Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bouchon Chocolate Cookies!

Williams-Sonoma sucked me into their store this week with an email proclaiming a Halloween products sale.  I did get a cool skull pan with a red velvet mix from Ad Hoc.  But what I really got was a LOT of goodies to try.  I'm really not much for mixes-- I mainly make everything from fresh ingredients.  But I really wanted to try some of these enticing high-end looking mixes they had around the store.  Mind you, they have price tags to match.

I love going to Bouchon in Yountville.  And their bakery next door is my favorite bakery anywhere.  Yuuuuuummmmm.  Oh, it has been too long.  So when I found their baking mix, I had to try it.

These are not chocolate chip cookies for your kids.  These are very dark, almost bittersweet.  They are very rich, dense, and tender.  They go well with a full bodied cup of coffee for a mid morning pick-me-up.

Or a glass of this over the top milk.  If you haven't tried organic milk packed in glass, you need to do it!  Why, oh why, did we ever switch to plastic jugs?  You can absolutely taste the plastic.  But I warn you, it's hard to go back to plastic after you've tried the glass!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Let's have a little Patience. . .

and Kindness, too.  With a capital K.  For all of us hoping to go to BlytheCon in NYC next month, as the world watches.

In the meantime, I want to share some pictures of Wilde Imagination's new Big Eye girl, Patience.  Let's see how she measures up.

The box is so pretty.  It's just like the title graphic on their page for her online

Tonner's presentation is always so nice.  My first impression is she has lovely eyes and the outfit is really well done.

She is made of vinyl and hard plastic with a non-removable wig.  She is 14 inches tall.

Let's see how she compares to our girl, Blythe.

 I lined them up with their shoulders even.  That gives you an idea of how the heads and bodies compare respectively.  Obviously, Blythe is a much smaller doll in height, and her body in just plain a lot smaller.  But her head is bigger.  It's these exaggerated proportions that we love about her.  WI didn't go as extreme with Patience.






And how does Patience compare with Pullip?

Again, I lined them up by the shoulders.  Pullip is much shorter and generally smaller and thinner, too.  Though, their heads are fairly close in size.

One of the nice things about Patience for Tonner collectors is that they used the 12 inch body from previous releases.  This means that clothes and patterns for Marley Wentworth, Agnes Dreary, Hermione and Alice will work.  I've already collected some things for her.  She is very highly articulated which makes her a great poser. 

 Her eyes are very expressive and fun to play with.  They are weighted and move based on the position of her head like the vintage dolls used to do.  So no string like Blythe or wheel like Pullip.

As you can see, she is double jointed so her hands can easily touch her face making for fun play and great poses.

 "Oooh, I feel so stressed out!"

"I really am trying to relax."

"But all this Blythe stuff is giving me a headache.  Why do I have to be compared to others?"

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dimond Crest Manor: a doll house for blythe and friends

I have wanted a dollhouse for Blythe for a long time.  I have looked online and around here for so long that I almost gave up.  Then I found my dream house listed on Craigslist!
 Okay, I know it needs some work.  But seriously, it's a diamond in the rough.  It is the Playscale QuickBuild Townhouse Dollhouse Kit by Real Good Toys.  They are still available, but I found this one used, locally.  Obviously, the railing above the second story windows is partially broken off, only a small section remains.  I ordered another from RGT.  And pink and gray?  I don't think so.  It needs some paint.  Spray paint is the way to go.  So first I masked very well.
I masked both the front and back.  Don't want any accidents to happen to the interior! I used Frog Tape to mask everything.  It worked out very well.  I recommend it.

And I discovered a hidden talent of my husband's after 20 years!  Who knew?  Spray painting is his job from now on!

We laughed while painting:  I talked to a painting contractor for advice while at Home Depot.  I should have answered a classified ad for paint contractors - "No job too small!"  LOL.  "Yes, I have a small house that needs to be painted."

I got the good (highest quality) spray paint from Micheal's.  Next I masked again, to paint the porch.

Finally, the unmasking.  Time for detail work.  I bought scrapbooking stuff for architectural details and white and gold paint for brushwork. 

Time for the unveiling!

I'm so happy with the results!  Here are some more detail shots--
 The new railing is in place on the porch above the second story windows.

Gold detailing on the windows to mimic the tops of the porch rails.

 The fabulous interior!

A three-story townhouse!
Top floor / attic

Second floor

First floor


"A home of our own!"

Alright girls!  It's time to stop lounging about and get to work.  There's lots of moving to do!


More details to come. . .

Guard cat on duty