Sunday, December 18, 2011
LIV Maple Lodge
I have been eyeballing this play set all year and finally it went on sale for 50% off. Thank goodness I woke up at 4am Saturday and happened to check my email to see that Toys R Us was having a 6am doorbuster sale on all LIV stuff. I wanted this and Sophie's scooter, but they didn't have that. I grabbed like 7 other LIV items but I edited myself and put them back. Okay, I kept the My Nature Daniela doll, but c'mon, it was half price.
Some of the reviews online say that this is too small, flimsy and stuff doesn't work. I disagree. It's a good size even for a Barbie, made of sturdy material and I had no problem with the roof, hammock or seating.
Look at all that stuff! I will probably modify the structure, make it more urban loft instead of country cabin, but overall, I love it. My version doesn't have the same paint job as the box does, but promo photos for LIV stuff rarely match the item. Even so, I'm happy that my countertops are all white instead of tan. My sink and pots are also copper instead of rust like the prototype.
I wont be using any of the stickers and will change the background card stock to something else. If I'm feeling really adventurous, I may even install some cabinets!
I love this thing so much, but I'm still determining what I'm going to do with it. I don't have much room, but it's a nice set and I want to have it out on display. I have found that if I leave it in a square shape it fits perfectly on top of my rolling accessories cart. Right now it's being occupied by my "worker dolls," Jake and Tasha. I call them workers because I use them to test sets and accessories and I also carry them around when I'm "trying" to make clothes and hats. This could be their at work lounge or part of a studio apartment. I don't pay them much so they cant afford a one bedroom. They are not a couple, just co-workers.
I took off the roof, turned it upside down and placed the sleeping bag on top of it to make it a lounger. Next I'll tackle that pink wall and put in a back splash.