My mom was here over the weekend, and after a trip to the American Girl store and a few early birthday presents for Rowan from Grandma, it turned into doll central at our house! Sadly, the dolls all managed to 'break' their legs and arms over the weekend - thank heavens for the new doll wheelchair, crutches, and casts Rowan now owns! Whilst the sleeping dolls were resting their battered limbs, we decided to pull out the stack of darling American Girl craft books that I recently discovered buried and untouched in Rowan's room (Did I mention that I spent 4 hours last week deep-cleaning Rowan's room? LORD.) from last year's birthday and Christmas. Oh, the crafting fun began! The "Doll Party" book inspired Rowan to host a small Halloween birthday party for her doll, Lanie, later this month. She decided that each doll/friend that got invited to the party would receive a doll necklace (which we crafted from the "Doll Jewelry" book,) which we then put inside a tiny orange party favor bag (crafted from the "Doll Purses" book.) Away we went, making the jewelry and bags. Fun, fun!
Rowan opted to use a set of Halloween stamps to decorate the little party favor bags, and after mom and I traced and cut out the bag template, we helped Rowan stamp. Mom also used the party hat template and created 4 hat shapes we could decorate.
I have also started looking ahead to our October Brownie meetings, and one of the crafts we're doing needs plenty of prep time. The girls will be making a Mexican "Ristra," which is a small mobile made of colorful peppers. We'll be doing a diversity lesson that day, which will include me bringing in a bowl full of different peppers of all shapes and colors. The girls will talk about how every pepper is unique, yet still part of the larger pepper family. We'll make the Ristra craft as a reminder to not only be your own unique person, but to surround yourself with lots of diverse people. My prep involves tracing and cutting out a TON of peppers so that 14 girls will have plenty to work with! I'm about halfway done...
Purty, aren't they?