Monday, March 31, 2014

Barbie's Kitchen & Living Room

Under the bedroom is the kitchen and living room.


I still need to get appliances, I'm using a printout for now.

The couch have me quite a bit of trouble, but it worked out. I have a Splenda box to cover for the TV stand.

All of these areas still need lamps, doors, windows and areas rugs. Once I've done that I can begin work on Ken's bachelor pad.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mini Shopping Bags!

Great shopping printable for you mini's store!





Saturday, March 29, 2014

Barbie & Skipper's Room

I've been working on my doll room, doll house for 18" dolls and the Barbie dioramas - phew!

Here are the beginning stages of Barbie and Skipper's bedroom.

Both dressers still need handles and drawers.

I'm using a printout until I am able to put a book case over the dresser. 

I also need to put down an area rug, add lamps and windows.

Friday, March 28, 2014

*Opening* MiWorld Sprinkles Cupcakes

Liberty Towne Tatler
by Kit Kittredge
More treats than one town can eat! Sprinkles Cupcakes opens in mid town. Cupcake flavors to please anyone, even picky eaters. Buy them individually or by the dozen. Great for parties. Now hiring, contact Emily Bennett.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday - New Minis

Throwback to when Marie Grace, Cecile and Nicki all got their mini dolls.






Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How To Make - Mini Kit's Scooter

Look at mini Kit go!
I made this scooter using Popsicle sticks, a raisin box and a mini skateboard from the Dollar Tree.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HTM The Barns

Using the same foam board and scrapbook paper as I did for Liberty Park, I hot glued the barn into place.



 Everything else is mobile within the setting.


This is where Felicity, Nicki and Saige can come out to tend to the animals. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

How I Made Liberty Park

I finished key components to Liberty Park. The pieces are mobile within the setting. Using foam board that I cut in half 15" x  20", I glued scrapbook paper that looked like grass or a lawn.


After painting the gazebo, I placed it on the board and began building layers.


 I used moss covered foam from the Dollar Tree and placed a bench I already had in the center; added a fire hydrant then let Mini Isabelle test it out!

Liberty Towne Tatler
by Kit Kittredge
It's finally here the day has arrived! LIBERTY PARK is now open to residence. Park hours are 6am - midnight seven days a week. The park's gazebo can be rented out for special events. Any inquiries need to go through Molly McIntire.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vintage Catalog Printables

These vintage department store catalogs are great for mini Samantha, Nellie and Rebecca!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

How To Do Ballet Bun - Mini Isabelle

I had a request from Dawn who asked for a step by step tutorial on how I put Isabelle's hair in a ballet bun.



 Smooth Isabelle's hair into a high ponytail.


 Wet the hair - did you know mini dolls can get completely wet without damaging their hair or eyes? You can hurt them if you run their head under a running tap.


 Using another clear hair elastic, create a top bun then smooth it out with spritz of water.


Ballet Beauty!!!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Who Is Licca? (by Takara)


Licca or Licca-chan is a 9" doll by the Japanese company Takara (now Takara-Tomy) and is reportedly a favorite doll to Japanese children. She has the image of a 11 year-old girl, thus making her look much younger than teenage dolls or those in their early 20's, like Takara Jenny or Mattel Barbie. It is said it's because of her young age that children can identify with her more. Tokyo-born and raised and in 5th year of Shirakaba Gakuen elementary school, she has a French father (Pierre) and a Japanese mother (Orie), likes tennis, window-shopping and baking cookies, reads manga/comics like Doraemon and enjoys custard pudding and vanilla ice-cream. Her full name is Licca Kayama.

Her creators have modeled her personality and hobbies in such way that little Japanese girls could identify with her easily. She's of a small frame, 4' 8'' tall and weighs 75 pounds. Her two favorite books are widely-known and popular classics that girls in Japan like to read - Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess

She was first released in 1967 and instantly became very popular. She had blue eyes and brown hair ending in an elegant curl. At the time she had a different head mold, the type we now call 1st generation Licca. The Licca of today is in her 4th stage and is 4th generation Licca. All the different generations have different head molds and make-up. A good way to set the 1st gen apart from the others is to look at their eye design: the 1st gen Licca has only one white highlight/dot in each eye, the other generations have three. The size of her body and proportions has also changed through the generations. Modern-day Licca is taller and wider at the hips and chest. 

In 1972 Takara introduced 2nd gen Licca with similar dark-brown/reddish hair in an "old-fashioned" style with a curl at the end like the 1st gen had. The head mold changed a bit and "filled out". The cheeks look fatter and give her a rounder face. The eyes now have 3 white dots in them. 

In 1970 we first see Lady Licca which is actually not an older version of Licca from the future but her role model. Lady Licca has been very popular among collectors to this day. She has the head mold of 1st gen Licca but is much taller. Her last name is Kitahara. 

In 1988 2nd gen Lady Licca was released and this one IS an older-looking Licca Kayama and shares the 4th gen Licca head mold. She's also taller than normal-sized Licca. 

There is also an older sister on the scene, Rie (a stewardess), but Takara scratched her from the family line because at the time she was released (1972), Licca's mother was too young to have a daughter in Rie's age. She's the rarest doll in the Licca family/friend line and a big favorite among many collectors. 

In 2001 Takara introduced reproductions of the 1st gen Licca and Licca Club 67 has been releasing them in groups every year. The repro head mold and body are smaller than the original. Repro Licca is highly sought-after by collectors as she comes in limited numbers and is a Licca Club 67 store exclusive. 

You can find vintage Lady Licca dolls and others HERE

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

AG Mini Dolls - New 2014 Look?

If you have been following the Be Forever rumors on my other blog - Living A Doll's Life, you may know that when Samantha is re-introduced this fall, she will more than likely have a new meet outfit. Rumor also has it that the other remaining historical dolls will be getting new meet outfits as well.

What does this mean for the AG Minis????
The only other time mini dolls had different outfits were with the release of the 25th anniversary dolls in 2011.

 Over at Book Depository there seems to be big CHANGES coming to the AG minis = new meet outfits along with CUTS.

Missing from the mini line-up: Cecile, Marie Grace, Josefina, Kirsten, Molly, Emily, Nellie, Ivy, Felicity, Elizabeth and Ruthie.

What does this mean??
Why is Book Depository selling these new "re-vamped" 2014 historical mini dolls along with mini GOTY 2014 Isabelle? AG DOES NOT sell GOTY mini dolls. Both Saige GOTY 2013 and Isabelle GOTY 2014 have been sold at places like: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Target, Book Depository, and Sam's.

Could AG be dropping the mini doll line, leaving them to other retailers?

Again, we will have to wait this out to see if American Girl mini doll collection will be effected under Be Forever.