Saturday, April 30, 2016

Furniture and Food

Tonight I'm going to focus on some of the furniture purchases I've made recently, and the real cool Re-ment food that I found. By furniture, I mean chairs, at least as far as this post goes. Chairs are vital to a good doll diorama, no matter what room you're in. Well, maybe not the bathroom. I was looking for some more kitchen chairs, and really like this style. Found two for a good price, so I picked them up. Today Barbie will only be modeling with one. It really does look like a style of human sized chair currently on the market.
You won't catch me sitting down on the job! Mostly because I can't sit.
The next chair purchase was kind of a impulse buy. These were given out at the latest Barbie convention, and then of course, eBay was flooded with them. I looked at a lot of auctions to make sure I was getting a decent price. I've seen this style of chair a lot on various websites, mostly painted gold. The last place I saw them was in pictures of a Barbie exhibition in Paris. The chairs from the convention had plain satin cushions on them, with enormous tags attached. I ripped the cushions off completely. Since I have plenty of fabric and batting, I can make my own cushions. I can even make several in different colors and fabrics and change them around.
Lastly, I happened to see an armchair, still in bag, from the 8" Madeline doll line. It was a fantastic price, so I picked that up as well. I already have one, but as you'll see, this chair can look good for the 1/6 crowd as well. Plus, what looks cozier on a cold winter night than two matching armchairs before the fire?

Here Madeline models. She and her fellow 8" crowd are going to make sure they keep at least one of these.
See how nicely I fit in this chair? It's mine.
But really, this chair is not any shorter than a chair made specifically for Barbie.
So then I had Holly step in and take a seat.
So much more comfortable than sitting on plastic!
That's the last of the furniture for now. What do you think of the green armchair for taller dolls?

One of the things I look for very often is deals on Re-ment packs of mini food. Admittedly, they are a little small for 1/6 size, but so nicely made that the size issue can be looked past. I also love seeing them in dioramas people set up without dolls. It's amazing how with the right lighting and perspective, a doll diorama can look very close to real. I'm not anywhere near that skill level myself, but my dolls like to have something to eat and drink while they're sitting around on all these chairs.

Here is the bulk of three Re-ment sets that I picked up recently. The watermelon set I bought because it was a great deal. The whole watermelon is, I think, too small for 1/6. The watermelon pieces could be used, possibly. I'm not sure what that dessert looking thing in the white dish is, but I'm pretty sure those are pieces of watermelon in there. The dessert piece comes out of the bowl, so the brown plate, white bowl and spoon will be useful even by themselves. I actually bought two paella/sangria sets. I loooove sangria! Each set only comes with one glass, and really, who wants to drink alone? So two dolls can now nosh on paella and sangria while sunning themselves on the Costa del Sol. Heck, they can have a pitcher apiece!

Again, the sangria glasses are pretty small for drinking wine, to my eyes. Still, they've got that whole pitcher to keep the refills coming. I really like that you can see tasty slices of citrus all the way down into the pitcher.

And the good thing about the paella is that all the pieces come apart, for more play options. Those shelled items in the paella don't look much like the mussels I've seen in pictures of actual paella. However, if my dolls want to have a clam bake in September, these might work.

Buying furniture and accessories for dolls, speaking for myself, does not give me the same joy as opening a new doll. But after all, we only have so much space to display our dolls, or even to store them. And only so much money to buy them! So it's enjoyable to create dioramas for the dolls to pose in while on display, at least for me. Dioramas can always be changed to keep your doll display looking fresher, too. Win win!

14 comments:

  1. Those detachable mussels are pretty awesome. I know rement food is pretty expensive, but with that level of details it might actually be worth the price!

    I really like the green armchair and I definitely think it works for 1/6 too. Maybe if the cushion could be flattened a bit somehow so the doll sits lower would make it look even more realistic.

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    1. Re-ment can be very expensive, depending on the demand for a certain set, but they can also be quite reasonable if you have multiple places to look around. I didn't pay much more for any of these sets than the little Barbie cooking and cleaning packs currently in the stores, and these are much nicer, as you said.

      The stuffed cushion is the one thing that makes this chair not quite right, I agree. I'll have to think about how I could deal with that.

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  2. I enjoy a good miniature thing as much as a doll any day! The Madeline chair might be slightly short, but you can get by with it.Love the convention chair. How are you coming along with furniture for your larger dolls? I know you were wanting some more.

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    1. I do like miniatures; it's just that right now I'm getting more of a "rush" from the Ever After High dolls. But I need to rearrange my doll displays, and I'll enjoy setting them up in dioramas.

      I'm holding off now on furniture for the larger dolls until after the Tonner convention. Furniture pieces will probably be part of the convention package or available for sale, so I'm saving up my money and hoping to find something special!

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    2. Well good luck. I hope you find something great! And I'll see you on the Sunday!

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  3. The armchair would look good in a 1:6 diorama if the dolls aren't actually sitting in it. I don't like how the head is unsupported but I'm pretty sure you can find ways to fix it. The watermelon is alright though. We once ate one the size of a peach.

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    1. Well, I suppose Madeline and her friends will be happy if they get to keep the chairs. Maybe I could use the chair as the beginning of a pattern to make something for my 1/6 crew.

      Watermelons must be very different where you are! Although generally our watermelons are more oblong, and not so round as the mini one.

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    2. We usually pickle the small ones but they are fine to eat in any size and shape :) You can tell by the seeds that it's a small 1:6th watermelon, not a smaller scale regular watermelon.

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  4. I love all of this furniture, but armchair wins it for me :) It is lovely! Good buys:)

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    1. Thank you! I always like the scenes you set up with your dolls!

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  5. Love that armchair - it looks like such a solid piece!

    And I love all the little details in Rement sets (although I confess that of the sets I've had I've lost probably two thirds of the pieces - you're probably more organized than I am though!). :)

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  6. I've never seen your organizational details, but I do try to keep my stuff organized somewhat. :) Of course, for making dioramas, it helps if you can find the stuff you want easily. Mr. BTEG showed a Spanish co-worker a picture of my little sets, and he said the paella looked just like what his wife had made him for his birthday last week, so I guess the details on this one are pretty spot on!

    The armchair is pretty well made. It's too bad everything from that line is smaller than 1/6.

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