Sewing Adventures: Embelishment

The Gals have been having fun while Opal and Caroline are gone. They’ve made a couple of posts, slept in a bunch (Caroline usually wakes everyone up at the first sign of sunlight), and overall been doing dandy. I visited Opie Dopes and Carolynalyn at the exhibit. I think they were making friends with the ceramic hippo across the way. Anyway, lets get to the Sewing Crafting Adventures.


Over the Fourth of July (yes, I’m really late) I painted my doll bed. It used to be a natural wood tone, but I painted it white with some paint we already had. It took 2 coats.


Here’s a close up of the paint job. The quilt was made by my grandma, and the pillows by me, a long time ago.


And here is Emmy-G (I’m using the Gal’s nicknames, lovingly given by my sister. Yes I nickname my dolls) in a tank top (I made it in this post). I appliquéd a kite on and embroidered the tail.


Here’s a close up, so your eyes don’t have to work (I’m talkin’ to you, Dad).

IMG_1169Marie-Grace is still working on catching up on her sleep. Good night!


Kirsten and Chrissa’s Picnic


“Oh Chrissa, thank you so much for inviting me to this picnic. It’s too beautiful a day to be spent indoors.”


“Yes Kirsten, the weather’s impeccable. Would you like a cookie?”


“No, I have celiac disease.”


“What in the world is that?”


“It’s an autoimmune disease in your small intestine. If you have the right genes, your small intestine can be damaged. The only known way to treat celiac disease is to not eat gluten.”


“Wait, I’ve heard of gluten! Let’s see……it’s in salt, no milk…”


“Nope. Gluten is a protein found in the tribe Triticeae, which includes wheat, rye and barley. Wheat is what makes most flours, so that’s why I can’t eat your delicious looking cookie.”


“Kirsten, suppose you had eaten that cookie, what would have happened?


“It depends on the person, but my stomach feels horrible. With other people, even tiny bit of flour left over on a pan can set off a severe anaphylactic reaction. In addition to celiacs, people with gluten sensitivity, wheat allergies and people who just like it better without wheat have a gluten free diet.”


“Well, I’m so sorry that you can’t have those cookies I brought.”


“That’s okay Chrissa, I brought gluten free cupcakes to share! They’re made with rice flour, instead of wheat.”


“They’re yummy! Thanks for sharing your gluten free cupcakes!”

Bonus: here’s my family’s famous gluten free cake recipe! Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
2 cup gluten free flour mix
1 cup sugar (210 g)
½ cup cocoa powder (55 g)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/3 cup water
15 oz can beets
1 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350. Grease (2) 8″ square, 9″ round or 18 regular sized or 24 mini muffin tins
2.  Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum in bowl.  Combine well.
4.  Place in blender ground flax seeds and 1/3 cup of water and liquefy for 30 seconds.
5. To blender, add beets, 1 c water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Process until frothy and well blended.
6. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients. Mix quickly just until everything is evenly moistened.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake *immediately* for 35-40 mins or until tester comes out clean

Frost when completely cool.

Note: if you use wheat flour, the xanthan gum can be cut.



The Gal’s Hair Lair: Kirsten

OMG!!! There’s a new Hair Lair post! It’s Kirsten’s turn this time.

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Kirsten has long blonde hair. It is slightly wavy from her braids.

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My Kirsten wears this ‘do quite often. It’s just 2 braids down the side of her head. It’s a great casual style.

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I just learned this cute hairstyle and you can do it to with this tutorial.

2014-07-02 13.31.51Here Kirsten just lookin’ causal, with the front of her hair tied back with a hair ring or barrette. In addition, I have some other hairstyles that work great on Kirsten, including:

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Photo Jun 03, 12 21 33 PMKirsten’s Loop Braids (her meet style)

2013-08-10 23.59.20Criss-Cross Braids

Unrelated Note: Opal and Caroline are currently being displayed at an art exhibit modeling these 2 dresses. I’m really happy that mine got chosen!

Exhibition Dresses

Happy Summer!



Girl of the Year Generator

Wow! It has been an awful long time since there’s been a post here on Me and My Gals. I hope this one makes up for the absence. So without further ado, here is the long awaited Girl of the Year Generator!

Girl of the Year Generator Part 1

Girl of the Year Generator Part 2(If you need to see better, click on the photo). Here’s how it works. The first letter of your first name corresponds with your Girl’s first name. Same with the final letter of your last name, it corresponds with her last name. In the second part, you discover her story. Your birth month coincides with the main conflict or issue in the Girl of the Year’s story. Finally her interest corresponds with the date you were born on. For example, here is my Girl of the Year:

Lizzy Jackson is a aerialist coping with Dyslexia.

What did you get? If you had your choice, what would your ideal Girl of the Year be?


The Gal’s Hair Lair: Marie-Grace

Today I have the second part of the Hair Lair saga (to see previous installments, click here). Miss Emmy-G is here to show us all about her locks.

2014-04-14 14.46.56Marie-Grace has waist-length brown hair with 4 pincurls on each side. It came with 2 partial braids tucked back around her head. This hairstyle left kinks in some of her hair.

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Close up of the kinks. They’ve relaxed over time but when I got her in late 2012, they were very pronounced. Now these sections of hair are pretty much just lacking the slight curl of their cohorts.

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Marie-Grace now has the front sections of her hair braided.2014-04-16 13.04.59

Side view.

2014-04-16 13.07.49Now she has added ribbons and tied the braids together. This is a pretty good alternative to her original hairstyle; it looks very similar from the front.

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Back view. My Marie-Grace wears this hairstyle a lot, but usually sans bows.

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Here Marie-Grace has her pincurls braided into a French braid. It’s a more modern look, but *disclaimer* her pincurls might come out a deformed.



And bonus, I made a tutorial for Twisty French Twists that look great on Marie-Grace.