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!

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Doll Sized Finds: It’s All About the Pets, About the Pets (no hotel)

Hey guys!  How do you like the title of the post?  Now that I’ve got the tune running through your head, I’ll explain.  Lately I’ve been showing you stuff I’ve found for the hotel project, and I’ve got several more yet to show.  But instead of boring you with that, I figured I’d show you some of the other things I found.  And it just so happened, there seems to be a theme going on here this time around.  No thrift store finds, but I still did well.

First up is this cute little dog who is now named Aspen and belongs to Allie and Christine.  I got this dog at a store near my home and he was all of $9.99.  He looks an awful lot like Tenney’s dog, but a whole lot cheaper! He is made by a company called Nat and Jules.

At the same store, I found this:


An aquarium! And only $1.99. This is one of those things where you add water and the fish get bigger as they absorb the water, but I’m going to skip that. We don’t need any giant fish around the dollhouse. 😉

And lastly, a trip to a toy store in Pittsburgh yielded this darling little creature:


Doesn’t everyone need a racoon? Actually they don’t, as pets they are horrible (and illegal in some states), but since doll land is a fantasy land, it doesn’t matter! I couldn’t pass it up for $8.99, it’s a finger puppet, but it’s the perfect size as a doll pet. I just have to figure out a good way to work it into a story line.

That’s it for this time. Have you found anything awesome? It’s yard sale season, keep those eyes peeled!

Super 8 Project–a dresser and nightstand!

Welcome to another installment of the Super 8 Project–in other words, my inexpensive version of the Grand Hotel set from American Girl.  So far we have the backdrop and the sink.  I haven’t had a lot of time to work on some of the more labor intensive items just yet, plus with the hot weather we’ve been having, the dining room (where I have space to work) has turned into a no-go zone!  Fortunately, cooler weather should be here soon, and I already have my ideas in place, so it won’t take long to get them finished.  In the meantime, I have something that didn’t really need much in regards to adapting, and it was a simple project.

Not long after I started on this project, I decided to make a run on several of our area thrift stores.  I found some fun things, not just for the dolls, but for me too!  I was about to head home when something told me to take a bit of a drive to a thrift store I hadn’t been to for a while.  Little did I know…

As I walked through the store, I  headed immediately to the housewares section.  I started looking around, and there it was!  Just what I was looking for.  But there was a little girl messing around with it, and I was afraid she was going to try and talk her mom into it.  So I looked at some other stuff, all the while keeping my fingers crossed.  Luck was on my side because after she left, it was still there.  Are you ready to see what it was?

This awesome jewelry box! I loved the configuration of the drawers on it, to me it was perfectly suited to be the dresser in the hotel room. Where the empty space was is a drawer that was being repaired when I took the photo. It also had something spilled all over it, but it all came off with some serious scrubbing with a disinfecting wipe. The interior was a bit dirty and it apparently had been previously used for some sort of craft storage as it had bright blue glitter scattered around in the top compartment. Thank heavens for a vacuum cleaner! I sucked that all up before it ended up scattered around my house, and then set to work.
  

I decided to line all of the drawers with scrapbook paper.  It was a lot of cutting, but well worth the effort.  The top part I left alone because I doubt I’ll ever use it for doll stuff since there will be things sitting on top of it.  I even contemplated gluing it shut with hot glue just so it won’t come open.  Still thinking about that.

I decided to line one of the deep drawers in white, and then put a divider in it so it is a pull out refrigerator! Originally I was going to put a hinge on the broken drawer, but it didn’t want to work very well, so I decided this was the next best thing.

Then it was time to touch up all of the nicks and dings. I dug out my trusty Sharpie furniture markers!

I was really pleased with how it turned out when I was done. Not bad for a $9.99 purchase!

Sophia thought it was pretty cool too!

Not too long after I finished that project, I had a trip to TJMaxx. I’ve found quite a few doll sized things there, and I always keep my eyes opened. The Super 8 gods must have been smiling down on me because I found this interesting pen/pencil holder:

Set it sideways though, and it makes a perfect night stand! I’m not even going to paint it either, I like it much better in just plain gray as opposed to silver. It was only $4.99 too, so I was thrilled.

That’s it for this installment.  Until we meet again!