The Room Rearrangement

“Thanks for coming over to help me Jenny!  I knew I couldn’t move all of this furniture around by myself, and Marie-Grace had riding lessons today.”

“No problem Rebecca, I’m happy to help!”

“Let’s see, first we need to get this dresser out of the way…”

“The stereo needs to go to the living room.  We don’t use it in here anymore, we have all of our music on our smart phones now.”

“And this is going to go to the attic until someone else decides they need it or we have a big yard sale!”

“Now we just need to start sliding the desk over there…”

“Wow Rebecca, that wasn’t hard to move at all with two of us!”

“I agree, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Except now I’m not sure what to do with the poster, it’s hidden.  Hmm…”

“It’s so pretty, I’m sure you can find somewhere else for it.”

“Ta-da!!!”

“Perfect!  I kind of feel bad that it wouldn’t fit in Cassandra’s room, but I am going to love having it in here!”

“What do you want Lulu?  You want to come up here?”

“Oh great.  It’s now a dog bed.  UGH!!!!”

“This is not what I was expecting…”

Do the pets in your house always take over the best seat in the house?????

 

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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. 😉

 

 

Book Group Is Back–and other random stuff!

Just wanted to let everyone know that it’s time to start up the book group again–and on October 15th we will be talking about “Meet Rebecca”.  I’m hoping this gives everyone who wants to participate enough time to locate and read the book.  I’m looking forward to getting back to doing this, and now that summer has passed and we are in the homestretch on selling my father-in-laws house, I will have time to devote to this.  Yay!!  I’m planning on “Aloha Kanani” for November 15th, so keep your eyes peeled for that one as well.  We will take December off because I know that it’s just too busy for many people, myself included, and will start again in January.

This brings me to a couple of questions though–I’ve been tossing around a couple of ideas for the book group in the new year, but wanted to get some input.  Do you want to continue this as a monthly thing?  Or do it every other month?  And what about reading whole sets of books and then reviewing?  I’ve picked up several different sets over the summer (thank heavens for Ebay, AG sales and borrowing from friends/relatives!)  and I’m just wondering the best way to handle it.  Would love everyone’s input, please be sure to leave a comment if you have any ideas!

I haven’t started the doll stuff clean out/organization project yet, but as the weather gets cooler, I’ll be more likely to stay at home and work on it.  I did purchase two sets of shelves to help with this project, but regardless, there are things that I want to get rid of.  It’s not all going to happen at once either, some of these items I may use one last time for a shoot and then sell.  And NO, I’m not getting out of blogging or dolls.  I’ve just reached a point where I’m overrun with stuff and no space to put it as we live in a small house.  Plus as new items are released, I want to be able to buy some other items that I think I will get more use out of, so something has to give!  And before you ask–it’s doubtful as I will get rid of any of the dolls, they are a family and I’ve very carefully picked them out.  What I will be selling is clothing, furniture and accessories.  One thing I have definitely decided is that it will be a gradual thing, for several reasons.  It makes it easier to manage plus it also gives those who maybe want to buy more than one item the opportunity to do so without breaking the bank.  My thinking it to list 5 items, once a month, with an advance notice here on the blog so I’m sure my readers get the first info and hopefully first crack at items they would like to buy.  I intend to keep the pricing very reasonable, it’s not about making a ton of money, but more a case of freeing up space and funds to purchase new things as they come out.  I will be sure to keep my readers posted as this project moves forward!

I haven’t given up on the hotel project either, I’m hoping to get back to that very soon.  We’ve just been so busy with odds and ends, I haven’t had the kind of time to devote to it that I’d like to.  I have supplies purchased, it’s just a matter of sitting down and working on it.  I’ve got some great ideas and I’m really looking forward to sharing them.

Hope everyone is having a great September and all of those who are “back to school” are getting back into the routine!