Thursday, July 7, 2016

SUMMER HIATUS & KITCHEN NOTES

This is a long overdue post and one that has been on my mind for weeks now. Ive been away from my shop and the doll world in general for a few months. Sometimes it's necessary to step away to reboot, refresh and reevaluate.  And I definitely needed a break. Several personal and family obligations have been cutting into my shop time- time that I devote to Pippaloo- basically since last December.  It was becoming a struggle to make it all happen each month. Something that was supposed to be fun and bring me joy was starting to become a source of great frustration and sorrow. So I took an early summer hiatus staring in May to do a little of that rebooting, refreshing and reevaluating.

Thankfully though, without getting too specific, over the course of the last few months, one of the personal issues has been dealt with and I'm feeling reenergized on that particular front.  The family obligation is another story however. But I hope to work around that better this fall.  Most likely that will translate into offering a reduced number of items each month and fewer spotlights on the historical dolls.  And unfortunately, given the more limited amount of time I will have to devote to my shop, I will not be able to take on any custom work as well.  I'm not thrilled with any of these choices and changes, but in a few years when my girls are older and away in college I will have every minute of every day to devote to Pippaloo.

So there were no new items for this May or June... and continuing that trend, there will be no new items for July or August.  However, I will be returning in September- on the 15th with a new, yet undecided theme and menu list.

More immediately, my plan for this summer is to do a blog post showcasing my custom dolls,  which I will be adding two more of to the mix very soon.

I want to thank you everyone for their patience, kind words and mostly for putting up with my shops's crazy quick sell outs, one day a month sales, limited quantities, Etsy glitches and the random clerical error.  I know I don't have the easiest shop to buy from each month- knowing that, I appreciate the effort all that much more.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, cooling off in their favorite spots... or if you're like me, taking pleasure in the heat!

Teresa

Thursday, April 7, 2016

APRIL MENU LIST

I have been wanting to devote a month, for some time now, exclusively to savory foods- but there just never seemed to be an opportune time to make it happen.  Most months' menu lists are driven by a holiday or a seasonal theme and those generally lend themselves more to the sweet choices than savory. After all, how could one celebrate the winter holiday without a tray of decorated cookies, scare up Halloween fun without candy or celebrate Valentine's day without any chocolates?   April is one of the few months where it's a bit of a free for all for me.  And I know there is a real lack of savory choices out there for dolls.

Once again there is no historical spotlight for this month.  I really did want to make it happen, but time and circumstance have just not been on my side these past few weeks.  With fewer hours to devote to my shop, there just is not enough time to get it all done. 

This month I decided to offer all the items in a more a la carte style- breaking up what I would traditionally put into sets.  This way you can mix and match some of the items, zeroing in only on the foods that are of interest.  

Below is the menu list for Friday April 15th.  As always, items will be available at 12:00 noon EST on a first come first served basis.  Quantities that will be available are in parenthesis, followed by the prices.







Pizza Slices Set of Two  (8)   4.75








Whole Pizza- Set of Eight Slices  (1)   19.00







Fruit Set of Three- Apple Orange Pear  (8)   12.50









Grilled Cheese Sandwich  (7)   7.50








Spinach Quiche with Two Slices  (1)   20.00







Nachos with Cheese and Garnishes  (2)  22.00

-also includes single chip in a puddle of cheese





Braided Bread  (1)   9.00








Baguette (1)   6.50











Mac & Cheese Single Serving  (15)  7.00







Fish Fillet with Lemon  (9)  8.00








Wonton Soup in a Ceramic Bowl  (4)   13.50




Chicken Noodle Soup in a Glass Bowl  (6)   13.50







Golden Fish Crackers  (6)  4.75









Hash Browns Set of Two  (4)   13.00








Roasted Potatoes in a Ceramic Serving Dish  (1)   25.00







Eggs Set of Ten  (2)   16.00







Whole Roasted Chicken with Garnishes  (2)   36.00

includes:

-whole roasted chicken
-five petite carrots
-two orange slice halves
-seven green plastic sprigs
-ten cut roasted potatoes











Cup of Milk Set of Two  (7)  4.50






Mandarin Oranges Set of Six  (4)   4.00





Tortilla Chips Set of Twelve  (2)  4.75






Turkey Ham & Cheese Sandwich on a Kaiser Roll  (5)   7.50










Croissant Set of Two  (2)   10.00






If you have any questions about any of the items message me in my Etsy shop or comment here on the blog.

Teresa



Saturday, March 5, 2016

MARCH MENU LIST

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

...Of course one might not believe that, given the the view from my front windows. Snow still falling, the yard generously dusted with white.  I can see something green making an attempt at pushing through, up past the snow.  A few bulbs have shot up thinking their day has come, but I feel so badly for them this time of year.  Mother Nature sure can play dirty tricks. Alas.  

March generally means two things in my shop:  Easter goodies and Girl Scout cookies.  I have delivered on both points.  Sadly, there is no historical spotlight this month. I hope to make up for it in the coming months.

Looking ahead...I will be devoting the entire month of April to savory foods alone. I know my selections are generally heavy on the sugar, so for those dolls who have been craving some healthier options- April will be their month!  

New items in my shop are listed once a month, on the15th at 12:00 noon EST, on a first come first served basis.  Below is a list of the items that will be available next Tuesday March 15th.  Quantities that will be available are in parentheses, followed by the prices.



MARCH MENU LIST




Carrot Cake Squares Set Of Three (7)  10.00






Chocolate Frosted & Sprinkled Brownies Set of Five  (5)  9.00







Rainbow Confetti Cake with Two Slices (3)  26.50









Carrot Cake with Two Slices  (2)  28.00








Triple Layer Strawberry Cream Torte  (1)   16.00







Coconut Cake with Two Slices  (2)   23.00








Pink Frosted Party Cake with Two Slices  (1)   24.00







Double Chocolate Cake with Two Slices  (1)  22.00






Strawberry Parfaits Set of Two  (6)    11.50








Dirt & Worms Set of Two with Two Additional Gummy Worms  (9)    11.50






Twin Swirl Lollipops Set of Two (3)   4.00








Pink Frosted and Sprinkled Cookies Set of Five (8)   7.50






Marshmallow Bunnies Set of Three  (6)   7.00








Rock Candy Set of Three-   (4)   8.00
one pink
one green
one blue







Rock Candy Set of Three- (6)  8.00
one yellow
one purple
one blue







Chocolate Bunny Set of Three- Mommy & Two Baby Bunnies  (8)   7.50






Easter Candy Set #1  (6)   12.00
includes:
-large chocolate bunny
-twister lollipop
-three marshmallow chicks





Easter Candy Set #2  (12)  11.00
includes:
-chocolate bunny
-rock candy
-swirl lollipop
-two marshmallow bunnies







Hot Cross Buns Set of Three  (8)  10.00





Deviled Eggs Set of Nine  (6)  20.00









Braided Easter Bread Ring  (2)  16.00






Eggs Set of Ten  (4)  16.00







Crescent Rolls Set of Three  (6)  8.00






Au Gratin Potatoes in a Ceramic Serving Dish (2)   16.00










Glazed Carrots in a Ceramic Serving Dish  (2)  16.50





Spinach Quiche with Two Slices  (2)   20.00








Whole Roasted Ham with Garnishes (2)   39.00
includes:
-whole ham
-four and one half orange slices
-three cherry tomatoes
-three petite carrots
-bed of plastic greens












Girl Scout Cookie Assortment Set of Ten  (26)    15.00












My doll Hannah is proudly sporting her troop's uniform.  I purchased this set from Etsy seller Camelot's Treasures.  The set includes the iconic green sash with various faux patches and troop number, along with a a snappy pair of khaki shorts and a soft white cotton button up polo. Camelot's treasures features fashionable and affordable fashions for 18" dolls.  

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

Teresa