Thursday, 2 July 2015

Rebecca (BeForever) meets Rebecca (Historical) American Girl Dolls comparison

Rebecca (BeForever) meets Rebecca (Historical) American Girl Dolls comparison

Rebecca (BeForever) was my first ever American Girl doll (not so long ago actually :)). She is one of my favourite dolls. I generally prefer "Josefina" mold American Girl dolls, so naturally, when looking for a doll to customise, I looked for older Rebeccas, preferably in a TLC (tender loving care) state, to restore and customise, as those are typically cheaper than looking for a brand new doll or in a doll in excellent used condition.

So I got this historical Rebecca off eBay, expecting her to be the same as my BeForever Rebecca, as I've read there has been no differences to them other than the meet outfit. Well, that's clearly NOT the case, as you can see in this opening video:

Whether those differences are guaranteed or I just had a one-off variation in production run, I can't tell, but since then I got another historical Rebecca, again to customise. I'll be honest, I only got this one because American Girl dolls on UK eBay are still relatively rare at a good price, and it's more exciting if they come in an American Girl outfit that you don't have yet as a collector :) So this one tempted me because of her outfit (I believe it's Kit's partial school outfit), which I absolutely adore on her...

She's generally in a good condition, just need a little clean up, but what surprised me is how different her eyes were from my BeForever Rebecca (as well as the eyebrows colour), or in fact the other Historical Rebecca (who by the way is completely customised, having been a custom McKenna for awhile...).

I don't know if you can see it clearly on this picture, but their eyes are completely different. My BeForever Rebecca (on the left) has hazel brown eyes, and the historical Rebecca (on the right) has very green hazel eyes.

Again, that could be just a variation in production run of the hazel eyes but it is a very clear difference in real life, and they look and feel like different dolls.

Since I am very much attached to my first ever Rebecca, I am keeping my BeForever Rebecca as she is. But I also fell for the "new" historical Rebecca too, so I decided to keep her. Since I can't justify keeping both as "Rebeccas", one had to be changed, only a little bit though.... 

Everybody, meet the 'new' historical Rebecca:

She's had a little eyeswap done (tutorial on our YouTube channel) and she will become one of our "American Girl Dolls as Disney Princesses" collection. Can you guess which princess she will be?
All revealed below....

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Disney Princess Anna from Frozen has NOTHING to wear and discovers her TRULY ME style AGSM

Disney Princess Anna from Frozen has NOTHING to wear and discovers her TRULY ME style

Still playing with American Girl dolls. Must really start sewing something, but have absolutely no time. So in the meantime the idea for a stop motion video was born - Anna has nothing to wear - watch it till the end for the twist when she discovers her TRULY ME style :)

Naturally, we had to feature our two favourite custom dolls - Princess Anna and Queen Elsa from Frozen.

This video has been so much fun to make, that we will be making more of those in the future, for sure. Just need to find time as the stop motions are very time consuming but the end result is worth it if it's properly done (we still have a LOT to learn though, it's only our second ever AGSM after all, lol).

If you do watch it, please leave us a comment on our YouTube channel, we always enjoy replying :)

Monday, 4 May 2015

My AG Monopoly

My AG Monopoly

What a better way to spend Bank Holiday afternoon than spend lots of money buying lots of AG dolls WITHOUT actually spending any money at all :)

I got this "My Monopoly" game for my girls for Christmas last year, and it has been lying around unused as we haven't had any idea what to do with it. The game's instructions suggest to pick your favourite places or family memories to make your own Monopoly streets, but that did not appeal to us. Instead, one day, after buying yet another American Girl doll (I know, it's so addictive), I jokingly suggested we make My American Girl Monopoly, where we can all buy the dolls. Not just mummy :)

Don't worry, we play lots of different editions of Monopoly games and I am sure my girls will not grow up to want to buy lots of expensive dolls, just like they won't be buying Trafalgar Square, in real life.

I took the pictures of our favourite American Girl dolls and we made four streets - a GOTY - Girl of the Year dolls street, a Historical / BeForever dolls street, our Custom American Girl Dolls street, and of course, our Disney Princesses street. There are 30 pictures required for the board, and 4 for the tokens, but if you want, you can have different ones on the back, as the board tiles are double-sided/reversible. We've also added cut out letters 'AG' and stuck onto the board to make it look like 'My AG Monopoly'.

Oh, and if you're not familiar with My Monopoly game, it's just like normal Monopoly but you can put your own pictures on the tiles to create the streets and the tokens to make your own unique game. It's available in many toy shops or online shops like Amazon.


It's not exactly full on crafting, but still a bit of a "make your own" truly unique monopoly game. The pictures are uploaded to 'my monopoly' website, and you print them onto supplied sticker sheet. The print quality was not brilliant, but still fun enough for us to enjoy the game. And there's enough stickers to make more than one theme / game. I think the My AG Monopoly game is a must for any AG dolls collector!

$400 for a Kanani American Girl Doll, anyone? It's so much easier to accept that high price because it's not a real money you'd be parting with :)

Sunday, 5 April 2015

American Girl Dolls as all 13 Disney Princesses ~HD~

American Girl Dolls as all 13 Disney Princesses ~HD~

For the past couple of months I had lots of fun customizing our American Girl Dolls to look like Disney Princesses. In a house full of girls, pink is prevailing, but I was surprised how colourful the Princess collection ended up looking, with very little pink indeed!

I started with Anna and Elsa, because we absolutely adore Disney Frozen move. Then I moved on to see how many others we can make to look like Disney Princesses, because we also love all original Disney Princess movies, as well Once Upon a Time TV series and of course the latest Disney Cinderella movie!

There is 13 official Disney Princesses as of spring 2015, and here's the final result (click on the picture to view the full video). I hope you enjoy it!
My American Girl Dolls as Disney Princesses
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Grace's Search for Spring ~ American Girl Doll Photoshoot ~ AGPS

Grace's Search for Spring ~ American Girl Doll Photoshoot ~ AGPS

Today we had lots of fun taking Grace, American Girl of the Year 2015 AG Doll out for her first ever photoshoot in our local park, searching for signs of spring. Of course, she had to wear some comfy boots and hand-knitted jumper as it was still quite chilly.
Full photoshoot can be viewed on my CraftsAdore YouTube channel

Monday, 2 February 2015

I'm downsizing my crafting... to 18" dolls

I'm downsizing my crafting... to 18" dolls

As the first month of the New Year came to a close, I have been busy planning what to do this year. I have looked back at my last year of crafting, and with a great sadness as I have to admit that I have not done as much as I wanted to (many projects still sit unfinished, craft room overflowing with craft supplies not even used yet, I bet it it all sounds familiar...) so decided that I needed to seriously downsize.

I love all manner of handmade crafts, but there simply isn't enough hours in a day to do everything I want to do ! And with 5 kids in tow, one of them being a very boisterous toddler boy, I don't have as much time to sit down and make stuff as I used to. So with a heavy heart, I decided to downsize my crafting... to dolls.

Last Christmas we discovered the joy of playing with 18" dolls, mainly due to Santa bringing one of my daughters a "Hair Play" doll from Smyths Toys UK by Our Generation / Battat . Now all my girls all wanted a doll, including me!

As much as I love Our Generation Dolls, they mostly look the same, with the same face mold but different eyes and hair colour, and I think they are mainly suitable for children rather than an adult collector. So as I researched what other 18" dolls are available, I discovered American Girl dolls. I fell in love with them there and then. There is SO much variety in American Girl dolls and I adore them all (well, quite a few).

So it's time to come clean: I am now officially an AG doll collector and proud of it :). The possibilities and crafting opportunities for my dolls are endless, so needless to say, I'll be even more busy. My girls all want to join in the crafting so that's great news for family crafting.  At the moment we are starting slowly, with some doll opening videos on our YouTube channel and some dress up fun. But I couldn't resist making a quick "Frozen-inspired" Swarovski necklace for my beautiful Caroline:

And of course, I couldn't resist a few knitting and crocheting projects, most of them inspired by Ravelry free knitting patterns for dolls, as modeled by my lovely Rebecca:

This year, I'm planning to concentrate more on smaller projects for my dolls, and few bits and pieces of home decor in Tilda fabric for the house. And more photography, featuring the dolls of course!
If I can achieve that, then my crafting year will be a success. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Addicted to Bead weaving

Gosh, where did the time fly - I've been busy this last month working on a new skill and a new range for my Etsy shop - I am ashamed to admit that I have now truly become addicted to beading - and not just any beading but bead weaving with Swarovski™ Pearls and Crystals.

Being in love with white colour, I have now expanded the shop's range not just to handmade wedding cards but handmade wedding jewelery too. Starting with bead woven bracelets in a range of colours, I have done several necklaces and bracelets.

As soon as I finish one item, I want to start on the next one - and there is so many different designs I want to make, there's just not enough time in the day :) Which of course also means that the housework gets totally neglected and the children are having to learn the art of "self service" in the kitchen whilst mum is happily busy bead weaving...

Handmade with Love, and lots of Swarovski Crystals and Pearls

Friday, 10 October 2014

"I Do" love wedding cards

"I Do" love wedding cards 

For the past couple of weeks I've been making some more cards for my CraftsAdore shop, in between the colouring projects.

I do love white die cut cards, so there's now a range of monochrome cards in my "Wedding Cards" section, featuring Centura Pearl in Snow White with Gold flecks, backed on black cardstock. Many of my cards feature Tonic Studio Affections Dies, which are simply indispensable when creating wedding cards, but I am also partial to glitter, so there is a few cute cards featuring Stamps by Chloe too.
All Glitter - Stamps by Chloe
All Monochrome - Tonic Affections Dies

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Home is Where the Heart is

Home is Where the Heart is

Today I'm attempting to do some simple home decor using Tonic Affection Dies. I adore anything heart shaped, so these are my favourite set of dies and I've used them before individually on my cards, but never as a full set on one project. I've been meaning to do it for a while but never had time to do it. It was quite time consuming to die cut all the layers. I used Centura Pearl Snow White with Hint of Gold, plain black card stock (if I had to do it again, I would have chosen some silver mirror card instead to soften the look) and some "bling" hearts, as well as sentiment stamp from Crafter's Companion.
The hearts are layered on foam pads, to give 3-dimensional effect. All three hearts are then glued onto wide ribbon and are now proudly hanging in my corridor, welcoming us back home after a busy day. I'm not sure about all 3 of them being together, as the design is quite "busy" so I may split them to be displayed individually in the future. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Shhh, don't tell anyone but I love my Spectrum Noir pens

Shhh, don't tell anyone but I love my Spectrum Noir pens

I am still only at the beginning of my crafting journey, but one of the first purchases I have made last year was a full set of Spectrum Noir alcohol marker pens, along with the tutorials DVDs. I have never coloured before in my life, so that was a big leap of faith for me, but Leann Chivers from Crafter's Companion made it sound so easy that I just fell in love with it and had to have them all :).

So here I am, a year or so later, having done quite a few handmade cards using the Spectrum Noir pens, I am starting to feel more confident. However, I never had the courage to actually try to colour in the "Shhh" digi stamp that included on the Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir tutorial DVD, as it seemed to be a more "ambitious" project.

But I could procrastinate no more, as my daughters kept pestering me to make something for their room. I have more or less followed Leann's instructions, but improvised on the flowers. And of course, as I love a touch of glitter on my cards, I had to add that in too.

The "Shh" picture took several hours to complete, mainly because I printed it in the original large size, with the intention of framing it for display. I am quite pleased with the result, and in spite of few minor glitches, it will go onto the wall in the girls' room.
Shhh Spectrum Noir pens
Shhh, don't tell anyone but I love my Spectrum Noir pens
I can honestly say that I would have not been able to do it without my Spectrum Noir pens (and no, I don't work for Crafter's Companion :)).

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