Then there was Sunday morning. We finished watching The Smurfs, and I agree they aren’t the best but the company was wonderful! Amara had Captain Crunch and I had a peanut butter sandwich (and a lot of coffee). Once that was done we headed to the office. Amara was very excited and wanted to show me Mattel’s Barbie website. Amara is still sure she is going to be a fashion designer when she grows up so this site is just a dream come true for her. It is a fashion design site!
She showed me a section where you could insert your face into Barbie’s head shot. I asked her if she wanted to upload a picture. She seemed to forget that I have about a gajillion of them. “Of course Grandma!” I knew right where a really good picture was and she loved it, too! So I showed her how to copy it to the desktop. She went back to her browser and I showed her how to use the “Browse” button to look for the picture and upload it. She figured out how to adjust the size of it so she fit perfectly into Barbie’s hair. Which she got to pick the color of. She picked blond. Then you could pick the background photo. She picked the pink photo shoot one! We printed it and she was thrilled! I was thrilled because we were doing all of this together. I didn’t think to scan in a copy to save but here is the picture she used.
Next she showed me a section of the site where you can create your own fabric samples. It lets you pick any colors you want using a color picker. You could add any shapes you want and even change the size and rotation of them. You could then take these 8-10 fabric swatches and use them to fill the black and white gowns — and you had 8-10 of them to pick from, too! Different parts could be made from different fabrics and if you needed to you could go back and make more. Not only is it a fun site for her as an artistic outlet, she is also learning a lot of the things about using a computer and many of the same techniques you need to use in such graphics programs as Photoshop. I was quite impressed! We sat and did this for hours. It was so fun when she would turn to me and say “Do you want to try and make one Grandma?” Grandma’s opinion on lots of her choices seemed very important and you know I loved that! When we were done with a set of gowns we would print them. They printed out like paper dolls and even came with a special Barbie.
She was having so much fun she wanted to print a set out for her pen pal! Why not! Then I remembered that I have a lot of pictures of her pen pal that we could put into one of Barbie’s head shot and send her that, too! Amara was so excited and I was so pleased to see that she remembered how to copy the picture to the desktop and how to upload it and everything!
When we were all done in the office she got her pen pal box and sat down to write her a letter to go with the paper dolls and head shot we were sending her. I think Amara put in one of herself, too! I am so glad that this pen pal friendship and letter writing is continuing! And I am so glad I get to be a part of it!
This post has been linked to the GRAND Social blogging event at Grandmas Briefs.