Monday, May 2, 2016

Make Madelon's Version of Lea's Picnic Set!

Today I am excited to share what Madelon has been up too! While I have been busy with the birthday week Madelon has been immersing herself in all things AG! Coming up with this fun and easy way to make your own Lea's Picnic Set.
Using items she already had and a great vinyl mat that she got at Bed Bath and Beyond for $2.99, she added only an edging of tape to create a great picnic blanket for her dolls!
She used the mats natural edge and simply folded the tape over to create a great finished blanket!
She added a fun take away journal she got at the AG event she recently attended (more on that later this week) and some items from her other play sets. The drinks and fruit are from an Our Generation Play Set and all she needs to find next is a little basket and she has created a really great and easy play set for pennies!
Thank you Madelon for sharing this fun and easy craft idea with us today! Still with my birthday brain on I think this would be a great craft to do at a Lea themed party!
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Broken Dolls Healing Hearts A Canadian Project To Pay Attention To



Today I wanted to share about a wonderful Canadian program that is very close to my heart. Broken Dolls Healing Hearts in Ontario Canada is making a difference in the lives of children in Canada.
Today I have asked them to share with us a bit about their program and how and why it is so important. Growing up in a Foster home myself this is truly a needed and important project. I am currently filling my own box to send to Broken Dolls Healing Hearts. In my own experience and after more then 40 foster children that were in my own life I can tell you first hand that it is true, the trauma and stigma has not changed in years. I invite you to read on and learn more about you can help these children.



"What made me start Broken dolls Healing Hearts ...? My life has been one that has been travelled. There were times the loneliness hurt beyond what a child should ever feel , the pain unbearable that at the age of 10 you pray to God to end it ...Imagine if you can : the unloveable child ..even your own mother did,not love you, abused in every way imaginable,, moving from home to home ..owning nothing ,only really wanting someone ,something to hold or to hug."


"The life of a foster child in Canada ..I do what I do. Many years ago I promised that little 10 year old girl if I lived to be an adult I would try and save just one child, I would make one child smile to make a difference. I grew up and she became a foster parent. Being a foster child had not changed that much from when I was a child. As every child that came to my home a Teddy Bear or a doll was placed on the bed before they arrived...Broken Dolls Healing Hearts was forming. Almost 3 years ago I started growing the program. The first year we did up over 60 packages at Christmas that went to foster Children.


"Around that time I started Trish's Corner which are care packages that we do up for children who have suffered some sort of Trauma whether medical,or death of a family member.Trisha is a 6 year old who has Cerebral Palsy our countless trips to hospitals ,doctors ect opened my eyes to the trauma that children with medical issues go through... This is a huge passion to put smiles on a child,s face if only for a moment , The medical packages are quite large , they are everything a child needs or may need for trips to the hospital all items in these care packages are new due to medical issues, these are done once a month a child is nominated and their nomination stays open for a month ...after a month they are picked up ,or delivered locally , or the package is boxed up and sent through the post office."


"Foster Care packages are done up at Christmas and delivered to Foster Care Agencies...this year over 100 Foster care packages were delivered and 17 medical care packages ..we also nominated a young family, with 3 boys who's dad is going through Cancer. "


"Most of the dolls I work on are soft bodied dolls ( they are more huggable ) journey dolls, our generation , American girl, our life , basically anything with a soft body. We also take build a bears and New teddy Bears. It is an amazing feeling watching a child smile ...making the world a good place even for a minute."





"The first care package I was involved with was a 6 year old girl that had a brain tumour. Her 10 month journey was a painfully one , but when this little girl received her doll in the mail, it brought the biggest smile to her face and for that moment she was just a little girl ! Anyone,anywhere can nominate a child ... We will find a way to get it to them .Right now we have a big shortage of quilts and blankets for children, quilts and Blankets for dolls, pillows and pillow cases for dolls ,dolls clothes for 18 inch dolls.We need all the help we can get, however we do not take money only doll items. If you are moved to join our journey and feel you would like to help in anyway it would be appreciated."

You can find them on Facebook by clicking here.
Donations can be sent to Broken Dolls Healing Hearts 42 Strathcona Ave Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A-1R9

I would like to thank the Broken Dolls Healing Hearts team for joining us today and for the work they do. Thank you for reading today's post. As with all our posts we would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Great Deal For Doll Spa Party Themed Take Home Gifts From Roxys Knit Knacks Etsy Shop!

As my birthday week features draw to a close I wanted to share a fun birthday party favor package on Etsy from Roxys Knit Knack's Etsy shop.  Why this listing caught my eye is that you get 10 in a package for $45! That is a great deal and a truly fun take home gift!
While the spa towels are what you get in the  order I love this idea to pair a small sponge or bar of soap with  your take home party gifts! You can even choose the color! Click here for shop and listing.
I also love that for $23 you can order a set of the doll size and girl size wraps! Click here for shop listing.

Thank you all for joining me this birthday week and thank you all for the warm wishes.
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Dolly Hairbands and Hats You Can Order In Bulk And Wow Your Party Guests!

Big news for you all Punch Place Plus is changing it's name and getting a new website, It will soon be called Craft Chameleon. But don't worry you can still get their great dolly hairbands and perfect hats for your craft parties and you can link to them here on my website.
I personally order from here at least twice a year and always love to have these dolly hairbands on hand for parties, rainy day crafts and I give them out a Halloween! 

I also get their little top hats and add them to the hairbands for fun facinators. I have made a few different ones for my dolls for the different holidays, they are so much fun!
Pop over to their website and stock up on doll sized party favors and craft supplies and they ship world wide! 
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dolly Party Photo Booth Fun From Printable Pro Shop!

Thinking of adding a fun activity to your next party? Check out Printable Pro Shop on Etsy for a great activity that you can easily make as a take home party favor.
I think that this is a really fun listing and would make a great party craft activity and take home. The listing is $6.00 and you can print as many as you would like for your guests, a quick trip to the dollar store for craft sticks, glue and tape and you have a great activity!
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lea Themed GOTY Printable Party Invites

Digital Daliah on Etsy has a collection fun Lea birthday themed invite for your next party. I love these and that you can customize your invites!
You can choose your favorite look for Lea to be on your invite too!
For $10 Digital Daliah does all the work for you and sends you an electronic file, you then send it to your local photo print shop or print the invites at home! They make a great keepsake too!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It's My Birthday Today and 2 of My Nieces As Well!

So today is my actual birthday, my 41st I am proud to say. I share my birthday with my twin nieces who celebrate their 9th Birthday today as well.  The photos above are a look back at some of the dolly birthday parties I have enjoyed and today I thought it would be fun to share some of my birthday party craft tutorials with you.

Felt party hat tutorial 





Needle felted cupcake
Click here for the Disco Ball Tutorial

There is actually 5 years worth of my doll craft tutorials that can be found by clicking here 
Or at the tab on my home page called KAREN'S DOLL CRAFT TUTORIALS 
Happy Birthday to my nieces Hannah and Cadence and thank you all for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the weeks birthday theme.
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