Monday, January 27, 2014

Product Review: My Twinn Clothing for 18" Dolls

Last year My Twinn released a line of 18" dolls, presumably to compete with American Girl. Competition is good, I always say.  And in this case it benefits us collectors who are always looking for a little variety, whether it's dolls, accessories or both.

In the past I've only purchased bits and pieces from My Twinn,  either furniture or accessories that I felt were in scale for 18" dolls, never with an interest in the clothing or the dolls- since they were all 23".  

I decided to give their new clothing line for the 18" dolls a try.  I ordered two outfits:  a set of pjs and a casual pant and top set. Each set was priced at $19.  

They arrived inside a shipping container in these no frills little bags.  I'd love American Girl to ditch the boxes if it would translate into a little lower price tag.  


All seams are serged with no loose threads, etc.  I've purchased clothing from other 18" doll manufacturers where the seams and edges are not finished or hemmed properly.  So I wasn't sure what to expect here.  I'm not a brand snob, however the fabric was just not quite as soft or appealing as their major market competitor.  Both tops close up the back with velcro.









The pants aren't quite as red in person- they are a bit more of a pink color, I promise.  



My dolls, cousins Sally and Summer volunteered happily to model for me.  And still, again the pants appear red here in this pic.  I will say though, in defense of my lighting and my camera, that the pants actually do not match the pink star on the zebra print top.  They are a kinda berry color.  


I mainly chose these outfits because they were the most reminiscent for me of what girls in the 7-12 old range would actually be wearing.  I should know.  My girls are 9 and 12.  The zebra print top and pant set really reminded me of something you'd see on a hanger in the store Justice. Only the Justice version would have rhinestones and glitter splattered all over it and the fabric 10x cheaper. 





The outfits were very easy to put on the dolls, so no complaints there. Overall I am happy with the two outfits and with the price point.  The quality was not quite on par with American Girl, but definitely a step above some other companies offering mass produced 18" doll clothing. 


Sunday, January 12, 2014

MENU LIST FOR JANUARY 15TH

Show your dolls some love this February!   Included are some tried and true Valentine staples as well as a few surprises mixed in.  As always all items will be available in my Etsy shop at 12 noon est on this Wednesday the 15th of January.

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


Oreo Cake with Two Slices (1)     31.00





Vanilla Cake with Pink Floral Frosting with Two Slices (1)   28.00






Rainbow Cake Slices- set of two  (3)     9.50





Triple Layer Chocolate Cake Slices- set of two  (4)    9.50




French Macaroon set of fourteen  (1)     17.50



French Macaroon set of six  (1)   8.00




Rainbow Sprinkle Frosted Sugar Cookies- set of five  (8)  8.00






Valentine Tea Party Cookie Set  (6)    28.00





Sweet Hearts Cookie Set with Faux Silver Tray (7)    9.00





Hearts & Flowers Cookie Assortment (1)   28.00




Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Cream Cones- set of two  (1)  9.00





Chocolate, Caramel & Pecan Turtles- set of three  (4)   13.00




Chocolate Covered Pretzels- set of six  (6)  8.00




White Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Dot Sprinkles- set of six  (5)  9.50




Chocolates- set of nine  (4)  12.50


Chocolates- set of six   (3)   9.00





Two Hearts Pancake Breakfast with a Side of Fruit and Glass of Milk-  (3)  16.75





Chocolate Covered Strawberries- set of three  (3)  15.00






Heart Shaped Swirl Lollipop- set of two   (8)   4.50




Valentine Twister Lollipop   (9)  2.00




Valentine Swirl Lollipop- set of two  (3)  4.00


Assorted Color Swirl Lollipops- set of two   (12)







HAPPY 2014!

KITCHEN NOTES

New year, new resolutions.... you know the drill.  I am actually hoping to start working on some completely new foods- things I have never offered in the past that I am very excited to start working on. So maybe there is something to all this new year, new you chit chat.

Looking ahead to the next couple of months, here is what's on tap for the Pipplaoo kitchen:

January 15th-  Valentine Goodies
February 15th- Foods for the Historical Dolls


And I will be returning to listing all new items on the 15th of each month at 12 noon est.  If you are interested in getting a reminder email sent to you the day before my new items go live- just email me at:

pippaloo.dollfood_reminder@yahoo.com

Soon I will be posting my menu list for the upcoming Wednesday the 15th, which will include pictures, prices and quantities.   I'm lagging a bit behind, recovering from the holiday craziness and the sub zero temps here that closed school for three days.