Abby’s Shoebox Dollhouse

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I finished another Shoebox Dollhouse for another young friend! And I’m already halfway finished with my third. It’s getting faster and easier as the routine is built and the supplies are gathered! :)

Above is the Bedroom for the kids. The parents don’t get one. Haha! Of course, there are only kid dolls anyway. :)

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Here’s the happy girl with the entire house in my fuzzy Instagram photo. I think this is the only photo that shows the American flag flying. See it on her cheek?

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The Bedroom:

I had a few pieces of furniture I had gathered from somewhere, including a toy box, so they moved in. Little baby doll, a “stuffed” bear and carriage(with a little mattress I made) are party favors from Dollar Tree. A gumball machine my Sweetie found for free at a garage sale. A sticker for a mirror, a crocheted blanket and sewn pillow and a matchbook dresser with flower thumbtacks from Daiso backed with little beads to cover the point. A sweet doll completes the look, with her fabric dress I made from pretty trim and lace to replace the ugly, plastic one she came with.

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I used scrapbook paper and wrapping paper for the wallpapers and floors. I love the little hat that was on some clearance cupcakes at our grocery store. a couple of years ago. I bought them for the hats!! :)

Mickey and Minnie from a valentine heart box, and a clothesline holding dresses I cut from fabric after adhering them to heat and bond so they won’t fray. They’re hanging from little hangers I made from paperclips. And a paper umbrella is the light fixture.

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The guitar is another Dollar Tree item and the lamp is from a furniture pack (which also included the doll) I found there, after the plans were already in motion for her house.

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Here’s the Bathroom: A toilet made from an aloe vera bottle top, glued to a juice top, I think. I save all tops these days, so who knows? The rug is a coaster, the sink is a top glued to a pizza riser, and a faucet fashioned from a pipe cleaner. Another sticker mirror and a cram cheese container covered in washi tape for a bathtub. Also another paper umbrella as a light fixture. Stickers for artwork and I needed to build a shelf out of a jewelry box for a hair dryer, mirror and spray bottle from that furniture pack again.

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Here’s the Living Room:

My little lamp made from a mini cupcake paper and Q-tip and flower thumbtack, sitting on a Dixie cup and cardboard circle. Another coaster rug, a chair made from a box cut in half and glued together and a nut cup is a stool. A grandfather clock and another bookshelf holding pretty perfume bottles and a mini frame holding a “Frozen” picture becomes a TV. :)

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A mini frame from the craft store with a bumblebee sticker as the artwork.

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And the Kitchen:

I forgot to take a photo of the entire room, ack! A sample cup from Hot Dog on a Stick becomes the base for the table, with a cardboard circle covered in washi tape for the top. Mini frisbee party favors become plates. This also highlights the Animal Cookie Circus cages on her patio. :)

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An apron, broom and butter churn (really a ball catcher turned upside down). A hutch and one of the clothespin dolls I made before I found the other dolls.

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A stove with Velcro circle burners and a fun fridge and cake made from more tops.

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The stove and fridge are boxes covered with paper. I made the oven door with stickers and cut a door for the fridge, using pins I cut and bent away the sharp edges for the handles.

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A few years ago, our VBS theme was camping and I created a “firepit” for my classroom. I recreated that in mini form here, with twigs, sparkly sequins and pipe cleaners hiding underneath.

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What do you think of my tire swing and swing set sitting on the walkway here? A Yo-yo is the swing and Popsicle sticks with notches make the set. I thought I would need to hang the swing in front of the kitchen, until the last second when I finally came up with this idea!! YAY!!! :)

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Plastic bracelets make a pool and a spool, a Q-tip and umbrella provide some shade.

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Annnnnd…the outer walls:

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The patio folds up and closes the house for transport. This box didn’t have an attached lid, so I masking taped a large piece of cardboard to the main box. It works as a great hinge. I cut the window, trees and flowers from scrapbook paper. Originally I thought I found the perfect box, that even had the mom’s name on it, but it was too beat up, so I did this instead. :)

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The front door.

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The clasps.

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When I saw this paper at our craft store at 10 for $1, I immediately thought…ROOF!!!

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She’s a happy girl, with hours of play time ahead!! :)

And here’s the First House I made!

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Modest Monday: Turquoise and White With New Flowered Bag

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I wore this outfit a few weeks ago and I’m finally getting around to sharing it today!

I just sort of stumbled on this combination and fell in love. It’s such a great, casual outfit for any day and I love it. And my new flowered bag from Pay Less matches perfectly!

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I’m so squinty here!

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Happy Monday…or is it Wednesday?!! :)

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Modest Monday: Blue and Pink Revisited

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I know I’ve posted this dress before, but I paired it differently this time, so thought it would be okay to sort of repeat. :)

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The cardigan was actually too warm for the day, but it’s getting tricky to wear dresses without repeating outfits all of the time, when it’s so warm the past four or five years especially during this drought. I LOVE the new half tees I found with straps only, as they are so much cooler, but still modest.

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This necklace I found on Etsy is the perfect match to this dress!  From Connor Inspires Amy.

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Still so excited to finally be able to wear these earrings after promptly losing one right after I received them as a gift!

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And LOVING these new flower rings from Kohl’s! They came in a set of three, but I prefer to pair them two at a time. :)

Have a great week!!

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Modest Monday: Happy Birthday America!

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It’s been awhile, but here I am for a Modest Monday post. Shocker. With so much traveling and illness and foggy brain and catch up, I have hardly blogged at all the past few months. I’ll try to change that, but no guarantees, as life comes first. : )

Here’s what I wore for America’s birthday. I love finding everyday clothing items that can work for less cheesy holiday attire and/or period costumes, like this skirt. I also decided to have the red door in the background this time to go with the red, white and blue theme, (even though it’s my least favorite color). It’s on my in-law’s Colonial Wiiliamsburg, vacation home.

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Here’s a typical bobble head type photo I try to steer my Sweetie away from. He’s tall and forgets that if he’s too close…this happens. It wasn’t his fault this time, there was no way to back up on the small porch. :)

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And what do you think of this adorable birdie ring I found at Kohl’s? So unique!! :)

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Have a great week, and I’ll try to be back here in the next few days! :)

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Modest Monday: Lavender and Black Skirt and Cardigan

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Wow! It’s been exactly a month since I last blogged! I’ve been busy, busy with a trip to the Choose Joy conference, a family wedding, a visit with our English friend while she was here, and then a visiting frenzy, two week trip to Oregon. Whew, I’m knackered!! :)

I’m happy to be back home with my Sweetie and trying to catch up on sleep, laundry, crafting, etc.

Anyway, I figured it’s time for another Modest Monday post…featuring this lovey skirt and pretty cardigan.

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And I actually got to wear my hear down! Oregon had exceptionally nice weather while I was there, sadly for me, and there was a “rare storm” here that I missed out on. Boo hoo! : / But it was cooler on Sunday for me. :)

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See how pretty the back of the cardy is?

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Wonder of wonders, we weren’t fighting while taking the photos. Hard to have a real smile when you’re fighting! :)

I was feeling uncomfortable as usual about all of the lookie loos around while we take these photos though. Bleh! Just keepin’ it real folks!

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On that note, my wedding ring is too snug right now, even more so with the constant warm weather and swollen fingers. So I ordered this shamrock ring to wear temporarily in it’s place, and one of the stones fell out 10 days later. I was sad to be without it during all of my traveling, as I waited for the new one to arrive. It turns out that it arrived the day I left for Oregon with my favorite cousin-in-law. Ack, so close!!

Coincidentally, when I was a teenager I designed the wedding ring I wanted, a shamrock with emeralds for the leaves and a diamond in the center, but we couldn’t find one when we got married. This comes pretty close. :)

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Have a great week!!

Modest Monday: My Favorite (Flowered) Dress

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I shared about this dress before HERE, but it never received it’s proper attention, as it IS my FAVORITE dress!!! I rarely pay full price for things like clothes, but I was too scared to lose out on this pretty dress, so I bought it, then and there!   A year and a half later and it’s still my favorite!! :)

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The dress was a tad short, so I added a strip of lace along the hem.

I just ADORE flowers!!

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I still love this jewelry from Connor Inspires Amy on ETSY.

We tried a new spot for photos at my in-law’s and I LOVE seeing the GREEN behind me!!

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I found the beautiful dress at Target.

Happy Monday!

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My Safer Hair Care Routine That Actually Works

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After two years of trying to find a way to wash my hair without all of the chemicals, I feel like I’ve finally found something that works!! Yay!! I went through so much frustration and a lot of gungky hair days to get here. I tried horrible baking soda and both kinds of vinegar, lemon juice, all of the Trader Joe’s shampoos, Burt’s Bees, African black soap, etc, etc, etc. Blech! And my hair was always dry and gunky. My scalp was completely out of control. Needless to say, I was frustrated, and even shed some tears over that horrible, untouchable hair. :(

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You can see the thick layer coating my hair here. It was so hard trying to hide it as much as I could all of the time…and not touching it, yuck.

Then we got a filter for our shower head, because, guess what? Most people raving about these methods have soft water…and we have super, duper HARD water. Ack! I miss that super soft Oregon water. The filter helped a little, but not enough. Then I started this routine: aloe for the scalp and Suave Professionals lower sulfates shampoo and conditioner, rinsing with reverse osmosis water from my in-law’s vacation house.This was the BEST my hair had been for a year and a half!!! But it wasn’t great, my scalp became very irritated and I had to warm up the water every time, and carry some with me when I traveled. All of these were a pain. I started pouring brewed camomile tea and using it for one of my rinses as a natural way to lighten my ever darkening hair. ( I accidentally bought the one for blonds, instead of rooibos for redheads, but who cares because I now have a more important reason to use it. :) ) And occasionally mixing Tea Tree Oil into my shampoo for my poor scalp.

Then about a week ago, our water jugs were empty on the same day I decided to give Peppermint Oil a try instead of the tea tree oil that seemed to make things worse for me, and I found my new routine!!!!! :)

So here’s my new wonderful routing that gives me back my freedom from carting around the water, and gives me back my softer hair again:

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Aloe on my scalp, rinse with Camomile tea, brewed and cooled. (Sometimes I skip the aloe now).

Suave Professionals Shampoo, rinse with shower water.

Suave Professionals Conditioner, rinse with shower water.

Finish rinsing with shower water. (Sometimes I still use the reverse osmosis water for rinses).

I use a little aloe as a gel for straightening my fringe (bangs) and taming in general if needed. And we now have our own aloe plant!!

Deep condition with coconut oil when needed.

Mix a couple of drops of peppermint oil into shampoo when need for scalp healing.

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It is actually in better condition now than in this picture, but you can see…no gunk!! And no more fuzziness on top, it was quite ridiculous!

And enjoy your soft and luxurious hair!! :)

It’s so much easier to travel with a tea bag and a big cup than carting around soft water!

I’m still in shock over this fabulous discovery!! I think the tea does for me what the lemon juice/ vinegars do for others, but didn’t do for me. My hair has always been on the oily side, and they just made it oilier, the tea does not. This routine works better than any of the others I tried, and is so much easier for traveling!

Have you found a natural hair care routine that works for you and isn’t part of the “No Poo” fad? Share it here in the comments! :)

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Modest Monday: Green and Cream Daisies

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Happy Monday! It’s the day after Resurrection Day and time for a Modest Monday post, so here’s what I wore yesterday! I bought this gorgeous dress from Kohl’s last summer for my Ellie costume from “Up” for a Pixar themed party. I LOVE it!!!

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Here are the beautiful details of the dress:

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I wore a tank halftee underneath for more coverage and my white cardigan. My friend gave me the “He is Risen” necklace, but it didn’t exactly match, and necklaces looked odd with this beautiful lace neckline. So I took the pendant off of the chain and pinned it onto my cardigan. :)

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My brand new shamrock ring!!! When we were engaged and looking for my wedding ring, we couldn’t find what I had always dreamed of since high school, a shamrock ring with three emeralds and a diamond in the center. I finally found one at Avon, but it was silver coated. Then I found this one months ago at shopirish.com, but it was sold out. :( I figured my chance was over…but then it finally showed up again!!! Yay, sterling silver so I can wear it everyday. I’m super happy! It isn’t exactly what I had imagined, but i”m happy with it! :)

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Hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection Day!!

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Our Irish Party

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Ack! I’m finally sharing about our Irish party with our friends! I started it days ago, but kept getting interrupted by more urgent things. Anyway, here it is!

We have some friends that love to celebrate the Irish culture like we do, so we sometimes have get-togethers in March and mix the American with the Irish cultures.

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So here’s our serving table with drinks, dessert and the food I forgot to photograph as I was hostessing. My mother-in-law brought some green carnations for the table. We had Bewley’s tea (my favorite tea!) in our Carrigaline shamrock tea cups, punch made from rainbow sherbet and 7up for an American touch, Shepherd’s Pie, Steamed Cabbage and White and Brown Soda Bread, served with Dubliner cheese.

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For dessert we had a field of shamrock cookies and some rainbow cupcakes. All yummy!!!! :)

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And here’s our table, festive and fun!

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Some of the decorations:

Gnomes, mushrooms and egg cups as tea lights.

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Shamrock and flower plants and this adorable painted rock my Sweetie found for my anniversary gift!

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I made this table cloth several years ago, and collected the napkins from somewhere?

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We had loads of fun eating, visiting and listening to Van Morrison and The Chieftains. The girls were even surprised to hear they ate Brussels sprouts sneaked into the gravy of the shepherd’s pie…and didn’t hate it!!! :)

The girls spent hours in the Bear House and Secret Garden, on the swing and saying hello to the horses next door. The adults spent that time catching up, visiting, eating and cleaning up.

And HERE are the recipes if you’re interested!! :)

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Modest Monday: Shamrock Edition

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Haha! Two weeks later, here we go! Celebrating and having WordPress issues has made my Irish Day posts take longer, sadly. I like to share photos and the photos weren’t loading any way that I tried! But here we go finally! So, For Modest Monday, here’s what I wore the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a good thing we enjoy the Irish culture year round! :)

I made this little jacket several years ago  and I still love it. :)

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I absolutely LOVE these new shoes! They are a Mary Jane style with wee heels and would be great for swing dancing or a more comfortable version of character shoes…says the dancer. :)

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See what I mean?

And this pretty, elegant jewelry was a gift from my in-laws.

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I’ve had this barrette since college…so just a little while…ahem. Haha!

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It was yet another hot day, so my hair was up in a messy bun with the barrette around the hair bands.

Now, how about these brand new rings? The shamrock one is from Avon and the flower is from Kohl’s. I LOVE them!!!

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I’ve been needing a temporary wedding ring as I’ve gained weight and live with hot, swollen fingers a lot in our summery climate. So, I wore this one while I waited for another one to arrive.

I find it fun to dress in festive clothing, do you?

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