Doll Sized Finds–amazing what you find at Aldi sometimes!!!

I haven’t done a doll sized finds post in ages, mostly because I haven’t been shopping at thrift stores.  Funny though, I met a friend for breakfast who had recently checked out my blog and I had just been telling her about how cool it is to find things that work for dolls that really aren’t intended to be.  Afterwards I had to run to Aldi to pick up a few things.  And lo and behold, I came across something that I just had to have.  An early Christmas present of sorts, but it’s great because not only can it be used for the dolls, but it’s useful to have in general, and not ridiculously expensive.  Are you ready???

Yep, a jukebox radio!  Now some of you may remember that I found a nice one at a resale shop, but it was strictly a radio.  This one not only has a radio in it, but also a built in CD player, plus the ability to play from an auxiliary device, either with Bluetooth or an external jack!  I actually needed a new player for our living room as ours is not working right, so I killed two birds with one stone, and it looks cool to boot!  It also lights up and the colors change on it as well.

There was another thing that appealed to me though.  I was annoyed with how the one they came out for Maryellen wasn’t really the right size.  The proportions were WAY off, if you’ve ever seen this style of jukebox in person, they are tall.  Here is a photo of a real one with an adult human being beside it (thank heavens for the internet!) so you can see what I mean.

American Girl expected us to be happy with this.  Nope…

Mimi offered to pose beside it so you can see just how perfect it is.

MUCH better.  Now you tell me–$90 for a toy, that can only be used to play something from another device and isn’t even the right scale, or $50 for a fully functioning CD/Radio/Bluetooth device, that sounds pretty darned good (it’s playing as I type) if I don’t say so myself?  No brainer!  So glad I didn’t buy the AG version, much happier with this one.  Now I’ll just have to fight with the girls when they want to use it. 😉  I may have to make a Wurlitzer label for it and replace the one that is on it, but that’s easy enough with a good image manipulation program. (Which all good photographer’s have access to LOL)

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Review of Axe Heaven Miniature Guitar Replicas

A few days ago I posted a story about guitar lessons and in it you probably noticed that Allie and Mimi were playing different guitars than what you’ve seen before.  I stumbled across those guitars a few months ago while doing some online research and was a bit intrigued.  I ordered Allie’s first and was so impressed by it, I decided to get Mimi one as well.

Made by a company called Axe Heaven, there are plenty of details on these little replicas!  They are both cute, but I think the Fender Stratocaster (Allie’s) is better made than the Gretsch Duo Jet (Mimi’s).

According to the Axe Heaven website, these guitars are 1/4 scale.  Here they are side by side with the American Girl acoustic guitars I already have, which would be 1/3 scale.  I think they are actually closer to the AG scale, electric guitars of these two models are just slightly smaller than acoustic guitars.  However, AG has perhaps scaled their down a bit too since they are supposed to be “kids” guitars.  Regardless, they still work well for the dolls.

The detail even carries over to the back!

A close up of some of the Fender details:

And the Gretsch details:

The Gretsch doesn’t have a name actually on it, I think perhaps because of licensing issues.  They seem to have a deal in place with Fender.  Please disregard the fingerprints.  Just like a real black guitar, it’s an issue here too! (which is why I will never own a black guitar for myself. 😉 )  I also wasn’t wild with how the tuning pegs on the Gretsch were a bit wonky, not as well done as the Fender.

Each guitar comes with a stand.  Nice if you want to display them.

I loved the boxes they came in, made to look like guitar cases!  They do sell mini guitar cases for these as well if you really want to go that extra mile.  Straps too, although I found it just as easy to make ones out of ribbon.  It all depends on how accurate you want things to look and how much money you want to spend.

I think these are a great option for anyone who wants to have accurate guitar models for their dolls.   If you go to the Axe Heaven website, they have tons of different ones available.  I got both of these through Amazon though, I found the prices on some models to be better there.  I’ve also seen them on Ebay, but do your homework before you buy, pricing is all over the place, depending on the model and popularity.  Rock on!

Review of Our Generation Fun Fur Fall Outfit

There is nothing that drives me bananas than to see an Our Generation outfit online and pass on it, only to decide I want it–and then it’s sold out.  Such has been the case for quite some time with the Fun Fur Fall outfit.  I recently noticed it was available on the Target website again, and we just happened to have a trip out of town for a family event.  We had a little time to kill so we stopped at the nearby Target, and I finally got my hands on this outfit.  YES!!!

This was one of the easier outfits I’ve had to get out of the package.  A few snips of a couple of strings on the top made it possible to pull most everything loose and get at the remaining strings.  For once I didn’t have to tear the packaging to shreds to get at tape and plastic tabs!

Here it is on a doll.  And in case you are wondering, yes the vest is crooked.  I did that on purpose.  It’s not the vest itself that is crooked but whoever sewed on the Velcro didn’t line it up properly.  Grrr…  It doesn’t make it impossible to close, but you would think that they would be a little more careful!

We will start with the boots.  I actually thought these weren’t too bad, and they went on the doll easily.  Getting them off wasn’t too bad either, I know of times where I’ve felt as though I would need a crowbar to get OG boots off an American Girl doll.  I will keep these, they would be great for times when I want to take a doll out in actual snow for a photo shoot and I won’t have to worry about something getting ruined.

The vest is adorable and the main reason I wanted this outfit.  Other than the Velcro issue, it’s actually very nice and fits the doll perfectly.  I love the faux fur trip on the collar too, I think it’s a nice added touch.  I love the color of this vest too, I’m glad it’s not some weird color.  Many years ago I had a vest in about this shade.

The shirt is cute.  I’m not wild about the sleeves not being longer though seeing as this is more of a cold weather outfit.  At least I can pair it with other things.  When I got it out of the package I wasn’t sure how well it was going to fit, but it actually fits well.

The pants…what in the world were they thinking?  Silver????  I am definitely not a fan of these, and especially not with this outfit.  I’m not sure what I’ll use them for, but I would much rather pair the other items with anything but these.  This is one of my biggest issues with OG clothing, some of the color combinations/selections are absolutely bizarre!!

Overall, I would give this outfit a B+, taking points off for the misaligned Velcro and the weird pants.  I luckily got it on sale for $10.99.  I am still very happy I found it though, the top and the vest will get a lot of use around here.