Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Completed Anna and Elsa Snowflake Blankets! (Red Heart Dusty Snowflake Throw)

So way back (years ago, lol) I wrote a post telling you guys that I had embarked on a crochet mission to complete two "throws" for my daughters.
Well, I actually finished them LAST fall, but never got around to posting the photos of them so here they are!

I had a lot of fun doing these blankets and they traveled with me on car rides, vacation, the couch, on the beach and I also worked on them during work when I was on hold or in between stressful tasks (I work from home)!   Even though these blankets took me AGES to complete, I was a tiny bit sad to see such a long and relaxing project come to an end.

But I was also really happy to have finally finished them!

Sometimes the fun is in the "making" of things and not the actual finished result. :)

I didn't really know about "blocking" at the time (in order to get more even motiffs) so some of the snowflakes came out a little wonky, but overall, not too bad for a beginner!

I spent so many sunny mornings on the porch with my coffee making these little snowflakes. 

This one was for Pumpkin Pie. 
The Elsa fan. 

This one was for Little Button. 
The Anna fan. 

If anyone is interested in trying this project, I used this snowflake pattern and chose variegated blue/green, white and purple/blue Red Heart acrylic yarn from Walmart.

Some of the strands are unraveling a little and it's not holding up quite as well as I thought it would, but I love seeing them being used to keep warm or build a fort.

Little Button likes to poke her toes through the holes. :)

I hope you guys enjoyed my crafty post even though it didn't involve any dolls.  I had considered trying to make a doll sized mini blanket in this style, but never got around to it.  It would've been cute, though!

As of now, I'm finishing up a cross-stitch project and then will probably start on a new crochet blanket.  I really want to try to make a granny square one for the couch sort of like Amy Farrah Flower's blanket on the Big Bang Theory!

I know a lot of you guys sew, but was curious if any of you crochet as well??  It is so relaxing.
I hope you all have a good week and as always, thanks for reading and see you next time!

xoxo Farrah  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Journey Girls Kelsey 2017 Australia Doll

Oh gosh, I've really neglected this blog lately!  
Trying to do better and I miss reading all of your doll news and updates.  
Life has been even busier again now that school has started (both girls are in school, but blah blah blah, you know my "I'm so busy" schbeel already, so lets just move on to the doll, lol.

In today's review, I wanted to share a new doll that I recently bought from the Journey Girl's line at Toys'R'Us

So far, I only have one JG doll in my collection and that's Meredith, which I did a review here a while back.  I've always loved the Journey Girl line, but they sort of fell off my radar a little for a while until I happened to see the new Australia line that was just recently released.

For those that prefer a video review, here's the one I did for my You Tube channel, but otherwise see below: 

When I saw that they released a Kelsey doll with freckles and lighter red hair, I knew I had to get her. Her box is very pretty and colorfully designed to illustrate an Australian theme.
(Can't go wrong with kangaroos hopping through the Outback.)

The side of her box has clear plastic so you can see more of her outfit. 

The back of her box shows the other dolls that were released in this line.  I also picked up Callie and Ilee because something wild came over me and I wanted to get all three.

Chavonne is the other doll I would like to get, but first I have to wait until my doll budget is open again. :)

I love Australia and I love kangaroos! 

Out of the box, I was really impressed by Kelsey's gorgeous face.  I don't think this is the original Kelsey mold, but I'm not 100% sure as this is my first Kelsey.  She has a very soft and peaceful expression and I love her light freckle pattern.  Her hair color, eye color and skin tone combination is strikingly pretty. (I wish I looked like that!)

Her outfit is modern, colorful and trendy and I love the gray and pink color combo.  The gray fringy shawl velcros up at each shoulder and stays on very well. 
The pants are made of a thicker fabric than traditional stretchy leggings and are very nice quality. 

The back of the shawl is shorter as you can see. 

Underneath Kelsey's sweater is a simple gray and white stripped top that velcros in the back. 

Her UGG style boots are adorable!  Each have two pink bows and velcro in the back.  They are very easy to get on and off and my 5 year old could do it easily.

A treat for the feet. 

The hair accessory she comes with is a purple bobby pin with a crocheted coral colored flower. 

Her other accessory is this little fuchsia handbag made from a fake leather and canvas material. 

It opens! 
Perfect place to put that bobby pin. ;)

Here are all the pieces laid out together. 

So cute. 

Here's a closer look at her face.  Her eyes are a gorgeous grayish, green and are fixed in the open position. She has feathery brows, rooted eyelashes, and painted lashes.  Her freckles are light and asymmetrical.  She has a faint rosiness to her cheeks and her lips are well painted in a matte reddish-brown. (Perfect for fall.)

Here's her hair right out of the box after taking the rubber bands out.  It's thick and rooted. 
This photo doesn't really do justice to how beautiful and soft it is! 

Here is is after brushing it. It was hard to capture because it was so smooth and shiny! 

Here's 2 of our other redheads to show a color comparison.  Kelsey's on the left, Our Generation Noa on the middle and Our Generation Kendra on the right.

We love redheads in this house! 

Here's Kelsey next to my Meredith doll and I THINK they have very similar faces (if not the same mold), but Kelsey's vinyl is a bit lighter lighter. Meredith seems to have slightly larger eyes, but they essentially look the same to me.
I think this mold and Chavonne's mold are my favorites in the JG line.

One thing I love about JG bodies is that the vinyl extends down lower leaving the chest to match the neck, which is nice if you want to dress them in summer dresses or shirts with a lower neckline.  In other words, dolls that have a completely cloth torso like American Girl can sometimes be distracting due to the "frankenstein" effect between the head and neck (or a dramatic thyroidectomy scar.)

Overall, I'm really excited and happy to add this doll to our 18 inch doll collection.  The girls love her and I love her and I definitely thing she's worth the $39.99 price point.  If you can grab her when they have a sale, even better!

Tonight we also opened Callie and Ilee who are just as cute.

Both of these girls were reviewd on JG Kelsey's blog, so if you're interested, check them out!  Her photos are so gorgeous. She is very knowledgeable abou this line of dolls.
Callie's review is here.  Ilee's review is here.

I'm so happy to be posting another doll review as it's been ages.  Thanks for sticking with me even though I haven't been posting as much.  I have so much I want to share with you all and hopefully I can find the time to blog.  I love it so much when I can!

Anyway, I hope this week finds you all well and of course, I am curious to know if you guys have gotten any goodies lately?  I need to catch up on my blog reading!
I know some of you collect a few Journey Girls...did any of you get any of these new ones?

As always, thanks for reading and see you next time. :)