Sunday, August 30, 2015

Maryellen Moves In!!

 Maryellen is excited to be moving in with Molly in the blue house!

She climbs the stairs to see her scond floor bedroom.
"At least there is some furniture!"

Maryellen likes the wallpaper.

"Maryellen!" Molly calls from downstairs.
"I'll be right there...." says Maryellen putting on her sweater.

"Great news! Samantha says your bed is being delivered today!" Molly explains.

"Oh wonderful!"

*Review* BeForever Mini Josefina

I love her!!
She is gorgeous!

I bought her the same day I got ME.
Both at Barnes and Noble.

Look how SHINY her hair is!

You can see the height difference between the Pleasant Company glass eyed doll compared to the 2015 BF mini.

 I have to admit, the new BF mini Josefina is probably my favorite BF mini doll. She was worth the wait. I will have to begin making items from her collection.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

*NEWS* Limited Edition Anniversary Minis - Coming Soon!

In a previous LADL post, there was talk about special LE anniversary minis heading our way from AG.

This is exciting and while nothing is confirmed yet, we will continue to follow this story. It's unclear whether they will become available before or after the holidays.

LORI by OG Catalog + Video

Finally one of my Target stores began carrying LORI by OG.
I was able to get a video of the $49.99 Loft of Love house, but no sound....

This is the catalog that's attached to the Loft.

Individual furniture sets $15.99.

I was also able to quickly make a video of the dolls and outfits, again no sound... 

The dolls + pets are $15.99.

Individual dolls $11.99. 

Ballet dolls $9.99.

Individual outfits $6.99.

There was no car or camper at either store. 

*Please note: LORI by OG will be updated as soon as the other items arrive in store. Stay tuned, Snickerdoodle Street will continue to follow this brand.

Friday, August 28, 2015

New Sewing Room - Addy's Notions

I am not a skilled miniaturist by any means! In 2012 when I bought this fixer upper, it was about to be demolished. I admit now it was too large of a beginner project for me. In my mind I saw the potential, but once I began working on the main house I soon realized just what a BIG restoration job it was.

Looking back I would have primered all of the interior and exterior with Kilz because the wood is VERY dry in this house. I chose to put paper up on the walls to cover the chipping and flaking. I didn't use miniature grade wall paper, I used scrap book paper. So far it's worked out OK and still holding three years later.

I can't believe how difficult it is to paper those hard angles, nooks, odd places like under stairs, etc. 

Progress on the exterior hasn't even begun! Well strike that, I did shingle the entire roof, dormers and covered patio. 

This is the second floor landing. Currently it has no purpose, but is a charming little nook. I still have not worked on the stairs or railings. I think you can see just how dry the wood looks here.

Ha ha! Don't you just LOVE my paper job here? The corner is virtually impossible (for me) to cover and I used the last of this paper for the darkened tucked away space. Until NOW only I (and the dolls) KNEW it was like this, due to the angle you can't see it in photos, (unless you get right in the corner).

You can see the entrance to Nellie and Samantha's room on the right.

I moved the sewing machine out of Nellie's room to make a general sewing center.

In this three-level home, space is scarce so every nook and cranny must be used.

 It's open enough for a small work area and fills up an otherwise empty space near the window and under the third floor stairs.

I found a few notions for Addy at Michael's.

Isabelle has her own sewing machine and supplies, but the the historical dolls needed more appropriate supplies. I also made small bolts of fabric.

The chair can be tucked under the stairs when not in use and there's plenty of room for foot traffic.

*Review* PC vs AG vs Mattel Samantha Comparison

I have three mini Samantha's to compare. The differences are CRAZY!

Mattel dolls are more "pink" in skin tone and a plain face mold with very simple details. The PC dolls have a VERY detailed facemold, glass eyes and beige skin tone.
AG dolls are somewhere in between.

Mattel - Pleasant Company - AG

The details are missing in the cheeks and nose in the Mattel Samantha. These are the dolls that were mass produced for bookstores, Target and other sources besides AG.

The Mattel hair is fuller, more coarse and wild! AG has smoother, softer and finer hair.

You can see as your eyes moves from left to right, the details reduce. The face widens and the hair is lesser quality.

There are more ridges and separation details in the PC hands. 

 AG hands have slight knuckle ridges, the Mattel hands look more like webbed fingers.

PC Sam has no body tag and the AG doll has one tag.

PC Sam is smaller in size compared to AG Sam.

You can see PC Sam's bangs are smooth not puffy like the AG doll. 

Mattel dolls have two body tags.