Doll sized find–Tsum Tsums!

I saw these at Target a while ago and thought they would be cute for a doll item, but the price was a bit more than I wanted to spend.  Recently a new store called Gabes opened near us and it was one of the few places I felt like venturing out (large store, easy to social distance in) so I went to check it out.  I was happy to find a package of these for only $1.99!  I had to root around a little bit to find a package that had three characters I liked, but for this price, I probably would have taken a chance even if I hadn’t.

This set included Minnie Mouse, Piglet (from Winnie the Pooh) and Thumper (from Bambi).  Aren’t they cute???

Back and front shots:

I asked Christine if she would help me out so you could see how these are in proportion.  I think Piglet and Minnie would work okay for AG/18 inch doll scale, but Thumper might be a little big.  What do you think?

Regardless, still super cute, I think they will be a nice addition to one of the doll room setups.  And at $1.99, I sure couldn’t go wrong with the price.  Definitely more interesting than the socks I bought for my husband.

Why Wendy? (and a review of the Explore the Parks outfit! Plus some other changes)

Back when I bought my Joss doll, I was sure I was going to rename her.  I just wasn’t a fan of the name at all.  When she arrived, she looked a bit like a friend of mine from grade school, and I thought about naming her Bobbie, but it just wasn’t feeling right.  I also thought it would be cute if I used a name that started with W because I’d also picked up that Wellie Wishers Christmas set with the stocking that had the big “W” embroidered on it.  Then it dawned on me…Wendy!!!  I have a friend named Wendy who has not one, but two cochlear implants, she had a disease that resulted in gradual hearing loss.  She jokingly refers to herself as a “real life bionic woman”.  I decided it was the perfect name for my doll and she thought it was pretty cool that I named one of the gang after her!

I still think that the Joss face mold is one of the prettiest that they’ve ever done.  I’m hoping maybe we’ll see it used again in the not so distant future, or at least be available as part of the Create Your Own line.  I still wish they’d bring back Marie-Grace to the line as well, but that still hasn’t happened and it’s now 6 years.  Nothing wrong with some wishful thinking though.  I just love this doll, I haven’t been this enthralled with a face mold since I picked up Cassandra (Jess mold) back in 2014!

A few weeks ago I got my first rewards certificate from my points earned from buying the surf van.  I knew exactly what I wanted to get with it too–one of the first things on my list was the “Explore The Parks” outfit.  So glad I did too, I love it!!  The colors are some of my favorites, this is definitely an outfit I would wear myself.

When I showed one of my non-doll friends pics of her in the new outfit, the first thing she noticed were the shoes.  They are SUPER CUTE!!  And lots of detail, they look pretty much like your typical popular cork bed sandal.

 

The scarf is really clever because it’s also meant to be a head scarf!

I asked Rebecca if she would be able to help us out with modeling this since I’d just done Wendy’s hair and knew it would end up a mess.  She was more than happy to oblige!

It closes with Velcro.  I really like this accessory and may look at it closer to see if I can duplicate it!

The t-shirt is like any other t-shirt, but with a cute park type logo design.

The pants have an elastic waist.  The pockets are fake.  These look super comfy though for a long hike or a day of sightseeing!

I love this outfit and the fact that it’s not all teal and purple!  This color scheme is so something I would wear for sure, in fact, I was wearing a peach colored t-shirt while I was working on this post!  I give this set an A++, so glad I decided to get it.  Now I have to decide if I want the other set that goes with it…hmmm…

These two look like they are plotting something…stay tuned.  I’ve also decided that Wendy and Jamie are going to be siblings, but I’m not sure that Jamie is still going to be Jamie.  He may be renamed the whole way around.  Still thinking on it.

 

Review of American Girl City Market

When this set was released, I thought it was really cute, but it wasn’t high on my priority list.  In July, it was included as part of the monthly specials, reduced from $100 to $80.  Then American Girl ran a tiered sale, if you spent $75, you got 10% off…and that is when I started thinking because I also had a $10 rewards certificate to use up.  At $62, I definitely didn’t want to pass it up!

I was very impressed once I opened the box.  The piece is very high quality, made from wood and metal.

The back even has a shelf to store boxes and other extras.

It comes with a lot of accessories–three tiered risers to display different items on.

Jars of jam in three different flavors.

Scones–and even samples to try!

Boxes to take the scones home in too.

Two varieties of soap.  These are supposed to smell, but they aren’t very strong.

Two different types of berries, yummy!  I love the little containers they are in.

This is a pretty runner to put on one of the shelves.

A square display plate to put the scones on.

A bowlful of jam along with a knife so you can try it on the scones.  Yummy!

A nice little sign for display, some money and some business cards.

A bouquet of flowers and a jar to put them in.  I LOVE this little blue mason jar!

An assortment of stickers with prices and descriptions.

A cloth to use under the scones when they are displayed.

Plus of course an apron!

And a sign to show everyone you’re open for business and what you are selling!

Here it is all set up!  Christine is ready to go, now she just needs some customers!

“You really need to try a one of these scones!”

This is a really cute set and the stand itself is extremely high quality.  I like that the stand is made from wood and metal, I think it would stand up to a lot of play.  The accessories are so well thought out.  The only thing that I think this set needs is a little cash box!  I also think it would look cute to add the items in the City Market Goodies set to this so there were more products for sale, I bet the pies from that set would fit in the included boxes.  I’m very glad I decided to add this set to my collection, a lot of different pieces that could be used for a number of different things.  I’m tempted to leave this set out in my living room as a display piece and give the bakery cart a break!