Today I introduce my daughter Tamra Wilson has been an avid collector of dolls for years. She's been an avid crocheter and toy maker for 9 years. (since she was 15 years old) Over the years she has become quite innovative in her designs and has 2 facebook pages. https://www.facebook.com/dollclotheslaterose?fref=ts and https://www.facebook.com/LateroseJumbles?fref=ts where you can check out her various designs.
Without further ado: Tamra Wilson When I was a kid I loved small toys. Among my favorite toys where Polly Pockets, cunning little portable doll houses that folded into compacts that fit into a pocket or purse. These fun little toys could go anywhere with you, giving a convenient distraction for kids on the go.
Nowadays, I can’t help but think how much of a boon those little toys were to parents whose children were in the hospital for a long period of time, and how unfair it was that boys didn’t have such a neat toy! Granted, my brother had a toy with a similar idea, a Star Wars playset that folded out of Luke Skywalker’s head, but that’s darned hard to tote around. Gradually however, smaller playsets like this disappeared, no doubt because of choking hazards. But I feel that for the benefit of children everywhere, but especially those who must be in the hospital for whatever reason, it’s time for them to make a triumphant return.
That’s what got me thinking outside the box! I was in Joann Fabrics one day when these plain wooden trinket boxes caught my eye. I had seen people turning lunch boxes into doll houses, but it’s really hard to find an actual lunchbox, rather than lunch bags. So I picked up one of the boxes and looked at it, an idea forming in my head. I bought one little box and began looking around in my box of whatnots, and came up with an idea for a playset like the Polly Pockets, only larger. And it would be easy to make ones for boys!
I had a figurine that I had bought for a full size doll house, a little rabbit from the Li’l Woodzeez line from Target. She came with a bunch of baking supplies and a tea set. After considering my options, I decided to turn this box into restaurant. After painting and making the accessories I decided to make another box, it was just so fun!
After buying another box, I purchased a mini Lalaloopsy doll to go with it. Now, the doll had a candy theme, so I decided to make this one a sweet shop, what fun I had making it! I then had my brother woodburn designs on the top, with no restrictions or instructions. These are toys to feed the imaginations of the children who receive them, just as the toys I had fed mine. Kids today have too many toys that tell you how to play with them, rather than letting kids decide for themselves how to play with them. I hope that these boxes do just that.
I have priced these boxes at $15.00. Contact me on either of my facebook pages for details. I wish you joy, giggles, and happy little smiles.
****As always my mom and I would caution parents to keep a close eye on little ones! These toys are made are for children aged 6-9 years old and NOT below that age because of choking hazard.****
Thank you Tamra!
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