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The Heat is ON – Grill Accessories for Your 18 Inch Doll

Ok, maybe I’m a little obsessive.

After my last post on the grill out for my granddaughter’s doll to celebrate July 4th (we’re Canadian, but ANY excuse for a cookout!), I couldn’t stop looking at accessories to go with the outfits.

First step? The grill, of course. Here’s a step-by-step Youtube video on exactly how to make that grill yourself.Written instuctions can be found here.

Paper plates and cups? Find a how-to video here. Written instructions for the plates here, and written instructions for the cups here.

What’s left? Food, of course! Find the directions for a pitcher of lemonade here and hamburger (the DIY video is for a lunch tray that includes a hamburger, but I think you can adapt it for a grill). Stay tuned, I’ll be adding more as I discover them.

Edited to add: here’s another burger tutorial.

Not the crafty kind? A full up bonafide American Doll campstove and food is available here at the AG store, and you can purchase a chef’s grill outfit from Etsy.

full shot  AG Grill Outfit   full shot

Please note, we are in Canada, so allow for plenty of shipping time if you order a grill outfit for July 4th (or any other special date).

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Released today (May 27, 2016) Alice Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to the 2010 Alice in Wonderland.

And while I don’t expect to be going on opening weekend, I’ll probably pay homage to Lewis Carroll by reading a chapter or two of Alice in Wonderland to my grandchildren this weekend.

And, since one of the is named Alice, I suspect there will be some Alice in Wonderland crafts coming up in the next month or so. The crocheted doll at the top of this post is available from Etsy – from the Shop of Dutch Doll Design.

There’s also an adorable White Rabbit design in Krawka’s shop.


If craft making isn’t your thing, I’ve got a nice listing – just posted – of Alice in Wonderland items available for purchase here. Tough to limit to 16 items, but steampunk Mad Hatter hats, journals, themed infinity scarves, and, of course, a tea pot, made the cut.

Some interesting trivia about Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

  • Through the Looking Glass was Alan Rychman’s last film; he reprises his role as the caterpillar
  • Alice was real; she was the daughter of Henry Liddell, the dean of Christ Church College, where Lewis Carrol taught mathematics
  • In 1931, Alice in Wonderland became a banned book in China because it featured animals speaking “human language”
  • Lewis Carroll’s real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
  • Alice in Wonderland introduced these phrases into popular usage:
    • Mad as a Hatter – although it was in use prior to Alice in Wonderland, Carroll is responsible for popularizing it
    • Down the rabbit hole
    • Tweedledum and Tweedledee
    • Cheshire cat grin

And finally, Disney has a good quiz on its website to test your Alice knowledge. The Littles in your life might enjoy the Disney mazes available here, including one for Alice.

July 4th Cookout: Not Just for Humans Anymore

Eeeeeek! My sister just made a series of grill outfits (apron, chef’s hat, grill mitts) for 18 inch dolls. My favorite – and the one I’ll likely buy or steal for my granddaughter’s doll – is the featured image above.

It got me thinking about what kinds of accessories (and by accessories I mean food, grills, etc.) would be available to either buy or make. I’m big on DIY for gifts, but realistic about my skills and competencies.

Available on Etsy here is a bonafide American Girl doll grill, and at a reasonable price, in my opinion. Unfortunately, it’s only available in the United States, but the upside for American readers is that the shop does custom orders of its products. No 18 inch doll need go without her very own grill this Independence Day.

It was a little difficult to tear myself away from this shop – Lemon Bay Doll Co – which markets itself as making adventure toys for 18 inch dolls. Some seriously cool stuff here. The grill is part of the Adventures in Camping section, which also features a picnic table, a picnic basket, and – ERMAGHERD! (my daughter hates it when I say that) – backpacks and bedrolls!  I. Want.

This site also features an Adventures in Boating and Adventures in Gardening that are just gorgeous. Full disclosure: I have no idea who this person is and have never seen the shop before today, BUT I WANT TO BE THEIR BEST FRIEND.

The Crafter’s Curse: Unfinished Projects

I took a look at my backlog of blog posts this morning. Nearly completed posts on the houndstooth stitch, the basketweave, the wheel stitch, broomstick, crochet, fish extenders … and the list goes on?

So what’s prevented me from posting?

Finishing touches. I can’t post pictures until the projects are finished. A dozen projects done, save for sewing on buttons, weaving in loose yarn ends, and blocking.

And it’s not even that I hate doing these things – although I do. Invariably, before I finish a project, another captures my imagination and consumes me.

I suspect most crafters are like me. Are you?

Craft Supplies: The REAL Neverending Story

In January of this year I decided to set up an Etsy store and use up my formidable store/stash of assorted wools and yarns to feed my project appetite. By the end of the year, I thought, I’ll be done my surplus of yarn.

Yeah. No. It didn’t quite work that way. In fact, my stash has doubled.

As every crafter knows, every project has its own look, feel, and needs. A skein of yarn for a newly discovered – or newly created – pattern is critical to its outcome. One can’t just use a skein in an existing stash.

My craft stash has doubled and it’s only May.

Independence Day Designs

Ok, it seems like July 4th is still a ways off. But in the world of crafty it’s already late to be prepping for a day of this magnitude.

I’d intended to have a full range of patriotic outfits for the dolls belonging to the Littles in my life, and two months out, I think I’m close to being ready. In addition to those made for my own Littles, here are a few either available on Etsy, or soon to be up on Etsy. Enjoy!

Independence Day Dress         Shirt & Shorts