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!

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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.

Doll Sized Finds…ummmm…

Hello everybody!  This doll sized finds is actually kind of embarrassing.  Why you ask?  Well, it’s all made up of stuff I had in my possession and forgot about.  Yeah, that’s right.  And to make matters worse, some of these were things I’d been wondering what happened to.  Did I give them away?  Donate?  Throw out?  So you can imagine my surprise (and embarrassment) when I decided to go through some boxes of stuff that had just been sitting from when we moved 7, almost 8 years ago and found a couple of things.  Ooops.

I do have to say though, I was kind of relived to find some of these items as they had crossed my mind as being perfect for in the doll house.  Two of the items I’d completely forgotten, so those were pleasant surprises.  Are you ready to see????

First up is this iron and resting plate, made of I believe cast iron (how appropriate).  I’ve had this since I was a kid, and I have no idea where it originated from, but it was in among some Barbie stuff at one point.  I always thought it was a bit big for Barbie though.  It is perfect for 18 inch dolls, and I think it would be really cool to use in a scene with Kit or maybe even Samantha or Rebecca.

Next is another item that was in with Barbie stuff and was also too big, and I was more than excited to find:

Another item I’ve had for forever!  I remembered this a while ago, but wasn’t sure where it had been stashed, so I was very happy to come across it.  It is the perfect scale too!

 

This next item…I’d kind of forgotten about it until Lu over at The Red Head’s Blog  (I think it was her) showed a similar set, and I quite honestly thought I’d gotten rid of this!

It was a souvenir from a trip to Mt. Vernon many, many years ago.  I can’t believe it even still had the instructions in it!  About now Evil Twin is probably giggling, remembering the trip and the carnage incurred later on involving a miniature brass cannon and bloodshed.  I won’t go into details, but it’s a memory that has lingered on in our family for years.  😉

Now for the two items I found that were a complete surprise.  One I did remember buying but the other–no clue.  Maybe I didn’t, perhaps someone gave it to me, but both were great finds!

Isn’t this little finger puppet adorable?  And he fits nicely on a doll hand.  Between this, the Phil puppet and the ones I got from IKEA, I’m thinking maybe someone needs to have a puppet show???

And this:

It’s a Build A Bear “Pet”, and it’s the perfect scale to be a golden retriever puppy for an 18 inch doll!  I’ve probably had this at least 10 years, I’m sure I picked it up back when we actually had a living golden retriever at our house.

This edition of doll sized finds isn’t all stuff I found in my house.  I did actually venture out to TJ Maxx one day and came across these mini Lindt bunnies!  I think they would be perfect in little doll sized Easter baskets, don’t you? I love when I can find actual candy items that work for doll shoots, then you can eat them after and don’t have to worry about storing them.

I also had a trip to Pittsburgh one day to pick up a camera lens and I decided to stop by one of my favorite places, Red White and Blue.  I found a bag with this doll furniture in it for a whopping $5, and the bonus doll was in it too.

The chair is different, I wonder if there was a second one and it got smashed.  The table did have a slight damaged spot, but I’m thinking if I just wrap it with white duct tape, it will be just fine.

Anyone have any idea who she is??  I am not familiar enough with this line of dolls, but I figure one of my readers has to be!  I was surprised at what great condition her hair was in, this is what she looked like straight out of the bag!

 

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with her just yet.  For now she’s just hanging around on the chair.  😉

There you have it folks, this months edition of doll sized finds.  And I didn’t even have to venture out for most of it.  Have you found anything good in your travels lately?