Doll sized finds: Yes, that chair was as hideous as I originally thought it was!

I’ve been busy lately with a number of projects so I haven’t been doing much in the way of thrift store shopping.  I’ve actually been working on thinning a few things out and re-homing a piece or two.  I’m really trying to stick to my “it has to be better than what I have already” mantra.   I did find a couple of cool things though.

A trip to the Salvation Army yielded this very cool glass basket:

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I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with it yet, thinking maybe flowers?  Or maybe fruit?

The little shop that Barbie Girl showed me had two things that came home with me:

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This cool bowl!  The glaze matches that awesome pitcher I bought there perfectly.  I think it’s funny that it says Arizona in it, can you imagine someone bringing this home to give as a gift?

I also found this:

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It’s a toddler toy, but I’m going to disassemble it and after removing the sticker, repaint it.  Still working on instruments for the garage band!

A few weeks went by, but I had some stuff to donate to the Salvation Army.  Of course I had to go in and see if there was anything good.  As fate would have it, I found this:

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Isn’t this awesome?!?!?!  I’ve been wanting an overstuffed type chair for a while now, at $4.99 I could not pass this up!  It’s a rocker but I’m seriously thinking about taking the rocker part off and changing it into a regular chair.  Part of the reason is that because of the way 18″ dolls are stuffed, the chair tends to pitch forward from the weight and looks weird.

Speaking of weird, anyone else remember this chair?

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I’m going to brutally honest:  I never really liked it all that well.  But when I bought it, I was just getting started on the dollhouse and I was willing to take it with all of it’s ugliness and deal with it.  In the meantime I found something else to take it’s place and donated it back to the Salvation Army.  That was well over a month ago.  Apparently my dislike of it was warranted, I’ve been to this store twice since then and it’s still there.  Too funny!

A few days later I decided to stop at Joann Fabrics, looking for something for a craft project I was working on.  Didn’t find what I was looking for, but did find this!

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Another Adirondack style chair frame! I plan on converting this one the same way I did the other ones. I like this one better than the others I bought, the dolls fit even better in the seat. It was regularly priced $19.99 but they are running massive clearance sales on summer merchandise, so I got it for $5.99, good deal!

I decided to make a run to Pittsburgh to check out my favorite places. For once in a very long time, I came home with more stuff for me (clothes, shoes, etc) than I did for the dolls. I did make a really fantastic find though.
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Yep, another horse! Only this one is in fantastic condition and won’t need any painting. It has a few scratches on it, they were worse before I took a Magic Eraser to it. I may try a little bit more. It also had the saddle and bridle with it, I took them off because the saddle was already starting to cause a melted spot. I wish Battat/Our Generation would line their items with something so this wouldn’t happen, all of the horses I’ve purchased so far have this problem. Fortunately where it’s at on this horse will easily be covered by the saddle and blanket. I was very happy to find one of the articulated horses this time around, it will make posing much more interesting. Now all three of my horse crazy girls will have their own too!  Only $4.95.  I’ve managed to get 3 horses which retail for around $35 each for less than $15 for them all.  How can you beat that?

That’s it for this time! Have you found anything cool in your travels?


The Text Tag

Recently I was tagged by Xyra over at Tea Time For Melody Q for a most unusual challenge called The Text Tag.  Thanks Xyra!  It was definitely different from anything I’ve ever done before!


  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to them.
  • Answer the original six (6) text-themed questions.
  • Add a typographical/word related question of your own for those you tag to answer. [You’ll answer a total of seven (7) questions. The last one is always changing.]
  • Tag 6 bloggers and notify them that you tagged them.
  • Include these rules in your post

Six Original Questions+1/-1

1. What is your favorite letter of the alphabet?
X.  Just because it’s so unusual.
 2. What are three words that you love?
really, whatever, nowhere (it’s a great word when you are practicing calligraphy!)
3. What are three words that you hate?
Seen, when it is misused, it makes me cringe.
I hate words that aren’t words, but word mistakes.  Prolly for probably.
And my most hated: walla.  It’s VOILA folks!  It’s a French word meaning “there it is”.
4. If you could create a word, what would it be and what is it’s definition?
Moronity: an extreme case of stupidity.  I actually made it up years ago and had a sign hanging above my desk at my last job that said “Stamp Out Moronity”.  It became an ongoing office joke.
5. What are you three favorite punctuation marks? 
!, & and . (more specifically …)
6. What are your three favorite fonts?
Lucida Calligraphy
Freestyle Script
Old English Text
7. What is your favorite part of speech? Break out your “Grammar Rock.” (this is the specific question from Xyra)
Conjunctions!  Where would we be without and, but and or?! (Conjunction Junction, what’s their function? I’ve got And But and Or, they’ll get you pretty far!)

There you have it!  My nominees simply need to answer the first 6 questions and this will be their 7th question to answer:

7.  Do you have a favorite contraction?  You know, don’t, can’t, won’t.  Or do you refuse to use contractions?  (in case you’re curious, I don’t have a favorite)

Now I have to nominate someone…I think in the interest of keeping us from falling over each other, I’m also going to change it from 6 nominees to whoever read this post and wants to do it!   Otherwise we’re going to run out of people too quickly!  You can post your answers on your own blog or if you don’t have a blog and want to post it here, feel free.  Just be sure to let me know in the comments section if you did it so I can go check out your blog and see your answers.

Have fun!  I know I did, this one made me think!  I especially got a chuckle out of the 7th question that Xyra had to answer:   “What word do you often misspell? occasion”   The reason I laughed is because I would have answered the exact same thing!

In the spirit of this post, I’d like to share a couple of my favorite videos:

Meant To Be

Have you ever had something happen and afterwards decided it was just meant to be?  I’ve had a number of those in my lifetime.  One I remember the most was when we got our dog.  We had decided on a breed and I contacted a woman who lived about an hour away to see if she had any puppies.  She didn’t, but she thought she might have some soon as she thought one of her females was expecting.  We agreed that she would get in touch with me once she knew for sure and we would go from there.

In the meantime I found a lady with a puppy that lived even closer, the last one left in a litter.  My husband and I decided to go and see it and fell in love with her immediately.  She came home with us, we named her Laney and here we are, 8 years later with this bundle of teeth and fur.  I did feel bad though, what if that woman contacted me and also had puppies?  I decided to email her instead of waiting and told her that we’d already found a puppy and she could take us off the list.  I got an email back in no time, telling me that she wasn’t going to have puppies when she thought after all!  It was “meant to be”.

Sunday night I was on the computer and decided to check Craigslist.  Lately it has been a big bust for me, either nothing that remotely interests me or prices off the charts.  So I was surprised when I saw a listing that had several dolls in it, all of them listed at reasonable prices.  There was one I was interested in, but I thought “naaaa, you don’t need her”.  I went to bed.

The next morning I hopped back on and that listing was still there.  After some thought, I decided I would text her, chances were that by this point, it was gone anyhow.  You can imagine how surprised I was when she texted me back that she still had her.  So then I asked where she was at, having just gotten out of the hospital, I didn’t want to drive all that far.  My mouth hit the floor when I read her response.  She was in the same town!  So, we arranged to meet at the Denny’s parking lot only 5 minutes from my house.

By now I’m sure you are wondering who came home from Denny’s with me…

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It’s Lanie!!!  I thought that it was kind of funny too, now I have a dog and a doll with the same name, just spelled differently.  All that was missing from her original meet outfit was her headband, easy enough to fix.  I need to go through my craft stash and see if I have some blue ribbon in the right shade.

She also came with most of her accessory set!  I’ve always liked her set, it’s probably one of my favorites of all of the dolls, so I was really happy to get it.  All that was missing was the bracelet, but everything else was there.

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I was super excited to see that the clings for on the computer screen were all there and in great shape.  And that tiny letter she gets is just too cute for words, it gives me lots of ideas.

Her hair is in fantastic shape!  That surprised me because she had been part of a child’s collection, but the mom said she always made her girls take good care of their dolls.

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I love that it still has all the curl and bounce!  I need to work with it a little bit more.  I’ve seen so many of these dolls on Ebay where the hair has been straightened from over-brushing, so I was happy to see she was definitely not suffering from that in the least. YAY!

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I’ve always liked Lanie and thought she was cute, but hesitated to get her because I was afraid her eye and hair color would be too similar to Zara (Isabelle). I did a comparison on both and they are slightly different! Lanie’s eye color is actually closer to Lea’s which surprised me.

Here’s the best part of the story. When I asked the lady why they were selling off the dolls, she said that her daughters were both older now. The oldest wanted to keep her dolls and put them away for safe keeping but the younger girl (now 17) said “get rid of them, they creep me out!!!” I guess she would have a major break down at my house…I didn’t think to ask who got to keep the money though. 🙂  I’ve decided that Lanie is my own little “get well soon” gift!  I’ve decided after the way things played out, she was another “meant to be”.

In other (and bigger) news:  right now information about pop-up stores from American Girl is sparse, but I stumbled onto two tidbits of information that are HUGE for those of us living in Pennsylvania.  First off, the Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh has a “coming soon” for one, opening at the end of September.  Whoohooo!!!!  That is only an hour away and one of my favorite malls to go to.  I suspect it is only a pop-up store due to the way the ads are written for help and the store location within the mall.  Even so, I’m super excited about this, I can definitely see me making a trip (or two or three!) while it is open.  The bigger news is that the King of Prussia Mall in the Philadelphia area also has a listing for one in their mall directory, but information is still somewhat vague.  I have some suspicions about this one potentially being a permanent store (but no confirmation as of yet) because of where it’s going at in the mall.  K of P Mall is just now finishing up an enormous expansion (as if it wasn’t big enough already) and this is where this store is going.  To me it would just make a ton of sense for a permanent store there as that is a mall not only known for it’s list of exclusive and interesting stores, but it’s a big destination mall with bus trips from this side of the state going there on a regular basis.  I will be very interested to see how this develops!  I definitely could see myself making a trip there and getting together with both Xyra and Nonna.  That store wouldn’t know what hit them! 😉  I will keep everyone posted when I learn more.  (and in the meantime I need to call my cousin who drives tour buses to that area all the time!)