My girl E turned 9 last week and we made these keychains with the kids at her party, since crafts are my go-to (I mean, I briefly considered trying to figure out Bingo…but no.) This was a good one for this age, but could be made more or less complex – and the supplies (key rings, letter beads, wooden beads, craft acrylic paint, colored hemp, mod podge) were all from Micheals. The girls each came up with their own idea and some used sharpies for the little details (marker does tend to run on unfinished wood). The only instructions are to loop the cord through the end of the key ring so it is doubled, string on the beads from top to bottom and tie a knot at the bottom. I also sealed the painted wooden beads in Mod Podge. I may have had the most fun…
Here was my inspiration:
I wanted to share my daughter’s room here because, I’ll admit, it’s my dream room. So much about it makes me very happy – especially the part that it is finished (a loose term for rooms that are constantly changing). Since we moved into our house about 6 months ago Ella had been asking for new paint in her room – it was an abrasive sort of green, and I understood, it just wasn’t right. After getting a sense of what would work (she is 9, so nothing too little girl) and gathering everything I felt like I needed to re-do the room (because I know with kids it needs to be a quick turnaround), I got to work! The paint color was tricky, and originally she wanted teal, but when she went for a light pink I was at the store so fast before anyone could change their mind. No secret, blush pink is one of my favorites (this is Sea Salt Pink by Behr). The other tricky part was that I can’t just run to ikea or target when I need something (we have neither!), so I had to be creative. The desk was thrifted, Ella chose the swedish ball light from Home Depot, I sewed the cloud cushion and the curtains (from a duvet cover lined with existing blackout curtains) and most of the art was brought out from storage. She made the Happy Times painting and the little weasel, and I made the larger geometric work. We love it, I had so much fun with every part of this process, and now that it looks a little more put together it is easy for her to keep clean. Win-win!
In case you’re curious: Kitty doll by Kitty and Kin, Blythe Doll Print from Umami Baby, Hedgehog quilt was made for me in a swap by Spirited Child, Hedgehog bedding from Homesense,
Happy October to you, the best month of the loveliest season. These photos here feel like a very true version of my life right now – half dolls, half family, and everything else squeezed in the edges. We had an amazing summer of sleep-in mornings, friends, beach days, and a wonderful camping trip. We celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary, and on that very same day got the keys to our new house. We moved neighborhoods, schools, and my sewing room. And to be honest I wondered if the dolls would lose a bit of their magic in the move – but the work I’ve done in September seems to have proved that wrong, at least for me. I have yet to feel settled here – the newness is exciting and exhausting, and I know that eventually it will all come together.
There have been a few changes to Boolah Baguette this fall. The first is that from September to December I will be having regular shop updates (except for the week of October 7, canadian thanksgiving) every Friday at noon from Saskatoon, Canada. This is where you will find my new dolls, but so far they have been selling out quite quickly, so be ready! I usually post sneak peeks for the upcoming updates on my Instagram account. The other change is regarding custom orders – in order to keep them as a sustainable part of my business (custom dolls take significantly more time in communication, sourcing of materials, and the actual making), I needed to increase the price. Please see my FAQ section just up top or email me with any questions.
Enjoy this wonderful season, I certainly will.