Friday, August 10, 2018


Pippaloo is back!  

This fall I will be firing up those ovens and burners once again.  It’s been a long year and a half away from my shop- and the doll world too. Sadly, there were many times during my hiatus when I could not bare to even walk into my doll room or to look over at the little corner of my dining-room-turned-studio. They were not easy times. I am now finally feeling well enough again and am ready to get back into the kitchen and get cookin’!  

There will be a relaunch featuring several changes including an new and improved selling platform! More info on that to come. 

Just as before in my shop, I will post all items one day a month at a specific time, first come first served.  The system works well and generally seems the most equitable to all. Given the limited amount of time I have to devote to the shop, posting items one day a month allows me to offer the maximum number of products at one time, streamlining my processes, as well as benefitting my clients by not just daily listing random items. This system saves on time and shipping costs as well all around. 

Unfortunately I will once again not be able to take on any custom work. This decision is not one that I have made lightly. Over the years some of my favorite doll foods have been client requests. Many customs honestly did push me to improve, challenge and hone my skills, some allowing me to delve into mediums that I had never used before but had always wondered about. Often requests were incredibly interesting and creative and some turned out so well that I ended up making extras for my menu lists.  However, family commitments will once again be in place, now to an even greater extent than before, so custom work will just not be possible.  Additionally, menu lists will likely be smaller than before, but on the upside items will be available in larger quantities.  The one exception is that I will continue to offer, as I have in the past, multi color swirl lollipops in custom colors and quantities. For now those will be available through my Etsy site only. All other items and sales will be moving to a new platform. More on that to come. 

As in the past, each month I will update my blog with my monthly theme and include a menu list of the foods that will be offered for that month. Hopefully I’ll have time to squeeze in some product reviews for items in the 18” doll world, share unexpected doll finds and possibly post a few tutorials. 

I’m just glad to be returning to the creative process and I’m looking forward to getting started.  More details and updates to come next in the next few weeks...


Monday, January 2, 2017


I've begun writing this post about a dozen times- starting then restarting, deleting whole paragraphs, changing phrasing, etc...  Its been difficult mostly because these are words that I had hoped would not need writing. I usually do not struggle for the written word, but I have been doing just that- struggling- these past few days- and months even- and in more ways than just one.  The health issue that sort of sidelined me earlier this year has once again resurfaced and I have been forced to take a longer, deeper look into possible root causes.  Unfortunately it is forcing me once again to take a step back and away from my shop. 

I suspected back in October, when the discomfort returned, that this would be the likely path, that I would need to once again step away, but I did not want to discontinue working- so I pressed through. I wanted to devote a month to Melody and also finish the year off, closing out with something fun- a theme I had always wanted to do... a summer 4th of July picnic. But the holidays came and I realized that I just did not have the energy. I hated disappointing everyone- myself included. Believe me when I say that no one is more disappointed than I am in having to step away.  

This post though, is in no way some kind of final farewell. I hope to continue the blog and do doll product reviews and post about fun doll sized finds when I can, as I am still a collector. I still love tiny things and staging scenes- and photographing the dolls. My shop was a justification and vehicle for that. 

I wish I could acknowledge and thank each person individually who has cheered me on and supported my shop over the past 6 years. Doll collectors are truly one of the the loveliest and most caring group of people I have come to know. 

I've enjoyed every minute of the creative process in my shop- from dreaming up the themes and menu lists to developing techniques and making the foods- to staging and photographing the dolls.  Some of my favorite items I made over the years were client requests. It was always so interesting- and there were times when I relished in the challenge of an unusual request. It was part of that creative process that I enjoyed... and it saddens me more than I can express in words here that I have to discontinue doing what I love. 

I am hoping to be able to come back to my shop at some point, as the thought of closing the doors forever seems absurd to me.  So I'll just say it's an extended hiatus this time and hopefully I can get a handle on the health issue and come back renewed with a fabulous laundry list of foods I have been dreaming up and ready to tackle.

Thank You and Happy New year

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Looking ahead to the month of December...

Unfortunately, due to family and personal obligations, there will be no new items for the month of December.  I have very much struggled with this decision for the past couple of weeks. Early last month I was hoping that I could multitask all the various commitments and press through to get it all accomplished.  No part of me wants to hastily throw together a few items and call it a day. Totally not my style. So the decision was made to forgo the month, postponing my picnic theme for just a bit longer.

My hope is that I will be able to get back to cooking up new foods and menu lists in the new year.  I will update the blog with more info in January.

Hoping everyone and their dolls has a very merry and magical holiday!  


Monday, November 7, 2016


                             WELCOME MELODY!

Melody Ellison is American Girl's newest historical character.  Her year is 1964.  She's an optimistic girl who lifts her voice for others and stands up for what is right.  

The 1960's were a turbulent time- when civil rights, the feminist movement, antiwar sentiment and counterculture all came together to create a wave of change in America- change that continues to make progress with each passing generation.  

Growing up in Detroit, Melody loves to sing and perform in church, with her family and in her community. Her stories are set against both the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, which was just gaining momentum-and the Motown music scene. 

For November's menu I've pulled a few foods directly from her stories- foods that demonstrate how important family was and illustrate how certain things have not changed all that much since the 1960's. I've also included a short list of popular foods from the era and a few that were introduced right around 1964- foods that are still popular today. 

As always, items in my shop are listed on a first come first served basis on the 15th at 12 noon EST. Below is the final menu list for Tuesday the 15th.  Quantities that will be available are in parenthesis, followed by the prices

Melody's 1964 Foods

Every week Melody's family gathered together after church for Sunday supper. Big Momma's kitchen smelled of baked chicken and homemade rolls. She put the girls to work opening jars of canned veggies. The family sat around the table discussing the new park project and reminiscing about the old days of growing fruit trees back on the farm.

Baked Chicken with Potatoes and Garnishes  (5)   31.00
set includes:
 -whole baked chicken
 -two sprigs of rosemary
 -four small carrots
 -seven cut potato pieces

Potatoes with Cutting Board  (2)  13.00
set includes:
 -wood cutting board
 -five whole potatoes
 -six cut potato pieces

Home Made Clover Leaf Rolls set of Three  (7) 6.00

Melody's mother's triple chocolate cake was so good that Melody couldn't imagine celebrating anything special without it.

Triple Chocolate Layer Cake  (2)   22.00

Singing "Happy Mother's Da-a-ay" Melody, along with her brother and sister, presented her mom with a special Mother's Day breakfast.

Scrambled Eggs with Toast and Orange Juice  (13)   9.00
set includes:
 -cup of juice
 -scrambled eggs
 -toast with butter

School ended and Melody's mom announced that they'd have a "Whatever You Want To Eat" dinner. Lila made bologna and cheese sandwiches, Melody chose cupcakes- which she was allowed to eat before anything else- and her father picked up hamburgers and french fries from his favorite restaurant.

Bologna and Cheese Sandwiches  (6)  7.00

Cupcakes Set of Three  (7)   7.00

Hamburger and French Fries  (8)  14.00

The aroma of Big Momma's pot roast wafted onto the porch.  Melody's sister had arrived home early from college and this time everyone gathered together for Sunday supper- Poppa at one end and Daddy at the other- the way Sundays used to be.

Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots  (2)    27.00
set includes:
 -pot roast
 -nine cut potato pieces
 -eight cut carrots


In my research for foods of the era, I was surprised to learn how many foods and brands introduced in the 1960's endure today and have remained quite popular. Doritos, Lucky Charms, Mrs. Butterworth's Syrup, Spaghettios, Froot Loops, Taco Bell, granny smith apples, Sprite, Pringles, Pop Tarts and Gatorade name only a few.

Jello, which was first introduced back at the turn of the 20th century, continued to enjoy popularity during the 60's. The tastemakers of the day seemed to feel there was no end to the types of foods one could whip or drop into gelatin. Check out this Buzzfeed post for some somewhat alarming combos.

Desserts like tunnel of fudge cake, ambrosia, baked Alaska, Junket, and grasshopper pie were all the rage at the time. I wonder what future generations will think of our salted caramel, cakes in a jar and bacon frosting.

Back in 1964 when Pop Tarts were first introduced they looked much different from the more classic and contemporary version we are familiar with today. For some more interesting Pop Tart history, check out this blog post.

 Pop Tarts 1960's Set of Two   (4)  5.00

Pop Tarts Today Set of Two   (13)   5.50

Bowl of Fruit Loops  (10)  11.00

-please note that the spoon is not included

Lemon Chiffon Cake with Two Slices   (1)  20.00

Lemon Chiffon Triple Layer Torte   (1)  13.00

Grasshopper Pie with Two Slices   (2)   17.00

Grasshopper Pie Slices Set of Two  (4)  6.00

Ambrosia in a Bowl  (4)  12.00

-please note that all pieces are molded together but it is removable from melamine bowl

Tunnel of Fudge Cake with Single Slice  (2)   22.00

Cherry Gelatin  (2)  13.00

Peaches and Cream Gelatin   (2)  18.00

If you have any questions about any of the foods- or anything else- feel free to message me in my Etsy shop or comment here on the blog.


Friday, October 7, 2016


These past few weeks it felt a bit strange- making Thanksgiving foods in October, in advance of the holiday.  But I know that is how most advertisers, retailers, designers and basically anybody promoting anything operates. I remember my early days as a cashier and sales associate stocking Christmas items as early as September- it seemed wrong to me at the time, but that's just standard practice now.

For this month I tried to focus on the staples of the holiday- on what the traditional contemporary Thanksgiving table and menu generally includes. I tried to go heavier on the savory selections since I know those are the visions that most people conjure when they think of Thanksgiving. 

I had my own visions of doing a separate menu list showcasing what a colonial Thanksgiving might have looked like, but with so little time I knew it would never come to pass.  Perhaps a menu list for October 2017.


Below is the final menu for Saturday October 15th. As always, my items are sold first come first served on the 15th at 12:00 noon EST each month. I've decided that the side dishes this year will all be sold individually, a'la carte, to cater to making your own individualized meal.  Quantities that will be available are in parentheses, followed by the prices.  

~ The Appetizers~

Party Cheese Ball & Crackers on Wooden Board   (2)  21.00
 -28 individual crackers- two kinds
 -nut covered cheddar cheese ball
 -oak serving board

Deviled Eggs Set of Nine   (6)   17.00

~The Dinner Menu~

Whole Roasted Turkey with Garnishes  (6)  44.00
 -whole roasted turkey
 -five cut roasted potatoes
 -five petite carrots
 -bed of plastic greens
 -two orange slices

Roasted Parsley Potatoes in a Ceramic Serving Dish  (4)   25.00
 -includes ceramic dish and approx 40 individual and loose potato pieces

Glazed Sweet Potatoes in a Ceramic Serving Dish  (2)   25.00
  -potatoes are not individual but are removable from dish
  -includes ceramic dish

Baby Carrots in a Ceramic Serving Dish  (2)    16.00
 -carrots are removable from dish, but are not loose and individual

Baguettes   (4)     6.00

Corn Muffins Set of Five   (6)    9.00

Crescent Rolls Set of Three  (6)  7.00

Cornbread Squares Set of Three  (5)   7.00

a'la carte side items:

Mashed Potatoes With Gravy   (10)  7.00

Carrots and Peas   (9)   7.00

Turkey Slice with Gravy  (9)    7.00

Side of Roasted Parsley Potatoes   (4)   4.50

Side of Glazed Sweet Potatoes   (5)   7.00


Pumpkin Spice Parfait   (11)     5.25

Fall Party Cookie Assortment  (4)    13.00
 -two chocolate dipped acorn cut outs
 -three iced leaves with fall sprinkles
 -four pumpkin spice drop
 -three pecan shortbread

Pumpkin Roll With Single Slice   (2)  13.00

Ginger Snaps Set of Five   (4)   5.00

Snickerdoodles Set of Five   (5)   5.00

Pumpkin Spice Cake Squares Set of Two   (6)   7.00

Falling Leaf Cut Out Cookies with Sprinkles Set of Five   (5)   6.50

Pecan Pie with Two Slices   (1)    24.00

Pumpkin Pie with Eight Individual Slices  (1)   24.00

Pumpkin Pie Slices Set of Two   (13)   6.00

Frosted and Sprinkle Brownies Set of Five   (4)  8.50

* Please note that the cranberry sauce listed and pictured earlier was removed from my final menu list due to issues with the ceramic bowl chipping. Sorry for any confusion.

If you have any questions about any of the items feel free to post here on the blog or message me in my Etsy shop.  Unfortunately, at this time I am unable to take on any custom requests. If you want an email reminder the day before my items go live each month, email me at :