Saturday, September 26, 2015

Lily's potions (Free potion label printables)

I think the human now regrets giving me access to a fully stocked lab and a few textbooks.  (She was the one who handed me the Voynich Manuscript, Advanced Potions Making, and Magical Draughts and Potions.)  I only got a little carried away brewing.

From left to right we have:
Veritaserum, Draught of Living Death, Invisibility, Calming Draught, Polyjuice potion

And again from left to right:
Shrinking Solution, Felix Felicitis, Antidote, Pepper-up, Amortensia

One of the most important things about working in any lab is making sure your supplies and products are labeled appropriately.  (There are things that you do NOT want to mix together by accident, and they always look so similar too.)  So I've made up a few sheets of potion labels for everyone.  Just use a dab of glue or ModPodge to glue them to your own bottles.

Mini Potion Labels

Aggressively Seasonal Halloween: Round 1

I'm Nora.  Really, I'm not sure what the human was thinking this time.  Other than perhaps that it was fall, and thus close to Halloween.  Ah yes, and the fact that someone asked her to make this particular outfit.  To my eternal chagrin.   I happen to be the doll of choice for modeling since I have the coloring closest to what the client is looking for.

This outfit comprises of a long sleeve peasant blouse, and a reversible vest and skirt.  The first option is quite pleasant, if a bit plain.

The second and third options have just enough color to make a bit of splash, and the purple ribbon matches the bits of purple in the fabric.  I'd say I rather enjoy these, all things considered.

Dear client, please do not subject any of your dolls to this last option.  I beg of you.  No doll deserves this indignity.

Alas, I was not the only doll this morning subject to the aggressively seasonal streak the human is on.  However, Kana and Lily bear it with much better humor than I.  I do believe they actually enjoy the whole process.  To be fair, the human also spared them the worst of the potential color combinations.  Unlike me.

Kana and Lily are showing off a six piece aggressively Halloween mix-and-match wardrobe with a long sleeved peasant blouse, a short sleeve peasant blouse, a reversible vest, a reversible corset, and two reversible skirts to match.  There's a total of 32 possibilities for outfits, though the human has chosen her favorite 8 here.  Suffice to say, some combinations look better than others.

Alas, if I recall correctly, the human is only 30% of the way through the stack of Halloween outfits she cut out.  There will be more to come.  Unfortunately.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

More Harry Potter books for dolls

This time we have 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard", "Quidditch Through the Ages", and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them".

"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" contains synopsis of 5 wizard fairy tales, including "The Tale of the Three Brothers" in full.  It also has "The fountain of fair fortune", "Babbity Rabbity and her cackling stump", "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot", and "The Warlock's Hairy Heart".

The book on quidditch has a summary of the rules and a history of the game, as well as list of most of the types of fouls, and the book on beasts has an actual fantasy bestiary.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Books for Maryellen (Free book and paper doll printables)

You didn't think I was going to leave the newest BeForever girl out when I was making books, did you?  Books from the 1950s are slightly harder to come by, but Maryellen will have a Betty Crocker cookbook for kids, and a Betsy McCall book and paper dolls to go with the book (thanks to Jeanna W. for her scans).  The cookbook comes with 32 pages of real recipes that might come in handy at the diner.

And here's a freebie for your Maryellen or other 1950s girl:

End of summer sewing (Free Tea Dress pattern)

Hi!  Sam here, up in a very nice tree.  It's much easier to climb trees when you're not wearing a dress.  Though I suppose next time I'll also remember to not wear anything white...

This is the last batch of new outfits we'll have before the dreaded seasonal fabrics attack, but I think they're rather nice ones.

Kana and Anora are showing off the semi-formal robin's egg blue and white dresses.  Both dresses were made with patterns from JenWrenne.  The human resized the tea dress to fit us.  The original pattern was for a much smaller doll.

You can get the patterns here: 
Anora's one-shoulder dress:  

Kana's tea dress:

Nellie and I have coordinating outfits made from Lee and Pearl's Bonjour Paris wardrobe.  The shorts have real working pockets.

So that's it for now!  Come watch the hilarity when we get our Halloween outfits.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Christmas Books and Fashions

It's only August (ok, almost September), but Nellie and I are showing off some of the goodies we'll have for Christmas.  We've always had our own Christmas tree, and this year we asked for some new ornaments for it. 

As it turns out, the little mini books our human makes are also the perfect size for little Christmas ornaments.  Instead of stapling the mini books, just punch holes in the spine and run embroidery floss through it to tie the book together.  Then just run a little bit of ribbon through the loop made by the floss, and voila, instant ornament!  As an added bonus, the books are perfectly readable and sized for us.

We have 8 different little Christmas themed books for ornaments, including 'A Christmas Carol' and 'The Night Before Christmas'.  Everything is from the mid to late 1800s, so there's a *lot* of moralizing in some of the picture books.

If you like these mini books/ornaments, you can find them for sale here.

And for this month's edition of 'The Human Is Not Allowed Near the Clearance Rack at Joann's'.  We're not quite sure what the human was thinking when she made these, but I actually like the lightbulb tshirt.  Or course, some of the others do have the wonderful feel of 'ugly Christmas sweater', only in our case, it's 'ugly Christmas T Shirt'.

This isn't too bad...
and this is cute...sort of...

OK, human, this might be excessive.
Did you have to use stripes?

What did we ever do to you to deserve this?
This might be tolerable.  Might.

We get cool toys and books.  In exchange, we put up with the indignity of aggressively seasonal clothing.  And the human is still eyeing the Halloween fabric with unholy glee.  We can only hope that the human is too busy to act on those desires come October.  (She has been threatening us with Halloween clothes for 3 years running, and we've been safe so far...)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School Printables for Historical Dolls

 We've been on a crafting kick lately, and only just got around to actually photographing and documenting all the cute things that have been made.  This time, Lily's being kind enough to show off some more historical printables.

The first batch are made with free samples from  Just sign up for their newsletter, and you'll get free doll sized printables every week.  This time we have 2 Little Delineator magazines from the 1920s, a copy of Beatrix Potter nursery rhymes, and a tiny little Golden Book (perfect for Maryellen).

We also made a set of Rewards of Merit, like the sort Kirsten had in her school collection.  There's probably 20 designs in all, dating from 1850s to the 1880s.  All of these are blank, so you can fill in your doll's name.

Download Rewards of Merit

And it's a little early, but we also made a set of itty bitty Halloween cards with images from 1900s greeting cards.