Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Growing up in my house in the 1970's, Easter was pretty much this: a quick search for a basket filled with chocolate and candy,  accompanied by an afternoon of the traditional coloring of eggs.   It wasn't celebrated as a religious holiday and we never actually hid the eggs- we always just ate them- usually days later.  Most years there were still some eggs hanging about a week or so later.   

My friend Sara recently shared a story with me about how every Easter in her house growing up her Grandmother and her Aunt would make a cake in the shape of a bunny.  They used one round cake layer as the bunny's head, while the second layer was cut to create the ears and a bow tie.  The cake was frosted and then covered all over with coconut.  I have to admit it sounds super yummy and really cute- and soooo not something my mother would  have ever done.  

Sara has fond memories of those bunny cakes, so she asked me if I would re-create one- in miniature- for her and her Molly.   

I knew right away that it was something I could do- the bunny shape, the frosting, the coconut, the gumdrop eyes, the licorice whiskers and mouth.  And I knew it would be incredibly cute.  I almost hesitated- giving up the little guy,  but I knew he was going to a very happy home and would positively enjoy being the star attraction on Easter day. 

 Katie helped put the finishing touches on the cake.  She was happy to help. 

A special thank you to Sara for letting me share her story and her bunny.  

                                              Happy Easter

Monday, March 11, 2013


Just in time for Easter and spring parties- below is my menu list for this Friday, the 15th of March.  This month it's exclusively candies and Easter goodies and filled baskets, so better get out and get your dolls some toothbrushes and toothpaste.

All items will be available on March 15th at 12:00 noon  EST.

                                               EASTER BASKET SETS

The basket sets will come in four color choices: pink, yellow, green or blue. Baskets are a straw/willow material.   Each color will be listed and sold separately- meaning there will be a listing for a pink basket set, a yellow basket set, etc.   So,  if you have a color preference keep that in mind.
A total of 23 sets will be available.  Five each of the yellow, pink and blue sets, and six of the green.


Basket sets will include: 

one 3" chocolate bunny dressed in his Sunday best
one swirl lollipop
two 1" small chocolate bunnies
one spiral flip pad with Easter graphic (assorted styles)
one fluffy white bunny
base of Easter grass

Each bunny will come individually wrapped in cellophane, as shown.  The basket will arrive to you wrapped up in cellophane and tied up in a pretty ribbon.   Please note that my "chocolate" bunnies are not made from real chocolate- they are made from non toxic polymer clay.


Quantities that will be available are in parenthesis, followed by the prices.

mini lollipops set of six  (28)     8.50
peanut butter cup set of two (9)    3.50
marshmallow chicks set of three  (4)     8.50
chocolate bars set of two  (6)  3.00
Easter sugar cookie cut out  sets  (24)   7.25
rock candy set of six  (4)    12.50
white chocolate bunny set of three (4)  8.50
small chocolate bunnies- set of four   (3)  3.50
swirl lollipops set of two- assorted     3.00
twister lollipops (10) assorted  2.00
big bunny set (9)   10.50
chick and bunnies sugar cookie cutout set (1) 7.25

Numbers in the following sets will be enough to fill a 2" jar:

gumballs  (5)  7.00
gummy bears (2)  7.00
jelly beans (3)   7.00

Please note: jars are not included.

                                   OTHER LARGER CANDY SETS

There will be only a few of these candy sets available.  These are great to add to the above basket sets or to add to your own.

                                                 Mega Candy Set  (3)  $24

 Set includes:

jelly beans (30)
gummy bears (20)
chewy candy fish (16)
mini swirl lollipop
sleeve of candy dots
white chocolate bunny
chocolate bunny



                                                  Candy set #2  (6)  $16

Set includes:

sleeve of candy dots
gummy bears (20)
rock candy (assorted colors)
chocolate bar
peppermint stick


                             Check out my Etsy shop here:  PIPPALOO ON ETSY

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


The old expression goes something like this.... "he was so happy- he was like a kid in a candy store".  I'm not one for cliches, but that's literally- and figuratively how I felt the entire time I was designing and piecing together this candy shop scene.   Candy shops bring out the kid in everyone.   There is just something about the dizzying mix of rainbow colors and the lure of a sugar rush. 

I started out with a general idea of what I wanted:  counter tops, shelving, walls and flooring.  The candies were the easy part.  Finding the other elements that would work would be the trick.

The walls are made from bead board laid horizontally, to mimic paneling used so often in retail shops.  The flooring is Pergo- left over from a house project. I didn't even glue it together.  Makes for easier set up and dismantling. 

I found this hutch on Ebay and knew it would work perfectly for lots of different scenes.  It's shelving was the perfect size for my candy jars.  The smaller jars were purchased at  Micheal's and the larger ones at Hobby Lobby.

The long counter I made a couple of years ago- it's the backside view of this lemonade stand:


                          Pics like this make me long for summer. *sigh*

                                                  Top of counter

To hide the bottom shelf of the long counter,  I covered it with a coordinating fabric.  I attached it with sticky back velcro so that it can be easily removed when the counter is re-purposed in some other scene.

I added two small shelves above the long counter- not only to fill the wall space- but to also showcase my bunnies.  The shelves are thin pine boards that I painted and then glued onto a small ledge. The ledge was screwed into the bead board- and not glued- so that it can be easily removed to use again in other scenes in other configurations.

I added the flag banner in girly colors at the top for some fun visual interest. 

The little details in scenes like these are always the real eye candy.  (Please excuse another intentional pun).
This plastic mini gumball machine is actually a party favor.   It can be found here,  and other party favor sites as well.   It comes in various colors and is the perfect size for the dolls.  I loaded this one up with gumballs made for the dolls.

More party favors.... these two plastic candy dispensers come complete with silver scoops and hinged lids.   The smaller one can be found  here.   Notice the backside of the one on the left.  I printed out an image of jelly beans, scaling it down to the size of the ones I made.   It gives the illusion of a greater number of jelly beans.

I borrowed images from the internet to fill in and round out my scene.

                                       Dolls enjoy free samples too!

                                            And love topical posters

I made this lollipop display stand from a turned wood piece and some clay.  The base is clay that I poked holes in and then baked.  I trimmed the outside with a pretty scrapbook paper and topped it with some signage- and voila! 

These wee boxes of candies were made by scanning real life versions, scaling them down and then printing them out on semi gloss photo paper.  I scaled them to about 30%- 35%.  I carefully cut them out and glued the edges together- following the lines and creases of the original. 

Sadly, I won't be able to sell them. Trademark and copyright and infringement laws prohibit me from selling anything with images of branded names and logos.  

 Below is a photo I took to shatter the illusion a bit, so that the size and scope can be better visualized.  The walls are 36" by 42".   I added crown molding at the top just to cap the ceiling off and make the scene look more finished.  The two side walls are not attached to the flooring, they merely float over it so that the whole scene can be easily taken apart and stored. 

Here Katie challenges you to guess the number of gumballs in the jar.  My 8 year old actually volunteered and counted them all, but she's not revealing the number.  

                                                PIPPALOO ON ETSY

Most of the candies seen here in my pics will be available in my Esty shop on March 15th at 12 noon, EST.    I will have a complete list and more pics in the coming days here on my blog.  

Have any questions about something specific you see in my candy shop? I am always happy to answer any questions.  

Monday, March 4, 2013

Kitchen Notes


You may or may not have noticed, but during my product release last month the bagels sets that I featured in with my sleepover breakfast items- they were somehow completely omitted.  I just frankly forgot about them.  I found them a day or so later in my dollhouse kitchen- right smack on top of the table.   I will be including them in an upcoming release in most likely May- when I will be doing a variety of breakfast foods.

                                             SPECIAL THANKS

I wanted to say a very special thank you to my good friend and fellow Etsy shop owner, Wendy.  I was so delighted and very touched when Wendy sent me this apron and chef's hat for my dolls to enjoy- complete with my shop name embroidered on the front.   My doll Summer is a little shy by nature, but loves to model for me.


Wendy's shop, Breezywindy, features quality clothing designed for American Girl dolls.
Her shop can be found here.    Thanks again Wendy!  This does give me food for thought though (pun intended).  Now I think I  need to start on ideas for setting up a bakery scene to go with the new apron and hat.


                                   COMING SOON

This month the Pippaloo kitchen has turned into the Pippaloo candy factory!  I have been busy churning out the sweet treats- just in time for Easter baskets and spring parties.

Later on in the week I will update with a complete list of the items I will be offering for the 15th of March.    I've also pieced together a little candy shop scene that I will feature pics of too.    Here are a couple of sneak peeks...