Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tenney Grant, American Girl doll for February 2017!

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 I visited the American Girl doll boutique on Granville St in Vancouver BC. I had just had my back adjusted a few blocks away, so after a cup of coffee to revive me, Robert brought me to the store. I had received an email letting me know about a special function happening with the chance of winning a raffle draw for one of three Tenney Grant dolls! Who could pass that up. I didn't actually know about the raffle until I got to the store. The draw was done at noon. No, I didn't win!

I did purchase Tenney, the new doll released a few days ago. I'm not sure why AG did this so soon after the DOTY, Gabriella, who was stuck way off in a corner and you could hardly see her. I used Robert's Christmas gift card for Tenney. I'm glad I saved it. Tenney really struck me. I just love her hair and her brown eyes and her cute freckles. Plus she has a different hand mold in order to hold her banjo, which I also bought, and her guitar.

The first boy doll was also released; Logan Everett.
Both Tenney and Logan are part of a musical band.
Logan has a drum set. Well, he sure didn't speak to me, so he was left on the shelf. The dolls are $149 Cdn plus tax, so I need pretty shoes and a pretty dress for that amount of money! He also looks very solemn.

There were quite a few young girls milling around later.
When I got there at 10:30 the store was empty. I had to wait until noon to see if I had won. Robert went off to do other things for a while. I browsed to my heart's content!

I need to add a photo of my Tenney in her concert outfit which I also bought. Plus each person was given a Tenney 
T-shirt for their doll as a give-a-way gift. It was a lot of fun!

By Loretta Houben

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Asian dolls....

During today's blizzard, in which we couldn't get out of our garage to go to church (wheels spun on ice) I cleared off a space on top of my fabric cabinet, to set up two dolls.
The one on the left is my recent Newberry doll which I've named Victoria. The other is a doll from the Disney store; I bought her a few years ago and she has much smaller eyes than the ones which are available now. I like her better.
You will notice a Valentine (from Build a Bear store) and a cute rooster which actually crows when you press his stomach. (from Walmart) It's the Year of the Rooster for 2017. My Mom was born in 1933, and my MIL Ruth was born in 1921; both rooster gals.

Recently I visited Yokoyaya, a Japanese dollar store downtown, and I bought the tiny Japanese dolls, 3 for $2.00. Most of the items are $2 each. It's a fun store to visit! I usually go once every 2 months. 
I think Grace needs a new dress....

By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FEBRUARY: a new month and a GIFT for you!

It's a new month.
One of my favourites as our son was born on the 9th, and Valentine's Day takes place.
I love hearts!
I used Picmonkey program (I subscribe yearly) to create these little Valentines for your 18" dolls.
I made 12 Valentine cards for family and friends today, and I used some of these to embellish them with.
Have fun! I'd LOVE to see a picture of your dolls with them if you do print them out and use them.

By Loretta Houben

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Newberry Soccer Doll

Here is the Newberry 18" doll with the lid off the box.
These dolls are quite easy to get out. Just a few snips and the thread is broken.

She is set up, read to play in her cute outfit.
The set came with a net, water bottle and ball plus the outfit.
It was only $19.99 C on sale! I really like this doll. I think she is my favourite out of all my Newberry dolls to date.
Her features remind a little of the latest Victoria movie on PBS! I might name her Victoria.

I also bought this pretty dress with black shoes for $8.99 C.
She looks really pretty in it.

Here are 2 close ups of her pretty face.

The back of her head is startling!
I think it was put together like this for shipping.
I need to comb it out as soon as I find the brush.
All in all, I'm very pleased with this doll.

By Loretta Houben

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My new dolls in 2017!

It's only January 21 but so far I've purchased 3 dolls this year. I couldn't help it. Today I was at Sears at Metrotown in Burnaby and I noticed a 60% off sign way in the distance on a group of dolls. Normally I don't go to the 2nd floor at Sears but I was looking for something else, so I'm glad I did go. The above doll named Allie was marked down from $29.99 to only $11.99! Her outfit alone is worth that amount. She is very cute and I love the Newberry quality.

I couldn't decide between these 2 dolls so I bought both. This one came with a soccer net, ball, water bottle, jacket and her outfit plus her soccer shoes for only $19.99, marked down from $49.99! She looks very pretty but I haven't taken her out of the box yet.

I bought this cute doll when I was downtown the other day, at Winner's. She was $16.95 and she is 7 3/4" tall. Apparently these dolls, made by Madame Alexander, are no longer made. I think she is very cute, but it looked like her knees and arms could bend and they can't. Nothing budged when I tried, so that's a disappointment.

I'm still having fun playing with my mini dolls, and thought I'd show the gingerbread houses I made out of paper. If you Google mini food items it's amazing what will pop up! I did this around Christmas time, but didn't take a photo until now.

The little heart cake was bought for $3.99 C at Michael's using a 40% off coupon. It was in the miniature section.

Our snow is nearly all melted, and today it was 10 C so spring feels like it's just around the corner!
By Loretta Houben

Monday, January 16, 2017

Miniature house blog....

Every once in a while I find a delightful blog, and I have to share it here. This one has beautiful handmade miniature houses, and it has easy tutorials for making miniature furniture.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mini American Girl props

After our chiropractor appointment yesterday my hubby asked if I'd like to stop at Chapter's book store on Broadway. Would I? Tee hee...anytime he asks I'll always say yes!
I looked at the new Gabriela AG doll of the year, and took a few photos but her costume doesn't appeal to me and I don't like her face mold, so I don't think I'll be buying her. Now Grace on the other hand really appealed to me when I saw her the first time. But of course I much prefer baking to dancing any day!
I looked in the Lori department and did find something to buy. A darling mini patio set for the mini dolls. For $20 Cdn this is a really good deal; 9 pieces! A lounge chair with detachable umbrella, 2 chairs, 1 table, 1 tray and 2 glasses of iced tea with 1 pitcher. It's just so cute.
I set it up on my desk, and now we're waiting for those warm sunny days.
By Loretta Houben