Happy Easter!!

Hi guys, Emily here!! It’s Good Friday, which means that Sunday is Easter.  I love Easter!  Not just for the candy, but for all of the things it symbolizes and the story of Christ dying to save us all.  Lanie and I both sing in the choir, we will be performing for the Easter Sunrise Service at our church.  We’ve been practicing really hard.

I decided this year for Easter I wanted to do something really special.  I’ve been saving up my allowance money and mom took me shopping so I could have a special surprise for all of my friends.  Any idea of what it might be??  Oh wait!  Hang on, I forgot something that might help you figure out what I’m doing!!!

Any ideas on what I might be doing now?  If you guessed that I’m going to be the Easter Bunny, you guessed right!

I’ve got this big basket of chocolate candy to share with all of my friends!  I’m so excited, I hope they are too.

(Abby) Hi Emily, what are you doing here?

I’m pretending to be the Easter Bunny and I’ve brought enough candy here so that each of my friends get a piece!

(Allie)  How sweet!!! I definitely want a chick!

(Abby) I think I’ll take a bunny!

Did everyone get one?  Happy Easter everybody!!

On to the next room!

(Jan) Hi Emily, what have you got there?

I’ve got a basket of candy and I’m sharing it with all of my friends.  You each get to pick a piece!

(Josh)  How nice of you Emily!  I think I’d like a chick!

Happy Easter Josh!

On to the next rooms!  I found Christine and Shivan next, and then Cassandra, Fiona and Zara.

After I’d been all over the house and visited everyone…

my basket was empty!!!  I had just enough for everyone.  I wonder if this is what the Easter Bunny feels like after he (or maybe it’s a she?) is finished?!  That was fun though, I’m glad I decided to share with my friends!

HAPPY EASTER!!!

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Doll Sized Finds…ummmm…

Hello everybody!  This doll sized finds is actually kind of embarrassing.  Why you ask?  Well, it’s all made up of stuff I had in my possession and forgot about.  Yeah, that’s right.  And to make matters worse, some of these were things I’d been wondering what happened to.  Did I give them away?  Donate?  Throw out?  So you can imagine my surprise (and embarrassment) when I decided to go through some boxes of stuff that had just been sitting from when we moved 7, almost 8 years ago and found a couple of things.  Ooops.

I do have to say though, I was kind of relived to find some of these items as they had crossed my mind as being perfect for in the doll house.  Two of the items I’d completely forgotten, so those were pleasant surprises.  Are you ready to see????

First up is this iron and resting plate, made of I believe cast iron (how appropriate).  I’ve had this since I was a kid, and I have no idea where it originated from, but it was in among some Barbie stuff at one point.  I always thought it was a bit big for Barbie though.  It is perfect for 18 inch dolls, and I think it would be really cool to use in a scene with Kit or maybe even Samantha or Rebecca.

Next is another item that was in with Barbie stuff and was also too big, and I was more than excited to find:

Another item I’ve had for forever!  I remembered this a while ago, but wasn’t sure where it had been stashed, so I was very happy to come across it.  It is the perfect scale too!

 

This next item…I’d kind of forgotten about it until Lu over at The Red Head’s Blog  (I think it was her) showed a similar set, and I quite honestly thought I’d gotten rid of this!

It was a souvenir from a trip to Mt. Vernon many, many years ago.  I can’t believe it even still had the instructions in it!  About now Evil Twin is probably giggling, remembering the trip and the carnage incurred later on involving a miniature brass cannon and bloodshed.  I won’t go into details, but it’s a memory that has lingered on in our family for years.  😉

Now for the two items I found that were a complete surprise.  One I did remember buying but the other–no clue.  Maybe I didn’t, perhaps someone gave it to me, but both were great finds!

Isn’t this little finger puppet adorable?  And he fits nicely on a doll hand.  Between this, the Phil puppet and the ones I got from IKEA, I’m thinking maybe someone needs to have a puppet show???

And this:

It’s a Build A Bear “Pet”, and it’s the perfect scale to be a golden retriever puppy for an 18 inch doll!  I’ve probably had this at least 10 years, I’m sure I picked it up back when we actually had a living golden retriever at our house.

This edition of doll sized finds isn’t all stuff I found in my house.  I did actually venture out to TJ Maxx one day and came across these mini Lindt bunnies!  I think they would be perfect in little doll sized Easter baskets, don’t you? I love when I can find actual candy items that work for doll shoots, then you can eat them after and don’t have to worry about storing them.

I also had a trip to Pittsburgh one day to pick up a camera lens and I decided to stop by one of my favorite places, Red White and Blue.  I found a bag with this doll furniture in it for a whopping $5, and the bonus doll was in it too.

The chair is different, I wonder if there was a second one and it got smashed.  The table did have a slight damaged spot, but I’m thinking if I just wrap it with white duct tape, it will be just fine.

Anyone have any idea who she is??  I am not familiar enough with this line of dolls, but I figure one of my readers has to be!  I was surprised at what great condition her hair was in, this is what she looked like straight out of the bag!

 

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with her just yet.  For now she’s just hanging around on the chair.  😉

There you have it folks, this months edition of doll sized finds.  And I didn’t even have to venture out for most of it.  Have you found anything good in your travels lately?

 

 

 

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Instagram?

Hello everybody!!  I thought I’d take a quick minute to update everyone on what is new and exciting here.  To be honest, not a whole lot.  But things are moving along.  Or at least most things are.

The book is on a temporary hold, but I’m planning on getting back to it soon.  First off, I got that horrible flu that was making the go-rounds.  Talk about a downer!  I’m all better from that.  It’s hard to write though when all you can do is cough.  And of course everything else was behind, so there is the inevitable catch up.  I did get back to writing and finally past a part where I was a bit stuck, always a good thing.  Then the near unthinkable happened–my laptop had a nervous breakdown.  And dummy me hadn’t saved what I’d written to an external drive.  (Insert scream here).  The good news is I was able to get the laptop back up and running and able to get my written chapters recovered.  However, I’ve also had to purchase a new laptop, and I haven’t had the time to get everything transferred and up and running there.  That’s on my “to do list” in the very near future and hopefully I can get back to it.  I’ve been rethinking some of what I want to do as well, so maybe the delays have been a good thing.

My guitar lessons have had an unexpected twist and at the moment, I am currently lesson-less.  I had a bit of a falling out with my guitar teacher for a number of reasons.  It’s all good though as I didn’t feel I was getting the kind of training I was expecting and I have since signed up with a new teacher starting at the beginning of April.  In the meantime I am continuing to practice and learn new songs on my own.  I’m still enjoying it though and I’m really looking forward to seeing what my new teacher has to offer.

Otherwise, it’s still pretty much the same old stuff here.  I’ve been working on doll posts as I have the time and posting them in advance so I have a bit of a backlog, which is nice!  I’m actually thinking about just keeping things this way for the foreseeable future as it’s been very convenient to devote a block of time to the blog all at once, then not have to think about it again for an extended period.  I’m still playing around with it, always a learning adventure!

Something I have noticed over the past few months, and not just with my blog, is a lot of people are posting less, several have quit and a few are “on a break” (I always think of Friends when I say or type that!).  I’ve also noticed a significant reduction in the number of hits I have on my own blog.  I think there are a number of factors that are causing this, but I am fairly certain that the number one reason is Instagram.  It’s a fun platform to use and if you aren’t into writing stories but do enjoy the doll photography, I think it’s a good option.  I don’t foresee myself ever switching to just that because I enjoy the writing aspect too much, but I do think it’s been a contributor in the reduced number of blog posts and doll blogs out there.  How many of you use Instagram, either as a “follower” or as a way of getting your doll photos out there for others to see?

Last, but certainly not least is the news of toy retailer Toys R Us and their plans to close their stores.  I thought they might be able to pull through, but apparently not.  When news hit of this, the stocks of several major toy companies, Mattel included, dropped significantly.  I can’t help but wonder how this is going to affect the American Girl line at some point.

I hope everyone is doing well!  I come in here and regularly read the comments and try to reply in a timely manner.  I’ve been contemplating trying a couple of new things here, but they are still in the “think” stage at the moment, so I’m not sure which ones will actually be used.  Stay tuned–and keep in touch!!