Saturday, November 26, 2016

A new Hearts for Hearts doll!


Another new doll arrived yesterday!
Some months are like that; very exciting.
I had ordered her from Amazon in October.
She took a while to arrive, but she was only $39.99 US.
Her name is Consuelo, and she is from Mexico.



One dollar of each purchase goes to World Vision.
MPA Sales has re-launched the sale of these dolls.
Here is their website link: Hearts for Hearts Dolls


I believe the dolls are the same size as the American Girl Wellie wishers dolls.
Those are $75 Cdn.
I really like the Hearts for Hearts dolls and hope to collect more of them.

By Loretta Houben


The cutest mini cleaning supplies!


At "A Buck or Two" dollar store recently my beady eye spotted the cutest cleaning set which I knew would be perfect for the mini dolls.
It was only $3.50 and there were two sets hanging on the shelf.
When you see something you like in Vancouver you don't hesitate!
I just knew Emily would be pleased to get a vacuum cleaner her size, plus all the cute accessories. The set came with 6 pieces; a basket, a mop and bucket, a spray bottle, a dust catcher (but no broom) and the vacuum cleaner, plus a cute plastic doll.


The 2nd set I found (and there was only one) had a washing machine, ironing board and mini iron, hanger, soap, detergent bottle, and rug beater. Isn't it cute? It also had a plastic doll. I think this is an excellent price! I haven't seen anything so cute in ages.
It pays to browse the $ stores at least once a week.
Mini Lori is all set to attack the laundry.


This is the laundry set, "Clean Fun" by Dolly Daydreams. LOL!
Made in China of course, but some of the tiny items have Cyrillic letters on them!


Here is the vacuum cleaning set.

By Loretta Houben

Baking cookies!


Quite a few years ago, I used to shop at a really nice antique show in New Westminster BC. Over the past few years, it's mostly "junk" and vintage items; hardly any antiques at all, sad to say. I bought this cute little vintage stove quite a while back. I'd say it was from the 1960's. It came with a matching sink. The brand sticker says "Daiwa Toys, Super Deluxe", made in Japan.
I was cleaning out a closet and found it, and realized it was the perfect size for the mini dolls! 


So mini Emily tried her hand at some Christmas baking.
The tray on the right is from Hallmark 2016 and is the tiny "Season's Treatings" ornament; they issue one each year. I bought this in July in Penticton on our holiday. It's the cutest thing!
I made a little foam board tray covered in tin foil.
I used a variety of mini erasers from the same $ store as the mini Christmas tree. It's called "A Buck or Two". It's a really nice store, stocked with all manner of goodies.


Which cookies to YOU prefer? I think my favourite are the mini snowman cookies. The mini Santa cookies remind me of Pillsbury cookies from the grocery store.

By Loretta Houben

Mini Christmas tree for the mini AG Dolls.


It's time for Christmas decorating!
I began with the mini dolls as I am sick with a cold/cough thing.
I don't have our own tree up yet, as my energy level is very low.
I bought the tiny tree for $3.50 at the local $ store at Metrotown.
It has quite a few unique dolly sized items.
The decorations were already on it, so Grace and Emily are adding a string of mini lights I made years ago for my miniature house.


Last weekend I discovered the tiny little Lego American Girl dolls at Superstore of all places. They are $5.99 Cdn and they are just Too Cute.


Emily thinks they are the perfect size for her to play with.
Their knees bend! They stick onto a Lego block. This one has a cute little cowboy hat. They are quite soft to the touch. What will they dream up next?
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

By Loretta Houben

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A 20% off sale at American Girl boutique!


Yesterday, Monday November 21st, 2016 was a very exciting day!
I'd gotten up on time and was reading my emails with my hot cup of tea.
I was astonished to read one from Indigo store downtown; it said there was a rare one day sale on American Girl items (except for the Wellie Wishers dolls) for 20% off the whole store! 


I hurriedly got ready and headed downtown by Skytrain then bus to the corner of Broadway and Granville. What I find amusing is that previously to this store being built, there was an Aristocrat Restaurant where my Grandpa, John Williams, was once the janitor. Every time I come here I think of him.
Anyhow, I hurried up the elevator with my handy cart, and quickly picked out Melody. She is the new 1964 historical doll, and I wasn't sure if I'd get her or not, but for only $111 instead of $139 I figured I should! I had paid $154 for Addy back in the Spring, due to the fluctuating Canadian dollar, so I thought this was a terrific price. I have all the other historical dolls, and I now have 16 AG dolls!


Here she is on my table!
I completely forgot to take a picture of myself with her in the store.
There were quite a few people there, and it was busy and the store is quite small, so I didn't linger. I really like Melody's style, and her cute dress. It's rather skimpy compared to some of the gorgeous 1700's and 1800's outfits on previous historical dolls! But that was the 1960's! Melody's hair has a very strange texture. I need to brush it to make it curl more. It was in a hair net.


I bought her Christmas outfit; it came with long tights, black shoes, and a cream hair ribbon. It reminds me so much of a pink lace dress I had but with short sleeves, in the 60's. It feels really weird to have a doll from the era in which I was a young girl.
It was a fun day for sure!
The sun was shining and there was a pretty blue sky.
That's become a rare sight here in Vancouver. It rained for 28 days in October, and guess what it's doing in November?
But I can have fun playing with dolls!
By Loretta Houben

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Grace and her Halloween cards.


Mini Grace is making Halloween cards.
I bought a package of really cute paper embellishments at the $ store and on the back of the package was a photo showing what the package contained.
They were really small and I thought Hey! These would work for the mini AG dolls.


Here is a closeup of the cards. 
I cut them out with my Stampin' Up tiny scissors.


Here is Grace with her friend dressed in a witch outfit, bought at Winner's for only $1.50. It's supposed to go on a wine bottle, but it fits the mini Lori dolls really well. The yellow pot was found at a thrift store for $1.50. It's hand made and the tiny pumpkins are just so cute!
It's amazing what you can find if you look!
Hope you all had a happy Halloween!
By Loretta Houben

Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween Collage.


I've been a member of Picmonkey, a photo program, for a few years now. I pay around $32 US per year to use the Royal program which has more features. I absolutely love it! It's simple and easy to use, but there are many features I haven't tried yet, so there is a lot of content in the program for professionals to enjoy too.

Today, October 21, I received an email from Picmonkey announcing new templates. So I immediately tried it out, and created the above. It was really fun to do and I did it in around 10 minutes.
I used a photo from 2014. For quite a few years I've decorated our windows with dolls, using Chatty Cathy and American Girl, with many props.
I won't be doing it this year, as the candy is so expensive, and all the neighbourhood children are long gone. Car loads of children drive in from all over, but they don't live here, so why should I hand out candy to them? I'm a complete stranger! Plus my hubby will be at his Taekwondo class so it's too creepy to do it on my own. A lot of the "children" are tall teens, bigger than I am! Halloween isn't what it used to be.

By Loretta Houben