Review of Our Generation Magic Tricks Set

Our Generation introduced a bunch of new outfits recently and after I checked them out, there was one I just had to have:

I was super excited about it because in Louisa’s introduction, she revealed that she loves magic and that she is a huge fan of Penn and Teller.  I was even more impressed with the fact that it didn’t take me all that long to find it in store.

This set retails for $17.99 and it happened to be on sale for $14.99.  There are some nice pieces in this set and I was happy to see that it didn’t have any of the weird color combos that Our Generation seems to be notorious for. 😉

The only thing I’m not so sure about are those tights, but for a magician’s outfit, I guess anything kind of goes.

The accessories are very cute.  The deck of cards is real too, not just an empty box!  I do wish they had put some sort of handle on the magic wand though.  And that hat…wow!  It is fantastic.  When Louisa isn’t using it for her magic tricks, I can see one of the horse crazy girls wearing it for a fancy dress riding competition!

Since Louisa is the intended recipient of this outfit, I only thought it appropriate that she try it out first.  We did encounter a bit of a problem.

With the tights on, the shoes aren’t going on, no way, no how.  You might fare better with an Our Generation doll, but there’s another problem with the shoes.

The bottoms have a weird curve to them, so it makes it extremely difficult to get the doll to stand.  It’s a shame because the shoes are really very cute.  😦

The top and skirt are very cute.  The fit on them is good too.  As you can see, Louisa is posing in bare feet because she didn’t want to worry about falling over!  The hat also fits well too, Louisa even had one of those braided headbands in her hair.

“Ladies and Gentlemen!  I, the amazing Louisa will make a rabbit appear in this hat on my head!  I will tap my magic wand and…voila!”

“Wait a second…where is that darned rabbit????  I guess I need to practice more!”

I give this set a B+, taking off points for the weird shoes.  Still a cute set though and worth picking up for the magician in your dollhouse!

“Now who’s really the magician?!”

 

 

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Review of Several Etsy Purchases

Over the past few months I’ve made several different purchases on Etsy.  Some from people I’ve dealt with before, but several from places I’ve recently discovered.  I’m happy to say that I’ve had no disappointments and I wanted to share these recent finds with everyone else!

My first purchase was from Quality Doll Clothes.  I’ve actually purchased from this seller before, but never got around to reviewing what I bought.  I was really excited when I saw this romper in her listings and thought it was just the perfect thing for Kit!  Don’t you agree?

On this particular outfit she used buttons and a snap for the closure, but some of her pieces do have Velcro.  The fit on this was great and the workmanship was top notch.

Next up is this cute outfit from Silly Monkey.  My new girl needed some new clothes!  These were separates but I absolutely fell in love with this top because it’s very similar to one I have for myself.

The top fits great and closes with Velcro.

The jeans are very basic, no back pockets or front pockets.  They are made from a stretch denim, so they are much easier to get on than some other jeans I’ve purchased.

I wanted a pink gingham dress for some reason.  There weren’t a lot of them out there, but when I saw this one, I knew it was just what I was looking for.  It came from Nanna Jerrie’s Creations.

It’s a very simple dress, but very well done.  Fit is great on it.

Hair bow was included too!

Last but certainly not least is this adorable dress from Six Reasons.  I loved the colors in it and the options of wearing it with or without the pinafore was a nice bonus.

Here it is without the pinafore.  The belt is removable, it closes with a snap.

The set included a slip as well!

And the pinafore could even be worn as a sundress!

I am very happy with all of these items and I will definitely be purchasing again from all of these sellers.  Be sure to check them out, as well as those on my list of Etsy sellers in the tab above.  I love Etsy and especially the fact that the majority of the sellers are just average people who love making doll clothes.  Shop small!!!

 

 

Review of American Girl Pizza Party Set

Yeah, I know that they don’t sell this set anymore, but I still thought I’d review it just in case someone was interested in picking it up on the secondary market.  I thought this set was cute, but the $40 price tag kept me from grabbing it.  Imagine how excited I was when I saw it at 50% off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  And even better yet, I had a $10 of rewards coupon to use on my order.  Since I only ordered two items, I ended up getting it for around $15.  How can you beat that?

The set is very cute and I’m really glad I picked it up.  Here are all of the pieces:

I like the paper plates and napkins, but I probably won’t remove them from the packaging until I decide to use them for a shoot.

I think the pop cans are really cute–but do kids really drink sparkling water???  Cherry flavor does sound good though!

The Slumber Wonders book is so well done!!  American Girl mini books are just the best, I wish they’d release a whole series of them for individual purchase so I could make a cool little doll sized library.

The Blokus game is really cool, and I was glad to see it came with instructions.  I’ve never played, but I think it’s neat that they made an actual miniature game.  This would be fun to have when traveling, even if you weren’t all that into the dolls.

And the pizza–so well done!  I’ve never seen a heart shaped pizza before, anyone else?  I love that not only did they include a pizza box, but also the pan which expands the play options.  The only problem I see is I don’t know of many doll sized ovens it would fit in!

I think this set is one of the cutest party themed sets American Girl has ever done.   I give it an A!  I do wish they had included more paper plates and napkins, those are things that won’t hold up to regular play and it wouldn’t have cost that much for them to throw in a few extras of each.  Still a cute set though, and if you can find a deal on it somewhere, I say grab it!