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Project by theken posted 01-28-2011 02:25 PM 1562 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter got an American Girl doll for Christmas. So with it of course came the catalog with all the little doll extras. She wanted me to buy a bed and clothes and all these things. I looked at the beds and thought they were kind of cute to have a bed for the doll, but not $78 cute. So, I drew up a design, it was approved, and away I went. All was going well until the finish. I had bought a nice varnish and was ready to apply it when in stepped my wife and my daughter. Long story short….know your audience when making something… we have what you see here. Beautiful maple….painted. Oh well, it turned out nicely and of course the customer is happy.

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 02:49 PM

I think the doll bed is great! I had purchased the baby doll from the American Girl stuff for my daughter many years ago (who is now 20 years old). The doll was kind of reasonable, but the accessories were a never ending flow. I did get the little wicker bassinet for the baby, which my siamese cat Isis promptly claimed as her own! Fortunately I know how to sew and made many outfits for the baby.

I think your bed is just wonderful. It will be even more special to your daughter knowing that you made it. It is really a pleasure to see it.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 03:04 PM

Nice job. The design looks great. What are the posts’ dimensions? I like the blue. And the quilt and pillow are neat. Did mom make those?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 03:33 PM

Great job. I made a doll cradle for my niece when she was 4 years old. She is now 28 and still has the cradle and has passed it on to her little girl. I never thought it would become a heirloom when I made it but she is very proud of it as I am sure your daughter will be very proud of this bed. May it turn into an heirloom as well.

Have a great weekend.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 03:46 PM

“The customer is always right”... She’ll enjoy this for may years to come and think of her Daddy.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 05:42 PM

Very nice. I can see she will love it. You used first class joinery so it will last well. I made one a few years ago, but just used screws and glue. I always love wood grain best, but for some reason yours looks ‘right’ with the painted finish.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 02:27 AM

Nice job! Just finished building 4 American Doll beds for my 3 Grand daughters. A single, a bunk bed and a slide under trundle bed. The wife did the detailing and made all the bedding. Wonder what it would have cost if we had used the AD catalog. Needless to say the little ones were very happy!

-- 70 is the new 50!

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 02:35 AM

very nice

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 03:35 PM

When I was a little girl, I desperately wanted a Barbie Dream House. My parents couldn’t afford it, so my dad built me a Barbie house out of plywood. It even had carpet scraps from our living room carpet! It was the best thing EVER, and all my friends were soooo jealous. Even the ones who had the “real” dream house. I’m 40 now, but that’s still one of my best memories of childhood! Good job, dad!

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 03:53 PM

Very nicely built for your lucky daughter Ken. Welcome to LJ, I hope you enjoy it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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