More of the Mini Handbag

The more I look at this REED mini handbag key fob, the more I find to LOVE about it! Arista volunteered to help me show off more of this awesome bag!

Arista's new bag

The perfect size for an 18″ doll!

I didn’t realize it yesterday, but the inside and pockets of the bag are nicely lined! It really is like a purse that’s been miniaturized!

Nicely lined

Lined with the same fabric as the human-sized purses!

It holds a lot, too! I was able to fit two books and a pair of glasses plus fuzzy case easily inside.

Fit all the things!

The Essentials

I’m really impressed with the quality of this bag! There’s no way something like this would be available from American Girl for less than $20! I’m half-tempted to get another one…

As for this one… I think Arista’s pretty much claimed it.

Arista's new handbag

#selfie #newbag #itsmineallmine

JenniferSig

REED Atlantique Mini Handbag Key Fob

FAVORITE FINDS: OBJECTS

REED Atlantique Mini Handbag Key Fob |  found at Kohl’s (in-store and online)

REED Atlantique Mini Handbag Key Fob

You can never have too many bags.

I LIVE!😉 It’s been awhile since I made a post, huh! I’ve been so busy with life stuff — celebrating birthdays, getting taxes done, updating my portfolio, other odds ‘n’ ends — that I haven’t had anything really update-worthy… until now!

Today my mom and I were over at Kohl’s and I spotted this REED mini handbag key fob out of the corner of my eye. These key fobs are the PERFECT size for American Girl dolls and they come in a few fun styles and colors. I chose this pretty fuchsia one and my mom chose the same style, but in “zephyr” (emerald green).

They’re currently on sale at Kohl’s (and on Kohls.com) for $16.50, but come out to $11.55 with a 30% off coupon.

REED handbag key fob

Working snap and room for all the essentials.

The bag seems to be pretty roomy, and I like that these have a single snap, so you can have accessories visible from inside the bag but keep the bag from opening too wide and having everything spill out. I love the rich color, too.❤

And if pink or this particular style isn’t your cup of tea, there are other colors and another style to choose from:

REED handbag key fob assortment

Blue and cream, green, and yellow!

Our local Kohl’s had a pretty good variety of these key fobs — though I did snag the last pink one. If the pink one hadn’t been available, I probably would’ve gone for the blue, black and cream handbag in the top left of the picture above. These are part of the REED Boxer Mini Handbag Key Fobs, which you can also find online.

This is actually the second mini handbag key fob I’ve gotten from Kohl’s. It’s nice to know that they secretly cater to American Girl dolls, too.😉JenniferSig

Semi-Easter-y!

Lightning quick post! I was going to post earlier, but our router is being a rather large poop and it took a while for my husband to get it working again (it’s a few years old, so I’m not completely surprised…).

Anyway! I think my Easter scene needs more… Easter. Chocolate bunnies – check, tulips – check… (I admit the palm I got yesterday may be a tad out of scale haha!) Maybe I’ll make a banner or something.:)

Easter display

It’s a start…

Our backyard is finally starting to get a little bit of color, too! My husband and I decided to start with something a bit harder to kill (hopefully). These succulents only need to be watered once a week. I added a little pop of color to the smaller pot (if you do add paint to a clay pot, you have to seal it on the outside and inside (I used a clear matte spray) or moisture will cause the paint to bubble).

succulents

Operation Keep These Things Alive! has commenced!

(And if anyone has any tips on caring for succulents – or just plants in general – I’m all ears! ;D)JenniferSig

OOTD – Edwardian-Inspired Easter

Outfits of the Day – Arista and Lea

It’s hard to believe Easter is so soon! St. Patrick’s Day was just last week! I don’t know about you, but I like when Easter falls in April (a little more spread out, y’know?).

But, with one week until Easter, I decided it was time to get at least a couple of my dolls ready. They’re my decorations this year, since most of our holiday stuff is still packed.

Arista and Lea are ready for Easter

A Modern Take on Edwardian Easter

Dresses:  On Arista – Samantha’s BeForever Meet Dress with Maryellen’s crinoline underneath, On Lea – Samantha’s Special Day Dress with the skirt from Grace’s Sightseeing Outfit underneath

Shoes: On Arista – Shoes from Samantha’s Special Day Dress, On Lea – Sandals from Grace’s Sightseeing Outfit

Accessories: On Arista – Necklace from Samantha’s BeForever Accessories, Kanani’s Meet Flower Clip, Lace Bow from Samantha’s Holiday Dress, Lea’s Logo Earrings, On Lea – Grace’s Bracelet, Lea’s Logo Earrings, Ribbon Headband from Samantha’s Special Day Dress

Arista ready for Easter

Pink with a bit of burgundy.

Arista makes a pretty good Samantha stand in (though I’m sure her winged eyeliner would probably cause a few fainting spells in 1904), so I’m not surprised that Samantha’s Meet Dress looks pretty good on her. And since the dress is a cooler pink, Kanani’s flower clip and Lea’s earrings work well with the outfit. For her shoes, I could’ve just stuck with the black mary janes that come with Samantha’s meet outfit, but the cherry red shoes from Samantha’s Special Day Dress tie in well with the burgundy velvet sash.

Lea ready for Easter

Bows from head to toe!

Lea looks so good in mint, Samantha’s Special Day Dress was an easy choice for her. And since I was already using Grace’s sandals for her shoes, I thought I’d try the matching skirt to kind of fluff up the dress (it added a tiny bit of volume, but not much). I know in the stock photos, the day dress headband is shown worn with all of the ribbon loops falling in the same direction, but I kind of like it better as a double-looped bow (and more like a hair tie than a headband).

And now I’ve got Arista and Lea acting as our Easter decor in the den, with Kit’s chocolate bunnies, Samantha’s tulips, and a few other odds ‘n’ ends.:)

Happy First Day of Spring, Happy Spring Break (I’m so jealous!!), and Happy One-Week-Til-Easter!❤JenniferSig

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! from Lea, tonberry and cactuar!

Protection from Pinching!

Every March 17th I’m reminded just how few green outfits I have for my dolls haha. One of these days, I’ll change that! Until then, I’ll just have to rely on my mini tonberry and mini cacutar to be our green.😉

And in the spirit of the day, I thought I’d share some non-American Girl, but still fun St. Patrick’s Day things with all of you!

A Pot Cup of Gold!

I really love to bake (which is probably part of why I loved Grace’s year so much), and in the past couple of years I’ve started trying to move away from box mixes to attempting to make stuff from scratch. I recently tried making Cupcake Project’s Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes and they are so worth the time it takes to make them! So if you’re looking for a way to have your pot of gold without hunting for a rainbow or a leprechaun, this might be just the thing!

Vanilla Cupcakes

Mini pots of edible gold!

An Enchanting Irish Melody

My family really loves an Irish-Norwegian duo called Secret Garden. They’re not very well-known in the states (and to be honest, I don’t really remember how we found them), but Fionnuala Sherry has been one of my favorite Irish musicians since. This is one of my favorite songs she performs, Elan.

Here’s hoping you and yours have a fun and happy St. Patrick’s Day!:)
JenniferSig

OOTD – Stripes Ahoy!

Outfit of the Day – Sienna

Today is my husband’s birthday! So far we’ve gotten him his free grand slam at Denny’s and next up is getting his free birthday drink from Starbucks. But, before we can do that, we’re waiting for the termite guy to come and take care of another kick hole that appeared on our wall a week or so ago (a kick hole is a little hole the termite makes to kick sand-looking waste out as it munches on all of our wood ;_; ).

So! While Scott is playing Fire Emblem, I thought I’d make a quick post featuring Sienna’s outfit of the day!

Sienna's Outfit of the Day

 

Stripes Ahoy!

Tops: Nautical Graphic Tee (Girls and Dolls), Striped Hoodie

Shorts: Shorts from Grace’s City Outfit

Shoes: Sandals from Saige’s Sweater Outfit

Accessories: Saige’s Necklace, Grace’s Bracelet, Lea’s Braided Headband, Grace’s heart studs with AG star dangles (new version)

Lea's Braided Headband

A close match!

Lea’s braided headband is actually a pretty close match to Sienna’s hair color. Up close you can definitely tell that the headband is caramel and not red, but from far enough away, you can’t really see a difference. Hooray for mix ‘n’ match accessories!

Sienna and Chat

Adventure awaits!

This is almost a comfier-looking version of Grace’s City Outfit, with the white tee and red jacket taking the place of Grace’s sweater. The stripes of the jacket and the anchor graphic give this outfit a nautical look. I could’ve gone with flats, but I really like these sandals. They give the outfit a more laid-back look, perfect for a day of chill adventures.

Speaking of adventures, the termite guy is done and it’s time for more birthday excursions! Have a great Friday!JenniferSig

Liebster Award!

Liebster Award from IrishAG

IrishAG of Irish AG Dolls (https://irishagdolls.wordpress.com/) nominated MINI MAD for a Liebster Award! Thank you so much!:)

If you haven’t heard of the Liebster Award before, it’s a fun award to give out to blogs you enjoy that have fewer than 1,000 followers. If you’re chosen for an award, and if you choose to accept the award, there are a few rules:

  • You have to link the person that gave you the award
  • Answer the questions they’ve chosen for you
  • Pass the award along to more bloggers who have less than 1,000 readers/followers
  • Ask them 11 questions
  • Let them know you’ve given them the award

So, without further ado, here are the questions that IrishAG asked me, and my answers.

 

1.  Which flavor in Neapolitan ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry) is your favorite?

Oh my gosh… this is tough, because I really like all three. I’m gonna go with strawberry, though. I love strawberry anything!

2.   Do you like wearing messy buns or two braids better?

Messy buns! As my hair gets longer, I’ve been putting it in ponytails or messy buns more often.

3.  Do you like Valentine’s Day or Halloween better?

Ohhhhhh, I can’t choose! I love BOTH! They’re such fun holidays to decorate and make treats for (and I don’t care how old I get, I will never grow out of dressing up for Halloween!).😄

4. Would you rather go to Brazil or France for vacation?

France! In a heartbeat! I would LOVE to go see Disneyland Paris (and its giant, gorgeous Sleeping Beauty castle) and taste every French pastry ever. (That and I’ve been watching the French episodes of Miraculous Ladybug (thanks to MiraculousSubs!), so I’m pretty much sold haha).

This is a good intro to Miraculous Ladybug if you’re curious…

5.  If you could have one Disney Princess dress, which one would it be?

Oh man, another tough choice… I’m gonna say Princess Aurora’s dress (in pink). Someday, if I ever become good enough at sewing, I really want to make that dress! It’s so beautiful!

Sleeping Beauty pink dress

photo: Disney.com

(It’s not really part of the question, but I’ve always wanted to explain that I chose my username, “kissedawake,” because I’m a huge Sleeping Beauty fan. If you’re not familiar with the story, a kiss from her true love wakes Princess Aurora from the sleeping spell she’s put under.)

6.  Would you rather have an animal print coat or a stripey one?

Stripes! I’ve always loved the look of stripes.

7.  Who is your favorite villain (from a book, movie, etc.)

Maleficent. And I don’t mean Once Upon a Time Maleficent or Maleficent Maleficent, I mean Sleeping Beauty, “Mistress of all Evil,” “I’m not misunderstood, I just like being evil” Maleficent. She’s just so delightfully evil and elegant!

8.  What is your favorite solid color to paint your nails?

Pink. I’ve tried a bunch of other colors – blues, blacks, purples, blue-greens, oranges, reds – but I really like the simple look of pink (and it’s my favorite color haha).

9.  What would your dream socks look like?

Cat socks.😄

Cat Socks

photo: unknown

10.  Sausage or bacon?

I love bacon. <3 

11.  Would you rather have snowflake  or tropical flower printed pants?

Tropical flowers! Even though I’m a January baby, I’m not a huge fan of winter.

 

And now I get to choose 11 people! I choose…

Jen and Brianna of The Dolls Between Us, Flo of Say Hello to My Little Friends, Farah Lilly, akb923 of Dollventures Blog, American Girl Doll Artist and Catlover02 of Small Dolls in a Big World, Kara of Hello Dollie Blog, Clara of Clara’s Craft Corner, Victoria of The By Kids for Kids Blog, Mia of Awesome AG, and anyone else who’d like to participate! There are so many amazing AG blogs out there, it’s really hard to choose only 11 people!

 

Here are the questions I have for you:

1. Who is your favorite cartoon character?

2. What’s your favorite flower (or plant if you’re not a flower person)?

3. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

4. What was the last movie you saw (at home or in theaters)?

5. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

6. How did you meet your best friend?

7. Which AG doll outfit would you wear if they made a version in your size?

8. If you could make a custom doll based on any character or real person, who would you make?

9. What’s your favorite season?

10. If you could talk to/understand any one species of animal, what would you choose?

11. If you could instantly learn any language, what would you choose?

 

Thanks again for nominating me, IrishAG! This was really fun!JenniferSig