And Now For Something Completely Different (review of Sindy accessory set)

Any other Monty Python fans here?  I thought this title was appropriate since I’m reviewing a product that isn’t readily sold in the US–or at least not that I’m aware of!  While we were in Ireland, we spent a bit of time shopping in Tesco.  Tesco is a retailer along the lines of Target, but their main focus is grocery with all of the other stuff added in.  I’d been in Tesco’s many times before, both in Ireland and the UK and I have to admit, I love going there because you just never know what you might find.  On this particular journey across the pond we came home with chocolates (sorry, I ate it all),  3 belts (for the hubby), socks (I didn’t take enough, oops!), and this set:

Let me give you a little background on Sindy–originally introduced in 1963, Sindy was an 11 inch doll that was comparable to Barbie.  Sindy’s history has been interesting to say the least with the poor gal being bounced around, even involved in a lawsuit.  In 2016 Tesco announced they would be relaunching Sindy as an 18 inch doll.  I just wonder how much the popularity of American Girl influenced that decision… (things that make you go hmmm…)

I was really surprised at just how much stuff they had for Sindy, this particular Tesco store wasn’t a big one.  They had several different dolls, quite a few clothes and several accessory sets.  I was very tempted to buy one of the outfits, but I was concerned about them not fitting, so I opted for one of the accessory sets instead.  I thought this one was especially cute, and I’ll be honest–I’m a sucker for a doll sized backpack.  Plus Mimi needed stuff for when schools starts!

Here is everything out of the package:

I thought it was a nice assortment of items, all things kids these days would probably own.  The phone even is made with a place to slide it on to the hand.  I will say I struggled to get Mimi to hold it though, I suspect that Sindy’s hand might be a different size or configuration.  But, it works, and I could always secure it with a clear hair band.

Here is Mimi modeling several of the other items as well:

The bracelet is elasticized so it slips on easily.  I loved the messenger bag, it’s really well done and just slipped over her head easily.  The glasses are a little bit big, but I think they will be nice to have for all of my Josefina mold dolls like Rebecca, Christine, Allie and Sophia since their faces are just slightly wider.

The backpack is also very well done, and fits nicely!

I thought it was finished well too, the only thing I wish had been different were the straps, they were made out of ribbon, I would have rather have seen them made of a more authentic looking material.  Oh well.

The headphones fit very well, I was super pleased with these!!  Mimi…Mimi…MIMI!!!  You can take them off now!

I didn’t do anything with the hairbows for this review since Mimi doesn’t really have the right hair for it. 😉  They are very simple though, elastics run through them for pony tails.  They will go into my rather full container of hair accessories.

I was very pleased with this set, and I’m really glad I picked it up.  It was 12.99 Euros which is around $15 in US dollars, not bad at all.  After I got home, I pulled up the Tesco’s website to see what else was available, and looky what I found… look familiar anyone???

Unfortunately not long after we got back, Tesco did a major revamp of their website and you can no longer pull up Sindy on it.  😦  I need to do some further research to see if Sindy is available somewhere else.

If you’d like to read more about Sindy, there is a lot of information on Wikipedia!  I know my friends in the UK and Ireland regularly reminisce about their Sindy dolls and all of the things they had for them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sindy

 

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AG Q and A Tag!

Hi guys, it’s Jenny here!  I was nominated by Lea over at Tea Time With Melody Q to take part in a question and answer tag game.  Thanks Lea!

THE RULES

List these rules in your post.
Create your own AG Q&A Tag button. If you don’t know how, you may use mine or skip this step.
Thank the person/doll that nominated you and give a link to the blog.
Come up with five questions for your nominees. You can include these in your tag post of send them separately. Do NOT ask any personal or inappropriate questions.
Have your doll that was nominated answer the questions given.
Nominate 3-5 other AG bloggers’ dolls.
Notify your nominees and send them a link to your tag post.

Is everybody ready?  Here are my questions and answers:

What is your favorite musical instrument?  That’s super easy, DRUMS!!  I would like to learn some others though.

 

If you could be cast in any movie…what character would you want to be?  This one is a little harder.  I love period movies though, so maybe Lizzie Bennett from Pride and Prejudice?

 

Would you rather go to the mountains or the beach?  The mountains, I like hiking and looking at the trees and such.

What’s the most fun thing you get to do with your human?  Once in a while we get to go somewhere really interesting.  I haven’t been on a field trip in a while.

What accessory or outfit do you wish AG would create?  This is really hard!!  I think it would be fun though for them to make a punk rocker costume for Halloween, complete with a wild face mask.

 

Okay, now, who should I nominate?  Let’s see…

Kit from The Redhead’s Blog

Kanani from Dollightful Dolls

Rebecca at The Dolls Between Us

And here are your 5 questions girls:

  1.  If money were no object, what would be your dream vacation?
  2. What kind of unusual pet would you like to have?  (I’m thinking like a tiger, elephant, etc.)
  3. What is a hidden talent that you have that few people know about?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. What is your favorite thing about your human?

Thanks again Lea for nominating me, this was really fun and made me think.  I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I can’t wait to see the answers from the gals I nominated!

~Jenny

 

Vacation, Part 4 (and the end at last!)

Sorry everyone for the delay, but something came up that sidetracked us here.  And you know how that goes, one thing happens and then it just throws everything out of whack!  But we didn’t forget, and here are the last of the vacation pics!

Tramore has a cool place right in the middle of town that has recently opened called the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.  It is a place designed to celebrate the life of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn who lived in Tramore at one time.  He also lived in Greece, the US and Japan.  His story is very interesting and very sad at times, if you’d like to read more, you can check it out here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafcadio_Hearn

The gardens were very pretty, but because of the time of year, full of pollen and we were all sneezing!!  Mom’s friend Zoe had come over from London to meet up with us and she was having a terrible time.  We did get a couple of nice pictures though.

 

After our visit to the gardens, we all went and had a nice lunch where Zoe’s fiancé, John, decided to surprise us by showing up!  He and mom are good friends and he had told her he wasn’t going to be able to make it, but was able to after all.  I laughed when mom said she wasn’t sure if she was going to hug him or punch him!  Afterwards we headed to the local radio station where mom, dad, Zoe and John were actually on the radio along with mom’s friend who worked there.  It was pretty cool hearing them on the radio.  (We were sad to learn shortly after we got back to the US that the station closed due to financial issues.  😦 )

The following morning we headed towards Dublin because we had a very early flight the next day.  Mom had arranged to meet up with another friend who lived near there for lunch.  We had so much fun getting to meet all of these people in real life that she has met through various ventures online.  Hopefully we will get to go back soon.  After lunch, we headed back to our hotel room to relax because we knew we had a long day ahead of us to get home, we were up for 25 hours straight due to layovers and all.  We made it though!

In the previous post I had mentioned that we stopped so I could do some toy shopping.  We went to a store named Smyth’s, mom knew about it from a previous trip to Ireland.  It is a chain, and it reminded me a lot of Toys R Us, it was pretty large and had a nice selection of stuff.  Check out all of this Our Generation and Lori!!!

(sorry for the poor photos, a combination of mom using her cell phone AND being so excited to see all of this stuff)

They even had a decent selection of Glitter Girls!

We were good though, we didn’t buy anything in that section.  Mom was excited to get a good look at the Our Generation beach house, it’s really cool.  When she told dad about it, he said “why didn’t you buy it?”  Mom just rolled her eyes at him and said “because it wouldn’t fit in the suitcase!!”  Dad’s so funny sometimes.

I did get two things there though.  Are you ready to see my souvenirs from our trip?

First off, I got this really pretty necklace.  It’s called a Trinity Knot, and it’s a design you see a lot in different Irish goods, especially jewelry.

I also got this adorable stuffed sheep!  My friend Alya has one that she got from Ireland and I was so happy to find one to take home!

At Smyth’s I found two things I really wanted.  Luckily one of the things were on sale and mom added a little money to what I had with me so I was able to get them both.

My friend Alya collects Calico Critters and she told me that they had lots of them in Ireland.  Over there they call them Sylvanian Families.  And she wasn’t kidding about them having a lot to choose from, it was really hard to decide, but I finally chose this little guy.

I thought he was just adorable, and I loved the little crib.  Of course there was a catalog inside the box too, so I can figure out what I want to get next!

 

I also got this cool doll set, on the back of the box it showed other things you could get, but I really liked this set in particular.

Now Louisa and I can play with our dolls together!

Mom thought the carrier was especially interesting since it could be carried or with the wheels attached, although it’s kind of short for me to push.

I did get some other stuff in Ireland, but mom is saving that for a later post, she wants to do a review on it.  Plus it’s mostly stuff for school (ugh) so I’d rather not think about it for a few more weeks anyhow!

I hope you enjoyed the posts about our trip to Ireland.  I have another adventure to share with you soon, hopefully we will get all caught up on posts in the not so distant future.

~Mimi