I'm still working on some stuff for my American Girl diorama, it's definitely been taking over a lot of my thoughts! I've been doing some research online as well, getting ideas of things I want to do (and some I don't!). I came across a really cute website that not only gave me some great ideas, but also for a couple of things to look for that aren't actually made for American Girl, but can easily be adapted. I'm so my mother's daughter, she was always looking at things small enough to use in her dollhouse and I find myself doing the same. This weekend I found some great stuff and didn't spend a lot, now I'm getting really excited about setting this all up.
First I made a trip to Michael's crafts, I don't go there often since the nearest one is 20 minutes away, but thanks to info I found at American Girl Fan, I decided a trip was in order. I not only found the cute little clipboards I was looking for but some other stuff that would work great in my doll "bedroom".
One of the things that I saw at Michael's I really wanted, but the $8.99 price tag stopped me. Then I remembered seeing the same thing at JoAnn's and I remembered that I had a 40% off coupon. They were cheaper at JoAnn's to begin with ($7.99) and with my coupon, I ended up only paying $4.79:
Last but not least--a trip to the dollar store. Dollar Tree frequently has stuff that can be repurposed for this kind of project and this time around I really lucked out.
For all of this stuff I spent just over $18. Might sound like a bit much for a doll project, but I got a lot for my investment. If you have ever priced actual American Girl clothes or accessories, you know that $18 will barely get you one thing, so I think I did very well. Plus I got to exercise my creativity which is always a good thing.
If you are someone who loves making stuff for dolls of different sizes, you have to check out My Froggy Stuff, it is probably one of the coolest websites I've ever seen with tons of original ideas on things you can make yourself. I'm still amazed at the mini blender she makes out of a pump bottle and the little stereo out of a body wash lid--wow! She has so many great ideas, I don't even know where to start.