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?

 

 

 

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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. 😉

 

 

Review of My Life As Egg Chair

My Life As never ceases to amaze me with the new items they keep coming out with, and the Egg Chair is no exception!  I wasn’t really planning on buying it, but one day while buying Christmas presents at my local Walmart, I noticed they only had one.  Hmmm…and it was marked down to $10!!!  Regular retail on this is $19.94, not sure why it was already marked down, but at that price, how could I say no?!

I thought the egg chair that American Girl came out with for Julie was very cute, but $100…uh, no.  Lucky for me, I still have $90 in my pocket to spend on something else!  And no biggie that it doesn’t have a stool, easy enough to make from an empty peanut can.  And I could care less about being able to play music through it, that’s what I have a bluetooth speaker for.

The packaging on mine was a little dinged up, but not horrible.  I’m wondering if it was marked down because they didn’t actually sell this item at my Walmart (despite being a Super Walmart).  They didn’t sell ANY of the special items that came out over the holiday at ours which was massively disappointing.  So much for SUPER.

It came out of the package super easy–there were two vinyl straps holding it in place and then I had to cut off the plastic things that held the sticker sheet in place.  Easy peasy.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to put the stickers on it or not.

I like that there is this grip type thing to hold the cushion in place so it doesn’t fall out of the chair.  I’m not sure if you can actually get the cushion out or not though, I didn’t mess around with it enough to find out.

Cassandra spotted it immediately! She begged me to let her try it out.

Perfect fit!!  She begged me to let her put it in her room, but I’m not sure it’s going to fit.  I told her we’d have to see.  She might have to give up something.

It even spins!

I rate this item an A+++!  Hopefully there are still some of them floating around out there somewhere, I noticed when I checked the Walmart website, they were showing as sold out.  My Life As is doing such a fantastic job with their new releases, I can’t wait to see what else they come up with!