Sunday, June 7, 2015

Back at Last: Angelina Ballerina Kitchen Sink and Stove, Plus Magnetic Room Backdrop

I can't believe it's been a month since I posted last! But between Mr. BTEG's gall bladder surgery, and a special human-size sewing project, I guess time went by faster than I thought. I'm so glad to be back to the world of doll blogging.

Way back in April of last year, I got a super deal on an eBay lot that included several pieces from the American Girl Angelina Ballerina line. For those of you who don't have girls who were/are the appropriate age, Angelina Ballerina is a small girl mouse in England who wants to grow up to become a ballerina. There were several books published about her adventures in her ballet classes, and with friends and family. Later a number of videos were created of her stories. I'm putting a link here to the other furniture pieces that I bought in that auction, and reviewed.

As of my latest posting about the set, I hadn't received the stove that was part of the auction, and so I wasn't enthused about taking pictures of the sink that I did get. At least a month after I received the first box, I got an email from the seller. Apparently her grandchildren had made off with the stove to play with it in the family room or something, and she had just found it! By the time I actually got the stove, I was on to posting about other things. However, I just recently bought the magnetic room set that was also part of Angelina Ballerina's line at AG, so here it all is.

Ann is ready to turn on the taps and do the washing up. (I picked up an English vibe during this.)

Posy brings her tea cup from the table for Ann to wash.
I forgot to take a picture of the two top doors open. Right side has shelves for cooking; left side shows a roaring fire.
The walls are magnetic, and there were over a dozen magnetic pieces with this set to decorate Angelina's house. I'll show a few.
I don't know why some of these pictures are crooked. I think I was trying to avoid glare here.
Ann stands at the window and looks out on the beautiful English countryside.
Here's a picture of Angelina and her parents celebrating the birth of her sister Polly.
As you may have noticed, there are two sides to the wall, with two different wallpapers. There are simple tabs in the floor that the walls go into, so it's easy to pull out the wall and change sides. The walls and the floor also fold up so they can take up less space put away. And lastly, there is a brick floor on the other side of the wooden floor. Once I took a picture of the kitchen with the brick, I thought it looked so much better.
 
Do you like using pre-made backdrops for dioramas, or do you like using your own? Do you even use dioramas?

11 comments:

  1. I use dioramas very often. I have a room made from shelves, and loose walls with different wallpapers, so i can change decorations. I love the stove it looks so real:)

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  2. Natalia, I like your photos!

    Hi Shelley! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I like that stove! It seems a little more detailed (or maybe just a little more realistic) than the sink and chairs, which look more like doll furniture to me.

    I always like the idea of ready-made dioramas, but I always feel like it's tricky to get the scale right. But I've only seen American Girl- and Barbie-scaled ones, so I might be happier if I branched out. I like the way these ones work with this furniture and these dolls though!

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    1. I agree that the stove looks realistic. One of the reasons I was disappointed when I thought I wasn't going to be getting it after all! The sink sort of references a farmhouse sink, and I do like that. Maybe I should make a little ruffle to cover the feet?

      I am glad these dolls and furnishings go together so nicely. It's serendipitous.

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  4. Hello from Spain: I love the wallpaper. Nice furnishings.We keep in touch

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like it. You do such great dioramas.

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  5. Hi! You received the World Doll Day tag!
    It works like this:
    1. List 3 favourite dolls from last year
    2. List 3 wish list dolls
    3. Tag 5 people
    My version and pictures at: http://multicrafteral.blogspot.com/2015/06/world-doll-day-2015-tag.html
    I hope you join (^^)~

    The magnetic room is a great idea and the stove is fantastic! I too prefer the kitchen with stone tiles. It somehow has a more hygienic look,like a real kitchen.

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    1. Hmmm. Maybe I can this tackled over the weekend.

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  6. Ann and Posy fit perfectly in that setting. Congrats for making the connection!

    Glad you got the stove, too. For some reason, it reminds me of Ideal Jody's stove.

    I would like to make dioramas, but I have not done so as elaborately as I'd like or as often as I'd like. I've used my 1978 Marx Sindy Scenesetter, Barbie settings and boxes, or the blank walls chez moi for scenes I have done. Or the great outdoors ;-)

    I watched the cartoon version of Angelina Ballerina here in the U.S. I didn't like the second version though - the one where Angelina and her family moved. I saw those series as an adult. Both ballet and horses were foreign to child-me; they were stuff other girls liked. Art in my family was drawing, painting, and sculpting. And writing, of course ;-) Interesting world ... always something different.

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    1. I agree that the stove is very old-fashioned. That's why I liked it.

      That's great that you have that Sindy Scenesetter. It's got some nice walls for backgrounds. I don't take a lot of pictures outdoors. At home, our patio faces south, which is just unpleasant a good part of the year. And I'm not big currently on toting dolls and props around.

      I never saw a second version of Angelina Ballerina. Nobody my family nor Mr. BTEG's ever did dancing, but my youngest daughter is starting her ninth year of dance and loves it. And my other daughter did some horse riding. While when I was growing up, my dad was an artist and so there was always stuff around to color and draw with. I also dabbled in writing. To quote Sherlock Holmes: "Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms."

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