One Broke Girl-Bakery Display Dome

We are going to sidestep a little bit on our display case project (gives you more time to paint it all white if you are working along with me!) because I found something that was just TOOOO cute, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I was at my local craft store (I’m sure if you are a regular reader, you’ve noticed I spend WAY too much time there!) to pick up some parts for a couple of other projects I have going. As I was surfing the aisles, I stumbled upon this:

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At $2.39 I couldn’t pass it up! I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to incorporate it in the bakery, but I knew if I sat on it a little while, I’d figure out something.

It’s actually intended to be a snow globe, here it is unwrapped and you can see that there is a little plug and cover for the bottom, and that there is a hole in the base:
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It’s tall, it measures at 3 3/4 inches, I wasn’t sure exactly the best way to use it.  For about a week I had it sitting in my living room so I could look at it and hopefully something would come to me. And it did–pizza to the rescue! (Wait? HUH? Pizza?)

My husband loves pizza from a local place, so we buy the biggest one they sell because not only is it super cheap, but I discovered that it freezes well and is easy to reheat. However, with a pizza that large, you need something to keep the box off the cheese…
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I’d held on to this for the Broke Girl project from the last pizza a few weeks ago and it had been sitting in my kitchen since. I was doing some cleaning up and almost threw it away, when the idea popped in to my head!!! WELL DUH!!

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I glued the two plug pieces to the top using Tacky Glue to make a “handle” and I was done, no waste, and my total investment was $2.39. Only problem is because the white plug was more of a rubbery type substance, it didn’t stay on, but the black piece did.  That’s okay, I wasn’t that wild about it in the first place.  I may have to dig through my beads and glue something else there instead.  I had the little cupcake shaped erasers, I got those last year at Office Depot.  The nice part is it is all plastic, so it is lightweight and perfectly safe in a toy room.

Total spent as of January 19–$13.64

Items bought through February 23–$2.39

Total spent as of February 23–$16.03*

If you are interested in looking for this item, it is Darice 1614-38 and measures 2.75 inches by 3.75 inches. I found a couple of places you could buy it online, but they all seem to sell it in lots of 12. I imagine if you did some serious poking around, you might find it elsewhere or at least find something very similar.

*I have not included anything from the bakery case in this total yet, we will add it all up when it’s finished and then include it, in case you were wondering!

I have a question for you all… (*poll now closed)

I’ve been debating on doing something here, but I wasn’t sure if there would be enough interest in it. It’s something that would be time consuming for me, so I’d hate to do it and not have anyone enjoy it or even read it. After thinking about it, I decided to make a poll about it, let the people have their say!!!

So, here goes:

Kit’s bed

I was very happy to get Kit’s bed recently on a Jill’s Steals and Deals sale, it was something I had debated on buying before, but this time I thought “why not?!” I am so glad I decided to jump on it, this is one of the most amazing pieces of AG furniture I own. Before I start on the review though, I just want to say something about the Jill’s Steals and Deals sale in hope that maybe, someone from American Girl will read this and pass it on to the powers that be.

This sale stunk. Not that there weren’t good deals, but in how it was handled the whole way around. First off, people figured out the codes for the sale and for some reason, AG opened this sale at 8:00AM, a good 45 minutes before the segment even aired on the Today Show. By the time the “honest” folks like myself tried to get in, they couldn’t. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t really interested in buying the doll that was advertised. But that, my friends is another issue. If you had watched the Today Show segment, you would have thought that Julie in her original outfit with a set of PJ’s was the only thing on sale, but it wasn’t, there was a whole list of things, but none of it shown in the segment. The AG site freaked out from all of the traffic, and I didn’t actually get in until around 10:00 AM, a good hour and 15 minutes in to it. I was one of the lucky ones too. Some people didn’t get in until much later and by that time, most of the stuff was totally sold out. Only a few West Coast people managed to get anything. The whole thing was a fiasco with it leaving a VERY bad taste in the mouths of a lot of potential buyers. I read a lot of other doll blogs and there are some really angry people over this particular sale. AG needs to fix this whole thing so that everyone is at least on an even playing field. Opening the sale 45 minutes prior to the airing of the segment was wrong, these items shouldn’t be available to anyone, even if you do figure out the sale code. There were some other glitches in this that also have left me wondering: is my credit card data safe on the AG site??? This sale wasn’t the first time I’ve seen where people have figured out coding, allowing them access to stuff that isn’t public. And then there’s the whole thing with people grabbing these dolls, only to flip them on Ebay, doubling their money. They had no intention of keeping them in the first place. That whole thing makes me sad because I think of friends who have a hard time affording AG stuff, this would have been a perfect opportunity for them to buy something really special, but didn’t have the opportunity. Bad show AG 😦

On to the bed though! I’ve mentioned it before how much I love Kit. I love her story, I love the doll, but I really don’t have much as far as accessories and furniture for her. A few weeks ago I ordered her typewriter, beyond cute! But the bed-I didn’t think it was possible for me to be even more impressed.

This is a substantial piece of doll furniture! I was surprised just how heavy the box was when I picked it up. I have the yellow bunk beds AG made a number of years ago, and this is even better quality than that. It goes together very easily, no tools required. So easy a kid (or a technology impaired adult) can assemble it. Pegs on main bed frame attach to loops on the head and footboard, easy peasy.

bed 1  bed 2

(Sorry for the crap picture of the peg, you get the idea, and I’m too tired to care LOL)

TADA!

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One of the things that I thought was especially cute about this bed was the whole extension aspect.  The trundle beds that they have made for dolls are cute, but this is just too clever, I always thought beds like this were neat in real life.  While this isn’t exactly like a real one, it’s still well done. 

You remove the bedding and mattress and the frame simply lifts up:
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Then it lays flat:
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Then the short piece flips around and makes the whole frame stable.  At first I thought mine was put together backwards, but you do have to play with it a little bit so it flips around the whole way.

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I love the way the mattress is done on this piece too, when it’s a single bed Kit has a nice fluffy mattress but then it folds open so it fits the larger bed as well, nicely thought out!
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Here it is with the included bedding, the quilt covers the top of both mattresses:
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Zara and Abby decided to crawl in when I wasn’t looking!
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Opened up this way, I think you could probably fit a third doll in, but it would be a bit tight!

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Overall, I think this is just darling, it reminds me of beds that so many of my friends and family had in their homes when I was growing up, huge nostalgia value. My only complaint with this–no sheets!! I guess I’ll have to fix that. Shouldn’t be hard, I’m just going to make very simple, white cotton sheets, very true to the era. And if some else is going to stay in this bed, it needs a second pillow, so I will have to fix that too. At least they are all easy things to make.

I give this bed an A+. My only regret is that I didn’t buy it earlier when it came with the chenille bedspread, oh well. I also love the box it came with, heavy and well made, I see another box bed in my future! You can never have too many beds (or dolls), can you?