Magazine / Late Summer 2015

Hello!

Doll Mag July August 2015May and June seemed to whiz by, and although we feel like just yesterday we posted our last issue, we already have another edition of Doll Mag to share! The two of us love creating the late summer issue, as it always falls in the DM birthday month; besides our celebratory goodies, this particular edition includes some of the following articles…

  • an interview with Felicity Merriman and Elizabeth Cole, American Girl’s archived cuties from the time of the American Revolution.
  • a thorough timeline of the darling Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit-named friends.
  • a collection of modern fashion inspired by the wardrobe of the always stylish Audrey Hepburn.
  • two fun crafts that take advantage of summer’s hottest trend: pineapples!
  • and much, much more!

You can read the current edition on ISSUU or download it on Adobe Reader {we finally bought our media upgrade} HERE.

Like always, issue release day brings a number of links! First up is the bimonthly survey. Open to ALL of our readers, it gives you the chance to be featured in next issue’s Contents page. You can enter HERE!

We are in need of Etsy shop owners for next issue’s Shop Owner Spotlight. It’s a super easy process, so we hope you will sign up for an interview HERE.

Gabby is an advice columnist extraordinaire, and she would be delighted to answer your question for the September/October issue! Write her with your worry HERE.

There’s never a time when we don’t love hearing from you readers {although we do need to up our commenting and emailing game :)}. Write a letter to us HERE with your thoughts on the latest issue.

Finally, are you on summer break?! Use your free time to read through the DM back issues HERE on ISSUU.

Lots of love, hugs, and thanks,
Bella, Lulu, and the Doll Mag team

Psst. The winning book of the Doll Mag Book Club is Anne of Green Gables! We will be back with a schedule and more details later this week.

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Working on Wednesdays / 33

Hi!

Starry Night Image{via, although we would love to know the original artist!}

May has been a busy month for both us and the doll world – we need a moment to catch our breaths and recap! Since a new Working on Wednesdays is LONG overdue, Lulu and I felt there was no better time than now to update the DM readers on a few notes.

+ Doll Mag Birthday Party
Lulu and I were delighted at how many of our readers voted in the Doll Mag Birthday poll; we can’t wait to share the final product with you all! It was a close race throughout the voting period, but Starry Night was the ultimate winner. Our brainstorming sessions have already begun.

+ The Maryellen Leak
Avid American Girl fans have likely seen the book covers of the new historical character, Maryellen Larkin. She will be making her debut in August, so in the meantime, we can look at her adorable book covers and imagine the cute 50’s outfits of her collection! Lulu and I are hesitant to speak of Maryellen without seeing the finalized doll, but we do like her bangs and meet dress. What are your thoughts on the newest AG addition?

Caroline’s Archival
Finally, Caroline’s archival was also announced this month, much to the disappointment of some doll collectors. We felt that Caroline was such a cute doll, and Lulu and I are sad to see her go! However, we weren’t eyeing anything in her current collection, so our wallets are safe to buy the new Flamingo Dress instead.

Your turn! How has your May been? Just as crazy, or have things been winding down? {For those out of school, know that you are lucky ducks :)}. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Bella

Vote for Our Birthday Party Theme {2015 Edition}!

Hello!

Each year, the two of us celebrate Doll Mag’s birthday in July, the month when Bella first invented Doll Mag {Lulu joined in on the fun soon after, and we have been a blog-writing, magazine-creating duo ever since :)}. In honor of our upcoming summer celebration, we are inviting the Doll Mag readers to vote for our birthday party theme – just like we did last year! It took us some time to brainstorm three creative and festive themes, but the choice now lies in your hands.

Retro Luau{via}

Would you like us to travel back in time and head to the beach at a Retro Luau party?

Starry Night{via}

Should we host a party under the night sky in the Starry Night celebration?

Baking in Paris{via}

Or, finally, would you like a Baking in Paris party, inspired by Grace, the one and only 2015 Girl of the Year?

The poll will close on May 24, so be sure to vote for your favorite theme soon! You can cast your vote here:

Poll has now closed, with Starry Night as the winner! Thank you so much for voting.

Have a wonderful week!

Bella and Lulu

Happy Birthday Lulu!

Hello!Happy Birthday Lulu!It has been a busy few days in the Doll Mag household, that’s for sure. While we loved looking at AG’s new releases {our thoughts will be posted soon}, the most important event of this past week was Lulu’s birthday! This celebratory post is a day late, as Lulu was born on October 9th – thankfully, the two of us tend to look at birthdays as week-long holidays, so no worries there :)

Ever After High DollsAnyhoo, these Doll Mag regulars and I just want to wish Lulu an absolutely amazing birthday! Lulu – I love you so much. I hope you had the best day ever and have an equally fabulous year ahead!

xo, Bella

*The curious bunch may like to know that Lulu received these doll related gifts: Rebecca’s Holiday Outfit, the Princess Pet Bed, and money to buy Kitty Cheshire when she finally comes out :)

Birthday Movie Night!

Hi!

Grace and BriOur birthday celebration is sadly coming to a close, but we’re going to finish it off with a bang! As promised in the July/August issue, we’re posting my summer Ever After High animation here to end the festivities! It stars all of my 10-inch dolls, each wearing brand new outfits and rocking out to the song, “The Wire”, by the band HAIM. I had loads of fun making it, and my EAH dolls did too (especially Bri!), so enjoy!

Wasn’t that fun? We hoped you enjoyed the B-day party!

Lulu

(and the EAH dolls!)

Birthday Party / Paper Flowers

Hi!

Make Paper FlowersOur birthday celebration is almost over, but we still have a couple great posts left for you to enjoy! Today’s post goes along with our archway craft in the July/August issue, so you can make paper flowers like we did to decorate the top. You can also use them to decorate other parts of your doll’s party; they would look great strung in a banner in her room as well! They are super easy (promise!) and can be made in less than ten minutes. Let’s get started…

SuppliesYOU WILL NEED…

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners.

Collage

  1. Start by cutting at least five pieces of tissue paper into equal sized rectangles (Our pieces were about 5 by 8 inches, but you can experiment with sizes).
  2. Fold the tissue paper together like an accordion or fan. Secure by looping a pipe cleaner around the folded paper and twisting the ends together.
  3. Cut both ends of the tissue paper rectangle in a rounded shape.
  4. Spread out the folded tissue paper and began to separate the tissue paper layers.
  5. Gently pull the top layer of tissue paper up and crinkle the two sides together so they form one ring of the flower.
  6. Keep doing this until you’ve formed the shape of each tissue paper layer.

Given how simple these are to make, we have little doubt that you could whip up a whole “bouquet” of these in no time! If you create flowers of your own, feel free to send us pictures of the results at dollmagblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

Lulu

Birthday Party / Garden Guest Post

Hi!

Make a Mini GardenN is no stranger to Doll Mag, having contributed both during Halloween and near the holidays {one and two}, so we were quick to say yes when she inquired about helping with our birthday celebration. Her paper doll sized garden is a perfect addition to our festivities, and we are glad that smaller friends can join in on the fun! :) She wrote up detailed instructions with step-by-step photos, so making one for yourself is easy with the help of a few supplies.

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Garden SuppliesYOU WILL NEED…

  • Hot glue gun
  • Turf square (usually found at stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s)
  • Plastic tree branches (found in the floral section of craft stores)
  • Acrylic paint in shades of brown
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife
  • Museum board or cardboard
  • Plastic table (usually found on takeout pizzas – optional)
  • Moss (also found in the floral section – I don’t recommend using what’s in your backyard)

Make a Mini Garden1. Place tree branches on turf to determine where you want to attach them.

2. Cut holes in the turf to insert the tree branches.

3. Glue the moss to the tree branches.

4. Apply glue to the bottoms of the tree branches and insert them in the holes. If desired, glue down more moss for bushes.

5. Measure on the museum board the size you want the tree house to be. If you don’t have museum board around, cardboard is a fine alternative.

6. Cut out the shape traced on the museum board.

Make a Mini Garden7. Score the lines drawn on the museum board and fold in to create the sides of the tree house.

8. Paint it with the different acrylic paints to resemble wood. When the paint is almost completely dry, lightly draw in lines with a needle to simulate wood texture.

9. Glue the sides together. Paint a long thin piece of museum board and glue it to the bottom to form a balcony. Glue the tree house onto one of the trees.

10. If you decide to make bushes, add some flowers with colored tissue paper. I chose to color white paper with makers to get just the right color, but regular colored tissue paper works just as well. Cut the tissue paper into strips.

11. Twist the tissue paper into flower buds and glue onto the bushes.

12. At this point the garden is technically complete. However, the blogoversary theme is “secret garden party,” so to make it more festive, I decided to add a string of lanterns. To make the lanterns, use a glue stick (not white glue or hot glue – the results will be disastrous) to spread glue on a piece of tissue paper and fold it in half. Let the glue set and then cut the tissue paper into strips.

Make a Mini Garden13. Color the strips.

14. Fold the strips in half lengthwise and make a series of short vertical cuts all down the fold.

15. Place glue on one end of the strip, then wrap it around a paintbrush and glue it together. Cut off the excess and fold in half to make the sides come out more.

16. Hot glue a thin strip of stiff paper to the top of the lantern to form a loop from which to hang it. Repeat steps 14-16 with all the other strips.

17. Thread the lanterns onto a piece of string or thread and glue the two ends to the trees.

18. In keeping with the party theme, set out a table with food. I made mine out of some scrap museum board and painted it to resemble a wooden picnic table, but in a pinch the little table that comes with takeout pizza will work just as well if you trim the legs. Sketch out the food for the table, color it in, and cut it out.

Make a Mini GardenSet out your dolls, and enjoy the garden party! Happy three-year anniversary to Bella and Lulu from everyone at Paper Doll World.

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Thank you so much N! We’re so delighted that she helped out this week, and we can’t wait to make a garden {or, at the very least, those fun lanterns} ourselves. Be sure to pay her a visit at Paper Doll World HERE.

Have a lovely night!

Bella and Lulu

Happy Birthday Bella!

Hi!

Guess what everyone? Not only are we celebrating Doll Mag’s birthday this month, today was Bella’s b-day too! We spent the day opening presents, tasting yummy pizza, and enjoying some delicious cupcake treats. Some of Bella’s dolls wanted to join in on the fun too, and they dressed up in their favorite dresses for a celebratory photo shoot…

Izzy and RuthieHere’s Ruthie and Izzy posing against a pretty floral background wearing their birthday outfits! Don’t those cakes on their shirts make you hungry? We went out today to City Girl Cupcake to get some sweets, and they were delicious.

RuthieHere’s a close-up of Ruthie, looking gorgeous in pink and purple! She can’t wait to try out the photo backgrounds from one of Bella’s gifts, Doll Photo Shoot. We’ll definitely have to do a review of it soon.

ZoeyIsn’t that doll-sized party headband oh-so fun? Zoey thinks it matches her purple and orange color palate perfectly (just like Bella’s other AG gift, the Coconut Cutie Outfit!).

LucyAnd finally, here is the adorable Lucy looking extra cute in her pink birthday dress. :) She can’t wait to try out her new polka dot dress too.

Before I sign off for the night, I just want to say Happy Birthday one more time to my sister, co-editor, fellow doll-lover, and overall best friend. Love you Bella!

Have a great night,

Lulu

Psst. Our Beforever survey is ending soon! Don’t forget to enter by August 1st.

Birthday Party / Make Petits Fours

Hi!

Make Petits FoursFirst, have you taken a look around our updated site? After spending a year with our former design, Lulu and I felt it was time for a fresh look; we couldn’t be happier with how it came out! We are still updating a few of the pages {slow as we are}, but the two of us encourage you to peek at both our new bios and our models’ new bios, which you can see HERE and HERE.

Secondly, if you have been following along with Camp Doll Diaries, you may have noticed that we contributed today! You can see our photo story and download our free printable HERE.

Alrighty, with the updates out of the way, let’s move on to the first of our birthday party fun posts! If you are anything like us, you would have to agree that a party’s menu is one of the most important parts to its success. While brainstorming the dishes for our secret garden extravaganza, Lulu and I couldn’t help but think of the dainty pastries and finger sandwiches served at tea parties. A petit four, which means “small oven” in French, is a tiny cake covered in icing – yummy, right?! :) Making them for your doll could never be easier. With a few simple supplies, you’ll have petits fours for all of your party guests in ten minutes!

Petits Fours SuppliesYOU WILL NEED…

  • Thick craft foam in the color of your choice {we used white}
  • Thin craft foam in the color of your choice
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Mini flower embellishments {available at craft stores}

How to Make Petits FoursTO MAKE

  1. Cut out two 0.5 by 0.5 squares from the thick craft foam.
  2. Cut out a 0.5 by 0.5 square from the thin craft foam.
  3. Using your glue gun or craft glue, attach the pieces of foam together so that the thin piece is “sandwiched” in the middle.
  4. Glue a floral embellishment on the top.

Make Petits FoursIt couldn’t be easier! Nicki, as the unofficial dessert taste-tester, completely agrees.

Have a lovely rest of your Tuesday!

Bella

The Great Birthday Bash Vote-Off

Hi!

Birthday Tie-breakerWe were so happy to see the amount of readers who participated in our birthday theme poll last month, but we were in for an even bigger surprise. Two of our possible themes, On the Red Carpet and Secret Garden, are tied as of right now! And so, we decided we would have a special tie-breaker poll to determine our official theme {a reminder that the theme will determine the activities we feature in our next issue and throughout the month of July!}.

Please cast a vote here:

Thank you for participating! The final results were Secret Garden with 26 votes and On the Red Carpet with 19 votes.

We’re so grateful for all our fabulous readers! The poll will close tomorrow at 3 pm EST, and we will share the final results sometime this week.

xo, Bella and Lulu :)