Monday, February 20, 2017

The Taylor's New Ride

One of my best friends, who is also a doll collector, just moved back to Georgia, permanently.  I'm ultra excited!  Her collection of dolls and doll props are extensive.  She has about six of the New Bright remote controlled vehicles.  I forgot just how big these vehicles are.  She said I could share her vehicles and keep a few at my house.  Right now I have the PT Cruiser in my possession.  Yesterday, I purchased my own Hummer from Ebay.  I can't wait to show it to you guys.  For now, let's check out the PT Cruiser.

First of all this vehicle is huge.  It is at least 1.5 times the size of the Barbie PT Cruiser.  

This is such a beautiful blue metallic.

Because of its size, it carries itself like an SUV to me.  Rod couldn't bring himself to buy the typical minivan.  This was a nice compromise.

Rod is inside.  He's headed to work.

Both the front doors open.  There are working seatbelts.

There's plenty of room in the back for the kids.  The back doors do not open, but it's easy to get the kids into the backseat.

The hood of the car opens.

And so does the trunk.  Plenty of room for groceries and suitcases.  This is probably where Julian rides when Nicole is with them.  Who knows, Nicole may ride back there with him.  

As I mentioned, this is a remote control vehicle.  Not only does it move, but it also has working lights, and turn signals.  Too cool for school.  

You know what it's like when you buy a new vehicle.  All of a sudden you start seeing that vehicle everywhere.  There is another family that purchased this very same vehicle.  We will get to see that family real soon.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Catching Up With Dasia

 While hanging out near the bakery, waiting to see who else was going to stop in, I ran into Dasia.  I stopped her before she went into the bakery.

"Hello.  How are you today?  I see you heard about the new bakery."  (Me)
"Hello.  I'm doing well.  Yes, I did hear about the bakery opening today.  Normally, I bake for my hubby, but I thought I would come down and see if I could find some nice treats for Valentine's Day."  (Dasia)
"I like that jacket.  Is it new?"  (Me)
"As a matter of fact, it is.  My family and I are going camping soon, so I needed appropriate camping attire."  (Dasia)
"You wear it well.  I see it has a hood.  Can you model it for us?"  (Me)
"Sure."  (Dasia) 

"Very cute."  (Me)

"And if it really gets cold, I can pull it down even further."  (Dasia)
"Can we see what it looks like in the back?"  (Me)
"Sure."  (Dasia)

"Cool.  Well, I won't take up any more of your time.  Thanks for talking to us and enjoy your camping trip,"  (Me)
"Thanks.  Take care."  (Dasia)

This is one of the new items that will be listed in my Etsy store sometime this weekend.  If she's lucky, she will get a pair of matching pants.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Antoinette's Soft Opening (Photostory)

 Antoinette is doing a soft opening of the bakery.  This is a way for her to see where the kinks are and fix them before she opens the doors for good.  It also allowed me to see that I have to extend the height of this bakery.  It's really too short to get the best pictures.  I will address that before the real opening.

It's early morning.  Cathy and her son, Deondre have stopped in to grab breakfast before she drops him off at school and heads to work.  (Initially, I had these two as brother and sister, but decided he made a better son.  He's 16)
"Donuts or bagels?"  (Cathy)
"Donuts."  (Deondre)

"Can I get a bagel, a jelly donut and a chocolate donut?"  (Cathy)
"Sure.  Anything to drink?"  (Antoinette)
"Oh yes.  Two large hot teas, please."  (Cathy)

"Ma? Ma?  Can you throw in one of those brownies?"  (Deondre)
"Brownies are not breakfast food."  (Cathy)
"I'll save it for lunch."  (Deondre)
"Boy, no."  (Cathy) 

While Antoinette gets the order together, Cathy checks out the sweets in the display case.  Cathy is wearing a shawl collar mohair sweater that I recently crocheted.

"Wow, such cute Valentine's Day treats.  I may stop by later and get something."  (Cathy)
"If you like, you can put in an order now, and I can have it packed and ready whenever you like."  (Antoinette)
"Let me think about it, while I'm eating my breakfast."  (Cathy)

"Okay.  Well. that will be $4.59."  (Antoinette)

Deondre's attention has turned to the lady in the corner.  She's the only other customer in the bakery at the moment.  She doesn't feel his stares.

Something outside the window has caught her eye as she sits with her pastry and hot tea.  She has an appointment at the pediatrician's office in about an hour.  This gives her plenty of time to enjoy her breakfast.  She is wearing one of my most recent crocheted sweaters.  She paired it with the hat I made for Dasia a while back.

Well seems like the bakery is off to a great start.  I'm looking forward to seeing who else shows up today.

Antoinette has been baking her little fingers off.  Here are some of the breads she has prepared for today's soft opening.

Dinner rolls

Pumpernickel bread


Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ultra Mini American Girl Dolls (Photostory)

While shopping at JoAnn's this weekend, I ran across these ultra mini AG dolls.  I had seen them before but never paid much attention to them.  After reading the back of the package and realizing these little dolls were articulated and could be redressed and given new hair, I decided to give one a try.  I figured it would make a great AG doll for my old Janet/Stacy sized dolls.  They would also work for my Only Heart dolls, like Nicole.

There were at least 15 different ones in all different skin tones.  The single pack retails for $5.99.  I used my 50% off coupon.  The white piece shown is a doll stand and it comes with an extra skirt.    

"Hello everyone.  With this being the first year that an African American doll has been named Doll of the Year, I wanted to get my granddaughter one for her birthday.  So this is Gabriella McBride in the ultra mini."  (Dasia)

"I can't believe I finally got an American Girl doll!  She's so pretty.  I thought you said they were too expensive."  (Carla)
"They are expensive, but this may be the only African American DOTY we every see, so I wanted to make sure I supported the company and added this potentially rare doll to your collection."  (Dasia)
"I like how her body moves."  (Carla)

"Now I can join the American Girl doll club."  (Carla)
"There's a club?"  (Dasia)
"Not really, but all my friends who didn't already have one, asked Santa for one at Christmas."  (Carla)
"And everyone got one?"  (Dasia)
"I think so."  (Carla)

"I love her Grandma.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!"  (Carla)
"You are welcome, welcome, welcome.  Make sure you take very good care of her."  (Dasia)
"I will!"  (Carla)

"Let me show you how to change her clothes and her hair."  (Dasia)
"Okay."  (Carla)

The doll comes completely apart and you can change her hair, her skirt and probably her shoes.  As for articulation, she can turn at the waist. bend her knees, spread her legs, move her arms, and turn her head.

"There you go.  She now has on her pink skirt and she's standing on her stand."  (Dasia)
"Ooooh, can we go shopping to buy her some more clothes?"  (Carla)
"Grandma has spent all the money she is going to spend on this doll, at the moment.  You may want to ask your granddad for some birthday money.  Otherwise, you can earn some extra money by doing some chores."  (Dasia)
"I'll go ask Granddad."  (Carla)

Grandmas give the best gifts!  I will be adding a few more of these to my collection.  I can't believe how versatile they are!  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Great Doll Find

Today while perusing through Hobby Lobby, I ran across this wonderful beach chair condiment holder.  It looked a little tall for the dolls, but I knew I could shorten the legs if needed.  I was still on the fence as to whether to buy it or not and then I saw the umbrella.  That sealed the deal.  It retails for $19.99, but the Spring Shop items were 40% off this week, so it was $11.99.  A little more expensive than I wanted to pay, but I didn't want to regret not buying it.  By the way, there is always a 40% off coupon on Hobby Lobby's website that can be used once per day on non-sale items.

I think I will paint it white before adding a piece of decorative wood over the holes.

So cute!

It is a tad too tall for the Barbie dolls.  It's probably perfect for the Integrity dolls.

I think it's time to get out the sand and create another beach.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Preview Pics and A New Body

My AA Hoodie doll just got a new articulated body.  I used the KenyaDoll Dwayne body.  I think it's perfect for him.  The color isn't a perfect match, but it's close.  I like this body because it's a little shorter than the regular Ken dolls.  I think it helps to keep him looking like a high school student.  Here he is pictured with Christina.  She is so smitten with him.  Unfortunately for her, he just wants to be friends.

Last time we saw Danielle, she was getting dressed to take the baby and Jacob to the doctor's office.  Well, she made it. 

"Hello.  I'm Danielle and I have a 9'o'clock appointment."  (Danielle)

"Good morning.  I see you have your hands full.  Why don't you take a seat in the lobby and I'll bring a form to you to fill out."  (Receptionist)
"Okay, thanks."  (Danielle)

Danielle helps Jacob onto a seat, before taking sitting in the one next to him.  She then takes the cover off the baby's face to give her a little air.   The lobby is empty, but with all doctor offices, it's bound to fill up quickly.  We will check back soon.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Busy Day Ahead (Photostory)

The holidays are over and the kids are heading back to school.  Danielle promised them waffles, so she is in the kitchen getting everything ready.  She has left Rod in charge of getting the kids up and down to breakfast.

The first room Rod heads to is Nicole.  I know some of you are surprised she is still here.  Melanie's mom took ill and Melanie had to leave town to go check on her.

"Nico-ole.  Time to get up.  (pause)  Okay, I'm going to turn on the big light."  (Rod)

"Daddy!  It's too bright.  I can't see."  (Nicole)
"I warned you. You'll adjust.  It's time to get up.  Breakfast is in 15 minutes."  (Rod)
The baby starts making baby noises.
"You have ZoĆ© with you?"  (Nicole)
"Yes.  Sit up and say good morning to her."  (Rod)

"Good morning baby sister.  Daddy, can I hold her?"  (Nicole)
"Sure."  (Rod)

"She's so small."  (Nicole)
"You used to be that small."  (Rod)
"No way!"  (Nicole)
"Do you realize you are the big sister to three kids now?  How do you feel about that?"  (Rod)
"I like being the big sister." (Nicole)
"I think you make an awesome big sister.  Now hand me the baby and head downstairs to the kitchen, while I go round up the boys."  (Rod)

With everyone finally downstairs and seated, Danielle serves breakfast.

"Nicole, if you want more, there is another waffle over here."  (Danielle)
"This is good."  (Nicole)

"Here I'll take her so you can eat in peace."  (Danielle)
"You aren't going to eat breakfast with us?"  (Rod)
"I would love to, but if I don't start getting ready now, I will never make it to the doctor's office on time."  (Danielle)
"Are you sure you are going to be okay taking the baby and Jacob?"  (Rod)
"I will be fine.  Jacob has to get his last s-h-o-t-s."  (Danielle)
"If I didn't have that conference today, I would go with you."  (Rod)
"I will be fine, honey.  I can handle the little people."  (Danielle)

"Julian, you can have more waffles if you finish that one."  (Danielle)

"Yay!  I think I'm still going to be hungry.  I'm a growing boy."  (Julian)
"Ha ha.  Yes, you are a growing boy."  (Danielle)

"Okay, I'm off.  Enjoy your breakfast.  And don't dilly dally.  We want to start the new year off right getting everyone to school on time."  (Danielle)

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