Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Doll Craft:Flower Cupcake

Today's tutorial is a polymer clay "flower" cupcake inspired by the cupcakes included in Grace's Pastry Cart and Bakery. This is what American Girls looks like- 
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image credit American Girl 
This one honestly still is not how I wanted it to turn out as the white icing decorating, which to me looks like a flower, took several times to make it even look related to the picture ;) 
I wanted to try making the chocolate cupcake as chocolate is my favorite out of the two, you can easily adapt this tutorial to fit any type of color.  Traditionally, cupcakes have slight indentations in them from the cupcake liners, I'm not sure if this is a french baking custom or not to cook without one as the cupcakes have no indentations and are smooth. Onto the materials- 
Dark Brown Polymer Clay 
White Polymer Clay 
Palette Knife/X-Acto Knife/Smooth Surface 
Toothpick (optional) 
Translucent Liquid Sculpey (can be substituted) 
The first step is to take your dark brown polymer clay, leave some extra clay to use for the top of the cupcake and roll it into a ball.  
 
Using a smooth surface gently press harder on one side of the ball as you roll, so the top is larger than the bottom, creating the cupcake shape. I tried this several times before the result ended up looking like a cupcake :) 
 
Roll the extra polymer clay into a ball and press flat, attach it to the bottom of the cupcake. After this picture I redid the bottom of the cupcake, to make it look better. 
 
Section the white polymer clay into three groups, roll one group into 5 large balls, the second into 4 medium balls and the first into 3 small. Flatten. 
 
Taking the three smallest sculpt into the shape of a flower, the four should be placed around the three and the the five circles should be arranged on top of the cupcake.  Add the top flower onto the bottom piece, arranged like this-
 
You can attach the flower part with translucent liquid sculpey to make sure it sticks if you wish. And you are done! Here are some extra pictures- 



 
The flower icing decoration on the cupcake was the hardest part to recreate and the process would go much faster if you make a mold of the cupcake :) A few extra tips are- 
Make sure to clean the surface you are using, take care on surfaces that can be easily damaged like wood. 
Clean your hands and tools if you are using them multiple times, extra polymer clay could accidentally turn a lighter color of polymer clay (like white) or rub off onto the creation.   

Polymer clay is also a lint and dust magnet so either cover it after you finish or bake it :)  
Thanks for looking, 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rapunzel Talks Hair Pros and Cons

Hi everybody! I took some pictures of Rapunzel today!:) She wanted to talk about the pros and cons of having really long hair! Okay, I'm turning it over to her now-
Hi everyone! Rapunzel here!:)
If you've ever watched my movie, read the books, or heard of me somehow, you know that I have suuuuuper duper long hair. I wanted to list the pros and cons of having long hair-

Pro- You can make really pretty braids and hairstyles that you couldn't make with short hair.:)
Con- When you sit down you have to bring your hair to the front of you so you don't sit on your hair.:(
Pro- People will compliment you on how pretty your long hair is.:)
Con- Your hair is soooo heavy...:(
Pro- You can bring somebody up a tower with your epicly long hair.:) (Like Eugene)
Con- It takes FOREEEEVER to comb out your hair every morning....:(

Pro- You can take super cool photos, like this one, where your hair is looking epic!
Con- You can never cut your hair or else your powers will be completely removed, so that means split ends, people! (Hey! That totally reminds me of the story of Samson!)
Pro- When it's really cold, you can use your hair as a scarf.:)

That's it for pros and cons, but here are some extra pictures!:)


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We hope you enjoyed the pictures! And pros and cons! 'Til next time-
-Emma and Rapunzel-<3
Do you have a favorite hairstyle?


Sunday, April 26, 2015

springtime











these photos are pretty old, so the lighting and stuff isn't all that great.  but i really loved all the greenness and flowers. spring is honestly one of the best seasons ever.

hopefully it's not that rainy where you live, like it was last week.  it was all cold and dreary, with a few good days in between.  so hopefully this week it'll get better.

so yeah...have an awesome night/day/afternoon wherever you are and thanks for reading this post <3
-autumn


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Doll Craft- Pinwheel

Today was a windy day, so I decided to make a pinwheel for my dolls. Here's How:

What you need for this project:
  • Colored paper (I recommend double sided)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • 6 inch wooden dowel
  • Thumbtack

Cut your paper into a 3 inch by 3 inch square. Then use your ruler to trace lines from corner to corner to make four sections.

Now cut along those lines, but stop when you get 1/4 inch from the center. Then fold in half of your sections into the center, but do not crease them.
Poke the thumbtack through the center (make sure it goes through all of the sections) and poke it into the dowel. Glue it in to be sure it does not fall out.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed!

Friday, April 24, 2015

LIV doll finds and restoration!!! :)

 Recently, I found two LIV dolls at a local thrift store. Who could they be? :)

Its Daniella!!!! I didn't have to do much to her, I just had to give her a wig. ;)

 Daniella is a daydreamer. You can often find her outside daydreaming in her own little world or inside reading a book. :) Who else could I have found?


 Alexis!!! (Which I renamed Fiona) I also didn't have to do anything to her, she was in great condition. :)
Fiona loves bright colors and is very outgoing and funny. :)


 Fiona and Daniella joined Sophie and Ayla (custom Sophie dolls) and tried to take a group photo.
(Yes, Fiona is giving Sophie bunny ears) :P Have you found any thrift store finds lately?
Until next Friday,
~Marissa





Thursday, April 23, 2015

Photography Tips: Indoor Photography


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hello, and welcome to the second installment of Photography Tips!
with me, I have the lovely Emerson, modeling for the sake of this post. ;)
today we shall focus on indoor photography...

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the first thing you must consider when preparing an indoor shoot is lighting.

a personal favorite of mine is somewhere next to a window, so that you get natural light.


a reflector is always very helpful, but not necessary.

if you don't already have one, or don't want to buy one, you can always make one.

a large sheet of white paper (or any large white "thing" for that matter) would be just fine, too. :)


here are just some examples of indoor photos taken at a well-lit location.







there isn't much to indoor photography besides the lighting, so that's why there aren't as many tips.

I hope this was helpful!
(even though it probably wasn't)

see ya next Thursday with an outfit ideas post!

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-maddie

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