Review of Melody’s Electric Piano

A few posts ago I mentioned that I wanted to get Melody’s Electric Piano as my birthday present.  Originally I was going to wait until Evil Twin and I went to the new pop-up store in Pittsburgh.  My plans all changed though when we not only postponed our trip, but I also discovered that it doesn’t seem to be available in any of the pop-up stores!  I decided to just go ahead and order it so I was sure it was here by my birthday and after a bit of fuss and hassle, I finally managed to get the order placed.  It arrived this past weekend and I just had to show it to everyone!  Happy Happy Birthday to Me indeed!!

The first thing I got a chuckle out of was on the box where it said “adult assembly required”.  They apparently don’t know the same children I do, just about any of the kids I know could have put this together in seconds.  I did.  You basically just pop the legs into place.  Unscrew the battery compartment, insert batteries, put the cover back on and you’re ready to go!

I was very disappointed when I got everything out of the box and discovered that the sheet music was just floating around in the box, all by itself.  Mine got a little bent up because of that, fortunately not mangled.  I thought for sure it would come in some sort of envelope, or in a plastic bag with the instructions, but nope, just floating around in the box.  Weird.

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Here it is assembled:

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A shot of the underside so you can see where the legs pop in:

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And a view of the on/off switch (which is also the volume control) and the battery compartment.

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One thing I was very pleased to see is that the speakers on it are in the right place!  This is where they would be on a real piano keyboard or even the more modern synthesizer type keyboard we have now.  Very cool.

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Overall, I’m really thrilled with this piece.  It’s a toss up between this and the camper as to which I like the best!  I think this is a terrific accessory for the price too, $48 is not horribly out of line, especially if you compare it to some of the other items they have for sale that don’t do anything special.

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A Promise is a Promise!

This sure has been one messed up year. It started when I got that flu at the beginning of March. Then I had a not so great side effect from the medication they put me on. And then I finally had the surgery to “fix” the problem that landed me in the hospital in the first place. Talk about messing up a schedule, big time!

One thing that turned into a mess because of all of this was a project I was to make for a friend. Last year I made a Downton Abbey doll dress to donate to a local library event that a friend of mine organizes. It was such a hit, I wanted to make something for the next time they did it. After making multiple sleeping bags for Cassandra’s birthday party post, I thought that would be a fun item to do, and after telling my friend about it, she agreed. My plan was to make another Minions one like Cassandra received for her birthday. I was going to make it right after we returned from Mexico, the event was right after Easter.

Not only did the flu hit me hard, but I was weeks recovering from it. And too sick to do anything that required any sort of concentration, let alone sewing. I wasn’t even sure I was able to stand long enough to cut it out! I had a real dilemma on my hands because I wanted to keep my promise to my friend. After a lot of great debate, as well as hoping I’d get better, I had to make a choice I didn’t want to do. I had to ask Cassandra if she would let me donate her sleeping bag set. I promised her I would make her another one. She was really good about it and said she understood but it broke my heart to have to do it.

Wouldn’t you know, we would have next to no spring and one of the hottest summers on record. Where my sewing machine is doesn’t have any air conditioning, so I had absolutely no desire to do any sewing and quite honestly, too many days I didn’t feel well enough to begin with. Finally, this week the weather broke and I was able to actually do some sewing. I not only made Cassandra a new Minions bag, but I made 7 more sleeping bags to boot! So what am I going to do with all of those sleeping bags? Well, 1 is a gift, I needed 2 more to have for my collection since I added so many girls to my crew, 2 for the library event next spring and the other 2 are for the following year. I’m not going to get caught without a finished item again!

Here’s Cassandra with her new bag:
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And here are the fruits of my labor!

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Now on to other things.

An Interesting Experiment

I don’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned in my posts that I used to collect teddy bears. Primarily Boyds Bears, but also a couple of other brands mixed in as well. I think I finally reached the saturation point and I lost interest. I’ve sold off some of them on Ebay, but I still have a lot. A couple of years ago I was out thrift store shopping with a friend when I came cross a really cute one. I didn’t need it but it was less than $4 for one of the larger ones, so I figured why not. It has been sitting in the rocking chair in my living room ever since. That has to be at least 3, maybe 4 years ago.

A couple of nights ago I was walking through the living room and I looked at that bear. All of a sudden this idea popped into my head: would the adorable coat on the bear fit an 18 inch doll??? I finished what I was doing, grabbed the bear and one of my dolls and tried it out. The results???

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It fit!! And I think it looks great. Here are some shots with the hood up too:
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As you can imagine, this got me to thinking about some other ones I had in my collection, so I went fishing through the storage bins. Several were cute, but couldn’t be used because they were either attached to the bear or had accessories sewn on. No biggie. I still came up with two that I wanted to try.

First off, this cute little coat:
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This one didn’t work so well. First the obvious, the sleeves are too short. If it were a dress instead of a coat, it probably would be okay, but it’s definitely coat material. The other problem was up around the neck, it was cut really weird and when I buttoned it up, poor Louisa was practically choking to death. Back on the bear! I think the difference between this coat and the other one is that the sleeves on the first one were actually way too long for the bear.

The next item fit a bit better though:

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Isn’t this adorable? The only drawback is that I had to put it on over her head, no closure at all, so her poor hair! It might take me a couple of days to get her hair back to normal, what was I thinking?!?! If I were to use it on a doll again, it would be on one with smooth, short hair like Kit or Cassandra. No curls!

2 our of 3 isn’t a bad result! It’s kind of nice to know that I have a couple of extra pieces of clothing around if I need them. Plus I frequently see Boyds Bears in thrift stores, now I’ll be paying more attention to what they are wearing! I know quite a few of my readers are thrift store fans, so for reference, these items came off a 14 inch tall Boyds Bear. If you find anything in your travels, I’d love to see it!!