Review of Kit’s Radio Set

It’s no secret that I love Kit and her collection.  I think I have more of her items than any other doll.  I liked the Radio Set, but I wasn’t wild about the price, especially considering how much plastic there was in it.  The AG Gods finally smiled on me though and marked it down to half price.  It’s a set that definitely was not worth $42, but for $21, I was willing to take a chance on it.  To sweeten the deal, I had a $10 off rewards coupon and since I only ordered two items, it was like getting this for $16, whoo hoo!

The set includes the radio, the book “Robin Hood”, a baseball pennant and a cable to connect the radio to your own electronic device.

The radio is very cute.  I just wish it wasn’t so much plastic.

The knob on the left is how you get the different sounds to play.  The one on the right is the volume.  When you turn the one on the left, it not only changes what sound comes out (ranging from music to news broadcasts) but it also makes the needle move.  And…

It lights up!!  I thought that was very authentic.  There is also a button on the back where you can shut it off so you don’t have to worry about the batteries running down in case something bumps the knob.

The book is really well done.  American Girl definitely does mini books better than anyone else in doll land, and this is no exception.

I didn’t take any more photos of the pennant because it’s, well, a pennant.  It’s nice, and it fits in with Kit’s character.

Overall, I give this set a B+.  The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because of the radio being entirely of plastic.  It wouldn’t have been that difficult for them to have made it out of wood, I used to have a music box shaped like a radio that was about this size that was made out of wood, and I know I didn’t pay anywhere close to $42 for it.  I’m just glad I got this set on sale!

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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?

 

 

 

Review of My Life As Kitchen Island Set

Before Christmas there were some really cool sets released by My Life As.  Finding them was a bit hit and miss around here, not all of our Walmarts had them, but I did get to see them at one out of town when we stopped.  I didn’t buy anything though, and later on I was kicking myself when I saw some other photos of the Kitchen Island Set.  Walmart’s website wasn’t much help over the holidays in finding it either, it was on the website sometimes, but not all the time, so trying to check inventory was next to impossible.  Finally though, right around Valentine’s Day, I discovered it on the website.  Unfortunately the only store near me was 45 minutes away but the good news was  it was on clearance from $28.88 down to $19.00.  I decided it was worth the drive, and I wasn’t wrong.  The hardest part though was finding it once I arrived at the store!   I got a workout if nothing else.

The usual My Life As packaging.  It wasn’t too difficult to get it out of the packaging either.

First we will look at the accessories.

The mixer is actually quite nice.  I think it’s slightly large, but not horrible.  I’ve included a pic of it with the AG/Grace Thomas mixer.  It doesn’t work though, it’s strictly pretend.

Two baking pans, a cookie sheet and a muffin pan.  These are both a nice size.

A storage “basket”, four mixing bowls in two different sizes and two utensils.  I like that the utensils have handles on them so dolls can actually hold them.

A recipe box and two cook books.  They could have left these out, they are poorly done.  I had a horrible time getting the lid on the recipe box, and it’s way too big to be the right scale.  The cookbooks are flimsy, have no type inside and were taped together.  I had to very carefully pull the tape off.  Why do they do that?

The island itself is just awesome!

A nice little oven.  Although I was kind of puzzled as to why there were just the hooks on the side and then I realized that the pans hooked on them.  Not real wild about this, may have to make some actual oven racks.

The drawer below the oven, beside it and a bin (garbage or potatoes?) all open.  I was disappointed to find that the drawers at the top didn’t open.

On the opposite side of the island we have lots of shelf space for storage…

And these drawers do open!!!  (YAY!!)

The top of the island is made to look like faux marble.

On one end we have two hooks for tools and on the other we have a towel bar.  Except I think they should have been reversed, the towel bar by the sink would have made more sense.  Hmmmmm…

 

Here it is with the mixer sitting on it and some of the items on the shelves.  Everything that comes with the set fits inside with the exception of the mixer.

I think this set is very well done, and I give it an A+++ .  I just wish My Life As (and Our Generation too) would realize how much demand there is for some of these items and make them easier to find.

I’m sure you are wondering where this is going to go…good question!  Still thinking on that, we may be having a kitchen redo in the doll house.  Or at the bakery.  I’ll let you know. 😉