So Christmas 2012 (this past Christmas), my wife and I were lucky enough to be able to get our daughter an American Girl Doll by way of our wonderful ex-next door neighbors in our old hometown.
My wife asked if I could take an existing plan from Ana White who is a fairly well known DIY blogger and crafty woman from Alaska. Her plans are usually very simple to build and use inexpensive hardware and supplies.
The plan specifically was this one: http://ana-white.com/2011/08/doll-bunk-beds-american-girl-doll-and-18-doll
I had a bunch of Sapele (read more about Sapele here) sitting around the shop, and it was very easy to size the lumber I had down to the dimensions I needed. I finished it in roughly 1 weekend’s worth of time, plus a little extra for finishing. I used two coats of Tung Oil to make the grain stand out (Sapele’s grain is just plain beautiful when finished with oil).
My wife finished it off by making a custom sewn bed set for both bunks, and even made quilts for the dolls as well.
My customer is one happy little girl.
Entire gallery of images is here: https://picasaweb.google.com/107602759139677368610/AmericanGirlDollBed?authuser=0&feat=directlink
And now presenting, The Captain Hat! Based on the same pattern design as the Harry Potter beanie (see Astromech Companion post), I did a 104 stitch-around-sized hat on #8 wooden needles using Dark Horse Fantasy Yarn from Crazy Girl Yarn Shops. My wife, m0mmacat, had to assist me in the last portion as I’m not that good at doing the decreases and color changes necessary to complete the star pattern. It was modeled from the shield design that Captain America wields.
I think it came out just fine.
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