This year after Thanksgiving both my mom and my sister came to me and asked if I had my grandmother’s turkey soup recipe. No one ever wrote it down. Now that she is gone, we only have what exists in my memory. Before I got married I asked my mother’s mother to stay with me for a week to teach me her recipes. This wasn’t one I learned that week. It was only one we talked about years later, when she would drop it off at my door after she made a large batch. Once she gave me too much and I took half to a friend whose children had the flu. [Read more…]
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A few days ago I asked my Facebook page to help me out with some gift ideas for teens. Some of you responded by posting actual photos of your teenager’s wish lists. Others offered some great creative ideas, and tried and true classics. Here are a few things the teen in your life might enjoy receiving on any special holiday. I know that many teens have large items like phones, computers, or even cars on their lists, but for our purposes I tried to stay as budget-friendly as possible and I kept every gift here under the $75 price point. [Read more…]
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Next week the girls and I will be heading to our first craft show so that they can show off some of the accessories they have been designing for their dolls. We already showed you how to make tutus from old t-shirts. Today we are doing some more upcycling and turning old beaded eyeglass chains into American Girl doll necklaces.
I have a box of my grandmother’s costume jewelry sitting in the closet and it had lots of beaded eyeglass chains in it. These are not something I use myself, but the tiny beads do make them the perfect size for making doll-sized necklaces. We used what we had on hand and materials that would make this accessory easy for Penny, who is five, to put the necklace on the dolls herself once it was finished.
To make American Girl doll (or any other 18″ doll) necklaces you need: [Read more…]