Happy New Year to you all! I hope you enjoyed reading the posts that the girls wrote over Christmas break. Now it’s back to business. I have a lot of ideas for things I want to do in the New Year, with dolls and with this blog. My big thing is to get my doll house in to it’s permanent place. I think I have finally figured out what I want to do. Just a matter of moving on to the next step, I need to get rid of two pieces of furniture that after great debate and discussion, my husband and I agreed were not working out. The space they will leave should be just about perfect for the doll house. I sure hope so!
Grace Thomas has hit the scene as GOTY 2015. I’ll admit, I’m kind of disappointed. First off, I was hoping for a doll of color, American Girl has some sort of phobia about this. Sure, they gave her an international twist, but even that has a “hitch” to it-the French connection is because her aunt married a French man. What would have been wrong with one of her parents being of French descent, she could have spent time learning things from her Grand Mere and Grand Pere as well as her aunt, uncle and cousins. I’m not sure I will buy her, I think she’s cute from the photos I’ve seen, but too similar to what I have already. AG is really stuck in a severe rut with their GOTY. They seem to forget they have some other face molds out there; Marie-Grace, Sonali and Addy have NEVER been used to make a GOTY. Argh! Just too many things for me to get in to here. I’ll reserve my final decision until after I see her in person. Never say never.
Her clothing is adorable, it’s probably the first GOTY collection that I have liked in it’s entirety. The accessories are very cute too. BUT…one of the pieces is $500. Seriously?!?! I thought Isabelle’s studio last year was bad enough at $275. Have they lost their ever-loving minds? Interestingly enough, I have been reading a lot of different doll blogs since this release and I’ve noticed (thankfully) that while a lot of people think that the bakery is cute, they too are appalled at the price tag. This has come from AG fans from all ages. I think I’ve only seen one person who seemed to think that it was worth it. Not this cookie. I would look very long and very hard at $500 before I would spend it on that. If I won’t spend $350 on the VW from Julie’s collection, I’m sure as heck not spending $500 on the bakery. (I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE VW fan, if that helps put it in to perspective.) It’s a big piece too so anyone with storage issues will also not be all that interested in it.
One thing that I am always excited to see in the AG fandom is an unprecedented level of creativity. I’ve noticed a lot of people putting on their thinking caps as to how they could make the bakery or the cart themselves. Let me just say that it got these old squeaky brain wheels to working too. I spent a good day thinking about different things I could do, and finally it dawned on me–make it a weekly challenge for myself!
So here it is–I’m calling it the “One Broke Girl” challenge. Each week I’m going to post about something I picked up somewhere along the way or something I made myself for my own little bakery project. I will also keep a running total of what it cost, I think it will be interesting at the end of the year to see just what I ended up spending. Anything that I had before January 1st will not count in my totals, but still can be used for the project. I’m all for recycling!
It didn’t take me long to find something that I thought would work out well in this project:
I found this at Joann’s, it is supposed to be a cupcake stand. It was in their Valentine’s day stuff, available in white or pink. I debated for a few minutes before I finally settled on the white. Regular price was $9.99, all Valentine’s day items were 30% off taking it down to $6.99, and I had a 15% off your entire purchase coupon, so that took it down to a final price of $5.94. Off to a good start!
Then Rhonda at Living A Doll’s Life shared this lovely carafe she found at Hobby Lobby. I had a trip that direction anyhow so I picked up one myself. Only $1.99. (I did have a 40% off coupon, but I used it towards something else more expensive.) Just a snip with my jewelry clippers and the wire will be gone.
At Michael’s I found this wonderful chalkboard/easel. The reverse side appears to be a dry erase board too. Only $3.99. They didn’t have any coupons this week for the whole store, darn! 😦
I also found fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby with a wonderful Paris theme. I’m not sure if I’m going to use this for this particular project, so I’m not going to include it in my totals as of now. If I do, I will add it in later. It was only $3 for a yard, I can see lots of potential. I also wanted to let everyone know that this particular Hobby Lobby had quite a few different fabrics with a Paris theme, so be sure to check yours if it has a fabric section. This was the only one on sale though.
Amount spent as of January 1- .00
Items bought through January 6 11.92
Total Spent as of January 6 11.92