Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Toys We Used To Love...

Today Madelon and I are sharing two of our favorite toys we used to love, mine has a tiny twist. When I was at Toy Traders Last week I found this tiny Pound Puppy that reminded me of the ones I had and loved years ago. This one would be perfect for doll play and I believe you can find these almost anywhere toys are sold. It was very hard to resist this little lovely. I wish I still had mine.
Madelon was recently doing some antiquing and came across this set that she loved growing up...
"We were doing some antiquing yesterday when we came across this West German mini mouse playground, a toy that I loved years and years ago. I recalled it as being much larger! It gave me many happy hours. This store was selling it for $75. My grandmother bought it at FAO Schwartz (which was later bought by Toys r US)."

Thank you all for joining us today for our lookback at some of the toys we used to love. We would love to her from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Reads...




Friday Reads  This week's Friday read is one I have heard so many great things about for the 9-11 year old set! Doll Bones ....

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. A Booklist Editor's Choice Books for Youth. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. A NYPL "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." A People Magazine "Best New Kids Book." Six starred reviews! Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they've been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach's father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she's been having dreams about the Queen--and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen's ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches? Doll Bones is a winner of the Newbery Honor, is the recipient of six starred reviews, was on five Best Book lists, and was called "perfect" by The New York Times.

Check this one out at your local library, book seller or you can find it online at The Book Depository with Free Shipping Worldwide by clicking here. 
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tenney plays in the N'oreaster snow in her Our Generation outfit that came with everything shown including the saucer!

Many places are still stuck in a winter wonderland and while we know that Spring is coming, the white stuff seems to be sticking around in many places. Madelon took advantage of the late snow and took her doll Tenney out to play in the snow.
"This Our Generation set was bought this last year. I like her in the coral stripes! The zipper is also coral. Five pieces were $17.99, including the boots."


Thank you Madelon for sharing this fun find with us today and for making the best of your snow situation!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Hooking Wednesdays, Crochet A Doll Sun Hat With This Free Pattern

Hooks at the ready, today is the first of our Happy Hooking Wednesday segments. I love crochet and I wish I could just get the hang of it and bang out hats like these for the dolls! Summer is fast approaching and that sun is coming out, which means doll play heads outside. Hats on heads of children and dolls is recommended and how cute is this! If you are experienced you can make matching girl and doll sized hats. This tutorial comes to us from CrochetSpot.Com and is a level two crochet pattern. Click here for the pattern and Happy Hooking! 
Thank you for joining us today we hope you will enjoy this new Wednesday series. We would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bella Boos Closet CA

I went looking for one thing on Etsy and found something else but I was thrilled when I saw it. Check out this lovely set from BellaBoosClosetCA, this three piece set is perfect for doll lovers and collectors. The handmade crochet shall makes this outfit spectacular. The white tank top and denim leggings are right on fashion point. Click here for this outfit.  

I love this look as well. The crochet top with attached fabric skirt is pretty as can be. Click here for this listing and you won't believe the price! I expected the prices in this shop to be far higher. 

This shop also has some great listings for the boy dolls. I highly recommend spending some time looking at this shop for sure. Click here for this listing. 

Thank you for joining us today we hope you enjoyed today's Etsy Feature. Please feel free to leave us a comment here or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com

Monday, April 16, 2018

Toy Traders Barbie Adventure.

Yesterday my family and I headed to one of our most favorite toy stores in a place called Langley BC. The store is Called Toy Traders and they have a huge store that sells both new and used toys, vintage and hard to find items. It is always an adventure back in time and so much fun.


I headed to the Barbie section first, in the second hand part of the store. I quickly found one of my favorites from the 1980's and had a hard time resisting purchasing her. I am not a collector that does boxed toys, I prefer instead to play with them. So it was hard not to want to rescue this one. The ruffles on the skirt and the stand, I can remember how it felt and the hours I played with this particular Barbie. It was fun to see her again.
In the newer section of the story they had some wonderful Barbies! This one is a new release of an old favorite. I still remember the tv adds for her!
I think this is a very stunning Barbie! 
The selection was wide on many of these Barbies but this one caught my eye! I have always wanted to make my hair look like hers! Too much curl in mine.
I love the new Ken's and the Fashionistas line.
I was also thrilled to see these outfits from the Life in the Dream House Show. If my nieces were with me I think we would have left with these. 
Behind glass they have some wonderful vintage finds a Sindy still in package, some collector Elvis Barbies and James dean, as well as the Mcdonalds drive through window and other odds and ends from the 80's and 90's Barbie era. I really had fun looking at these pieces and tried not to bring anything home with me. 
If you ever get a chance to visit Langley BC, check out Toy Traders. It will wow you!
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sew This Sunday! Sew Adollable Summer Shorts!

Welcome back to our blog and our Sew This Sunday Series. Today we are sharing the Free Summer Shorts Pattern and Tutorial from Sew Adollable. This is a great post and doll shorts are a must. Easy and fun to make! If you are new to sewing or are wanting to continue to create versatile wardrobes for the doll lover in your life you will want to check this tutorial out.
Click here for Sew Adollable's Tutorial  
Thank you for joining us here again this Sunday and we look forward to sharing more doll crafting inspiring posts with you again soon.
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