Thrifty Thursday: Josefina’s Basket

  The basket pictured in front of Sombrita is a super simple, thrifty craft just in time for Josefina’s birthday! My mom made it a few weeks ago upon finding these great packages of braided twine at Wal-Mart. She hot glued it to the inside and outside an empty fruit cup and ta-da! A perfect…

Thrifty Thursday: AG Inspired Floppy Bow Headband

When Samantha’s Special Day Dress came out last year, I fell in love with the hair accessory that came with it. The floppy, looped, ribbon headband is so cute! It is so unique but also so perfect for Samantha and her time period. This Christmas I made my mom a replica of the Special Day…

Thrifty Thursday: Rebecca’s Festive Brooch

Hanukkah is next week and I wanted something special for Rebecca to wear. Her Hanukkah dress has not yet made it into my collection (it’s high on my list, but I’ve been forcing myself to keep this expensive hobby ofmine under control lately) so I knew I was going to have to make her something….

Kirsten at School (and a Thrifty Thursday Project)

Autumn is at its peak beauty right now where I live. The leaves are beautiful, the weather is lovely, and the crops are coming in. Farmers work very hard this time of year, just like Kirsten’s family would have over 150 years ago but with almost none of today’s modern conveniences. That’s why Kirsten might not have started her…

Thrifty Thursday: Julie’s Bandana Top

Today was an unseasonably warm October day where I live, so Julie and I decided to celebrate these last fleeting days with a tank top made from a $1 bandana! It was super easy to make and I think the paisley pattern is groovy 🙂 I cut six inches or so off of the bandana,…

Thrifty Thursday: Maryellen’s Crinoline

Welcome Maryellen! The weekend of her debut, my mom and sister and I made a special trip to Chicago so Mom could pick out her Maryellen! She is beautiful and so fun! I might have to add her to my own collection someday. The doll is adorable, her collection is to-die-for, and her books are very…

Thrifty Thursday Week 2: Emily’s Cardigan

It’s Thursday again, and as promised, I am sharing the missing component to the pants I made last week in order to complete an entire thrifty outfit. The outfit I made is… Emily’s Gardening Outfit! I created this outfit based on an illustration in Brave Emily.  This week I will show you how I made…

Thrifty Thursday!

We all know American Girl collecting is a very expensive hobby. I like saving money whenever possible (to the point where I sometimes stubbornly refuse to turn on my air conditioning even in the middle of summer) and have been working to transfer to my super-cheap ways to my doll collection, though I admit that is…