Vacation, Part 4 (and the end at last!)

Sorry everyone for the delay, but something came up that sidetracked us here.  And you know how that goes, one thing happens and then it just throws everything out of whack!  But we didn’t forget, and here are the last of the vacation pics!

Tramore has a cool place right in the middle of town that has recently opened called the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.  It is a place designed to celebrate the life of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn who lived in Tramore at one time.  He also lived in Greece, the US and Japan.  His story is very interesting and very sad at times, if you’d like to read more, you can check it out here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafcadio_Hearn

The gardens were very pretty, but because of the time of year, full of pollen and we were all sneezing!!  Mom’s friend Zoe had come over from London to meet up with us and she was having a terrible time.  We did get a couple of nice pictures though.

 

After our visit to the gardens, we all went and had a nice lunch where Zoe’s fiancé, John, decided to surprise us by showing up!  He and mom are good friends and he had told her he wasn’t going to be able to make it, but was able to after all.  I laughed when mom said she wasn’t sure if she was going to hug him or punch him!  Afterwards we headed to the local radio station where mom, dad, Zoe and John were actually on the radio along with mom’s friend who worked there.  It was pretty cool hearing them on the radio.  (We were sad to learn shortly after we got back to the US that the station closed due to financial issues.  😦 )

The following morning we headed towards Dublin because we had a very early flight the next day.  Mom had arranged to meet up with another friend who lived near there for lunch.  We had so much fun getting to meet all of these people in real life that she has met through various ventures online.  Hopefully we will get to go back soon.  After lunch, we headed back to our hotel room to relax because we knew we had a long day ahead of us to get home, we were up for 25 hours straight due to layovers and all.  We made it though!

In the previous post I had mentioned that we stopped so I could do some toy shopping.  We went to a store named Smyth’s, mom knew about it from a previous trip to Ireland.  It is a chain, and it reminded me a lot of Toys R Us, it was pretty large and had a nice selection of stuff.  Check out all of this Our Generation and Lori!!!

(sorry for the poor photos, a combination of mom using her cell phone AND being so excited to see all of this stuff)

They even had a decent selection of Glitter Girls!

We were good though, we didn’t buy anything in that section.  Mom was excited to get a good look at the Our Generation beach house, it’s really cool.  When she told dad about it, he said “why didn’t you buy it?”  Mom just rolled her eyes at him and said “because it wouldn’t fit in the suitcase!!”  Dad’s so funny sometimes.

I did get two things there though.  Are you ready to see my souvenirs from our trip?

First off, I got this really pretty necklace.  It’s called a Trinity Knot, and it’s a design you see a lot in different Irish goods, especially jewelry.

I also got this adorable stuffed sheep!  My friend Alya has one that she got from Ireland and I was so happy to find one to take home!

At Smyth’s I found two things I really wanted.  Luckily one of the things were on sale and mom added a little money to what I had with me so I was able to get them both.

My friend Alya collects Calico Critters and she told me that they had lots of them in Ireland.  Over there they call them Sylvanian Families.  And she wasn’t kidding about them having a lot to choose from, it was really hard to decide, but I finally chose this little guy.

I thought he was just adorable, and I loved the little crib.  Of course there was a catalog inside the box too, so I can figure out what I want to get next!

 

I also got this cool doll set, on the back of the box it showed other things you could get, but I really liked this set in particular.

Now Louisa and I can play with our dolls together!

Mom thought the carrier was especially interesting since it could be carried or with the wheels attached, although it’s kind of short for me to push.

I did get some other stuff in Ireland, but mom is saving that for a later post, she wants to do a review on it.  Plus it’s mostly stuff for school (ugh) so I’d rather not think about it for a few more weeks anyhow!

I hope you enjoyed the posts about our trip to Ireland.  I have another adventure to share with you soon, hopefully we will get all caught up on posts in the not so distant future.

~Mimi

 

 

 

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Review of Our Generation Magic Tricks Set

Our Generation introduced a bunch of new outfits recently and after I checked them out, there was one I just had to have:

I was super excited about it because in Louisa’s introduction, she revealed that she loves magic and that she is a huge fan of Penn and Teller.  I was even more impressed with the fact that it didn’t take me all that long to find it in store.

This set retails for $17.99 and it happened to be on sale for $14.99.  There are some nice pieces in this set and I was happy to see that it didn’t have any of the weird color combos that Our Generation seems to be notorious for. 😉

The only thing I’m not so sure about are those tights, but for a magician’s outfit, I guess anything kind of goes.

The accessories are very cute.  The deck of cards is real too, not just an empty box!  I do wish they had put some sort of handle on the magic wand though.  And that hat…wow!  It is fantastic.  When Louisa isn’t using it for her magic tricks, I can see one of the horse crazy girls wearing it for a fancy dress riding competition!

Since Louisa is the intended recipient of this outfit, I only thought it appropriate that she try it out first.  We did encounter a bit of a problem.

With the tights on, the shoes aren’t going on, no way, no how.  You might fare better with an Our Generation doll, but there’s another problem with the shoes.

The bottoms have a weird curve to them, so it makes it extremely difficult to get the doll to stand.  It’s a shame because the shoes are really very cute.  😦

The top and skirt are very cute.  The fit on them is good too.  As you can see, Louisa is posing in bare feet because she didn’t want to worry about falling over!  The hat also fits well too, Louisa even had one of those braided headbands in her hair.

“Ladies and Gentlemen!  I, the amazing Louisa will make a rabbit appear in this hat on my head!  I will tap my magic wand and…voila!”

“Wait a second…where is that darned rabbit????  I guess I need to practice more!”

I give this set a B+, taking off points for the weird shoes.  Still a cute set though and worth picking up for the magician in your dollhouse!

“Now who’s really the magician?!”

 

 

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.