderful fun find, truth be told when I opened her email report to see this my heart ached a bit! Sometimes being an auntie and a doll lover is not enough. I love this set from My Life As, it screams summer fun and I was reminded of the fun long summer afternoons in the backyard playing with my own dolls and friends.

Madelon says...."Walmart's My Life As did it again! The purple and green swim suit is great! Comes with the hair tie and pink glasses. Bring your Walmart pineapple picnic ingredients from your shopping bag"

Be sure to check for this and other fun items for your dolls at Walmart in the My Life As section of your Walmart! 
Thank you Madelon for this wonderful fun find and Fantastic Friday Find! 
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Adorable Etsy Finds- Water Sport & Safety!

Today's dolly Adorable Etsy Finds all have to do with Water Sports and Safety!
How cute is this life jacket from My Girl Clothing Co? This listing is the inspiration for today's adorable Etsy Finds! Click here for shop and listing.
Read Creations has a step by step Guide to making a dolly Catamaran! Click here for the Etsy Shop listing in the PixieFaire Etsy Shop.
Our friends over at Lemon Bay Doll Company have one of the most beautiful listings for dolls on Etsy! This handcrafted wooden sailboat is one on my dream list for sure! Check it out by clicking here.
you can also make your dolls a sweet sailors cap from a great kit from Tea Time Fabric Panels! Click here to see this kit listing.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Get Your Craft On With Brandy- Dolly Lemonade Stand

Today we get our craft on with Brandy's fun dolly Lemonade Stand!  Summer is the perfect time for lemonade stands!
Brandy created this supper fun doll sized lemonade stand you have to see! This super cute stand is easy to do and is a great summer playset! Click here for Brandy's Tutorial! 

Get Your Craft On! With inspiration from Brandy and her Happy Home...
Thank you Brandy for this fun tutorial and for always inspiring me!
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