Birthdays, Petting Zoos & American Girl Paper Dolls

Here it is almost Wednesday and I am just now pulling together a little post for my corner here. The days just keep getting busier and busier. Sometimes, I feel like just standing out in my yard throwing up my hands and yelling at the top of my lungs…”There is only one of me! There are only so many hours in a day! How am I supposed to keep up on this hamster wheel called life??” But instead, I just keep plugging along and hope that somewhere in the middle of the zoo I call my life I will find the time to write. 😉 Do you guys ever feel this way? Oh how I love to write…but usually it is very late in the day by the time I find a spare moment. 

I am so thankful that autumn is right around the corner. Today there was a crisp breeze in the air. Our leaves are beginning to fall off  of the maple trees. There are signs of the changing seasons every where I look. I am grateful! I love the autumn, the cool nights, the still lukewarm days, the smell of burning leaves, the crisp breezes, warm fuzzy sweaters and long walks through the changing woods. September is my little baby angel’s birthday month. We celebrated today by taking her to the park and petting zoo. She had such fun! We ended her special day with a pink Barbie cupcake. Her favorite thing in all the world these days is Barbie. I recently found her a big Barbie house on Craig’s list for a steal. I hope to share it in a future post. She was super excited. =)

 Nothing beats a pink cupcake, especially if Barbie decorates the top! =)

 Fun at the park. It was a wonderful day, with cool breeze blowing and just warm enough that we didn’t need a sweater!

My son enjoyed seeing the bald eagle exhibit at the park. =)
We also fed some very friendly goats and petted the Jacob sheep. =) A wonderful day with family and our special little one. 
I attended our wonderful annual church convention over the past weekend. It was a quiet retreat from every day life. We heard wonderful speakers from all over the world. Some from Russia and others visiting from different states. While there I heard a lovely little story told by a dear friend. She was telling about a little boy who asked for some cookies. His mother gave him some. Someone then said to him, “You must be a good boy to get so many cookies!” He replied, “No, my mother is good.” A good reminder to me that we are not good in ourselves! It takes the work of the Lord and the Holy Spirit within our hearts and lives to change us into ‘good’ and helpful souls. 
I am so glad for the renewing of the Holy Spirit that makes all men new in the sight of God who trust in Him and believe. 
This past week, I completed a little project for my daughter. She loves to look through the American Girl catalog that arrives periodically in our mailbox. When she tires of these catalogs, I usually throw them into the recycling bin. Recently, I saw some magnets made from cut outs of the dolls in these catalogs on Pinterest. I thought what a great idea it would be to make my little one some paper dolls from her favorite catalog! 
To make these dolls you will need the following:
An American Girl Doll Catalog
A glue stick (we used Elmers)
Heavy card stock in any color you choose
Clear contact paper or a laminate machine
These little paper dolls were an instant hit with my little one. I love the fact that she cannot tear them. She loves the fact that they are here favorite pictures! 
I cut out various dolls from the catalog. Some smaller and some larger. I then cut out some of the accessories, etc. 
After cutting out the dolls, I used a clear drying glue stick to adhere them to a heavy piece of card stock. I just used the color I had on hand, with happened to be red. 
After allowing the dolls to dry on the card stock, I cut them out individually. I then lay down a sheet of clear contact paper and placed each doll onto the contact paper. After placing all the dolls onto the contact paper. I took another sheet of contact paper and place it over top of the first sheet. Thus adhering both together. Making sure there was a complete and smooth adherence of the sheets I then cut out each individual doll.
Voila! Paper dolls! Since they are covered in thick contact paper, they are not easily torn. This works great, especially for toddlers like mine! 
Another easier way would be to laminate the dolls. Since I do not own a laminating machine, I chose to use the contact paper. These are now my daughter’s favorite toy! =)
Please pardon the poor picture quality. My poor camera does not do well on cloudy days. Don’t let my pictures fool you! These are super nice! My daughter adores them. =)
A fun project that is very economical too! Also a great way to recycle those catalogs. I am thinking about trying this with my son’s Lego catalog as well! He can’t wait. =)

Have a fabulous week!

8 Responses to Birthdays, Petting Zoos & American Girl Paper Dolls

  1. I can't help but think about my recent visit to the American Doll store. People where walking out with bags of items. I wish I had invited that doll. They make a killing. I purchased one for each of my granddaughters for Christmas. I know they will love them. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  2. Stephanie says:

    I know what you mean about wanting to throw up your hands saying there is only one of you… 🙂 I do hope life slows down for you, sweet friend.

    Your pictures are simply precious! You have a lovely family.

    Enjoy your week, dear Valerie! Hugs

  3. Happy Birthday to that little cutie! And it was a great idea to 'laminate' those photos! Isn't it fun to find something inexpensive and quite easy to make that they enjoy SO much!

  4. Mrs R says:

    Hi Valerie! I've been away and trying to catch up with everyone's blogs. What a wonderful idea to use the AG catalogs to make paper dolls! I remember cutting paper dolls out of old catalogs when I was young. No laminate – just glue and cardboard. 🙂

    Nice seeing you again. Gina

    new blog –

  5. Valerie says:

    Dear Martha,
    What lucky granddaughters you have! =) My girl has never had an American Girl doll. She just really enjoys looking at the catalog. 😉 Thank you for your lovely comment. Hope your weekend has been grand! Blessings, Valerie

  6. Valerie says:

    Dear Gina,

    I know what you mean about being away and catching up! This past month has been crazy busy. I have had little time for blogging. I think I am suffering from bloggers guilt. Ha ha. 😉 I made the same kind of paper dolls out of card board and glue too! I will have to visit your new blog.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  7. Valerie says:

    Dear Stephanie,
    Thank you for the sweet comment. =) I am hopeful life will slow down around here soon. I am running most days, just to keep up! Hope your weekend has been lovely.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  8. Valerie says:

    Dear Judy,
    Thank you! Sophie had a great birthday this year. 3 is a great age. =)
    Hope your weekend has been lovely.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

%d bloggers like this: