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American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room 2

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be showcasing another room in the American Girl dollhouse that I made for Kirsten out of 2 bookcases. In case you missed my previous posts, you can find them here:

American Girl Dollhouse

American Girl Dollhouse – Dining Room

American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room

This is definitely a thrifty dollhouse that can be used with any 18-inch doll. I used bookcases that I purchased from Amazon and then scoured the thrift stores and sale aisles to find great deals on furnishings. Links to some of the products I purchased can be found at the bottom of this post. I’ve slowly been showcasing the rooms and today I am going to share another room with you – the second living room – or formal living room, lol. Yes, Ellie (her AG doll) needs 2 living rooms.

Here it is:

It’s the top left hand room in the house…





Let’s get to the details of how I decorated this room…



First up, I found an old armoire style jewelry box at the thrift store and thought it would be perfect for the house!



It was $5.99, and after a few coats of pink spray paint, it was perfect for the house. My spray painting is a bit messy on this piece because it was the first furniture piece I painted for the house and was a little heavy on the coats. I learned from this piece and did a much better job for here on in. It took a long time to dry, but it’s now a perfect addition to her living room.

Next is a coat rack that I made from a mug tree…



I saw this mug tree in the thrift store aisle, and for $2.99, I couldn’t pass it up.


All I did to spruce this up a bit is paint each branch a different and bright colour. It made it a lot more fun and Kirsten just loves hanging Ellie’s coats from it. It works awesome!

The last piece of furniture that I made for the room was an adorable bench/couch.


I found this set of small wall shelves at the thrift store and had the idea to turn them into bench seating. I put the larger one in the dance studio – which I’ll show you guys later – and the smaller one in this living room.


They weren’t in the best shape, but nothing a quick spray of black spray paint couldn’t fix. I also bought some cute fabric, got some thick foam, and some fabric glue. I measured and cut a piece of foam to the size of the bench, and wrapped a piece of fabric around the foam, almost like wrapping a present. I secured everything with fabric glue and then glue gunned the foam bench seat to the black bench. They turned out awesome and were SOOO cheap to make!



Now, onto the room accessories.

My adorable little bench/couch pictured above needed some cool cushions. I came across these little gems at Winner’s one day…



Egg pillows! A set of 4 in super fun colours for $1.99. Now I don’t really know why someone would need egg pillows, but I do know they make pretty darn fabulous bench cushions in Ellie’s living room!


They are fun and match the room so well! They were a great find.


The large plant on the floor was a find from Walmart for $4.97. Sold!


I found this rug (which is actually a rug made for student’s lockers) at Michael’s during back to school. It retailed for $15.00 but was 50% off that day, so I got it for $7.49. It’s super soft and really goes well in the room!

I also found the light fixture at Michael’s too!


It was chevron, which was perfect and matched my chevron couch. It too is meant for a kid’s locker, but these lights are absolutely perfect in an AG dollhouse. It retailed for $24.99, but it was half price as well. I got it for a cool $12.49. I attached the light to the ceiling with double sided sticky tape. And yes, the lights really work. I think these light fixtures in our AG dollhouse really make it special.


I found this cute little AG-sized alarm clock on Etsy for about $5.00. Yes, the alarm clock really does work! Etsy and Ebay both have some great knock-off finds for your AG dolls. Keep your eyes open for great deals!

Lastly, I put a bowl of apples on top of the armoire. The bowl was purchased from Walmart. They were $2.00 for a set of 2. I got the apples from the thrift store.


I think I got a whole bag of this mini apples for about $1.00. What a steal. They look just like real apples too and they are perfect dollie-sized!


Here are links to some of the supplies I used to make this room – I did purchase the bookcases from Amazon and they are fabulous. The other items were not purchased from Amazon but I will leave you the links on Amazon in case you are interested…

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Poppy Art for Remembrance Day


Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. It’s a day we remember and thank all those who sacrified their lives for us so that we can live in freedom today. My kids have been learning all about Remembrance day in school and the significance of the poppy to Remembrance Day. I thought it would be fun to make an easy poppy craft with them. It was not only easy, but it’s gorgeous too. Check out how we made it over at CBC Parents!

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Halloween Glow Bracelets


This week the kids and I have been busy coming up with cool ideas to bring to school on Halloween. The kids love to give their classmates a little treat and I love making something creative. This year we’ve come up with 2 ideas, and this is the first. This year Halloween is going to be dark and cold. The weather looks like it’s going to be near-freezing. Safety is a must. These glow bracelet favors will not only be fun for the kids to wear while they are trick-or-treating, but will also help keep them safe from cars on the road.


These are cute and so easy to make. I even made you guys a free printable label to go with them.

halloween label

Here’s what you’ll need:

My free printable – see below
2-inch paper punch
heavy duty cardstock
glow stick bracelets



Get your FREE printable HERE

How to make it

1. Print out your labels on heavy duty cardstock.

2. Cut your labels with a 2-inch paper punch.


3. Grab 2 glow stick bracelets and attach the bracelet to 1 end – be careful not to bend the bracelet.

4. Tape the label to the glowsticks by placing a piece of tape across the back.



So simple and I just love them! Hopefully the kids will love them on Halloween too!!



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Make Your Own Bento Picks


It’s day FOUR of bento week at Meet the Dubiens. Today we are going to mix bento with being crafty – two of my most favourite things! Sometimes I find that I am looking for a particular style of bento pick – say for a holiday or something else – and just can’t find what I want. The easiest way to solve this dilemma is to make your own. That’s right. You can make your own bento picks.

You only need 2 things to get started…


I picked up a container of plastic party forks for under $1.00 and found some super adorable puffy stickers. Puffy stickers work better because they won’t get ruined if they get a little wet.

Here’s how I made them…


1. Grab some plastic party forks.


2. Grab 2 stickers that will be mirror images of themselves. That means that when they are stuck to the party fork on both the front and the back, they fit perfectly together with no leftover sticky part showing.


3. Stick the stickers on the front and back of the top of the party fork pressing together firmly. You can alternatively use some glue too if you want a little extra adhesive.

Aren’t they adorable?!


Here’s a yumbox lunchbox (which I will be showcasing tomorrow!) bento lunch with my adorable new handmade picks…


Have fun making your own!

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Back To School Notebooks


It’s coming. The summer is flying by and next thing you know our kids will be heading back to school and we’ll be back to our routine. To help get the kiddos excited for back to school (and hopefully inspire them to practice some school work), we made these lovely apple-stamped notebooks. Get all the details over at CBC Parents.

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