Alexis Letter to Friends — June

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Scholar-Ship Craft for Girls and Boys

Scholar_Ship Craft

What you’ll need

  • Half-gallon carton
  • Heavy duty large straw
  • Tape
  • Cereal box
  • Glue stick
  • Paper
  • Your A Papers from school
  • Crayons or Markers to color your design

My Scholar Ship is a modified version of a boat craft I found online at: http://spoonful.com/crafts/love-boat .

How to make it

  1. Love Boat - Step 1Start with a clean carton. Cut off the plastic spout or tape the cardboard spout shut.
  2. For the bow, cut a 3¾- by 10-inch strip from a cereal box, fold it in half, and tape it in place as shown.
  3. Use tape and a glue stick to cover the carton with paper. Cut a mail slot in the ship’s top to store all your A papers from school.
  4. Use a glue stick to add stripes to the sides  (Be sure to color a design on them first.)
  5. Poke a small hole the deck and insert the straw.  Now tape your best A paper to it making a sail for the boat.

Be creative and have fun!

Don’t forget to send me a picture! Email it to Alexis@Via-E.com Or Post your picture on My Friends’ Stuff Art Board on Pintrest. (You first have to follow the board before I can add you to make your own posts)

Bring Alex Home–Passing the time with fun!

As we all await the arrival of the first production Alex dollfriends, I thought we could have a little fun to help pass the time.  This game is my way of playing with the reality of the effort to bring Alex to your home.  I hope it makes you smile.

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Crafts for Girls–Dollfriend Tennis Racquet

This month I had to think harder to come up with a fun craft for girls.  Since summer is approaching, I thought we’d encourage some outdoor fun.  This craft can be completed with things you will find around the house.  But if you want to make the tennis racquet more authentic, you can cut out the string area and replace it with an open weave material found at a cloth store or other string like material–be creative!  Use a clear rubber band to hold it tightly in your dollfriend’s hand or weave the handle between the fingers.  Since Alex’s arms rotate at the elbow she can do forehand and backhand strokes!  So much fun!

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Real Men Talk Dolls–Turning Dad’s interest upside down

Yes, today’s real men don’t need to prove they are tough; they are comfortable talking about pink bows, giggles and dolls–all the while wishing this time could last forever.

It’s all about daddy’s little girl.  Blog

A magical time…dad absorbed in learning what little girls are all about, while little girls find their knight in shining armor in their dad’s smiles.

A new preoccupation:

How to protect her?

How to stay close?

How to help her find her way?

The answers are simple:
Stay close, daddy. Be careful of what she watches on TV…what video games she plays…what female role models she embraces. Little girl’s hearts are open and full of love. Their imaginations are boundless and they trust…fully. Your little girl will grow up to become what she is surrounded by.

Today’s girl is active.  Get her involved in sports or something you can share together. Choose her dollfriends carefully and make sure doll play reflects what you would want your daughter to emulate. Read her books; tell her how smart she is. Love her mom and give your little girl a secure home.

With you on the watch, you by her side, the world can become her oyster.

Here’s to men who dare to talk dolls.

 

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March Craft for Girls–Team Spirit

Sporting events can be great family fun either on location or at home watching events on television.  This craft is meant to bring families together and add some dollfriend cheering for more girl fun!

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I think dolls should play like girls do–RSVP Today

Girl’s toys seem to have taken very diverse paths since my childhood. My favorites were made by the Ideal Toy Company. The Ideal Toy Company had a knack for facilitating the play experience. Sadly they fell upon hard times and sold to another toy company who also failed to keep their doors open. Now we have only a few choices left on the shelves and many of them seem to challenge a mother’s will.

I guess that is why I pushed aside the corporate world to build a new toy company Alexwhose allegiance is to parents. Last year I took on the venture to make a new doll and surround her with educational systems that would delight and educate girls at the same time. I figure it is better to teach them how to have fun reading, writing and being creative than lessons on how to be a sexy tween which seems to be the current trend.

Alexis O’Shay, or Alex as her friends call her, travels around the world writing about her adventures. Her mother is a fashion designer and father is a travel magazine writer which creates many fun adventures that girls love.

Our girls are much more active today so Alex has joints at the knees and elbows so she can imitate real life. Her all vinyl body has been sculpted in detail to reflect a young athletic girl. She has French manicure and pedicures to bring her to life and lots of golden blond hair rooted in her head. Alex is both sporty and girly. Her medium toned skin was designed so girls of all ethnicities could relate to Alex as the girl next door.

Alex_Prototype RSVPAlex was built for water play. Bath tub, pool and even the beach! Her trademarked smile was designed to share happiness with all she meets. To help mom, we’ve added a Healthcare policy so Alex’s first doll accident is already paid for. That means mom can relax and let Alex do anything her girlfriend would like to do.

Thinking of moms, Alex was designed to be compatible with today’s popular 18″ size. This means Alex will fit in well with existing doll collections and accessories.

I hope to bring back play toys that spur on a higher level of realism and interaction. Playing with dolls is more than just play, in these moments she is rehearsing who she wants to become.

The first Alex dolls are anticipated to arrive late May, 2013. Only 500 will be available with each of them signed and numbered. You can RSVP for your Alex doll today. Pay nothing until she ships.

To RSVP for your signed and numbered first production Alex doll, email me at:

Ellen@Via-E.com

I will send you your RSVP certificate with your doll’s number along with my gratitude for being part of my first doll creation.

Many warm wishes,

Ellen

January’s Craft for Girls–New Year’s Celebration

I created this craft to help girls celebrate New Year’s–the day of new beginnings–and to encourage yearly goal setting.  Cut out the megaphone and party hat, then tape the ends together for dollfriend sized New Year’s party favors.  Then use the list provided to help her set some goals for 2013.

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Each New Year gives us hope.  It is like calling a “do over” for all the mistakes we made in the past, goals we didn’t quite accomplish; and provides a time where we surround ourselves with friends, family and loved ones who care about us in spite of our shortfalls.  Yes, I think this celebration is at the top of my list.  It is not dependant on gift giving, or money.  Anyone who can shout out, bang cooking pots or trash can lids, dance about and wish another a happy new year can participate.  New Year’s celebrations are an equal opportunity event.

I hope you join in the fun, find your optimism and share goodwill with a person in need of a kind word.  Make a new list of goals and pat yourself on the back for the good things you did in 2012.  We are all blessed–even when times are the most difficult.  Building a new business is very difficult.  It has required much sacrifice but I believe someday in the not so distant future the results will prove that there was no better project for my time.  So I am thankful that I can still overcome the struggles and I am thankful for you who believe just like me that serving people will always return more than what is required.

I wish you and your special girl(s) a wonderful and prosperous 2013–Happy New Year!

Warmly,  Ellen