A surprise for Allie and Christine

This week “school” was at Mimi’s house.  The three houses are all side by side on the same street, so it’s super convenient for the kids to get from house to house (and will be an ever bigger plus once we get snow).  They start at 8AM and work until around 2.  Since everyone is doing virtual learning, the teachers have worked it out so it’s more intensive but they get done a little bit earlier.  Before they left for Mimi’s house, Allie and Christine’s mom told them to get home immediately because there was going to be a BIG surprise for them.  They had no idea what it might be, but they were both excited.

Once they walked in the front door, their mom said “go look in the family room”.  They were really surprised when they saw this:

“OH MY GOSH, A GRAND PIANO!!!!”

The girls immediately ran over.  “Is it really ours?”

“Yes girls, it’s for the whole family but since you are both learning to play, we thought it would be nice to have.  This nice man your dad knows is getting ready to move to Virginia and he can’t take it with him.  He was happy to find a good home for it.  He used to be a music teacher and he’s moving in with his son and his family and there just wasn’t going to be enough room for it.”

“I’ll put the lid up, wow, it’s heavy!”

“Let me put the music stand up on it.  This is awesome!”

“Hang on, I’ll go grab some of our lesson books!”

“I grabbed one for you too Christine.  I can hardly wait to try it!”

Allie sat down and started to play “Ode To Joy” out of her lesson book.

“WOW!  It sounds great!  Okay Christine, your turn to try it out!”

“Let’s see, I know what I’ll play!  Something easy to start.”

“That sounds really good too! It sounds a whole lot different standing here beside the strings.”

“This is going to be so much fun!”

The girls insisted that their mom take a photo of them with their new piano!

Now they are looking forward to having school at their house so that Wendy, Alex and Mimi can try it out too!

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This piano has been on my wish list for some time.  I already have Melody’s electric piano, but I always thought if I ever came across a good deal on the grand piano, I’d add it to my collection.  Thank heavens for Facebook Market place!  I found it literally in the “back yard” of where my sister-in-law lives–and only $40!  This version of the grand piano retailed for $150 and was discontinued several years ago.  When I went to pick it up I asked why they were getting rid of it, another case of kids outgrowing their toys and space at a premium.  Hey, I’m fine with that!

It has three songs it plays and I was so excited that one of the three is “Fur Elise” by Beethoven, that has been my go to song when trying out a piano for years.  The keys also work just like a real piano.  On the side is the on/off switch and volume control buttons.  

The lid comes off of the bench for storage.  It included both books and a certificate, everything that would have been included in the original package.  I was thrilled with the condition and the price, I think I got a really great deal on this and I can cross another item off my “wish” list!

I think I need to stay off Facebook Marketplace now LOL! 

 

Dolls With Braids…A Question For Readers/Fans/Collectors

This is something I always struggle with…changing a doll’s hairstyle from it’s original, out of the box style.  And I’m curious to hear what my readers think about this!  If your doll comes with any sort of braids, do you ever take them out?  Or do they stay that way for all eternity?

I currently own two dolls that had a braided hair style.   I say “had” because it didn’t take me long to take Marie Grace’s hair out of it’s braids and do a hot water dunk to straighten it.  I’ve never regretted it either because she has gorgeous hair.

Marie Grace before: (she and Kit had such a great time at this party!)

Marie Grace after:

Other than Marie Grace, I have one other doll (Grace Thomas who I renamed Christine) with a braid, but it’s only a small braid.  But I still haven’t taken it out.  I’m sure if I did, it would straighten out on it’s own over time, but then there is the whole issue of what if I decided I wanted to put it back the way it was???

Two of my dolls had portions of their hair pulled back, not in braids–Isabelle (Zara) and Joss (Wendy).  I wasted no time at all taking Zara’s hairstyle down but so far Wendy still has hers the same.  I think pulling them back to where they were before though would be way easier than a doll with a braid.

Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts about this!  The biggest issue I’ve found is that with changing clothes and moving them around, inevitably some hair comes out and then what do you do if you are wanting to leave it in the original style??  I’m not a “leave the doll in the box” kind of person, my dolls are “played” with, go places with me, etc.

Please leave a comment–and add your vote to the poll!

More World’s Smallest Goodies!

At the end of the summer a Facebook friend posted about getting a notice from Ebay, telling him he’d received a $25 credit for being one of their first members.  I thought it was pretty cool.  And then I thought to myself “Wait a second?!  We were onboard pretty early, maybe I need to check our account!”  Low and behold, in our e-mail was the same message.  Whoo hoo!!!  It was good for only 10 days so I didn’t have much time to waste.  I puttered around for a day or two and then it dawned on me what to use it on.  DOLL STUFF!!  (Sort of.)

I have been eyeing up a few more things from the World’s Smallest line for my collection so I started looking.  I finally settled on three different things:

A Hot Wheels set, some more My Little Ponies and a Kerplunk Game!

We already had some of the My Little Ponies but Mimi wanted more, so I was glad I came across another set with ones in it she didn’t already have.

“Check it out, looks like I have a little stable now!”

The Kerplunk game was pretty cool, it needed the tube attached to the base and it was ready to play!

Mimi let Wendy go first…

Then it was Mimi’s turn.

Oh no!  Some balls came through on Mimi’s side after a few rounds.

After a few more rounds, Wendy ended up winning.  They played several games of it and then it was on to something else.

The Hot Wheels set is just about the coolest World’s Smallest set I’ve ever seen.  When I was a kid I had this same set and the attention to detail is incredible!

The girls laid out all the pieces and started assembling the track.

We never did figure out the way to attach the track to the table with two tracks, but we still figured out a way to make it work.  The finish line was even accurate with the way the flag drops to determine the winner.

Mimi decided it might be best to set a notebook at the end of the track so the cars didn’t go all over the place and get lost under a piece of furniture.

Wipe out!!!

They did find that the blue car always won, and it’s quite a bit heavier than the pink.

After they were done with that and cleaned it all up, they decided to do something else a bit more quiet that didn’t take up as much space.  They got out Mimi’s Lite Brite!  I didn’t get this with my Ebay bonus, I’ve actually had it for a while but I don’t think I ever wrote about it and it’s probably one of the nicest things they’ve done out of the World’s Smallest line that works for 18 inch dolls.

They made a pretty flower!

Here it is lit up!

I know the World’s Smallest line isn’t necessarily made for dolls, but I think they have come out with several really good replicas of actual items that are perfect scale.  Have you found any really cool ones?

I do have to say that playing with a miniature Kerplunk game or a mini Lite Brite when you’re tired and trying to be quiet while someone else sleeps isn’t always such a great idea.  At one point I bumped the Kerplunk game–balls and sticks everywhere!!!!  I did manage to find them all on the floor and such.  Then at one point while doing the Lite Brite pics, I bumped the box the pegs were stored in and that made a noisy mess.  Note to self:  No more late night shoots with small items!