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Chinese New Year 2014 The Year of the Horse

IMG_9176 copyThis year’s Chinese New Year, celebrate the year of the Horse.   To celebrate the new year your 18 inch doll can wear this beautiful Madame Butterfly costume. Elegant Asian dragon red brocade with gold trim,  bell sleeve kimono.  Red sleeveless v neck dress, gold obi sash and red fan with a clear loop for your doll to hold.  Available at My Pink Planet

Year Chinese New Year Begins Animal Sign
2012 January 23 Dragon
2013 February 10 Snake
2014 January 31 Horse
2015 February 19 Sheep
2016 February 8 Monkey
2017 January 28 Rooster
2018 February 16 Dog
2019 February 5 Pig
2020 January 25 Rat
2021 February 12 Ox
2022 February 1 Tiger
2023 January 22 Rabbit

What is Chinese new year about?     Chinese New Year is a holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year according to the lunar calendar. It is considered to be one of the most important holidays for Chinese families.   Family gathering, gift giving, symbolic foods, and beautiful colorful  festive decorations.   In China the celebration last for a month.   Some chinese traditions for Chinese New Year are:  1. Clean house from top to bottom.  It is believe doing so, will ward off any bad luck in the future and rid of any bad luck from the previous year.    The cleaning must be completed by New Year’s eve and ready to recieve good luck in the coming year.  2. Decorating the house .  Families hang up posters and signs on doors and windows with the word “FU” written on them.     Fu means luck and happiness.   Flowers is also another favorites and symbolizes the coming of spring, a new beginning.     3.  Family gathering at the table.   On New Year’s eve, family visits are common and having a huge dinner.   They serve about 8 or nine dishes, partly beacuse of their lucky numbers.   The Chinese word for 8 is “baat”  prosperity and fortune.   nine = longlasting, often used for weddings.  4. Giving good luck gifts is another tradition.   Adults hand out to children little red envelopes “hong bao” filled with money.  This symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year.     5. Red and gold are lucky colors.  Black and white are never worn on Chinese New Year, they bring bad luck during the holiday.

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What is your 18 inch doll wearing for Halloween?

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Choose from many costume for your 18 inch doll at My Pink Planet

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Valentine Gumball Necklace

This is truly adorable!  What a fun project to make with your daughter.  I think these are cute gifts for your BFF.  I came across this beautiful project on OneCharmingParty

How to:

1. Using a metal skewer, pierce one side of the gumball. Hold the top of the gumball steady as you guide the skewer (see photo). This will prevent the skewer from slipping off the slick surface of the gumball.

2. Flip the gumball over and pierce another hole directly opposite to the first hole. If you try to poke a hole straight through both sides at once, the gumball will crack.

3. The hardest part is stringing the ribbon. Use a large needle to thread the ribbon through the gumballs. Thinner ribbon is easier to string. Tie a knot between each gumball as you string it.

Tip: Look for bags of single colored gumballs at your local party supply store.

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Great 18 inch doll Stocking Stuffers at Artistic Goodies

Here are just  a few of Artistic Goodies fabulous personalized bracelets for your 18 inch doll.  These adorable bracelets are personalized with doll’s name and colorful glass beads. A great accessory to add to your 18 inch doll’s wardrobe.   All bracelets are free shipping!   These make a great stocking stuffer for your daughter, granddaughter and or niece.  Visit Artistic Goodies for more beautiful choices.

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Featured 18 Inch Doll Outfit – Tis the Season

IMG_4338Your 18 inch doll will love her new red satin bodice with a double red tulle overlay dress, adorned with flowers and a elegant red satin shawl.  Perfect for the Holidays!  Designed to fit American Girl and other 18 inch doll.   Available at My Pink Planet

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Featured 18 inch Doll Outfit – Holiday in Pink

Holiday in pink , Pale Pink Beaded Satin Evening Dress &matching  Hair Bow.   Designed to fit 18 inch doll.

Available at My Pink Planet

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Christmas Stocking Stuffers for your 18 inch doll – It never too early!

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Here are just a few cool ideas for Christmas Stocking Stuffers for your girl and her 18 inch doll.

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Handmade Gift Ideas for Mom

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For me the best gifts are the handmade ones from my daughter.  I treasure them and display them proudly.  Here  are some cool HANDMADE gift ideas that your mom will appreciate.  Gifts from the heart are always the best!

Mother’s Day Newspaper – How sweet to bring your Mom great news to read on Mother’s day with your customized newspaper.    Martha Stewart supplies clip art.  made by printing and filling in our clip art.

Photo-Transfer Tote Bag – A wonderful lasting treasure gift and practical for Mom.

Mom I love you because…. Tote Bag – Another lasting treasure gift!

Dreamy Eye Mask – A fun spa gift

Mom Rules Clip Art -  Here are some fun clip arts to create cards, tags, boxes and more!

Blossoming Brooch Pin – These are great and fashionable with the current fabric flowers on clothes.

Coupon Book for Mom -  A great way to set up dates and and outings with your Mom.

Stamped Paper or Cloth Tablecloth -  I love this! Personalized tablecloth, be creative use your own rubber stamp theme.  Not only will you creative a conversation piece but it will be a lasting (cloth) treasure.

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18 inch doll Wedding Dress Winner is……

Congratulations!  to Marilyn Couturier, winner of the 18 inch doll gorgeous wedding dress selected by random.org.  Mariyln look out for our email with instructions to claim your dress. weddingcomm


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Heart-Shaped Backpack for your 18 inch doll

backpack_heartHere’s a great way to recycle a mini heart box from Valentine’s day.  Use a small Valentine candy box to make this cute backpack for your 18 inch doll.

You need:

  • Empty Valentine Candy Box (about 6″)
  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • 15″ scrap of fabric (fleece will work the best since it is stretchy, the ends don’t fray and it is thick enough to cover without seeing through)
  • 12″ of Cotton Batting
  • Red vinyl tape
  • Four pipe cleaners
  • Tacky tacky glue ( Arianna and I swear on Fabric Tac we find that it works best for most projects)
  • Marker

Instructions:

Some boxes will work better than others. The box we used had plastic molded edges that fit nicely together. Boxes with cardboard edges will not work as well.

With the box closed, put a piece or red tape along one edge. This should work like a hinge so the  box opens sideways.

Lay box on batting and trace around the outside. Do this two times and cut out both pieces. Lay box on the wrong side of the fabric and trace around. Remove the box, and draw another line 1/4″ around the outside of the line. Cut out on the outer line. Do this again so you have two pieces. Cut two pieces of fleece 1″ by 9″ for the straps

backpack_heart_closeup.gif (11019 bytes)Glue batting to the box top and box bottom with a thin coat of tacky glue. Center fleece on top and glue in place, folding edges around the lip of the box and hot gluing. On the side that will be the back, glue straps to the inside of the box lip. See photo at right for positioning. Glue pipe cleaners around the box lip on both sides to hide excess glue and raw edges.

Thanks to Making friends for sharing this great craft.   Girls share your creations, email us your photo of completed backpack.  Happy crafting! :)

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Chinese New Year – Year of the Rabbit

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Did you know that Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar?    Chinese year 4709 begins on Feb. 3, 2011,  new year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to clean their home thoroughly fro top to bottom.  It is believe doing so, will ward off any bad luck in the future and rid of any bad luck from the previous year.    The cleaning must be completed by New Year’s eve and ready to receive good luck in the coming year.

Chinese New Year is a time for family, many travel a distance to unite, serving big dinners and celebrate with their family.    Giving good luck gifts is another tradition.   Adults hand out to children little red envelopes “hong bao” filled with money.  This symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year.   Colors of Luck is Red and Gold and it is taboo to wear black and white during the holiday.

It is believe in China, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year.   Twelve  animals came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.  This year is the year of the rabbit, according to Buddha those born in rabbit years are popular, compassionate, and sincere.

Great site to visit for free Chinese New year cards and  Chinese New Year Red Envelope Card, have fun!

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Cupcake Bouquet

I came across this cool cupcake bouquet from Amazing Moms  and just knew I had to share it with you.   This would be great for birthday parties, valentine gift, a yummy gift for mom on her birthday or Mother’s day!
Cupcake Bouquet

Ingredients:

  • 18 – 24 cupcakes (not frosted, in any flavor your choose)
  • flower pot for a 4″ or 6″ plant
  • foam ball to fit snuggly into your flower pot
  • marbles (used for weight in aquariums or floral arranging)
  • wooden sticks 6″ – 8″ long (small dowel rods, or sticks for caramel apples work well)
  • pink food coloring
  • brown food color
  • 4 cups decorator icing
  • Wilton #1M decorating tip
  • Wilton #32 decorating tip
  • 2 pastry bags
  • 1 square pink or yellow tissue paper
  • Wilton Yellow Pleated Baking Cups (to make the sunflowers)
  • floral tape (optional)

Preparation:

1. Pour the marbles into the bottom of the flower pot to add weight and create a stable base for the cupcake bouquet.

2. Cut the bottom off of the foam ball, and insert the top into the flower pot, round side up. The ball should fit tightly; if it doesn’t, you may want to tape it down with some floral tape to keep it stable when you add the cupcakes. The ball MUST be stable so it doesn’t come loose and dump your cupcake bouquet!

3. Cover the ball with a square of pink or yellow tissue paper to hide it, tucking edges of the tissue paper between the ball and the pot.

4. Color 2 cups of your decorator icing pink with the pink food coloring.

5. Color 2 cups of your decorator icing brown with the brown food coloring (or alternately, you can use chocolate frosting).

6. Fill a pastry bag with the pink icing and attach the Wilton #1 decorating tip (or a similar tip) to create rose cupcakes.

7. Decorate half of your cupcakes with the pink icing in a rose petal pattern: using your Wilton #1 decorating tip, squeeze the pink icing in a circular motion from the inside out on the top of the cupcake (see photo).

8. Fill a pastry bag with the brown icing and attach the Wilton #32 decorator tip (or similar tip) to decorate the other half of your cupcakes to look like the seeds in the center of sunflowers.

9. Make the sunflower center: put the tip straight down on top of the cupcake, squeeze and lift up to create a little star. Repeat to fill the top of the cupcake with little stars that look like sunflower seeds. Then slip the cupcakes into the yellow pleated cupcake wraps to complete the sunflower look (see photo).

10. Assemble the cupcake bouquet by insert one wooden stick into the top of the Styrofoam ball. Push the stick into the Styrofoam until it holds firm. Then push a cupcake gently (and carefully) onto the top of the stick. You may want to use the tip of a sharp knife to pierce the cupcake wrapper in the center of the bottom of the cupcake, before you pierce it with the stick.

11. Start inserting more sticks and topping them with cupcake flowers. Be very careful balance the weight as you go by keeping the number of cupcakes on each side of the flower pot as even as possible. If the cupcake bouquet gets too heavy on one side, it might tip over. Keep inserting cupcakes, alternating sides, roses and sunflowers, until the cupcake bouquet is as full all the way around.

Amazing Mom’s Tips

Add floral greenery between the cupcakes to help fill in space if you use fewer cupcakes.

Place the cupcakes closer together or further apart, depending on how many cupcakes you need for your party.


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Who was St. Valentine?

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Every year for Valentine my daughter and I have tons of fun making unique funny Valentine cards.  We embellished them and create funny stories with each card we make.    So she asked one day,  Who invented Valentine Day?   Hmmmm ????      To me Valentine day was a reds and pinks, chocolates, fun loving cards, romantic dinners, flowers, tons of kisses for my daughter and husband, romantic comedies, you get the picture. :)    Well, I was clueless of the saint part.  Was there such a saint named St. Valentine or was it just just a name for a loving day, a loving month? 

 Well, I did some research and found  many legends.   Here are just  a couple:

 St. Valentine was a  priest in Rome during the third century.  Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than married soldiers with families, he  to outlaw young men to marry.    Valentine believed this was an injustice and continued to preform marriages to young lovers.    When Claudius learned of Valentine secret marriages, he ordered Valentine to be put to death.

It was believed that Valentine actually sent the first “Valentine” while in prison.  Valentine fell in love with a young girl, who was his jail-or’s daughter.  She had visited him during his confinement and before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. 

Again, these are supposedly legends from so many that I came across.  I must say from most of the legends I have read, Valentine seemed to be a romantic, sympathetic and heroic figure.  

Valentine’s Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in Hamlet (1600–1601):

To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
—William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

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Tracking Santa

 

Start tracking Santa simply by clicking on the link by Christmas  eve.      http://www.noradsanta.org/en/track3d.html

  Merry Christmas!!!!   Don’t forget to leave Santa milk and cookies and carrots for the reindeer’s :)

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Santa’s Letters

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Girls, did you get your letters out to santa yet???   Here’s his direct address:

Santa Claus

One Santa Claus Lane

North Pole,  Alaska  99705 

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Doll Furniture for your American Girl Doll

Get your doll furniture just in time for Christmas.  Get your order in by Dec 16th to guarantee Christmas Delivery.  For more DOLL FURNITURE SELECTIONS

Doll Table and Chair Set - Espresso 2CANOPYexpresso bunk bed 1a

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Holiday Free Shipping at My Pink Planet

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Fun Halloween Costumes

Here are some beautiful fun costumes for Real American Girls that Mom and daughter can make together. Click on each pic for how to.

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Father’s Day Shirt Cake

And they say the best way to a man’s heart it’s through his belly. Your dad is going to love his cake, especially made by you.  Get creative and design your own with colors and patterns.  You can omit the tie and create a crew collar with dad’s favorite t shirt.   Real American Girls, let your creativity flow.

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/happy-fathers-day-cake-685897/

Items Needed:

  • 9 x 12 x 2 inch pan
  • cake it can be store bought or home made from scratch or a mix
  • pastel icing the color of dad’s favorite shirt
  • a cardboard shirt box from the dry cleaner or recycle gift box
  • wax paper
  • tissue paper
  • White paper for making a shirt collar into cuffs
  • dark frosting for the tie
  • candy

Don’t forget to send us your pics, we would love to see your creations!

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Father’s Day Gift

With father’s day just around the corner.  Here’s a are two great ideas you can make for your dad.    We will start with this adorable puppy pencil holder

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/happy-fathers-day-cake-685897/
What you will need to make this adorable pup

  • 4 pinch style wooden clothes pins
  • wood glue
  • felt
  • googly eyes
  • a pom pom
  • a marker
  • a pencil

Don’t forget to email us your pics, we would love to see your creations.

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Easter Dresses for your Doll

Here are just a few beautiful Easter dresses for your 18 inch American Girl doll.  Which one will you get for your doll?

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The Year Of The Tiger

This year’s Chinese New Year, celebrate the year of the dragon.   Here’s a cool red chinese outfit perfect for your 18 inch doll.  REDCHINESE

What is Chinese new year about?   

Chinese New Year is a holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year according to the lunar calendar. It is considered to be one of the most important holidays for Chinese families.   Family gathering, gift giving, symbolic foods, and beautiful colorful  festive decorations.   In China the celebration last for a month.   Some chinese traditions for Chinese New Year are:

1. Clean house from top to bottom.  It is believe doing so, will ward off any bad luck in the future and rid of any bad luck from the previous year.    The cleaning must be completed by New Year’s eve and ready to recieve good luck in the coming year.

2. Decorating the house .  Families hang up posters and signs on doors and windows with the word “FU” written on them.     Fu means luck and happiness.   Flowers is also another favorites and symbolizes the coming of spring, a new beginning.   

3.  Family gathering at the table.   On New Year’s eve, family visits are common and having a huge dinner.   They serve about 8 or nine dishes, partly beacuse of their lucky numbers.   The Chinese word for 8 is “baat”  prosperity and fortune.   nine = longlasting, often used for weddings.

4. Giving good luck gifts is another tradition.   Adults hand out to children little red envelopes “hong bao” filled with money.  This symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year.   

5. Red and gold are lucky colors.  Black and white are never worn on Chinese New Year, they bring bad luck during the holiday.

Find out what animal zodiac are you below:

 

Western Year Chinese Year Date of Chinese New Year Symbol
2015 4712 February 19 Goat
2014 4711 January 31 Horse
2013 4710 February 10 Snake
2012 4709 January 23 Dragon
2011 4708 February 3 Rabbit
2010 4707 February 14 Tiger
2009 4706 January 26 Ox
2008 4705 February 7 Rat
2007 4704 February 18 Boar (pig)
2006 4703 January 29 Dog
2005 4702 February 9 Rooster
2004 4701 January 22 Monkey
2003 4700 February 1 Goat
2002 4699 February 12 Horse
2001 4698 January 24 Snake
2000 4697 February 5 Dragon
1999 4696 February 16 Rabbit
1998 4695 January 28 Tiger
1997 4694 February 7 Ox

Good Luck Goldfish Craft  – compliments of Familyfun.com

Prep Time: Afternoon or Evening
What you need:
  Tissue paper
Goldfish template
Plastic wrap
Glue
Scissors
Seasons: New years, Winter
Materials: glue, tissue paper
Instructions:
1. 1105_fish_step1To make one, first draw a large goldfish outline with a 1/2-inch-thick border on an 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of colored card stock and cut it out. (You can also print a template.)
2. 1105_fish_step2For the scales, fold a 1- by 6-inch strip of colored tissue paper in half 3 times. Leaving the folded sides uncut, trim the paper into a crescent shape, then unfold the paper for a chain of colorful, wavelike shapes. Repeat with as many colors as you like.
3. 1105_fish_step3Next, tape a large piece of plastic wrap to your work surface and slip the fish outline underneath it. Use a paintbrush to spread white glue onto the wrap. Lay the tissue paper strips vertically over the fish, trimming them as needed, overlapping them and alternating colors for a vibrant mix of scales. Gently brush more glue over the tissue paper strips once they’re in place.
4. 1105_fish_step4When you’ve covered the fish, remove the outline from beneath the plastic and set it in place atop the scales. Add more glue for a stronger hold, if necessary. Let the glue dry overnight, then trim the excess tissue paper and plastic wrap from around the fish and hang it in a window.

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Great Valentine Cookie Necklace Recipe

Arianna and I love baking especially during the holidays.  We are always in search of new cool recipes and ideas.    We came across this recipes which we are excited to try out and share with you.  We also want to thank AllRecipes staff for sharing.   What we found exciting, is that it’s a great replacement for cards and candies.  What a fun project for mom and her real american girl. 

Checkout the video on how they tweak the original recipes.

http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Baking-Kids-Valentines-Day-Treats-Video/detail.aspx

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • 2 1/4 ounces colored candy sprinkles
  • 60 long red vine licorice

Directions

  1. Cream 1 cup butter or margarine and 3/4 cup white sugar together. Blend in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and grated lemon peel. Sift together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture and blend well. Cover and refrigerate dough for approximately 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use a floured heart shaped 1 to 2 inch cookie cutter and cut dough into heart shapes. Place the cut-out hearts on greased cookie sheets.
  4. Using the drinking straw, make a hole at the top center of each heart before baking. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until very lightly browned. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
  5. To Make Butter Frosting: Mix 3 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1/3 cup butter together. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons milk. Beat until smooth making sure frosting is of spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring to create a pink or red colored frosting, if desired.
  6. After cookies have cooled, frost and decorate them with nonpareils, sprinkles, dragees, or colored sugar. Use a toothpick to dislodge the hole, if necessary. Let the frosting dry.
  7. To make a necklace, tie the ends off of two pieces of red colored licorice with a knot. Thread it through the hole at the top center of the cookie. Tie the other ends off with another knot to create a “chain.” Makes approximately 30 heart necklaces.
Prep Time: 35 Min / Cook Time:  7 Min /  Ready In: 2 Hrs 42 Min

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Great Valentine Gifts for your American Girl Doll

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