Several months ago I posted about my dismay in not being able to find anything good to buy for dolls in thrift stores. That hasn’t really improved much, what I am finding are items that I’m repurposing. I also posted about my not so great experience on Ebay, it definitely has made me gun-shy on buying anything large, heavy or easily damaged from here on in. I decided to try Craigslist, and my luck wasn’t much better there either, I wasn’t finding much that interested me and when I did, it was seriously overpriced. The only two times I did find a good deal that did interest me, someone else beat me to it. You can imagine how annoyed I was when I discovered the one set of items on Ebay several days later at a hugely inflated price! 😦 It was turning in to a joke around here that the only thing I successfully bought for dolls on Craigslist wasn’t even for me, but the Kit doll I bought my sister for her birthday.  Oh well. At least she loved it.

I have a routine every morning when I get up with my husband: feed the dog, make my breakfast, surf the net while I eat breakfast. I check the same sites every morning first thing, and Craigslist is one of those. (I haven’t given up hope) I check areas within a two hour driving distance, lately it’s been the same stuff, over and over again and lots of overpriced junk. Little did I know that yesterday, my luck was about to change. I found a listing in the Pittsburgh area that was a great deal, and something I had been looking for, so I shot off an e-mail. Then I waited…it was like waiting to hear back from a family member when you know someone has gone to the hospital in labor! Finally, I heard around 11 AM–I was the first inquiry, it was mine if I wanted it, yahoo!!!!! I did have to drive to Pittsburgh, but I managed to arrange to meet them at IKEA, so I could kill two birds with one stone. Are you ready to see what I got???

This was the piece I really wanted:
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I already have the American Girl version of bunk beds in yellow, I believe these are Battat/Our Generation, in pink. They will be used to make a bedroom for Abby and Zara, I can’t wait to get busy sewing new bedding for it, I’m thinking I might use that Eiffel Tower fabric I picked up. It is in beautiful condition, there are a couple of spots where it looks like there might have been some small stickers on it, but that should come right off.

This is the bonus:
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So tickled about this set, I’ve been debating on a kitchen for my dolls. I have a room I designated as the “dining area” in my doll house, now they can do some serious cooking! 😉 It is also in great shape, there is one little area on the very top where there are two tiny spots of paint missing, nothing I can’t touch up. I commented to them that it didn’t look like it had been played with much, the wife responded that it had, but that their daughter took extremely good care of it. I’m in awe.  Another case of someone getting “too old for dolls”.  Not this girl!

Okay, are you sitting down? Because here comes the best part of the whole thing. I got all of it for…(are you sure you are sitting down? You really need to be…) $30! Yup, 30 smackaroos. It might be all weekend before I get the smile off my face. Truthfully, I couldn’t tell the condition from the photos on Craigslist, and for the price, even if I had to do some repairs and paint any of it, I still felt I’d hit the jackpot, but this–it’s off the charts! Can you tell I’m excited?!?!?!?!

Heading to my favorite thrift store on Wednesday with my sister-in-law, hoping my luck continues to then and I find another (or several!) good deals. Yippeeee!!!!

**after I posted this, I found a tag on one of the blankets, and it turns out the bed was made for Toys R Us. Mystery solved!

Doll Sized Finds for January

I haven’t done one of these for a while, 2 months to be exact! It’s not for lack of trying though, I just haven’t seen much, and the few things I have bought, I’ve been saving for my Valentine’s celebration, sorry. Thrift stores have been dreadful too, there just isn’t much at the ones around here. It’s been kind of depressing! I did venture out to have lunch with a friend and while I was there, I decided to check out the thrift store nearby, much better, there is still hope. I’m going shopping next week with my sister-in-law, she’s never been to the big thrift stores in Pittsburgh, fingers crossed I’ll find some cool goodies there.

Monday I spent a whopping $3, but I got some very cool stuff. First I found these adorable shelves, they are in very good shape, not sure if I will paint them or leave them as is. They were marked 79 cents each, I thought that was a good deal. The good deal turned in to a great deal when I got to the checkout, the tag color on them was a 50%, so I got them both for 80 cents, awesome!
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I don’t have any walls in my doll house just yet, so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them. I also thought they might be cute in the One Broke Girl Bakery project. Time will tell.

Then I found this jewelry box, won’t this make a great bathroom sink unit? I have definite ideas on what to do with it, I just need to go get the parts. Not in terrible shape, it needs two screws in the one hinge to fix that, a repair job on the one corner and some new pulls. I’m also torn on whether I want to paint this one too or leave as is, other than the few things I mentioned, it actually is in pretty good shape finish wise. It has a music box in it, I’m probably going to remove that (if I can), and I need to go get a few things to magically turn it in to a sink. 99 cents, not bad, eh?!

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From there I went to Dollar Tree to get a few things, and I was thrilled to find something I was looking for. I’d seen this on some other doll blogs and I wanted one in white. I had already picked up one in black and one in red at my local Dollar Tree, but they didn’t have the white, figures, that was the one I had my heart set on. Not only did they have the white at this particular Dollar Tree, they had a ton of these in general, so I think most of you who see this should be able to get it. Your other option is to go to the Dollar Tree website and buy a case of 36 and share them with your doll friends. (yeah, right!)
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It’s meant to be a book light, but it is the perfect scale for dolls! What impressed me first off is how well it is weighted, I was initially concerned that it might just fall over, not an issue at all. If you look closely you can see the clip on it to hook it to a book. Now for the fun part–it’s adjustable!
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Isn’t that cool?  And all for a whopping dollar!  It also throws out some serious light:

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Another thing is it has 3 batteries in it and they were included, so even if you didn’t want the light, it’s a heck of a deal for that sized battery.

Have you found anything fun lately?

I also wanted to take a second and update everyone on my husband’s job situation and thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Last week they had a big meeting, and it looks like his job and most everyone in his particular area are safe and will be retained. There are about 15 office personnel that will lose their jobs since the main office is in another state, but they were also offered the opportunity to transfer if they wanted to. I definitely feel relieved that we don’t have that worry now, we are still trying not to be over-confident, but are hopeful that this will be an even better opportunity in his career. Time will tell.

Make your own Valentine’s Day set for Coconut :)

One Broke Girl is on hiatus for this week for 2 reasons: 1) I didn’t get the project for this week finished (my bad!) and 2) I have another thing that I really really really wanted to share, and it’s kind of “time sensitive”.

At the beginning of the year, American Girl released two new items with a Valentine’s Day theme, one was a baseball style t-shirt that is beyond cute. At $12 I thought it was a little overpriced, but it’s done in such a way that you could wear it on a doll year round. The other thing they came out with was the My Furry Valentine set for Coconut. I am in love with Coconut and when I saw some early photos, I really thought it would be a cute set to have. This is what it looks like (just in case you’ve been living under a rock.)  Totes adorbs, isn’t it?!

When the new items were officially released, I looked it up immediately. And then I saw the price: $18! Are you serious?!?! There is nothing to this! As cute as I thought it was, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money on this, it just wasn’t worth it AT ALL. You know me though, the brain started working overtime with ideas on how I could make my own.  Every time I went somewhere that had Valentine’s stuff or to a craft store, I kept my eyes open for things I could use.  Eventually it all came together, and I’m happy to report that my version cost all of $3.33 to make, plus I have stuff left over to use for other projects.  YES!

First thing I found was this butterfly hair clip at Michael’s for $1.50. When I came across this, it really got the ball rolling on this project. I have also seen pre-made wings in the doll supply sections of craft stores, or you could use tulle netting. There are so many ways you could make wings, it’s up to you.
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Then I picked up a package of foam sticky hearts at Dollar Tree, well worth the $1 since I got a ton of them and I can use those for other projects.
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You will need something for the magnet in your pet’s mouth to grab. I did some thinking and then remembered that I had a package of these in my craft supplies.  I tested it before I used it to make sure the magnet in Coconut’s mouth would grab it, worked like a charm.
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Last thing I needed were some red pipe cleaners, these cost me 83 cents, I think there are 24 in a pack. Be sure to get the ones that are 12 inches long, you will need them to be that long. I also thought it might be cute to use the metallic look ones for a different look, unfortunately they didn’t have any of those at my craft store.
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A red marker. I’m partial to Sharpie, but you could use a lot of different things. I think puffy paint would be fun too, but I’m not patient enough to wait for it to dry!
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Oh, and don’t forget these!
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Yup, no special tools required for this project! That’s what I love about this project, it’s so easy and doesn’t require a ton of know how or special gadgets. (If you had seen all the tools I drug out just to make my Christmas cards, you would understand why this is such a big deal for me 😉 )

One other thing you will need is a small rubber band or a hair elastic. I used one of the clear ones that comes in those bags you pick up at Sally Beauty Supply, most anyone with a thing for doing doll hair is going to have one of those floating around.

First:  the heart for Coconut to hold.  I took two of the largest size hearts in pink, removed the adhesive from both and stuck them together, sticky side to sticky side.  It was a little bit tricky to line it up, but it worked great.  Then I wrote what I wanted it to say using the Sharpie marker on one side, and then stuck the self adhesive pin to the reverse side.

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You can see in these photos that I didn’t get the alignment perfect when I stuck these together.  I may trim the front side of this with a pair of scissors.  Or, I may just try making another set, since I have a whole bag of these!  I also noticed that one of them was a little squished, so I deliberately used that one for the back so I could save the nice ones for other things.  Think ahead!

Next–the wings.  First thing I did was trim the antennae off the butterfly since these are supposed to be cupid wings.  One nice thing about these being a hair clip is they already had an alligator style clip attached.  I simply found the middle point of a pipe cleaner and clipped it on. If there is no clip, there is plenty of extra pipe cleaner for this part if you need to wrap it around and give it a good twist.

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What I thought was really interesting about this butterfly was how it was reinforced-feather!  There’s another idea of something you could make wings out of!

Last but not least, the headpiece.  First thing I did was fold the end of a pipe cleaner about 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch so you have something to hook the hair tie to:

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At this point I held the pipe cleaner up to Coconut’s head so I could figure out where the antennae needed to start:

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Then I bent it upwards, it looked like this afterwards:

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Then I bent it again at about an inch or just a tiny bit more:

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I straightened it out and then using my fingers, gave the pipe cleaner a twist to anchor the antennae!

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I held it up to Coconut again to determine where the second one needed to go and basically did the same thing I did before:

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At this point you need to get out 4 of the small hearts and attach them sticky side to sticky side on the antennae. These ones hold very well, this particular set has been on several days and hasn’t budged.   Then you will use the pony tail holder over the ends you bent upwards to keep it secure on your pets head.  Bend the ends further upwards to secure the pony tail holder.

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Okay, are you ready for some serious cuteness????  Really????  REALLY????

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I’ve always thought that Coconut was the cutest dog EVER, and this just makes her even cuter!  Plus, think about all the other possibilities with these instructions for different holidays using different colors, they make those foam stickers in just about every shape possible.  Have fun, and if you make some for yourself, be sure to share a link to the photos in the comments. ENJOY!!!!!!