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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A Day Of Beauty

If you follow my Instagram account, you may have seen me tease about two of the girls going out for a “day of beauty”.  Who were the culprits??

Yeah, Allie and Fiona decided they wanted some changes.  It was a gloomy day and I didn’t have anything better to do, so I decided to oblige.

First off, I wasn’t happy with either of their wigs.  Not that I hated them, but I wanted something different.  Fiona’s was kind of boring.  Allie’s was gorgeous, but it wasn’t the color I was expecting when it arrived, and I wasn’t sure it worked best with her coloring.  So I removed both heads from the dolls (yes, it looked a bit like a horror movie around here) and then proceeded to remove the wigs.  It was relatively easy, I used a syringe with water in it and squirted it around the hairline.  I had used Alene’s Tacky Glue to hold the wigs in place and fortunately it is water soluble.  Both came off super easy.  I just had to take a damp cloth and clean off the glue residue from the heads.

Allie wasn’t getting any new makeup, but I’d been dying to try something different on Fiona.  I decided to take the leap, and I think it turned out great.  Here she is after adding eyelashes:

And then I decided she needed something a bit more dramatic on her lips to go with that eye makeup:

Like I did with Allie, I sealed all of the paint with some Mod Podge to give it a shiny effect as well as protect it.

And then it was time for the wig!

So, here’s the big reveal!

Quite a change, huh?  I bought Fiona’s wig from Beautifully Custom when she had her seconds sale.  I can’t find a thing wrong with it though and I think it is absolutely gorgeous!  Check out the curl:

And yes, it does get gradually darker as it gets to the ends of the hair.  I wouldn’t mind having my own hair this color!

Now it’s time to see Allie:

I gave her a darker wig which I think goes with her coloring much better.  It was also purchased from Beautifully Custom.  And if you look very close, you can see that she got her nose pierced!  Before you panic, I didn’t poke a hole in her, I glued it on so if she ever changes her mind, we don’t have to worry about the hole not closing. 😉

Both girls were very happy with their makeovers.  I even talked them into modeling outside.

 

And since I had the paint out and she’s supposed to be my “mini me”, she was missing something…

She’s still unnamed at this point, but I’ve got a couple ideas…

Raindrops on roses…

Pardon me, just having a Julie Andrews moment there!!  But honest, there’s a reason for it.  We’re going to talk about some of my favorite things in my doll collection.  Anyone who collects anything understands that there is always something (or a few somethings) that stand out as being a favorite.  Whether it’s an item you always wanted and finally got your hands on,  that accessory that you always wished they made and finally did, or just that special piece that tickled your fancy the minute you laid your eyes on, it’s definitely a special item that you makes you feel a certain way.  I have a couple of things that fall into a number of categories.  These are in no particular order, just how I came across them.

Louisa’s cherry dress

 

I have a fixation with cherry print clothing, accessories and other things.  I wanted a cherry print dress for the doll collection and had looked at quite a few, but when I saw this one, I knew it was “the one”.  Louisa wears it quite often, it looks so great on her!

Cassandra’s Cancun t-shirt

 

When I decided to take Cassandra with us to Mexico, I asked my friend Maggie from “If Dolls Could Dream” if she’d ever seen any embroidery patterns that would fit a Mexican theme.  She said she hadn’t, but would keep her eye out.  As luck would have it, Maggie then remembered she had picked up a t-shirt in a thrift store with a Cancun logo, and next thing I knew, there was a wonderful surprise package in my mailbox!  This is definitely a very special piece of clothing in the doll wardrobe and Cassandra doesn’t share it with anyone.

Peach colored sandals from the “Shimmer & Lace Party Dress” set

I remember seeing this outfit over at Mini Mad and thinking it was very cute, especially the sandals.  I wasn’t prepared for just how cute they were going to be in person!!  I’m still wishing they made human sized ones.

Grace Thomas’ Mixer set

This whole set is well thought out, but what sold it for me was the mixer.  Just perfect for anyone who has a fixation with Kitchenaid mixers! (like me)

Adventure Pop Up Camper

 

It’s not often that I look at the new releases on their first day and get as excited as I did for this item.  I had to have it, and I’ll be honest–I’m cheap.  But it was just the coolest thing I’d seen in a long time, and I ordered it within days of it’s release.  I hope it’s something that AG keeps in their collection for quite a while so others can pick it up and enjoy it as much as I do!

Melody’s Electric Piano

Another item I just had to have, and I was totally impressed with how well it works!  As someone who has played piano for many years, it was a “must have” for my collection.  I’d always wanted the grand piano, but it was just too big for the doll house.  This was just right.

Guitar Set

Yeah, I have a soft spot for musical instruments and this one is probably one of the best that AG has ever come out with.  The attention to detail on it is amazing, right down to the case and the books.  In fact, the one book is the same one I use in real life!  I was really sad when AG discontinued this set.  Tenney’s guitar is very well done too, but it doesn’t come with a case or actual guitar books.

That’s it, my favorite items in my collection!  What are some of the items in your collection that are favorites?