Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Custom Character Doll: Clara Anderson

Clara smiles for the camera
in the sanctuary.
Custom Characteristics
Name: Clairissa Olive Anderson
Living On Campus? yes
School and Grade: Trinity Christian Academy for Girls, 4th grade
Interests and Hobbies: sewing for her dolls, loves math, reading and art, loves to  journal in her Bible, Clara also loves to daydream, work jigsaw puzzles and bake with her aunts on the weekends for fun. Clara has a large doll collection.
Brief Family History: Clara lives with her two aunts during her summer months and vacation days. She was orphaned before the age of seven. She attends the Trinity Christian Academy which isn't far from her aunt's home.
Siblings: Clara has much younger siblings that were adopted by extended family members after her parent's death.
Religion: Lutheran
Pet(s): She has a cat named Nova and a parrot named Pretty Pete. Both of her pets live with her aunts permanently. Clara sees them on the weekends, during vacation and over the summer.

About Me: Clara. I am 11 years old. My favorite color is pale yellow. My favorite
food is bread. My favorite author is Gene Stratton-Porter. I would like to be a
nurse when I grow up.
This Alexander Doll is An Original Character Doll
Name: unidentified
Height: 18 inches
Physical Features: long dark brown hair, brilliant blue sleep eyes, Caucasian doll, pale skin, dimples
Designer/Company: Madam Alexander Doll Company
Year(s): 2009
Additional Information: purchased through donations made to the Kidney Foundation

Friday, January 18, 2019

Custom Character Doll: Chavonne Richards

Chavonne picture from her first
day of school at Trinity Church
Custom Characteristics
Name: Chavonne Monique Richards
Living On Campus? no 
School and Grade: Trinity Church School for Girls, 4th grade 
Interests and Hobbies: Chavonne is very artistic. She is always interested in learning about new methods in the arts and crafts. She loves to paint and sculpt in her free time. Chavonne has a lovely voice and sings in the Sunday morning children's choir on weekends. 
Brief Family History: Creole Descent. Chavonne lives with her grandmother, mother and stepfather, and younger sister in a large three story home. Chavonne's stepfather is an ATC for the Army Corps. Her mother is a fund-raiser for the local hospital. 
Siblings: younger half sister, Tiana Beth Reed 
Religion: Pentecostal 
Pet(s): not yet!
About Me: Chavonne Richards. I am 10 years old. I love all colors, especially
red! I love to eat pasta, pizza and French toast! I love all Roald Dahl books so
much!!! I want to be an artist like my aunt when I grow up. And also my
grandmother is a quilt artist.

Chavonne is an Original Character Doll from Journey Doll 
Name: Chavonne or Taryn 
Height: 18 inches 
Physical Features: medium brown colored skin, hazel eyes, dark curly locks 
Designer/Company: Journey Doll 
Year(s): 2015 
Additional Information: I acquired this doll from Goodwill.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The About Me Name Game

       Now you can play the name game on your doll's first day of school. Just download the About Me name tag below. Print as many as you have dolls to give them to. Fill out their personal likes and dislikes. Mix the tags up to see if your friends or family can tell which doll each name tag belongs to before you reveal her name. Write her name at the top of the name tag so everyone will know your doll's information. 
        I've included the questions our pretend teachers wrote on the classroom chalkboard for every doll to read and respond to on their first day of school. Our doll's responses along with their photo under each of their custom character descriptions will appear this month.
  • What is your age?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What is your favorite book to read?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
All doll students are asked to fill out the "About Me" name tag on the first day of school.

A Lovely Church Interior for Doll Photography

Our doll Sophie stands in front of a terrific
background for our doll church school.
       This lovely church interior is by photographer Simon Bowen. It is of St. Andrews in Lincolnshire. If you would like to print a copy and use it for your doll's background you may do so. It is in the International Creative Commons and may used for children's personal photography backgrounds. Parents may visit the official web site for the International Creative Commons to insure that their little ones are using it correctly. Thank you again Mr. Bowen for such a nice contribution!
Photo by Simon Bowen 2016, Interior of St. Andrews Church,
 Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International cc

Custom Character Doll: Sophie Xu

Sophie in Trinity Church
Sanctuary on her first day
of school.
Custom Characteristics
Name: Sophie Grace Xu
Living On Campus? no 
School and Grade: Trinity Church School, 4th grade 
Interests and Hobbies: Sophie loves to play with her pets and she loves to join her parents while cooking in the kitchen. Although she has no siblings, Sophie has a big extended family and sees them often. Sophie likes to collect coins and postcards from around the world. 
Brief Family History: Sophia was adopted from China. Both of her adoptive parents are American born. Her American father's family immigrated from Taiwan three generations ago. Sophie's father and mother are engineers and work for the same company.
Siblings: none 
Religion: Evangelical Christian 
Pet(s): dog named Chops, cat named Ginger

About Me: Sophie Grace Xu. I am 10 years old. My favorite color is blue.
My favorite food is chocolate cake. My favorite book series is
Anne of Green Gables. I want to be a school teacher and a mother when I grow up.
Sophia Is The Original Character Doll Leah
Name: Today's Girl "Leah" or Journey Girl "Callie" 
Height: 18 inches
Physical Features: Asian face mold, 
Designer/Company: Lotus Onda Asian Doll 
Year(s): 1996
Additional Information: I purchased this doll at an online auction.

School Uniforms for Dolls

Sophie Xu models the basic school uniform. She wears Trinity Church
 School's tartan plaid skirt and a classic, long sleeved, white blouse.
 On her feet she wears black leather, Mary Jane shoes. She also wears
 a matching white ribbon in her dark hair and a gold cross necklace tied
 with a black velvet ribbon around her neck, to complete the look.
       Trinity Church School for Dolls requires it's pupils to wear a school uniform. School uniforms are proven to be both economical and practical. Below are the necessary items that your doll will need to attend a similar private school of your own making. However, if your doll is a Virtual Student at our school, she may wear whatever clothes she has while she works from her own home computer.
  • The tartan doll skirt is the primary piece of clothing used to identify classmates at Trinity Church School. Instructions for making this simple gathered doll skirt will be uploaded soon and linked from this page.
  • The dolls may wear white cotton blouses of any fashion, just as long as these are tucked under their skirts or into their pants.
  • They may also wear knit shirts, short sleeved or long, in the colors of their chosen tartan plaid. At this blog, our doll's school tartan comes with these woven colors: burgundy, navy, white and a brighter red. A pale grey may also be used as an alternative color to mix with the tartan.
  • Soft jackets and sweaters that blend with the tartan plaid can be combined with the white blouses or knit shirts to provide the dolls with extra warmth or comfort.
  • Girl dolls may wear darker navy leggings or shorts beneath their skirts if they so choose. 
  • Flat soled boots or shoes are required. Please wear socks in the winter!
  • Jewelry and headbands are also allowed and encouraged. We love our dolls to look pretty too!
  • Neck ties, scarves, backpacks, lunch bags etc... that come with the school's tartan may be specially ordered through the school office. These items are optional and I will include free patterns for them online at a later date.
Find more doll private school uniforms:
  1. School Uniforms for Wellie Wishers and American Girl Dolls by Debby
  2. DIY simple Cute Doll School Uniform - Back to School Barbie Clothes Tutorial
  3. Dressing your dolls in school uniforms
  4. Club Uniform for Girls of Faith Dolls
More About Tartans:

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Trinity Church School for Dolls

Left, Historic Trinity Church School for Dolls, founded in 1903. Right, A view from the West during a school picnic
       This historic doll school was founded that there might be a place, easily accessible to the dolls of any child's collection where they will have a thorough education and a happy home life. Here dolls are surrounded by refining influences and they can be physically, intellectually and spiritually trained if their child owners so choose.
       As the cost of living in Dollville is less than in most places, it has been possible to make the fees more moderate than those of real child schools, and there are, comparatively speaking, no outside expenses.
       Miss Carroll, the Lady Principal Doll, has had much experience in work of this kind, having been for many years Senior Mistress at Trinity Church School for Dolls.
       The place chosen could not be more appropriate, a handsome and well-built building, situated upon the prettiest street in Dollville, and surrounded by beautiful grounds two and a half acres in extent.
       To the original building a large three-story addition has been made, which contains the chapel, art-room, dining-room, room for domestic science, infirmary, and sleeping apartments.
       The rooms are large and well-ventilated, the class-rooms bright and airy. 
      The recreation grounds are extensive: tennis, basket-ball, croquet, swings, all have their place, and out-door exercise is encouraged as much as possible.
       There is a picturesque artificial lake in the grounds, shown in the picture below, left.
       There is also a fine orchard, a vegetable garden, and a poultry yard, thus combining the advantages of country with city life.
       The work done during the school year is always very satisfactory, and a decided improvement in our doll pupils is exceptionally noticeable. Universal satisfaction has often been expressed by their young owners.
       It is our wish to create in dolls a love for their work, and to arouse an interest in learning which will not pass away with their school days.
       A series of recitals will been given by the dolls of both musical and dance talent. In the past and they have been enjoyable as well as most helpful in overcoming the nervousness and self-consciousness of our doll students.
       An excellent course of University Extension Lectures was held at our school during the winter break, and more recently a most interesting and instructive course upon Practical Home Nursing. Courses similar to these will be offered again during the next semester. 

The School Terms 
The School year is divided into four terms:
  • Michaelmas Term begins on Thursday, September 8th.
  • Christmas " " " November 14th.
  • Lent " " " February 8th.
  • Trinity " " " April 21st.
The Christmas Vacation is from December 22nd to January 9th and Easter Vacation lasts for ten days.

Left, Historic View From The South During Spring Semester. Right, Historic Winter View From The North.
Course of instruction
       The course begins with the Primary Department and goes through grade six with Honors.
       Arrangements will be made for those wishing to take special courses in Music or Art, but every pupil is expected to take part of the regular course.
       Religious Instruction forms part of the course throughout, and consists of two lessons a week, given by the Chaplain, the Rev. G. R. Beamish, and one, upon Old Testament History, by the Rev. W. B. Heeney.
       Pupils of all denominations are received, and at the special request of the parents or guardians may be excused from the doctrinal part of the teaching.
  • Grade I.  Reading, Writing, Spelling, Church Catechism and Bible Stories, Arithmetic, Nature-Studies and Object-Lessons.
  • Grade II.  Same as Form I, with Drawing and Needlework.
  • Grade III. Reading, Writing, Spelling, Church Catechism, Scripture and American History, English Grammar, English Composition, English Literature, Arithmetic, Geography, Drawing, Needlework.
  • Grade IV. Same as Form III, with Latin.
  • Grade V. Reading, Writing, Dictation, Religious Instruction, English Grammar and Rhetoric, English Literature, Composition, American and Roman History, Euclid, Algebra, Arithmetic and Latin.
  • Grade VI. A continuation of the work in Form V, and prepares for Middle School, with Honors, if required.
By special request a half day early learning/kindergarten class is to be formed and as usual Trinity Tots i.e. Mother's Day Out will continue Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 1:00 every week minus the regularly appointed school holidays.
Free enrollment printable for Girls who wish to sign up their dolls for
Trinity Church School for Dolls. For personal home use only.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Two Techniques to Restore One Doll's Chair

Left, this chair was originally painted peach. Center, I layered both blue and pink using a dry brush technique.
Right, the finish is done.
       I chose to repaint this dollar find from the local flee market and then to hand weave a new seat using twine and ribbon found in my craft supply at home.
I wove a seat cushion using twine for the warp
 and ribbon for the weft.

Supply List:
  • acrylic paints (your choice, 2 to 3 colors)
  • stipple brush (optional), or soft camel hair brush
  • twin or natural colored yarn for the warp components
  • purple embroidery floss and needle
  • purple ribbon for the weft components
  • clean paper towels 
  • clear acrylic sealer
Step-by-Step Instructions for The Dry Brush Technique:
  1. Dust and clean off the chair that you have on hand. I discovered the one above at resale for $1.49; it fits a 14" doll perfectly.
  2. I also removed the damaged seat.
  3. Lightly load up your brush with paint. Dab it on the paper towel to insure that it does not have too much paint on it. Because this is a dry brush technique, you need very little paint to accomplish this wood finish.
  4. Now lightly brush the surface of the chair. Let it dry and repeat with another color. Layer the colors randomly as you go. Stop when you are satisfied with the brushed color surface.
  5. Some of the colors will show in places more than others.
  6. Seal with a clear acrylic spray or wash.
Watch JamiRay dry brush a table and visit her youtube 
channel for more helpful hints.

Step-by-Step Instructions for The Woven Seat:
       First you will need to decide the direction of your warp wrap. I chose to wrap my seat running the warp twine up and down instead of the traditional method of wrapping from left to right. This is because I wanted the ribbon weft to show on the left and right sides of my seat.
       Tie the warp twine onto the chair stretcher directly under the lowest rail of the seat. (below left) Now wrap the warp threads under, up and over the front stretcher directly opposite to its back stretcher. Do this over and over until the seat has been filled from one side of the support to the other. Do not pull the warp tight; this will distort the chair frame! The weaving will eventually tighten the seat properly as you go.
Left, I am reading to wrap the warp first. Center, I chose to sew together the warp threads at each
 end of the seat weave with purple embroidery floss. Because I wrapped the warp all the way around
 the front and back rungs of my chair seat. It was necessary for me to tie both the top and bottom
of corresponding warp threads together. The embroidery floss helped me to secure warp threads
before proceeding with the weave.
Left, penny shows size of woven seat on top of the seat cushion.
Right, the weave as seen from beneath the seat cushion.
More About Weaving for Young People:

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Make a Miniature Printable Doll Coloring Book

       Here is a whole sheet of tiny dolls for your American Girl doll, Barbie or baby doll etc... to color with a bit of help from you! 
       You can print out the following sixteen miniature doll coloring pages with your home computer. Then cut on the solid black lines to make the pages of your doll's coloring book the same size. Staple or paste the pages together within the grey bar on the left hand side of the printed pages. 

Our 18 inch Madame Alexander and American Girl Dolls are eager to share their new doll coloring book.
 I made the coloring book for our larger dolls but you can make one smaller for Barbie's family if you'd like.
       To make the cover of your coloring book, simply cut a rectangle from decorative scrapbook paper. Fold it in half and sandwich the coloring pages between the top and bottom of the rectangle and then staple the cover in place.
       Decorate the cover with stickers or drawings of your own or cut one of the dolls from the sheet and color it before pasting it on to the front cover. 
       A tiny doll coloring book would be an excellent gift to give your doll on her birthday or stuffed inside a tiny Christmas stocking or even included with Easter treats inside a basket!
       Don't forget that if you drag the png. or jpg into a Word Document the miniature coloring pages may be enlarged or shrunk as small as you wish before printing it. If you have a question about this coloring page, just type into the comment box located directly below this post and I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can.

Above are miniature doll coloring pages included here as a collection.
 Larger versions are available from my free doll coloring book here.
This sheet may be scaled for miniature dolls or even 18 inch dolls,
inside of a Word Document software program.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Miniature Dining Room Furniture Plans

       Below are plans for a formal, round dining table and a formal sideboard that you can include in a miniature doll's dining room by Klenke.
"Dolly will be very proud of her fine dining room set with
table, side and arm chairs and side board." Klenke
Dining Room Table Plans, Instructions included by Klenke.
Sideboard Plans, Instructions included by Klenke.
A contemporary round dining table by Kat.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

"Miniature Chest of Drawers and Kitchen Table and Cabinet

Kitchen Cabinet Plans, Instructions included by Klenke.
       A kitchen is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation in a dwelling or in a commercial establishment. A modern middle-class residential kitchen is typically equipped with a stove, a sink with hot and cold running water, a refrigerator, and worktops and kitchen cabinets arranged according to a modular design. Many households have a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and other electric appliances. The main functions of a kitchen are to store, prepare and cook food (and to complete related tasks such as dishwashing). The room or area may also be used for dining (or small meals such as breakfast), entertaining and laundry. The design and construction of kitchens is a huge market all over the world. The United States are expected to generate $47,730m in the kitchen furniture industry for 2018 alone. Read more...
"The kitchen is equipped with a roomy cabinet and a good work table." Klenke
The cabinet plans are featured just on the right.
"This furniture is much the same as real furniture only it is
simplified and made in miniature." Klenke  Below are the
plans of the chest of drawers featured in this photo.
Chest of Drawers and Kitchen Table Plans, Instructions included by Klenke.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Doll Dressed in Ruffles, Bows and Pansies

Description of Coloring Page: frilly dress, long curly locks, fancy china doll, big bows, Victorian porcelain doll

Don't forget to drag the png. or jpg into a Word Document and enlarge the image as much as possible before printing it folks. If you have a question about this coloring page, just type into the comment box located directly below this post and I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The highway to happiness for every two year old...

Close ups of the boats/ships that I included inside a tube with the quilt. My recipient already had many cars for the road.
       There is absolutely no two year old known to mankind that would not love his or her very own car playmat! And these, are sew easy for mom or dad to put together in approximately five minutes, as long as they have access to a sewing machine and two yards of fun, printed fabric!
       Just turn the right sides together and sew a straight stitch around the outside edges leaving a three inch opening. Turn the mat inside out so that the right sides (finished printed sides) are showing and sew the three inch opening shut with an invisible stitch.
       Iron the mat flat and then sew a few lines of quilting all the way across the top of the mat from one end to it's opposite side in order to add strength to the mat.
       Roll up the finished car mat with a tube of tiny ships and cars for play, using a wide satin ribbon to hold the package together. Give it to your favorite two-four year old!
I created a grid with a few quilted top stitches across the surface of my mat to give it strength.
 One side of my mat is for roads, the other for boats. I used 2 yards of fabric for the project.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Miniature Davenport, Console and End Table Plans With Instructions

       Davenport was the name of a series of sofas made by the Massachusetts furniture manufacturer A. H. Davenport and Company, now defunct. Due to the popularity of the furniture at the time, the name davenport became a genericized trademark. Read more...
"The overstuffed sofa, davenport and end tables compose nicely
 in a group with the Priscilla sewing cabinet (plans here) near the fire-place." Klenke
Davenport, Console and End Table Plans, Instructions included by Klenke.
For the hall - The Console Table.
Chippendale Mirror and Two Side Chairs.
  How to make more side tables for doll sofas:

Craft a Miniature Cradle, Sewing Cabinet and Piano Bench

       A bassinet, bassinette, or cradle is a bed specifically for babies from birth to about four months. Bassinets are generally designed to work with fixed legs or casters, while cradles are generally designed to provide a rocking or gliding motion. Bassinets and cradles are distinguished from Moses baskets and carry cots, which are designed to be carried and sit directly on the floor or furniture. After four months, babies are often transferred to a crib (North American usage) or cot (UK usage). In the United States, however, the bedside sleeper is the prevalent option, since they are generally bigger, recommended up to 6 months, and often used up to a year. Read more...
"Baby can be rocked in a real cradle, as Mother sits in her rocker.
Yes, the dresser has a real mirror and drawers that open." Klenke
Cradle, Sewing Cabinet and Piano Bench Plans, Instructions included by Klenke.
See the Priscilla Sewing Cabinet in a photo by Klenke.
More for Miniature Baby Dolls:

Miniature Governor Winthrop Secretary Plans and Instructions

       In some places the slant top desk is known as a "bureau" desk, and in others it goes under the name of slope-front desk. In the United States, the slant top desk is sometimes called a Governor Winthrop desk, in memory of John Winthrop, the 17th century governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. As Winthrop died in 1647, he had no actual connection to this style of desk, which originated in the 18th century and is especially associated with Chippendale. The name "Winthrop" was attached to this kind of desk by the Winthrop Furniture Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, who offered their "Gov. Winthrop" desk in 1924, during the colonial revival period. Read more...
"This Governor Winthrop secretary has books on it's shelves,
drawers, doors and a cover that can open." Klenke
Governor Winthrop Secretary Plans, Instructions included by Klenke.
More About the Winthrop Secretary:

How to Craft Doll Furniture by Klenke

"I dedicate this book to all Children--may it bring to them many hours of happiness in their world of play."

"No this is not real furniture, nor a real room. It looks inviting for
dolly, does it not?" Klenke
       Although this book is intended primarily for use in the grammar grades of schools, it is hoped that many older children and parents too, will find much interest and pleasure in making these models and that much valuable information will be found within its covers.
       Designs of furniture for the living room, hall, dining room, bedrooms and kitchen are included in this complete set of doll house furniture. The entire group has been drawn to scale, giving to each article the correct proportions and the correct relation to the other articles shown. Many of these pieces are simplified models, made to a smaller scale of furniture the author has designed and constructed in full size.
       The simplest type of construction has been shown in each instance and only a few of the commonly used and inexpensive tools, equipment and lumber are required to carry on this work.
       To make sure that each article is practical and substantially constructed and to enable him to bring out in the directions any and all special points that should be emphasized, the author has himself made each of the articles shown in this book.
       By making these pieces the child will not only have the opportunity of acquiring manual skill but he will become familiar with the correct proportions, graceful lines and good designs found in better furniture.
       The finished pieces were photographed by the author in miniature rooms especially constructed for this purpose, in order to give to this Doll's Furniture, the realistic feeling and at the same time, to show pleasing grouping of furniture as used in our American homes of today. A careful study of these pictures will help the child to more fully understand what the completed article is to look like.
       In most instances full size patterns have been included, to simplify matters, and the numbers needed of each piece are clearly indicated.
                                                                                                                                    William W. Klenke

List of Plates and Plans:
  1. Chairs - Side, Arm and Rocker, Over-Stuffed Side Chair and Sofa
  2. Dining Room Table and Sideboard
  3. Davenport Table; Console Table; End Table
  4. Governor Winthrop Secretary
  5. Baby Grand Piano
  6. Chest of Drawers; Kitchen Table and Cabinet
  7. Grandfather's Clock; Standing Book Shelves; Chippendale Mirror
  8. Dresser
  9. Cradle; Priscilla Sewing Cabinet; Piano Bench
  10. Double Bed; Bedside Table; Foot Stool
How to Proceed:
       Since it takes so little wood to make any of the pieces shown in this book, it will be advisable to use only 3 ply laminated bass wood of about the thicknesses shown on the drawings, in order to give the added and much needed strength to some of the delicate outlines. This material cuts very easily, holds glue well (on any edges) and does not split under ordinary conditions when being nailed. Being laminated, little or no attentions need be given to the directions of the grain when transferring the patterns to the wood (except when extra strength is required). Laminated bass wood panels can be purchased from many local hardware and lumber dealers ad by mail from leading plywood and veneer firms throughout the country, at nominal cost. There is no waste when using this material--I strongly recommend it for the work.

How to make a drawer and assemble it.
Laying Out the Work:
       In most instances, full size patterns have been given. Make tracings from these on transparent paper such as draftsmen use; cut these patterns out with scissors, then transfer them to a thin cardboard (the thickness of a recycled cereal box) and again cut them out so as to make permanent patterns. If you can obtain a very heavy tracing paper, this last pattern can be eliminated. Transfer this patterns to the wood by drawing around the edges with a sharp soft lead pencil, about a No. 2 or B grade. To avoid slipping of the pattern, hold it in place with a few pins or thumb tacks.
       The thickness of material and the number of pieces required of each kind, are carefully marked on the drawing. In a few instances, where the pieces to be cut are of simple outline (such as a rectangle), no pattern will be given. Use the ordinary common woodworking tools for cutting our the making this miniature furniture. Many of the pieces can be cut out with a little hand fret saw. All cutting should be done from the top surface. Where tow or more pieces of one kind are desired, this can easily and quickly be accomplished by nailing the pieces together with small brads and cutting them at one time. When two pieces of the same pattern are to be cut, be sure to make a right and left piece; in other words, make certain to turn the pattern over when laying out one of the pieces.

Sawing Out:
       The thin pieces can easily and quickly be cut to shape with a hand fret saw or better still, by using an electric power driven jig saw. These little machines are very efficient, inexpensive and are as easy to operate as an ordinary sewing machine. There is very little danger of a child injuring himself, since these little machines are built with every improvement and safety device. Simple complete directions on how to operate the jig saw come with each machine.
       When the hand saw is used, the saw table should be securely fastened in a vise or screwed to a table or bench. The height of the table should be such as to permit the child to work conveniently in a standing position, with the top of the table about six inches below the child's chin.
       Hold the saw perpendicular--that is, square to the table; the teeth of the saw must face downward, handle at the bottom. Now start  to saw, working the frame up and down and never stop working up and down when making a turn, otherwise, the blade will stick and break. To cut inside designs, first bore a small hole; take the blade partly from the frame and then insert the blade through the wood and fasten it in the frame again. Do not use a blade that is too coarse as it will then be difficult to cut sharp corners. On the other hand, too fine a blade will cut too slowly and break easily. The sawing is done in the open part of the saw table; move the wood to that place.
       A simple way to remove the blade, is to take the frame in the left hand and hold the blade with the right; now gently press the frame against a bench or table and the blade can easily be taken out or a new one inserted.

       Glue and nail the various pieces together, using a prepared liquid glue or better still, a hot glue. Care must be exercised not to split the thin pieces when nailing. Wherever the drawing calls for gluing a thin piece to a heavier piece, it will be best to first glue a piece somewhat thicker than required to the other pieces wand when the glue has set, plant the top piece to the desired thickness. It will be well to hold such pieces together under pressure. In many instances, it will be advisable to do all gluing first; then when the glue has set, drive in a few brads where needed, for extra strength. However, if laminated wood is used and good tight fitting joints are made, this nailing will not be necessary in most cases, as a good glued joint will hold stronger then the wood itself.
       After all parts have been put together, clean off the excess glue; when when the glue has set, sandpaper smooth with a No. 0 or No. 00 sandpaper. Small smooth cutting files will help to trim up many of the intricate curved parts.

       Stain the furniture with an oil stain in the color you desire, to imitate mahogany or it can be painted or finished with lacquer or colored shellac. The staining operation can be simplified by dipping the entire piece in a can containing the stain; then wipe off all surplus stain with a rag. After staining apply a coat or two of then shellac to the job, rubbing down each coat lightly when dry, with No. 00 sandpaper or steel wool.

       A few of the chairs are covered with upholstery; this can easily be done by cutting out a piece of cardboard to the proper shape, use cotton for padding to obtain the correct form and any light weight material for covering. Glue it in place on the under side of the cardboard which has been covered with the material. Ask a parent to aid you when making the cushions, mattress, etc., so that you may have a neat job.
       When making chests of drawers, it will be well to follow the method shown on plate page 8, that is using blocks of scrap wood as fillers to keep the partitions dividing the drawers parallel, while gluing.
       The drawers are constructed of thin cardboard or heavy detail drawing paper as shown.
       Use a very then glass or heavy plastic when needed.
       In place of real metal hinges, you can use a canvas or heavy cloth, which is glued in position 1/4 inch No. 1 Round head screws, either brass or blued are used for door and drawer knobs.
How to choose and use the right jig saw.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Craft a Grandfather Clock, Standing Book Shelves and a Chippendale Mirror

       Thomas Chippendale was the first designer to so impress his personality on his work that the particular style that he helped develop has borne his name ever since. He was a carver by trade, but later started in business in St. Martins Lane, London. His book, the "Gentleman's and Cabinetmakers' Directory," was published in 1754 and a later edition in 1762. Read more...
"Isn't this cozy for dolly? The comfortable overstuffed chair, end table
 with books to read, the footstool, Chippendale mirror and
Grandfather's clock make is most inviting." Klenke
Grandfather Clock, Standing Book Shelves and a Chippendale
 Mirror Plans, Instructions included by Klenke.
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Monday, November 26, 2018

Katy and K.O. Fashionable Paper Dolls

These comic book paper dolls were originally designed by Bill Woggon.

Craft a Yule Log Cake Candy Container

This chocolate Yule log cake isn't really a cake! It's a candy container made to order for our family's play room.
Above you can see that the painted, plastic lid is on the tray and the peppermint candies are falling out from the
inside of my candy container on the right.
        When my children were little, we often baked a special Christmas birthday cake for Jesus. Sometimes it would be fashioned into a tree or a yule log. One year, the birthday cake even resembled an entire forest of pines, dusted with powdered sugar.
       Parents and/or Teachers can help their young ones shape a candy container made to look like a chocolate yule log cake with the following supplies. Stuff it with candy treats and scriptures from the Nativity story if you'd like to start a new family tradition similar to our own.
       Natalie, my eldest, will be posting a lesson plan and contest giving away a lovely set of Christmas books about Jesus' birthday celebration, for little ones, in a few days. I will link to her here as soon as she publishes it. Below is the first of the two books she is giving away, read aloud at YouTube.
Yule Log Candy Container Supply List:
Run your fingertips across the ends of a toothbrush dipped in
white paint to create a snowy mist of powdered sugar on the
surface of your faux, chocolate yule log cake. 
  • recycled cylindrical oatmeal can and potato chip can
  • masking tape
  • paper mache pulp
  • plastic fork, scissors
  • nail for poking holes and hammer
  • acrylic paints in brown and white
  • transparent glitter
  • white school glue
  • paint brushes
  • old, clean toothbrush (no longer in use)
  • wooden tooth picks
  • markers to color the printable pictures 
  • dollar store silver cake platter
Step-by-Step Instructions:
  1. Select a large recycled oatmeal can to be the primary yule log shape. Cut a second smaller potato chip can or juice can to cut down and tape to the larger part of the faux log as a cut branch. 
  2. Glue and tape the cut branches into place.
  3. Cover the entire outside of the faux yule log with masking tape. 
  4. Leave the opening and plastic lid for the larger oatmeal can in tact so that the yule log may be used as a box for surprise presents/candy.
  5. Mix together the paper mache pulp according to the directions on the package.
  6. Apply the paper pulp to every outside surface approximately 1/2 inch in thickness.
  7. Drag the prongs of a plastic fork through the covered surface to create a ''ribbed'' rough looking chocolate icing.
  8. Let the paper pulp application dry. Depending on the weather this could take two days or a week.
  9. Cover the entire outside surface of the dried yule log candy container with brown paint and let it dry.
  10. Mix a bit of white into the brown paint and brush another layer on the raised surfaces only. Let the log dry.
  11. Add the inside swirl of white vanilla cream to the ends of the log where it would normally show after someone would cut the jelly role cake in half. (see photos)
  12. Now water down a bit of white paint in a separate dish. 
  13. Dip the toothbrush into thick white paint and thin dip it into the watery white paint.
  14. Face the tips of the toothbrush away from yourself, pointing to the areas of the faux Yule log cake where you wish to lightly apply white sprinkles of paint. Move your fingers up and down the bristles of the toothbrush in order to wisp on a white mist of light paint. This should look just like the powdered sugar that is normally applied through a sifter onto the surface of a chocolate yule cake to mimic snow. Let the paint dry.
  15. Apply a bit of white school glue to the areas of the faux cake that you want to sprinkle the transparent glitter.
  16. Let the cake dry completely before gently pressing a nail or the sharp end tip of a pair of scissors through the top of the yule log. These tiny holes will be where you can insert the decorative picks after you have colored them.
  17. I've included a sheet of tiny pictures below for children to color, cut out, and glue toothpicks to the backside of in order to decorate the top of their yule log cake, candy container. (see photos)
  18. Don't forget to paint the lid of the candy container as well. Paint it to match the other ends of the yule log, with a vanilla swirl in the middle.
Left, select a large recycled oatmeal can to be the primary yule log shape. Center, cover the
 entire outside of the faux yule log with masking tape. Right, drag the prongs of a plastic fork through the
covered surface to create a ''ribbed'' rough looking chocolate icing.
Left, cover the entire outside surface of the dried yule log candy container with brown paint
and let it dry. Center, Add the inside swirl of white vanilla cream to the ends of the log where
 it would normally show after someone would cut the jelly role cake in half.  I also glued on
a real pine cone for detail. Right, the paper mache pulp texture looks like chocolate icing to me!
Left, Move your fingers up and down the bristles of the toothbrush in order to wisp on a
white mist of light paint. This should look just like the powdered sugar. Center, I also painted
 white snow on my faux chocolate pine cone. Right, the glitter gives the log even
more snowy appeal.
left, let the cake dry completely before gently pressing a nail or the sharp end tip of a pair of
scissors through the top of the yule log. These tiny holes will be where you can insert the
decorative picks after you have colored them. Center, The decorative picks are made from
 the printable below and toothpicks. Right, now it's time to fill the Yule log candy container
 up with Christmas candy!
Don't forget to paint the lid of the candy container as well. Paint it to match the other ends of the
yule log, with a vanilla swirl in the middle.
Above is a sheet of Christmas Clip Art for you to decorate a Yule Log Cake with.
Mount the pictures to the tips of wooden toothpicks with school glue. Poke them
through either a faux cake like ours or a real cake top to decorate for the holidays.
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